Having transitioned ownership and staff this year, Cysco Cycles will be coming to NAHBS this year with a fresh face. Look forward to compelling titanium builds with lovely masking work. New owner, Clay Ellison, talks new projects after the jump. BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?Clay: Cysco Cycles’ main building material is titaniumBIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?Clay: New owner with fresh employees with over 60 years combined building experience.BIKERUMOR: Any killer custom bike builds in that time?Clay: We’re building a full custom cross bike for a retired army sergeant first class that’s done over 10 tours of duty to Iraq and Afghanistan. He’ s received two purple hearts and a bronze star. Due to his combat injuries we had to really change some of the geometry around on his bike to facilitate his rehabilitation process. He will be using the bike for Ride to Recovery rides and competing in the millennium races.BIKERUMOR: What were some of your newer inspirations for recent bikes?Clay: The most inspiration we have had has come from army client that retired from the military. Learning new ways to adapt to building bikes and different geometry for riders that do suffer from combat injuries.BIKERUMOR: What are you building this year that’ll draw a crowd?Clay: Hopefully the cross bike that will be themed after his tour of duty.BIKERUMOR:If you had to build a bike for a Kentucky Derby style race (think short, all out effort on deep, loose dirt), what would you build and why?Clay: I would build a titanium frame that’s is light and stiff. 1×10 gearing, cross style setup.BIKERUMOR: Bourbon or beer?Clay: BeerCyscoCycles.com
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and members of his Administration, the Opioid Coordination Council and the Legislature on Wednesday welcomed family members of Vermonters who’ve died as a result of an opioid overdose to commemorate Vermont’s second annual Opioid Overdose Awareness Day. Addressing the families at Wednesday’s event, Scott said, “Opioid addition affects so many lives, and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the courage and leadership of those joining us here today to share their stories in an effort to help others and make a difference. You demonstrate why we must continue this battle against an epidemic that’s impacted every corner of our state.”State officials at the event, including Scott, Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, Director of Drug Prevention Policy Jolinda LaClair, Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson, Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) and Rep. Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington), addressed the opioid crisis and the state’s work towards effective prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery supports.They were joined by four community members – Vermonters working on the frontlines of the crisis and those who have been impacted, including individuals who have been in recovery or whose family members have been directly affected. The event sought to highlight the dangers of overdose and share the stories of those impacted.Speakers stressed that while it appears we may be beginning to bend the curve on what has been an upward spiral of opioid-related fatalities in Vermont, heroin-related deaths are still too high.Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD said Vermont’s comprehensive approach to prevention can make “if only” a reality. “For many, we can’t turn back the clock. I wish we could,” said Dr. Levine. “But, we are implementing prevention policies and strategies that will help future generations avoid developing opioid use disorders in the first place.”As an example, Dr. Levine noted that Vermont’s new rules governing opioid prescribing and the education and conversations that now routinely occur in the health care setting have contributed to a 25-35 percent decrease in morphine equivalent prescriptions since July.Attendees at the event were able to review information and speak with health professionals on issues such as prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery. Exhibitors providing informational materials included Aspenti Health, Vermont CARES, and the Vermont Department of Health’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs.The Department of Libraries was on hand to inform Vermonters on the materials and services available at Vermont’s libraries to help individuals and communities dealing with the Opioid Crisis, and the Howard Center Safe Recovery offered those in need with naloxone (a nasal spray used to reverse an opioid overdose in progress) distribution and training.“Only a collaborative approach including state leaders, treatment providers, school and community-based prevention programs, first responders and the involvement of Vermonters with lived experience – people in recovery and their families and loved ones – will alter the generational cycle of addiction,” said LaClair. “Vermont is small and smart, and we can effect change for our children, and grandchildren, and their children.”Governor Scott also commended the work of the state’s many partners, lawmakers, municipalities, as well as Vermont’s congressional delegation – Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Peter Welch – who have played an important role in securing Federal funding and supports to address this epidemic.Source: Governor 4.12.2018
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, will present Luxian Scottsdale, a new exclusive, boutique enclave at Camelback Mountain. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty brokers Joanna Wilkins and Christine Arnold are listing the luxury Luxian development. “Luxian Scottsdale features just 14 luxury villas with unparalleled views of Camelback Mountain and The Phoenician Golf Course and scores of high-end finishes,” Joanna Wilkins said. The luxury villas abut to one of the most iconic golf courses in Arizona. The gated development will have 3 two-bedroom units totaling 2,491 square feet and 11 three-bedroom units with 2,971 square feet. The Scottsdale project, which is located at one of the most iconic locations in the Southwest, already has two reservations. “The enclave is surrounded by the prestigious and recently remodeled Phoenician Golf Course. Villas have impressive, unobstructed views of fairways and Camelback Mountain,” Christine Arnold said.Pricing for the two-bedroom villas starts at $1,457,000. Three-bedroom villas prices start at $1,738,000. There is a $25,000 lot premium on five of the villa locations. The lot premium price goes up on May 31st, 2019.Luxian Villas on Camelback LLC is building the project. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty brokers Wilkins and Arnold said the villas also have plenty of high-end and luxury finishes including Subzero appliances, a Wolf cook top and oven and buyers can customize their cabinets, lighting, flooring and fixtures.For more information on Luxian Scottsdale, visit https://www.luxianscottsdale.com/
The Washington Post: It started out a stunner: The Heisman Trophy runner-up had told heartbreaking stories about a dead girlfriend who didn’t exist. Then it became unreal: The All-American linebacker said he had been duped, and theirs was a relationship that existed only in phone calls and Internet chats.The reaction was predictable: Unbelievable. Couldn’t happen.…“If we shake the tree, we would find hundreds of thousands of people falling out of the tree who are experiencing something like this,” said Robert Epstein, a senior research psychologist at the California-based American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology.It’s just human nature, Epstein said, something known formally by psychologists as “confirmation bias.” We watch the news that matches our political beliefs. We discount viewpoints we don’t like. We ignore good advice and miss red flags, so we can continue believing in something we want to be true.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >
… Read the whole story: The New Yorker More of our Members in the Media > Quick inventory: Among the many things you might be feeling more of these days, is boredom one of them? It might seem like something to disavow, automatically, when the country is roiling. The American plot thickens by the hour. We need to be paying attention. But boredom, like many an inconvenient human sensation, can steal over a person at unseemly moments. And, in some ways, the psychic limbo of the pandemic has been a breeding ground for it—or at least for a restless, buzzing frustration that can feel a lot like it. Like some of the other boredom researchers I read, Danckert and Eastwood can’t resist citing a few sensational stories that supposedly illustrate the dire consequences of the feeling—news accounts in which people who’ve committed some heinous crime claim that they did so because they were bored. But those stories don’t cast much light on the general phenomenon. Boredom is a more plausible culprit in certain more common social hazards. Wijnand Van Tilburg and Eric Igou, the leading research psychologists espousing the meaning-deficit theory of boredom, have conducted studies, for example, showing that induced boredom ratchets up people’s sense of group identity and their devaluation of “outgroups,” as well as heightening feelings of political partisanship. But Danckert and Eastwood argue, modestly, that boredom is neither good nor bad, neither pro- nor antisocial. It’s more like a pain signal that alerts you to the need to do something engaging to relieve it. Whether you go on a bender and wreck your car or volunteer at the soup kitchen is up to you. Fundamentally, boredom is, as Tolstoy defined it, “a desire for desires.” The psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, describing the feeling that sometimes drops over children like a scratchy blanket, elaborated on this notion: boredom is “that state of suspended animation in which things are started and nothing begins, the mood of diffuse restlessness which contains that most absurd and paradoxical wish, the wish for a desire.” In a new book, “Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom,” James Danckert, a neuroscientist, and John D. Eastwood, a psychologist, nicely describe it as a cognitive state that has something in common with tip-of-the-tongue syndrome—a sensation that something is missing, though we can’t quite say what. … Danckert and Eastwood are hardly alone in their inquiries. In the past couple of decades, a whole field of boredom studies has flourished, complete with conferences, seminars, symposiums, workshops, and a succession of papers with such titles as “In Search of Meaningfulness: Nostalgia as an Antidote to Boredom” (been there) and “Eaten Up by Boredom: Consuming Food to Escape Awareness of the Bored Self” (definitely been there). And, of course, there’s a “Boredom Studies Reader,” which bears the suitably stolid subtitle “Frameworks and Perspectives.” Boredom, it’s become clear, has a history, a set of social determinants, and, in particular, a pungent association with modernity. Leisure was one precondition: enough people had to be free of the demands of subsistence to have time on their hands that required filling. Modern capitalism multiplied amusements and consumables, while undermining spiritual sources of meaning that had once been conferred more or less automatically. Expectations grew that life would be, at least some of the time, amusing, and people, including oneself, interesting—and so did the disappointment when they weren’t. In the industrial city, work and leisure were cleaved in a way that they had not been in traditional communities, and work itself was often more monotonous and regimented. Moreover, as the political scientist Erik Ringmar points out in his contribution to the “Boredom Studies Reader,” boredom often comes about when we are constrained to pay attention, and in modern, urban society there was simply so much more that human beings were expected to pay attention to—factory whistles, school bells, traffic signals, office rules, bureaucratic procedures, chalk-and-talk lectures. (Zoom meetings.)
LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. EAST NORRITON, PA– Treadways Corp. announced that Koichiro (Kyle) Iwasawa has been named executive vice president of operations, replacing Koji Aoyama who will be returning to Japan. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Iwasawa began his career with Sumitomo Corp. in 1979. During the past 26 years, he has held many positions within Sumitomo’s vast organization, including 6 years with Treadways. Iwasawa served as director of marketing and operations from 1993 to 1995, and vice president of operations for 1996 to 1999. He was most recently general manager of the paper and paperboard export department of Sumisho Paper Company in Tokyo. Iwasawa will relocate to the U.S. later this year. He will be based out of the Treadways Headquarters in East Norriton, Pa., and will report directly to Roy Araki, president. Treadways is a leading marketer of tires to independent tire dealers. Among its tire brands offered are Jetzon, Telstar, Laramie, Eldorado, Tempra, Doral and Sumitomo. For more information, go to: www.treadwayscorp.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.
Seeing your state and local taxes increase because the state doesn’t have the money to fund vital services.Seeing municipalities cut back on plowing and fixing potholes and upgrading sewer and water pipes because they don’t have the money.It’s seeing school districts lay off teachers and aides and reduce funding for special education, food for poor kids, computers and extra-curricular activities.The financial impacts of the coronavirus is a collective slap in the face to our society, to our children’s education, and to everyone’s financial, social and mental well-being.If state workers can’t accept not receiving a modest pay raise under these extraordinary circumstances, then maybe they should take their chances in the real world.Good luck with that.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.HIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right way Categories: Editorial, OpinionMany New Yorkers and others across the country have lost their jobs or had their hours scaled back.Many have been furloughed. Many have had their pay cut. Some of the companies they work for may eventually be forced to cut back staff long-term or close their doors for good.Many individuals who have been laid off are having trouble getting through to the state website that allows them to apply for unemployment benefits because so many are in need.On top of that, the coronavirus outbreak has devastated state finances, leaving New York $10 billion to $15 billion short of anticipated revenue, threatening state aid for schools and forcing municipalities and school districts to ponder the possibility of program cuts and tax hikes. Yet state employees unions have used strong language to condemn the governor’s actions, which would deprive many union workers of a mere 2% pay raise.“It’s inexcusable to require our workers to literally face death to ensure the state keeps running and then turn around and deny those very workers their much-deserved raise in this time of crisis,” said the president of the CSEA.The head of the union representing corrections officers and other state agencies told Newsweek that they “won’t stand for it,” calling the pay freeze a “slap in the face.”Well, you know what a real slap in the face is? Losing your job is a real slap in the face.Taking two weeks of unpaid leave so you don’t get laid off is a real slap in the face.Not seeing your pay increase for years just so you can have a job is a real slap in the face.You know what’s also a slap in the face? Virtually everybody is making sacrifices.GAZETTE COVID-19 COVERAGEThe Daily Gazette is committed to keeping our community safe and informed and is offering our COVID-19 coverage to you free.Our subscribers help us bring this information to you. Please consider a subscription at DailyGazette.com/Subscribe to help support these efforts.Thank YouYet despite the deleterious impacts that the coronavirus have had on all elements of society, thousands of state workers and their union representatives are whining about the possibility that they might not get scheduled pay raises for the next couple of months.Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday confirmed that he is using his emergency powers to freeze the pay of about 80,000 state workers for at least the next 90 days. The move would save state taxpayers about $50 million now — more, obviously, if the freeze is extended.We’re not talking about cutting pay. We’re not talking about laying off or furloughing workers. We’re talking about holding off on increasing their pay for a few months.If you work in the private sector, you’re used to not getting pay raises. Many companies, due to economic circumstances, have frozen pay altogether, sometimes laying off staff to preserve current pay levels for others who remain with the company.The alternative to making these painful cuts and freezes might be going out of business. And that would mean all the employees would be gone.It’s not an easy decision.
Ingredients (serves 6)2 whole chickens3 medium sized carrots2 white onions1 head of celery1 bunch of thyme1 bay leaf2 oz olive oil1 c white wine1 gallon waterSaltPepperDirectionsFirst, heat your oven up to 400 degrees. Rub the two chickens with a little bit of salt and pepper and cook in the oven for 45 minutes.While the chicken is cooking, take two of the carrots. Peel them and carefully fine dice them, reserving the third carrot for the chicken stock you will make as the base for your soup. Do the same with one of the onions and about half the head of celery. With the remaining vegetables, rough chop them into smaller pieces and set aside for later.When the chicken comes out of the oven, set it aside to cool for about 20 minutes. When the chicken has cooled down enough to handle, you will then remove the breast, legs, and thigh meat. Return the leftover chicken carcasses to the oven for another 10 minutes to brown. While they are browning, get yourself a large, deep soup pot.Turn the stove on medium heat. Add the olive oil, the rough chopped vegetables, bay leaf, and the thyme into the pot. Gently stir the vegetables, then add the wine. Let cook for one minute and then add the water.When the chicken carcasses are browned, add them into the pot as well. Bring the pot to a boil for 20 minutes, then reduce to a simmer for another two hours. While the stock is reducing, you can cut the chicken meat into bite-sized pieces. After the two hours are up, strain the stock into a large container and return the liquid to the empty pot, adding the diced vegetables and chicken. Cook on high heat for another 10 minutes.Salt and pepper the final product to suit your individual taste, and enjoy on a cold afternoon or evening. Share
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Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has entered into agreements with CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited to bareboat charter, two fuel efficient Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels.These vessels, each with a cargo carrying capacity of 208,000 deadweight tons, are currently under order at SWS, at a monthly hire rate for each CSSC vessel ranging between $371,000 to $410,800 plus LIBOR. The Bareboat Charters have a 10-year term and are expected to commence when the vessels are delivered to Star Bulk, which isscheduled for November 2015 and February 2016, respectively.Under the terms of the Bareboat Charters, Star Bulk is required to pay CSSC $11.3 million and $11.8 million, representing the 20% of the construction price of $56.5 million for Hull 1372 and $59.0 million for Hull 1371 respectively. The upfront hires for each CSSC Vessel will be paid in two equal installments for each CSSC vessel, the first of which shall be due shortly and the second installment shall be due upon the completion of the steel-cutting stage of the construction of each CSSC Vessel.Under the terms of the Bareboat Charters, Star Bulk has options to purchase the CSSC Vessels at any time, which are exercisable monthly, against a predetermined, amortizing balance payment whilst it has a respective obligation at the expiration of the bareboat term. Upon the earlier of the exercise of the purchase options or the expiration of the Bareboat Charters, Star Bulk will own the CSSC Vessels.This structure effectively allows the Company to acquire the CSSC Vessels, upon the completion of the Bareboat Charters, with the equivalent of 80% debt financing as a percentage of the Construction Prices in the preceding paragraph.Star Bulk Carriers, February 26, 2014