Run on 100% Renewables, Burlington, Vermont Powers Ahead (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“Burlington, Vermont, the state’s largest city, recently became the first in the country to use 100 percent renewable energy for its residents’ electricity needs. In a state known for socially conscious policies, the feat represents a milestone in the growing green energy movement.”The PBS NewsHour‘s William Brangham reports on the implications for the country’s green movement.(WATCH the PBS video below)Photo by Renewable Energy VermontSHARE to inform and inspire / Story tip from Madrid PerryAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Hot TDU will put cooling abilities of new POC Ventral Air helmet to the…

first_imgThe team will also be rocking new sunglasses with team versions of the Aspire, Do Blades, and Do Half Aerodynamics and ventilation. These are two things that helmet designers are constantly trying to balance. You want the rider to be cool, but you also don’t want to give up any free speed in terms of helmet design. In pursuit of the illusive perfect helmet design, POC has just released their newest take – the Ventral Air.Compared to the recently released Ventral Spin, the Ventral Air takes on a more open design to force more cooling air throughout the helmet. POC claims that the intake and exhaust ports have been designed with CFD testing to not only ensure that they operate well at any speed, but that they also have little effect on the aerodynamics of the helmet.As usual, the helmet uses a “fully wrapped uni-body shell construction” on the outside, with a multi-density EPS foam liner on the inside for focused crash protection in certain zones. On the inside, POC’s SPIN (Shearing PAd INside) pad system claims to provide the benefit of other rotational impact management systems, but everything is contained in the helmet pad itself.Equipped with POC’s dial adjustment fit system, the helmet features light weight straps, and the Eye Garage sunglass storage at the front of the helmet.Offered in multiple colors including an orange AVIP model and two Race Day models in black and white.It will also be produced in the EF Education First Pro Cycling Team version in bright pink Race Day Trim. The helmets have a claimed weight of 230g for M CE version, or 270g for a M CPSC helmet. Offered in Small (50-56cm), Medium (54-59), and Large (56-61), the helmets will be available to consumers in March, 2019 for $250.last_img read more

Holiday Gift Ideas: Tyler’s Wish List

first_imgEach year, we put together our series of holiday gift guides disguised as our own wish lists. They’re also sort of like our version of an “Editor’s Choice” awards, only less formal. These are just the products we’ve seen and possibly tested this year that stood out in some way. Each of us have our own riding style, different terrain and unique preferences, but between us we represent a pretty good spread of the general cycling public. Each one is prefaced with a bit about us so you can see if your own style (or that of a favorite cyclist in your life) matches up.I’m Tyler, and I like bikes. I ride road long and slow, XC mountain bike on flat-to-rolling singletrack with the occasional trip to the big mountains of Pisgah, NC, and my cyclocross bike sees use year ’round as a commuter, adventurer and generally fun bike to ride. I race only a few times a year, and only for fun, but I still like to see how well I can do and how far I can push myself and my equipment.AN EXPERIENCEGifts come and go, but experiences last a lifetime. So, topping our lists this year is the experience each of us would most like to have. For me, that’s a framebuilding class at Metal Guru. After meeting Vicious Cycles founder and Metal Guru owner Carl Schlemowitz at the Philly Bike Expo this year, his program stood out in that it brings in well known builders like Steve Bilenky and others to teach classes. Choose from steel welding or brazing and you’ll leave the 68-hour class with your own unique frame.ROAD / GRAVEL / CYCLOCROSS BIKEPhoto from GT Grade product launch.Honestly, my wants are equally split between the 2015 GT Grade and Jamis Renegade. I’ve ridden both and love both. The GT is a bit better looking and a bit sportier feeling, a bit lighter and a bit speedier. The Jamis is rock solid, has an incredibly burly frame that plows through everything, has rack and fender mounts, and a powerfully upright riding position with one of tallest stacks I’ve ever seen. Both are very comfortable on long rides over rough terrain. My inner speed demon leans toward the GT, but my practical side says the Jamis.MOUNTAIN BIKEI’ve been riding the Niner JET 9 for three generations of their frame. From the 2nd gen alloy model to the first carbon one to the 2014 RDO. I’ve also test ridden the latest alloy model. I have three of them as personal bikes that I use to test all manner of parts, and they’ve been raced hard, ridden long and put away dirty. Sure, they have their quirks (cable routing being a notorious one), and there are some bikes that do some things better. But I’ve found the JET 9 to do virtually everything really well. And everyone that’s borrowed one from my fleet has come away impressed. It climbs fast, descends fast and will rip through the flats as fast as your legs and lungs will take you…yet it’s plenty nimble on slower days, like when I’m riding with my son. It’s not lost on me that I haven’t actually done a formal review of the JET yet, but consider this endorsement my vouch for the bike as the ultimate all-around XC bike regardless of which frame material it’s made of.COMPONENTMy component of choice would be something one-by. I’ve tested several of Absolute Black’s chainrings and been very impressed on both my cyclocross bike and my mountain bike. I’ve also been running OneUp’s RAD cage in an otherwise Shimano drivetrain and enjoyed the increased range it provides on the steep Blue Ridge ascents. Collectively, we’ve also tested 1x conversion parts from Wolf Tooth Components. Regardless of the brand you choose, there’s a reason why so many riders are dropping the front derailleur for ‘cross and MTB, and subbing in a narrow/wide chainring on your existing crankset with an oversized cassette cog or cluster in the rear is an economical way to test the waters.GEARAlso on the list of items I’ve been using for years but never formally reviewed is the Kali Maraka XC helmet. I’ve had it for a couple years now (two of them, actually) and it’s still one of my go to lids between reviewing others. It’s light, comfortable and packed with impressive safety features. Plus the guys behind the brand are very cool and very passionate about what they’re doing. The Maraka comes in an XC version (shown) and a road version without the visor, which is surprisingly difficult to remove (it’s not actually meant to be removable). The rear straps do need to be held just right when putting it on, but it’s a small nitpick to an otherwise fantastic helmet. And if you have kids, their youth helmets are some of the best fitting and best looking kids helmets we’ve tried!KITDespite talking to CD at virtually every tradeshow about Rapha’s clothing, it’s taken many years to actually acquire a set for my own use. And it was worth the wait. No, Rapha’s clothing isn’t just about marketing a lifestyle, it’s actually damn fine kit. I broke in the Pro Team (shown) and Lightweight/Super Lightweight  jersey and bib shorts at the Baller’s Ride this summer. Was it smart to bring brand new, untested clothing to a 50+ mile ride designed to break spirits and wheels? Perhaps not, but it performed flawlessly, keeping all parts of me comfortable throughout the weekend. If you’re the type that prizes quality over quantity, that buys a couple nice things whose initial purchase price amortizes over years of enjoyment, then the Rapha lifestyle is calling.SHOESNow that I have a few cool weather rides in the Giro Alpineduro riding boots, I’ve gotta say, they’re pretty slick. When I first put them on, they have the same snug, narrow fit of other Giro shoes, which worried me since I’d likely be wearing thicker socks with them. But, once on the bike, they feel amazing and warm enough for rides that dip into cooler weather. How cool? So far I’ve ridden them in the high 40’s and low 50’s (ºF) and they’ve been great. I’ll report back at the end of the week for colder, wetter rides. They’ve kept the water out through a few deep stream crossings and held securely on damp log bridge scrambles, too.…and three small thingsIn a past life, I spent way too many hours sitting in a car. And now, I spend a fair amount of time sitting typing or in a bent over cycling position. Add it all up and tight hips, glutes, hamstrings and psoas muscles end up causing muscular imbalances and mis-fires all up and down the posterior chain and into the traps and lats. The solution has been the Trigger Point Therapy foam roller and massage ball/roller kit.I still travel a lot, and with every trip I try to see if I can pack less than the time before. Wool underwear helps, because it’s easily washable and, when necessary can occasionally be worn multiple times between washings…or, um, so I’ve heard. I’ve used underwear and undershirts from WoolX and Icebreaker for years now and love both. I favor Icebreaker’s underwear just a bit, and they have more styles and colors to choose from. The WoolX t-shirts are longer, are a bit more fitted and stay tucked in better, particularly important since I’m 6’2″.Lastly, Rapha’s shave cream is simply amazing. It smells amazing, works amazing and you only need the slightest bit of it, which helps take the sting out of the price a bit. I’ve managed to milk several months out of a single jar using it for both face and legs by being stingy.last_img read more

Picture of the Day: Replenishment Project at Rockaway Beach (USA)

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, is placing roughly 3.5 million cubic yards of sand along Rockaway Beach from Beach 19th to Beach 149th to replace sand lost during Hurricane Sandy.This work will restore the beach to its design profile – making it better than it was before Sandy’s impact. The work is being done through two contracts totaling $36.4 million.[mappress]Dredging Today Staff, May 26, 2014last_img

Final Form from Sampa the Great might be the best hip hop tune of 2019

first_imgSampa the Great (real name Sampa Tempo) has already been enjoying some success in the Australian Hip Hop scene but now she’s starting to make waves over here too. Born in Zambia and raised in Botswana her African roots carry through to her music and especially her lyrical content.From 2014 she was based in Australia and this is where her music career started to take off. Her first mixtape was released in 2015 which Tempo described as “a search for creativity, laughter, purpose and rhythms” She followed this up with a few more singles in the same year.Credit: Sampa the Great / Ninja TunesIn 2017 she released the single Everybody’s Hero with Estelle and also released her debut EP HERoes Act 2. Between then and now there have been several more singles and her debut album The Return is set to be released on 13th September 2019.I first heard Sampa the Great on Radio 6 and I was immediately captivated by the single Final Form. Musically the track is very catchy but once you start to listen to what Tempo is saying you can tell that she’s serious about what she’s doing, I get the impression music isn’t being used as a vehicle to fame and fortune, rather it’s being used to get her point across regarding the inequalities in life whether they be due to race or gender.View the Final Form video below:She is a great spokeswoman not only for celebrating her African roots and influences but also celebrating being a woman in the rap game. I was relieved when I saw the video for Final Form. First off it’s a celebration of African culture and being black and it’s great to see a rap artist saying true to their roots. Second, there is no sexualisation in the video at all, which female stars are often, if not forced then certainly, encouraged to embrace. I love the fact that she is sticking to her guns and what’s important to her.Put simply, Sampa the Great’s music does her talking for her and I for one want to hear more of what she has to say.last_img read more

West Bengal sports and transport minister Madan Mitra supporters launch campaign for his release

first_imgJailed West Bengal sports and transport minister Madan Mitra may have been behind bars for over eight months now, but there seems to be no end to his fan following outside. His followers put up numerous banners, life-size placards and festoon across all vital installations, including the newly built state secretariat building, and busy traffic intersections to mobilise public support in favour of Mitra’s bail plea. They demanded immediate release of the minister who has been behind the bars since December 2014.Now after an extensive banner campaign, as many as 100 local clubs in Kolkata have decided to elect Madan Mitra as president of their organisation, in a bid to mount pressure on the Mamata Banerjee-led Bengal government to demand his release. “The forum was floated to mobilise public support for Madan Mitra. He is behind the bars for past eight months. He is still a member of the state cabinet but the state government is playing no role to demand for his release. It shows their indifference to the issue,” said a Trinamool Congress source and a close confidant of Mitra.He said Mitra’s contribution to the Trinamool Congress was enormous, especially during the Nandigram – Singur movement and when the party had reduced to only one Lok Sabha seat in the 2004 general elections. “It is unfortunate that the party and the government is keeping mum on the issue and our leader, Madan Da, is rotting behind the bars. This forum is floated to mount pressure on them,” he said. The West Bengal minister was arrested in December last year by the CBI for his alleged role in the Saradha Group chit fund scam under charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation of funds.advertisementlast_img read more