George Floyd’s death awakens activism in rural, white America

first_imgJannHuizenga/iStockBy CLAYTON SANDELL and JEFFREY COOK, ABC News(YUMA, Colo.) — Two hours east of the unrest in Denver following the death of George Floyd, a newspaper editor and police chief heard rumors of buses, full of protesters from as far as Chicago, heading toward their farming community of Yuma after the town’s pastor planned a road-side vigil in early June. Local businesses, and even the hospital, closed their doors in response. Some residents threatened to arm themselves with shotguns to protect the town from potential rioters. The town of about 3,500 people is less than 1% black.“You know public displays like this are going to bring the rioters here,” Stephanie Generoux wrote on a Facebook post from the Yuma Pioneer.“Just so you’re all aware a hitchhiker earlier today in the southern part of the County trying to get to Yuma. Hope you are all ready for what you’re bringing” commented Rich Schafer.In reality, about sixty locals arrived and stood silently, spaced apart, holding signs. No buses. No violence. Tony Rayl, editor of the Yuma Pioneer, said he knew almost everyone there and called it the most bizarre day of his life. The pastor of a local church said just the existence of the event polarized her congregation.Savannah Neb, a white recent college graduate living in Yuma who protested that day, described the conversations she had with concerned friends.“It was completely peaceful, but that that fear that you’re feeling, that you felt the last day, is how the black community feels daily in this country.”Less anonymity than the larger urban areas like New York, Seattle or Atlanta is a reality for protesters in these small towns and the wave of Black Lives Matters support has split some conservative, mostly white areas where some believe police brutality and racism is not their problem.Well attended protests have occurred in small American towns like Alpine, TX, Lodi, CA, Hagerstown, MD and Taylorville, IL. The name George Floyd is echoing through the consciousness of white America, putting uncomfortable conversations front-and-center.The subject of racism and anti-racism has shown little sign of slowing down. Even weeks after Floyd’s death, a small protest popped up in Parachute, a Colorado town of 1,100 people on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains. Twenty people, mostly, if not all, white, gathered outside the police station with signs, candles and words of support for Black Lives Matter. Nearly all five of the town’s police officers observed, offering water to the protesters.“It’s important to say that this is not just an issue in big cities just because there’s more people,” said Joanne Gibson, who led the demonstration in Parachute. “It’s an issue here. There’s systemic racism in all parts of our country. You can’t find a place in America that isn’t built on a foundation of racism.”Claire Graff lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. and has started organizing weekly protests.“Not living in a city especially and living in my very white, privileged world that I live in, it wasn’t in my face and I didn’t seek it out enough,” she told ABC News. “But now with this momentum, I don’t know how I couldn’t be part of the voice in our community, and everywhere.”Dawn Dexter, another demonstrator in Glenwood Springs, said she was met with expressions of shock when protesting. “Some people came out of the restaurants and encouraged us. Others just looked … I’m going to say there were expressions of consternation.”It is in part that attitude in these largely white and homogenous towns making it hard for its black residents to feel part of the community and find allies. Elizabeth Cobbins, who is black and an employee at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, acknowledged it was difficult to find a group to belong to when she moved from Mississippi to the nineteenth-century mining-turned-college town in southwest Colorado.After the death of George Floyd prompted massive protests across the country, Cobbins said she was committed to leading that charge in her new home. She organized what she thought would be a demonstration of 20-50 of her friends and their friends. What happened was a crowd of more than three hundred flooded Gunnison’s Main Street.“There’s one point, I stopped and I just looked back and I could not hold back the tears, like I could not stop them,” Cobbins said. “There’s so many people in this town who care about my life.”She described a sense of optimism for the movement, but stressed that there’s work to be done and the conversation among white people on anti-racism and police brutality needs ongoing leadership to avoid its momentum dying down. Black persons like herself have to live through systemic racism everyday, she says, and will take notice of those speaking up for the first time today are quiet weeks or months from now, whether they live in New York City or Gunnison.Cobbins said she was proud to go home to her family shortly after the protests and describe the work in a place quite different from Hattiesburg, Mississippi.“I moved to Colorado for a job but my purpose there was bigger, so I led a protest. You know being a black woman in a mostly white town, it was my purpose to lead this protest, you know I had to do it for my students,” she said, telling ABC News about a conversation with her father.“Hey Dad, I fought for, I fought for my people, in this super white town, my black self,” she recounted. “My super pro-Black, Southern gal sitting in the middle of Main Street and I did it for Medgar Evers. I did it for my mother. I did it for Rosa Parks. You know I did it for any Fannie Lou Hammer who said, ‘I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.’ I did it for them. And they have the sweetest smile on their face of pride.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Postdoctoral Research Associate

first_imgPostdoctoral Research AssociateAbout Northeastern:Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and aworld leader in experiential learning. The same commitment toconnecting with the world drives our use-inspired researchenterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range ofundergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through thedoctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte,N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platformsfor undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research.Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials atthe Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastalsustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant,Massachusetts.About the Opportunity:The Center for Theoretical Biological Physics is activelyrecruiting recent quantitative science (physics, mathematics,chemistry, etc.) Ph.D. graduates for postdoctoral positionsbeginning January 1, 2021.Responsibilities:Performing world-class research in line with the institutionalmission of the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics.Qualifications:-Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in any quantitative science, such asphysics, chemistry, mathematics, bioengineering, systems biology,etc.-Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as oralpresentation skills- Organization and time management skills- Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection andanalyses- Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subjectdiscipline- Ability to work in a collaborative environment- Ability to work independently and professionally with minimalsupervision and direction Preferred Qualifications:- Strong research background and publication of peer-reviewedpapers in academic journals- Experience teaching and mentoring undergraduates and gradstudents in conducting collaborative researchAdditional Information:Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seekingto recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty andstaff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all itsforms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respectthat affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, religion,color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabilitystatus, or any other characteristic protected by applicablelaw.To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment andsupport of diversity and inclusion, please see To apply, visit jeid-a2162ecf13927048aa0bed14e81ae5celast_img read more

Israel Englander buys Sackler townhouse for $38M

first_img This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Israel Englander and 8 East 75th Street (Credit: Getty Images, Google Maps)Billionaire Israel Englander has added to his real estate portfolio, shelling out $38 million for an Upper East Side townhouse tied to the Sackler family, the founders of Purdue Pharma.Public records show the hedge funder closed on the house, located at 8 East 75th Street, on Jan. 3. The five-story house — which is steps from Fifth Avenue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art — was previously owned by Mortimer D.A. Sackler, records show.Sackler, the son of the late founder of Purdue Pharma, purchased the house for $15.5 million in 2004. The elder Sackler owned Purdue Pharma with his brother Raymond and died in 2010.The off-market deal comes as the Sacklers have been accused of fueling the opioid epidemic. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy in September as part of a larger settlement of thousands of lawsuits over the crisis.The New York Attorney General’s office said in September that it had identified $1 billion worth of wire transfers by the Sackler family, signaling that they may have been trying to hide assets as lawsuits filed against Purdue have mounted in the wake of the opioid epidemic. The AG’s office also alleged that Sackler failed to disclose his ownership of the 75th Street townhouse in litigation, NBC reported.Another member of the family, David Sackler, recently shed a condominium at 200 East 66th Street for about $6 million.The latest sale adds to Englander’s growing empire on the Upper East Side.The founder of Millennium Management, who is reportedly worth $6 billion, paid a record $71.2 million for the penthouse at 740 Park Avenue in 2014. The unit was owned by the French government and was asking $48 million.More recently, in 2018, Englander’s wife Caryl Englander bought a full-floor at 432 Park Avenue for $60.08 million. Englander, a philanthropist and photographer, paid $7,250 per foot for the 8,200-square-foot pad.In general, the townhouse market has been sluggish — with the exception of several big ticket deals. In June, hedge funder John Griffin paid a record $77 million for 14-16 East 67th Street, previously owned by financier Philip Falcone. In December, a townhouse owned by art dealer Carlton Hobbs was briefly on the market for $68 million.Read moreEnglander pays $71M for co-op penthouseDavid Sackler sells $6M condoDavid Sackler sells Lenox Hill condolast_img read more

Up, up and away

first_imgEurope’s airspace is also woefully unprepared for the boom. Despite plans put in place a decade ago to unite Europe’s fragmented airspace, the EU remains split into 27 separate authorities, obliging aircraft to follow bizarre, inefficient routes to avoid paying usage fees. Member states have fiercely resisted the directive that required them to combine their airspace. Airlines have complained vociferously that the lack of forward thinking for both airspace and airports has left them in limbo. Today, out of the EU’s top 14 airports, only two have sufficient capacity to meet day-long demand. Emissions reduction is another area of serious uncertainty. Nations committed themselves through the Kyoto Protocol to the idea of cutting aircraft emissions even in the face of projected growth in the 1990s, but so far no global solution has been agreed. The on-again-off-again regulation of emissions through the EU emissions trading scheme, now caught in intense diplomatic wrangling, has created confusion and uncertainty. There are those who say that the growth of the aviation industry should be deplored rather than welcomed. Cheap flights and increasing emissions are bad news for the climate, say environmental campaigners, and the EU should instead be focusing on getting people out of planes and onto rail. But the industry insists that new technologies and practices can counteract the increased emissions and noise inherent in air travel expansion. Along with the rest of the economy, the aviation sector experienced its share of trouble over the past few years. Passenger numbers were up 2.4% in 2012 – a positive signal for the industry. However, with clouds of uncertainty involving air traffic, emissions restrictions and liberalisation, the sector finds itself with anything but clear skies ahead. Aviation is, arguably, the transport sector most affected by European Union law – naturally enough, given its international dimension. From safety regulations to airport ownership, passenger rights to emissions reduction, aviation is in many ways beyond the scope of individual national governments. Today the EU has one of the most competitive and dynamic air travel markets in the world – and also one of the cheapest. This is in large part because of the progressive waves of liberalisation in the sector begun in the 1990s. The EU hosts 253 commercial airlines landing at 402 EU airports with scheduled flights. The sector as a whole employs more than three million people in the EU and contributes more than €140 billion to EU gross domestic product, according to the European Commission. But all is not straighforward for aviation in Europe. The sector could become a victim of its own success. According to Eurocontrol, a European umbrella organisation of national air traffic managers, by 2030 demand for air travel is forecast to be up to 2.9 times the level in 2007. Despite this expected growth, there are virtually no plans to expand EU airport infrastructure. Currently, there are only four new airports scheduled to open between now and 2030. Compare this with China, which is planning 78 new airports by 2020. last_img read more

Brexit revives campaign for united Ireland vote

first_imgDUBLIN — Sinn Féin’s call for a referendum on creating a united Ireland is meeting resistance on both sides of the border, even though Brexit has given the party an opportunity to play to concerns among the island’s pro-EU majority.The party, best known as the political wing of the disbanded terrorist group the IRA, says the time has come for the people of Northern Ireland to vote on whether to remain in the United Kingdom or opt to bring the province under the control of Dublin.For Sean Crowe, Sinn Féin spokesman on foreign affairs in the Dáil (Irish parliament), a vote can’t come quickly enough. “As Irish republicans, we want to see a border poll and we believe it should happen as soon as possible,” he said. “A united Ireland makes sense economically, politically and for our society. I suppose one of the driving forces is that Brexit is coming down the track and the implications that will have for Ireland. The triggering of Brexit has changed things in relation to Ireland and that’s why more people are talking about it.” Darragh O’Brien, a TD (member of the Dáil) who is Fianna Fáil’s spokesman on foreign affairs, called it “a PR stunt. It actually is a short-sighted measure that would set back any potential for a united Ireland.”“While we’re in the process of Brexit [negotiations] and the implications for Ireland and the European Union, throwing a referendum into the mix would not be successful. We believe the call is premature and damaging to the cause itself,” he said.In contrast, the pro-U.K. DUP appears to shrug off Sinn Féin’s call for a referendum on the issue, saying it is not the first such proposal and does not meet the “very clear” criteria for holding such a vote.According to Christopher Stalford, a DUP member of Northern Ireland’s legislative assembly, the only person who can call such a vote is the U.K. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire, “and both he and the Prime Minister [Theresa May] have been clear that the focus should be on the restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland rather than a divisive border poll which would undoubtedly have a negative impact on community relations here.“Calls for a border poll from some quarters can only be viewed as an attempt to cause instability within the community and distract from the fact that, despite claims that are made, Northern Ireland’s position within the union is strong,” said the DUP politician.But Crowe of Sinn Féin argued that the 1998 British-Irish Peace Agreement specifically provides for this possibility: Clause 1 in Annex A of the agreement states that Northern Ireland will remain part of the United Kingdom unless the majority say otherwise in a poll. “It’s going to come in our lifetime anyway so bring it on and let’s have the discussion” — Sean Crowe, Sinn Féin spokesman“Under the Peace Agreement, the possibility of a border poll can be triggered by the [British] Secretary of State, if there’s a shift in public opinion and we believe that demand is there,” said Crowe. “Unionists [will] wake up one morning and the majority of people will want a united Ireland and we want to include them in that discussion, we want to include them in that Ireland.“It’s vitally important that we start talking and thinking about the future,” he said. “It’s going to come in our lifetime anyway so bring it on and let’s have the discussion.”The party may also be betting on the U.K. government tiring of the financial cost of keeping Northern Ireland under British rule: London spends about £20 billion a year running the province against £9 billion it receives back in taxes, while 31 percent of the Northern Irish workforce is in the public sector, which is almost twice the British average.Back in 1990, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Brooke said, “The British government no longer has any selfish, strategic or economic interest in Northern Ireland.” For Irish nationalists, that gave rise to the hope that the U.K. intends to offload the province when the time is right. Also On POLITICO Sinn Féin calls for Northern Irish referendum ‘as soon as possible’ By Paul Dallison Unionists hang on in Northern Ireland as Sinn Féin surge By Simon Markscenter_img He points out that in the U.K.’s Brexit referendum last June, Northern Ireland voted by a majority of 56 percent to 44 percent in favor of staying in the European Union. Doubts about where the province fits into the future United Kingdom outside the EU have caused uncertainty for pro-British unionists and a sense of opportunity for Irish republicans.Brexit could give unionists a headache at the polls | Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images“We want to talk about the future, unionists want to go back to the past,” said Crowe. “We want to talk about what’s best for our people and we believe a united Ireland is the best scenario for our people.”Revived calls for a regional referendum to end British rule in the North also reflect the Irish nationalists’ confidence that demographic change appears to point in their favor: While Protestants loyal to London and the Crown have been the majority in the province since the 1600s, when they were shipped over from Scotland by King James I, the last census in 2011 revealed that the majority of under-44s is now Catholic, and the overall Catholic population is on track to surpass the Protestants in the next 10 years or so.“Calls for a border poll from some quarters can only be viewed as an attempt to cause instability within the community” — DUP politicianThe results of the elections earlier this month to the assembly in Stormont, just outside Belfast, reflect that. In a local political “earthquake,” Sinn Féin secured 27 seats, putting them a single seat behind the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party. The DUP secured only 1,168 more first-preference votes than Sinn Féin, and the combined number of seats for the Irish nationalist parties Sinn Féin and SDLP (Social Democratic and Labour Party) was greater than the two major unionist parties for the first time since the partition of Ireland by the British in 1921.‘PR stunt’But while Sinn Féin believes the demographic trend plus their own knack for mobilizing votes means they’ll be able to deliver a united Ireland in coming years, their enthusiasm for a border poll is not shared by everyone in the Irish Republic. The largest party that supports a united Ireland, Fianna Fáil, accuses Sinn Féin of trying to fool the public.last_img read more

Though winless, Hemric is in great company with Cup debut

first_imgDaniel Hemric doesn’t have a NASCAR Xfinity Series win to his name. Richard Childress Racing sees no problem with that.Hemric’s relatively unexpected announcement that he’d make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Richmond Raceway this weekend is backed by legendary precedence.Jimmie Johnson signed for a Hendrick Motorsports ride in the fall of 2000, 10 months before he’d score his first and only Xfinity Series race win. Kasey Kahne had yet to find Xfinity Series Victory Lane when Ray Evernham selected him as Bill Elliott’s replacement in 2003. Denny Hamlin was tabbed for Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 car in 2005 during a winless rookie season in Xfinity. Chip Ganassi deemed development driver Kyle Larson ready for Cup months before he was a winner, an interesting detour from the fun “Chip Likes Winners” narrative.What’s going on, you ask? In a sport where winning garners headlines and attracts fans, its participants are paying more attention to success in the periphery. It’s for good reason.MORE: Hemric to bring back No. 8 at Richmond | No. 8 through the yearsWinning is of the utmost importance, especially in NASCAR, where a regular-season victory equates to a playoff berth, but wins aren’t on the level when evaluating potential for driving stardom. Consider this: The five fastest cars in the Xfinity Series, occupied by 12 different drivers, won 70 percent of last year’s races. Through seven events in 2018, the same rate exists (five of seven). Since entering Xfinity, Hemric has never had one of the five fastest cars.Still, those keeping close tabs appreciate Hemric. It helps that we’re now predisposed to grading drivers in less-than-elite equipment with the understanding that there’s a limit on what their superficial stat line — wins, top-five finishes, laps led, etc. — can tout. This is thanks to drivers, emerging from second-tier equipment or worse, who proved formidable immediately upon entering NASCAR’s premier series.A peripheral area in which Hemric thrives is long-run passing, particularly on 1.5-mile tracks, NASCAR’s most prevalent track type. In 2017, he provided his team with an adjusted pass differential of plus-43 at Atlanta, Charlotte and Texas, over 35 positions beyond the expectation of a driver with his average running position. Earlier this month at Texas, he finished third despite his 35th-place starting spot, thanks primarily to the 17 additional positions supplied via efficient passing.RELATED: Hemric readies for ‘special’ Monster Energy Series debutThis is a trait that translates to Monster Energy Series success. Chase Elliott and Erik Jones, both winners in top-tier Xfinity equipment, were plus passers before jumping to Cup, where their penchant for efficiently sifting through traffic continues. So was Larson, ranked first in pass efficiency among Xfinity Series regulars in 2013, whose passing acumen proved more predictive of his fortune than his lack of race victories at the time.Efficient passing represents something RCR doesn’t typically get from its driving roster. Three drivers, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard, combined for an adjusted pass differential 301 positions worse than expected last year, forcing their crew chiefs to place a season-long emphasis on pit strategy in an effort to supplement track position. That game plan turned out OK, all things considered. Both Dillon and Newman won races based on strategy. Menard’s crew chief, Matt Borland, chipped in 67 additional positions for his driver, the second-highest total among all crew chiefs, through green-flag pit cycles.Dillon and Newman returned in 2018, and the focus on pit strategy remains; Luke Lambert has pitted Newman either early or late in the fuel window a relatively high 40 percent of the time. A driver like Hemric, with an innate ability to maneuver through dirty air, would represent a mental reprieve for RCR’s brain trust and a pathway to winning they haven’t had since the days Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer walked through their hauler door.RCR also understands the initial Cup Series output from Hemric won’t adequately represent his ceiling. The Monster Energy Series can make for a daunting transition. There is reason, though, for optimism.Hemric has improved on the fly during his brief Xfinity Series stint. He underwent an assimilation period during the first half of last season, averaging a 15.9-place finish through the first 17 races before improving by about 5.5 positions in the season’s second half. His 8.6-place average to this point in 2018 is in line with every series champion within the last five years. He currently ranks second in Production in Equal Equipment Rating among series regulars, trailing only Elliott Sadler, a driver with 438 career Cup Series starts to his name.Hemric’s second-half leap last year may have been due to improved position retention rates on restarts. During the first half, he retained his spot on preferred groove restarts 77.78 percent of the time, a measure that increased nearly 12 percent in the second half to 89.19, which would’ve sufficed as the best full-season rate in the series among regulars. He gained 18 positions inside the first two laps when restarting from the preferred groove through the year’s first half; he doubled his first-half positional gain (plus-36) in the second half.Time is required for Hemric’s potential for impact to be realized, but given the drivers that came before him with similar records, RCR will happily stomach such an assimilation. The team is betting that Hemric will offer something different than what they already have at their disposal. It’s a smart gamble, and if he becomes another diamond rescued from the winless rough, it would shift the trajectory of an organization that’s won just three times in the last 153 races.last_img read more

2012 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show: Vulture Cycles Mini-Velo and Bike Friday

first_imgVulture Cycles Coaster Brake Single Speed Mini-Velo Complete with Carbon CrankThis past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Oregon Handmade show. This years turnout was much better than last years for both exhibitors and attendees.  One of the exhibitors, Vultures Cycles, had a newly built Mini-Velo bike on hand.  And after riding it, it quickly became my favorite bike at the show.Vulture Cycles is based out of Bend, OR, and consists of one man, Wade Beauchamp.  He has been in the frame building business for long time, and is known for using square gage tubing set at an angle for his rear stays.  Usually, you will find Wade building mountain bikes, or doing contract work for others.  But on the Wednesday before the show you would have found him building this Mini-Velo out of scrap he had in the shop.  After speaking with Wade about the bike, I learned that this is a rough prototype for a “stock production” model he is planning on making.  The estimated final build would come in a male and female version, along with a generator hub and lights, and a rear basket.  The idea is to create a simple urban commuter that will fit in your small apartment.  All I know is that a single speed, 20″ wheeled, coaster brake equiped bike is simple and fun to ride.  And with a little practice you can even do bar spins.Past the break you’ll find more Mini-Velo images, plus product from Bike Friday, including a $7700 folding race bike designed by Rob English. Also on display from Bike Friday was this Nuvinci 360 / Belt Drive equipped bike complete with fenders and racks.This belt drive folder caught my attention as well.  It was built up using a drum brake front hub and a Shimano Nexus internally geared rear hub with a disc brake. With such a long headtube, Wade moved the VC logo to the rear stay bridge, and used a sticker usually reserved for the seat tube to brand the front of the Mini-Velo.  Wade also rode this bike all around Portland for the weekend while he was in town for the show.  And those wheels, they came off a kids bike he nabbed from a thrift store.Bike Friday, known for making custom folding bikes, had this 2012 SRAM Red equipped folding race bike on hand.  When not doing his own builds, Rob English does engineering work for the company, and he had a hand in making this custom racer.  The price tag is as much as a full custom carbon bike would be too, at a whopping $7700.  That super long seat post is titanium with Thompson hardware a top.Any legitimate racing folder wouldn’t be complete without a set of Rolf Prima’s 20″ Apex wheels, weighing in at just 1250g.last_img read more

EB15: NAILD reinvents front suspension stem-and-fork system for road bikes

first_imgThere have been several options over the years, including Softride’s parallelogram design, the recent Redshift Shockstop, and the very old Klein Mission Control (which Voss helped design and clearly inspired this one). He says traditional suspension stems have been designed to soak up big bumps, but this one’s made to handle big bumps just as well as killing road buzz by also incorporating fork movement into a carefully controlled system.The design is capable of 40-60mm of travel from handlebar to ground. Or it could be less, say 30mm for a pure road bike. The parallelogram design keeps the handlebar level as the suspension moves through it’s travel, which becomes more important the longer that travel is, otherwise it could end up rolling around enough that your hands lose some grip. It’s pressed in as part of the arm reaching down to the parallel link, and it rotates on large headset bearings.While it looks simple, it’s actually quite an engineering feat. It uses a double steerer tube – an outer one that is the actual steerer tube fit into the headset bearings, and the inner steerer tube is pulled upward as the stem is compressed. It slides inside a large bushing at the bottom and is constrained by the pivot points at the top, so friction is minimal. You could think of it as the fork pushing up and causing the handlebar to sink a bit, or the handlebar’s travel causing the stem to pull the fork upward. While not an exact analogy, think of a floating suspension where the rear shock is captured between two moving links (like on the new Trek Top Fuel) and you start to get an idea of how this feels.The actual suspension is provided by an elastomer that’s pressed into the frame and can be changed for body weight. The top of it is recessed into the head tube, so the lower headset bearing sits about a centimeter or so higher than normal inside the head tube.All in, Voss says it’s only a 200g or less weight penalty. Because it’s an entirely integrated front end, this will be more of an OEM offering than aftermarket upgrade. And Voss already has OEM customers lined up for flat and drop bar bikes from well known bike brands. It’ll be a premium addition to the bike, not a cheap upgrade at first, but as the fork legs and handlebars switch from carbon to alloy, it’ll come down.If it seems like an overly convoluted system to add just a bit of cush to a bike, you’d be missing the point. The action is incredibly smooth, and incredibly controlled. Standing and hammering doesn’t create any unwanted bobbing under your shifting weight. And on my test rides, it cut vibration and rattling over storm grates by at least 2/3, and when riding directly into a 2-3″ curb (about what a nasty pot hole would be), it just absorbed it completely. The effect could be far less rider fatigue from the drastic vibration reduction and safer commuting on rough streets. And for gravel and ‘cross? It might just be a dream come true.He also showed off new flat mount versions of his ICEIT brake mounts, which integrate with the fork to create a firmer mounting platform that dissipates heat better so it can’t affect the resins used in carbon forks. Check out the originals along with the new NAILD locking quick release thru axle system in this Imagine if you could all but erase not just bumps, but vibration, too, from your commuter, road, cyclocross or gravel bike. That’s the promise of the new NAILD R3ACT front suspension.It’s named for Newton’s third law that says every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and this particular prototype is made for flat bar road bikes, but designer Darrell Voss has bigger plans for it. It’s not really a stem suspension or a fork suspension, it’s both, and it requires a rider’s weight to be on the handlebars for it to work.Voss explains that in the auto industry, they want about 10x the weight of the wheel:tire combo in the structure immediately surrounding it in order to properly deaden vibrations before they reach the driver. On a bike, that ratio isn’t practical, so he faked it by isolating the handlebars from the fork via a leveraged connection between the stem and the steerer tube. Press down on the frame and it barely moves. Put your weight on the bars and it absorbs bumps smoothly and easily…last_img read more

National Association of Attorneys General coming to Vermont June 21

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) will be hosting its annual Summer Meeting in Burlington on June 21. Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell will welcome the nation’s State Attorneys General. The three-day Summer Meeting is an opportunity for attorneys general to convene with key staff, other government officials and academic, corporate and association representatives to discuss legal issues on a number of topics to include consumer credit reporting, veterans in the workforce, health insurance coverage and mental health treatment, and keeping children safe.Governor Peter Shumlin will extend a welcome at the Tuesday opening luncheon at the Hilton Hotel and Burlington Chief of Police Brandon del Pozo is featured as the first guest speaker to kick off the meeting. Most of Wednesday’s presentations will address civil rights issues, past and present. Former Vermont Chief Justice and Attorney General Jeff Amestoy will discuss the 1853 prosecution of America’s only African-American attorney for opposing slavery—a case described in his recent non-fiction book, Slavish Shores: The Odyssey of Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Former Tennessee Attorney General Mike Cody will discuss his firm’s representation of Martin Luther King, Jr at the time of his death in then-segregated Memphis followed by a panel discussion led by Attorney General Sorrell, on the present day need to build a coalition of trust between police and communities of color. On Thursday, Vermonter and former Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission Julie Brill will lead a panel discussion on privacy and data security regulation and law enforcement.“I am honored to welcome my friends and colleagues from around the country to our beautiful State,” said Sorrell. “I am particularly proud to share the agenda with Vermonters who have earned national reputations for excellence in their respective professions.”WHEN & WHERE:Tuesday, June 21 at noon through June 23 until 3:45 p.m.Hilton Burlington, 60 Battery Street, Burlington, VT 05401Open sessions will be videotaped and posted to the NAAG website, is external), the same day as presented.Vermont AG: June 13, 2016last_img read more

Long-serving Shawnee Mission teachers retiring this year reflect on abrupt ending to careers

first_imgAfter decades of service several teachers in the Shawnee Mission School District are retiring. But with schools shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic these teachers won’t get the usual fanfare of a send-off.We asked some of these educators to share what it’s like leaving a profession they have dedicated years to — without being able to say goodbye to students and colleagues in person. The retirees also filled us in on plans for life after teaching.Heather Sommer — Ray Marsh ElementaryHeather Sommer is retiring from special education at Ray Marsh Elementary. Photo courtesy Heather Sommer.This year marks Heather Sommer’s 14th year at Ray Marsh Elementary, 21st year in the Shawnee Mission School District and her 40th year as an educator.It took her breath away when she learned she couldn’t return to school or retire surrounded by students and colleagues, but she adjusted to it.“I really wasn’t looking forward to a big fanfare; I feel that in my career, I’ve had enough attention,” she said. “That’s not really what I’ll miss, although I do think that celebrations and rituals are important. They help us to transfer from one part of our life to another, to make those changes, to have our goodbyes, to have our tears.”She started her career in New York and taught in North Carolina and Missouri before coming to Kansas. As a learning specialist for grades 4 through 6 at Ray Marsh, Sommer has had “wonderful and remarkable memories” helping students with learning disabilities.After retiring, Sommer plans to visit with family when it’s safe to do so. She plans to return and see everyone if school opens in the fall. She and her husband, Bob Sommer, are planning to stay in the Shawnee Mission area.Lisa Benge — Shawnee Mission WestLisa Benge is retiring as a social studies teacher from SM West. Photo courtesy Lisa Benge.Social studies and American government teacher Lisa Benge is retiring this month after 38 years in Shawnee Mission schools.Most of her American government class students are seniors and she’s also the senior class sponsor. With school being closed the rest of the academic year, it’s been hard not to be able to say goodbye to students and colleagues in person.“The ending here is not at all what I wanted,” she said. “Not seeing those kids and being able to say goodbye for the last time is the hardest thing. That’s why we went into teaching: It’s so fun to teach them, hang out with them, talk with them, see them grow, interact.”She recently visited school to pick up her things and walked into her classroom for the last time.“I got tears in my eyes because it will never be my room again,” she said. “I don’t know, it’s hard.”A 1977 SM South graduate, Benge’s first teaching job was at Hocker Grove Junior High in 1981. She took time off as a new mother, then returned to teaching at Westridge Middle School for a couple of years. She has taught at SM West since 1988.After retiring, Benge hopes to have a party when it’s allowed, perhaps with some live music by Perpetual Change, musicians who are her former eighth-grade students. She plans to spend more time with her grandchildren and enjoy vacationing in the family cabin in Minnesota. A resident of old Leawood, Benge may start substitute teaching, which softens the transition.Her message to students: “You are all unique and you all have so much potential. Use that potential and have fun.”Janel Cates — Shawnee Mission East‘That has been probably the hardest because it was so abruptly ended; I didn’t have all that time to prepare mentally for it.’ Janel Cates taught for 35 years in the Shawnee Mission School District. Pictured above, Cates teaches her class while dressed up for Monday’s ‘Harry Potter’ theme. Photo credit Ava Simonsen, The Harbinger.As a family and consumer sciences teacher at SM East, Janel Cates is retiring after 35 years in the Shawnee Mission School District.Retiring this way is not what she pictured, because she lost time to reflect on those last moments in her classroom.“That has been probably the hardest because it was so abruptly ended; I didn’t have all that time to prepare mentally for it,” Cates said. “When you’re a teacher, it’s all about the students, and I don’t have much contact with the students anymore. It’s strange.”Cates will miss hearing her students say thank you at the end of each lesson.“That meant so much; I always thought that was so thoughtful for them,” she said.Her first teaching job was at Broadmoor Junior High in 1981. She held a variety of roles teaching home economics, fashion and other courses at SM Northwest, SM West and SM North, as well as Trailridge Middle, before landing at SM East.Cates started the fashion design program at the Broadmoor Technical Center (formerly Broadmoor Junior High) around 1986 and worked there for several years during her career.“That was probably my very favorite job ever,” she said, adding that through her career in Shawnee Mission, she was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of teaching sewing skills to students at each school where she’s instructed.She hasn’t made plans to mark her retirement, but she did start a teaching scrapbook recently; focusing on that project will help her reflect on her memories in school. After retiring, she will probably find a part-time job or other non-teaching work.John Stonner — Shawnee Mission WestAfter 33 years in teaching, John Stonner is retiring as a business teacher from Shawnee Mission West.Stonner is also a coach for Vikings football. He misses not seeing his students every day, and he feels sorry they are missing out on school life, especially the seniors.John Stonner. Photo courtesy Amy Morgan.“If you were a baseball player or running track, you prepared all year for your sport and you don’t have it,” Stonner said. “And the prom, the senior send-off, that’s just something that these kids didn’t have.”A product of Shawnee Mission schools, Stonner started his teaching career in 1987 before transferring to SM East in 2001 and SM West in 2011.He particularly enjoyed his financial literacy class, which provided hands-on learning for how to budget and invest.“I’m going to miss a lot of things for years to come,” he said. “There’s some great kids at West. But I got things that I’m going to look forward to, to overcome that.”After retiring, Stonner will move to Georgia to be closer to family.last_img read more