We’re headed down to the Southeast Bike Expo this Sunday, right after a little stop at the Southern Cross on Saturday for a Schwag Toss.As a bonus for Bikerumor readers, the SE Bike Expo has extended pre-registration until Midnight tomorrow, giving you an extra 24 hours to get your tickets and enter the massive raffle. They’ll be giving away prizes from Bontrager, Ergon, Vee Rubber, Osprey, Jamis and BikeRay Lights, plus grand prizes from Formula (a set of R1 brakes!) and Niner (a frame!). But you’ve got to pre-register to get a raffle ticket.Their list of exhibitors is growing, with Orbea, Pedal Pushers, Lazer, Zipp, Origin8, Club Ride, Belgium Bike, Jack Kane and many, many more signing on since our last update. They’ll also have a special course set up for testing bike lights from several brands on the trail and in the woods, and Terrapin Beer will be on hand with nice cold adult beverages. Check their website for a complete list, get your tickets and we’ll see you there! The weather’s looking great, and the trails at Conyers are phenomenal.Oh, and all proceeds benefit IMBA/SORBA, helping keep trails open and growing throughout the southeast.
As election season continues full tilt toward the August primary, more organizations have announced endorsements for races in northeast Johnson County.Only the District 21 seat for the Kansas House of Representatives has a contest in the Aug. 2 primary- and only on the Republican side. Some of the organizations rate candidate regardless of a primary contest and others limit endorsements and ratings to the contested primaries.Here is a summary of the endorsement lists (often by the Political Action Committees of the groups) we have seen to date as they apply to NEJC:Game On For Kansas Schools – Listed Republican Dorothy Hughes as a “Top Recruit” in the District 21 race against Neil Melton.Women for Kansas – This group gave grade ratings A to F based on votes, public statements and questionnaires. Senate candidates Barbara Bollier, Megan England and Pat Pettey all received A ratings. Incumbent Reps. Stephanie Clayton, Jarrod Ousley and Melissa Rooker also received the A rating as did Jerry Stogsdill in the open District 21 seat. Elizabeth Meitl received a B rating. Not rated were Neil Melton, Dorothy Hughes, Rob Johnson and Matt McCann. Johnson will challenge Ousley in the fall and McCann will be running against Rooker. Meitl will be running against Clayton.Kansans for Life – The group that works to elect pro-life candidates endorsed Neil Melton in the District 21 House race. It gave no endorsements in any of the other NEJC House or Senate districts.Kansas Chamber of Commerce – The Chamber, which described its endorsements as pro-business, endorsed Neil Melton in the District 21 primary. It only listed contested primary races.Kansas PTA – The Kansas PTA only charted incumbents’ votes on issues key to education, not giving a list of endorsements. All of the NEJC incumbents votes aligned with the PTA on the 10 key votes.A list of endorsements by the Mainstream Coalition PAC was announced earlier.
Daisy Rodriguez and Ted Gavalas opened their new Oregano & Thyme market in Mission this week.Daisy Rodriguez and Ted Gavalas’s bright new Mission market is a flurry of activity on its first Wednesday in business.Rodriguez darts back to the kitchen to check on a batch of fresh chocolate croissants in the oven. Gavalas chats with a customer about the prosciutto and serrano ham in the display cooler. A customer eyes the imported olive oils stacked on the shelves.A few months after signing a lease for the storefront at 6116 Johnson Drive, the couple’s vision of bringing the culinary culture of the Mediterranean and Europe that they love to their new home is a reality. Their Oregano & Thyme Mediterranean Market and Deli opened to the public last Friday.Gavalas and Rodriguez moved here two years ago when he took an international sales job based in Kansas City. When the company went through a reorganization, his position was eliminated, and he and Rodriguez started putting into action an idea they’d toyed with for a while: Opening a market and deli featuring the food they loved from their time living in Greece and Europe.Gavalas, a native of Greece, and Rodriguez, a native of Puerto Rico, met as college students at Syracuse University. Gavalas’s career in sales took the family to a slew of destinations throughout the Mediterranean, with significant time spent in Greece, Italy, Spain and France. At each stop, Rodriguez soaked in the community’s culinary traditions.The food at their new shop — speciality dry goods like pastas, rice and paella broth base, as well as freshly made savory pies, quiche, sandwiches and soups — highlight their favorite Mediterranean flavors.“We’ve eaten our way through Europe,” Gavalas said. “So the things we stock and make here are based on experience.”Oregano & Thyme features a freshly made lunch item and soup each day along with sandwiches. They also bake fresh cookies and bread.“We have fresh baguette every day,” Rodriguez said. “So we see people who come in and will pick up a fresh loaf of bread and make some salumi and make it a dinner. And we love to share ideas. We have recipe cards for a lot of the ingredients we sell.”The store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.Imported honeys and oils lines the grocery shelves at Oregano & Thyme.The store offers gift baskets featuring a selection of specialty items from France, Spain, Italy and Greece.
G en. Practice Section plans Mediterranean cruise in May 2010 The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section has set its annual out-of-country trip for the Mediterranean coast this spring — and everybody is invited.On May 16, the trip — which offers CLE opportunities — will depart on an Azamara Cruise Line ship from Rome. Ports of call include Corsica, Florence, Portofino, Monte Carlo, St. Tropez, arriving on May 23 in Barcelona.CLE programs will explore issues of ethics and professionalism together with practice management tools and tips.Azamara Cruise Line was voted one of the world’s best cruise lines by Condé Nast Traveler. Azamara’s amenities include butler service in every stateroom; shore excursions, and “enrichment” programs including everything from culinary to photographic explorations. Two specialty restaurants are aboard the ship and live entertainment is provided nightly.Inside cabins are $1,407, window cabins $1,647, and balcony cabins are $2,066. Rates are based on double occupancy. The journey has room for only 694 passengers, so early reservations are recommended. A $250 deposit is due by October 20, with final payment due by March 1, 2010. Airfare and trip insurance are additional and can be arranged individually or through the section’s travel agent — University Travel, Janet Shumaker, (407) 366-5050). For more information visit the section’s Web site at www.gpssf.org. October 1, 2009 Regular News Gen. Practice Section plans Mediterranean Cruise in May 2010
Fulton Homes has announced the opening of its newest East Valley community, Warner Groves at Morrison Ranch. Located in Gilbert just off the 202 near the intersection of East Warner Road and South Higley Road, Morrison Ranch consist of 103 lots and features six new Fulton Homes floor plans ranging in size from 1600 square feet to 3100 square feet. Pricing starts at $297,000. The six new floor plans include the Cottonwood, Jacaranda, Evergreen Elm, Orchid Tree, Sycamore and Canary Pine.“The first week we opened Morrison Ranch we were flooded with homebuyers,” said Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. “Morrison Ranch will provide families with a wide variety of floorplans and prices, all with convenient amenities in Gilbert.”All homes at Morrison Ranch include three-car garages. Up to six bedrooms and five baths are available, and flex space allows for larger living, dining, den or open study areas.“These flex plans allow a homebuyer to customize parts of their dream home to their own tastes and lifestyle,” Fulton said.All homes feature granite kitchen countertops, 36-inch cabinets, and ceiling fans in bedrooms, family rooms, lofts and dens. Also, each Morrison Ranch home is energy efficient and features a 16 SEER AC, Wi-Fi Honeywell thermostats and Smart Home technology.Residents have more than 400 acres of pedestrian-friendly greenbelts, tree-lined streets and abundant open space. Close by is shopping and restaurants at San Tan Mall, and the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
LinkedIn Share on Twitter Pinterest A study published in PLOS One found that 65% of Americans were partaking in social distancing during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The generational group most likely to be social distancing was Baby Boomers.Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, public health recommendations for social distancing have not been followed by all citizens, and the authors of the new study wanted to explore why.“I research vaccine hesitancy, and initially I was interested in the correlation of beliefs about vaccines and beliefs about social distancing and wearing masks. Around the time we did the study, there was a lot of news about younger adults not taking COVID-19 seriously, and so we wanted to empirically see if there was a difference between the actions of younger adults and the actions of older adults,” said study author Abram L. Wagner, a research assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan. Share on Facebook Given that older individuals are at increased risk of severe symptoms from the virus, the researchers conducted a study to see how age relates to adherence to social distancing measures.A sample of 713 adults living in the US was recruited between March 20 and March 22, 2020. Depending on year of birth, the subjects were divided into the generational categories of Gen Z (1997-2012), Millennials (1981-1996), Gen X (1965-1980), and Baby Boomers (1946-1964).In an online survey, the participants were asked to indicate their perceived risk of contracting the virus in the next 30 days, on a scale from 0% to 100%. Respondents were also asked whether or not they had started physically distancing themselves from others (by six feet) since the onset of the pandemic, and whether their behaviors had changed regarding “going into work/school, having meetings with colleagues/classmates, meeting with friends, going to a club/bar, going to a restaurant, or going outside with a child.”An analysis showed that perceived risk of infection from COVID-19 was lowest in the Baby Boomer cohort with an average perceived risk score of 30%, followed by the Gen X group at 34%. Millennials perceived a 41% risk of contracting the virus, and Gen Z reported a 40% perceived risk.Interestingly, while the Baby Boomers perceived the lowest risk of infection out of the generational cohorts, they showed the highest compliance with social distancing with 73% reporting social distancing. This number was significantly higher than among Millennials, where 62% reported distancing. There were no significant differences when it came to the other generations. In general, as age increased, so did the likelihood of social distancing.“Overall, there was a shift in behaviors, most people were socially distancing at least a bit more compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, behaviors did vary across ages. More older adults were socially distancing than younger adults. Basically we need a better way to change behaviors, but socially distancing may be more difficult among younger adults because they are more likely to not be retired,” Wagner told PsyPost.The authors discuss possible explanations for these generational differences. “For example,” they speculate, “it could be that, even before stay-at-home orders were issued, Baby Boomers responded to initial reports of a high case burden of older adults in long-term care facilities. On the other hand, Millennials had a higher perceived risk of infection, but did not practice as many social distancing behaviors, potentially due to other barriers such as jobs, childcare, or housing insecurity, or a lack of understanding of the term ‘social distancing’.”As the authors point out, their study suggests that while a majority of Americans (65%) were social distancing at the onset of the pandemic, a considerable percentage (35%) were not.Interestingly, political affiliation was not found to influence adherence to social distancing recommendations, with people of all parties trending towards social distancing — something researchers call, “a heartening indication of behavioral compliance.” Still, the sample was not nationally representative and cannot be generalized to the entire US population.“So much is changing in regards to the COVID-19 response. We need additional polls to see what changes and what has not changed,” Wagner said.The study, “Social distancing in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States”, was authored by Nina B. Masters, Shu-Fang Shih, Allen Bukoff, Kaitlyn B. Akel, Lindsay C. Kobayashi, Alison L. Miller, Harapan Harapan, Yihan Lu, and Abram L. Wagner.(Image by rottonara from Pixabay) Share Email
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Umoe Wind AS, which owns the first Wave Craft vessel currently under construction at Umoe Mandal AS, has entered into an 8-month contract with DONG Energy on July 17, which would begin in March 2015. The charter includes a possible extension of up to 12 months. The vessel will be operating on the Borkum Riffgrund 1 Offshore Wind Farm in the North Sea, 54 kilometres from DONG Energy’s O&M base in Norddeich. Borkum Riffgrund is a major focus area for offshore wind power. Valling Ship Management in Denmark will operate the vessel with Danish crew.The development of the Wave Craft vessel was supported both financially and technically as part of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Access Competition. Jan Matthiesen, Director Innovation at the Carbon Trust, said: “We are convinced that new innovative solutions, like Wave Craft will provide significant cost savings to the offshore wind industry and we are delighted to see another of the Offshore Wind Accelerator supported concepts reach the market.”Umoe Wind AS has decided to procure a second Wave Craft vessel from Umoe Mandal AS. The second vessel will commence construction later this year and will be delivered to Umoe Wind in 2015.Press release, August 14, 2014; Image: Umoe Mandal
LofotKraft AS has selected Nexans to deliver and install 170 kV XLPE cables to upgrade the current systems in three fjords Gimsøystraumen, Nappstraumen and Flakstadpollen to strengthen the power supply for residents throughout Lofoten, Norway.This will include upgrading the current grid capacity from 66 kV to 132 kV.Lofotkraft AS will upgrade the submarine cable in all three fjords to extend longevity and solve issues related to inadequate transmission capacity. Nexans Norway will supply the 170 kV XLPE cables with transition joints, end terminations and contingency repair joints.The project begins in January 2016, with supply of the submarine cable scheduled for spring 2017 at Nexans’ Halden plant in Norway.Tom Skattum, project manager at nexans Norway, said: “We are pleased to be working with Lofotkraft AS again as part of our 50 year long relationship. Upgrading this grid means we are not only increasing the capacity, but increasing the redundancy, ensuring energy security of the residents of Lofoten.”Bjørn Harald Vian at Lofotkraft AS added : “The award is based on an overall assessment of the award criteria; price, project execution, quality and HSE. Furthermore, Nexans’ experience and expertise in submarine cables were rated highly. In addition to being cost-effective, our previous experience with Nexans in terms of service, response time, as well as certifications is positively emphasized.”The contract is worth 4.6 million Euros.