MISSIONThe Naval Research Laboratory is the corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps. The laboratory’s Marine Meteorology Division conducts a research and development program designed to improve the basic understanding of atmospheric processes and the atmosphere’s interaction with the ocean, land and cryosphere; to develop and implement automated analysis, prediction and weather interpretation systems for DOD users; and to study the effect of the atmosphere on naval weapons systems.ABOUTThe Marine Meteorology Division is part of the laboratory’s Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate, which contains six divisions performing broadly based scientific research and advanced technology development in the fields of marine geosciences, acoustics, oceanography, marine meteorology, remote sensing and space science — covering the bottom of the ocean to the top of the atmosphere to meet identified and anticipated needs of the Navy and Marine Corps.
The latest models can be equipped with some pretty trick components. On the high end, you get a belt drive hooked up to a Sturmey Archer kick speed 3-speed bottom bracket. Pedal backward a step and it shifts into a harder gear. Do it again for another gear up. A third time returns it to the easiest gear.Clamshell pedals open flat against the crank for a narrower package when folded.Disc brake and belt cog are all on the right hand side. The front axle flops around to connect with the rear when folded.OEM MANUFACTURINGIt definitely would have been nice to see the manufacturing side of the facility, but at least we had a good look at the fruits of their labor. All of the bikes shown here are really proof of concept items to show potential OE customers what they can do. Look around and you’ll likely see familiar shapes and design cues. As part of our tour of Taiwan’s bicycle industry, we swung by Ming Cycle, one of the world’s largest OEM bike manufacturers.But they’re far more than just an OE manufacturer. For some brands, they’re simply an assembly middleman. Or a painter. And they own Strida, the unique folding bicycle brand started in the UK. Ming started making them in 2002 and bought the brand in 2007.We arrived a bit later than expected thanks to some very interesting routes, U-turns, stops for directions and other extensions to our bus trip. As such, the factory side of the building was closed for the day, but we did get to see some of the assembly line (above) and Strida build room. Then, we did laps on them around the conference room… They have two assembly lines that can put together 300,000 bikes per year. They assemble Look’s bikes, though they don’t make them. Alloy and steel bikes are assembled on conveyer belt lines that resemble what we saw at Giant Bicycles’ World HQ. Carbon bikes, however, are assembled in one-person stations. Above, the new Look 675 is inspected after final assembly, wiped down, then carefully wrapped and packaged.Like Giant’s plant, they have automated wheel building lines for the more mass produced items. Once the bikes are run through the assembly line, the first one for each model is pulled and quality checked for brake and shifting function, spoke tension and fit and finish. Then, bikes are spot checked by a line manager. While a good shop will still double check everything and fine tune it, it never hurts the brand when their bikes come well assembled.Ming’s Taichung plant also does paint, with their own automated paint booths for high volume models. For higher end bikes, they have teams that hand mask and paint up to 20 frames per day.STRIDA FOLDING BIKESThe Strida is instantly recognizable. It’s triangle shape belies it’s rather standard fit. You sit pretty upright, and reach and seat height are somewhat adjustable. It folds fairly quickly once you get the hang of it, too, and wheels along rather than needing to be carried.Riding one is awkward at first. The tiny wheels and slack head angle (the entire front tube is the steerer) make for some twitchy handling, but before long we were whipping around the conference room, dodging our hosts, each other and show bikes hanging on the walls. Good times.They make 65 a day with 12 people working on them. The frames are made in their mainlindChina plant, then assembled in here in Taichung.
Vermont Business Magazine Secretary of State Jim Condos announced today that, following yesterday’s 5 pm deadline, 14 candidates have qualified to be placed on the ballot in Vermont’s Presidential Primary. Ten candidates have qualified for the Republican ballot and four candidates for the Democratic ballot. Vermont law requires any candidate seeking to have his or her name printed on the ballot of a major party presidential primary to file petitions signed by no fewer than 1,000 registered Vermont voters, along with a $2,000 filing fee. Vermont’s primary will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is Wednesday, February 24.The Republicans qualifying for placement on the ballot in Vermont were:Jeb BushBen CarsonChris ChristieTed CruzCarly FiorinaJohn KasichRand PaulMarco RubioRick SantorumDonald J. TrumpThe Democrats qualifying for placement on the ballot in Vermont were:Hillary ClintonRoque “Rocky” De La FuenteMartin J. O’MalleyBernie SandersVermont law requires any candidate seeking to have his or her name printed on the ballot of a major party presidential primary to file petitions signed by no fewer than 1,000 registered Vermont voters, along with a $2,000 filing fee. Vermont’s primary will be held on Tuesday, March 1. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is Wednesday, February 24.Anyone registering for the first time or in a new town can now do so online at www.olvr.sec.state.vt.us(link is external).Once registered, voters can access and update information about their registration and polling place on the My Voter Page at www.mvp.sec.state.vt.us(link is external).Also of note is a Constitutional Amendment passed in 2010 allowing 17 year olds who will turn 18 by the November election to register and vote in Vermont’s Presidential Primary. This will be the second presidential election in which this amendment has been in effect.
Related IRONMAN has today announced the addition of a new IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in the burgeoning market of Thailand, which is scheduled to take place in the city of Phuket on 27 November 2016.A release from IRONMAN confirmed that the Philippines-based company Sunrise Events, which is working on the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in the Philippines, among other events, and the Thailand-based company SportMaster, will team up to deliver IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand.“This race is further evidence of the growing interest in and development of IRONMAN throughout the region,” said IRONMAN Asia-Pacific CEO Geoff Meyer.“Thailand has had a long history with IRONMAN and it’s fantastic that we are back again in Phuket with an IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon. An improved course and development in Phuket will allow us to grow the event beyond what we could in 2012 and we look forward to a great future in Thailand.”Phuket, one of the world’s premier holiday destinations, is famous for its crystal clear waters, pristine white beaches and stunning natural scenery – as well as its variety of attractions and entertainment.“Sunrise Events is pleased to announce that through our partnership with SportMaster, led by Kobkiat Sangwanich, we will be bringing the IRONMAN brand back to Thailand in November 2016,” said Chairman Fred Uytengsu.“Thailand is now ready to welcome triathletes from around the world,” said SportMaster Managing Director, Kobkiat Sangwanich.IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand will offer a US$15,000 professional prize purse and 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.www.ironman.com/thailand70.3
Emily, 8, Blake, 7, and Kate Baker, 5, all struggle with distance learning. Although their mother, Kourtney Mills, tries to find creative new ways to keep them engaged and excited about school, she worries it’s not enough.“Sometimes I feel like my kids have lost the love and the joy for learning,” Mills said.Distance learning has magnified the educational crisis, Mills said. Citing Montgomery County public schools’ grim failure rates for the first term, Mills said she’s worried Capitol Hill’s Black students will fall farther and farther behind.“The pandemic has uncovered and exacerbated existing challenges and traumas for families living with few resources,” Parent-Teacher Association President Elsa Falkenburger told the Wash. “The silver lining is that people are starting to see the challenges that families live with.”Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March, low-income Black students have struggled to meet the demands of distance learning. In Capitol Hill and Southwest Washington, community leaders are teaming up to help them.Little Lights launched Learning Hubs in Potomac Gardens, Hopkins Apartments and Benning Terrace to support children struggling with distance learning. (Courtesy of Little Lights)It takes a village…When Brotha’s Huddle reached out to Capitol Hill’s Tyler Elementary School with plans to support younger students struggling with distance learning, Brother Abdul Kareem Muhammad told the Wash that the school’s principal was very receptive.“We voiced our concern, and [Principal Jasmine Brann] voiced her concern,” Muhammad, co-founder and CEO of the community-based organization that supports children at Potomac Gardens and Hopkins Apartments, said. “The concern is one in the same.”Brotha’s Huddle and Tyler Elementary School will work in tandem to close the educational gap exacerbated by the pandemic.Brotha’s Huddle reached out to Tyler Elementary School over Thanksgiving break with a plan to support younger students. (Tobi Raji/ The Wash)“We wanna make sure that our children, and particularly our residents of Potomac and Hopkins, aren’t getting left behind, especially on DCHA property,” Muhammad said.“We see that there’s a gap and this gap is widening. We wanna make sure that we can assist Tyler to close that gap.”Steve Park, executive director of Little Lights, a faith-based nonprofit organization, said the pandemic has given impetus for community organizations to band together to fight off inequity.“I think when you go through these kinds of major crises, you realize just how much you need to try to help each other,” Park said.Potomac Gardens Resident Council President Aquarius Vann-Ghasri said the challenge has been providing technological resources like laptops, reliable internet and space. Vann-Ghasri noted that on one occasion, a Potomac Gardens parent used their rent money to buy their child a laptop.“For underserved youth, remote learning just doesn’t compare to in-person learning,” Park said. “It was already a challenge to do in-person learning, but remote learning is definitely not adequate.”Little Lights Executive Director Steve Park says in order for virtual learning to be successful, resource availability, internet connectivity and space must be addressed. (Courtesy of Little Lights)To solve this problem, Little Lights created a Learning Hub where students have access to computers and reliable internet, and receive academic support. The learning hub, which serves approximately 120 students in Potomac Gardens, Hopkins Apartments and Benning Terrace in Southeast Washington, runs five days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Mills, who’s noticed students struggling to focus in class, said the program has been helpful.“The people that are at Little Lights—the workers—they are there focused solely on helping the kids and getting their assignments in,” Mills said.Little Lights has raised $30,000 to provide free tablets and laptops to students. Similarly, Brotha’s Huddle partnered with Ward 6 Mutual Aid to distribute laptops to students in need.…to raise a childIn Southwest Washington, a community-based organization partnered with D.C. Housing Authority to help public housing students struggling with distance learning.Executive Director and Co-founder of GOODProjects Darius Baxter said that when he found out D.C. public schools would remain virtual for the 2020-21 academic year, his organization committed its time, resources and effort to ensure that children at Greenleaf Gardens would not be left behind.Kourtney Mills says she has had to find creative new ways to keep her children engaged and excited about school. Potomac Gardens Resident Council President Aquarius Vann-Ghasri (left). (Courtesy of Kourtney Mills)“In Southwest Washington, D.C., you have hundreds of families that at times have found themselves left out,” Baxter said. “The Learning Hub, when it opened up, was our effort to ensure that the same level of care that a child growing up in upper Northwest is receiving, is being provided to students growing up in Southwest Washington, D.C.”Baxter said the GOODLearning Hub serves 22 students in a supportive environment where they can learn and be successful.Each student receives a laptop, hot spot and individualized attention from experienced educators every day.“Our commitment and our love and our resources are dedicated to the Southwest housing community,” Baxter said.Brotha’s Huddle, Little Lights and the GOODLearning Hub are currently welcoming donations.Reaching acrossIn the same way that Little Lights supports her children, Mills plans on supporting others through the creation of the Great Expectations Kids Club. The 8-week program, run out of Potomac Gardens, focuses on dreams and goals, self-confidence, responsibility, respect, bullying and choices, education, homework and finance.The program starts this Thursday and already has eight students.There’s excellence in Potomac Gardens, it just needs to be supported, Mills said.,Fear growing in ICE detention centers as COVID-19 cases steadily climb this winter. Immigration organizations and lawyers are fighting for better health care but are afraid it’s…,Families must wait longer than usual to set up funerals for lost loved ones in another grim consequence of the enduring pandemic.,Black Lives Matter activists and community organizers march outside the L.A. mayor’s…
The new SM East graduates throw their caps into the air after making the transition.On a chilly Wednesday night, the 384 new graduates of SM East High School heard a few final pieces of advice from Principal John McKinney. And among his final admonitions came the familiar refrain: “Remember, it’s always great to be a Lancer.”“Now it’s up to you,” McKinney told the graduates, “show the world what you can do.”“I will never stop believing that this is the greatest school on earth,” said senior class president Spencer Frank. He reminded fellow graduates that the class had made it a “school of champions.”McKinney said the graduates “made it look easy” getting through high school. A number of SM East teachers who are retiring at the end of the year were honored during the graduation ceremonies.After the tassels were turned, caps flew into the air and the 384 filed out of SM South stadium and into the next phase of life.The new graduates turn their tassels.A sea of blue covered the field.Graduates wait for photos after receiving diplomas.Frequent PVPost contributor Daniel M. Blom files onto the field with fellow graduates.Band director Kim Harrison conducts his last processional over three decades before retiring this year.
Photo credit Nicolas Henderson. Used under a Creative Commons license.An attorney representing the Kansas City Star against a defamation suit brought by Overland Park Sen. Jim Denning has filed a motion to have the case tossed out, claiming that Denning’s suit violates the Public Speech Protection Act that Denning himself voted to make law in 2016.Commonly known as an anti-SLAPP statute, the act gives defendants the right to petition to have what they believe to be “meritless lawsuits that chill free speech” thrown out. In the petition filed in Johnson County District Court this morning, The Star’s attorney Bernie Rhodes claims that the Steve Rose column at the center of the suit did not meet the legal requirements for defamation.In his lawsuit, Denning claimed that Rose attributed statements about Denning’s position on Medicaid expansion to him that Denning never made. Denning claimed he hadn’t spoken to Rose since 2016. The Star ultimately removed the column from its website saying that it was investigating Denning’s claims.Denning’s suit sought legal fees and damages for defamation “for an amount exceeding $75,000.” The Star’s counter-motion calls for Denning to have to pay its legal fees related to the case.In the petition filed today, Rhodes also charges that Denning’s attorney Michael Kuckelman was using the lawsuit to raise his profile as he made a run to become chair of the Kansas Republican Party.Sen. Denning and his grandstanding lawyer have abused the judicial system for their political goals in filing a lawsuit bereft of any facts — no less the clear and convincing facts required under Kansas law. It is patently obvious these two Republican Party insiders lobbed this meritless hand grenade of a lawsuit against the The Star because they wanted to issue a press release announcing the lawsuit to beat the drum of “Fake News” and bolster Mr. Kuckelman’s candidacy for the Chair of the Kansas Republican Party. Sen. Denning and Mr. Kuckelman are deeply engaged in the “rough and tumble” of party politics. As such, they are fair targets of criticism. Here, that criticism is imminently fair, and is not legally actionable. The Public Speech Protection Act was enacted to punish precisely this type of lawsuit.The Kansas GOP 2019 State Convention, during which the party will elect a statewide chair, begins today.The full petition is embedded below:[gview file=”http://shawneemissionpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/KC-Star-Brief-in-Support-of-Motion-to-Strike.pdf”]
Gophers can’t keep up, fall to #18 HawkeyesMinnesota was unable to complete its comeback and snap Iowa’s home win streak Brendan O’BrienFebruary 28, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter what seemed impossible at the end of the third quarter, the Minnesota women’s basketball team almost pulled off the upset Thursday night but fell 90-82 to #18 Iowa.Iowa led by as much as 15 late in the third quarter and it began to look like the Hawkeyes had the victory in the bag. But Minnesota refused to quit and made securing the win difficult for Iowa at different points in the game, particularly in the fourth quarter. Winning at Iowa also has been nearly impossible recently, as the Hawkeyes extended their home winning streak to 36 games after beating the Gophers.After the loss, head coach Lindsay Whalen told Gopher Radio Network that the team would never celebrate moral victories but that she was proud of the team’s effort. Additionally, she said while it is still a loss, it is a significant step forward for the program.Offensively, Minnesota faired well in the contest with the most points they have scored in conference play. Five players also scored double-digits points as they shot 42.9 percent from the floor and from three. Despite the offensive success, the Gophers could not match Iowa’s level of production, as the Hawkeyes shot 59.6 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from three. One of the players who provided a spark for the Gophers was redshirt junior guard Gadiva Hubbard who finished with a team-high 20 points, added five rebounds and had three steals. Hubbard had been in somewhat of an offensive slump leading up to this game.Minnesota’s lineup and rotation was thrown for a loop due to injury and foul trouble. Senior forward reserve Kehinde Bello was unable to play because of an ankle injury and multiple players like freshman guard Jasmine Powell and senior forward Taiye Bello played throughout the game with foul trouble. Powell added 15 points and nine assists while Bello had 16 points and seven rebounds.Iowa’s ball movement was a significant element coming into the game, as the Hawkeyes ranked first in the Big Ten and fifth in the country in assists per game with a little over 20 and finished with 24 against the Gophers. Iowa’s Monika Czinano and Makenzie Meyer each scored 24 points. A road win against a ranked opponent would have helped the Gophers’ NCAA Tournament resume but how significantly is debatable, as they would have still had to take care of business in games to follow. Minnesota will play its final game of the regular season Sunday afternoon at the Barn against #7 Maryland.
The definition of a startup depends on who’s answering. The general consensus does seem to be a new, small company. The threshold of being a startup and a young business can be defined by revenue, company size, an acquisition or a new office space. What’s more important, experts say, is the environment that comes with having a “startup culture.”It’s a burden multiple cities are shouldering, from Chandler’s Gangplank to SkySong in Scottsdale. A classic example is Infusionsoft’s expansion through different locations in Gilbert before landing its most recent location in Chandler. Heliae, which started at ASU Tech Park before relocating to SkySong and finally Gilbert — in a span of three years — is another example of cross-city commitment to retaining a startup. Gangplank co-founder Derek Neighbors says that even though one city lost the company to another, there’s still an idea that at least Infusionsoft stayed in the East Valley. Cities are now collaborating just to keep companies in Arizona. Once a startup company leaves Arizona, Neighbors says, it probably won’t come back. It’s just less expensive for a company to move to its chosen headquarters when it still only has a few employees.Tanga.com, which made the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies, is now moving into a business park in Chandler. The company, which has grown about 220 percent over the last few years, has increased its employee base from six to 35. For Neighbors, it comes back to culture.While local success stories pave the way for growing companies, Neighbors says about 30 percent of the companies that use Gangplank’s educational resources, business services or co-working space leave Arizona. While some of the motives include a perceived lack of knowledge capital or lack of understanding of tech-related products, there are also a few real estate-related issues at play.“There are many reasons a startup will chose to expand, but those reasons are outside of the control of the community,” says Gilbert’s Economic Development Director Dan Henderson. The city is hoping that the 3.3MSF mixed-use development Rivulon will attract more venture capitalists to Gilbert, and thus money to invest in the start-up culture.“Our citywide goal is to attract, retain and grow business and industry. Working with entrepreneurs and developers, we’re able to meet needs of early stage startups to Fortune 500 companies. In that community development focus, there is a diversity of real estate options,” says Henderson.One issue developers and brokers should keep in mind, Neighbor says, is that these startup companies are looking between 2KSF and 6KSF of office space — not 40KSF. The other issue, he says, is that startups can’t sign five-year leases. There is no telling how fast a company will grow and how real estate demands will evolve over the time of a five-year lease. It’s much easier to find that space in San Francisco, Portland or Seattle, says Neighbors. Developers here, he says, don’t understand startups.“It’s about having a full ecosystem,” he says. “Whether it’s co-working places or incubation places for two-person companies to start and grow and having a place for them to move into their next stage of 30, then 100 or 200 employees. As a region, we need to have that full spectrum to be collaborative as cities and commercial real estate partners.”Henderson says Gilbert has looked at offering incubating, co-working and accelerator models to help entrepreneurs during different stages of their growth. It has also made the SizeUp tool available to companies that want to evaluate a product’s competitiveness and target market.About half of ASU SkySong’s incubator businesses are startups. Developed by Plaza Companies, SkySong has become one of many East Valley hubs for the startup culture.“Our region as a whole will be well-served by the kind of economic development that takes place organically within our community, and that’s what the startup culture provides,” says Plaza Companies President and CEO Sharon Harper. “SkySong has played an important role in establishing that culture as well as providing a destination for out-of-state businesses to consider.“Helping companies grow through incubators has widespread benefits to the economic environment, including job creation and economic impact. Commercial real estate is a component of that — when we are growing companies from within our state, we are creating economic impact without having to rely on companies coming in from outside our state. So it’s another important pillar in our community’s economic growth with significant impact on commercial real estate.”One brokerage has recently taken a keen interest in placing tech startups. Ryan Bartos, associate director of tenant advisory at Cushman & Wakefield, is a Millennial heading up the Phoenix office’s new C&WTechBeat effort. He and his partner at Cushman & Wakefield, Matt Coxhead, helped place Weebly, from San Francisco, as well as New York-based startup LearnVest into SkySong.“It’s fun to work with these companies; they have great energy,” Bartos says. “They don’t want traditional office space. They need someone who understands and a landlord who is creative and flexible.”Sometimes that flexibility comes in a special termination clause or trading abatement requests for lower rent.“I think it’s great time for Phoenix, and we’re going to see more firms from California relocate to the Valley,” he says. “With firms moving from the Bay Area at an enterprise level, like Weebly, it further validates that our market is able to sustain that industry.”
Designed for safety, high energy density, and high continuous power capacity, the Bollinger Motors battery pack will be suitable for heavier applications such as medium-duty trucks, agricultural and construction equipment. SAN DIEGO — Fallbrook Technologies Inc., a company dedicated to improving the performance and flexibility of transmissions for engine and human-powered devices, has established an Automotive Business & Technology Advisory Board to assist the company in evaluating product requirements and market opportunities for its NuVinci DeltaSeries products. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement David Cole, chairman emeritus at the Center for Automotive Research, is the initial automotive/transportation industry member of the advisory board, which will include former executives with significant automotive business and technical experience serving as impartial advisors. Fallbrook recently announced its entry into the automotive market with its NuVinci DeltaSeries, a line of continuously variable accessory drives and primary transmissions that increase fuel efficiency and vehicle performance. Fallbrook launched the NuVinci N360, the second-generation of its award-winning continuously variable bicycle drivetrain this summer. The company is also developing transmission technologies for electric vehicles, small wind power and lawn care equipment. “I’m delighted to be part of Fallbrook’s advisory board,” said Cole. “Their NuVinci technology is very impressive, particularly the breadth of potential applications and the potential to be manufactured at a reasonable cost. I’m looking forward to helping Fallbrook achieve its objective of making its technology a game-changer in a number of arenas.” “It’s a real honor to have Dave Cole on our team,” said William Klehm, Fallbrook’s chairman and CEO. “He’s been recognized for his strategic vision, technical knowledge and marketing expertise, all of which will help us define and build quality products that provide value and meet market needs.”,Bollinger Motors has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its battery pack design. The scope of the patent includes mechanical, electrical and systems-engineering innovations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The modules are connected to both sides of a symmetrical and structural I-beam. The I-beam includes channels, through which cooling fluid is pumped, to extract heat away from the battery modules. The I-beams also provide cross-vehicle structural support and help protect the pack from side intrusions. The Battery Management System (BMS) has also been developed in-house. The BMS has been created to handle any number of strings, therefore one BMS can be manufactured for all future battery-pack sizes and voltages. The BMS monitors voltage, current, and temperature at multiple points within the pack and manages the system accordingly. It works with other vehicle-control units to maintain optimum operating conditions that increase efficiency and extend battery life. The BMS also provides several features which ensure system safety, including detecting and isolating faults to enable continued vehicle operation.Advertisement Bollinger Motors will manufacture battery packs for its own vehicles – as well as make them commercially available for standalone applications – starting in 2021. The Bollinger Motors battery pack is composed of modules in 35 kWh strings that can be connected in series or parallel to form a variety of pack sizes and configurations. Pack sizes will include 35, 70, 105, 140, 175 kWh, and higher, with many sizes capable of both 350V and 700V configurations. “The heart of every EV is the battery, so it was crucial for us to develop our own battery pack in-house,” said CEO Robert Bollinger. “Our engineering team has created a pack with high-strength structural properties, exemplary cooling features and state-of-the-art software.” Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on Oct. 12. The patent application number is 17/068,260.