Drivers send Aric Almirola well wishes

first_imgRELATED: Watch video of the wreckAfter his involvement in a three-car wreck on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, Richard Petty Motorsports reported Sunday that Aric Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 vertebra, but is mobile and has been released from the Kansas hospital.Drivers, teams and NASCAR personnel took to Twitter to wish the No. 43 driver well.last_img

Paris-Nice 2016 Tech: Dimension Data puts Rotor UNO on backup bikes, CeramicSpeed on anything…

first_imgThe latest cranks from Rotor are the 2INpower dual sided power meter crankset. It uses the spindle-mounted strain gauge of the original, single-sided INpower cranks with a second strain gauge inside the right crank arm: The Dimension Data pro cycling team had two sets of Cervelo S5 bikes on hand. The majority were equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 handling the shifting, but a few were sitting atop team cars with the new Rotor UNO hydraulic shifting group. Starting with the former, the spec mostly carries over from what we saw at the Tour de France last year when they were called MTN-Qhubeka. That means ENVE wheels, bar and stem, Continental tires and Rotor cranks.This time around, we took a closer look at the CeramicSpeed upgrades and photo’d the all-hydraulic backup bikes… After giving the crankset a back spin, we inquired about the setup because it moves effortlessly. Even brand new bikes sitting on the showroom floor don’t spin this freely. The reason? They’ve replaced every moving part except the pedal’s bearings with CeramicSpeed components. That includes the headset, hub bearings, bottom bracket and derailleur pulley wheels. They also use CeramicSpeed’s lube oil on the chain, which is outside the intended use parameters, but when your bikes are cleaned and maintained daily, you can get away with stuff like that.Interestingly, they’re not running the massively oversized CS pulley wheels introduced last fall. We didn’t get a chance to ask why, but it’s likely because a sponsor like Shimano wouldn’t take too kindly to such modifications (though it doesn’t seem to stop Cannondale)center_img This bike shows what a full hydraulic component group will look like (it’s still chain driven, of course).The lever body contains the master cylinder for the brakes, but none is required for the shifting system because it’s completely closed. Check our tech breakdown of the entire group for more the deep dive. These hoods look big, but Rotor’s said they could probably offer a smaller size option for those with smaller hands.We’ll be riding UNO in early April with the engineers at Rotor, stay tuned for a first ride report.If you’ve seen Acros’ hydraulic shifters and derailleurs, you’ll notice UNO uses just one single hose rather than two. That’s possible thanks to a clever ratcheting system that either catches and holds, or releases, depending on how far it’s pushed.These rather large connectors in the brake lines allow bleed-free disconnects between the levers and the Magura RT8 hydraulic rim brake calipers. These don’t look quite like the stock offerings from Magura.They have an external dial sticking out and up from the center mounting bolt, which looks like it could simply be a pad contact adjustment / release mechanism to speed wheel changes.last_img read more

Brenock O’Connor to Lead Sing Street Musical at New York Theatre Workshop

first_img Billy Carter Brendan C. Callahan Zara Devlin Skyler Volpe Max Bartos Brenock O’Connor(Photo provided by Matt Ross PR) Sam Poon Casting is complete for the world premiere production of Sing Street, a new musical based on John Carney’s Golden Globe-nominated 2016 motion picture. The previously announced production will begin previews on November 25 and officially open on December 16 at New York Theatre Workshop.The cast will be led by Brenock O’Connor (Game of Thrones) as Conor, with Zara Devlin (Hecuba) as Raphina, Anne L. Nathan (Once) as Sandra, Martin Moran (All the Rage) as Brother Baxter, Max William Bartos (Uncut Gems) as Darren, Brendan C. Callahan (She Loves Me) as Gary, Billy Carter (Hangmen) as Robert, Gus Halper (Ride the Cyclone) as Brendan, Jakeim Hart (Blue Bloods) as Larry, Johnny Newcomb (The Last Ship) as Barry, Gian Perez (In the Heights) as Kevin, Sam Poon (Runaways) as Eamon, Skyler Volpe (The Hello Girls) as Anne and Amy Warren (Women of a Certain Age) as Penny.Featuring a book by Enda Walsh (who earned a Tony for penning the musical version of Carney’s film Once), Sing Street is set in 1982 Dublin, where sixteen-year-old Conor turns to music to escape troubles at home and impress a mysterious girl.Sing Street features music and lyrics by Carney and Gary Clark (frontman of the pop group Danny Wilson), direction by Tony winner Rebecca Taichman (Indecent) and choreography by Obie winner Sonya Tayeh (Moulin Rouge!).The creative team also includes music director Fred Lassen, scenic/costume designer by Bob Crowley, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind, sound designer Darron L. West and music supervisor/orchestrater Martin Lowe.Sing Street is scheduled to play a limited engagement through January 19, 2020. Star Files Gus Halpercenter_img Johnny Newcomb View Comments View All (13) Brenock O’Connor Anne L. Nathan Gian Perez Jakeim Hart Martin Moranlast_img read more

CNTB organized a study trip for tourism professionals on the topic of health tourism

first_imgIn the period from 9 to 12 May, the Croatian National Tourist Board organized a study trip for tourism professionals on the topic of health tourism, ie strengthening the capacity and offer of health tourism.The trip was held in Hungary, and in addition to employees of the Croatian National Tourist Board, this four-day trip was attended by representatives of the tourism industry, ie spas, spas, wellness hotels, travel agencies specializing in health tourism and associations, as well as Croatian media. Thus, the participants of the first day of the study tour visited the city of Hévíz and the lake of the same name, the largest biologically active, natural healing lake in the world and learned about the comparative advantages of Lake Hévíz and its use in the context of health tourism. An expert presentation on the topic of health tourism in Hungary was held by Adam Ruszinkó, President of Marketing at the Hungarian Health Tourism Association.During the second day of the study trip in the city of Sárvár, an expert presentation was held on the development and offer of health tourism Sárvár, known for its springs of healing thermal water, and those present were greeted by Mayor István Kondora. The third day of the study trip was held in Budapest, where Gordan Grlić Radman, the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Hungary, joined the study group. Thus, a tour of Terme Szechenyi, one of the most famous and largest thermal baths in Europe, was organized in Budapest. The last day of the study trip was also held in Budapest with a tour of the Aquaworld Budapest water attraction and an expert presentation on the development, comparative advantages and potential of dental tourism in Hungary. The presentation was held in the congress hall of the Aquaworld Hotel Budapest by Peter Takács, Marketing Director of the Hungarian State Agency for Dental Tourism.Photo: Aquaworld Resort BudapestThe experiences of health tourism in Hungary, presented during this trip, will certainly be of great help to Croatia and Croatian tourism workers. Namely, having in mind that Hungary is a country that realizes 40 percent of European dental tourism and a country where a quarter of total tourism takes place in SPA and wellness hotels, it is clear that many examples of good practice and experience can be applied in certain Croatian destinations. Although the role of the Croatian National Tourist Board, when it comes to health tourism, is primarily viewed from the perspective of promotion, we remind you that this product, according to estimates at the global level, is growing at a rate of between 15 and 20 percent per year. Thus, in accordance with the Annual Work Program of the Croatian National Tourist Board, in 2017 special attention is paid to the development and promotion of health tourism, as a highly growing product that is a significant motive for arrival in the pre- and post-season periods.In Hungary, a quarter of the total tourist traffic takes place in SPA and wellness hotelsThe Croatian National Tourist Board, as a national institution in charge of tourism promotion, will continue to make a strong contribution to the even stronger positioning of this product, which has a strong resource base and great potential in Croatia. It is certain that the activities of the Croatian National Tourist Board and other key stakeholders in developing a new offer and improving the quality of health tourism services will position Croatia in the near future as a renowned health tourism destination.Source: CNTBlast_img read more

UC President Janet Napolitano And Triad’s Thom Mason Present $599,600 Grant To LANL Foundation

first_imgNew Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales spoke on behalf of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham at the event. The Foundation is assessing and filling gaps in the LANL Scholars program, increasing scholarship funding for applicants with financial need, as well as initiating a pilot program to provide on-campus and online support services for LANL Scholars throughout their college careers. “The investment by Triad in education in the region allows LANL Foundation to help teachers achieve certifications that strengthen their practice and increase their pay, to increase academic success for more college students, and to grow a STEM ecosystem in Northern New Mexico that improves STEM education, collaboration and job opportunities,” LANL Foundation President/CEO Jenny Parks said. “We are thrilled to be entrusted with this partnership with Triad and will work hard to make positive change for our students and their families.” Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation’s mission to “inspire excellence in education and learning in Northern New Mexico through innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy” has received a major boost with a $599,600 grant from Los Alamos National Laboratory operator Triad National Security, LLC. “Throughout our long affiliation with Los Alamos, the University of California and our partners have always recognized the importance of giving back to the communities surrounding the lab. After all, vibrant, thriving and resilient communities and workers are essential to the lab’s future work and success,” Napolitano said at the event. Coronado High School STEM Challenge team conducts research along the Rio Chama and works to engineer a real-time aquatic detection system. www.lanlfoundation.org/coronado-stem-challenge. Courtesy/LANLF “The LANL Foundation has provided robust education and learning opportunities in Northern New Mexico for more than 20 years,” Napolitano said. “Their focus on expanding K–12 STEM education, building the leadership and capacity of local teachers, advocating for excellence in schools and supporting college access for New Mexico students remains a vital asset to this community.” LANL FOUNDATION News:Triad grant supports K-12 STEM education, teacher growth and LANL Scholars program “There are some things that we can’t do with federal funds, and these contributions are part of our Community Commitment Plan. As Triad, as the contractor that manages the lab,” Mason said. “It’s a corporate commitment to do some of the things you can’t do with federal funds, and that includes things like the Scholarship Program that the LANL Foundation runs, and the RDC activities on workforce development. They’re tied to diversifying the regional economy and, in some cases, may be supporting things that are kind of outside the areas where the lab is working, so we can’t use our federal funds for that. But as a corporate citizen in the community, Triad can use our corporate resources in a philanthropic mode to help round out the story.” The grant was one of two announced during the event as part of Triad’s Community Commitment Plan, which leverages direct community investments in education, economic diversity and philanthropic giving. The Regional Development Corporation (RDC) also received $200,000 to support workforce development at six regional colleges and universities in Northern New Mexico. Stories about LANL Foundation’s work in education may be found at www.lanlfoundation.org/impact. Work to increase interest and opportunities in STEM involves the creation of a Northern New Mexico STEM Hub to boost collaboration among local and statewide programs, inclusion in the national STEMx™ Network, career pathway mapping, funding for high schools teams to participate in the New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge, and grant funding for high-impact STEM programs in the region. Los Alamos National Laboratory Director and Triad President Thom Mason explained that Triad’s Community Commitment Plan builds on the positive impact in the region that comes from the Laboratory’s support for education and economic development projects, and from its own procurement and hiring. University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano made the Triad grant announcement at a community event Sept. 12. UC is a partner in the Triad consortium, along with Texas A&M University and Battelle Memorial Institute. LANL Scholar Caitlyn Cruz creates sustainable environmental change for her community. www.lanlfoundation.org/caitlyn-cruz. Courtesy/LANLF “The Regional Development Corporation and the LANL Foundation have long been champions for building stronger communities right here in Northern New Mexico. For that we are grateful,” Morales said. “As key partners in educational development with LANL, I believe that today’s financial commitments to bolster these community outreach activities will yield real success, not only with student achievement, but, more importantly, with student engagement.” With the grant, a comprehensive status report on challenges, gaps and opportunities in the teaching profession is being conducted. In the interest of growing and retaining local teachers, LANL Foundation is funding National Board Certification for Teachers (NBCT) in Northern New Mexico school districts and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certification for classroom paraprofessionals and educational assistants. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Certification needs and teacher training options also are being researched for possible support. University of California President Janet Napolitano, right, and LANL Director and Triad President Thom Mason, left, present funding to LANL Foundation President/CEO Jenny Parks and board members Bill Wadt, Denise Thronas, Nan Sauer, Billie Blair, Tania Sanchez, Elmer Torres, Wilmer Chavarria and Hervey Juris during a recent event. Courtesy/LANLF Melisha Martinez, TESOL certification candidate, builds skills to better serving dual-language students at La Tierra Montessori School www.lanlfoundation.org/melisha-martinez. Courtesy/LANLFlast_img read more

Scenes From Fires In Quemazon/Pipeline Trail Area

first_imgScene today from fires that ignited overnight near Pipeline Road and Quemazon Trail. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Scene today from fires that ignited overnight near Pipeline Road and Quemazon Trail. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Scene today from fires that ignited overnight near Pipeline Road and Quemazon Trail. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Smoke billows from one of four fires that ignited overnight near Pipeline Road and Quemazon Trail. Los Alamos Battalion Chief Steve Saiz is the on-duty Battalion Chief overseeing LAFD’s response in assisting the forest service to knock down the fires. The sizes are estimated at under an acre each, Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald said. He said lightning most likely is the cause. ‘We have ground crews from LAFD and air resources from Bandelier and Albuquerque working the fires now,’ Chief Dawald said, adding that more air resources have been ordered. The Los Alamos Reservoir is being used by air resources and the public is advised to avoid that area. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comcenter_img Scene today from fires that ignited overnight near Pipeline Road and Quemazon Trail. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Scene today from fires that ignited overnight near Pipeline Road and Quemazon Trail. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Libraries: A Love Story

first_imgThe original library building in Westhampton. Independent/Courtesy Westhampton Free LibraryOnce upon a time, a library was simply a place where books lived.But, as the years passed, and people became busier, and there was less time for reading and more distractions like color TV and so on, public libraries became stodgy and old, with musty books and old ladies who said “Shhhh!” a lot. At least, that was how some people imagined them to be.But then as families fractured, and teens became bored, and an aging population needed information, libraries became more than just a place where books lived. They became essential community hubs.Today, libraries provide everything from lessons in defensive driving, CPR, and English as a Second Language, to talks by experts and authors on every subject imaginable, to teen game nights and senior dance classes, legal forums and free internet, summer fairs and movie nights — and, of course, books.In a couple of generations, libraries went from being stigmatized as a hidey-hole for researchers and academics to vibrant centers bursting with culture, creativity, and conversation.And a few of the local libraries are getting some love from the government, just in time for the back-to-school crowd. Recently, libraries in Hampton Bays, Quogue, Southampton, and Westhampton have received state funding for construction and broadband infrastructure projects.New York State Public Library construction grants have been awarded to the Hampton Bays Public Library for $58,960; Quogue Library for $326,000; Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton for $12,777; and Westhampton Free Library for $357,731, according to a statement from the office of Assemblyman Fred Thiele.And it couldn’t have come at a better time. According to the New York State Education Department, the state’s public libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading. More than 52 percent of the more than 1000 public library buildings in New York State are over 60 years old, some of them much older than that. Another 31 percent are more than 30 years old.Hampton Bays Library will use the grant for a roof replacement and lighting upgrades, while Quogue Library will apply the funds toward interior and exterior upgrades to increase energy efficiency, to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to upgrade security. Rogers Memorial Library will also upgrade its security system with the grant.Westhampton Free Library is applying the funds toward interior renovations, and is looking at a grand reopening on Sunday, September 15, from 1 to 3 PM.The Westhampton Free Library Association opened its doors on Main Street on March 1, 1897, with a charter signed by Melvil Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal System, the gold standard in classification for libraries around the country.In 1906, property owned by Ralph and Laura Cutter was gifted to the library and the first building was erected at a cost of $3200.Then, according to the library’s website, in 1951, a gift from the Westhampton Chapel Society led to the erection of the Library Avenue building. Two extensions were added two years later, courtesy of the Judge Harold Medina Fund. Over the next 30 years, the library continued to expand to suit a growing community, with further additions and expansions, and then the purchase of the Library Avenue location in 2003 as a site for the library’s programs.But as it grew and grew, it also needed renovations. The library moved to a temporary location in September 2008 and stayed there until the new building opened on June 26, 2010. The Westhampton Free Library received its LEED Gold Certification in December 2010.The reopening will mark the culmination of the library’s interior design and expansion project. The project included the conversion of 2750 square feet of unused space within the library into usable space.Specifically, it includes an expansion of the children’s program room, new teen area and program room, new multipurpose room, new tween area, and reconfiguration of the main floor of the library to accommodate more efficient flow, new lounge area, group study, and a quiet study room.“We are thrilled that the project has come to fruition and are looking forward to celebrating with the community,” library director Danielle Waskiewicz said in a press release.The New York State Library and NYSED approved 251 construction projects for public libraries and public library systems throughout the state for around $34 million in capital fund appropriation.State aid for library construction helps local libraries and library systems to complete required renovations, create additions, update electrical wiring to accommodate computer technology, meet standards of energy efficiency, renovate facilities to provide full accessibility to library users with disabilities, and provide meeting rooms to accommodate community needs.“We are very much looking forward to our grand opening celebration. The new space that has been created as a result of the renovation project provides the opportunity for the library to offer even more programs to our community,” said Waskiewicz.And so, for several East End institutions, a new chapter begins. Visit www.westhamptonlibrary.net to find out more.bridget@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Is Mozambique the new Qatar?

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Texas Trailer Corporation completes expansion project

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