SKS Teases Fat Bike Fenders, New RaceBlade Long II, plus Shows new Pumps, Tools,…

first_imgIf you prefer your co2 without a pump, the Airbuster Co2 is just that. The premium co2 nozzle includes a spring loaded safety which prevents the cartridge from puncturing accidentally. When you press in the thumb safety and thread the co2 cartridge against it, it locks in place until you’re ready to use it. Then simply unscrew the cartridge a turn, let the safety pop out so the red tab is showing, and then thread the cartridge in until it punctures. Once punctured, the flow of co2 is controlled through the twist valve with a reversible presta/schrader head. Compatible with 16 or 24g threaded cartridges, the 113g inflator (with cartridge) includes a water bottle mount system and sells for $24.99. Combining the best of a pump and co2 inflator, the Airboy CO2 includes a manual pump capable of 73 psi and 16/24g threaded co2 inflation. Cartridges are threaded into one side of the pump and controlled with the twist valve at the end with the co2 going through the reversible presta/schrader head. Weighing in at 110g, the pump sells for $39.99 and includes a water bottle mounting system. The most recent take on the Spaero doubles the efficiency and makes it a bit easier to pump at the same time. Called the Spaero Double Action, the pump uses a slide off lower body that turns into a t-handle for easy handling and the pump itself includes a double action chamber which inflates on both push and pull strokes. The pump still includes a dual thread on head at the end of a flexible hose which makes it so you can place the base of the pump on the ground for increased leverage. Coming in at 159g, the pump has a max psi of 87psi and claims to pump a 4″ fat bike tire to 5 psi in 1 minute flat. Again the pump includes a water bottle mount and sells for $49.99. The Airboy line consists of the road oriented Airboy and MTB or large volume Airboy XL. Both pumps use a two stage dual chamber/plunger for quick inflation while keeping the overall size down to a minimum. The 62g Airboy is presta only with a max rating of 115 psi while the 90g XL includes a reversible presta/schrader head with a max pressure of 73psi. Both include a waterbottle mounting system and retail for $29.99. On the accessory side, the new Smartboy phone case provides all weather protection that should fit most smart phones. Pictured with an iPhone 6 in a protective case, the Smartboy uses an interesting handlebar mounting system that adjusts to fit a wide range of bars. The pump in the picture represents the handlebar, while the rubber mount wraps around the bar and tucks into the case forming a very secure mount. Touch screen compatible, the 49g case sells for $24.99. Along the lines of the Fatboard is the new RaceBlade Long II full coverage fenders. Officially to be unveiled at Eurobike, the fenders combine the spray protection of a full coverage fender but with quick release mounting for easy on/off. Mounting at the brake bolt and the skewer, the fender set does not need traditional eyelets. A new design for the attachment and release mechanism positions the interface on top of the fender in order to keep crud out of the connectors. Estimated retail is set at $59.99 with availability later this fall.On the pump side of things, SKS has a full range of new mini pumps from the absolutely tiny Airboy to the gauge equipped Injex Control.center_img SKS is far from the first company to offer a clip on fender for fat bikes, but the Fatboard is a nice addition to the line up that will provide additional options for consumers. Still in prototype form, the final versions of the fenders will be shown at Eurobike which will have an additional adjustment point on the rear fender. Having two angle adjustments will allow the injection molded fenders to adjust to fit more bikes with dropper posts, different tube shapes, etc. The downtube mounted front fender will work with all types of fat bike forks, and the set is expected to retail for $44.99 with availability expected in January 2016.Not shown in Sedona but also expected at Eurobike is a new fat bike specific floor pump with a 24 psi max gauge, and large barrel for high volume tires. SKS front man Mark Burgener points out that even though the gauge on the pump will top out at 24psi, you can still use the pump up to 87psi if need be – you’ll just have to measure the pressure with an external gauge. The Cadillac of SKS mini pumps, the Injex Control makes it so you don’t have to choose between a high volume or high pressure pump. After flipping out the T-handle, the pump is in high pressure mode with the narrow plunger exposed. To switch to high volume mode give the grey knurled cap an 1/8th of a turn and the large plunger can be removed. This allows you to start with high volume until the tire is filled to base pressures then switch to high pressure to finish it off. Other features include an auto select lever head, built in high pressure gauge, and a water bottle mounting system. All the features add up to a 216g total weight and the pump sells for $39.99. Even though Magura didn’t have a huge amount of new product to show, long time partner for the Sedona show SKS stepped up to the plate – literally. Aside from the clever use of SKS pump handles for silverware, SKS had a ton of new products to show from pumps, to tools, to fenders. Most of which are available now, though a few like the fat bike fenders above, were a sneak peek of product yet to come.Officially to be launched at Eurobike this year, we got a first look at the new Fatboard fenders plus a whole lot more after the jump… If you’re looking to mount another bottle cage but don’t have braze ons available, the Anywhere mount could be the answer. Shown with the SKS Topcage, the Anywhere mounts use rubber mounting feet and velcro straps to place a bottle cage just about anywhere for $11.99 (cage not included).Last but not least is new Tom Tool 7 mini tool. The smallest Tom Tool packs a 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2.5mm allen, T25 Torx, and No.1 Phillips screw driver made from stainless steel. Shipped with a neoprene sleeve, the Tom Tool 7 will run $20.sks-germany.comlast_img read more

Matthew Morrison & Wife Renee Welcome Baby Boy

first_imgMatthew & Renee Morrison(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Give a cheer for one of the new nicest kids in town! Tony nominee Matthew Morrison and his wife, Renee, have announced a new addition to their family. Morrison shared the news of newborn son Revel James Makai on Instagram. Matthew and Renee Morrison were married in October 2014 and broke the news of the expected baby this May.Matthew Morrison is a Tony nominee for The Light in the Piazza who originated the role of Link Larkin in Broadway’s Hairspray. His other Great White Way credits include roles in Footloose, The Rocky Horror Show, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, South Pacific and Finding Neverland. He was seen off-Broadway in 10 Million Miles. Morrison is an Emmy nominee and two-time Golden Globe nominee for Glee. Many congrats to Matthew and Renee on the exciting news!last_img read more

Molly’s Falls Pond to become Vermont’s newest state park

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The people of Vermont will now forever have access to one of the state’s most popular and well-loved recreation areas in Central Vermont—the Molly’s Falls Pond property, known by many as the “Marshfield Reservoir”. The Vermont Land Trust today announced the sale of 1,029 acres to the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. Now called Molly’s Falls Pond State Park, the property boasts a 402-acre reservoir, roughly 35,000 feet of undeveloped shoreline, and over 600 acres of forestland. It is a popular spot for boaters and anglers and has a fishing access area and wheelchair-accessible fishing platforms managed by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.The Department purchased the property from the Vermont Land Trust with funding from the federal Forest Legacy Program. The Forest Legacy program protects environmentally important forestland properties that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. In Vermont this program has helped to permanently conserve over 67,000 acres of forestland.The Vermont Land Trust purchased the property from Green Mountain Power in 2012 so that the State could eventually acquire the land. Green Mountain Power retained 23 acres that includes the dam, buildings for the hydropower facility and spillways on the reservoir.“We were extremely fortunate that the Vermont Land Trust was able to acquire the property from Green Mountain Power when they did and were willing to hold onto it until the state was able to secure necessary funding,” said Michael Snyder, Commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. “This project simply would not have happened had they not been willing to take this significant risk. The property is an exceptional place, not only for water-based recreation, but also for wildlife habitat and scenic quality along the Route 2 travel corridor, and we are excited and pleased that we will finally be able to protect it as a public resource.”Molly’s Falls Pond State Park is now part of a vast assemblage of state conservation and recreation lands including Groton State Forest. “Connecting people with the outdoors is so important to our physical and mental well-being,” said Gil Livingston, VLT President. “And the surrounding healthy forest is part of a larger 30,000-acre block of conserved forestland critical to wildlife movement in the region. Vermonters and visitors alike will enjoy this spectacular place for generations to come.”The Vermont Land Trust also has secured stewardship funding to assist the Department with some necessary start-up and operations costs. A priority is to restore some of the most heavily used sites along the reservoir by replanting shoreline areas that are currently bare and erosion-prone. Public input will be welcome as the Department begins to develop a long-term management plan for the Park in 2016.“Molly’s Falls is a beautiful area and we are so pleased that Vermonters will be able to enjoy it as part of the state park system,” said Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power spokesperson. “We have been privileged to generate clean, low-cost hydroelectricity there for our customers for nearly 90 years, and will continue to do so while the area continues to offer recreational opportunities for all. We appreciate the commitment of the Vermont Land Trust and state officials to help make the transition a reality.”Photo credit and caption:  Molly’s Falls Pond is Vermont’s newest state park.  The land has long been used for fishing and boating. Photos by Caleb Kenna.last_img read more

Lenexa approves millions in public finance incentives for new Kiewit headquarters

first_imgRenderings of the new headquarters building by HO+K Architects.The Lenexa City Council approved Omaha-based construction and engineering company Kiewit Corp.’s requested public finance incentives for the planned $50 million regional-headquarters project in City Center, which will consolidate about 1,200 of its local employees into one campus.Register to continuelast_img

When the gods die, a time to embrace change: Researchers examine the Hindu rituals of Nabakalebara

first_imgEmail Cultural anthropologist Roland Hardenberg of the University of Tübingen has studied and written about the Jagannatha tradition for many years. This year he has been following the events as part of the German Research Foundation-sponsored collaborative research center on Resource Cultures. Hardenberg and his PhD students Lisa Züfle and Cora Gäbel are investigating the significance of the Jagannatha temple for Puri and the surrounding region, with particular emphasis on Nabakalebara, which is now happening for the first time since 1996.Hardenberg says the notion of renewal during Nabakalebara has taken on a vast new dimension. The authorities have carried out a comprehensive modernization of the state’s infrastructure, enlarging highways, building flyovers, constructing a new bus station and adding trains tracks – a gigantic undertaking for this poor state. “Just a few weeks ago, after long legal battles, buildings around the temple were bulldozed to double the width of the street. All across the city there is building work; pipes and cables are being laid and streets repaired,” says Hardenberg.“People here aim to show India and the world that this is no longer poor, backward Odisha. Without this religious event, the region would never have taken such a leap forward. The state government’s reputation depends on a successful Chariot Festival – and the opposition is just waiting for something to go wrong. Fearing attacks, the authorities have banned air traffic on the main days of the festival and the coast will be patrolled. They have invested in hospitals, public health, and drainage systems. The logistics in managing millions of visiting pilgrims is incredible,” says Hardenberg.The time of change began in March this year, when more than one hundred priests from the 12th-century temple of Jagannatha fanned out in search of the ideal neem trees from which to fashion the new cores of Jagannatha, his sister Subhadra, their elder brother Balabhadra and their protector Sudarshana.Throughout the process, politicians rubbed shoulders with the priests, keen to be associated with the great events. Thousands of police were on hand, as were hundreds of merchants selling everything from food to souvenirs to the flood of pilgrims eager to see the holy trees. Accommodation and washing facilities for the priests were constructed overnight. Wells were drilled and first aid stations set up. The Hare Krishnas drove up in their mobile temples. And at the height of the festival in July – when the finished gods mount their chariots – the temple feeds millions of worshipers.The figures of Jagannatha and his siblings are made from pillars of neem wood, swathed in silk and aromatic pastes and adorned with colorful garlands. They have brightly-painted wooden faces with large eyes. For most of the year, they reside in the temple, accessible only to those of the Hindu faith. But once a year, they emerge for the Chariot Festival and ride in the three enormous heavy carriages, each carpentered from some sixty trees and pulled by soldiers and pilgrims. (These gave rise to the English word “juggernaut.”) On this day, Jagannatha, Subhadra, Balabhadra and Sudarshana are visible to all.In their search, the priests spread out up to 150km by jeep. There are a number of auspicious signs – the tree’s proximity to water, a temple or a cremation ground; knots in the bark or roots which may be interpreted as a lotus, elephant or owl – each a symbol of one of the gods. This year, the priests shared smartphone snaps of the trees via What’s App and consulted before deciding which would become the core of the new gods.Some 70 devotees felled each tree. The work was filmed by cameras mounted on remote-controlled helicopters and broadcast live. It was watched by vast crowds in each location – and by millions more on television.The remains of the old gods were respectfully buried in the temple grounds on June 16, and the community now looks forward to seeing the new gods at the Chariot Festival from July 18-26, and on spreading a bounty of food to the vast crowds of pilgrims. The rebirth of the gods is more than just symbolic – it is a process by which the whole society adapts to new times. “‘Jagannatha’” means ‘lord of the universe,’” says Hardenberg, “and from the point of view of his followers, he is the force behind this change.” Share Pinterest The death and rebirth of four Hindu gods brings renewal to India’s state of Odisha. University of Tübingen researchers are following the rituals of Nabakalebara, held every 19 years.Five million pilgrims are expected to attend this year’s Chariot Festival on July 18-26, the high point of Nabakalebara rituals in the northeastern Indian city of Puri. The rituals surround the death and remaking of four gods, and happen only every 19 years or so. In 2015, Nabakalebara is accompanied by a vast overhaul of local infrastructure, and it may even determine the region’s political future. Cultural anthropologists from Tübingen University’s Resource Cultures collaborative research center (SFB 1070) are investigating the tremendous material resources mustered for these religious festivities.Followers of Jagannatha believe that he and three other gods become ill every year after they are given a cold bath by Shitala Devi, the goddess of smallpox. Usually, the gods get better and their images are presented to the public at the Ratha Yatra, or Chariot Festival, at their temple in Puri in July. But when the lunar calendar holds an extra month in summer, the gods’ illness is fatal. They die, and their material bodies must be completely renewed in the ceremonies known as Nabakalebara, or “new embodiment.” This has always been a time for big changes in the temple community – but today, the renewal of the gods comes with massive renewal in the state of Odisha. Change does not happen in spite of the old tradition – on the contrary, the old tradition demands it.center_img Share on Facebook Share on Twitter LinkedInlast_img read more

Study: Multiracial congregations don’t promote progressive racial views

first_imgShare Email Share on Twitter Troubling questions about multiracial congregations’ potential to address racial inequality are raised by a new national study done by researchers at Baylor University, the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago.The study — “United by Faith? Race/Ethnicity, Congregational Diversity, and Explanations of Racial Inequality” — is published in the journal Sociology of Religion.“We find little evidence that multiracial congregations promote progressive racial views among attendees of any race or ethnicity,” the researchers wrote. Views of minorities in multiracial congregations contrast to those generally held by religiously affiliated blacks and Hispanics. “Whose interests are multiracial congregations serving?” asked researcher Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “We want to believe that they promote a shared, integrated identity for all. But the truth may be that many are advancing a form of Anglo-conformity instead.”The study’s focus was explanations for socioeconomic differences between blacks and whites in the United States. Previous research shows that blacks and Hispanics point to discrimination as a cause of black disadvantage, while whites often emphasize personal motivation as a cause, researchers said. But inside multiracial congregations, explanations for inequality become more similar across groups, coming to resemble the views of the whites.Although more of America’s faith communities are becoming racially and ethnically mixed, the dominant white racial frames may go unchallenged. That potentially influences minority attendees to embrace those attitudes, or multiracial congregations may attract minorities more likely to accept the attitudes in the first place.“The ongoing racial desegregation taking place in America’s congregations has many costs,” said lead author Ryon Cobbs, Ph.D., National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at USC Davis School of Gerontology. “For blacks and Hispanics, affiliation with racially diverse congregations costs them a perspective on racial inequality that is distinct from their white counterparts within and outside their racially diverse congregation.”Researchers analyzed nationally representative data from General Social Surveys and National Congregations Studies, with 1,485 respondents from more than 100 denominations encompassing all major religious traditions.In a previous study, the researchers found that congregation size also impacts attitudes about racial inequality. Individuals attending very large congregations do not tend to attribute social divisions and economic gaps between blacks and whites to discrimination or lack of quality education but to some other factors. Further research is needed to determine the “why” of those differing perceptions, researchers said.Also involved in the research was doctoral candidate Samuel L. Perry of the University of Chicago’s sociology department.center_img LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Merrill Lynch warns of meltdown in Ireland

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Living on a prayer

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Sentencing In Deportation Case Reveals Prior Rape Crime

first_imgRogelio Mendez is finishing a sentence for raping a woman in Southampton in 2016.A Mexican who illegally entered the United States at least five times over the past 15 years raped a woman in Southampton in 2016, according to a sentencing handed down in a U.S. District Court proceeding last week.Rogelio Mendez, 37, whose home address was listed as Jackson Heights, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges that he re-entered the U.S. after being deported.But the admission was just a small part of the story. According to testimony and court documents, the federal prison sentence is in addition to a 30-month sentence that Mendez is currently finishing in state prison for a 2016 rape in Southampton.The violent attacks at a co-worker’s house left the victim in a permanent state of distress, according to published reports. At the court hearing, the victim publicly chastised U.S. immigration policy for the lax border security that allowed Mendez torepeatedly re-enter the country“Mendez was first deported from the United States in 2004 after he served two years in state prison for criminal possession of a loaded firearm in Queens, papers filed by federal prosecutors said,” according to QNS reporter Emily Davenport. Eastern District prosecutor Bradley King said that Mendez first entered the country illegally in 1993 when he was 14 years old.Mendez illegally re-entered the United States in 2005, and “was again deported in March of 2009,” court papers said. He once again found his way back in the United States a year later and made his way to Southampton.A restaurant here employed him despite his undocumented status. The employer was never revealed in court papers.On September 11, 2016, Mendez and a co-worker went to a house after work where other seasonal workers lived, including the victim and her girlfriend, who knew Mendez’s friend.The victim fell asleep and woke up when Mendez forced himself on her, she told police. She tried to stop the attack and eventually broke free, seeking sanctuary in another room, but Mendez followed her and sought to rape her again, despite the fact she was furiously kicking and beating him.“Ms. Doe told the defendant to stop and then fought for her safety, throwing punches at the defendant,” the court papers said.U.S. District Judge Sandra Feuerstein slapped a 55-month sentence onto the 30 months he is in the midst of serving. They will run concurrently.The victim described her life as an “an ongoing living hell and nightmare.” She has trouble sleeping to this day, she said in a written court statement. “It hurts physically to even make it to work in the morning. I try not to shake with fear.”According to a report of court proceedings furnished by Newsday she said her case was “an example of how immigration laws allow the employment of people” like the defendant. The Independent is investigating this case in search of more information, including where in Southampton Mendez was employed, and why local newspapers apparently were never given information about his arrest. Information can be sent to in strictest confidence. Sharelast_img read more

Conxion crosses borders

first_imgThe cargo, which had the dimensions 24 m x 3.5 m x 2.9 m, was transported 850 km by road, crossing through the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The total journey took 16 days.In Dubai, Conxion was supported by Masstrans, which coordinated with all of the respective authorities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to arrange a traffic department escort from the Jebel Ali Free Zone to the Saudi Arabian border.When the cargo arrived in Qatar, a 500-tonne capacity crane was used to offload and position the heat exchanger at the refinery. Rama Chandra, chief operating officer at Conxion, explained that the company has an exclusive contract for logistics services with Qatar Petroleum, and that this shipment was part of the Qatar Petroleum Turnaround Project 2014.Conxion Logistics and Masstrans are members of the Project Cargo Network (PCN).  www.conxionlogistics.comwww.masstrans.aelast_img read more