Just in from Wisconsin: Ernesto Lube!

About a week ago, a bottle of Ernesto Bike Lube landed in our inbox.  What’s Ernesto Bike Lube?  It’s a light soybean oil-based lube that “lasts a while.”  Ernesto’s ad copy may not be precise- but at least he’s not just making numbers up.  As a bonus, Ernesto claims that frying “some good country chicken eggs for breakfast” in his lube won’t lead to cancer.  Which is a good thing.In all seriousness, Ernesto adds non-toxic materials to his renewable soybean oil base to help it stick to metal and keep the lubrication going.  The 4oz bottle shown runs a reasonable $7.50- send your bottle back and he’ll refill it for half that.  How does it work?  It’s early to say, but it goes on and seems reasonably clean.  Watch this space for a full review…www.ernestolube.com read more

Close Up Look at New Mavic Cosmic CXR 80 Aerodynamic Road Wheels

first_imgAboard NeilPryde’s new Bayamo TT bike were the new Mavic Cosmic CXR 80 Aero Wheels, but we had a note from Mavic saying that they were unrideable samples. The NeilPryde folks, however, hadn’t gotten that memo. Apparently, these were one of only a few sets in the states and Mavic wanted to keep them pristine, so we didn’t actually ride them. But here are some closeup photos of the wheels and the Blade aero faring.Note the directional tread pattern on the sides. Mavic designed it specifically to improve aerodynamics. While most of it is covered, the entire sidewall of the tire is reflective, as are the Cosmic logos on the rims. Click through to see more… As Mavic described, the Blade is very soft and supple. There’s no doubt it would deform with the tire over any bumps.The inside of the Blade has a yellow strip that snaps into a channel on the edge of the rim. The entire Blade ring is slightly stretchy and has to be pulled around the circumference of the rim. Once you’ve got it mostly around, it gets a little tight and snaps in, holding itself in place.Spoke flanges have a rounded profile, not all that dissimilar from the rims.last_img read more

Shawnee Mission Faces: Matt Garrett, keeper of prairies and rural cyclist

first_imgMatt Garrett is a field biologist for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. A resident of Lenexa for the past seven years, he shares his passion for prairie life with his 8-year-old son, Owen. He also enjoys rural cycling with his girlfriend and fellow prairie lover, Megan Merryman. They particularly enjoy bike-packing through the Flint Hills. Garrett manages Ogg Prairie in Shawnee Mission Park, a remnant prairie in the Kansas City area.Before a wagon came to Kansas City, Ogg Prairie was here. We call this a remnant prairie. We have about 17 of the spots left, and we’re standing in one.Kill Creek Prairie west of here even has wagon ruts. When I do a prescribed fire, you can actually see the wagon routes that go across the prairie from settlers moving across the landscape. There’s even a buffalo wallow on the site. So these are truly presettlement snapshots of what Johnson County looked like.The tallgrass prairie, obviously, people think of grass. But in the springtime, there are all kinds of short, wonderful wildflowers that grow here. If you stand just down the hill from the top of this ridge, you’d be bathed in a rainbow of colors, depending on the season. And then the tall grasses take over in the fall.There’s about 200 different species of plants that are growing right here on this eight acres. Some of them are quite rare. We’re standing on rocks and these plants can grow in this dry, rocky, hellish kind of landscape. In the middle of summer, this is some of the most brutal conditions a plant could live in. They’re all fighters, which I appreciate. Everything that lives on a prairie is hanging on, you know, they’re all just hanging on and doing the best they can.We’ve got species that are not even known to science. I hired a bee biologist and he inventoried Ogg Prairie and the Kill Creek Prairie. The two sites had, I believe, 55 species of native bees. As he began capturing them, he found one that he couldn’t identify and he sent it to the other bee nerds, you know, around the country, and no one could identify it. He found out that it’s a subset of a group of native bees, and this is an unidentified species.Prairies are kind of born out of disruption. It’s hot, it’s cold; you know, a thousand years ago, buffalo would have run across and trampled this site. Fire is one of the most important parts about managing prairie. If fire didn’t roll across the landscape, trees would take over and this would disappear. And when I was hired about eight years ago, I hiked this site, fell in love with it, and I put its first prescribed fire in decades on the site and woke the landscape up.We have a few of these sites hidden around Kansas City, and no one knows a lot of these places exist. Johnson County was, I believe, about 80 percent tallgrass prairie, and we have 0.08 percent of that left.It’s the most threatened landscape in the world. There’s less prairie on the planet than just about every other ecosystem. People worry about the Amazon; they worry about the North Pole and climate change and the oceans, and the most threatened landscape in the world is right here in northeast Johnson County. There’s so little of it left. That’s why I’m so passionate about it. If we don’t do something, it’s gone.last_img read more

Overland Park councilmembers join advocates in conversation on addressing racial injustice

first_imgAfter the Overland Park Police Department arrested peaceful protestors last month, the Advocacy and Awareness Group: Johnson County, and councilmembers Holly Grummert and Paul Lyons hosted a second racial injustice community conversation Saturday.More than 25 people gathered at the Indian Creek Recreation Center shelter to discuss protests, de-escalation and potential policy changes. Linnaia McKenzie, co-founder of the Advocacy and Awareness group, said while it’s good to have different backgrounds and opinions, all those in attendance were there for a common goal.“There’s one thing I want to make clear about why we’re all here,” McKenzie said. “We want to see this community change. We want this to be where we’re all welcome to cohabit together regardless of the differences of opinions, regardless of races, regardless of the backgrounds that we hold.”LGBTQ+ activist and Overland Park resident Jae Moyer spoke on the similarities between Aurora, Colorado — where Elijah McClain was killed by police in 2019 — and Overland Park. He said he realized a similar situation could happen in the city if things were to escalate.Several community members, including LGBTQ+ activist Jae Moyer, shared viewpoints on policing, some specifically related to the Overland Park arrests.Moyer recently visited Aurora, Colorado, where a black man by the name of Elijah McClain was killed by police while walking home in 2019.Although Aurora “is a really nice place,” someone was killed there, Moyer said. The recent protester arrests made Moyer ask himself if things were to escalate in Overland Park, could someone be killed by the police department.“That really hit me,” Moyer said. “I realized that what happened in Aurora, Colorado, could most definitely have happened in Overland Park. That’s because of certain tactics that police officers use that not only make people feel uncomfortable, but also do hurt them and do kill them.”Marisa Richmond, one of the protesters who was arrested in Overland Park, spoke about her recollection of the events surrounding her arrest. Richmond illustrated a peaceful protest that quickly turned awry once police officers showed up in riot gear, and said there is much to be changed within the city’s police department.Sheila Albers, the mother of 17-year-old John Albers who was fatally shot by Overland Park police officer Clayton Jenison in 2018, called on the community to pressure the city council for transparency. Additionally, Albers said the city council should work to expand its independent bias and policing board “to be something truly meaningful” that can “bring about change in sooner than two years.”Lyons said the Overland Park police officers responded differently to the second protest after the city council received resident complaints following the first July protest. Councilmember Fred Spears said one resident told him she “didn’t know if those crazy people are going to come to my neighborhood,” and asked the crowd to consider having a conversation rather than shouting at people.Haile Sims, a Roeland Park resident and a leader for Advocacy and Awareness Group: Johnson County, said he wants to have the same access to police and justice as white people.Haile Sims, a Roeland Park resident and a leader for Advocacy and Awareness Group: Johnson County, said he fundamentally disagreed with Spears’ statement that “we are not asking nicely enough.” Sims said, as a black man, he’s currently having the same discussions about racism and equality with his children that he had with his parents.“I don’t want to do this again 20 years from now,” Sims said. “Let’s fix this issue so me and my children have the same access. Just give me the same access to police and the justice system, that’s all I ask.”Several of the councilmembers including Chris Newlin, Grumert, Lyons and Spears spoke to the city council’s intent to continue the conversation, and Newlin specifically asked for the community to reach out about items the city should try to achieve. McKenzie encouraged the crowd to continue the conversation at home.last_img read more

Why you might be paying student loans until you retire (and beyond)

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Student debt grew across every age group over the past decade, including borrowers over age 60by: Sophie QuintonRosemary Anderson has a master’s degree, a good job at the University of California (Santa Cruz), and student loans that she could be paying off until she’s 81.Anderson, who is 57, told her complicated story at a recent Senate Aging Committee hearing (she’s previously appeared on the CBS Evening News). She first enrolled in college in her thirties. Over the past two decades, her personal finances have been eroded by illness, divorce, the cost of raising two children, the housing bust, and the economic downturn. She hasn’t been able to afford payments on her loans for nearly eight years.Some 3 percent of U.S. households that are headed by a senior citizen now hold federal student debt, mostly debt they took on to finance their own educations, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, an independent agency. “As the baby boomers continue to move into retirement, the number of older Americans with defaulted loans will only continue to increase,” the report warned.Student debt has risen across every age group over the past decade, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York analysis of credit report data, charted below. “There are more people attending college, more people taking out loans, and more people taking out a higher dollar amount of loans,” says Matthew Ward, associate director of media relations at the New York Fed. continue reading »last_img read more

Positive dialogue between tourist guides and the Ministry of Tourism

first_imgA meeting of representatives of tourist guides and Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli was held at the Ministry of Tourism to discuss constructively the issue of foreign tourist guides and EU directives, ie how to protect domestic tourist guides and open the market to tourist guides from EU countries.The common conclusion of the meeting is that foreign guides working in Croatia must also, like domestic tourist guides, pass the exam for guiding in protected localities. “I agree with our guides that the parties must also pass the exams, so today we agreed that in the next ten days we will jointly come to some kind of document that we will try to solve.Said CappelliThe position of tourist guides was unanimous in the context of maintaining county licenses, while the Minister gave full support in order to protect the profession as much as possible, in relation to the expectations of the EU towards the Republic of Croatia. Also, as Trutanić points out, Minister Cappelli said that the Ministry will benefit from the knowledge that some of the guides have about international and European law, in order to better protect Croatian heritage and identity, which our profession represents to foreign tourists in the first place. “There was also talk of an educational curriculum for guides and escorts, where quality would be raised, and the rest within the required EU standards. Colleague Bakija from Zadar gave a presentation of a two-year education program that would keep the general, special and practical part of the exam, and education would be related to public higher education institutions, which would have a positive impact on combating inflation of guides.”Points out Nikica Trutanić, tourist guideA positive example of Cyprus was also presented, which successfully protected localities and local guides, giving EU colleagues access to their market. “We also encountered a positive reaction from the Minister and his team, which formed a working group to draft a new law and regulations, which included colleagues Nuić, Penić, Talijan, Sučić, Miškulin, colleagues Bakija and Sjekavica (as representatives of all present at today’s meeting). meeting) and 3-4 representatives of the Ministry.”Concludes TrutanićIn this way, Minister Cappelli should be commended for his concern for the profession, for being open to dialogue and for proactively receiving tourist guides immediately for a constructive and well-argued discussion on current issues. This should be normal, but unfortunately so far it has not been such a practice, but the rule was “Who is stronger and closer to the fire”.The first meeting of the working group has already been scheduled, which will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Ministry of Tourism.last_img read more

Board Of Public Utilities Meeting And Quorum Notice

first_imgCOUNTY News:The Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities will meet in closed session via teleconference at 2 p.m. June 2.The purpose of the meeting is to discuss information pertaining to limited personnel matters – Utilities Manager performance review and planning.last_img

Leicestershire shed goes to Noble cause

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Vigil Planned For Pittsburgh Victims

first_imgOn Thursday, November 1, a vigil will be held for the 11 victims who were killed in a synagogue in Pittsburgh over the weekend.The vigil will be held at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons on Woods Lane in East Hampton from 7 to 8 PM. “Let the world know that we stand together for hope and stand united against the darkness of prejudice and anti-Semitism,” said a spokesperson for JCOH.“When tragedies like this happen, we shouldn’t forget the power of community to comfort, and the power of prayer to heal.” The Jewish Center of the Hamptons is coming together with Temple Adas Israel, the Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons, as well as other local faith communities to hold a vigil for those slain at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. For those who cannot join on November 1, Kaddish will be recited at Shabbat services Friday at 6 PM and again on Saturday at 10 AM. Sharelast_img read more

Paccon helps keep KOG turning

first_imgThe total cargo, which comprised of dismantled ship loader and unloader components, weighed in at around 4,900 tonnes, with pieces up to 22 m long, 6.6 m wide and 4.5 m high.Since the designated laydown and temporary assembly area was not a regular cargo working berth, special berthing arrangements had to be made with the port authority. This required close liaison with the authorities, consignee and their engineering department.Besides the usual discharge supervision of the cargo, Paccon Logistics was also contracted by the consignee to handle shoreside support, by providing trailers to move the cargo to a laydown site about 500 m away. Cranes and rigging were also supplied to offload the cargo on the ground.The original laydown area had become congested since it was acting as the assembly area for the first machine. As a result, space was at a premium during the second shipment. The cargo was, however, successfully discharged and delivered onto the laydown site on each occasion in less than 12 hours.www.pacconlogistics.co.zawww.kogtransport.com/chThe total cargo, which comprised of dismantled ship loader and unloader components, weighed in at around 4,900 tonnes, with pieces up to 22 m long, 6.6 m wide and 4.5 m high.Since the designated laydown and temporary assembly area was not a regular cargo working berth, special berthing arrangements had to be made with the port authority. This required close liaison with the authorities, consignee and their engineering department.Besides the usual discharge supervision of the cargo, Paccon Logistics was also contracted by the consignee to handle shoreside support, by providing trailers to move the cargo to a laydown site about 500 m away. Cranes and rigging were also supplied to offload the cargo on the ground.The original laydown area had become congested since it was acting as the assembly area for the first machine. As a result, space was at a premium during the second shipment. The cargo was, however, successfully discharged and delivered onto the laydown site on each occasion in less than 12 hours. www.pacconlogistics.co.zawww.kogtransport.com/chlast_img read more