first_imgFound this via NYCbikeblog:Bertelli Bici (bici is the italian slang for bikes) are unique bicycles that you won’t find in any store in New York City.Every bici is hand mounted, finished and fine-tuned by me, Francesco. I combine brand new parts, “new old stock” and vintage parts found at flea markets, old bikeshops, collectors and from my trustworthy suppliers. The final result is that you won’t find exactly the same combination in any other bicycle out there. And your bicycle will be unique.last_img read more

first_imgThe Happy Medium is Eric Carter’s new design featuring  small diamond knobs in the center with aggressive side knobs for hard cornering.  Specs are:Lastly, and there’s no photo to accompany, but Kenda’s worked with Hans Rey to develop the new H Factor tire.  It’ll be less aggressive than his existing Telonix tire, with a good center line and rounded overall profile. INTERBIKE 2009 – Kenda’s launching their first Tubular road tires, the 200 TPI Domestique and the 300 TPI Super Domestique and Volare.  They also showed off a Road Tubeless prototype built around their Kaliente tread pattern.  I’ve ridden Kaliente’s for years and they handle very well, so look for a solid performer when the tubeless version is released.Also new for Kenda is their new Kadence training tire, a $25 tread that comes in five colors, and lots of new mountain bike tires including models from Brian Lopes and Hans Rey and a new casing width for the Small Block Eight.  Oh, and a few more new goodies…Hit ‘more’ to see them all… Transitioning from street to dirt is the new Konversion BMX and Dirt Ramp tire.  Also new for Kenda’s BMX line is all models get a folding bead option for 2010.Also transitioning from pavement to dirt (and grass and mud) is Kenda’s Kwicker cyclocross tire.  For 2010, the design remains the same, but it gets bumped from 60 TPI to 120 TPI casings like the rest of their ‘cross tires.Building on the popularity of their Small Block Eight tires (at right), Kenda is developing the Slant Six (center) to bridge the gap between the Eight’s tightly spaced knobs and their more aggressive tread patterns.  The Slant Six will be available in Spring / Summer 2010.  Specs are:Jumping back to the Small Block Eight, it does get a couple of new additions:  A 1.75 size for XC racing (short track, likely) and a big fat 2.35 downhill version with dual ply sidewalls and a puncture cap under the tread.Kenda’s relationship with Brian Lopes has yielded another new design.  Dubbed the BBG, it has a low profile, tightly spaced center knob section, then a gap, then big side knobs.  The Kenda rep said Lopes likes a space between tread sections to allow the tire to break a bit before biting into the turn.  I guess the crazy stuff he does on the bike just doesn’t goose his bumps quite enough…why not throw a little more excitement into the ride, eh?  Specs are: Kenda’s tubeless road bike tire is only in the prototype stages, but the guys from Maxxis were there checking it out.  They have a new tubeless road tire coming out, too, which we’ll hit in another post.The Kaliente gets a new “Pro” model with new colors and a dual tread compound (67 center / 62 outer) for fast rolling in the center and better grip when cornering.  $50 each, specs are:center_img Here’s a more straight on view of the new tubular tires’ tread patterns.  From right to left, the Domestique comes in at just $35, cheap for a Tubular (Kendas have always been a solid value), then $85 for the Super Domestique and $100 for the pro-level Volare.  Spec sheets for each are below: The Kadence is a new training tire from Kenda.  At just $25 each, they’ll probably be popular with the “kids” that want to color match stuff and skid.  Specs are:last_img read more

first_img Estelle Parsons Star Files Jerry Mitchell & Ricky Schroeder(Photo by Emilio Madrid-Kuser for View Comments Taylor Louderman Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed over the holidays. Broadway Engagements Abound Over the HolidaysWhile everyone was out of town celebrating the holidays, three stage-favorite couples decided to make it official! Two-time Tony-winning choreographer-director Jerry Mitchell and his longtime beau, dancer Ricky Schroeder, announced their engagement on December 29, Tony-nominated actress Taylor Louderman was engaged to her love, Brooks Toth, on Christmas Eve, and Tony-nominated star and new mom Danielle Brooks broke the news of her engagement to Dennis Gelin on New Year’s Eve. We can’t wait to see these adorable couples dolled up in their wedding best!Broadway Marquee Lights Will Dim in Memory of Jerry HermanThe Broadway League has announced that marquee lights of all Broadway venues will be dimmed for one minute on January 7 at 6:45pm in memory of Tony-winning songwriter Jerry Herman, who passed away on December 26 at age 88. Herman won Tony Awards for his music and lyrics to Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles, and was Tony-nominated for his scores to Milk and Honey, Mame and The Grand Tour. In 2009, Herman was presented with a Special Award for Lifetime Achievement.Estelle Parsons, Margo Seibert & More to Lead Unknown Soldier at Playwrights HorizonsOff-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons has announced full casting for Unknown Soldier, the final musical of the late composer Michael Friedman, featuring a book and lyrics by Daniel Goldstein, direction by Trip Cullman and choreography by Patrick McCollum. The previously announced chamber musical will run from February 14 through March 29 at Playwrights’ mainstage venue. The cast will include Estelle Parsons, Margo Seibert, Kerstin Anderson, James Crichton, Zoe Glick, Emilie Kouatchou, Erik Lochtefeld, Jay McKenzie, Jessica Naimy, Thom Sesma and Perry Sherman. In the musical, Ellen Rabinowitz (Seibert) discovers a mysterious photograph of an anonymous soldier when cleaning out her grandmother’s home, which leads her to unearth the secrets buried in her family’s past.Tina Star Daniel J. Watts Will Return to Joe’s Pub with The Jam: Only ChildDaniel J. Watts, the mega-talent currently appearing as Ike Turner in Broadway’s Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, will take the stage of Joe’s Pub this month as part of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. Watts will perform the cabaret The Jam: Only Child, an evening of music, dance, spoken word and storytelling, scheduled for January 6, 10, 12 and 20 at the downtown venue. A play on words, The Jam pays homage to Watts’ great-grandmother who, after making jam from scratch, would share with others what she was unable to consume herself.Allee Willis, Tony-Nominated Co-Composer of The Color Purple, Dies at 72Allee Willis, a two-time Grammy-winning songwriter who made a mark on Broadway contributing to the score of The Color Purple, died on December 24 in Los Angeles, according to Variety. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. Willis was 72. With Brenda Russell and Stephen Bray, Willis co-wrote the original score to the stage adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-winning novel The Color Purple. The musical debuted on Broadway in 2005, earning the trio of songwriters a Tony nomination for their music and lyrics. The musical received a Tony-winning revival in 2015; a screen adaptation is currently in the works. Also on Broadway, Willis’ music written for the band Earth, Wind & Fire was heard in the 2006 Broadway musical Hot Feet. Her popular songwriting successes include Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” the Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance” and the Friends theme song “I’ll Be There for You.” Willis is survived by her life partner, animator and producer Prudence Fenton.New York Musical Festival, Which Gave Life to Next to Normal, [title of show] & More, Will End After 15 YearsThe New York Musical Festival (NYMF) announced today that after 15 years, it will cease operations immediately. In a statement, the board said, “It is with a heavy heart that we face the reality of the arts funding crisis in the United States. It has caught up with NYMF. The board and donors have been valiantly subsidizing NYMF operations for 15 years, but looking ahead, we do not see a clear path forward.” In Broadway circles, the shows that earned most life from NYMF include [title of show], which, following its debut at NYMF, played a run at off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre and later transferred to Broadway, earning a Tony nomination for book writer Hunter Bell, and Next to Normal, which moved to Second Stage after NYMF and then to Broadway, winning three Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other shows which transferred to the off-Broadway stage from NYMF include Altar Boyz, Gutenberg! The Musical! and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. The new musical Emojiland, which won acclaim at last summer’s festival, will begin an off-Broadway run next week. Daniel J. Wattslast_img read more

first_imgby Taylor Dobbs Randy Brock, the Republican candidate for Vermont governor, followed in incumbent Peter Shumlin’s footsteps on Thursday: He called the week’s second impromptu press conference to talk about overtime for state workers.Shumlin called a snap press conference on Tuesday to publicly announce that a Vermont State Police sergeant had resigned after he was allegedly discovered committing overtime fraud.Randy Brock said that Shumlin’s investigation into possible criminal activity by a state trooper isn’t a large enough step in what he says is a “systemic” over-spending on overtime in Vermont. VTD Photo/Taylor DobbsBrock said if the case of Sgt. James Deeghan, who allegedly made fraudulent overtime compensation claims, is true, the state trooper criminally manipulated taxpayer money.In the first minute of the press conference, Brock pivoted from the alleged wrongdoings of one officer to condemning what he called a systemic management problem within state government that goes all the way to the top.‘We’ve heard over the past several days concerns about a particular state police officer and some overtime that may have been the result of improper overtime filings,’he started. ‘That’s a terrible thing, and if in fact that did happen, it clearly should be pursued to the fullest extent possible. But what I think it does is it fails to have us focus on what is a much larger problem, and I believe it’s a leadership problem and it relates to the whole issue of overtime and overtime spending in state government. In fiscal 2011, Vermont spent $16.2 million in cash overtime payments. That was up, and the first year in which the Shumlin administration was responsible for this number, it was up 12.5 percent.’Brock said that while overtime payouts from the state fell in FY2009 and FY2010, they went up more than 10 percent in FY2011, according to a report released by the Department of Human Resources on Thursday. He pointed out that the last six months of that year were at the beginning of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s first term in office. CLICK HERE FOR REPORTBrock said his work in the private sector informed his views about public sector spending.‘Overtime should always be at or close to zero,’Brock said. ‘Overtime is the difference between profit and loss, and when you have ingrained overtime for year after year after year, and in fact it’s going up, it’s a symbol that personnel management is not being done as well or as effectively as it should be.’Brock called for an in-depth study of overtime spending including an analysis of what logistical issues are causing the state to pay out so much in overtime and an examination what changes need to be made to bring that number down.Does that mean hiring more state workers? Brock said maybe. He was careful not to call for any changes before a thorough analysis is completed.‘The point is, this is not simply a situation of people improperly using overtime, this is a situation of the entire management of the overtime system and the high costs that result from it,’Brock said.While he started off with the fiscal year 2011 numbers released by the Department of Human Resources, Brock later said overtime spending is a problem that reaches back beyond Shumlin.‘I’m looking at the overtime picture for a number of years,’he said. ‘In fiscal 2007, we spent $15.5 million in overtime, and in fiscal 2011, we spent $16.2 million so this is a long-standing problem in state government. What I do see, though, is that from fiscal ‘08 to fiscal ‘09, overtime dropped, and in fiscal ‘10 it dropped.’Brock was state auditor from 2005 to 2007 before he became a state senator. When reporters asked why he didn’t tackle the problems as a senator, he said he wasn’t on the proper committees to confront the issue. When they asked why he didn’t address the issue as state auditor, he said it had been on his to-do list.‘It was one of the issues ‘I was auditor for two years and I had a spreadsheet, and on that spreadsheet was a list of audit projects in order of priority, and that was a changing list,’Brock said. ‘And the issue of overtime, and particularly the Department of Public Safety, was one of those issues.’But Brock didn’t get around do it, he said, ‘because we had even higher priorities at that time, if you recall, one of the highest priorities at that time was getting our books in order because during the two years that I was auditor, we had a period of time in which we weren’t getting audits done. The state had not completed its annual audit on time in years, and as state auditor I got it done on time.’Brock later said he hadn’t had a chance to review the overtime numbers until shortly before today’s 2:30 p.m. press conference was announced at 1:47 p.m. Shumlin also left news outlets with a small window to attend Tuesday’s press conference where he went public with information about the overtime fraud investigation into former Sgt. James Deeghan.While Shumlin’s sudden conference was in response to a breaking news event ‘Deeghan resigned from his post at around 10 a.m. Tuesday, officials said ‘Brock’s hastily called presser did not appear to be tied to a current event.One reporter asked Brock if the late addition to his schedule was an attempt to buffer against headlines about an incident that morning in which Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, reaffirmed a statement he made last weekendin which he compared the Internal Revenue Service with Nazi Germany’s Gestapo. Jewish groups have asked for a public apology.When Paul Heinz of Seven Days Newspaper asked Lepage if he thought the IRS was headed in the direction of ‘killing a lot of people,’the governor said, ‘Yeah.’Brock said there was no connection between the LePage press availability and the impromptu press conference held a few hours later.‘This was added to my schedule because this morning was the first time I received these reports and was able to look at the numbers,’Brock said. ‘It had absolutely nothing to do with what Governor LePage said or didn’t say. Governor LePage has never been accused of being politically correct, and he lived up to his reputation this morning.’Jake Perkinson, chair of the Vermont Democratic Party, said ‘Brock should be ashamed to stand next to anyone who makes such an extreme, irresponsible, and bizarre statement.’‘Governor LePage’s rhetoric is so far from Vermont values that it’s hard to believe Randy Brock not only welcomed him to our state, but stood by his side when LePage made this comment,’Perkinson said. ‘Randy Brock should apologize to Vermonters for bringing this extreme and divisive figure to our state, and for standing idly by while LePage made his comment.’ July 12, 2012 vtdigger.orglast_img read more

first_imgPaul Mizik won’t be able to keep his rehabilitated Ford F-150 in his driveway after July 1. Photo courtesy Paul Mizik.When Prairie Village resident Paul Mizik bought his 1977 Ford F-150 early last summer, it was an eyesore. Rust had eaten through large chunks of the bed. The body was covered in dents and scratches. But Mizik, an electrical engineer by trade, had purchased the pickup as a project vehicle, and set to work in his garage sanding down parts of the exterior. He combed the junkyard for replacement body panels.By September, the restoration was complete, and by just about any measure, the result was a truck far more aesthetically pleasing than the original, with all the rust gone and the cab painted a shiny kelly green.But under a change to the city’s vehicle regulations passed in January, Mizik won’t be permitted to park the truck outside his house, even though the unrestored original would still be permitted.Mizik replaced the original bed of the truck with a flatbed. Prairie Village’s updated local traffic regulations define “pickup trucks that do not have the traditional pickup bed and side walls” as non-passenger vehicles, and prohibit them from being stored in driveways and sidestreets.“The thing is if I had seen this coming eight months ago I wouldn’t have swapped the flatbed on there,” Mizik said, noting that finding a traditional bed that would have fit the original frame would have been difficult and expensive. The flatbed cost around $500.The changes to the city’s local traffic regulations came as the police department and city administration sought to update language governing trucks, recreational vehicles and buses that had fallen out of date. The definition of a permissible truck that was on the books actually made it illegal to park and store a “half-ton pickup,” like a Ford F-150 or a Chevrolet 1500, in the city because the city’s definition was based on payload capacity. As technology has improved, the payload capacity of such smaller pickups grew and grew to surpass the 1,500-pound payload limit used in the city’s code. (The police department had not been actively enforcing the provision).The new code removed the weight restriction as part of the definition of truck, but added the provision about the “traditional pickup bed and side walls” as a way to target “true large trucks.”Though he’s frustrated by the need to find a new storage solution for the truck, Mizik, who rents a room in the house near the 7600 State Line shopping center from the friend who owns it, said he does understand the city’s desire to maintain property values.“I only rent, so I’m not invested in the neighborhood like the homeowners are, so I can see their point,” he said. “At the same time, we live right across the street from the Hy-Vee loading docks, so you’ve got semis parked there all times of night. Seems like it’s kind of odd my truck isn’t legal.”Assistant City Administrator Kate Gunja said the city’s codes enforcement agent had noticed Mizik’s truck during an inspection on another issue on the street, and brought it to Mizik’s attention as a courtesy. The new regulations will go into effect July 1.“We’re working right now, as we see these items, just as a courtesy to let residents know,” she said. “We want to get communication out to residents.”Gunja stressed that the new code didn’t prohibit commercial vehicles. The city’s code still allows work vans, like the kind that might be used by an electrician or a plumber, to be stored in driveways and streets in the city.The truck before restoration.last_img read more

first_imgInReality announced a new suite of Safe Space Solutions Tuesday. The suite is powered by the company’s integration and analytics platform. The Thermal Mirror, an enterprise-focused fever-scanning solution, displays almost immediate temperature results, according to InReality. This can work either anonymously for visitors or via facial recognition for employees. The Occupancy Monitor automates in-venue traffic counts in real-time sensed via mobile devices and/or camera-based technology options.For each of the Safe Space products InReality offers, businesses can customize and configure metrics and KPI reports. The system allows for flexibility and customization to support CX, process compliance and reporting needs. Data management can be planned to meet IT and legal requirements, and installation points can be remotely managed and updated — all from one platform.An additional use case currently in the works for the Safe Space suite of solutions is the InReality Pandemic Resiliency Temperature Monitoring Initiative. By aggregating temperature results anonymously from retail locations, restaurants and places of work, the company will provide summary snapshots of trends via real-time APIs to government and health officials. This is to help track and flag flare-ups and anomalies as they occur. The data will include the number of tests (by day) and the distribution of the results. Provided at no charge to both site owners and approved officials, it will leverage the InReality platform capabilities to learn what a normal pattern is. It will then highlight anomalies, serving as an extra layer of insight to identify “hot spots” for taking immediate, proactive action.last_img read more

first_imgSaudi health ministry reports 7 more MERS casesOver the weekend and through today, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 7 new MERS-CoV cases: 5 in Riyadh, 1 in Taif, and 1 in Mecca. The new cases bring the February case tally to 18 and the March tally to 1.The Riyadh MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases involve men aged 73, 60, 56, 52, and 38 years old. The case in Taif involves a 53-year-old man, and the Mecca case involves a 56-year-old man.All exposures are listed as primary, meaning the patients are unlikely to have contracted the virus from another person. The MOH said that none of the infected patients were healthcare workers and that only one had reported contact with camels, a known risk factor for MERS. The remaining patients’ exposure to camels is unknown.Infection with MERS-CoV can cause severe illness and death. The virus can transmit between humans but has done so mainly in healthcare settings, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  As of Jan 31, 2020, the WHO said that it had received reports of 2,519 laboratory-confirmed MERS infections, including 866 associated deaths. The vast majority of these cases occurred in Saudi Arabia.The WHO said that it expects more cases of MERS-CoV to be reported from the Middle East and that it will spread to other countries by people infected through exposure to camels, animal products such as raw camel’s milk, or other humans. Mar 2 Saudi MOH report Feb 29 Saudi MOH report Eleven new polio cases reported in Pakistan and AfricaTwo cases of wild polio virus type 1 (WPV1) infection in Pakistan’s Punjab province and nine cases of circulating vaccine-derived polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2) in West Africa were reported the week of Feb 26, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).The African cVDPV2 cases occurred in Benin’s Plateau province (1 case), Ghana’s Bono province (3) and Bono East province (3), and Togo’s Lome province (1) and Maritime province (1).  The Togo case is related to a cVDPV2 outbreak affecting Jigawa, Nigeria, the GPEI said.The 11 new cases bring the global 2020 WPV1 case total to 12, all in Pakistan, and the cVDPV2 total to 15. For all of last year officials recorded 173 WPV1 and 329 cVDPV2 cases.The risk of further cVDPV2 spread in West Africa is high, according to the GPEI. Feb 28 GPEI updatelast_img read more

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first_imgHarold A. Martinez-Santiago, 5, was last seen with his father, Harold Martinez, 36, on July 12. Courtesy Riverhead Police DepartmentUpdate, July 30, 7:50 p.m.:  Riverhead Town police have located the missing child and his father. Both “are in good health and the matter has been resolved,” police said.No further information was released.Originally, July 30, 9:30 a.m.: The Riverhead Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find a missing 5-year-old boy, Harold A. Martinez-Santiago.According to press release issued late Wednesday night, the missing child is the subject of a custody dispute. He is believed to be with his father Harold Martinez, 36, but their whereabouts are unknown.The child was last seen on the afternoon of July 12 in the area of 1750 West Main Street in Riverhead with his father. Harold, who will turn 6 in October, was wearing black pants, a black shirt and red/blue Nike brand sneakers.Harold is described as being 3 feet tall and 65 pounds.His father is said to be operating a 2009 Honda Civic color black, with NY Registration GWL1930.If anyone should see these individuals or have any information on their whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Riverhead Police Department at Sharelast_img read more

first_imgNASA Earth Observatory has released an image of the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the London Array, taken from space by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite.The image was captured on April 28, 2013; twenty days after the wind farm became fully operational.In April last year, the London Array broke the Guinness world record by becoming the largest wind farm worldwide. It supplies electricity to nearly half a million UK households and reduces more than 900,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.You can see the NASA’s image of the London Array here.[mappress]Offshore WIND Staff, January 22, 2014; Image: NASAlast_img read more