Velo Orange Voyager builds classic bike looks on wide tubeless gravel & trail rims

first_imgVelo Orange are proud proponents of classic bike style, but by no means are they adverse to new technology. Their latest Voyager polished alloy rims are the perfect example – bringing modern wide tubeless performance to a mirror finish box section alloy rim in 3 wheel sizes. And while you are eliminating flats from your classic ride, why not add a shiny new set of matching polished fenders as well…Velo Orange Voyager modern box section tubeless rimsc. Velo OrangeYou can’t call Velo Orange (VO) luddites with great modern tech like this. It’s hard to argue with the classic good looks of a traditional road or touring bike with a polished aluminum groupset and matching shiny alloy wheels. Now, VO can bring the smoother ride & fewer flats benefits of modern tubeless tires to that old bike while keeping its good looks. Paired with the fact that the most popular all-road & gravel tires now come with a tan/skin/brown wall option, it’s getting easier to mix retro & modern – on or off-road.Tech detailsFrom the outside the Voyager maintains the looks of a traditional box section alloy rim. But the 19mm deep polished aluminum rim is entirely modern, and built to handle a mix or road & gravel trail conditions.The Voyager has a modern 27mm external width, 22.1mm internal to fit tires from 38mm up to 2.4″ (61mm) wide, according to VO. You can probably dial it back down to 28mm or 30mm road tires as well as we have seen with most other tubeless wheel producers on similarly wide rims.The new rims aren’t just wider, but get a proper set of bead shelf locking lips to snap your tubeless tires securely into place. VO also says they kept the center of the rim channel relatively shallow to make an easy seal for simple first inflation of a tubeless setup with a floor pump, while still making it easy enough to get the tire on in the first place.The disc brake Voyager rim (no machined braking surface, but you can still apparently use rim brakes too since it has flat, parallel sidewalls) is all about versatility and comes in three different rim diameters (ISO), all with the same profile: 26″ (559), 650b/27.5″ (584), and 700c/29″ (622). The rims aren’t intended to build super lightweight wheels, but rather durable mixed-surface road & touring wheels so they all get stainless steel eyelets and come in 32 or 36 hole spoke drilling. Claimed single rim weights are: 576g for 26″, 597g for 650b & 638g for 700c.All three diameters or drillings sell for the same $85 price per rim, available direct from Velo Orange.Velo Orange Enterprise alloy touring rimsNot nearly as advanced, VO has also updated their classic Enterprise box section alloy touring rims with a move to single eyelets, saving weight & maintaining durability. They say that improvements in alloys, nipples & spokes means they can drop a bunch of weight without performance sacrifice. The new $85 Enterprise rims are 16.3mm internal for 25-38mm tires, and are offered in 700c (622) & 27″ (630) and 32 or 36 hole drilling.Velo Orange Smooth Fenders for 650b or 700c all-road & gravelVO makes a number of patterned alloy full-coverage fenders – wavy, fluted, hammered, or even snakeskin. Now by popular demand from all-road gravel riders, they’ve added a simple Smooth look as well.Available in 650b x 58mm (to fit up to 50mm tires) and 700c x 38mm (to fit 30mm tires) either Smooth Fender pair sells for $76 and comes in either polished Silver or shiny black Noir. Fenders come pre-drilled and include matching (sliver or black) alloy stays & all mounting hardware.Velo-Orange.comlast_img read more

Norwich receives Vermont DOL grant for student internships

first_imgNorwich University,Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University’s Career and Internship Center has received $15,000 in grant funding from the Vermont Department of Labor to support student internships by providing partial reimbursements for gas mileage. The funding will support about 50 students with up to $800 in mileage reimbursement during the calendar year of 2018. Students qualify by applying to the Career and Internship Center. Eligible students are reimbursed at rate of $.535/mile.“Internships are an integral part of a Norwich education, exposing Norwich students to real-world experience in their chosen field. Norwich’s experiential learning model prepares students to be valuable members of local businesses, industry and government while still students. It’s a win-win, and this grant helps Norwich students get there,” said Internship Coordinator Jim Graves.Norwich University’s Career and Internship Center helps coordinate internships for credit in all majors, and any student working at an internship is eligible to apply to receive mileage reimbursement from this Vermont Dept. of Labor Secondary and Post-Secondary Internship Program. Awards are granted on a first come, first served basis.Norwich’s largest academic program, Criminal Justice, also boasts the highest proportion of internships (pictured) at about 20 percent.Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu(link is external)Source: Norwich 10.4.2017last_img read more

Our Kids launches a digital pen to facilitate juvenile court proceedings

first_img April 1, 2011 Regular News Our Kids launches a digital pen to facilitate juvenile court proceedings Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc., has adopted the use of a digital pen in juvenile court proceedings involving foster children in their care.Court documents account for 40 to 50 percent of the paperwork in the foster care system, and with approximately 3,000 foster children in its care in Miami and the Keys, Our Kids is committed to using technology to increase caseworker productivity and efficiency.“Our success over the past two years with technological innovations — such as OK Connect and ASK — have inspired us to enter new frontiers in the juvenile court,” said Frances P. Allegra, CEO of Our Kids. “The use of a digital pen in the courtroom streamlines the collection of information and moves the foster child much quicker through the foster care system, ultimately ensuring their safety and overall welfare.”Operating like a small laptop computer, the digital pen has a chip with a small camera that captures images of handwritten notes and converts the images to digital text. Each Children’s Legal Services attorney is assigned a digital pen, and using a “court memo” form — prefilled with relevant data about the case — the attorney makes notes and checks boxes to change the legal status of the child while in court. Once the hearing is complete, the CLS attorney touches a barcode on the form to upload the information to their Blackberry/PDA device. The information is securely and wirelessly transmitted to the State of Florida’s computer system and database. The original court memo then becomes a permanent part of the child’s legal case file, and the information is immediately accessible to Our Kids’ caseworkers and staff.“CLS is fully embracing the PenPal technology to further maximize efficiencies and improve the quality of critical data,” said Donald J. Cannava, CLS deputy regional director for the Department of Children and Families. “Our partnership on this project with Our Kids has been a great example of the collaboration that is essential to our collective success in improving results for Florida’s dependent children.”Our Kids tested the digital pen in the fall of 2010 with a group of approximately six CLS attorneys who had previously chosen to use the digital pen over a tablet computer. The digital pen is now available to 35 attorneys in Miami with an investment of about $10 per child.“The return on investment on projects like this is priceless,” said Patricia Smith, CIO of Our Kids. “Children are safer in foster care. The workforce is more engaged and productive. The time in court is minimized for attorneys, case workers, and children, making the process much more efficient.”center_img Our Kids launches a digital pen to facilitate juvenile court proceedingslast_img read more

Novice team places fourth in Grand Final over the weekend

first_imgNovice team places fourth in Grand Final over the weekendThe Gophers won Saturday’s heat to make it to Sunday’s Grand Final. Dane MizutaniApril 2, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint In a weekend when only its novice crews competed, Minnesota left the San Diego Crew Classic this weekend with a somewhat disappointing fourth-place finish in the Grand Final on Sunday.But it was a great step in the right direction for assistant coach Andy Foltz.“Our number one goal coming into Saturday was to get to the Grand Final [on] Sunday,” Foltz said.The Gophers did just that by winning their heat in the opening day of the two-day regatta in San Diego.Minnesota’s first novice eight beat out Oklahoma, Stanford, Sacramento State, Orange Coast College, San Diego and California-Irvine on Saturday to advance to the Grand Final on Sunday.Foltz said winning their heat Saturday was crucial in making a statement.Minnesota competed against California, Washington, UCLA, Oklahoma and Washington State on Sunday and did not fare as well. The Gophers finished fourth in the final of the event.“It was a really big weekend for that boat,” Foltz said. “They learned how to win, first off, and then they learned how to move forward coming up on the short end.” The crew was less than a second behind third-place Washington for a medal in the Grand Final on Sunday but finished 14 seconds behind first-place California.“They had their heart set on a medal,” Foltz said, “but they gave some really good programs a run for their money, and they should be proud of that feat.”Minnesota’s second novice eight rowed in the same race as the first novice eight because there were not enough crews to field another race.Foltz said that put the crew at a disadvantage, but he said they performed well for their level and defeated San Diego State.That crew finished sixth in its heat and did not qualify for any Sunday race.Despite the fourth-place finish from the first novice eight Sunday, Foltz said he was satisfied with what this weekend meant for the team.“It’s not where we wanted to be place-wise by any means, but at the same time, we’re improving and getting ready for the Big Ten schedule,” Foltz said.Minnesota’s varsity crews did not race this weekend, but they will resume action April 7 at the Big Ten Double Dual in Bloomington, Ind.last_img read more

Nearly winning is more rewarding in gambling addicts

first_imgShare Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share on Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Pathological gamblers have a stronger brain reaction to so-called near-miss events: losing events that come very close to a win. Neuroscientists of the Donders Institute at Radboud University show this in fMRI scans of twenty-two pathological gamblers and just as many healthy controls. The scientific journal Neuropsychopharmacology published their results in an early view article last week.Despite being objective losses, near-misses activate a particular reward-related area in the middle of our brain: the striatum. In the current study, neuroscientist Guillaume Sescousse and his colleagues show that this activity is amplified in pathological gamblers. When compared to healthy controls, pathological gamblers show more activity in the striatum after a near-miss event, than after a complete-miss event (see Figure). This activity is thought to reinforce gambling behaviour, supposedly by fostering an illusion of control on the game.To obtain these results, Sescousse compared fMRI scans of pathological gamblers and healthy adults while they were playing a slot machine game. ‘We’ve made our gambling game as lifelike as possible by improving the visuals, adding more sounds and adapting the speed of the slot wheel compared to previous versions. In our game, the chance for a near-miss was 33%, compared to 17% for a win and 50% for a complete-miss.’ Intensive studyGamblers have a strong illusion of control and they believe in luck more than others when they gamble. ‘It was challenging to find the subjects for this experiment’, according to Sescousse. ‘The prevalence of pathological gambling is relatively low in the Netherlands, and our study was rather intensive. People had to come back to the Donders Institute three times, and they could not have any additional disorders, diseases or drug prescriptions.’What is happening in the mind of a gambler when confronted with a near-miss event? Sescousse: ‘In normal situations near-miss events signal the fact that you are learning: this time you didn’t get it quite yet, but keep practicing and you will. Near-misses thus reinforce your behaviour, which happens by triggering activity in reward-related brain regions like the striatum. This also happens when gambling. But slot machines are random, in contrast to everyday life, which makes them such a great challenge to our brain. That’s why these near-misses may create an illusion of control.’SurpriseAnimal studies have shown that behavioral responses to near‐miss events are modulated by dopamine, but this dopaminergic influence had not yet been tested in humans. Therefore, all subjects performed the experiment twice: one time after receiving a dopamine blocker, and one time after receiving a placebo. Surprisingly, brain responses to near-miss events were not influenced by this manipulation. ‘For me, this is another confirmation of the complexity of the puzzle that we are working on’, Sescousse explains.The study was published in Neuropsychopharmacology. Emaillast_img read more

Framing spatial tasks as social eliminates gender differences

first_imgShare on Twitter Women underperform on spatial tests when they don’t expect to do as well as men, but framing the tests as social tasks eliminates the gender gap in performance, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The results show that women performed just as well as their male peers when the spatial tests included human-like figures.“Our research suggests that we may be underestimating the abilities of women in how we measure spatial thinking,” says postdoctoral researcher Margaret Tarampi of the University of California, Santa Barbara. “Given findings that entry into and retention in STEM disciplines is affected by our measures of spatial ability, we may be disproportionately limiting the accessibility of these fields to women because of the ways that we are measuring spatial abilities.”Previous work on spatial thinking has provided some evidence that men are, on average, better than women at certain spatial tasks, such as imagining what an object would look like if it were rotated a specific way. But Tarampi and colleagues Nahal Heydari, a former UCSB undergraduate student, and Mary Hegarty, professor of psychological and brain sciences at UCSB, noticed that little research had investigated whether gender differences exist when it comes to spatial perspective-taking. The researchers were intrigued because being able to imagine objects and environments from another perspective is an ability that we use every day, in tasks such as reading maps, giving directions, and playing video games. LinkedIn Email Pinterestcenter_img Although the existing gender stereotype about spatial ability suggested that men might be better at spatial perspective-taking than women, Tarampi and colleagues noted that the skill could also be thought of as a test of social ability or empathy, which women are typically thought to be better at.“These expectations based on stereotypes seem to be at odds with each other,” Tarampi explains. The research team devised a series of experiments to investigate whether men’s and women’s perspective taking performance fell in line with either stereotype.In one experiment, the researchers gave 135 college students (65 men, 70 women) two timed perspective-taking tests.In one test, the students saw a picture that included an array of objects, such as a house, a stop sign, a cat, a tree, and a car. They might be told, for example, to imagine standing at the cat, facing in the direction of the tree, while pointing to the car. Below that image, they saw a diagram of a circle with “cat” at the center and an arrow pointing to “tree” – they were asked to draw a second arrow to indicate the direction of the car.Importantly, some of the students received a “social” version of the task, in which the starting point was a person instead of an object.In the second test, the students were shown a map, with a path marked on it. They were told to imagine walking along that path and write an “R” or “L” at each turn, to indicate the direction they would be turning in. Again, some students received a social version of the test, in which a little person was shown at every corner.The students who received the unmodified tests were given instructions that framed perspective taking as a spatial task at which men tend to outperform women, while students who received the social versions of the tests received instructions that framed perspective taking as a social task at which women tend to outperform men.In line with spatial stereotypes, women performed worse than men on the “spatial” versions of the tests.But this gap in performance was completely eliminated when the tests were framed as social in nature.Two additional experiments revealed that simply including the human figure was sufficient to eliminate the gender difference on both tasks, while framing the tests as social tasks only eliminated the gap on the road map test.“These findings encourage researchers to question the nature of how we measure ability,” Tarampi says. “Starting from different theoretical backgrounds can lead to unintentional differences in approaches — in this case, centered on the inclusion or exclusion of social factors — which in turn bias the results.” Share on Facebook Sharelast_img read more

Flu Scan for Apr 25, 2014

first_imgUS flu season winding down with influenza B waveMost flu markers in the United States declined last week, but the Northeast is still in the grip of a wave of influenza B activity, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its latest FluView report.The agency said it’s not uncommon for a second wave of flu activity involving seasonal flu viruses other than the predominant one to occur toward the end of a season and that some disease activity could continue into May.The 2009 H1N1 virus dominated during most of the season, but this week influenza B accounted for the largest percentage of circulating viruses, with the number of H3N2 positives increasing as well.Though the country has been below baseline for clinic visits for flulike illness, two CDC regions, both in the Northeast, are still above their baselines. The overall percentage of respiratory specimens that tested positive for flu dropped last week from 14.5% to 12%.One state—Texas—reported moderate-intensity flu activity, and wide geographic spread was reported by Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Guam.Three more pediatric flu deaths were reported, pushing the season’s total in that age-group to 89. Overall, deaths from flu and pneumonia were 6.3% of all deaths, well below the epidemic threshold of 7.1%.Canada, like the United States, is seeing influenza B circulate in several regions, consistent with late-season patterns for the strain and with the overall flu activity levels expected for this time of year, according to today’s update from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).In Europe, flu activity continued an overall decline, with low-intensity activity reported by 27 countries and local or sporadic activity reported by 19 of them, according to a report today from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Poland was the only country to report an increasing trend. Of the respiratory samples that tested positive for flu, 84% were influenza A.Apr 25 CDC FluView reportApr 25 PHAC FluWatch reportApr 25 ECDC weekly flu surveillance report Taiwan detects fourth imported H7N9 caseTaiwan today reported its second imported H7N9 influenza case this week, in a 39-year-old Taiwanese resident who had traveled to two areas of eastern China before getting sick. The illness is Taiwan’s fourth imported case of H7N9.According to a machine translation of a statement from the Taiwan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the patient traveled to China between Mar 31 and Apr 19, visiting Beijing and the city of Kushan in Jiangsu province. That province has reported several H7N9 cases, including some recent ones. A report today from China News Agency (CNA) said the patient is a businessman.On Apr 19, the day the man returned to Taiwan, he had fever, shortness of breath, and other symptoms, which prompted him to seek medical care. He was apparently hospitalized on Apr 23 after x-rays showed pneumonia. He was treated with antivirals, and his initial throat swab tested negative for H7N9. He was re-tested because his symptoms persisted, and those samples were reported positive for H7N9 today.The initial investigation into the source of the man’s infection found no history of exposure to poultry or poultry markets. Health officials are monitoring the man’s contacts, including passengers who were on his flight back to Taiwan.The new case brings the overall H7N9 outbreak total to 432, according to a case list kept by the FluTrackers infectious disease message board. So far 296 cases have been reported in the second wave of the outbreak, compared with 136 in the first.Apr 25 Taiwan CDC statement (in Chinese)Apr 25 CNA storyFluTrackers human H7N9 case countlast_img read more

Ron Sutton of Standard Auto Parts Named to IWD Board of Managers

first_imgLSI 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 BRANFORD, Conn. — Independent Warehouse Distributors (IWD) has announced Ron Sutton of Standard Auto Parts in Baltimore, Md., as the newest member of its board of managers. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Standard Auto Parts Corp. became an automotive member of IWD in 1995. The company is a fourth-generation business and services wholesale and retail customers in the entire Baltimore Metro area. Standard Auto Parts has a staff of 135 and operates a warehouse and five stores occupying more than 110,000-square-feet of space. Sutton is the CEO of Standard Auto Parts. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore in business management and is the chairman of the Auto Pride marketing committee.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  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. 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. last_img read more

New Mexico Department Of Health Advises General Public Against Using Facemasks To Prevent Novel Coronavirus

first_imgCourtesy imageNMDOH News:The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) continues to monitor and respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China and around the world.China has reported more than 40,000 confirmed cases that have been identified in twenty-four countries, including 15 cases in the US. There have been no cases of novel coronavirus diagnosed in New Mexico at this time.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and respirators. Currently, there is a decrease in PPE exports from China and India and an increase in demand due to the outbreak.There are plans to surge manufacturing globally, but in the meantime, the CDC has made the following recommendations regarding prevention of the novel coronavirus:The general public should not use facemasks. Instead, everyday preventative actions should be used, such as washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick.Patients with confirmed or suspected 2019-nCoV infection should wear a facemask when seeking healthcare, or when around people.Healthcare personnel should wear PPE when caring for 2019-nCoV patients, and should be trained and fit-tested for N95 respirators.Currently, the risk of exposure with travel to any country besides China is low. NMDOH asks all persons returning from China to call its 24/7/365 “Epidemiology Hotline” at 505.827.0006 for guidance on how to protect yourself and your community from the novel coronavirus, even if you are not sick.We also encourage healthcare providers to continue to be highly proactive and vigilant with regards to COVID-19, particularly with travelers returning home from China and presenting with fever and lower respiratory symptoms, like cough and shortness of breath.“It’s important to note that there are currently no cases detected in New Mexico,” NMDOH Secretary Kathy Kunkel said. “And there is no need for the general public to use facemasks to prevent novel coronavirus infection.”Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, with some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals including camels, civet cats, and bats. While early cases are thought to have spread from animal-to-person, some person-to-person spread is happening in China. Person-to-person transmission has has occurred in the US, in the respective spouses of two known cases with travel to China. It is still unclear how easily this virus can spread between people.The CDC reports that based on current information, the immediate health risk to the general American public is low. In addition, the CDC has a FAQ page available to answer public questions and address concerns.Healthcare professionals who suspect COVID-19 should immediately notify infection control personnel at their facility and contact the New Mexico Department of Health at: 505.827.0006.Updated information is being released rapidly. Please consult the CDC website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html on 2019-nCoV for the most up to date information.last_img read more

Los Alamos County Offers New Drive Thru, Drop Off Ballot Service In Municipal Building Parking Lot Beginning Monday

first_imgCOUNTY News:The above graphic depicts the traffic flow that will be in place Oct. 12 to Nov. 3 providing an option to voters wishing to drive-up and drop-off their Absentee Ballot for the General Election.Motorists are encouraged to use Iris Street for easy access to turn into the Municipal Building Parking Lot, where Election Poll Workers will accept their ballot through the vehicle’s driver-side window and deposit it into a secured ballot box, monitored by the Los Alamos County Clerk and her staff.This option is presented in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and does not pre-empt voters from mailing in their ballot in the pre-paid postage envelope via the U.S. Postal Service, or walking the ballot into any early or election day vote center to personally deposit it in a secured ballot box.Election Poll Workers will accept ballots at the drive-thru during voting hours. The drive-thru will not be available during the evenings or Sundays.For questions regarding the drive-thru option, or for more information about the General Election, call the Clerk’s Office at 505.662.8010, or visit losalamosnm.us/clerk.The Municipal Building parking lot remains open for voter parking/walk-ins, as well as regular County business being conducted. Drivers are urged to use caution in the parking lot due to anticipated increase in traffic approaching from Central Avenue or Iris Street to drive-by and drop-off ballots using the above traffic flow.Watch for pedestrians, observe and follow signage within the lot, and be prepared for slight delays in this area, especially as Election Day approaches Nov. 3. Traffic is likely to increase as the deadline to submit ballots draws closer.last_img read more