Boulder Cyclists Rescue Food Via Bikes, Donate 170K Pounds to Hungry

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOver the past year a group of cyclists in Boulder, Colorado have rescued 170,000 pounds of food that would otherwise be thrown out, transporting it directly to groups who feed the hungry.About 95 percent of the food is transported via bicycle with volunteers pulling wheeled carts loaded with primarily fresh produce.500 pounds of fruits, vegetables and bakery items each day are collected from eight locations and delivered to people in need.They launched a recent fundraising campaign on the crowd-sourcing site, Indiegogo, that collected $18,572 in grassroots donations for hiring Hana Dansky as their first part time employee in the role of Executive Director/Volunteer Coordinator. Watch her describe the program she co-founded in the following video.(Learn more at Boulder Food Rescue)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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

FairPoint, Consolidated shareholders overwhelmingly approve takeover

first_imgConsolidated Communications,Vermont Business Magazine FairPoint Communications, Inc (Nasdaq:FRP), Vermont’s largest telecom based in North Carolina, and Illinois’ Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc (Nasdaq:CNSL) have moved a step closer to Consolidated’s acquisition of FairPoint later this year. FairPoint shareholders on Tuesday voted to adopt the merger agreement between FairPoint and Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc during a special meeting. Approximately 96 percent of FairPoint shareholders who voted on the proposal cast their vote in favor of the merger, representing 74 percent of the Company’s outstanding stock as of the record date. Consolidated Communications also held a special meeting Tuesday at which approximately 98 percent of Consolidated shareholders who voted on the proposal voted in favor of the merger, representing 71 percent of Consolidated’s outstanding shares as of the record date.Under the terms of the agreement, FairPoint shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.7300 shares of Consolidated Communications common stock for each share of FairPoint common stock. After closing, Consolidated’s shareholders will own approximately 71.3 percent of the pro forma combined company and FairPoint’s shareholders will own 28.7 percent.Consolidated has received Hart-Scott-Rodino Act clearance and secured the financing to fund the acquisition at favorable rates. Consolidated and FairPoint are in the process of securing the necessary state and federal regulatory approvals to complete the merger and expect the transaction to close by mid-2017.RELATED STORIES:FairPoint appoints Michael Reed Vermont presidentBeth Fastiggi named Human Resources CommissionerAbout FairPoint Communications, Inc.FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRP(link is external)) provides advanced data, voice and video technologies to single and multi-site businesses, public and private institutions, consumers, wireless companies and wholesale re-sellers in 17 states. Leveraging an owned, fiber-based Ethernet network – with more than 22,000 route miles of fiber, including approximately 18,000 route miles of fiber in northern New England – FairPoint has the network coverage, scalable bandwidth and transport capacity to support enhanced applications, including the next generation of mobile and cloud-based communications, such as small cell wireless backhaul technology, voice over IP, data center colocation services, managed services and disaster recovery. For more information, visit www.FairPoint.com(link is external).Source: CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FairPoint Communications, Inclast_img read more

Governor Walker Hopes To Craft A Tax Bill

first_imgGov. Walker is hoping to garner support from fellow lawmakers in order to draft a tax bill that he says is imperative in order to address the state’s revenue issues this year. He expects to unveil a tax bill for consideration sometime later this year. The state is grappling with a multi billion-dollar deficit, and continued  low oil prices. Lawmakers have passed a budget mostly funded out of savings, and according to Gov. Walker failed to come to terms on a long-term fiscal plan.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker has hinted at the possibility of running for re-election. Before that happens he says he has a more pressing issue on his agenda, hopes of crafting a tax bill.last_img

State House Passes Operating Budget In Close Vote

first_imgThe approved operating budget will now go to the Senate, with less than two weeks left in the 90-day session. Eagle River Representative Dan Saddler, a member of the republican-led minority complained about excessive spending: “Are we reducing the budget? No. Are we even holding steady on the budet? Again, no. And are we increasing the budget and increasing the deficit? Sadly, yes.” Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), referred to the larger dividend, but ultimately cast the final ‘yes’ vote, avoiding a tie. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In a vote on Monday, April 2, the State House passed a budget bill to the Senate, after two weeks of debate in a vote of 21 to 19. Governor Bill Walker on Monday released the following statement after the vote: “I commend the House for passing an operating budget that protects the necessary government services Alaskans rely on, and I look forward to working with lawmakers as the budget process now moves into the Senate. All sides agree it is necessary to tap the earnings reserve of the Permanent Fund to help pay for government moving forward. It is essential that the first draw from the Permanent Fund in history is structured, sustainable, and protects the future of the dividend program.” Representative Paul Season (R-Homer),  said the budget was “historic” because it’s the first to rely on Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government in addition to paying dividends. The budget totals $11.5 billion dollars, with nearly $5.5 billion for yearly operations, and a dividend capped at $1,600 after a House vote on Friday. House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said there wasn’t sufficient support in the Legislature for a full dividend this year.last_img read more

Holton softball team rallies past Hesperia in Game 1; completes sweep in nightcap

first_img Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Shares FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Report a problem This item is… By Noah GensonLocalSportsJournal.comHOLTON – Like most years, the Holton softball team is one of the best in the area, and perhaps the state.The state rankings sure suggest that, with the Red Devils currently ranked No. 4 in Division 4.But the Hesperia program has come a long way, as well. And whenever the two neighboring rivals meet, there is bound to be some close competition.That was the case in Game 1 of a CSAA Silver Division doubleheader on Monday, when the Red Devils had to come from behind to defeat Hesperia 5-4.Morgan Murat rounds second base for Holton. Photo/Leo ValdezHolton had an easier time in the second game, winning 14-4.“That’s what you’ll see in this rivalry,” said Holton head coach Kirk Younts. “Whoever is playing on either side, you’re guaranteed a good fight.”“I’m really proud of our girls,” said Hesperia head coach Doug Bolles. “To really play as tough as we did without our number two pitcher, I liked what I saw today.”The Hesperia batters came out swinging in Game 1. The Panthers collected RBI hits from Alyssa Miller and Lynsey Tinkham in the first inning, and another run scored off a Holton error. The Panthers led 3-0 after the top of the first.The Red Devils responded by taking advantage of a few Panthers errors in the bottom of the first, narrowing the score to 3-2.In the bottom of the third, Haylee Brant and Maddie Bossett each drove in a run, with an error from the Panther outfield accounting for the other run, and the Red Devils took a 5-3 lead into the fourth.Hesperia plated one more run in the sixth, but couldn’t get an equalizer.Pitcher Kylie Gould was stellar for the Red Devils after getting roughed up in the first, allowing just one earned run on two hits and striking out seven in the final six innings.Game 2 was all Red Devils from the start, as they jumped out to a 9-3 lead after the second inning.Holton tacked on four more runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 14-4 lead and end the game on the mercy rule.Bossett and Gianna Reed each drove in three runs for the Red Devils. Brant allowed one earned run in five innings on the mound while striking out three.Hesperia’s Tinkham and Daelyn McKinnon each drove in a run for the Panthers in Game 2.Holton improved to 4-0 on the year while Hesperia fell to 1-3. Shop Now Displayed poorly Franklin Sports MLB Electronic Baseball … Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other $0.00 Inappropriate / Offensive (33138) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY $59.99 (8187) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) ENDS IN Bestseller ENDS IN Ads by Amazon ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… Not relevant ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive The League Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive (1009) Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive Share Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Other Displayed poorly Displayed poorly × Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive (1862) Not relevant $0.00 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY × Not relevant Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive Other DEAL OF THE DAY Fox Sports Go Report a problem This item is… Other (124) ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… × Report a problem This item is… (35539) Other Displayed poorly $14.99 Ads by Amazon Inappropriate / Offensive $15.29$17.99 DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… × Displayed poorly × Other DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… Other 0 Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Displayed poorly Displayed poorly Not relevant (1461) DEAL OF THE DAY A Warrior’s Heart Share Bestseller $0.00 Bestseller Not relevant × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) ENDS IN Bestseller Not relevant Mail Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller NBC Sports Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $26.86$49.99 Dude Perfect Signature Bow Nerf Sports Bi… × ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $3.99 ENDS IN (22) DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant Bestsellerlast_img read more

IMF says Caribbean growth to contract in 2016

first_imgAs the global recovery continues to struggle to gain its footing, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says growth in Latin America and the Caribbean has been marked down further and is likely to contract for the second consecutive year in 2016.The IMF’s latest “Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere,” released on Wednesday projects that the region is set to contract by 0.5 percent in 2016—marking two consecutive years of negative growth for the first time since the Latin American debt crisis of 1982–83.“This rate, however, masks the fact that many countries continue to grow, modestly but surely, whereas a small number of economies—representing about half of the region’s economy—face recession largely as a result of domestic factors,” the IMF said.It said the deceleration in activity reflects weak external demand, further declines in commodity prices, volatile financial conditions, and for some important domestic imbalances and rigidities.At the same time, the IMF said many countries have continued to experience large exchange rate depreciations, mainly as a result of deteriorating terms of trade and external demand.The Washington-based financial institution said growth prospects continue to be favorable for the tourism-based countries in the Caribbean.In contrast, however, the IMF said growth prospects in the Caribbean are deteriorating for commodity-based economies.The report also cited risks from a slower-than-projected investment recovery for Latin America and the Caribbean “if tighter financial conditions and lower growth prospects lead to balance sheet adjustments among companies that are increasingly indebted in foreign currency.”The IMF said growth prospects over the next five years will likely remain subdued, particularly for those facing lower commodity prices and weak investment.last_img read more