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Regenerative tourism project targets 100% renewables status

first_imgSign up for the ESI Africa newsletter All of the utilities will be delivered under a single agreement, unique for a contract of this kind, which includes the provision of renewable power, potable water, wastewater treatment, solid waste management and district cooling for the 16 hotels, international airport and infrastructure that make up phase one of The Red Sea Project. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR An ambitious regenerative tourism project has awarded a contract to a consortium led by ACWA Power to design, build, operate and transfer The Red Sea Project’s utilities infrastructure. Energy will be generated via solar panels and wind turbines to meet an initial demand of 210MW with the ability to expand in line with the development. “This approach requires entirely new utilities infrastructure, and so a PPP contract makes sense as it ensures high quality, affordable utilities for us and a sound return on the investment for our backers.” Included in the package is the world’s largest battery storage facility of 1,000MWh, which will allow the destination to remain completely off-grid and powered by renewables day and night. Regenerative tourism The agreement also covers the construction of three seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plants, designed to provide clean drinking water, a solid waste management centre and an innovative sewage treatment plant (STP). Generation Image: magicpictures©123RF.com Financial confidence from abroad The STP is expected to allow waste to be managed in a way that enhances the environment, by creating new wetland habitats and supplementing irrigation water for landscaping at the destination. Mohammad Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power, said:“The Red Sea Project is a vital undertaking under the Saudi Vision 2030 and aims to be a global showcase of the Kingdom’s ability to develop ambitious giga projects. Being selected to support this project marks another milestone in our impressive bid win trajectory, and we are honored and proud to support TRSDC’s ambition to deliver a tourist destination that limits the environmental impact through the provision of zero-carbon emitting and zero-waste generating utility services.” AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Also of interest:Water security from desalination: A story of technology innovation Finance and Policy UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development “This is a pivotal moment for us as we seek to build a new kind of tourism destination in Saudi Arabia, aligned with Vision 2030. We’re committed to pushing the boundaries of what it means to be sustainable and investing heavily in renewables is helping us to set new global standards in regenerative tourism,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC. The ACWA Power consortium is financed by Saudi and international banks, including the UK’s Standard Chartered Bank and China’s Silk Road Fund, and marks a new stage for the development, in terms of securing external investment. The contract was procured as an independent public-private partnership (PPP), intended to cover the design, construction and operation of the systems providing utilities, accompanied by the associated networks and infrastructure. Also of interest:Insuring power project: Makes (financial) sense! According to the project developer, The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), a tourism project of this size, powered solely by renewable energy, has never been achieved on this scale anywhere in the world. The private-public partnership agreement expects to generate up to 650,000MWh of 100% renewable energy to supply the destination and other utility systems while emitting zero CO2. Pagano added: “This contract also signifies a noteworthy step change for us as the consortium brings foreign investment to the project, demonstrating international support and confidence for the vision that is becoming a reality along the Red Sea coast.” The Red Sea Project has already surpassed significant milestones and work remains on track to welcome the first guests by the end of 2022, when the international airport and the first four hotels will open. He added: “Powering the Red Sea Project and all utility services exclusively with clean, renewable energy sources is a commendable strategy, and enabling it through a public-private partnership contract underlines TRSDC’s groundbreaking approach which sets a new benchmark in sustainability and environmental stewardship.” Upon completion in 2030, there will be 50 hotels, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms, and around 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The Red Sea Project is not investing any of its own capital and is instead committing to purchase its utilities from the consortium for the next 25 years. Pagano commented: “With the largest battery storage facility in the world in place, we can guarantee that the development is 100 per cent powered by renewable energy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, an accomplishment which has never been achieved on a project of this scale before. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA The contract marks a significant step forward for The Red Sea Project, establishing it as the region’s first tourism destination powered solely by renewable energy. The remaining 12 hotels scheduled for completion in Phase One will open in 2023, delivering a total of 3,000 rooms across five islands and two inland resorts. TAGSBattery storageDesalinationsolar powersustainabilitywastewaterwind energy Previous articleNigeria’s Ikeja Electric commended for embracing technologyNext articleTony Blair: COVID-19 exposed Africa’s development landscape flaws Nicolette Pombo-van ZylAs the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention. The resulting saving in CO2 emissions to the atmosphere is equivalent to nearly half a million tons each year. Also of interest:Taking notes from a greening sustainable business BRICSlast_img read more

Germany Takes Gold at Inaugural U25 Dressage Championships

first_imgGermany’s Sanneke Rothenberger stole the show with a hat-trick of gold medals at the inaugural FEI U25 Dressage Championships which drew to a close in Hagen (GER) today. The 23-year-old rider led her country to victory in Friday’s Team competition and then returned to top both yesterday’s Grand Prix and today’s Freestyle classes with her 15-year-old Oldenburger, Deveraux.However the real winner of the weekend was the sport itself, as rising stars from 14 nations demonstrated their formidable talent and enormous promise. These Championships are designed as a stepping-stone on the steep climb to the elite level of the sport, and the future is looking very bright indeed, with great expectations that many of those who excelled over the last few days may already be on the road to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.Staged at the elegant Hof Kasselmann in Hagen (GER), the event attracted 41 horse-and-rider combinations including nine teams and eight individual competitors, and the flags of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland were flown with pride.TeamsThere was an early indication of the quality of the competition when the German team drop score on Friday was the 72.526 posted by Nadine Husenbeth and Florida. Florine Kienbaum and Doktor Schiwago (72.632) and Juliette Piotrowski and Sir Diamond (72.658) were marginally better, but Rothenberger’s massive leading score of 76.737 percent left the result beyond doubt.The final German tally of 222.026 left them just over four percentage points ahead of The Netherlands’ Maxime Van der Vlist (Bailey), Stephanie Kooyman (Winston), Anne Meulendijks (MDH Avanti) and Danielle Houtvast (Utah) in silver medal spot. Meulendijks posted an impressive 74.421 with the KWPN 11-year-old to finish individually second while Kooyman’s 73.026 slotted her into third and seriously boosted her side’s final scoreline of 218.947 which left them more than six points clear of Team Sweden in bronze medal position. Bo Jena’s Swedish side consisted of Sanna Nilsson (Lennox), Josefin Gyllensward (Don Angelo), Mathilde Hannell (Della Mae) and Marina Mattsson (Beckham), and they pinned Denmark back into fourth place.Winning Chef d’Equipe, Germany’s Monica Theodorescu, was delighted, not only with the team result but with each of her rider’s individual performances. “All dreams have come true!” she said after they stood on the top step of the podium. And German team trainer, Jurgen Koschel, was thrilled with Rothenberger’s performance while also complimenting Piotrowski, Kienbaum and Husenbeth on rising to the challenge. “All three presented their best performances ever – this is extraordinarily good for a championship!” he said. Rothenberger said that she knew she could rely on Devereaux – “he was in top form and was really fighting with me here in Hagen today.”Netherlands’ Chef d’Equipe, Johan Rocka, said he was “incredibly happy” with his team’s silver medal spot. “Unfortunately one of the girls made a mistake in the pirouette. The performances today are a good basis for the individual medals tomorrow, and we want to launch a real attack!” he added.Grand PrixHowever Kooyman’s fifth place finish would be as good as it would get for the Dutch in Saturday’s Grand Prix in which Diana Porsche began to shine. Riding Di Sandro, the 20-year-old Austrian earned a mark of 72.535 from Ground Jury members Janet Lee Foy, Ghislain Fouarge, Irina Maknami, Magnus Ringmark and Dr. Evi Eidenhardt to finish close behind bronze medallist Juan Matute Guimon from Spain.Germany ruled the roost once again, with Florine Kienbaum filling silver medal spot behind Rothenberger wearing her second gold medal of the tournament.There was no doubt in the minds of the Ground Jury about their winner here, all five putting Rothenburger in pole position on a mark of 75.977 percent. “I think I’ve won more than 17 titles, but I will have to check that again” said the newly-crowned Grand Prix champion afterwards. In fact she already had 16 Championship medals in her trophy cabinet before adding three more this weekend, her haul of loot including seven team and six individual golds accumulated over the 12 Championships in which she has competed since 2006.“My feelings today are impossible to describe – I already won individual and team gold in the Junior and Young Rider division with “Devil” (Deveraux) and now also in the Under 25 which definitively confirms the quality of this fantastic horse!” Rothenberger said. Despite her success she admitted things hadn’t quite gone to plan in the Grand Prix however. “I was a bit annoyed with myself, the mistake in the one-tempi changes was my fault” she insisted.Silver medallist Kienbaum said “the whole competition was so exciting – I am incredibly proud!” Her 12-year-old Hannoverian, Doktor Schwiago whose nickname is “Mini”, is an enormous black horse who, despite his size, knows exactly how to present a picture of harmony with his rider in the arena. “There was a lot of tension during the team competition yesterday and I chose the safe option” Kienbaum explained, “so today I wanted to improve our performance.”At just 18 years of age, Spain’s Juan Matute Guimon was one of the youngest riders in the Championships, but with four European Junior Championships under his belt and individual gold at last year’s Junior Championships in Vidauban (FRA) already to his credit he’s not short on experience. After posting 72.558 with Don Diego Ymas for bronze medal position, he said, “I am very proud and very grateful. I fully enjoyed the fantastic feeling and atmosphere here in the stadium. Tomorrow I will present my Freestyle to the music of Michael Jackson – you can count one me” he added.FreestyleRothenberger however had already thrown down her marker after her Grand Prix victory when mentioning yesterday that “last year I scored a little more than 79 percent” in the Freestyle at CDIO Hagen, so her opponents were well-prepared. And when she posted 80.450 with another fabulous Freestyle performance from Deveraux this afternoon, then Kienbaum would take another silver with her mark of 77.175.Matute Guimon had to settle for ninth place today as the Germans took a firm hold at the top of the leaderboard, team gold medallist Nadina Husenbeth and Florida slotting into fourth for the host nation behind Austria’s Diana Porsche whose 76.000 earned the bronze. Porsche and Di Sandro made a big impression with a double of U25 class wins during the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2015/2016 fixture in Salzburg (AUT) last December and enjoyed further success at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida (USA) earlier this year on the road to Hagen.But it is Germany’s Rothenberger who will go into the history books after grabbing a great deal of the glory and shining a bright light into the future at the first ever FEI European U25 Dressage Championships.ResultsTeam Championship: Gold – Germany 222.026 – Doktor Schiwago 3 (Florine Kienbaum) 72.362, Sir Diamond (Juliette Piotrowski) 72.658, Florida 94 (Nadine Husenbeth) 72.526, Devereux OLD (Sanneke Rothenberger) 76.737; Silver – Netherlands 218.947 – Bailey (Maxime van der Vlist) 68.789, Winston (Stephanie Kooyman) 73.026, MDH Avanti (Anne Meuldndijks) 74.421, Utah (Danielle Houtvast) 71.500: Bronze – Sweden 212.711 – Lennox (Sanna Nilsson) 64.289, Don Angelo (Josefin Gyllensward) 71.895, Deela Mae (Mathilde Hannell) 69.079, Beckham (Marina Mattsson) 71.737.Grand Prix: Gold – Deveraux OLD (Sanneke Rothenberger) GER 75.977; Silver – Doctor Schiwago (Florine Kienbaum) GER 73.116; Bronze – Don Diego Ymas (Juan Matute Guidon) ESP 72.558.Freestyle: Gold – Deveraux OLD (Sanneke Rothenberger) GER 80.450; Silver – Doctor Schiwago 3 (Florine Kieinbaum) GER 77.175; Bronze – Di Sandro (Diana Porsche) AUT 76.000.Full results here www.ec-u25-dressage.de Tags: Germany Takes Gold at Inaugural U25 Dressage Championships, Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. 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Nearly 1 in 4 New Yorkers skipped rent in June: survey

first_imgThe group’s May survey showed similarly dismal rent collection numbers — and it remains unclear what those figures will look like once enhanced unemployment expires in July.“It is clear that the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are nowhere near an end. There are thousands of tenants and building owners who need help now,” said Jay Martin, executive director of CHIP. “Renters need a massive federally-funded bailout or we will see families across our city suffer in unimaginable ways. State and City officials must also work with small building owners to relieve their crushing tax burden so they can have more flexibility to work with tenants that can’t make rent payments.”City and state legislators have proposed — and even passed — measures to provide some relief to renters and landlords, but none have been signed into law. One bill intended to provide relief for landlords in New York City in the form of a property tax deferral was fast-tracked in the City Council — but critics say the measure would only kick the can down the road. And with reduced late fees piling up on deferred taxes, landlords may end up paying more to the city’s coffers in the form of late fees in exchange for the extra time.Assessing residential rent payments during the pandemic has been difficult. Another industry group, the National Multifamily Housing Council, found that 89 percent of renters paid at least some rent in June so far in its most recent survey of 11.4 market-rate, professionally managed apartments — significantly more than CHIP’s survey.Another factor in New York City is rent strikes, which Martin said are an ongoing issue, although the impact on rent collections is unclear. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now An industry group’s survey of 100,000 rent-stabilized apartments found that a quarter of tenants have yet to pay June rent (iStock)Nearly 25 percent of New York City renters have yet to make rent payments in June, according to one industry group’s survey.The rent collections tallied by the Community Housing Improvement Program — which represents the owners of 400,000 rent-stabilized units, or a slice of the city’s 3 million units — varied widely. For some landlords, the drop-off was particularly acute: Nearly a fifth of those surveyed reported rent collections less than 60 percent of normal.CHIP, which represents smaller landlords, called for a “massive federally-funded bailout” for renters to mitigate the “devastating impact” of the rent shortfalls. Landlords were excluded from the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program (though some found legal loopholes). The most direct form of rental assistance came in the form of a one-time $1,200 check from the federal government to individuals and enhanced unemployment benefits. On the state level, a rent assistance bill is waiting to be signed into law.ADVERTISEMENTIn the survey, 66 percent of commercial tenants paid no rent so far in June. Forty percent of respondents said they will struggle to pay their property taxes, and nearly 6 percent said they will not be able to make any property tax payments on July 1.Read moreLawmakers skip Cancel Rent in favor of more modest billsAssembly speaker fast tracks rent relief billProperty tax deferral bills on City Council’s fast tracklast_img read more

Facebook, Google back modular housing startup

first_imgFrom left: Google’s Sundar Pichai, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Factory_OS’s Rick Holliday and Larry Pace (Getty; Factory_OS; iStock)Tech giants Facebook and Google are pulling out their checkbooks to back a modular housing startup.Factory_OS, which aims to build apartments more efficiently and for less money, announced the Series B Friday. The $55 million round was led by Lafayette Square Holdings, with participation from Autodesk, Citi and Morgan Stanley, along with Facebook and Google.Based in Vallejo, California, Factory_OS was founded in 2017 by general contractor Larry Pace and Rick Holliday, a San Francisco affordable housing developer. The startup previously raised $22.7 million, according to Crunchbase.Factory_OS aims to build houses “more like cars,” according to a press release, meaning different components of each are pre-assembled simultaneously. The company claims it can lower construction costs by 20 to 40 percent by assembling everything off-site.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreTech behemoths back affordable housing in California Marriott to build modular hotel Mosaic inks $100M deal to build 400 homes Email Address* Full Name* Message*center_img This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now With the fresh capital, the startup aims to “accelerate growth” of its technology, it said in a press release, as well as ramp up manufacturing at a 100,000-square-foot facility that’s currently under construction in Mare Island, in the Bay Area. It’s also looking to expand into Los Angeles, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which first reported the news.Factory_OS is projecting $80 million in revenue this year, with $150 million expected in 2021. “Demand for what we’re doing is increasing,” Holliday told the North Bay Business Journal in November.The company has produced over 1,000 units with several projects under construction, including a 250-unit apartment for Google employees near the tech giant’s Mountain View office.Google, Facebook and Apple have all pledged billions of dollars to address California’s affordable housing problem. Google has said it plans to invest $1 billion, and has partnered with Lendlease on a proposal to build master-planned communities in Silicon Valley.Apple announced a $2.5 billion housing plan last year, including $1 billion to help first-time homebuyers get mortgages.Contact E.B. Solomontlast_img read more

Phil Lesh Announces Two-Night Valentines Day Run With Stanley Jordan At Terrapin Crossroads

first_imgPhil Lesh & Friends will be hosting a two-night Valentine’s Day run at his Terrapin Crossroads on February 14 & 15. Joining him for these lovely performances are Stanley Jordan on guitar, multi-instrumentalists Barry Sless and Jason Crosby, John Molo on drums and The Midnight North Singers (Grahame Lesh, Elliott Peck and Alex Koford). Both shows are now sold out.Watch Phil Lesh Get Down For Three Full Sets At Terrapin Crossroads [Full Video]Prior to the two-night run, Stanley Jordan will be playing a solo show at the San Francisco venue on February 13. With love in the air, the nights are sure to be special for everyone.Enjoy this fan-shot video of Phil & Friends, featuring Stanley Jordan, perform “Eyes Of The World” at the Roseland in NYC back in 2012:[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Newt Gingrich to speak at Lincoln Day Dinner

first_imgNotre Dame College Republicans (NDCR) has invited former Speaker of the House and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich for its annual Lincoln Day Dinner and Speech on April 15.“The Lincoln Day Dinner is an annual event that most Republican organizations hold,” NDCR president, senior Mark Gianfalla, said. “For us, we’ve had one as long as I’ve been here. … I think continually for the last 10 years our club has done it.“In the last few years we’ve really picked up the fundraising aspect of it and basically increased our budget for the event 500 times what it was two years ago.”Last year, the club invited Fox News contributor and conservative political pundit Ann Coulter to speak at the Lincoln Day events, drawing harsh criticism from several student groups and inspiring a series of protests on campus.The Lincoln Day celebrations include a speech, which is free but ticketed and open to the public, that will be held April 15 at 6 p.m. in Washington Hall, and the dinner that follows is for members of the club and community members.Gianfalla said he anticipates 250 attendees at the dinner, a dramatic increase from last year’s 85 attendees and 30 the year before.“Anybody who has an affiliation with the club is invited — dues-paying members obviously have first access, and then faculty and staff who want to attend,” Gianfalla said.“We have some alumni … but also a large portion of the local community that is supportive, both financially and through campaign efforts and club events — we invite those people as well. This year, a large portion of the attendees will be community members,” he said.To fund what Gianfalla described as a “$25,000 event,” the club has turned local party affiliates and national organizations for assistance. In particular, NDCR formed a partnership with the Young America’s Foundation (YAF), a group that describes itself as “the principal outreach organization for the conservative movement.”“We started a partnership with the Young America’s Foundation, which is a group that supports collegiate efforts to bring in conservative speakers,” Gianfalla said. “[YAF] negotiate the contracts with the speaker. They have existing relationships, and they contribute financially to bring in that speaker.“… They contribute thousands of dollars to our speaker fees every year; this year they’re contributing a large portion — at least half — and the rest of that is coming from the local Republican Party … and individuals in the community such as local party members and people who have supported us in the past who live locally. We also get some money from the University as a club, and a small portion of that comes from dues as well,” Gianfalla said.In choosing the Lincoln Day speaker, Gianfalla said budget limitations played a role in the decision but that the speaker’s “notoriety” and ability to draw a crowd was also a factor.“We want someone with good name recognition, who can fill a 650-person auditorium,” he said. “We also want [someone] who can add quality discussion, quality commentary during the speech.”NDCR secretary, sophomore Dylan Stevenson, added that Gingrich proved a good choice for the dinner because of his unique perspective and experiences in government.“To mention that Gingrich was Speaker of the House [of Representatives], House Minority Whip and that he was Time’s ‘Man of the Year’ in 1994 would be to mention just a few of his many achievements,” Stevenson said in an email. “He served over 20 years as a Representative in the House and had the ear of Presidents Reagan and Clinton.“One of the main reasons we invited him was to hear him reflect on these experiences and really give the club a good idea as to what it’s like to have access to the corridors of power. As a former Presidential candidate, he can provide a really unique perspective about that process as the two parties gear up for primaries.“I think one of the big things that he’ll do to help dialogue is draw attention to the Party and its principles. I think that, by highlighting how Conservative principles would help this country, he’ll get the proverbial ball rolling, and I think we’ll see intelligent discussion about these principles filtering through the student body. Moreover, given that we’re already seeing potential 2016 candidates make themselves known, I think he’ll add fuel to the fire of presidential intrigue that is starting to grow here,” Stevenson said.According to Gianfalla, Gingrich will speak on “domestic and foreign policy” in his speech, in line with the events that NDCR has participated in and hosted so far this year.“This year, we wanted to choose someone who would follow the theme of our programming,” Gianfalla said. “We had a big Rick Santorum speech at the beginning of the year, and we’ve had a lot of political discussion at our meetings and as well as a lot of debate.“We really wanted to engage the knowledge base of the student body … to broaden that base on issues. I think [Newt Gingrich] will foster that aspect of our programming this year very well.”Tags: lincoln day, lincoln day dinner, Mark Gianfalla, newt gingrich, Notre Dame College Republicanslast_img read more

Review: Otso Waheela C is a Swiss Army gravel bike that can do almost…

first_imgIf you’ve read my other stories about Otso, you’re probably aware that I’m a big fan of their Voytek fat bike. Mostly, that comes from the narrow Q-factor with the ability to run multiple tire sizes thanks to some clever engineering and their Tuning Chip dropout system. So when I heard that they were bringing the same versatility concept to a carbon gravel bike, naturally I was intrigued. More than intrigued. I was downright excited. But as is often the case – would the actual bike live up to the hype I built up in my own head? I wasn’t sure, but I couldn’t wait to find out.In order to get a bike into my hands as soon as possible, Otso ended up sending one of their final test samples in a non-descript blacked out finish. Even without any visible branding (or maybe because of it), the bike attracted a lot of attention wherever it went. Mostly along the lines of, “wow, what is that? It looks awesome.” Without spilling the beans as to who made it, riders seemed to like the built in versatility. With three sets of tires and three different drop out positions, it’s essentially an all road bike, gravel race bike, and big tire gravel/bikepacking bike all in one. Chips help you get skinnyAs much as I love gravel, there are days where you need to put in miles on the pavement and this gets it done with a simple swap of the tires and change of the dropout position. And it’s not like it’s a dog once you throw on road shoes either. The frame is surprisingly efficient for something that’s made to fit large mountain bike tires from the 90’s.Otso lists tires down to 28mm as compatible with the Waheela C frameset, but to me that would have to be a big 28mm on wide rims. Even the 30mm G-Ones measured just 29.37mm on wide rims and I felt like that was as small as I would want to go with this bike.Of all the tire combinations I tried with the Waheela C however, this one was the most surprising. Most of the time when I’ve thrown a set of slicks in a CX or a gravel frame, the resulting BB drop has been too severe for my liking, leading to clipped pedals and funky handling. On the contrary, when swapped over to ‘all road’ tires with the Tuning Chip all the way forward, the Waheela just gets better. So far I’ve done a number of long training rides with the G-Ones and it really made me think that this really is a quiver killer. The ability to shorten the stays and raise the BB results in a nimble road machine with impressive power transfer. Something that can run 2.1″ MTB tires has no business being this good with 30mm tires. It looks a little weird with all of that empty space around the tire, but it rides well enough to make up for it.Gravel MasterTo be honest though, you don’t even need the road tires for it to be quick on pavement. While out riding some dirt trails with the 40mm (but actually 43.69mm) Terrene Elwoods mounted, I ran into some friends. Before I knew it, we were meeting up with a few other riders to start a quick group road ride. Even taking pulls up front, the Waheela motored along, big tires and all. The Elwoods are a little slick in the center for our greasy trails this time of year, but the trade off is that fast performance on the road. They also offer decent amounts of grip when you turn into a corner off road.Dropbar MTB? Monster Gravel? Yes.Getting even more radical, I mounted up the Schwalbe Racing Ralphs in a full 29 x 2.1″. Surprisingly, these actually fit in the frame in the front chip setting – though I wouldn’t recommend actually riding it that way. There’s just not enough tire clearance to be on the safe side. But in the middle and rear position? There’s more than enough room. Only in the absolute worst mud (the kind that globs over the sidewalls of your tire and doesn’t come off) was there any issue with mud clearance. But the key thing is that even then, the bike kept moving as the stays peeled away the mud (note that these were river bottom trails that were open, I wasn’t out destroying hand built trails).Overall, the road and gravel tires were my favorite set up, but the ability to run something like the Racing Ralphs is a huge bonus. To me, this would be best for using the Waheela as an offroad bike packing rig. It’s also fun just ride the big tires on mountain bike trails, but the bike is quite a bit slower on the pavement which still makes a gravel tire the best compromise in my eyes. Also note that for me on a medium frame with size 42 shoes, there was the tiniest bit of toe overlap with the 2.1″ tires. As in my toe would just touch the tread blocks, but if you pushed the bars to the side, the knobs would flex over it. Obviously bigger shoes may have more issue, so keep that in mind.Suspension? SureWant even more? Don’t forget that the Waheela C is suspension corrected so it’s designed to work exceptionally well with a Lauf Grit, Fox AX, or similar gravel oriented suspension fork. It’s also set up pretty well for in terms of frame mounts, though many bike packers would probably want to see 3 pack mounts on the forks and possibly internal dynamo wiring.If this was my bike, I’d have a set of 30mm slicks and something like the WTB Riddler 45s as the main set up which could easily cover all of my drop bar needs. That seems to be the beauty of the Waheela C – you can make it your ideal drop bar build without much work, whether that’s all road, gravel, or bike packing. If you’re tight on space and/or cash, you can do all of this with a single wheelset and a few tires. Or, you can have a second or third wheelset ready to go so you could transform the Waheela into a different bike in minutes. There are a few gravel bikes out there with a little more compliance when it comes to the ride, but most of them are not nearly as versatile.Dropper compatibleHeck, you can even run a dropper post which I’ve been playing with on this build. Is it a necessity? Absolutely not. Did it make it easier to bunny hop big trees and send sketchy chutes? Certainly. You know your riding style. If you think a dropper post might help you in your riding, it probably will. If you don’t understand what all the fuss is about, skip it. It definitely adds some weight to the build, but as pictured, the bike came in just over 20lbs with the gravel tires mounted.One thing is for sure – Otso’s bikes deserve more attention than they currently get. When I talk about the brand to many riders I’m met with blank stares. But mention the fact that it’s the bike arm of Wolf Tooth Components, and then it clicks. But if they keep putting out bikes like the Waheela C, I get the feeling that they won’t be flying under the radar for long.otsocycles.comcenter_img Three tires. Three positions. All the possibilities.If you haven’t read the first post yet, one of the big things that makes all Otso frames unique is their patent pending Tuning Chip dropout system. The dropouts offer three axle positions, with 20mm in total chainstay length adjustment resulting in 420, 430, and 440mm CS lengths. The droput system is also slightly angled, which means that from the front to the back position, the bottom bracket height changes by a claimed 4mm. That’s key when you’re trying to fit anything from a 30mm road slick to a 29 x 2.1″ MTB tire in the same frame, as it helps to compensate for the added bottom bracket height from running larger tires.That doesn’t mean you’ll be able to get the same bottom bracket height across the board, though. Osto sent three different tires to try out with the Waheela C, all meant to be mounted to the DT Swiss Spline C 1800 wheels. These rims have a 22mm inner width which isn’t quite as wide as you’ll find on modern XC MTB wheels (24-25mm), but it’s wide enough to mount the bigger tires while still allowing for you to run something like the 30mm Schwalbe G-one Speed.With so many tire and dropout combinations to experiment with, I kept track of the various positions and measurements to visualize how the bike changed from tire to tire and chip to chip. So far, I’ve only been able to measure all three positions on the Terrene Elwood gravel tires, and keep in mind that my measurements are only approximate. I ended up seeing an 8mm difference in BB height from front to rear position, but if my measurements were +/-2mm, that could then work out to be the 4mm in difference claimed by Otso. Whatever the case, it seems like good news.Why? Since I was able to replicate the BB height of both the 700c x 30mm G-One Speed in the front chip setting with the 700c x 40mm Terrene Elwood in the rear setting, you can run slicks or gravel tires without being forced to ride with a higher bottom bracket. Although if you wanted a slightly higher BB for increased pedal clearance, or a shorter chainstay length to quicken the handling, you have the ability to do so with the Tuning Chip system.Tuning Chip system from the original Otso VoytekThe front and rear positions use the same chip, just flipped around. A second chip with a centered hole provides the middle axle setting.It may seem like a daunting task to change out the chip position, but all that is needed is a 20mm socket wrench and a 5mm allen wrench. Pop off the 20mm nuts, loosen the brake mount bolt, pull out the chips, replace with whatever position you’re wanting to run, and retighten the two nuts and brake bolt. Once you get good at it you should be able to have it done in less than 5 minutes with a work stand.last_img read more

NAHBS 2011 – Black Cat Cycles 29er Singlespeed, Touring Bike and Paul’s Cyclocross XC…

first_imgIt has four water bottle bosses, custom racks and retro 9 speed gearing with bar end shifters.Built for Paul of Paul Components, who calls it his CX XC bike. Swoopy seat stays with S-bends to keep it comfy. This one’s a bit more relaxed than their regular cross bikes, which are a bit more relaxed than euro ‘cross bikes with their taller BB and steeper head angle. The touring bike was built with oversized tubing to help carry the load and extra tire clearance. It handles a 45c tire w/o fenders, but smaller with ’em. Black Cat Cycles had three new bicycles on display next to their standard 26″ mountain bike, which was decked out with some 2012-ish Truvativ components that were slightly visible in the video they shot on the way to Austin.The touring bike, shown above, kept the classic aesthetic going, the cyclocross bike in the background was built for Paul of Paul Components and there was a new singlespeed 29er mountain bike, too. Jump past the break to see details and photos of ’em all, including the new Truvativ goodies… Their singlespeed 29er had handmade lugs made in-house. The frame had 140 hours of labor before paint. The tubes are butted True Temper tubing, even the bent ones. Fork crown is brass fillet brazed with silver brazed fork legs and steerer tube. Silver has a minimal heat affection, so it comes out stronger than if it were all brass brazed. All of their segmented forks are made that way. They created a custom curved stem to match the frame’s aesthetic.Swinger dropouts and 16.5″ chainstays, which is really short for a 29er and lets em keep a neutral head angle.Custom chainring by RCR Fabrications that mounts directly to XO crank.This is the mountain bike they rode in the video, and here are the new Truvativ components:last_img read more

Rinks ordered to close for new reservations for two weeks after outbreak

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Following the decision by the State of New Hampshire to close indoor skating facilities for two weeks, Governor Phil Scott today issued an executive order(link is external) prohibiting Vermont’s skating rinks from accepting new reservation for use of their facilities beginning today, October 16, at 5 pm, through midnight on October 30, 2020. Governor Scott said the directive is intended to prevent an influx of new users from high risk areas into Vermont’s ice rinks.“As of today, New Hampshire’s skating facilities were closed by their governor for two weeks in response to outbreaks that have resulted in 158 cases of COVID-19 among 23 different ice hockey teams,” Governor Scott said.  “In addition, there is an outbreak in central Vermont that may be connected to the outbreaks in New Hampshire. To reduce the risk to Vermonters, and to help sustain the progress we have made, rinks in Vermont may not take any additional reservations for the next two weeks.”Rinks may allow their currently scheduled operations over this two-week period, provided all other existing health and safety guidance is fully implemented. Governor Scott’s executive order also directs the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Natural Resources, to review current recreation guidance to determine if a more aggressive response is needed to prevent further spread of COVID-19 related to activities in indoor skating, hockey and other recreational facilities. Pop-up testing site will be open in Barre on SaturdayThe Vermont Department of Health on Tuesday first reported the outbreak of COVID-19 cases among members of youth and adult recreational hockey and Broomball teams in central Vermont. The outbreak is associated with people who practiced or played at the Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center in Montpelier earlier this month. Health officials said there has been no community spread of the virus beyond close contacts at this time.As of Friday, the Health Department has identified 18 confirmed cases among players and several close contacts.Most of the cases identified so far are among adults. The Health Department has informed schools if any cases were in attendance while they were infectious.The department’s contact tracing team has been reaching out to anyone who may have been affected, and is providing appropriate guidance and recommendations for isolation, quarantine and testing. Vermonters are asked to please answer the phone if called by the department. This is how you will learn of any risk to your health – and is the most effective way to contain outbreaks from spreading in the community.A pop-up test clinic will be held this Saturday, October 17, at the Barre Auditorium from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Testing is recommended for people with direct links to the teams, the Civic Center and their close contacts. Testing is not recommended for the wider Montpelier community in response to this situation. People can register for the pop-up clinic at healthvermont.gov/covid19-testing(link is external).The investigation began last week as part of the department’s standard outreach following receipt of positive COVID-19 laboratory test results.Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD expressed appreciation for the cooperation the department has received from the players, the leagues and officials at the Civic Center. Dr. Levine asked Vermonters to remember the core actions that help protect against exposure to the virus and to preventing its spread — wear a mask, keep a 6-foot distance from others, avoid crowded spaces, wash hands frequently and stay home when sick.For more information about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing and prevention, visit healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external).Source: Montpelier, Vt. – Governor 10.16.2020last_img read more

With 6th grade commission recommendations expected this spring, Hinson says shift to middle school couldn’t happen until at least 2019-20

first_imgShawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson at Tuesday’s SuperChat.The 48-person commission on sixth-grade alignment convened by the Shawnee Mission School District last year is scheduled to make its recommendations to the school board in May. But if that group ends up advising that the district shift sixth graders out of the elementary setting and up to the middle school level, don’t expect a change to occur overnight.At his SuperChat question and answer session at Hocker Grove Middle School on Tuesday, Superintendent Jim Hinson said that if the commission recommended the shift, it would be at least two full school years before the changes could occur.“If ultimately there’s a decision made to move sixth grade to the middle school level, that is a multiple year transitioning process,” Hinson said. “If that decision is made this summer, obviously nothing happens for the 17-18 school year. We would not be able to make that happen for the 18-19 school year. Maybe 19-20 — but again a lot has to occur to move over 2,000 students out of their elementary buildings.”Hinson noted that the district would likely look to resuscitate two former junior high facilities that have housed administrative operations for the past several years, Broadmoor and Indian Creek, as middle school buildings if the board were to approve shifting sixth graders to the middle school level. Even with the addition of those two buildings as schools, the district would still face middle school capacity issues on the western side of the district. Hinson said the district would likely need to look to build a new middle school building to accommodate high-growth areas in Lenexa and Shawnee. But finding the 30 to 40 acre parcel of land needed for such a project is a major challenge.“It remains very difficult to find property on the western side of our school district that would be suitable to build a middle school,” he said.If the commission recommends the district keep its current alignment with sixth grade at the elementary level, the district will need to make major changes to the elementary school feeder boundaries to ensure elementaries have space to accommodate students. Boundary changes would still be necessary with the move to the middle school level, but they would be considerably more limited.“If sixth grade stays at the elementary level, we will be facing significant elementary attendance area boundary changes,” Hinson said. “If sixth grade moves to the middle school level, we will still have some elementary attendance area boundary changes, but not nearly the number.”Hinson said that he did not anticipate any of the proposed changes to affect the currently established high school attendance area boundaries. But, he said, if sixth graders move to the middle school level, it was likely that a single middle school may be split to feed into two different high schools.You can find the district’s overview of the sixth grade commission’s work here.last_img read more