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On Texas Prairie, Wind Power is Resurgent, Boosting Economy

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreToday, West Texans love the wind! Wind farms are transforming the rural area’s economy as well as its treeless horizon, while delivering electricity to nearby cities. (Full story in Reuters news) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Professor dies at 75 of cancer

first_imgGuillermo O’Donnell, professor emeritus of political science and senior fellow of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, died Tuesday in Buenos Aires after a long battle with cancer. He was 75. O’Donnell joined Notre Dame’s faculty in 1982, according to a University press release. He was the first academic director of the Kellogg Institute from 1982 until 1997, playing a crucial role in the Institute’s development. An internationally renowned scholar, O’Donnell focused his studies on Latin American authoritarian regimes, the democratic transitions many of them undergo and the relationship between modernization and democracy. Scott Mainwaring, professor of political science and O’Donnell’s successor as director of the Kellogg Institute, said in a written tribute that his colleague is known around the world for his “intellectual creativity” and “path-breaking originality.” “Throughout his career O’Donnell posed great new theoretical questions about tremendously important developments in the contemporary world,” Mainwaring said. “He was a deeply learned person who always drew upon the antecedent scholarship, yet one of his extraordinary gifts was recognizing new questions and new problems that had not hitherto been addressed.” Mainwaring said O’Donnell was passionate about learning how democracies could best function in the modern world. “He stands as one of the most important thinkers about democracy and dictatorships in the history of political science,” Mainwaring said.last_img read more

Harold Frickenschmidt

first_img He was preceded in death by wife Ruth Frickenschmidt; son John Edward Frickenschmidt; parents William and Eva; and numerous brothers and  sisters.Visitation is at First United Methodist in Amite from 10:00 AM until Memorial Services at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 17, 2019.Services conducted by Rev. Josh Miliron. Donations can be made to SPCA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com. A resident of Amite, LA,Harold Frickenschmidt, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Hammond, LA.He was born January 16, 1931, in Fairmont, OK and was 88 years of age.He is survived by son Randy Frickenschmidt and daughter-in-law Brenda.last_img read more

Barfly Garmin Updates to 2.0, Includes More Mounts, Di2 and EPS compatibility, more

first_imgYes, the Barfly Garmin was just updated in January with the 1.1, but based on customer input and the spirit of continuous improvement Tate Labs is set to release the Barfly 2.0 at the Sea Otter Classic. Still made in the US, the patent-pending Barfly 2.0 gets some cool updates as well as compatibility upgrades that keep it ahead of the aftermarket computer mount game.Check out the Di2 and EPS compatibility and more after the break. Nearly everything has been redesigned with the 2.0, including the mounting position. Not only are there two mounting positions now that are optimized for 2 computer sizes (200/500 and 510/800/810) but the computer head now sits level with the stem instead of above it. Garmins can be installed in either position without tools giving you a tactile click once installed, and the mount material will not damage the computer’s mounting wings. The main bracket arm also appears to be relieved for decreased weight compared to the original.The other big change is the addition of Di2 and EPS junction box compatibility on the bottom of the Barfly. From the pictures it looks like it is compatible with the junction boxes from the Dura Ace 9070 group, but we’ll confirm when we see it at Sea Otter. Not pictured, but mentioned is the fact that there will apparently be a light offered that mounts under the Barfly as well, presumably if you’re not running Di2. The Barfly Garmin 2.0 will run 24.95 and will be available in May. There should be some more stuff from Tate Labs at Sea Otter, so stay tuned.last_img read more

Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Jayson’s Wish List

first_imgPfaff Junior of the GravelCyclist.com team. Photo by GravelCyclist.comThis year has been the busiest on a bicycle since my early formative years, where I spent countless hours riding around aimlessly as a young lad. Not including my regular work gig, I lead a cycling-centric lifestyle which may be a little unrealistic compared to most. Almost unfettered local riding and travel to distant rides, races, events and writing for BikeRumor.com, along with running my own website which shares my passion for gravel cycling, GravelCyclist.comMuch like Zach’s reference in his wish list, living well, staying fit and crash-free is high on my wish list – ironically, I hit the deck during a night time gravel ride just last week, but I dodged a bullet on that one, and look forward to what 2017 brings!Well into the 2016 Dirty Kanza 200. Photo by Linda Guerrette.ExperienceDirty Kanza 200, Gravel Worlds, Bootlegger 100, Cedar Cross, Taiwan KOM Challenge and riding with Team Lampre for a stage of the Tour Down Under, were just a few of this year’s highlights. But the stand out experience for me was L’Eroica in Gaiole in Chianti, Italy. Held in the stunningly beautiful Province of Siena, Italy, Tuscany aka Toscana is like heaven on earth on a bicycle, road or gravel. Starting and finishing in the small town of Gaiole in Chianti, the 20th edition saw 7,000 cyclists ride pre-1987 bicycles over several different courses. I rode the full monty course of 209 kilometers aboard a 1987 Vitus with full Mavic groupset – my homage to former professional, Sean Kelly.Yours truly suffering at 2016 L’Eroica.L’Eroica features beautiful landscapes, the famous white gravel roads of Tuscany, amazing local food and wine and cycling culture. The rest stops are laden with home made, gourmet food and nary a cell phone in sight; rather, people milled about socializing, eating and drinking. I garnered a newfound respect for the cycling champions of old – toe strap pedals were never much fun, but gearing that is less than optimal for climbing the countless steep hills along the course made me realize we are spoiled rotten nowadays by electronic shifting, 11-speed drivetrains, clipless pedals, disc brakes, lycra shorts and jerseys – and so many other improvements. Riders like Merckx and De Vlaeminck, they were the original hard men. Without sounding dramatic, L’Eroica was my best experience on a bicycle – ever.Road / Cyclocross / Gravel BikeParlee Chebacco, post Dirty Kanza 200. Photo by GravelCyclist.comThe thing I love about gravel cycling is the pleasant lack of rules concerning bike design and regulation, especially important if you like to race. Keep gravel grass roots – run what you brung! Tyler of Bike Rumor ran the Parlee Chebacco carbon gravel bike through its paces a little earlier this year; I rode a smaller version of the same bike at Dirty Kanza 200 along with a bunch of training miles. To date, this is my favorite carbon gravel / adventure bike.3T Exploro. Photo by GravelCyclist.comHowever, I am very interested in checking out the 3T Exploro.Litespeed T5G. Photo by GravelCyclist.comTitanium is my preferred frame material for gravel; it offers reasonable weight, great ride quality over the bumpiest of roads, is corrosion resistant and can take serious abuse. I’m in the middle of a long term review on my own website of the Litespeed T5G flat mount disc brake gravel bike – the T5G has undergone some nice enhancements in the latest model, including some geometry tweaks for a longer wheelbase – very comfy – which also provides some much needed tire clearance – and the frame is hand built in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Check out this video I shot at the original Litespeed factory before they up and moved to their new HQ near downtown Chattanooga.Road BikeCalfee Dragonfly. Photo by Calfee Design.My taste in road bikes hasn’t changed much in the last year – I still prefer a traditional looking frame but definitely something that stands out from the crowd. I mentioned them last year and I’ll mention them again – I simply love Calfee Design and their unique carbon lugs. Definitely not for everyone, Calfee have updated their flagship Dragonfly road frame to accommodate the latest standards – oversize headtube for tapered carbon forks, oversized downtube, options for PF30 – while retaining the lugged look. The kicker is Calfee’s 25 year frame warranty.Slim Chance. Photo by Fat Chance Cycles.Steel is real as they say and I deeply regret ever selling my original Fat Chance Cycles Slim Chance. But, the brand has been reborn and the Slim Chance is back! Not for everyone, I love the colors on offer, especially the fade options.Enigma Bikes Exemplar. Photo by GravelCyclist.comEnigma Bikes aren’t well known in the USA, yet. The company had several bikes on display at 2016 Interbike that I was drooling over. The 6/4 painted Ti Exemplar pictured above likely won’t appeal to the raw Ti crowd, but everything about this bike was simply stunning. Derailleurs, crank and shifter blades received the custom bespoke paint treatment as well.The gorgeous Enigma Ecroix steel CX / gravel bike. Photo by GravelCyclist.comI hope Enigma appear at the next edition of the NAHBS show.Mountain BikeFat Chance Yo Eddy. Photo by Michael Allen.I ride mountain bikes all the ti… hardly ever actually. My skills aren’t so great so I stick to gravel and road. But, I love the retro look and it’s another Fat Chance bike for me, this time the Yo Eddy. I’ve been a long time admirer of these bikes; thus, a Yo Eddy, but with the latest refinements such as oversized headtube, thru-axles front and rear… and an XTR Di2 2X groupset.ComponentsFSA WE. Photo by GravelCyclist.comCampagnolo, Shimano, SRAM all have electronic gear shifting systems of some kind in production. I made the switch to electronic several years ago, and are stoked to see FSA as the latest player to enter the market with their WE system. While we have yet to see it enter the marketplace, the system has been spotted on various Euro pro bikes recently; suffice to say, I am looking forward to getting some time on this system. Finally, SRAM finally has hydro Etap in production, along with a Wifli version of the rear derailleur – this would be an amazing system on one’s gravel bike, although a clutched Etap derailleur would be icing on the cake… and repositioning the front derailleur battery for better tire clearance on a gravel bike.Lauf Grit Fork. Photo by GravelCyclist.comI’ve begun racking up review miles on Lauf’s Grit fork, paired to a Parlee Chebacco gravel bike. This variant of the fork is designed for use on gravel. People are either going to love or hate this one, as it’s look is certainly unconventional. A short travel carbon leaf spring suspension fork design with only 30mm of travel, the Lauf Grit fork promises to take the edge off washboarded gravel roads (ugh), pot holes, etc. Review coming early in 2017!GearBont Vaypor G. Photo by GravelCyclist.comBont Cycling shoes released many new goodies at 2016 Interbike, including a “gravel” version of their Vaypor S shoe – which is probably quite at home on a mountain bike as well. Touting a stiff carbon sole that wraps upward into the heel cup, the leather upper is stiffer and more durable, too. Still unavailable to the public, I’d like a pair when they’re available, but probably not in white.White Industries VBC crankset. Photo by GravelCyclist.comThe venerable White Industries VBC crankset received a big update this year, going to a much larger 30mm axle. This crankset features a removable spider offering virtually unlimited options for chainring sizes – currently being tested on my own website, I ran the 46 / 30 combination at the recent Taiwan KOM Challenge – the 30T small ring saved my day – and legs – when the mountain became seriously steep in the final 10 kilometers.Praxis Zayante M30 crankset. Photo by GravelCyclist.comAnother option worthy of consideration is the Praxis Zayante M30. Another crank featuring an oversized 30mm axle, I am running the 48 / 32 configuration through its paces right now, paired to the company’s English thread, external cup bottom bracket. Still under review, the Zayante is looking good as an affordable option for those who desire slightly lower gears, but without breaking the bank.Two Small ThingsFix It Sticks. Photo by GravelCyclist.comFix It Sticks – “The ingenious innovation that started a revolution in bicycle multi-tools.” These just got better with the option for an uber cheap $6 bike mounting bracket. The bracket mounts beneath any standard water bottle cage and holds two Fix It Sticks, at a cost of only 14 grams. Fix It Sticks also have a new tire lever add-on for their Replaceable edition.Buck!t wallet, belt and wrist belt. Photo by Buck!tBuck!t bicycle tyre (tire) belts – but not only belts – watch bands, wallets, wrist belts and earrings. These make for the perfect gift for the ciclista in your life.Enjoy your Holiday break and Ride Often!Article by Gravel Cyclist. Jayson O’Mahoney is the Gravel Cyclist: A website about the Gravel Cycling Experience.last_img read more

Report: Fewer newcomers call Vermont home

first_imgAccording to a report released today by the Vermont Public Assets Institute, since the early 1990s, when the IRS started tracking migration and income, people moving to Vermont have consistently reported higher average annual incomes than the Vermont residents who were leaving.1 The most recent data for 2010 shows that trend has continued.2The numbers of people coming and going over the past 18 years have seesawed. For 10 of those years more came; for eight, more left. But since the peak of inmigration in 2001, when a little more than 17,000 people relocated to the state, the number of newcomers has been declining. And since 2005, the number of Vermont residents moving out each year has exceeded the number of new arrivals.Those coming to the state still have higher average incomes. So, even in years when out-migration has exceeded in-migration, the total personal income in the state has increased.In 2010, however, that changed. Vermont saw a net loss of income for the first time since the IRS began to publish this data. According to the latest report, 13,422 people moved into Vermont in 2010. Their total adjusted gross income was $353.9 million. The same year, 14,071 Vermonters moved away. Their income added up to a bit more: $356.3 million.Download a PDF of the report. The IRS reports the number of income tax returns filed each year and the number of exemptions, including dependents, that are taken on those returns. The number of exemptions is considered to be a close approximation of the number of people who are moving into or out of Vermont. So ‘exemption’ means ‘person’ in this report. There may be additional people moving into or out of Vermont who have not filed an income tax return or who have not been claimed as an exemption on a filed return. [↩] The numbers presented in this report involve the change from one year to the next. The data labels reflect the most recent year of the two (e.g., data labeled ‘2010’ refers to the change from 2009 to 2010). [↩]Public Assets Institute, Jack Hoffman, January 31, 2012last_img read more

Super League Triathlon reveals athlete Wildcard line-up

first_imgSuper League Triathlon (SLT) has announced the first ten triathletes to have secured its Wildcard spots for the coming season. The group includes Olympians and a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, as well as some of the most talented young stars currently on the global triathlon scene.With RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey on 28-29 September 2019 – the first event in the series – the Wildcards will take their place on the start line, alongside the top-ten ranked male and female athletes from last season and the nine Golden Ticket winners from the three SLT Qualifier events.Wildcard athletesKristian Blummenfelt – NorwayVicky Holland – Great BritainMatthew Hauser – AustraliaSophie Coldwell – Great BritainMarten van Riel – BelgiumGeorgia Taylor-Brown – Great BritainGustav Iden – NorwayEmilie Morier – FranceIsland rivalryHand-selected as Wildcard entries for RBC Super League Jersey, Channel Island duo Ollie Turner – a Jersey native – and Guernsey’s Josh Lewis, will be rivals as they go head to head at the end of the month, all in the name of local pride and superior bragging rights.Michael D’hulst, CEO and co-founder of SLT, said “Super League is delighted to confirm a truly spectacular Wildcard line-up for this series. Each athlete has been chosen on merit, either because we have seen some fantastic progress in their career, or they are great crowd pleasers and as such, add to the entertainment value for our spectators.“Made up of Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallists, World Champions, and record holders, our Wildcard entrants will really add to the SLT spectacle at Jersey and throughout the Championship Series.“For RBC Super League Jersey, we’re also delighted to welcome two of the Channel Islands’ most talented individuals in Ollie Turner and Josh Lewis. Facing-off in front of a home crowd is sure to capture the hearts and minds of local spectators, whilst giving both men the chance to not only shine on the international stage, but also face off against one another in their very own race within a race.”Further Wildcard entries are will be confirmed by SLT in due course.www.superleaguetriathlon.com Relatedlast_img read more

Freshman Oturu looks to play big role for Gophers

first_imgFreshman Oturu looks to play big role for GophersThe Woodbury, Minnesota native headlines an exciting freshman class.Jack RodgersCenter Daniel Oturu drives towards the hoop at Williams Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1. The Gophers defeated the Bulldogs 109-53. Nick JungheimNovember 8, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThere was not much doubt Daniel Oturu could contribute to Minnesota. The only question was, would the four-star recruit from Cretin-Derham Hall be standing at the center of Williams Arena to take the tip-off for the team’s opening game against Nebraska-Omaha? The answer turned out to be yes. However, the starting spot was not initially his. Redshirt sophomore Eric Curry was slated to return from a left-knee injury that cost him the entire 2017-18 season. However, Curry had surgery on that same knee last week due to inflammation. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.Curry’s absence left the door open for Oturu as Minnesota’s next option. Even though he’s inexperienced at the college level, head coach Richard Pitino is not worried about him in the starting lineup.“I thought we got a really, really good player when we signed [Oturu],” Pitino said. “He can score the basketball, he can block shots. In my opinion, right now — and it’s early — he’s been very, very impressive.”Oturu is part of a freshman class that features three highly-ranked recruits from Minnesota. Oturu, Gabe Kalscheur and Jarvis Omersa played AAU ball together for Howard Pulley. They all felt a sense of pride staying in-state to play college basketball for the Gophers.“We all came here because we wanted to wear this across our chest,” Oturu said, pointing to the word “Minnesota” on his jersey. “Even though we had a tough season last year. That’s another factor that played into our decision, just trying to show Gopher fans that we’re here to help and try to make our program keep moving forward.”Part of Minnesota’s struggles last season were due to a lack of depth in the front court.  After Reggie Lynch was dismissed from the team in January, Jordan Murphy had little help from the team’s other forwards. Murphy is now a senior, and with Oturu on the team, Murphy feels he has another contributor. “I definitely see some similarities between him and [Lynch] as far as shot-blocking goes,” Murphy said of Oturu. “Just the way that they time things and are able to sniff out blocks is kind of similar. Offensively, I think he’s a really talented kid. He has a lot of moves and [is] obviously very skilled.”In Oturu’s first start against Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday, he made five of seven field goals, finishing with 14 points. He added eight rebounds, five of which were offensive. Kalscheur started and Omersa played 15 minutes off the bench, each contributing eight points to the Gophers’ 104-76 victory.“I don’t think you can take those three guys lightly,”  Pitino said. “They chose this school all for similar reasons. They just wanted to play for the name of the front of the jersey. They’re really good ambassadors in recruiting. So, those three guys have been terrific so far.”The 6-foot, 10-inch Oturu hopes to emulate the success he had in high school at the college level.  Last year, he led Cretin-Derham Hall to the Minnesota AAAA state high school title. He slammed in a game-winning dunk at the buzzer to defeat Apple Valley High School, a team led by another Howard Pulley teammate and current Duke freshman Tre Jones.  With a deeper rotation in the front court, Oturu is confident he can show immediate improvement over last season’s team.“Me, Jarvis [Omersa], [Murphy], Matz [Stockman], we’re all able to play versatile basketball,” Oturu said. “Not to knock the [forwards] from last year, but I feel like we bring a lot more to the table with the type of team we have this year.”Oturu and the Gophers play their next game against Utah on November 12, at 8:00 p.m. at Williams Arena.last_img read more

The search engine for love

first_imgThe Sydney Morning Herald: It’s easy to play Cupid when both parties are motivated to find love, writes Nicky Phillips.In the winter of 1959, two Stanford University students used the institution’s room-size IBM 650 to build a computer program that paired 49 young men, mainly classmates, with 49 local women.Prospective couples answered 30 questions including their age, religion, hobbies and number of children wished for in marriage.The results were fed into the computer which, after nine hours of processing, selected pairs based on the similarity of the responses. The first attempt at computer dating was launched.Read the whole story: The Sydney Morning HeraldSee Harry Reis at the 24th APS Annual Convention More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Global COVID-19 total clears 49 million, experts weigh in on mink variant

first_imgWith COVID-19 levels surging in Europe and the United States, the world was on track today to record its highest single-day case total as the pandemic total sped past 49 million cases and health officials weighed in on a mink variant of the virus.WHO urges country self-assessments, appeals for polio, measles vaccination supportThe World Health Organization (WHO) online dashboard showed that nearly 582,000 cases have been recorded today so far, with more to be reported.At a WHO media telebriefing today, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said 21 countries so far have conducted intra-action reviews to learn lessons from and strengthen their COVID-19 response, as suggested by the World Health Assembly back in May. He noted that reviews by other countries are in progress.Tedros urged more countries to do the same and said the best time to conduct a review of emergency response capacity is during an emergency. “There’s hope, and now is the time to double down on efforts to tackle this virus,” he said. “Wherever a country is in terms of the outbreak, countries can turn it around by driving a whole-of-government and whole-of-society response.”In other WHO developments, the group and UNICEF today launched a $655 million emergency appeal to boost measles and polio vaccination, which have been suspended or slowed due to the pandemic. Tedros said health officials are starting to see outbreaks of diseases like polio, measles, and pneumonia in children, especially those in high-risk areas.Europe cases rise more steeplyEuropean countries continue to report record-high single-day case totals, including France, with 60,486 new cases. Others include Russia, where daily cases topped 20,000 for the first time, and Sweden, which reported 4,697 new cases today.In the United Kingdom, which just entered a 1-month lockdown, government officials said cases have leveled off some to about 50,000 a day, Reuters reported.In other global developments:The United Kingdom’s Recovery Trial, a large randomized controlled clinical study of potential COVID-19 treatments, announced today that researchers will investigate aspirin as a possible therapy. It noted that aspirin, an antiplatelet agent, may reduce the risk of blood clots in patients with COVID-19.Malaysia reported a record daily high of 1,755 cases, most of them from local transmission, CNNThe global pandemic total today climbed to 49,129,021 cases, with 1,239,896 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.More mink SARS-CoV-2 variant detailsThe European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said today that it will assess the human implications of extensive spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, at Danish mink farms. In a statement, it said as of Nov 3, 197 farms have been affected, and Denmark has taken strong control measures, which include culling the entire mink population, restricting movements of people in the farm areas, and conducing enhanced testing in the population.When the virus is introduced to mink farms from humans, it can spread quickly, and possibly due to biological differences between minks and people, can accumulate mutations, which result in variants with the potential to jump back into humans.The statement said that Denmark’s Statens Serum Institute (SSI) found seven unique mutations on the variant virus’ spike protein in mink, with the variant also found in humans. It said the possibility of an antigenic mutation could have implications for immunity, reinfections, and vaccine effectiveness, but currently, there’s a high level of uncertainty.Further analyses are needed, and the ECDC said it is in close contact with Danish officials and will publish a risk assessment by Nov 12.In its weekly communicable disease threat report today, the ECDC said five different clusters of mink variants have been found in Denmark and that a variant from one cluster showed less sensitivity to neutralizing antibodies from people with previous COVID-19 infection.Tyra Krause, MD, PhD, of SSI, said so far the variant has been detected in 12 people and that more such cases are likely to be identified in the weeks ahead, NBC News reported.At today’s WHO media briefing, Maria Van Kerkhove, PhD, the WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19, said mutations are normal, and each change needs to be evaluated to see if the affected viruses behave differently. And Mike Ryan, MD, who directs the WHO’s health emergencies program, said currently, evidence doesn’t suggest there are any differences in the way the variant virus behaves and that it might have a slightly different signature but is still the same virus. However, he added that further evidence is needed.WHO officials also added that the organization is working with its global health partners on a risk assessment of the variant virus.Peter Ben Embarek, PhD, a food safety and animal disease expert with the WHO, said minks are raised in a range of conditions in different countries, some with farm environments that are easier to control. He added that the risk of the virus passing from other livestock such as cattle and poultry may be much less, because they’re not as susceptible as mink and can’t sustain and spread SARS-CoV-2 in the same way.last_img read more