IB15: Advocate Cycles Speaks for the (700)c’s, with New Lorax Gravel Bike

first_imgContinuing their use of local artists for the bicycle’s graphics, the Lorax get a custom illustration from Adam Turman. Featuring the Minnesota state tree of the Norway Pine, the illustration is Adam’s take on the popular children’s book centered around the Lorax.Built around a long and low geometry more similar to a gravel bike, the Lorax is meant to ride anything from city/touring to gravel or even cyclocross. The Reynolds 525 steel frame offers a quality ride a price that is within most consumers’ budgets. Tim pointed out that there are many affordable steel bikes on the market, but few that offer a carbon fork which is key to the performance of the bike. Because of that, the Lorax uses a tapered carbon fork with quick release dropouts (400mm A2C, 50mm offset) . We’re told that the bike will gain a thru axle fork option in the future, but Advocate is waiting on the completion of a new fork that they are working on. Out back, the Lorax ships with 135mm QR dropouts, but since it uses the same Portage dropout plates as their other bikes, it is already compatible with 142x12mm rear hubs. Like the other bikes, the Portage dropouts also allow for single speed use with a SS specific set of dropout plates with built-in chain tensioners. After starting with fat and plus size tires, Advocate Cycles is moving to something a bit skinnier. Based out of Minneapolis, Advocate has been making noise in the bicycle world thanks to their positioning as a Special Benefit Corporation. The arrangement allows for Advocate to operate as a business while giving back 100% of the profits after expenses to bicycle based advocacy. Perhaps the way forward for many businesses, it was recently announced that Kickstarter is now a similar Public Benefit Corporation as well.For Advocate cycles though, it’s not just about the advocacy, but it’s also about the bikes. Founder Tim Krueger mentioned he didn’t want to sell product he wasn’t proud of just because of the advocacy model. Instead he wanted to make the bikes he really wanted to ride while also giving back to the community. Their new Lorax is an example of just that – it’s meant to be an affordable, steel cross/gravel/do it all bike with modern components and a fun ride…center_img As you would expect from a do it all frame, there are braze ons for complete fenders and rear racks as well. Tire clearance should allow for a 40 mm tire with fender, for a 45 mm tire without. Stock, the bike will ship with 38s. Part of that tire clearance is due to the use of a pressfit 86 bottom bracket shell which Tim stands behind, even though he said it has been one of the few sources of criticism for the bikes. He pointed out that the pressfit shell allows them to provide tire clearance for the 45 mm tire without aggressive manipulation of the chain stays. The more manipulation of the stays, the greater chance of them failing in the future.Other frame features include the use of downtube posts just in case somebody ever wants to run down tube shifters (and it also supplies a location for barrel adjusters that actually work), as well as fully external Cable housing.Pricing is set for $999 for the frame and fork, and just $1799 for the complete Tiagra 10 speed build with Avid BB7s mechanical disc brakes. Expect to see a titanium version of the Lorax in March, with the steel version available then as well.advocatecycles.comlast_img read more

Tickets Are Now on Sale for Broadway’s Mrs. Doubtfire Musical

first_img Analise Scarpaci Tickets are now on sale for Mrs. Doubtfire, the new Broadway musical based on the hit film, slated to arrive at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in 2020. Previews are scheduled to begin on March 9 ahead of an April 5 opening night. Tony nominee Rob McClure and Jenn Gambatese will star.Based on the Golden Globe-winning 1993 comedy flick, Mrs. Doubtfire follows the journey of a struggling actor (McClure) who will go to any length to be with his children after he loses custody in a bitter divorce. He decides to disguise himself as a matronly Scottish woman and takes a job as their nanny, in the home of his ex-wife (Gambatese).The cast will also include two-time Tony nominee Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!, The Producers) as Frank Hillard, Analise Scarpaci (Matilda) as Lydia Hillard, Jake Ryan Flynn (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Christopher Hillard, J. Harrison Ghee (Kinky Boots) as Andre, Mark Evans (Waitress) as Stuart Dunmeyer, Charity Angél Dawson (Waitress) as Wanda Sellner, Avery Sell as Natalie Hillard and Peter Bartlett (She Loves Me) as Mr. Jolly.Mrs. Doubtfire features a book by Tony-nominated Something Rotten! creators John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick and an original score by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. Four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (The Music Man) directs and Lorin Latarro (Waitress) choreographs the production, which features music supervision by Ethan Popp (Tina—The Tina Turner Musical).The creative team also includes David Korins (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Philip Rosenberg (lighting design) and Brian Ronan (sound design). Charity Angel Dawson Rob McClure View Comments Jenn Gambatese J. Harrison Ghee Related Shows Rob McClure & Jenn Gambatese(Photos: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Mark Evanscenter_img Mrs. Doubtfire Star Files Avery Sell Peter Bartlett from $59.00 Brad Oscar Jake Ryan Flynn View All (10)last_img read more

Cabot St Albans building to get solar

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Catamount St Albans 2, LLC, the owner of a 182,000 square foot building located at 32 Lower Newton Street, St Albans, has closed on a loan with Northfield Savings Bank and VEDA to develop a 500kW solar project. The power received from the solar arrays will be supplied back to Cabot Creamery, who occupies the building.Doug Nedde (Nedde Real Estate) and Joel Dube (Northfield Savings Bank). Courtesy photoNedde Real Estate is a full service commercial real estate firm specializing in acquisitions, development and brokerage.Source: Nedde 3.23.2017,Yeslast_img read more

Miro for Mayor campaign releases finance disclosure form

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Miro For Mayor Campaign Finance Statement was submitted on February 24, 2018, for Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger’s re-election campaign. See report below. Total donations are $107,000 and total expenditures to date are $78,000. In a press release, the campaign stated that with 10 days remaining in the race, the Miro for Mayor campaign has received:The most total campaign contributors (473) of any campaign by a wide margin. More birthday wishes on all social media platforms than any other campaign (hundreds and more still coming in).Of further note, 86% of all funds contributed to the Miro For Mayor have been made by Vermonters.“We are grateful for the support of the hundreds of people who are supporting our campaign – making phone calls, knocking on doors, hosting house parties and more – who believe in this campaign’s vision of Burlington as a city of opportunity for people of all backgrounds, ages and incomes,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “We will be working very hard over the final days of this campaign to make good on this support and to keep Burlington Moving Forward.”Source: Weinberger campaign 2.25.2018 The most contributions under $100 (312).last_img read more

Grants available to churches for renewable energy projects

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont Interfaith Power and Light (VTIPL) has announced that matching grants for renewable energy projects are now available through the Katy Gerke Memorial Program (KGMP) to Christian churches in Vermont and the following twelve (12) Upper Connecticut River Valley towns in New Hampshire: Bath, Charleston, Claremont, Cornish, Hanover, Haverhill, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, Oxford, Piermont and Plainfield. The Katy Gerke Memorial Program (KGMP) has been established by Dr. Paul Gerke in memory of his wife, the late Dr. Katy Gerke, and Vermont Interfaith Power and Light administers the Program.  The mission of the KGMP is to improve the energy efficiency of Christian churches in Vermont and the twelve (12) New Hampsire towns listed above.  The expansion of the KGMP to include renewable energy projects builds on the program’s initial grants which have enabled churches to obtain professional energy audits and to undertake cost-effective energy efficiency projects. Since the initiation of the Katy Gerke Memorial Program in 2014, VTIPL has awarded over $57,000 in matching grants to nineteen (19) faith communities.Vermont Interfaith Power and Light is a Vermont 501c(3) non-profit whose mission is to support the efforts of faith communities in addressing climate change.  Christian churches in Vermont and the twelve (12) New Hampshire towns identified above are encouraged to apply for matching grants for energy audits, efficiency projects, and now, renewable energy projects using the downloadable grant applications available on its website, www.vtipl.org(link is external).VTIPL’s annual conference, “A Just Economy to Achieve Climate Goals”, will be held Saturday, October 13 at Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington.  The keynote speaker will be George Lakey, author of “Viking Economics”.  In addition there will be workshops, a catered lunch, sponsors’ exhibits, music and more.Source: Richmond, Vermont – September 5, 2018 Vermont Interfaith Power and Light (VTIPL). www.vtipl.org(link is external).last_img read more

AZRE Magazine November/December 2013

first_imgAZRE Magazine November/December 2013‘Healthy Dose of Optimism’This was an exciting year for real estate. Litanies of “recovery” echoed throughout Arizona, which was named one of the fastest-growing states by Moody’s Analytics in September, and many sectors of commercial real estate got much-needed morale boosts throughout the last three quarters.It was a particularly interesting year for medical office buildings as the deadline for the Affordable Care Act approaches. The ACA could mean bringing healthcare to more than 30 million previously uninsured Americans, which will greatly affect the healthcare industry — and its real estate. Inside this issue of AZRE, industry professionals chime in on just what the ACA will mean for physicians and their facilities as well as trends within the sector. Healthcare Trust of America CEO and President Scott Peters also breaks down what the ACA may mean for investors in an exclusive Q-and-A.Twenty-thirteen is drawing to a close, and that means it’s time for year-end awards. That includes BOMA’s TOBY Awards and AIA Arizona’s Design Excellence Awards. Flip ahead for photos and descriptions of this year’s finalists and be sure to visit azbigmedia.com on Nov. 3 (AIA) and Nov. 16 (TOBY) for a list of the winners and honorees.Speaking of exceptional things, developers, contractors and architects have taken it upon themselves to preserve pre-existing structures through out Phoenix in creative adaptive re-use projects that keep popping up all over town — from turning an old church into a Taco Guild or a television studio into a wellness center.We hope you’re looking forward to the new year as much as we are. We’re rolling out new products, new ways of sharing information with you and already have an arsenal of great in-depth stories we’re eager to share.Enjoy the issue.Amanda Ventura, EditorTake it with you! On your mobile, go to m.issuu.com to get started.last_img read more

Researchers pinpoint part of the brain that recognizes facial expressions

first_imgResearchers at The Ohio State University have pinpointed the area of the brain responsible for recognizing human facial expressions.It’s on the right side of the brain behind the ear, in a region called the posterior superior temporal sulcus (pSTS).In a paper published today in the Journal of Neuroscience, the researchers report that they used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify a region of pSTS as the part of the brain activated when test subjects looked at images of people making different facial expressions. Share on Twitter Share LinkedIn Pinterestcenter_img Email Share on Facebook Further, the researchers have discovered that neural patterns within the pSTS are specialized for recognizing movement in specific parts of the face. One pattern is tuned to detect a furrowed brow, another is tuned to detect the upturn of lips into a smile, and so on.“That suggests that our brains decode facial expressions by adding up sets of key muscle movements in the face of the person we are looking at,” said Aleix Martinez, a cognitive scientist and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State.This fMRI image shows activity in the posterior superior temporal sulcus (pSTS) region of the brain of a test subject who is recognizing a facial expression. Researchers at the Ohio State University have pinpointed the pSTS as the area of the brain responsible for this task.Martinez said that he and his team were able to create a machine learning algorithm that uses this brain activity to identify what facial expression a person is looking at based solely on the fMRI signal.“Humans use a very large number of facial expressions to convey emotion, other non-verbal communication signals and language,” Martinez said.“Yet, when we see someone make a face, we recognize it instantly, seemingly without conscious awareness. In computational terms, a facial expression can encode information, and we’ve long wondered how the brain is able to decode this information so efficiently.“Now we know that there is a small part of the brain devoted to this task.”Using this fMRI data, the researchers developed a machine learning algorithm that has about a 60 percent success rate in decoding human facial expressions, regardless of the facial expression and regardless of the person viewing it.“That’s a very powerful development, because it suggests that the coding of facial expressions is very similar in your brain and my brain and most everyone else’s brain,” Martinez said.The study doesn’t say anything about people who exhibit atypical neural functioning, but it could give researchers new insights, said study co-author Julie Golomb, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Vision and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Ohio State.“This work could have a variety of applications, helping us not only understand how the brain processes facial expressions, but ultimately how this process may differ in people with autism, for example,” she said.Doctoral student Ramprakash Srinivasan, Golomb and Martinez placed 10 college students into an fMRI machine and showed them more than 1,000 photographs of people making facial expressions. The expressions corresponded to seven different emotional categories: disgusted, happily surprised, happily disgusted, angrily surprised, fearfully surprised, sadly fearful and fearfully disgusted.While some of the expressions were positive and others negative, they all had some commonalities among them. For instance, “happily surprised,” “angrily surprised” and “fearfully surprised” all include raised eyebrows, though other parts of the face differ when we express these three emotions.Test subjects in an Ohio State University study were shown a series of photographs of different facial expressions. Researchers pinpointed an area of the brain that is specifically attuned to picking up key muscle movements (here, labeled AU for ‘action units’) that combine to express emotion.fMRI detects increased blood flow in the brain, so the research group was able to obtain images of the part of the brain that was activated when the students recognized different expressions. Regardless of the expression they were looking at, all the students showed increased activity in the same region–the pSTS.Then the research group used a computer to cross-reference the fMRI images with the different facial muscle movements shown in the test photographs. They were able to create a map of regions within the pSTS that activated for different facial muscle groups, such as the muscles of the eyebrows or lips.First, they constructed maps using the fMRIs of 9 of the participants. Then, they fed the algorithm the fMRI images from the 10th student, and asked it to identify the expressions that student was looking at. Then they repeated the experiment, creating the map from scratch with data from nine of the students, but using a different student as the 10th subject.About 60 percent of the time, the algorithm was able to accurately identify the facial expression that the 10th person was looking at, based solely on that person’s fMRI image.Martinez called the results “very positive,” and said that they indicate that the algorithm is making strides toward an understanding of what happens in that region of the brain.last_img read more

The single life continues to be stigmatized — but most single people are doing just fine

first_imgPinterest Email LinkedIn Share Share on Twittercenter_img The 21st century is the age of living single. Today, the number of single adults in the U.S. – and many other nations around the world – is unprecedented. And the numbers don’t just say people are staying single longer before settling down. More are staying single for life. A 2014 Pew Report estimates that by the time today’s young adults reach the age of 50, about one in four of them will have never married.The ascendancy of single living has left some in a panic. US News & World Report, for example, cautioned that Americans think the country’s moral values are bad and getting worse, and one of the top reasons for their concern is the large number of people remaining single. Share on Facebook But instead of fretting, maybe we should celebrate.I’m a social scientist, and I’ve spent the past two decades researching and writing about single people. I’ve found that the rise of single living is a boon to our cities and towns and communities, our relatives and friends and neighbors. This trend has the chance to redefine the traditional meaning – and confines – of home, family and community.Ties that bindFor years, communities across the country have been organized by clusters of nuclear families living in suburban homes. But there are some signs that this arrangement isn’t working out so well.These houses are often too isolating – too far from work and from one another. According to a national survey ongoing since 1974, Americans have never been less likely to be friends with their neighbors than they are now, with neighborliness lowest in the suburbs.But studies have also shown that single people are bucking those trends. For example, they are more likely than married people to encourage, help and socialize with their friends and neighbors. They are also more likely to visit, support, advise and stay in touch with their siblings and parents.In fact, people who live alone are often the life of their cities and towns. They tend to participate in more civic groups and public events, enroll in more art and music classes, and go out to dinner more often than people who live with others. Single people, regardless of whether they live alone or with others, also volunteer more for social service organizations, educational groups, hospitals and organizations devoted to the arts than people who are married.In contrast, when couples move in together or get married, they tend to become more insular, even if they don’t have children.Building strength and resilienceUnfortunately, single life continues to be stigmatized, with single people routinely stereotyped as less secure and more self-centered than married people. They’re said to die sooner, alone and sad.Yet studies of people who live alone typically find that most are doing just fine; they don’t feel isolated, nor are they sad and lonely.Reports of the early death of single people have also been greatly exaggerated, as have claims that marriage transforms miserable, sickly single people into happy and healthy spouses.In some significant ways, it’s the single people who are doing particularly well.For example, people with more diversified relationship portfolios tend to be more satisfied with their lives. In contrast, the insularity of couples who move in together or get married can leave them vulnerable to poorer mental health.Studies have shown that people who stay single develop more confidence in their own opinions and undergo more personal growth and development than people who marry. For example, they value meaningful work more than married people do. They may also have more opportunities to enjoy the solitude that many of them savor.Redefining the family and homeMarried people often put their spouse (and, for some, kids) at the center of their lives. That’s what they’re expected to do, and often it’s also what they want to do.But single people are expanding the traditional boundaries of family. The people they care about the most might include family in the traditional sense. But they’ll also loop in friends, ex-partners and mentors. It’s a bigger, more inclusive family of people who matter.For many single people, single-family suburban homes aren’t going to offer them the balance between sociability and solitude that they crave. They are instead finding or creating a variety of different lifespaces.Sometimes you’ll see 21st-century variations of traditional arrangements, like multi-generational households that allow for privacy and independence as well as social interaction. Others – and not just the very young – are living with their friends or other families of choice.Those who cherish their alone time will often choose to live alone. Some have committed romantic relationships but choose to live in places of their own, a lifestyle of “living apart together.”Some of the most fascinating innovations are pursued by people who seek both solitude and easy sociability. These individuals might move into their own apartment, but it’s in a building or neighborhood where friends and family are already living. They might buy a duplex with a close friend, or explore cohousing communities or pocket neighborhoods, which are communities of small homes clustered around shared spaces such as courtyards or gardens.Single parents are also innovating. Single mothers, for example, can go to CoAbode to try to find other single mothers with whom they can share a home and a life. Other single people might want to raise children with the full support of another parent. Now they can look for a partner in parenting – with no expectations for romance or marriage – at websites such as Family by Design and Modamily.As the potential for living a full and meaningful single life becomes more widely known, living single will become more of a genuine choice. And when living single is a real choice, then getting married will be, too. Fewer people will marry as a way of fleeing single life or simply doing what they are expected to do, and more will choose it because it’s what they really want.If current trends continue, successive generations will have unprecedented opportunities to pursue the life that suits them best, rather than the one that is prescribed.By Bella DePaulo, Project Scientist, University of California, Santa BarbaraThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions Appoints New President

first_imgDeMoulpied 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 “I have had the opportunity to work with John for a number of years, and his professionalism and sound leadership have been instrumental in helping us meet the challenges of today’s dynamic truck and bus tire and retread marketplace,” said Kurt Danielson, president of Bridgestone Commercial Solutions U.S. & Canada commercial tire sales and senior vice president at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “I know he is the right choice to lead the organization to the next level.” 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.  Boynton joined Bridgestone in 1998 as a fleet sales representative and was promoted to district sales manager that same year. During his career with the company, Boynton has taken on positions of increasing responsibility. Boynton received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska and his MBA from Creighton University. He also has received certificates in executive management from Notre Dame University’s Mandoza School of Business as well as the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business.,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 MoreAdvertisementcenter_img From Tire ReviewAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBridgestone Commercial Solutions announced that John Boynton, currently vice president of sales at Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, has been promoted to the position of president at Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, effective immediately. 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. In his role as president, Boynton will be responsible for daily operations, profitability and long-term strategic direction of the company’s truck and bus tire sales and Bandag retreading business.last_img read more

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