Check out all of our Project 24 posts here!Frickin’ headset standards. With so many head tube interface options and tapered steerer tubes joining 1 1/8 and 1.5in options- and these are just the mainstream choices- figuring out what headset will act as an interface between your frame and fork can be massive headache. With a tapered Zero Stack head tube and both tapered- and straight-steerer forks on tap, we called on the headset experts at Cane Creek to help us navigate their wide selection- and to help our Project 24 bike around the corners.In order to make things easier for both shops and consumers, Cane Creek recently launched their headsetfitfinder.com headset selection website and is shipping most of their headsets in halves. This approach easily accommodates mixed-standard frames and allows for easy upgrades (when transitioning from a straight to tapered head tube, for example). In the case of our Project 24 bike, this meant a 1/18 Zero Stack top assembly and both 1.5 Zero Stack and 1.5 Zero Stack Conversion bottom assemblies from the company’s new Forty-Series.After using the handy step-by-step guide on the headsetfitfinder website (you’ll need a decent pair of calipers if your frame isn’t in their database- our ’11 Ellsworth Truth wasn’t when this was written), Cane Creek sent out 1 1/8 ZeroStack top assemblies in each the short and tall carbon cover verstions ($53 each) and a 1 1/2in ZeroStack bottom assembly ($42). I wondered at first why Cane Creek would offer the same top assembly in both short and tall versions, but given the short head tube on the Truth, I was happy to have the tall version taking up some of the room between the frame and stem. 29er riders and old-school riders will no doubt prefer the lower version.When it arrived, I was impressed by the look of Cane Creek’s newest headset. The Forty-Series (and it really is a series, with dozens- if not hundreds- of variations) is made overseas of 6061 aluminum and features black oxide coated cartridge bearings top and bottom. Because of the countless options, it’s hard to compare weights- our set weighed in 141g thanks to the large steel crown race, which allows the use of a straight 1 1/8in steerer with a 1 1/2in lower bearing. For comparison purposes, a 1 1/8 ZeroStack set with the low top comes in at a competitive 102g. The captive seal and compression ring are claimed to improve top assembly sealing and make swapping or servicing forks that much easier, as does the Interlok spacer compatibility (not tested). Though it is very good looking (especially in the sun), the $21 upcharge for the carbon cover’d top assembly doesn’t come with any weight savings, possibly making it hard for some to justify.Once installed- ZeroStack headsets press into the head tube using the usual headset press- I all but forgot about the Forty. Over the two winter months’ I spent with it, the headset remained smooth and quiet, which is really all that I ask. All that a change to a tapered-steerer Magura Durin Race fork meant was swapping out the crown race for a non-conversion model- a $10 part, readily available from Cane Creek. Unlike most headsets’, the Forty-Series’ has an integrated face seal, to act as a first line of defense against damp and dust. Despite the seal, some winter precipitation made it to the bearings, which did show a very small amount of surface rust when disassembled. Though the bearings remained smooth and it doesn’t seem as though any moisture made it in to the balls, this was a bit of a disappointment. Happily, Forty-Series internal components are compatible with others from Cane Creek’s range, so an upgrade to stainless bearings would be an easy one when the time came (also available from Cane Creek’s website).Despite that tiny amount of surface rust, which didn’t impact the Forty’s performance, I was impressed with Cane Creek’s workhorse headset. Because the mountain bike industry is in a bit of a transition, the ability to use a straight-steerer fork on a new tapered head tube frame, and to inexpensively upgrade to a tapered fork when the time comes, has the potential to be a big time and money saver. Between the multitude of options ordered and a straightforward selection tool, Cane Creek have taken a lot of the pain out of headset ordering. The system’s individual components seem well made and (especially with the aluminum top cover) represent a good value. Given the ability to upgrade bearings if and when needed, it’s really hard to see spending any more on a headset.marccanecreek.com
Long Trail Brewing Company will re-release Goodnight Irene Ale, a limited edition brown ale that supports the Vermont Food Bank and the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund. Long Trail developed and first released Goodnight Irene Ale in September 2011, in conjunction with Farrell Distributing Co, and raised over $10,000 for the two charities last fall to help the people of Vermont recover after Hurricane Irene. ‘Vermont has come a long way since the devastation of Hurricane Irene last summer,’said Brian Walsh, CEO of Long Trail Brewing. ‘By re-introducing Goodnight Irene Ale, Long Trail continues to support the recovery effort by doing what we do best: brewing quality beer. Last year, we exclusively released Goodnight Irene in Vermont, and this year we are proud to introduce it in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania so that more people will be able to taste this excellent beer while supporting Vermont’s recovery efforts.’Goodnight Irene Ale, an easy drinking brown ale, features caramel and chocolate malts balanced by a subtle, floral hop bitterness. Long Trail has brewed a limited quantity of Goodnight Irene Ale and it will be available in bars and restaurants across these states through out the later part of Summer and into early Fall. In addition, Long Trail has brought back its popular Goodnight Irene T-shirts, which sold out within days of their release last Fall. MORE ABOUT LONG TRAIL BREWING COMPANYLong Trail Brewing Company started in May of 1989 in the basement of the Bridgewater Mill Mall. By 1994 the company had outgrown its original space, and moved into a state-of-the-art brewery and visitor center in Bridgewater Corners. It is now one of the largest breweries in New England. Currently Long Trail sells into Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. The Visitor Center has become a premiere destination to tourists visiting the state and is open daily from 10AM-7PM. MORE ABOUT THE VERMONT FOOD BANK The Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of more than 280 food shelves, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. In FY2011, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food to as many as 86,000 Vermonters. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation. To learn more about hunger in your community and to take action against hunger and poverty in Vermont, visit us on the web at www.vtfoodbank.org(link is external) MORE ABOUT THE VERMONT FARM DISASTER RELIEF FUND The Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund is managed by the Vermont Community Foundation. The Community Foundation was established in 1986 with a mission to grow philanthropy in the state and ensure that donors and nonprofits have the resources they need to be effective. They work with individuals, families, and wealth advisors to make charitable giving more enjoyable. They also offer services that help strengthen nonprofits. To learn more visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external) Bridgewater Corners, VT – 8.15.2012
“We are pleased to welcome the talented team at LEAF Commercial Capital to People’s United Bank,” said Jack Barnes, President and Chief Executive Officer. “LEAF is a highly-scalable commercial lending platform with attractive risk-adjusted returns and a complementary expansion of our existing specialty finance businesses. At closing, our equipment finance units will have approximately $4 billion of assets and rank as the 16th largest bank-owned equipment finance entity in the country.” Since 2002, LEAF has financed over $5.8 billion for more than 243,000 customers nationwide and provides expertise and equipment finance solutions to a wide variety of vendors and end users. LEAF has nationwide reach with approximately 250 employees and a call center in Orange County, CA as well as a sales and servicing facility in Moberly, MO. “LEAF offers creative lease and loan programs to drive the sales of its vendor partners,” said Jeff Tengel, Senior Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking at People’s United. “These programs are delivered through a business process automation platform that combines efficiency with an outstanding customer experience.””We are confident in our ability to maintain and accelerate our growth potential within People’s United,” said Crit DeMent, Chairman and CEO of LEAF Commercial Capital. “Given the Bank’s extensive experience in successfully operating leasing and equipment finance platforms, they are uniquely positioned to be a valuable partner for our clients and employees.” DeMent and Miles Herman, President and Chief Operating Officer, will remain with the business. Under the terms of the agreement, People’s United will acquire approximately $730 million of net investment in leases and loans and retain approximately $250 million of securitizations. Remaining LEAF borrowings are expected to be repaid at close and the acquisition will be immediately accretive to People’s United earnings. The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2017.J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel to People’s United Bank. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. served as financial advisor and Winston & Strawn LLP served as legal counsel to LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. About People’s United BankPeople’s United Bank(link is external), N.A. is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), a diversified financial services company with $40 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of nearly 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.About LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. (“LEAF”), headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, with offices in Moberly, MOand Orange, CA, is one of the leading equipment leasing and finance companies in the U.S. Through its highly automated origination platform, it facilitates the equipment needs of small, mid-sized and enterprise businesses. LEAF serves these needs both directly and through referral relationships with manufacturers, distributors and dealers of essential-use equipment and software in a variety of business sectors, including office products, telephony, technology, medical and light industrial. Learn more at www.LEAFnow.com(link is external).SOURCE: BRIDGEPORT, Conn., July 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — People’s United Bank People’s United Bank,Vermont Business Magazine People’s United Bank, NA announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. Based in Philadelphia, PA, LEAF is one of the largest, independent commercial equipment finance companies in the U.S., with approximately $500 million of annual originations.
Castleton University,Vermont Business Magazine Castleton University has received a $2.25 million Title III grant from the US Department of Education, under the Strengthening Institutions Program. The funds, awarded over five years, will support new initiatives designed to improve student success, address student needs, and bolster the University’s persistence and completion rates. The University will focus on developing a digital learning commons, providing additional resources for institutional research, upgrades to classroom technology and infrastructure, and more.”I am incredibly proud of the hardworking team that completed this successful proposal, and I am excited for the opportunities this grant will provide for us to better engage our students and ensure that they have the resources they need to complete their degree,” Castleton President Dr. Karen M. Scolforo said.The Federal Title III Strengthening Institutions Program helps eligible colleges and universities expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality and institutional management. The grants – which are highly competitive – may be used for planning, and faculty development. Administrative management and the development and improvement of academic programming are also supported.”The Title III grant will help Castleton to reduce the gaps we’ve identified in student achievement and remove barriers to student success by aligning our students’ needs with increased support,” Provost Dr. Thomas Mauhs-Pugh said. “We believe this grant will have a profound impact on how we serve our students.”The Castleton University Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant is 100% federally funded at $449,083 annually.View Online: http://castleton.meritpages.com/news/Castleton-University-Receives-2-25-Million-Federal-Education-Grant/11536(link is external)Source: CASTLETON, VT (10/03/2019) Castleton University
Work continues on the office portion of the Edison project. Project leaders say they’re courting start up businesses and restaurants as some of the early tenants for the new space.The Edison project in downtown Overland Park will invite start-up businesses and restaurants to be among the first tenants in its retail and office space. A city council committee Wednesday got a first look at rental plans that follow a modern trend in which business newcomers rent a small amount of space while they establish themselves and get exposure.Plans for a food hall concept similar to Parlor in Kansas City, Mo., are already far enough along that the developer asked the committee to start collection of the special sales tax in January. Development lawyer John Petersen called it a “sign of success” to be able to start collecting the tax three months ahead of schedule.A rendering of the Edison project presented to Overland Park officials last year.The food hall will be called Strang Hall and will provide space for seven chefs offering various types of cuisine. Two spaces have been announced so far, featuring craft pizza and southeast Asian food, and the hall will also have a bar. It’s expected to open in November.The 2% add-on community improvement district tax will be collected within the Edison area to raise $3.8 million toward some of the development costs.The developer also plans to open a shared workspace similar to WeWork already operating in Kansas City. In shared workspace, new business owners can rent only a desk or share a conference room while they work on getting their businesses going. Edison developers hope to sublet 25,000 to 30,000 square feet to those types of short-term tenants.Food halls and shared workspaces are both considered friendly to new businesses and young entrepreneurs, who don’t have to risk large amounts of money for a full restaurant or phone and computer hookups.“This is the way of the future,” said David White, who heads the council’s Finance, Administration and Economic Development committee. “This works as an incubator for small business,” that may eventually move on to bigger environs, he said.The typical renter in the new Edison Spaces will probably use about 700 square feet, Petersen said. Businesses that already exist elsewhere in Overland Park are limited to not more than 10,000 square feet of rental space.The committee approved both the early sales tax and the sublease arrangements with little discussion.
H obby petitions for Bar reinstatementPursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Ryan Scott Hobby has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Pursuant to the November 28, 2012, order, Hobby was suspended from the practice of law for three years nunc pro tunc to October 6, 2011, for misappropriating client funds.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Hobby’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact JoAnn Marie Stalcup, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Orlando Branch Office, 1000 Legion Place, Suite 1625, Orlando 32801-1050. Hobby petitions for Bar reinstatement June 15, 2015 Regular News
OAS-Chile Partnership Programme Announces Full Scholarships… You may be interested in… Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Heavy-hitting and repeated cyclones in the Caribbean, intense and devastating flooding across South Asia – and this in just the last few weeks. Unabated, unmanaged disaster risk is wreaking havoc across our planet, killing, destroying and setting back progress. A few months ago, not far away from where Harvey, Irma and Maria touched land, a key international conference took place in Cancun – the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which ended with a call for all countries to “systematically account for disaster losses by 2020”, a critical baseline to assess progress, challenges and opportunities ahead. Several weeks earlier, Robert Glasser, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, blogged that “disasters – 90 percent of which are classed as climate-related – now cost the world economy US$520 billion per year and push 26 million people into poverty every year”. Oct 7, 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Read more at: Zilient.org Hurricane Irma damage in the British Virgin Islands Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Make COVID Recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and… Today is International Day for Disaster reduction – Is this year’s string of hurricanes a sign of things to come?Joint Op-Ed by Achim Steiner is Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme www.undp.org Patricia Espinosa is Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change www.unfccc.int Robert Glasser is the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction www.unisdr.org From Miami and Puerto Rico…October 13, 2017In “Anguilla”All hands needed on deck for post-hurricane recovery – WB Meeting hearsYesterday, the WB met with international partners to reaffirm commitment to build back the Caribbean with resilience https://t.co/17TNgKKqYj pic.twitter.com/gjqftdj2PB — World Bank Caribbean (@WBCaribbean) October 14, 2017 Statement on High Level Meeting on Recovery and Resilience in the Caribbean [su_pullquote align=”right”]The participants highlighted the need for a response involving all…October 14, 2017In “Anguilla”WMO Hurricane Committee reviews devastating 2017 seasonThe World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee meets from 9 to 13 April to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning to protect lives and property in the forthcoming one. The extremely active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most destructive on record.…April 9, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Sep 10, 2020 ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Sep 4, 2020
A pastel colored sunset fills the sky Friday night near Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
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Dry bulk shipping specialist Diana Shipping Inc. has through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary entered into a time charter contract with K Noble Hong Kong Ltd., for the 171,810 dwt Capesizee m/v Salt Lake City, for a period of minimum 21 months to maximum 24 months.The daily gross charter rate will be 3.5% above the BCI average of the four pre-determined time charter routes as published by the Baltic Exchange minus a 5% commission paid to third parties. The initial charter payment will be made on delivery of the vessel to the charterers based on the average of the four pre-determined time charter routes for the 15 days preceding the vessel’s delivery date.At the end of the time charter period, there will be a final settlement to reflect the average daily rate of the four pre-determined time charter routes for the actual duration of the charter. The charter is expected to commence during January 2015.Press Release