Academic Dean

first_imgQuest University Canada acknowledges that we sit on thetraditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh(Squamish) peoples. We are grateful to have the opportunity towork, learn, and live in this blessed territory. Quest University is Canada’s firstindependent, not-for-profit, secular liberal arts and scienceuniversity devoted entirely to excellence in undergraduateeducation. We offer an environment ofintellectual rigour and personal enrichment wherestudents gain universal skills while delving deep intotopics about which they are passionate. This learningtakes place in an interdisciplinary environment withoutDepartments or Majors. The curriculum is structured inthe Block format (https://questu.ca/academics/).Quest University is searching for an AcademicDean (AD). The appointment will be for a five-year term,subject to the approval of the Board of Governors. TheAD provides day-to-day oversight and leadership overacademic operations. The AD is a key member of theuniversity’s executive team. This post affords the right candidatethe opportunity to enhance Quest University’s already strongreputation for academic excellence and innovation.The AD has a wide range of responsibilities.For a detailed position profile (including more information aboutthe role, desired applicant qualifications and more about Quest),please visit: https://questu.ca/job-seekers/. The AD will be responsible for:Representing Quest at appropriate provincial, national,and international bodies;Oversight and management of the Academic Units inthe faculty;Oversight and management of the course offerings andcurriculum; andLeadership and direction to the faculty members.The successful candidate will be a thoughtful and experiencededucator, academic leader, and administrator well-versed ininterdisciplinary and innovative curricular practices inhigher education; have a record of excellent teaching inthe context of the liberal arts; have a record of intellectualor scholarly achievement; have the skills to balance administrativeand budgetary imperatives while keeping a focus on a long-termacademic vision; be a dynamic and effective communicator; and haveearned a PhD or equivalent terminal degree. The candidate willunderstand and be responsive to an interdisciplinary liberalarts faculty; be open and collaborative; and have ademonstrable commitment to diversity, equity, andinclusivity. Applications should consist of a full CV detailing academic andprofessional qualifications and relevant achievements and should beaccompanied by a covering letter describing briefly how candidatesmeet the criteria in the “Qualifications andExperience” section of the position profile, why the appointmentis of interest, and what they believe they can bring to therole.  Please also indicate your legal entitlement towork in Canada according to the following options: no restrictionsor limitations, work permit, study permit, or not entitled to workin Canada.Quest University is an equal opportunity employer andstrongly committed to employment equity.We represent a diverse community withstudents representing many countries and a range ofidentities. We seek candidates who will help further the goal ofmaking Quest an inclusive place and especially welcome applicantsfrom groups that have been traditionally marginalized on the basisof sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,place of origin, racialized identity, mental or physicaldisabilities, religion, political belief, marital or family status,age, and/or status as an Indigenous person. All qualifiedcandidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens andpermanent residents will be given priority. While we thank allapplicants for their interest, only those applicants who make theshort list will be contacted.Inquiries about the AD position may be directed in confidence tothe Manager of Human Resources, [email protected] deadline: 17:00 (PST) Friday,May 7, 2021 Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, thesuccessful candidate may be expected to work remotely until Questdeems it safe for employees and students to return to campus.last_img read more

These global cities are at biggest risk of a housing bubble

first_imgMunich skyline, Toronto skyline, and Frankfurt skyline (Credit: iStock)A report from UBS finds that housing markets in 18 of 25 major cities around the globe are overvalued and seven of them are bloated enough to be considered a bubble risk.All but two of the potential bubbles are in Europe, with Munich rated the riskiest, followed by Frankfurt, Toronto, Hong Kong, Paris, Amsterdam and Zurich.The risk of a bubble in four of those seven cities has either remained the same or decreased since last year, according to the report. The risk increased in Frankfurt, Paris, and Zurich.Residential prices have been climbing across much of the globe since the coronavirus pandemic briefly brought markets to a halt earlier this year, despite all indications that the global economy is headed toward a recession.“Several puzzle pieces” had to fall into place for housing prices to avoid falling during the pandemic, according to UBS. That includes government support, low interest rates, and the easing of financing conditions.“A correction phase will likely emerge when subsidies fade and pressure on income increases,” UBS said in the report.The report includes an assessment of five U.S. cities. Los Angeles and San Francisco were found to be similarly overvalued, but the risk of a correction is low in L.A. so long as mortgage rates remain low and supply is constrained. Both factors have contributed to rising home prices since the pandemic. Falling prices in San Francisco since 2018 and low inventory reduce the risk of a bubble there.New York is also considered slightly overvalued. UBS projects that the pandemic will have an “adverse impact on property values for the foreseeable future” because of the rise of remote working and municipal debt that could lead to higher taxes.The bubble risk increased in Boston, but that market remains fair-valued, according to UBS. Chicago is considered undervalued. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

This man wants to make your home a commodity

first_imgEric Wu (Photo by Aaron Wojack)In Opendoor’s early days, employees knew what they were up against. And if they didn’t, Spencer Rascoff spelled it out for them. iBuying was one of the “stupidest” ideas he had ever heard of, Rascoff, then CEO of Zillow, wrote in an email that went around Opendoor’s San Francisco office and became part of company lore. Eric Wu had the job of keeping his troops on track, even after Zillow’s hard pivot in 2018, when it benched Rascoff and decided to compete head-on with Opendoor in instant homebuying. “We’re going to focus on our business,” he would say. Opendoor sold nearly 18,800 homes last year, generating $4.7 billion in revenue. But as it prepares to go public, the startup is battling Zillow for dominance in iBuying, a sector that saw just $8 billion in transactions last year but one that both companies believe is the future of residential dealmaking. And Zillow is catching up: Last year, the Seattle-based listings giant bought and sold 10,000 homes, up from 800 in 2018. That dented Opendoor’s market share, which dropped to 64 percent from 70 percent, according to industry analyst Mike DelPrete. Wu must both establish his company’s dominance in a new sector and prove to investors that the sector itself is viable. “As you start to scale a business, it’s similar to flying a plane and you have to fix the plane while you’re flying,” Wu said in 2018.Read related story: Can iBuying go the distance?Opendoor thinks it can standardize how people buy and sell single-family homes. The company was the brainchild of PayPal alum Keith Rabois, who got the idea in 2003 and got Wu to join him a decade later. Rabois wasn’t dreaming small dreams. “I don’t think Opendoor will have revenue the size of Wal-Mart next year,” he told Forbes in 2016. “But we’ll be in the billions of dollars very fast.” He was right. By 2019, Opendoor had raised a total of $1.3 billion in equity and $3 billion in debt from investors including SoftBank and Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries. Opendoor’s September deal to go public through a merger with Chamath Palihapitiya’s blank-check company will give it even more firepower: $1 billion in cash.Wu, an unassuming 37-year-old who sold a prior startup to Trulia and has invested in nearly a dozen more, envisions Opendoor to be a one-stop shop for buying and selling real estate online.“This is our North Star,” he said in July 2019. “If we continue to deliver a super experience at the lowest cost, I do see a world where we can be a winner-take-most category. The classic example is Amazon.”Bad employees = good founders The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Wu grew up outside of Phoenix and was raised by his mother after his father died when Wu was four. He was 19 when he bought his first house for $110,000, using university scholarship money for the down payment. Wu turned the garage into two studios and rented them out.“I didn’t want to pay rent,” he told CNBC last year.By 2005, Wu owned 25 homes. He moved to San Francisco and in 2008 co-founded RentAdvisor, a rental review company that raised $7.4 million before being acquired. In 2010, he co-founded geodata real estate site Movity, which Trulia acquired in 2011.Wu stayed at Trulia two years, long enough to rankle his bosses. “I was a bad employee,” Wu said during a one-on-one session with former Trulia CEO Pete Flint at last year’s Proptech CEO Summit. “I wanted to break through walls — that was the founder mentality.”“I think you were quite difficult,” Flint said. Wu readily admitted leadership didn’t come naturally to him and credited executive coaches — he had six — with helping him hone his craft. When pitching Movity at startup incubator Y Combinator, Wu met Rabois. Three minutes into his pitch, Wu recalled, Rabois tried to recruit him to “Project Homerun,” a precursor to Opendoor. Wu turned him down but came around two years later.Opendoor came out of stealth mode in 2014 with a $10 million Series A led by Khosla Ventures.  Silicon Valley elite including PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, former Facebook CFO Gideon Yu, Eventbrite co-founder Kevin Hartz and Y Combinator’s Sam Altman participated in the round.Within a year, Opendoor was buying a home a day in Phoenix, its first market. Employees sounded a bell each time they put one into contract. “It was like chasing a boulder downhill,” an early employee recalled. “It felt like the whole world thought we were crazy.”In a 2018 conversation with Opendoor investor GGV, Wu suggested he was OK with that. “If you’re not comfortable with being misunderstood for long periods of time,” he said, “you probably shouldn’t do anything new or interesting.”Haters gonna hateAgents responded to iBuying with a mix of fear and loathing. At its core, the business is “fairly risky,” said Bill Raveis, chairman of William Raveis Real Estate. Hoby Hanna, president of Howard Hanna Real Estate, said iBuyers haven’t been able to move the needle despite their heavy investments. “Some of us are making profits,” he said. “I guess it’s good to be hated,” Wu told tech journalist Kara Swisher last year. “Realtors will have to evolve to be advisers.”Steve Murray, founder of research firm Real Trends, said current dynamics favor the open market. “If I’m a listing agent going out to a $400,000 to $500,000 home in Denver,” he said, “it won’t last two days. And you’ll get full price.” Agents aren’t the only skeptics. Critics say Opendoor’s model requires it to lowball sellers to maintain margins, a claim that its executives deny. “If we undervalue, we undermine customer trust,” Opendoor CTO Ian Wong told Forbes in August. “And if we overvalue, obviously, that’s bad for business.”The firm doesn’t deny that its offers are slightly below the open-market price and target sellers who want the certainty of an immediate deal.It’s not clear, however, if enough sellers fit that bill to make Opendoor profitable.“The one-click [home sale], while it sounds amazing, is unlikely for the vast majority of folks,” said Sean Black, a co-founder of Trulia and now the CEO of home trade-in startup Knock. “The home is the biggest savings account.”Observers noted that low housing stock coupled with high demand could make iBuying unsustainable. Even in Phoenix — iBuying’s current epicenter — iBuyers have a mere 1.5 percent of the market, down from 6 percent in the third quarter of 2019, according to local economist Mike Orr. Opendoor, which bought 300 to 400 homes a month at its peak, is now buying just 60 to 80.“The supply of homes in their price range is extremely low,” Orr wrote in an email. “I am not sure if it is deliberate or if circumstances forced their hand.”Fat yet frugalOver the past decade, investors desperate to put capital to work and anxious to discover the next Facebook or Google have thrown billions of dollars at tech startups — sometimes more money than was good for them. In 2017, the New York Times listed Opendoor among its list of what it described as “fat startups.” The company raised $320 million in its first three years in business, earning unicorn status in late 2016. The cash powered its rapid growth: By late 2017, Opendoor was spending $100 million a month to purchase homes. Opendoor raised $400 million from SoftBank in 2018 and $300 million from General Atlantic last year. Rabois objected, citing SoftBank’s ties to Saudi Arabia and telling The Information that the size of its checks was breeding indiscipline.But inside Opendoor, executives closely watched costs.“You’d hear, ‘We eat basis points for breakfast’ around the office for years,” co-founder JD Ross said in a Sept. 21 tweet. (Ross left Opendoor in late 2018.)In the spring of 2019, Opendoor asked several hundred staffers to relocate to Phoenix and, under a new “culture of frugality,” it stopped offering free lunch.“We had a salary cap at Opendoor. No employee made more than $120,000 for two years,” Wu said at Proptech CEO Summit. “That’s really hard when your engineering team is saying, ‘Eric, no one can live in San Francisco on $120,000.’ There’s no reason to spend your hard-earned dollars, or your hard-raised dollars from VCs, in a sloppy way.”Although the company lost $339 million in 2019, it was making money on each transaction in most markets, its IPO filing shows. Still, its cash needs were massive and complex, even before Covid.Opendoor relies heavily on debt to purchase homes, often financing 80 percent to 90 percent of each deal. Raising debt and equity simultaneously has posed a unique challenge over the years. “Equity investors want massive bets and huge upside,” Wu said in 2018. “Debt investors want downside protection.” Covid comeuppanceWhen the pandemic whacked Opendoor’s balance sheet, it challenged an internal belief that the company would thrive in a down market.“We planned around a U-shaped curve,” said an early employee. “Now here’s an L-shaped curve, and it looked scary.” As the spread of Covid proliferated by March, Opendoor was forced to suspend iBuying activities, as were its rivals. But unlike Zillow, iBuying was Opendoor’s only source of revenue.“The effect is akin to an airline losing both engines while in flight,” DelPrete wrote. Opendoor raced to sell off inventory. By May, it had laid off 600 people, or 35 percent of its staff. Many were shocked, five months later, when Opendoor said it would go public with Palihapitiya’s Social Capital. Sources speculated that VCs weren’t keen to write another big check. A former employee cast the move this way: “It feels like a Hail Mary.”The seeds of Opendoor’s SPAC deal were planted in May, when an Opendoor board member who knew Social Capital director Adam Bain told him Wu was interested in learning about SPACs. Bain, a former COO of Twitter, knew Wu and held a small stake in Opendoor.Over the next few months, a deal took shape. Ten days before going public with the merger, Bain, Wu and Opendoor CFO Carrie Wheeler finalized an investor presentation with Palihapitiya over dinner at his home, according to regulatory filings.“This is my next big 10x idea,” Palihapitiya, who took Virgin Galactic public in April and is a part-owner of the Golden State Warriors, tweeted Sept. 15. At press time, the SPAC that’s merging with Opendoor was trading at $22.86 per share, more than twice its June IPO price.Palihapitiya has been on a SPAC spree, raising nearly $4 billion since April. In general, the public market is binging on SPACs with 139 SPAC IPOs so far this year, compared to 59 in all of 2019, according to SPAC Insider. Palihapitiya found himself on the defensive after news reports revealed he would receive $60 million in Opendoor founder’s shares. “I just don’t understand why all of a sudden it’s OK for banks to make money, but it’s not OK for other people to make money,” he told the Financial Times. Besides, he said, Wu and Opendoor’s board were comfortable with the deal.Phoenix from the ashes In an investor presentation, Opendoor said capturing 4 percent of the U.S. housing market would make it a $50 billion company. It projected turning profitable in 2023 with $9 million in adjusted EBITDA and $9.8 billion in revenue. Since October, Opendoor has made several C-suite hires: Julie Todaro, an executive from Amazon and Airbnb, as president of homes and services; Netflix alum Tom Willerer as chief product officer; and Wheeler, a partner at TPG, as CFO.Opendoor’s IPO filing shows the company actually had $789 million in working capital as of June 30. “Originally, a SPAC deal wasn’t the route we wanted to take,” Wu said on CNBC. “A couple of things drew us to this path. One was speed to market.”With proceeds from the deal, Opendoor will expand to 100 markets from 21. The company disclosed it makes an average profit of $5,000 per transaction and estimates it can reel in another $6,600 per home with added services.“They juice the economics because there’s margin to each of those additional products,” said Fifth Wall’s Vik Chawla, an investor in the firm.Stuart Miller, CEO of homebuilding giant Lennar, an investor in Opendoor, said the startup could play a key role in its sales funnel.“Many customers come to Lennar sales centers with homes of their own to sell, and Opendoor can assist them,” Miller said in a 2018 earnings call.DelPrete said Opendoor’s playbook holds up only if there are 50 other markets like Phoenix. “Right now, there’s one Phoenix and nobody comes close,” he said. But he said Opendoor has had years to refine their iBuying playbook.“One of the biggest competitive advantages they have is cash,” he said. “They have a huge amount of capital, and by IPOing, they’re going to have even more.”last_img read more

Brad Keselowski’s Kansas fade drops him from playoff contention

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Kan. – Brad Keselowski thought his playoff run would continue when he came to pit road for fresh tires before the first of two overtimes in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.Keselowski would have been fine, had a wreck out of Turn 4 in the first overtime not caused a caution with eventual race winner Denny Hamlin less than a car length from the white flag and an official race.RELATED: Race results | Who’s in, who’s outKeselowski restarted 13th for the second overtime but got bottled up in the middle of the pack, brushed the backstretch wall on the final lap and faded to 19th at the finish. Chase Elliott, who restarted third and finished second, edged Keselowski by a scant three points for the final berth in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, which continue next weekend at Martinsville Speedway.“We didn’t make it,” Keselowski said. “I pushed as hard as I knew how and didn’t quite do good enough on the last restart, and that was it.“We clawed as hard as we could, and there were times it looked like we were going to be fine and times it didn’t. In the end it didn’t work out. … I needed to get up to the top of the track on the last restart. I couldn’t get up. I got sandwiched. Somebody went three-wide and got me in the middle of (Turn) 4—just all bad.”Despite three wins this season, Keselowski, the 2012 series champion, won’t be eligible for a second title this year.The driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford, however, does have a single-minded purpose after his elimination.“Go win Martinsville,” Keselowski said.last_img read more

PREMIERE: Just Friends Take Viewers On Tour In New Music Video For “Stupid” [Watch]

first_imgCalifornia Bay Area funk-rock outfit Just Friends deliver one of the more exciting live performance experiences amongst emerging bands in the industry today. The 10-piece group, which specializes in mixing funk with punk, showcase their high-energy showmanship and collective creative expression with one of their newer singles, “Stupid”.Today, Live For Live Music is excited to premiere Just Friends’ new music video for “Stupid”, which takes viewers on the road by showcasing the high-energy of their live shows with a montage of footage that plays like a visual scrapbook.The 3:21-minute video pieces together a fun mix of live footage, typically from the point-of-view of the band onstage. The footage is edited together so that multiple camera shots are shown at once, with some subtle but fun animations adding to the video’s unique layout. From start to finish, the music video for “Stupid” acts as a thrilling snapshot of live Just Friends shows and all the fun that comes when they get together on stage and let it all loose in front of their fans—who are also very game for a good time, as seen throughout the video.“Just Friends getting rowdy out here in northern Cali with ‘Stupid’, the new game day party anthem,” The band mentioned in a statement about their new video. “RIP Mac Dre. This one’s for the Oakland Colosseum and the 510 925 408 707 650 415. This one’s for California, the greatest state on planet earth. Welcome to JFCREW town baby.”Watch the band’s brand new video for “Stupid” below:Just Friends – “Stupid” [Official Video][Video: Pure Noise Records]Just Friends recently kicked off a run of headlining tour dates throughout the fall months which continues later this week with a show at the ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, MA on Wednesday (10/2). The tour will continue throughout October before the band links up with The Story So Far for a run of dates beginning on October 24th in San Diego and eventually wrapping on November 9th following a hometown show in Oakland, CA.Head to the band’s website for tickets and tour info.Just Friends 2019 Tour DatesOctober 2 – Somerville, MA – ONCE BallroomOctober 3 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian ChurchOctober 4 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BazaarOctober 5 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of IndependentsOctober 6 – College Park, MD – MilkBoy ArthouseOctober 7 – Richmond, VA – Canal ClubOctober 9 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ SouthendOctober 10 – Orlando, FL – SoundbarOctober 11 – Tampa, FL – CrowbarOctober 12 – Atlanta, GA – The MasqueradeOctober 13- Nashville, TN – The EndOctober 15 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hoosier DomeOctober 16 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House RevivalOctober 24 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park*October 26 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre*October 27 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues*October 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot*October 30 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall*November 1 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues*November 2 – Austin, TX – Emo’s*November 3 – Houston, TX – House of Blues*November 5 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren*November 7 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues*November 9 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater** w/ The Story So FarView Tour Dateslast_img read more

Texas EMS Director’s License Suspended for Giving Wife Fentanyl

first_imgAdministering narcotics without direction from a doctor violates state and federal laws. And an EMS medical director, the doctor who oversees how emergency workers administer drugs and care for patients, could be expected to question a paramedic giving a family member drugs nearly every other day without direction, said Dr. Steven Ellerbe , a member of the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council. McMain will meet with state officials on Wednesday in an informal conference on his license suspension. McMain’s lawyer, Nelson Skinner of San Antonio, declined to comment on the case. “He didn’t understand that what he was doing was wrong,” Hotz said of McMain’s actions. “He does now.” The state health department also intends to revoke the license of the Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which provides emergency medical services to the southern half of Blanco County, and the license of corps paramedic Evelyn “Suzy” Armstead , who is accused of co-signing the narcotic control forms McMain filled out. Court and state records don’t say how much of the drug McMain is accused of taking. EMS services usually purchase Fentanyl in 150 microgram vials, which cost about $2 each. McMain, 47, faces a criminal investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and an emergency suspension of his paramedic license by the Texas Department of State Health Services. State officials declined to say whether McMain had been or would be asked to take a drug test, citing the ongoing investigation. BLANCO, Texas — The director of the nonprofit Blanco (Texas) Volunteer Ambulance Corps said at a public meeting in February that he brought his wife the potent narcotic painkiller Fentanyl from the corps’ inventory about 237 times over 15 months for her migraine headaches. At the meeting of ambulance corps members and Blanco County residents last month, corps Director Mark McMain said he didn’t believe that he had done anything wrong, said David Hotz , a member of the ambulance corps’ board of directors who is serving as the corps’ spokesman. Each time they administer controlled substances to patients, the corps’ emergency medical workers must fill out a form, and McMain did so, Hotz said.center_img “I believe that if one of my medics was making a routine response (to a relative’s home and administering narcotics), I would have thought that that would have flagged my attention,” Ellerbe said. According to the DEA, the percentage of state and local drug cases involving Fentanyl have increased significantly over the past seven years, rising from 37 in 2001 to 1,412 cases in 2008. Ellerbe, who serves as medical director for four emergency medical services, said he reviews each service’s log of controlled substance usage when he reorders narcotics, or he reviews each “run report” during which a controlled substance is used. Dr. Larry Miller , the medical director for the Blanco ambulance service and four other emergency medical services, did not return a call seeking comment Monday. But Miller told the Blanco County News that the state health department asked him to audit the corps’ morphine and Fentanyl supplies in January. Though Miller’s audit accounted for all the corps’ Fentanyl, Hotz said McMain did not bill his wife for the Fentanyl. Thomas Hinojosa , assistant special agent in charge for the DEA’s San Antonio office, declined to comment on the McMain investigation but said that people involved in situations where “larger quantities of drugs are involved” can be charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute; penalties range from 180 days to life in [email protected]; (512) 392-8750last_img read more

2020 Cube Litening C:68X SLT slips in lighter, more integrated aero road bike

first_imgDeveloped to give their pro Wanty Group team an aerodynamic advantage throughout the race season, Cube has given their lightweight Litening all-rounder road race bike a complete aero overhaul. Neatly tucking every bit cabling inside aero foil shapes, the new bike is as sleek & integrated as they come, while hiding a surprisingly comfortable ride under the deep frame profiles thanks to a new C:68X mix of carbon fibers…2020 Cube Litening C:68X aero road bikeLooking at the profile of the new bike you would be excused for thinking this is Cube’s aero model, not their lightweight all-rounder race bike. But while the outgoing Litening is a mostly thin, round tubed bike, this new version takes plenty of wind cheating inspiration from Cube’s Aerium TT & tri bike.Much of Cube’s secret to adding all of that aero benefit while still hitting a claimed <980g frame weight for a 56cm (including derailleur hangers & seat clamp) was a new, more advanced C:68X carbon construction. Still using the same high 68% carbon fiber content vs. resin as their previous top-end construction, this vaguely-named C:68X is a more advanced hi-mod mixture of fibers that allowed Cube to drop around 100g over the frame with added benefits of both increased rider comfort and increased handling & drivetrain stiffness.Besides the now aero tube shaping throughout, the most obvious change from the perspective of the rider is a newly developed one-piece aero bar & stem that integrates with the frame to hide all wires (or cables) and brake hoses completely out of the wind.Aero optimizationcourtesy CubeCube set out to turn the Litening into a faster aero bike, putting more development time into it than ever before for one of their road bikes. The goal was drag reduction, and after more than 1,000 hours of CFD flow simulation and 100 hours testing in the wind tunnel, this design resulted with 30W saved, or 30% drag reduction vs. the previous generation.c. CubeCube described how the computer simulation time was critical for refining the aero design, as we see more aero bikes looking more of the same. The reason for that is the UCI technical guidelines that define a strict 18cm wide set of boundaries around traditional frame tube positions, where all new tube shapes and transitions must stay inside.Using CFD allowed Cube to get the most out of drag reduction, while at the same time limiting side force on the bike in a crosswind, and allowing them to maintain (or even boost) frame stiffness. Basically every webbed edge from one tube to the next was pushed to the UCI’s corner boundary to maximize performance, while using horizontally optimized aero profiles to get each lower drag out of each frame tube.Tech detailsLooking into the small detail of the new bike, we find those smooth tubing transitions that pushed the UCI boundaries. But they often hide some other technical solutions as well. The lower fork transition includes a built-in, breakaway steering stop to allow for the internal cable routing. And the seat cluster provides an easily accessible wedge-style seatpost clamp, and a small tail to smooth airflow over the rear wheel.Surprisingly enough, that deep, truncated aero seatpost also engineers in fore-aft flex to provide similar comfort like you normally get only with a small diameter round post. To be honest I was quite skeptical as the post does not flex in your hand or even visually noticeably while riding. But riding the bike over rougher sections of road, pavement stones & even relatively smooth gravel, and there was none of the signature harshness that most deep section aero seatposts exhibit.At the bottom end of the bike are sharp angles that move from the narrow aero downtube to more widely set, boxy chainstays. While it looks closer here with the 25mm tires spec’d on the bikes as the bottom of the seattube wraps around the rear wheel a bit, Cube has designed space for up to 28mm road tires. In fact, there is actually plenty of room for real 30mm wide tires, but Cube were being conservative with the max size rating because of the wide variety of rim widths on the market.All of the complete bikes that Cube is offering with the new Litening include electronic drivetrains (eTap or Di2). But the new bike is mechanical shift compatible with its full internal routing channels.Continuing aero details, frontal area is reduced with an hourglass-shaped headtube, and that super integrated cockpit with cables behind the headset inside through the large stem to behind the steerer tube.Integrated aero cockpitc. CubeThe secret to a new aero road bike these days certainly seems to be in integrated cockpits. Curse the poor bike mechanics that have to build these bikes up or adjust rider fit (remember to bring your local Cube mechanic beer or homemade cookies when you pick up your new Litening). But everything does fit neatly inside, through a channel behind the steerer tube in the larger stem clamp area.The one-piece bar+stem also includes a small routing port on the underside, which also serves as the mounting point for the included universal fit out-front GPS mount. Cube includes mounting plates to work with Garmin, Wahoo & Sigma, but the mount uses a standard bolt pattern, so any K-edge inserts will fit as well.c. CubeThe complete bikes come with one of only four standard bar width + stem length combinations. But Cube explains that the bar construction uses a modular mold that will allow them to mix and match many more combinations based of rider demand (and include the possibility for more narrow bar widths.)GeometryThe new Litening is available in six stock frame sizes, and geometry developed with their Wanty pro team riders. That results in quick, race-ready handling for the bike. But it still maintains a reasonable bar position as the tall head tubes allow either a simple stack of spacers or more of a slammed stem setup with the dropped bar.Pricing & availabilityThe new Litening will be available in four complete bike builds, with the top 3 ALL sharing the same C:68X carbon, about 100g lighter that a standard C:68 carbon construction would be.The top-level Litening SLT C:68X gets a complete SRAM Red eTap AXS double groupset and DT Swiss ARC 1100 62mm deep tubeless carbon clinchers with ceramic bearings for £7500  / 7500€.The next Litening SL C:68X features a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 setup with the steel bearing DT Swiss ARC 1400 62mm carbon wheels for £6500 / 6500€.The Litening Race C:68X in Cube’s team-edition style paint job gets a SRAM Force eTap AXS groupset and Newmen SL R.38 wheels for £4500 / 4500€.Lastly, the Litening Pro uses the slightly heavier C:68 the same C:68X carbon together with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and Newmen SL R.32 wheels for a price of £4000 / 4000€.photo by Felix MeyerCube dealers are accepting pre-orders now for the bike that is set to debut later this week at the Tour de France. Consumer availability for the new bikes is slated for October 2019 delivery. We had the chance to ride the bike in some hot & windy Dutch weather last week, and will share more thoughts on the surprisingly comfortable bike soon.Cube.eulast_img read more

City of Burlington advances Act 250 permit amendment over public’s control of Waterfront Park

first_imgMayor Miro Weinberger today highlighted the City of Burlingtons efforts to enhance the publics use and control of Waterfront Park through amendments to its Act 250 permit filed by the Citys Parks and Recreation Department.  The Citys efforts to protect public event opportunities at Waterfront Park continued yesterday morning when the City appeared at a prehearing conference before the District 4 Environmental Commission of the Vermont Natural Resources Board.  The District Commission heard requests for party status from residents who live near Waterfront Park, as well as from several organizations that sponsor events at Waterfront Park.    I take very seriously the importance of defending the publics use of Waterfront Park against those who would seek to impose greater limitations on the peoples most important park, said Weinberger.  Our amendment is about who should decide the details about when and how Waterfront Park is used.  My position is that the people of Burlington should decide who uses the park, as well as when and how they use it the City is seeking to return control to the people of Burlington.  Burlington’s waterfront is the people’s waterfront, the people’s front yard, said Bryan Aubin, Ward 4 City Councilor and member of the City Council Parks, Arts, and Culture Committee.  It is important that the people of Burlington have the right to control the opportunities of this great space for the betterment of all residents.  This amendment will allow the City to do just that.Other Waterfront Park stakeholders, including the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, Local Motion, and RunVermont, are supporting the Act 250 permit amendment.Ensuring the vibrancy and active use of the Burlington waterfront and Lake Champlain is a high priority, said Kate Neubauer, Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.  For over 18 years, the City of Burlington has been a key partner of the Community Sailing Center.  We look forward to continuing our work with the City, local organizations, and our community members to improve the access and enjoyment of this signature resource.We Burlington residents have invested significant time and money over the last two decades to make the waterfront the front porch of our community, said Chapin Spencer, Executive Director of Local Motion.  Its become a wonderful place where we can all come together to celebrate, recreate, and access Lake Champlain.  As Local Motion and many others continue to partner with the City to make the waterfront even better, it makes sense to have our City, not Montpelier, control the future of our most prized area.   RunVermont is eager to participate with our City partners, including City Hall, Burlington businesses, and Burlington residents, in an updated process that will recognize the changing conditions and demands on one of the Citys most prized assets, Waterfront Park, said Peter Delaney, Executive Director of RunVermont.  The revitalization of a process that was developed almost two decades ago is long overdue and should reflect the concerns of today, as well as project the demands into the future.  We look forward to a collaborative process that will allow everyone involved to create a vibrant, active environment to be enjoyed by all.     Both Spencer and Delaney attended Tuesdays preconference hearing on behalf of Local Motion and RunVermont, respectively. The idea of amending the Waterfront Park Act 250 permit has deep roots. In April 2000, the Burlington City Council authorized the Parks and Recreation Department to seek an amendment to the Act 250 permit removing conditions that unduly restrict the use of Waterfront Park for public events.  (Please see attached Resolution Relating to Exception from Rules for Waterfront Park, adopted by City Council on April 24, 2000.) Our goal is to clean up and modernize an old permit, to bring control back to the people of Burlington, said Jesse Bridges, Director of the Burlington Department of Parks and Recreation.  The outdated conditions contained in the existing Act 250 permit stem from the Parks and Recreation Commission having adopted them in 1993.  Under Act 250, these antiquated conditions may only be modified by the Act 250 District Commission.  Circumstances and opportunities have changed since our original permit was approved, continued Bridges.  Waterfront Park has become an incredibly successful venue for all types of events from athletic competitions and concerts to activities for our children and non-profit fundraising events.  Theres been something for everyone in our community, and the people of Burlington are looking more and more for these types of events and activities that bring our community together.  The City intends to continue to regulate events at Waterfront Park to ensure safety and the neighborhoods quality of life, but the City seeks to have those regulatory decisions reside with the people of Burlington.                          Through its permit amendment application, the City of Burlington seeks to enhance local control of Waterfront Park by putting decision-making approval of when and how the park is used in the hands of the City instead of the District Environmental Commission appointed by the governor.  To read Burlingtons application, please visit: http://www.anr.state.vt.us/ANR/ACT250/Act250.aspx(link is external) and enter 4C0863-4. The City will continue to maintain an active Waterfront Advisory Event Selection Committee made up of neighbors, event producers, business owners, and City staff including Fire and Police.  The committee serves as the backbone for public engagement and oversight on waterfront park events.   We are a service-oriented department that relies on feedback and communication from the public to move forward, added Bridges. In partnership with the Advisory Event Selection Committee, the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department is seeking to responsibly manage our own park.  This active and engaged group provides the infrastructure to hear and respond to issues, as well as to gauge support and needs for upcoming events.  As a representative group of citizens, it will serve as our able partner in managing the park into the future. The City of Burlingtons Waterfront Park management structure and public input opportunities are as follows: ·         Waterfront Park is managed by the City of Burlington Parks and Recreation Department with oversight by the Parks and Recreation Commission.·         The Mayor of Burlington appoints the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, and the appointment is confirmed by the City Council.·         The City Council appoints five Parks and Recreation Commissioners, who hear from the public and advise the Department on all Parks and Recreation matters including the use and management of Waterfront Park.  The Commission meets on the third Tuesday of every month at the Parks and Recreation offices at 645 Pine Street. Meetings begin at 5:00 PM with a public forum held at 5:30 PM.  Any City resident is eligible to seek a Commission appointment.·         The Waterfront Advisory Event Selection Committee is assembled by the Parks Department with oversight provided by the Parks Commission with representation from various constituent groups, including the adjoining neighbors.  The committee advises the department and City on issues related to waterfront events, reviewing both the upcoming and past seasons schedules.  They currently meet twice per year with public forum opportunities at all meetings. I welcome and encourage anyone interested in how Waterfront Park is used and managed to take advantage of the opportunities for public input and involvement at the local level, added Weinberger.  Upon approval of the Citys amendment application, I will seek City Council action establishing guidelines for the membership and protocols of the Waterfront Advisory Event Selection Committee.Source: Mayor’s office. 12.19.2012last_img read more

Bruegger’s Bagels Celebrates the Big 3-0

first_imgBruegger’s Bagels, Inc,Brueggers Bagels celebrates 30 years of serving up its fresh-baked, New York-style bagels by adding new flavors to its lineup of nearly 20 bagel varieties and by inviting its Facebook fans to bring back some retired favorites. For those who crave something new, Brueggers Bagels latest flavor the Five Grain Everything Bagel will appear in bakeries starting today through May 7. Nostalgic bagel lovers can visit the Brueggers Bagels Facebook page for a chance to bring back a flavor blast from the past. Old-time favorites like Trail Mix, Cranberry Orange, Marble Rye, Pretzel and more will be on the ballot, and the bagel with the most votes will return to the Brueggers Bagels menu for a limited time this year. For 30 years, weve been the only national chain to offer bagels that are baked fresh all day in each of our locations, said Brueggers Executive Chef Philip Smith. We are always focused on the future innovating and refining our guests experience — but this anniversary gave us a chance to let our loyal guests tell us what they have loved all along. Voting ends Feb. 7. In the meantime, Brueggers Bagels fans have some new reasons to visit their local bakery. Along with the hearty Five Grain Everything Bagel, the bagel bakery will bring back all-time favorite Maple cream cheese to its exclusive lineup of natural, 100-percent Vermont-made cream cheese flavors. As a complement, Brueggers Bagels will add its French Toast coffee to the menu, perfect to warm up a cold day with flavors of maple syrup and just a touch of cinnamon. All Brueggers Bagels coffee blends are made with Arabica beans roasted to perfection and brewed fresh throughout the day. Brueggers Bagels will also feature a hearty breakfast sandwich for winters crisp mornings  its classic egg, bacon and cheese sandwich on a sesame bagel. The all-day breakfast sandwich is also great with the featured Five Grain Everything bagel with its savory mix of spices and seeds. Brueggers Bagels is the only bagel bakery chain in the country that fresh-bakes New York-style bagels in each of its locations, using the same recipe developed nearly 30 years ago by company founders. Everything on the menu is handcrafted, including the bakerys New York-style bagels baked fresh on-site each day, its signature made-in-Vermont cream cheese, and its custom-made breakfast and lunch sandwiches and salads. About Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc.Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc. (BEI), a leader in the fast-casual restaurant segment, operates 304 Brueggers Bagels bakeries in North America. Renowned for its award-winning bagels, Bruegger’s offers a wide variety of freshly prepared breakfast and lunch options made with high-quality, simple ingredients served with its unique brand of hospitality. Bruegger’s is dedicated to the communities it serves and supports charitable causes locally and nationally. BEIs parent company, Groupe Le Duff, SA, is the worlds second-largest company in the bakery-café sector. Founded in 1983, BEI is headquartered in Burlington, Vt. For more information, please visit www.brueggers.com(link is external) or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brueggers(link is external). (BURLINGTON, Vt.) Jan. 9, 2013  Brueggers Bagelslast_img read more

March 1, 2015 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes Katherine English of Pavese Law Firm in Ft. Myers has been selected to serve a one-year term on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committee on Environmental Regulations. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale discussed mediation techniques, mediator ethics, and marketing strategies at Jerome Tabas’ Advanced CLE/CME seminar, “The Business and Practice of Mediation From an Ethical View” in Miami. John E. Eckard II of Roig Lawyers in Orlando has been accepted into the Orange County Bar Association Leadership Law 2015 Program. Melody Porter of Grossman Law & Conflict Management in Ft. Myers has been named to the board of directors for the Association of Family Law Professionals. Miguel R. Roura, Michelle McIntyre Wasielewski, and Peter S. Nayrouz of Roig Lawyers in Tampa recently presented the Adjuster 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update Course to Esurance in Tampa. Andrew L. McIntosh of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke at the Enterprise Florida Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Country Market Brief: Canada, at the Greater Tampa Chamber offices. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg received an award from the Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living, a social services organization, in appreciation of outstanding service to the James Patrick Personal Attendant Services Program. Lonnie N. Groot of Daytona Beach Shores and the Heathrow law firm of Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert & Whigham served as a judge during the 2015 “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” High School State Finals Competition. Amy D. Ronner, professor at St. Thomas University School of Law, has published a new book, Dostoevsky and The Law (Carolina Academic Press 2015), and all of her royalties will be donated to student scholarships. Barry Kanner and David Delrahim of Englander Fischer in St. Petersburg were elected chair and vice chair of the Board of Trustees for Menorah Manor, Inc. Scott N. Wagner of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami was elected to the Federal Bar Association Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, serving as chair-elect from 2014-16, and will assume his position as chair in 2016. Joseph M. Percopo of Giles & Robinson in Orlando was selected to serve as the 2015 president of the Citrus Club Young Executives. Kacy Donlon & Dionne Fajardo of Wiand Guerra King presented an AML webinar to Financial Services Institute titled “A Penny for Your Thoughts: Recent AML Enforcement Cases.” Lenny Englander of Englander Fischer in St. Petersburg has joined the All Children’s Hospital Foundation Board. Dawn I. Giebler-Millner of Greenberg Traurig in Orlando was elected to Special Olympics Florida’s Board of Directors. Michelle Diffenderfer of Lewis, Longman & Walker in West Palm Beach received the Emerald Environmental Leadership Award by the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida. Nichole Geary of Broad and Cassel in West Palm Beach spoke to medical residents at JFK Hospital in West Palm Beach about “Medicare Billing and Fraud.” Philip W. “Whit” Engle of EngleADR has been elected as executive vice president of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society. Susan E. Sharp of the Office of the General Counsel for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast in Jacksonville was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Medal in recognition and appreciation of her service and high value contributions to the U.S. Navy. Jeffrey Feldman of Feldman Gale in Miami has been elected president of the Miami Music Association. John M. Hament of Kunkel Miller & Hament in Sarasota presented “Hiring and Firing from the Legal Perspective of an Employer” to the South County Division of the Sarasota County Bar Association. Keith Kanouse of Hayes Law in Orlando has become secretary of the Barry Law Alumni Association. Joshua A. Whitman of Milton, Leach, Whitman, D’Andrea & Eslinger in Jacksonville was appointed chair of the Jewish National Fund’s Lawyers for Israel Committee for Northeast Florida. Jennifer Fowler-Hermes and Gail E. Farb of Kunkel Miller & Hament presented “Voyage 2015: Navigating the Shifting Currents of Labor and Employment Law” to the Sarasota-Manatee Human Resources Association. Sawyer C. Smith of The Wilbur Smith Law Firm in Ft. Myers has been appointed to the board of directors of the Tiger Bay Club of Southwest Florida and the Florida Watermelon Association. Joshua Levenson of Holland & Knight in Ft. Lauderdale received the South Florida Council of Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award. Naomi Alzate of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Naples was elected to the Best Buddies South Florida Advisory Board. Harold Edward “Ed” Patricoff of Shutts & Bowen in Miami has been named to the board of trustees of the Council for Educational Change. Scott Dozier Sheftall of Sheftall Torres in Jacksonville has been elected a fellow of the International Society of Barristers. Daniel J. Stermer of Development Specialists, Inc., in Miami was elected secretary of the Broward County Planning Council. Margaret McMorrow of Northern Trust in Bonita Springs has become secretary of the boards of directors for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, and Legal Aid Service of Collier County. Glen J. Torcivia of Torcivia, Donlon, Goddeau & Ansay in West Palm Beach presented “The Sunshine Law – Public Meetings” at the Florida League of Cities Elected Officials Ethics Seminar. Robert H. Foley of Islamorada has become chair of the Alliance for Aging’s governing board. Earnest DeLoach, Jr., of Gunster in Orlando has been elected president of the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida. Frank E. Maloney, Jr., of Baker County received recognition for his lifelong commitment of pro bono legal help by the Legal Services Corporation. Matthew F. Hall of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa was appointed to the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Veterans Treatment Court Oversight Committee. Juan Carlos Arias of Velasquez Dolan Arias in Plantation has been appointed to serve on the boards of directors for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, and Legal Aid Service of Collier County. Dr. Shawn H. Robinson, Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus president, was elected vice chair of the Ybor City Development Corporation Board of Directors in Tampa. James B. Davis of Gunster in West Palm Beach has been appointed to the board of directors for the Community Foundation of Broward. Jacqueline Simms-Petredis of Burr & Forman in Tampa has been awarded the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Berny V. Jacques of the State Attorney’s Office for Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit in Clearwater was named to the Pinellas County Leadership Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. Peter B. King of Wiand Guerra King has been inducted as president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Matthew A. Klein of Jackson Lewis in Orlando has been appointed to the Orange County 2016 Charter Review Commission. Leigh Kellett Fletcher of Fletcher & Fischer in Tampa has been selected to serve on the 2015 Industry Research Committee for CREW Network. Nydia Menendez of Menendez Law Firm has become chair of the boards of directors for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, and Legal Aid Service of Collier County. Gail E. Farb of Kunkel Miller & Hament in Sarasota has been named chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Sarasota County Bar Association. Medea Isphording Bern of Hillsborough, CA, has published a new book, San Francisco Jazz, a historic look at the jazz scene in San Francisco from the early 1900s to today. It was published by Arcadia Publishing and is available on Amazon. Bruce M. Lyons of Ft. Lauderdale received the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Harry Gulkin Award Lavern Wilson of FordHarrison in Tampa has become a member of the 2015 class of fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Alison Smith of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole Bierman & Popok has become vice chair of the boards of directors for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, and Legal Aid Service of Collier County. Jose Izquierdo of the Law Offices of Izquierdo & Marin in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the boards of directors of Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, and Legal Aid Service of Collier County. Matthew Bayard of Legal Services of Greater Miami wrote “U.S. Supreme Court Will Determine if Lien Stripping is Available in Chapter 7 Bankruptcies” for the Winter 2015 edition of the Florida Public Interest Journal. Marty L. Steinberg of Bilzin Sumberg spoke at the “Reach for the Stars,” Dade County Bar Association & Dade Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Lunch. March 1, 2015 News & Notes March 1, 2015 News and Noteslast_img read more