Occupy Sandy Spreads Beyond New York, To Bring Toilets To Storm Damaged Haiti

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe damage from Hurricane Sandy might seem like it all happened around New York, but the storm had a long path before it hit the East Coast. Flooding killed at least 54 people in Haiti and left tens of thousands homeless.A fledgling offshoot of the Occupy Sandy Relief movement, is raising money to provide water filters and compost toilets in Haiti, where human waste has become a huge threat to people’s health. (READ the story from Fast CoExist – Note: Scroll down below the slideshow)Photo by Jean Lucho – Ecological Sanitation ProjectAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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TPE15: Maxxis revamps mountain bike line, new fat bike tires, gravel, road tubeless &…

first_imgUpdates across the entire Maxxis range touch every discipline, from mountain and fat bikes, to road tubeless and tubular, to new gravel options. Only cyclocross tires were untouched for now.On the mountain bike side, some of their best known tread patterns were reworked to improve performance. The Crossmark II gets a few redesigns to help with cornering and braking. The side knobs have been opened up by dramatically reducing the size of the round knob and spacing it out to every other section to help with cornering grip. The center section gets a ramped/stepped design instead of being full height all the way around. They’re also a bit wider, so there’s more of an end block on each ramp to bite in for better braking. The Larsen TT becomes the Race TT and gets sipes on the transition knobs for better straight line traction. The side knobs’ sipe gets turned 90° for a better biting edge when cornering.Minion Semi-Slick has an aggressive but low 3mm center tread section to grip the little stuff and conform to the trail without slowing you down. The side knobs are the standard Minion shapes and sizes.The new Tomahawk has mid-height knobs to get into the loose and wet stuff and clear quickly, but still work on dry conditions. The side knobs create a squarer profile that lets them engage quicker, so you don’t have to lean the bike so far before they begin to bite. But they’re wide and large, so once you’re on them, you’ve got plenty of room to use them. The 27.5 x 2.30 is about 750g with EXO casing, and a new Double Down casing adds about 100g.Both the Aggressor (below) and Tomahawk use a new casing construction called Double Down that’s durable like their downhill casing but with a 120tpi casing instead of 60tpi like on their DH tires, and it gets the Kevlar bead.Aggressor is a new wet/loose conditions tire in an enduro-friendly 2.3 size.For those seeking a performance set of fat bike tires for all season use, the new Minion FBF and FBR are a directional set of front and rear specific tires.Front has more oblong knobs for better cornering, and rear is more like a paddle for pushing you along. It’ll launch with a 26×4.8, and a 4.0 is in development.Colossus is the new snow fat bike tires that’ll come in a 26×4.8, and a 4.0 is in development. The Minion and Colossus fat bike tires will be available this fall. Weights and retail pricing TBD.The Chronicle, which was introduced last year, will come in a plus-sized 27.5×3.0 by early summer.The quite excellent tubeless ready Padrone gains a 28mm width, which will be around 300g. Ready by early summer.The Relic is now available as a tubular, and it’s compound is made for wet conditions.The Velocita is a new model that’s designed for Paris-Roubaix and similarly cobbly roads. It has puncture protection under the tread and sidewall reinforcements that allow you to run lower pressures without damaging the tire. Only available in a 28 width, weight is around 400g.Both it and the Relic will be available this fall.The Rambler is a new a tubeless ready 700×40, EXO-cased gravel bike tire for aggressive terrain. Available this fall, weights TBD. The Bolster is a new studded tire for winter commuting. Also 700×40, with SilkShield nylon puncture protection bead to bead.Not shown, the Re-Fuse gets a new 700×40 size and adds MaxxShield protection under the tread and sidewall.Maxxis.comlast_img read more

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New IRONMAN Hamburg expands M-Dot brand in Germany

first_imgIRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holding company, has announced the addition of Hamburg, Germany, to its IRONMAN event schedule for 2017. While Hamburg’s port has been considered a gateway to the world for centuries, the Hanseatic metropolis is now ‘setting sails to become part of triathlon history’ by hosting the IRONMAN Hamburg triathlon on 13 August 2017.The provisional course of IRONMAN Hamburg includes the Jungfernstieg pier in the heart of the city as the start point of the 3.8 km swim course, which goes through the Binnen and Außenalster lakes. The two-loop 180.2 km bike course leads athletes through Harbour City and across the famous ‘Köhlbrandbrücke’ bridge and the southern metropolitan area of Hamburg.The final 42.2 km run course consists of four loops along the Alter Lake in the city centre. The Town Hall market square will feature spectator support as the home of the iconic finish line.“We are very pleased to host another world-class endurance sports event in Hamburg,” said Hamburg´s Sports Senator Andy Grote at a press conference today. “IRONMAN Hamburg will complement the other event offerings and is a terrific addition to our calendar. IRONMAN suits Hamburg and Hamburg suits IRONMAN.”Numerous parks, meadows and forests make Hamburg one of Europe’s greenest major cities. These public green spaces combined with Hamburg’s urban architecture ‘creates a very attractive metropolis with a high quality of life’.Christian Toetzke, Chief Development Officer for IRONMAN, added “Hamburg has established itself with its sports enthusiasm over three decades as an important location with high demand for endurance sports events, especially triathlon. It was strategically important to place another top event in this area.”“We will use the upcoming months to turn the preliminary course into an attractive event for all parties involved: our athletes, their families and fans, as well as the citizens of Hamburg,” added Björn Steinmetz, Managing Director of IRONMAN Germany, responsible for the operational implementation of the event.Swimming in the Alster lake, cycling through the Harbour City and running along the green shore of the Alster lake with a finish at the famous town hall market – the city of Hamburg will aim to offer a ‘unique and unforgettable race experience for all athletes’.As one of the big urban triathlon cities, Hamburg is poised to welcome 2,500 athletes and thousands of spectators on 13 August 2017. IRONMAN Hamburg will offer 40 qualifying slots to the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship taking place in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.General registration for IRONMAN Hamburg will open on 23 September 2016.www.ironman.com/hamburg Relatedlast_img
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Wisdom Audio Uses CEDIA to Debut Sage Series Architectural In-Ceiling Speakers

first_imgWisdom Audio today announced the first small-aperture, in-ceiling loudspeaker as part of its loudspeaker series. Targeting high-performance audio applications where architectural design aesthetics can’t be compromised, the Sage Series ICS3 and Sub1 in-ceiling loudspeaker system blend into the environment, providing high-resolution stereo audio in a living space, media room or kitchen. Wisdom Audio will showcase the new in-ceiling speakers in High Performance Room 401 at CEDIA Expo 2019 in Denver.Behind the high-performance sound of the new ICS3 in-ceiling speaker is a new Wisdom-Audio-developed spiral planar magnetic driver (PMD), bringing the company’s signature sound in an all new way to the home. This engineering breakthrough plays from 20kHz down to 900Hz, the widest frequency range in this market segment, before crossing over to the mid-woofer. The PMD offers super-wide dispersion that allows the sound energy to be distributed evenly throughout the listening space. Delivering incredible imaging and superior bass reproduction down to 35Hz, this speaker system offers discerning listeners a new reference in quality for hidden audio speaker solutions.The ICS3 is here. The Sub1 is here.last_img read more

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Podcast: Baby Boomers Redefining Traditional Retirement

first_imgThe baby boomers generation, comprised of about 90 million people, are beginning to head in retirement, but where are they headed?In this week’s edition of the AZ Business Magazine’s podcasts, we’ll take a look at not only where the baby boomers will take up residence, but also how this transition into retirement looks, as well as the economical impact it can have in Arizona.Starting back on January 1, 2011, 10,000 baby boomers will reach the age 65 every day for the next 19 years.But the baby boomer generation is beginning to redefine how the public sees traditional retirement. According to a survey from the AARP, about 40 percent of baby boomers plan to continue to work until they drop.It is evident that this new approach to retirement is filled with a generation of citizens looking to live an active lifestyle, and retirement communities filled with amenities can provide exactly what baby boomers are looking for.With Arizona’s ideal weather and land to build on, new communities will being to take advantage of this new, in-demand market.But how does this help our economy?Baby boomers will begin to move to the Valley to call it home for retirement, and while doing so, they will begin to spend money, putting more into our economy; more people equals more demand for businesses and goods.But what happens when the baby boomer community is gone? Will we still need these communities that were built to meet their needs? Or will businesses and communities have to close up shop once the demand is done?This week, I spoke with Deborah Blake, vice president of marketing for Robson Resort Communities, about why the baby boomers are so interested in these active, adult living lifestyle communities and what we can expect to see here in Arizona as a result of that.Also, Joe Scarp, owner and broker of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties, called into the podcast to shed some insight on what kind of real estate trends we can expect here in Arizona and how the baby boomers will provide an impact on the state’s economy.Hit play below to tune into this weeks podcast about the baby boomers generation, and don’t forget to leave a comment!last_img read more

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New to Market: January, February 2015

first_imgThe Enclave at BorgataDeveloper: Antera DevelopmentGeneral contractor: WespacArchitect: DavisLocation: 6166 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz.Size: 90 units; 4.77 acresStart/Completion: 2Q 2015 to 4Q 2016The Enclave at Borgata includes 90 luxury condominium residences, featuring soft contemporary design and resort-like amenities, all within walking distance to many convenient amenities. Floor plans at The Enclave at Borgata will range between 1,500 to 4,100 SF and feature one-, two- and three-bedrooms, with special attention paid to both indoor and outdoor living spaces, while also taking advantage of the dramatic backdrop of Camelback Mountain. This luxury community will feature a gated entry, concierge services, generous fitness center, demonstration kitchen, club room, resort style pool, pet park and numerous lounging spaces to socialize and stay connected with neighbors, as well as below-ground parking and storage.421 West 6th StreetDeveloper: Symi DevelopmentsGeneral contractor: Decca ContractorsArchitect: Bing Hu, H&S InternationalLocation: 421 W. 6th St., Tempe, Ariz.Size: 24 unitsBrokerage Firm: DevstarValue: $10,264,800Start/Completion: November 2014 to August 2015Crown CastleDeveloper: MDB CCI Chandler, LLCGeneral contractor: LGE Design BuildArchitect: LGE Design BuildLocation: SEC Germann Road and Stearman Drive in Chandler, Ariz.Size: 70KSFBrokers: Keith Lambeth, Ryan Timpani and Todd Noel, Colliers InternationalValue: $15MStart/Completion: September 2014 to July 2015The class-A, back office building will cover more than 70KSF on a 8.9-acre site and features a cantilevered second floor conference room, tilt concrete construction, one-foot dual pane high performance glazing, polished concrete floors, exposed structure designs, large outdoor park for employees and a parking ratio of more than six spaces per 1KSF. Total project timing including design, engineering, permitting and construction is 14 months.RivulonDeveloper: Nationwide Realty InvestorsGeneral contractor: N/AArchitect: Butler Design Group, Inc.Location: Gilbert Road and the AZ Loop 202 in Gilbert. Ariz.Size: 250 acres (3MSF office, 500KSF retail, 250-room hotel)Brokerage Firms: Lee & Associates (office); De Rito Partners (retail)Value: $750MStart/Completion: Fall 2014 to fall 2015 (phase one)This mixed-use project, amid literal hay fields in Gilbert, Ariz., includes infrastructure upgrades of Gilbert and Pecos roads, a three-story, 150KSF office space already leased by Isagenix that will be delivered in December 2015. The 3MSF of office includes two speculative buildings expected to be completed by fall 2015. The first phase also includes a 45KSF LA Fitness and 17KSF retail center. Nationwide Realty Investors has been developing in Arizona since 1987 and controls more than $1.4B in real estate investments nationwide.AeriumDeveloper: Landmark Homes USAGeneral contractor: LGC ConstructionArchitect: OTAKLocation: 6990 E. Sixth St., Scottsdale, Ariz.Size: 61,788 SFBROKERAGE Firm: Engel & Völkers ScottsdaleValue: Townhome prices will range from the high $300s to the high $400sStart/Completion: December 2014 to December 2015Subcontractors: Rick Engineering, Rapi, Vann Engineering, Universal Underground, Ridgeline, Skyline Steel, Rnado, Recreate, Apex Iron, KT Electric, SDL, European, Red Rock Curb, JFN Mechanical, AZ Fire Protection, RT Brown, Digital, Contractors Termit, Paramount Windows, All Valley, Nystrom, Design Plastering, Central Valley, Gale Contractor Service, Paul Johnson, Cont Door & Millwork, On-Track, Access Gates, Wallco, Distinctive Custom Cabinetry, AZ Wholesale, Stone Systems, Marin Shower & Mirror, Ferguson, General Electric, Mammoth, LJ’s Cleaning Solutions, Exterior Systems, PLS, Eco Smart, Jack Pot Sanitation, Wrap Up Resources, CertFocusAerium features 27 soft contemporary townhomes ranging from 1,414 to 1,830 SF, two to four bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 baths. Three floor plans feature attached garages, oversized balconies, private patio/courtyards and open-tread staircases, sustainable quartz countertops, and Bertazzoni ovens available in authentic Ferrari colors. Chef-inspired kitchens and spa-inspired master bath options are also available. There are 19,200 SF of open space and amenities that will include a lap pool, organic herb garden and outdoor cooking facilities where local chefs will be brought in occasionally to prepare  locally grown dishes that incorporate pairings from the Aerium garden.last_img read more

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Internet searches create illusion of personal knowledge, research finds

first_imgEmail Share on Facebook Pinterest Searching the Internet for information may make people feel smarter than they actually are, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.“The Internet is such a powerful environment, where you can enter any question, and you basically have access to the world’s knowledge at your fingertips,” said lead researcher Matthew Fisher, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in psychology at Yale University. “It becomes easier to confuse your own knowledge with this external source. When people are truly on their own, they may be wildly inaccurate about how much they know and how dependent they are on the Internet.”In a series of experiments, participants who searched for information on the Internet believed they were more knowledgeable than a control group about topics unrelated to the online searches. In a result that surprised the researchers, participants had an inflated sense of their own knowledge after searching the Internet even when they couldn’t find the information they were looking for. After conducting Internet searches, participants also believed their brains were more active than the control group did. The research was published online in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Share For nine experiments, a range of 152 to 302 participants were recruited online, with different participants taking part in each experiment. In one experiment, the Internet group used online searches to research four questions (e.g., “How does a zipper work?”) and provided a website link with the best answer. The control group was given the exact text from the most common website used by the Internet group to answer the questions. Both groups then rated their ability to answer other questions (e.g., “Why are cloudy nights warmer?”) on topics unrelated to the Internet searches, although they didn’t have to answer those questions. The Internet group members consistently rated themselves as more knowledgeable than the control group about those unrelated topics.The Internet group reported an inflated sense of personal knowledge after Internet searches even when its members could not find complete answers to very difficult questions (e.g., “Why is ancient Kushite history more peaceful than Greek history?”) or when they found no answers at all because of Google filters that were used. The cognitive effects of “being in search mode” on the Internet may be so powerful that people still feel smarter even when their online searches reveal nothing, said study co-author Frank Keil, PhD, a psychology professor at Yale.In another experiment, participants who did online searches thought their brains would be more active than the control group, and they chose magnetic resonance images of a brain with more active areas highlighted as representative of their own brains. This result suggests that the participants searching the Internet believed they had more knowledge in their heads, rather than simply thinking they knew more because they had access to the Internet, Fisher said.The use of Internet searches, not just access to the Internet, appeared to inflate participants’ sense of personal knowledge. When the Internet group members were given a particular website link to answer questions, they didn’t report higher levels of personal knowledge on the unrelated topics than the control group.People must be actively engaged in research when they read a book or talk to an expert rather than searching the Internet, Fisher said. “If you don’t know the answer to a question, it’s very apparent to you that you don’t know, and it takes time and effort to find the answer,” he said. “With the Internet, the lines become blurry between what you know and what you think you know.”The growing use of smartphones may exacerbate this problem because an Internet search is always within reach, Keil said, and the effects may be more pronounced when children who are immersed in the Internet from an early age grow up to be adults.An inflated sense of personal knowledge also could be dangerous in the political realm or other areas involving high-stakes decisions, Fisher said.“In cases where decisions have big consequences, it could be important for people to distinguish their own knowledge and not assume they know something when they actually don’t,” he said. “The Internet is an enormous benefit in countless ways, but there may be some tradeoffs that aren’t immediately obvious and this may be one of them. Accurate personal knowledge is difficult to achieve, and the Internet may be making that task even harder.”last_img read more

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BOC in Korea to supply steel manufacturer

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My digital life … Karen Ogden

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

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Manitowoc appoints Argentinian dealer

first_img“This alliance will enhance our presence in Argentina with a market-leading products that serve customers in the energy sector and many other industry sectors,” said Manitowoc’s vice president of sales for South America (excluding Brazil), Cristian Galaz.Argentina’s oil and gas sector is expected to rapidly expand in the coming years and is a market where Manitowoc plans to offers a number of products suitable for a variety of operations.Currently in Argentina there are many sectors of the energy industry that are still developing, both in the implementation of networks and in the construction of plants, as well as growing demand for renewable energy in the form of wind farms, according to Galaz.Due to the proximity of Manitowoc’s factory in Passo Fundo, Brazil, units can be delivered to Argentina in about three days, said the manufacturer.In addition, said Manitowoc, customers in the country can take advantage of a 14 percent tax exemption for units below the 60-tonne capacity range, thanks to the Mercosur trade agreement.  www.manitowoccranes.comlast_img read more

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