Last fall ENVE started a limited time deal where they would pay you for old carbon wheels if you wanted to upgrade to their latest, premium American-made carbon hoops. Trade-In, Trade-Up was a big success last year, so they’ve brought it back to make end-of-the-year carbon wheel upgrades more affordable.ENVE Trade-In, Trade-Up limited time carbon wheel upgradesThe concept is the same as last year, even though the discount is slightly reduced. If you have any older, ridable carbon wheelset at home collecting dust, Enve will give you a sizable trade-in bonus towards the purchase of one of their newest M, G, or SES series wheelsets. If you send in an old Enve wheelset you get a $900 credit, or a $600 credit for any other non-Enve carbon wheelset, from now until Jan 3, 2020.ENVE VP Jake Pantone says the idea was originally just to get more riders to ride Enve’s latest M Series mountain bike wheels which had big flat-eliminating technical improvements. But Enve realized it made sense to include SES & G Series wheels too, to get riders on their latest tech.It doesn’t matter what riding discipline, axle or freehub standard the old wheels you want to replace have, they just need to be in ridable condition. And the trade-in program is only open to US customers, either via local Enve retail shops or direct via Enve.com. That’s because Enve isn’t scrapping the old wheels like some upgrade programs do. Instead, Enve evaluates each trade-in wheelset to refurbish what they can, and either resells or donates the old wheels to get them back onto bikes again.“Many of our customers own perfectly good wheelsets that are sitting in their garages collecting dust. These wheels have become obsolete by way of advancements in axle standards, tire volumes, and the growth of disc brakes.The true beauty of this program is that we are providing a convenient outlet to put these dormant wheelsets into the hands of someone in need. Last year, wheelsets that were traded in on our program were donated to cycling programs in developing nations, to high school mountain biking, and developmental road programs. Ultimately, it is our goal to find a home for each wheelset brought in on trade,” says Pantone.ENVE.com
The new Clavicula M3 has a two-piece carbon spider assembly that separates from the crankarm to let you swap in the SRM power meter or go from standard to compact gearing. The usual suspects had an array of feathery new goodies on display at Eurobike.THM-Carbone showed off a new SRM PowerMeter option for its Clavicula cranksets, as well as a two-piece spider that lets you swap to compact chainrings. Claimed weights for the cranksets with bottom bracket (w/o chainrings) are 470g standard, 460g compact and 420g for the SRM compatible setup as they don’t include the carbon fiber spider. Obviously, that weight is without the actual SRM unit.Plenty more wish list stuff after the break, including a eight-spoke aero wheel from Lightweight… They make a wide range of bottom brackets for Shimano pressfit, Cervelo’s BBRight, BB30, PFBB30 and now even BB386EVO.LIGHTWEIGHT WHEELSLightweight Wheels’ 8-spoke wheel is a total concept for now. I asked if it was laterally stiff and they said yes…Of course this isn’t the first octo-spoked wheel. Spinergy’s original Rev-X wheels use four paired carbon blades, but they were wide. And paired. If nothing else, these things sure garnered a lot of attention. No weights or specs were given.STRONGLIGHTStronglight has new SRAM 2×10 compatible chainrings with Ceramic Teflon coating. Claimed weights are 107g / 28g for the 42/28 rings. Other sizes are also available. €75 and €36 MSRP. That’s not quite Carbon-Ti weight, but close. They also have some Dura-Ace and Ultegra compatible rings that match up to the cranksets’ design.New Mega Oversize headsets for tapered headtubes are available for several frame standards without integrated lower bearings. Weights range from 137g to 147g.Lastly, they have a new aluminum fender to accompany their plastic ones. Still in prototype phase, so they’re developing sizes and pricing.
by Rob Roper Chris Miller, who works on the Social Missions Committee at Ben & Jerry’s, testified to the House Energy & Technology Committee that his company is firmly in favor of the carbon tax bills (H791/S284) based on the ESSEX Carbon Tax plan. Why? Because under the legislation, Ben & Jerry’s, which is owned by the British/Dutch company Unilever, will pocket an estimated $832,000 in electricity subsidies while avoiding the tax almost completely.The way the ESSEX Carbon Tax works is distributors of fossil fuels will pay an excise tax of 32 cents per gallon for gasoline, 40 cents for diesel and heating oil, and 24 cents for propane and natural gas. This cost, which will be passed along to customers, will go into a special fund that will be handed over to Vermont’s electricity providers in order to subsidize electric bills. Ben & Jerry’s uses a lot of electricity and very little fossil fuels. Miller explained that the ice cream manufacturer’s Vermont plants are almost entirely electric, and the company subcontracts its shipping needs to trucking companies based mostly outside Vermont. These subcontractors, Miller said, would likely never fill their tanks in Vermont, thus avoiding the carbon tax, and not incurring any cost that would be passed along to Ben & Jerry’s.This is great for ice cream giant because they are part of a well-capitalized, multi-national corporation that has the resources to invest in the latest technology, and the geographic flexibility to best position itself to take advantage of government policies like the ESSEX plan. As such, they are able to extract much from the subsidy pool, while putting next to nothing in.But, there is another side of this coin (many coins, actually) that ESSEX Carbon Tax supporters fail to mention, and that is the Vermont businesses, perhaps less capital rich and without the flexibility of scale, that will end up paying a lot into the pool but take out little. Who? Businesses that do rely on fossil fuels, such as plumbers, electricians, contractors who depend on trucks and vans to reach their customers, the general store that has been around since 1850, heats with oil, and isn’t well insulated, etc. and so on. It’s folks like this who are going to be forced to pay $832,000 worth of Ben & Jerry’s electric bill.It is also important to note that because Ben & Jerry’s is already fully invested in non-fossil fuel and efficiency technologies, the $832,000 in subsidies paid to them would do nothing further to reduce Vermont’s carbon footprint. Ben & Jerry’s is already as low as it can get. The ESSEX subsidy would just be a taxpayer funded gift to one of the state’s wealthiest business financed by many of its poorest. Is this fair? Is it smart?This same dynamic will play out on the individual level. Under the ESSEX Carbon Tax the mom in the used minivan will end up subsidizing through her gasoline purchases the electricity bill of the hedge fund manager in the brand new, $80,000 Tesla. Even though the ESSEX Carbon Tax includes a rebate program for low-income and rural Vermont households, Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford), lead sponsor of the House version of this bill, confessed that a hypothetical single mother living in a rural part of the state (someone qualifying for the maximum amount relief) would still have to invest in an electric vehicle, electric heat pump, or some such thing in order to come out ahead under the ESSEX Carbon Tax. If said single mom doesn’t have or cannot find the financial capital necessary to do this, the scheme will be a net drag on her financially.However, wealthy Vermonters who do have the financial wherewithal to install solar panels, buy Priuses, and live in newer, better insulated housing can take full advantage of the ESSEX plan, the subsidies they receive provided courtesy of Rep. Copeland-Hanzas’ single mom.During a meeting of the Vermont Climate Caucus, a group of environmentally focused law makers, one member raised this concern, “It seems to me that if you’re among the most wealthy Vermonters you could easily save a lot more than lower income [Vermonters], because if you have fossil fuels heating your home you can go out and buy a pellet stove, you can go buy heat pumps, you can go buy a Tesla, and you won’t even notice the bump in your budget… You’re reaping all the benefit. How is this helping lower income Vermonters?” Sen. Chris Pearson (D/P- Chittenden), lead sponsor of the senate version of the bill, responded, “Yeah, it would be a good problem to have if wealthy people stopped using fossil fuels to heat their homes and drive around. I mean, that is the goal.”Is it? Well, thanks for letting us know.Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute. He lives in Stowe.
Vermont State Police On 7/1/2018 at approximately 1:15 am, State Police received a report of a person attempting to flag drivers down on Interstate 91 at approximately mile marker 150. Upon State Police arrival, they located a single motor vehicle crash. The passenger was identified as Madeline Olsen; she was transported to NVRH with non life-threatening injuries by Lyndon Rescue. State Police further located the operator, Justin Darling, down a steep embankment, deceased.Initial investigation revealed Darling was traveling northbound in the left lane when the vehicle left the roadway, struck several wire guardrails, and traveled down the embankment striking several trees. Darling and Olsen were both ejected from the vehicle. Olsen was only wearing the lap belt of the seat belt and Darling was not wearing a seatbelt. Speed, alcohol, and the weather all appear to be factors in the crash; the investigation is on-going.STATE OF VERMONTDEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETYVERMONT STATE POLICEPRESS RELEASEFatal Motor Vehicle CrashCASE#: 18A403368 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Sean BrennanSTATION: VSP-St. Johnsbury CONTACT#: 802-748-3111DATE/TIME: 7/1/2018 approximately 0100 hoursSTREET: Interstate 91TOWN: SheffieldLANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS:INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: Mile Marker 150.4WEATHER: Heavy Rainfall, Lightening storm ROAD CONDITIONS: Wet, pooling water VEHICLE #1OPERATOR: Justin DarlingAGE: 24SEAT BELT: NoCITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Barton, VTVEHICLE YEAR: 2007VEHICLE MAKE: ChevroletVEHICLE MODEL: 2500DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: totalINJURIES: fatal,Yes
Municipal pool season is now in session. With Memorial Day behind us, the start to the regular pool season is officially here. Below you can find links to information on normal operating hours and costs for the northeast Johnson County public pools:Prairie VillageMissionLeawoodFairwayRoeland ParkMerriamRoeland Park Block Part Saturday. The Roeland Park Community Block Party will include food, music games and its free from 3 to 7 p.m. June 4 at R Park. BYOBeverage.Community Center will be rain site for pirate event. Roeland Park’s “Treasure in Arrr Park (in R Park where else) will move to the Roeland Park Community Center on Saturday in case of rain. The event starts at 10 a.m. and concludes with lunch at available at noon.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.
Gophers shoot their way to victory in season openerMinnesota shot **-** from three in ** victory over Cleveland State Nick JungheimNovember 6, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintOn Tuesday night, Minnesota’s men’s basketball team began their quest for a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance against Cleveland State. The Gophers gave fans at The Barn a first look at many new players and a revamped offense featuring improved shooting. Before the season, Pitino suggested that the Gophers would shoot 3-pointers at an increased rate this season, a trend that was evident immediately. Minnesota’s first five field goal attempts all came from behind the arc, the first four of which rimmed out. However, sophomore Gabe Kalscheur then sank a shot from the corner and the Gophers went on to make three of their first eight 3-point shots. Leading by three points, Minnesota leaned on their outside shooting during a 19-1 run that extended their lead to 34-13 with 3:03 remaining in the first half. Kalscheur, redshirt sophomore Marcus Carr and redshirt junior Payton Willis all knocked down multiple threes before halftime, as they combined for 18 of the team’s 19 3-point field goals before the break.Throughout the game, Minnesota managed to find their sharp-shooting guards for open looks. The team’s ** assists on the evening…Sophomore Daniel Oturu started his new campaign with a stand-out performance, bearing the load for a Gophers front court missing redshirt junior Eric Curry, who will miss the season with a torn ACL, and freshman Isaiah Ihnen, who sat out with a wrist injury. Oturu finished with…
Amsterdam: fund buys office site for €141mThe UniImmo Europe fund has bought the UN Studio office development project in Amsterdam for €141.1m (£95m) from vendors Fortis, G&S and ING Development. Scheduled for completion in 2009, the 24,465 sq m (263,349 sq ft) scheme is in the Zuidas submarket, and was sold with a three-year rental guarantee. In December, the fund purchased the De Haagsche Zwaan office tower in the Hague, which is due to be finished in 2009.London: investment boom is nearing its end, says DTZDTZ head of research Joe Valente predicts that the good times in central London’s investment and occupational markets will soon be over. ‘The real story in central London is happening now,’ he says. ‘By the end of this year, the story’s over. The levels of yield being transacted are motivated by wealth preservation and diversification, not necessarily internal rates of return. There will be a reduction in rental growth driven by an increase of available stock in the City.’France: Henderson to explore the provincesHenderson Global Investors is expanding in the French market. ‘Provincial markets are a hotspot to be exploited,’ says head of property investment Chris Linney. ‘In the last couple of years there has been a trend of businesses moving out of Paris for cost savings. ‘Nantes and Bordeaux are the two highest areas of outflow, and Marseille has attracted insurance companies and banks. We are seriously looking at opportunities in Bordeaux.’ Office investments are the priority. ‘We’d like to do retail, but the planning regulations are very tight,’ says Linney.Copenhagen: carlyle makes dane gain The Carlyle Group has boosted its Danish investment portfolio to €885m (£595m) with the purchase of the headquarters of TDC, a 49,100 sq m (528,512 sq ft) office block in downtown Copenhagen, from Danish pension fund KTAS. Next to Norreport station, the 19 separate office properties are let to TDC, which intends to vacate in April 2009. Carlyle will undertake a significant refurbishment. Spain: invesco acquisition takes it beyond €200mInvesco’s Spanish acquisitions have broken the €200m barrier since its €13m (£8.7m) acquisition of a warehouse in Loeches, 30 km west of Madrid, on behalf of one of its managed German funds. The 12-year sale and leaseback reflects a yield of 6.1%, and is the 16th Spanish property to be bought by Invesco’s Madrid office. ‘Extremely low initial yields preclude the ability to buy offices, but logistics offer a much higher return, says Invesco senior vice-president Tim Nalder.Italy: CBRE helps polis with enquiriesCB Richard Ellis has been instructed to manage the new Megliadino shopping centre in Padova on behalf of developer Gruppo Polis. The 25,000 sq m (269,100 sq ft) centre is anchored by Bennet Hypermarket, Echos and Bernardi.India: yatra capital buys stake in phoenix millsYatra Capital, the Euronext-listed Indian investment specialist, has bought a €3.73m (£2.5m) stake in listed Indian property developer Phoenix Mills. Phoenix is involved in seven Indian retail developments totalling (15m sq ft) 1.39m sq mfollowing its April merger with Ashok Ruia Enterprises. The final phase of retail and hotel space at its flagship scheme, Phoenix Mills in Lower Parel, Mumbai, is due to be to completed by 2010.Vietnam: Prupim wants to open a local officePrupim managing director Martin Moore is keen to gain exposure to the Vietnam market. ‘We are looking at how we might gain access to Vietnam, and have a desire for a local office,’ he told delegates at Property Week’s London Real Estate Capital of the World? conference last month. ‘Sourcing an associate in a small and opaque market is the biggest difficulty.’ Prupim already has a presence in Singapore, and Moore said he was also interested in Taiwan.China: firms find foothold in london office marketThe City is seeing evidence of Chinese companies establishing a presence in the London office market. ‘We are beginning to see the seed bed of Chinese companies on the occupational side in London,’ says Neil Prime, head of office agency at Jones Lang LaSalle. ‘The Bank of China has traditionally been an incubator for companies that come over to London, and we expect more requirements to spin out.’Taiwan: Savills advises on giant Taipei dealSavills has advised on the largest-ever real estate investment transaction in Taipei. Shin Kong Life Insurance paid $153m (£75m) for two office towers (pictured above) totalling 59,114 sq m (636,303 sq ft) and owned and occupied by the BenQ Corporation in the Nei Hu Technology Park. Savills opened its Taipei office three months ago. General manager Cynthia Chu concluded the deal.Hong Kong: swire weighs up ipo at festival walkListed Hong Kong developer Swire Pacific is considering placing Festival Walk into a REIT. The retail and office complex in Kowloon is expected to raise $400m (£195m) at its initial public offering. Swire’s buyout of former partner Citic Pacific’s 50% share of the asset for HK$6bn (£275m) last year was Hong Kong’s biggest-ever property deal.Americas: Vantone’s bid for freedomVantone Group has set its sights on opening a 27,870 sq m (300,000 sq ft) China Center at the top of the Freedom Tower in New York. The Beijing-based developer, part-owned by the Chinese government, is being advised by Jones Lang Lasalle’s New York office. ‘The first preference in New York is the top of the Freedom Tower,’ says Peter Riguardi, regional vice-president of the office. The multi-use requirement will include ‘a very high-end business club’ for Western and Chinese members, a conference centre, offices and large event space which will be open to the public. Discussions have taken place with serviced office company Regus to operate an incubator suite for emerging Chinese businesses in New York, offering a bilingual service and technical support.The requirement had previously been linked to Larry Silverstein’s World Trade Center development and 195 Broadway, although both deals fell through. Currently under construction, the Freedom Tower is expected to be completed in 2011.Global moves Henderson France has appointed Jérôme Sebaux as head of property finance. He will be responsible for the financial management of funds based in Henderson’s Paris office. Henderson will also hire two asset managers before the end of the year. Sebaux qualified at the Institut Supérieur du Commerce and was previously a fund controller at ING Real Estate Investment Management France.Wurttemberger Hypo’s six-strong property lending team, led by Adam Slater, has announced it has ‘terminated its agreements’ with parent Hypo Real Estate Bank International. Slater’s team originated most of Wurttemberger Hypo’s UK and Irish loan portfolio over the past five years, as well as loans in wider Europe and the US to real estate investors and developers. Quinlan Private Golub has appointed Izabella Woszczyna as a retail negotiator on its retail projects across central and eastern Europe. Her main role will be the leasing of Galeria Podlaska, a shopping mall in Bialystok, Poland. She previously worked at real estate consultancy Ober-Haus.Do you have an appointment story? 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The Amsterdam office of law firm Clifford Chance has been advising Gemini offshore wind developers as lead counsel/project counsel since 2011. The offshore wind farm is the largest renewable energy project in both scope and funding ever conducted in the Netherlands. Since 2011, Clifford Chance has acted as legal advisor with regard to the structuring of the project, including project documentation for Van Oord and Siemens. In addition, the firm acted as advisor on the subordinated financing of EUR 200 million by the Danish pension fund PKA and Northland Power Inc. and furthermore acted as borrower’s advisor. As project counsel the team also set up the corporate and shareholder structure and governance for the project sponsors. The project involves the participation of a consortium of international banks, investors and export credit agencies.Hein Tonnaer, counsel at Clifford Chance and team leader: “It is the largest ever project within the Dutch offshore wind energy sector and provides an excellent framework for future renewable energy projects. Despite there being so many different types of parties involved we were able to conduct harmonious negotiations and achieved the full consensus needed to make this project a success. For the last couple of years we have been able to work on this project as a fully integrated team consisting of a wide range of disciplines within our firm, from project management to financial expertise and corporate law.”The Clifford Chance team that acted as project counsel since 2011 was led by Hein Tonnaer and furthermore consisted, amongst others, of Liesbeth Buiter, Mark Loefs, Nanette Rutgers, Jasper Dijkshoom, Sarah Lewis, Folko de Vries, Willem-Jan Wieland and Tim Heerschop. Clifford Chance Amsterdam has a leading project finance practice including specialists in financial and corporate law. Apart from the Gemini Project, the team has recently acted as advisor to other major Dutch wind projects, such as NOP Agrowind.Press Release, May 16, 2014; Image: typhoonoffshore
In 2014 the new European financing programme, Horizon 2020, kicked off. € 80 billion will be distributed among different research projects between 2014 and 2020.The programme is the successor of the Seventh Framework (SF7) and is comprehensive, focusing on all different parts of the European society and stimulating Research, Development and Innovation (RDI).Since the programme is relatively new, a lot of questions still exist on the subject. During the Forum Europa Seminar: maritime innovation in Horizon 2020, hosted by FME, light was shed on the programme to enlighten its purpose. Erik van de Burgwal, consultant EU Transport R&D programmes at NL Enterprise Agency, explained that Horizon 2020 consists of three cornerstones: Excellent science, Industrial leadership and Societal challenges; each in turn consisting of different action programmes.According to Van de Burgwal “Horizon 2020 is a fundamental part of our ways to access and increase innovation.” But, why and how is the programme relevant for the Dutch maritime industry? Maritime Holland spoke to Marnix Krikke, innovation & human capital director at Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT).-Horizon 2020 focuses on stimulating RDI. Why is that so important?“Almost every company wants to be innovative, to stay ahead of competition. Mostly, they first explore which possibilities they have within the company to do research and develop, but often it appears to be more desirable to cooperate with other parties in order to achieve the goals of the company. This can be competitive, in which case a product or service is developed and marketed together. The other possibility is precompetitive RDI and, in this case, the company develops knowledge together with other parties, which can later be used to develop a product within the company. Or together. Horizon 2020 enables these procompetitive collaborations.”– Could you shortly explain how you can participate?“Every year new action programmes kick off and different topics will be selected for which a consortium may enrol. Around this topic some committed companies and knowledge institutions, will form a core consortium, based on their interest to research this topic. When the call is published by the EC, the core consortium can gather more interested parties and a research proposal can be developed and submitted. There is a lot of competition between different consortia to make the cut, so it is paramount to join a consortium that will submit a quality proposal. Companies that would like to receive more information about participating or on the interesting subjects can contact Forum Europa. Network organisation Maritime by Holland established this portal, to support their backing. They can also initiate contacts with relevant parties or consortia. Also, this fall will organise an international brokerage event in Rotterdam during which we explore the possible relevant topics in 2016/2017. This way the Dutch maritime industry gets a chance to get to know the programme in an accessible way.”– What happens when your symposium’s proposal is accepted?“When a proposal is accepted, the partners will sign a consortium agreement and start their activities according to the project plan, usually covering a period of three years. Partners who are committed and actively participate will get most out of the project. Ultimately, a success of European projects is based on the commitment of the partners. There are four different kinds of projects. The first is Research and innovation action, which is a research project with elements of innovation incorporated. Then there is Innovation action, which is an innovation project including a demonstration, pilot and market replication. Third, an SME instrument is available, specially developed for small and medium enterprises that want to invest in RDI. And lastly, the Coordination and support action project type, which is for supportive activities. Take, for example, the Retrofit project, financed by SF7, which perfectly shows what can be achieved with EU-projects. In this project, sustainable retrofitting technologies were analysed, so ship owners and designers could have better tools to decide on retrofitting of their existing vessels. In view of the current changes in regulations in this area, it is a very actual topic.”– What kind of maritime projects are available?“The EU wants the Horizon 2020 programme to stimulate innovation, but also to contribute to EU-objectives, such as social, environmental and economical. Maritime themes certainly fit within these objectives. For 2015, I think the three most relevant topics for the maritime industry are Robotics (ICT24) since the developments in 3D-printing, digitalisation et cetera are really interesting for the production process; Renewable energy (LCE3) and System modelling and lifecycle cost optimisation for waterborne assets (MG4.3). There are some other maritime topics and there are more to come, but still we think that there are not enough. That is why Vessels of the Future, a European research organisation, was established. Around 50 European maritime companies, research institutes, universities and branch organisations, seven of which are from the Netherlands, joined the initiative to promote maritime research, development and innovation and influence the agenda of the EC, primarily for the 2016-2017 programme. ”– What are the pros and cons of this programme?“To participate in the programme, you need to be willing to share the company’s knowledge with the other participants in the consortium. Companies can profit from the vast knowledge base within the consortium. Next to this, starting a project within the Horizon 2020 programmes requires a long-term effort. The selection period alone takes about half a year and the projects themselves mostly take around three years to complete. On the upside, Horizon 2020 can act as a lever for your company, since the costs for your efforts and research will be reimbursed by the EU while you are gaining knowledge. Furthermore, the network possibilities you will create by joining a consortium are tremendous. This can be exploited even after the project has finished. And lastly, you are visibly performing RDI, which will have a positive influence on your company’s reputation.”Anne Kregting