Jeremy Jordan to Shed Light on Lucy Liu’s Secret Past in Fall Episode of Elementary

first_img Jeremy Jordan Filmed in New York City, Elementary stars Broadway alum Jonny Lee Miller as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes and Liu as his loyal assistant. The series features theater vets Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill as police officers. Star Files The second season of Elementary will premiere on September 26.center_img Elementary, my dear Jeremy Jordan! The Broadway and Smash vet is set to guest star on a pivotal season two episode of CBS’s mystery drama Elementary, according to TV Line.com. Jordan has been cast as Joey Castoro, the son of the surgical patient who died in the care of Dr. Joan Watson (Broadway alum Lucy Liu), which prompted her to give up her practice. Dr. Watson’s affection for Joey is reportedly tested when he comes to her with an unexpected request, prompting an exploration of her feelings of guilt. View Commentslast_img read more

Public Health Care

first_imgAlabama Department of Public Health201 Monroe St.Montgomery, AL 36104 334-206-5300www.alabamapublichealth.govThe Alabama Department of Public Health is the primary health agency for Alabama. ADPH works to provide caring, high-quality and professional services for the improvement and protection of the public’s health through disease prevention and the assurance of public services regardless of social circumstances or the ability to pay. To that goal, the agency offers more than 100 services statewide by public health professionals to assure that water is safe, children have their immunizations, restaurants are safe and birth certificates are correct — to name just a few.The department’s main office is in Montgomery. The state is divided into 11 public health areas responsible for developing public health services and programs specific to the needs of each area. County health departments offer a variety of services, including communicable disease investigation and intervention, family planning, immunizations, STD counseling and testing, WIC and nutrition services, women’s health services and more. Services vary by location. For a full list of county health departments, hours and services, visit www.alabamapublichealth.gov/about/health-departments.html. These are the health departments in Madison and Morgan counties:Madison County Health Department301 Max Luther Drive NWHuntsville, AL 35811 256-539-3711Morgan County Health Department510 Cherry St. NEDecatur, AL 35601 256-353-7021last_img read more

Employment & Economy

first_imgConsidered the heartbeat of southern Nevada, Clark County’s robust economy benefits from Nevada’s tax-friendly climate.In fact, Nevada has no corporate or personal income tax.Quality education from local school districts and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, contributes to a valuable workforce that supports the area’s growing industries. The median household income in Clark County is $54,822, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.Major industries in the area include tourism and gaming; aircraft, aerospace and defense; clean energy technology; information technology and communications; logistics and distribution; and medical services.The aircraft, aerospace and defense industry has a notable history in Clark County. Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base, the Nevada Test and Training Range, Bigelow Aerospace and the U.S. Department of Energy have all developed advanced technologies. The county is also a leader in clean energy projects such as solar power, capitalizing on the area’s sunny climate. The county is home to many innovative companies in the information technology and communications industry as well such as SUPERNAP, NetEffect and RTC Technology.Clark County attracts logistics and distribution companies for several reasons. Many warehouse facilities are close to McCarran International Airport. Low taxes are also an attraction, and the county offers Foreign Trade Zone designation, allowing businesses to defer customs and tariff fees until goods leave the building and are on their way to an address elsewhere within the country.Medical services, health care and research business are gaining momentum in southern Nevada as well. Clark County owns University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit teaching hospital. The county is also home to a premier bio-skills lab, the Oquendo Center; the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health; and the University of Nevada’s School of Medicine.Of course, Clark County is known for its tourism industry. Las Vegas is considered one of the most identifiable cities in the world, with entertainment, gaming and other attractions luring millions of visitors.Rail and Transit AccessStrong transit and transportation resources boost the local and regional economies while providing easy access to the 11 Western states and nearly 53 million people, according to the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Clark County’s major interstates and highways, Interstate 15 and U.S. Highways 93 and 95, provide access to Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Reno, Sacramento and San Francisco. The area’s economy also benefits from the McCarran International Airport, which serves more than 40 million travelers each year.Rail transportation is another advantage in Clark County. The railroad built Las Vegas, and now it serves businesses with transportation to the Southwest, other parts of the United States, Canada and Mexico.Natural ResourcesBeyond the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip, Clark County is home to stunning natural locales. Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead and Bootleg Canyon offer a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, swimming, boating, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing and zip lining.Famed Hoover Dam can also be found in Clark County. It is considered one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century, and on average generates about 4 billion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectric power each year for use in Nevada, Arizona and California.The county’s trails program provides an extensive system of routes for outdoor enjoyment. Thus far, the county has completed more than 60 miles of multiuse trails, 11 miles of equestrian trails, 10 pedestrian bridges and 12 trailheads, and trails link several of the county’s parks.Nellis Air Force BaseNellis Air Force Base has a significant economic impact on the region. In fiscal year 2017, the total economic impact of Nellis Air Force Base, nearby Creech Air Force Base and the Nevada Test and Training Range was approximately $5.2 billion. About 11,355 military personnel and 3,559 civilians were employed by the two bases and the training range with a combined payroll of more than $1 billion. Nearly a thousand temporary duty personnel conduct business at the bases and range each day. An estimated 7,477 indirect jobs were created, valued at $325 million annually.EMPLOYMENT RESOURCESNational ResourcesAt the national level, websites such as www.linkedin.com, www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com and www.indeed.com have extensive search capabilities as well as resume tips, forum support and professional networking options.The National Military Spouse Network,a networking, mentoring and professional development organization, has a wealth of career information at its website, www.nationalmilitaryspousenetwork.org. The group aims to help military spouses build a meaningful, sustained career path and offers a library of articles that touch on topics like entrepreneurship, resume tips, self-promotion and more as well as a membership-only discussion forum. The organization also features companies that are military spouse-owned or military spouse-friendly on its Homefront Business Listings page.Local ResourcesNevada Department of Employment,Training and Rehabilitation2800 E. St. Louis Ave.Las Vegas, NV 89104www.detr.state.nv.usThe Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation is composed of divisions that offer assistance in job training and placement, vocational rehabilitation and workplace discrimination. DETR partners with Nevada JobConnect (www.nevadajobconnect.com), a statewide network that connects businesses with employees. For more information on DETR’s services, visit its website.State of Nevadahttp://nv.gov/employmentEmployment opportunities with the state of Nevada are posted online. Search by category or location, then apply online.Clark County500 S. Grand Central ParkwayLas Vegas, NV 89155 702-455-0000www.clarkcountynv.govClark County jobs are posted online along with job interest cards and information on the recruitment process and employment benefits. Check out the county’s employment website at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/clarkcounty.City of Henderson240 S. Water St.Henderson, NV 89015 702-267-2323www.cityofhenderson.com/human-resources/homeBrowse career opportunities for current openings at Henderson’s human resources website.City of Las Vegas495 S. Main St.Las Vegas, NV 89101 702-229-6315www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lasvegasView available positions on the city’s employment opportunities website.City of North Las Vegas2250 Las Vegas Blvd. NNorth Las Vegas, NV 89030 702-633-1501www.cityofnorthlasvegas.comSelect “Departments” from the city’s home page, then “Human Resources” from the pull-down menu to view openings and employee benefits.EMPLOYMENT AGENCIESAn employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department. Agencies advertise, interview, test and manage payroll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the employer and prospective employee to evaluate each other before committing to permanent employment.Municipal and regional chambers of commerce include local employment agencies in their member lists, along with contact information. See Page 23 for a list of chambers of commerce in Clark County.JOB-SEEKER TIPSAlways keep your resume up-to-date and have several versions that target specific industries and highlight your skills that fit their job descriptions.Compile several reference lists with a good variety of people and former business associates. Be sure to first ask each if you can use them as references.Compose a comprehensive, catchy and succinct cover letter of no more than a page (this is no place to ramble). It will introduce you and your desire to work for the company. Have a knowledgeable friend check it for errors; misspelled words and bad grammar hint at carelessness and indifference. Know what the company does, and highlight skills, work experience and education that apply to the position.Maintain a positive, professional and broad-based presence on social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn; almost all employers search social media sites to vet job candidates, and your absence there will raise red flags. Also be aware that images and comments posted spur-of-the-moment can be searched out forever and come back to haunt you.Be prepared for an interview at any time. When you submit your application, a supervisor may want to talk immediately, or the phone may ring with a call from a hiring director. Compose — and rehearse — your one-minute self-promotional speech on who you are, an achievement or two and your strengths. It’s not vanity to make a good first impression. If a supervisor wants to know why she should hire you, be ready.Always follow up with thank-you letters and calls. Even today, a letter, as well as the quick-response email, will separate you from a surprising number of the other applicants — to your advantage — and keep your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Judicious calls display your continued interest. Writing out beforehand what you want to say helps. So does rehearsal.Be aware that due to the usually huge numbers of applicants, most companies are able to follow up only with candidates in whom they are interested. Don’t take it personally if you are not notified that you did not get the job.CIVILIAN OPPORTUNITIESFederal jobsVisit www.usajobs.gov to search for various Department of Defense jobs at Nellis.NAF jobsFor information about nonappropriated fund position jobs at Nellis, including openings in lodging, dining and recreation areas, visit www.nafjobs.org.Exchange jobsFor Base Exchange jobs, visit the AAFES career page at https://publicaffairs-sme.com/applymyexchange and search for Nellis.SELF-EMPLOYMENTSmall Business Resourceswww.usa.gov/businessLearn the steps to start and grow a small business at USA.gov’s Small Business website. The platform features hand-picked government websites helpful to small business owners. Learn about business taxes and incentives, financing a business, importing and exporting, federal government contracting, state business resources and more. The website also provides information on a wide range of programs and services to help veterans, women, minorities and the economically disadvantaged start or grow a business.Clark County Business Resource CenterEntrepreneurs can take advantage of Clark County’s Business Resource Center, which helps startup businesses tackle a variety of challenges. Visit www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/brc/Pages/StartBusiness.aspx or call 702-455-4722.Nevada Small Business Development CenterThe Nevada Small Business Development Center offers small-business resources and workshops for those looking to start a business. For more information, go to www.nsbdc.org or visit the Las Vegas Small Business Development Center’s full-service locations. The Urban Chamber Business Development Center is at 1951 Stella Lake St. and can be reached at 702-876-0003. The University of Nevada location is at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway and can be reached at 702-876-0003. For more information on the full-service locations as well as satellite office locations, visit www.nsbdc.org/who-we-are/offices/las-vegas.last_img read more

Rapid City

first_imgIn 1874, settlers were drawn into the Black Hills by the discovery of gold. Through the gold rush, industries such as logging, ranching and farming began to grow.Rapid City was founded in 1876. It’s the county seat of Pennington County and is about 30 miles from the western border of South Dakota, midway north and south, in the eastern foothills of the Black Hills. Spring-fed Rapid Creek flows through the city, paralleling the main business streets. Rapid City is the transportation center of western South Dakota. The city’s elevation is about 3,240 feet above sea level.Current estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau place Rapid City’s population at more than 74,000. The city area encompasses 44.7 square miles and is the largest in the state. The city’s 200-mile retail trade area has a total population of more than 450,000.The climate is semi-arid, with excellent flying conditions, moderate winters, cool summer nights and low humidity. Average temperature is 46.6 degrees with an average annual precipitation of 55.8 inches.Local industry includes agriculture and tourism, along with science, medical, engineering, technology, military-related and energy industries.AGRICULTUREAgriculture is the lifeblood of South Dakota. It is the state’s overall No. 1 industry and the No. 2 industry in western South Dakota. For the farmers and ranchers who work the land, it is more than a job — it is a career and a way of life. Although the way things are done have changed, agriculture remains the common thread linking the citizens, businesses and communities of our area.The rural Rapid City area is home to more than 650 working farms, making up 1,185,055 acres of farmland and producing more than 280,000 acres in cropland. The average size farm in this area is approximately 1,400 acres. Western South Dakota’s No. 1 harvested crop is wheat.Livestock production in western South Dakota is abundant. The top three products are beef cattle, sheep and bison.NATURAL RESOURCESThe Black Hills are an emerald-green oasis towering above the endless sea of prairie that surrounds them. Ponderosa pine dominates the Black Hills forest along with the Black Hills spruce (South Dakota’s state tree), trembling aspens, paper birch and other bottomland hardwood trees. Elevations reach as high as 7,300 feet, and while the geography and terrain are tremendously varied, it is invariably breathtaking. Wildlife is diverse and abundant, ranging from impressive trout fisheries to big game species like elk, bison, whitetail and mule deer, and bighorn sheep. In many ways, the Black Hills are a mixing ground of east and west, of mountains and plains, and of moist and arid climates.AREA CULTURE AND BACKGROUNDEllsworth is the largest employer in the West River region and the second-largest in the state. There are more than 750 civilians working on base. The total economic impact on the surrounding communities was nearly $359 million in 2016. Communities within close proximity to the base are Rapid City and Box Elder.However, this is only a small part of the contribution the Airmen of Ellsworth make to the broader community.Ellsworth Airmen and the 28th Bomb Wing are not just next to a great community, we are part of a great community. Our approximately 9,500 Airmen and family members are dedicated to playing an active role in the welfare of the broader Black Hills — far beyond just jobs and payroll. Every year, Ellsworth Airmen volunteer countless hours on and off base helping the local community. Some of their contributions include coaching children’s sports and working with Honor Flight, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and many other local charities.Today, South Dakota boasts one of the nation’s most stable economies. The presence of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, numerous other attractions and the scenic beauty of the Black Hills make tourism a major industry, particularly in the summer months. Mining, logging and agriculture also contribute to the coffers of one of the few remaining states to run at a budget surplus.Perhaps because of the long and colorful history of the area, most citizens foster a strong sense of both community and pride. Local city and town governments reflect this attitude.The political structure of the area is designed to meet the needs of growing communities. The “good neighbor” concept, established in Old West traditions, seems to be a governing principle for an area where people can still pay by check — with no identification required. City and county governments are active, highly participative and address issues ranging from law enforcement to environmental concerns.Cowboy boots, pickup trucks, high plains grassland and pine-covered mountains may give Rapid City a Western flair and easy-going lifestyle, but living or visiting Rapid City also creates a striking atmosphere for music, art and drama.The arts are an important part of the community and are growing strong thanks to dedicated support from civic-minded volunteers, educators and a government interested in supporting the variety the arts can add to city life.Rapid City and the Black Hills area have a thriving arts and culture scene that encompasses the values and history of the region. Rapid City’s premier arts center, the Dahl, is a public facility owned by the city of Rapid City. Since it opened in 1974, the Dahl has been the center for contemporary visual arts, arts education and performing arts. The Dahl Arts Center is managed by the Rapid City Arts Council, which is one of the oldest and most respected arts councils in South Dakota. The mission of the Arts Council is to bring art and people together to strengthen the community.The Allied Arts Fund provides operation and promotional support for A Cappella Showcase, Bells of the Hills, Black Hills Chamber Music Society, Black Hills Community Theatre, Black Hills Dance Theatre, Black Hills Playhouse, Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, Dakota Artists Guild, Dakota Choral Union, Rapid City Arts Council and Rapid City Concert Association. In addition, it provides funding for other nonprofit grassroots community art projects. Together, all these groups represent the most active and established arts organizations in the Black Hills and provide more than 1,200 culturally enriching events each year.• A Cappella Showcase presents area singers and musicians in their area concerts.• The Bells of the Hills presents two hand bell concerts annually.• Black Hills Chamber Music Society presents a five-concert series of chamber music for the public each year and sponsors a music enrichment program for children in the Black Hills Children’s Home.• Black Hills Community Theatre reaches out to everyone in the Black Hills, providing them with the opportunity to learn, share and experience the performing arts through participation, classes or being an audience member at quality theatrical productions in the Black Hills. They do this by producing five Main Stage shows each year, one dinner theater fundraiser, four children’s theater productions, a senior theater program that performs at various senior centers and housing complexes throughout the region, and theater project development with the Suzie Cappa Players of the Black Hills Workshop.• Black Hills Dance Theatre provides quality in dance education, performance and experience to audiences in the Black Hills region; presents “The Nutcracker” ballet biennially; and sponsors a performance from a nationally acclaimed dance company every year.• Black Hills Playhouse presents 60 to 65 performances that serve more than 15,000 patrons. It provides hands-on educational experiences for students with employment and internships.• Black Hills Symphony Orchestra presents a five-concert series and co-sponsors the Young Artist Competition with the Black Hills Symphony League.• Dakota Artists Guild provides art shows at First United Methodist Church, Black Hills Community Theatre and Black Hills Piano Gallery. It hosts artist workshops and sponsors youth scholarships.• Dakota Choral Union performs an annual series of four concerts with its nonauditioned choir.• Rapid City Arts Council presents, promotes and preserves the arts through education, exhibits, performances and collections.• Rapid City Concert Association presents an annual concert series featuring renowned, nationally known artists. Formed in 1937, it is Rapid City’s oldest arts organization.EDUCATIONWhen it comes to education, South Dakota is wired for success. When it comes to computers, South Dakota has one of the highest computer-to-student ratios.In the Black Hills, education doesn’t end with high school. This region is home to two state universities, a technical institute and several private colleges.Workers are well-educated; 24 percent of employed citizens hold a bachelor’s degree, while nearly 9 percent hold an advanced degree.Incoming families are encouraged to register their children in school as soon as possible. When registering children in school, parents need to provide the record of attendance and grades from previous schools, if available, and a birth certificate for kindergarten registration. Shot records are also needed when registering kindergartners.RAPID CITY AREA SCHOOLS DISTRICTThe Rapid City Area Schools district, the second-largest district in South Dakota, is dedicated to providing students equal access to an excellent educational program, which results in their becoming responsible citizens who know how to learn, value lifelong learning and cope with life in a changing society.With an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, the district encompasses more than 419 square miles. It consists of 15 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools.The district provides multifaceted educational opportunities through regular and special classes, community education programs and extensive after-school, co-curricular activities.Committed to community involvement, Rapid City Area Schools encourage phone calls or visits to any schools or offices.Bus transportation is available to Rapid City Area Schools district students in first through eighth grade who live more than 2.5 miles from their assigned attendance area.RAPID CITY REGIONAL HOSPITALRegional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Regional Health is composed of five hospitals and 24 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program and more than 130 active research studies.Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH) is the largest hospital in the Regional Health system with more than 3,300 caregivers. RCRH is verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. Along with emergency services, the Rapid City hospital also provides advanced cardiac care, cancer care, behavioral health services, surgical services, rehabilitation, home health and hospice services, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, neonatal intensive care and pediatric care. Regional Health also operates Urgent Care Clinics and specialty clinics throughout the Rapid City area.BLACK HILLS REGIONAL EYE INSTITUTEThe Black Hills Regional Eye Institute has been offering eye care since 1982. The institute serves the surrounding five-state region with 12 satellite locations and a modern eye care facility in Rapid City. Experienced physicians and staff are experts in all areas of eye exams, glaucoma treatment, cataract surgery, the retina and cornea, pediatric care and strabismus, oculoplastic and refractive surgery techniques to lessen the need for glasses or contact lenses.EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND PROCEDURESOff-duty Employment: The Airman and Family Readiness Center, at the Rushmore Center, provides employment assistance.Full-time or Part-time Employment for Family Members: Rapid City Career Center has a vast listing of jobs that individuals may apply for. This agency offers an excellent beginning for military dependents looking for full- or part-time employment. For more information about the South Dakota Department of Labor and Rapid City Career Center, at 111 New York St. in Rapid City, call 605-394-2296.Volunteer Positions: The Airman and Family Readiness Center at Ellsworth can provide information for individuals interested in volunteer work. For more information, call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 605-385-4663.PUBLIC TRANSPORTATIONAIRPORTThe Rapid City Regional Airport, 11 miles from Ellsworth off Highway 44, is one of the most active airports in the region. The airport has an 8,701-foot main runway and a 3,600-foot asphalt crosswind runway. Rapid City Regional Airport serves the Black Hills with several commercial airlines, such as Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Express. Ground transportation is provided by Airport Express Shuttle, taxi and six car rental brands. For more information, call 605-393-9924.BUS DEPOTThe Rapid Transit Center is at 333 Sixth St. in Rapid City. Rapid Ride provides daily bus service with routes throughout the city. For more information, call Rapid Ride at 605-394-6631.LAW ENFORCEMENTThe Rapid City Police Department employs more than 140 workers composed of sworn officers and civilian personnel. The routine phone number for the Rapid City Police Department is 605-394-4131.FIRE DEPARTMENTThe city is serviced by the Rapid City Fire Department. The department is staffed with 135 employees. There are seven fire stations throughout the city. The nonemergency number for the Rapid City Fire Department is 605-394-4180.RECREATIONRapid City is the gateway to the Black Hills, which offer unlimited hours of recreation, including sightseeing, hiking, camping, swimming, sailing, water skiing, fishing, spelunking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, downhill and cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.The entire state of South Dakota offers excellent opportunities for fishing and hunting. Many rivers, lakes and streams provide habitat for bass, trout, walleye and northern pike, salmon, bluegill, perch, crappie and catfish. Fall and winter offer a challenge for elk, mule and whitetail deer, American pronghorn, turkey, pheasant, quail, partridge, grouse, goose, duck, prairie chicken, dove, coyote, fox, jackrabbit, cottontail, squirrel and prairie dog.U.S. armed forces personnel who have been continuously stationed in South Dakota for at least 90 days immediately preceding application for a license are eligible to purchase resident licenses. License and licensing information are available from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks Licensing Office, 20641 State Highway 1806, Fort Pierre, SD 57532; the local county treasurer office; the Black Hills Center (on base); or other authorized agents. For more information, call 605-223-7660.TOURISMOne of the most commonly heard phrases from visitors to Rapid City is: “If we had known there was so much to do and see in and around Rapid City, we’d have planned to stay longer.” Nestled in the eastern foothills of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Rapid City shines as the center of this legendary mountain range. From American Indian culture and Western history to the majesty of creek-carved canyons and pine-clad granite peaks amid fine shopping and dining, you will find a wealth of opportunities in Rapid City.Just a short drive away, you will find yourself surrounded by 2 million acres of ponderosa pine forest along with wildlife parks, breathtaking scenery and an array of outdoor recreational activities. The Black Hills are home to one of the highest concentrations of public parks, monuments and memorials in the United States. Crowned by one of America’s most unwavering symbols — Mount Rushmore National Memorial — the Black Hills are also home to Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park, Devils Tower National Monument, Jewel Cave National Monument and Minuteman Missile Silo National Historic Site, all within a short drive from Rapid City. Come face-to-face with mighty American bison in Custer State Park, home to the highest peak east of the Rocky Mountains. Discover Native American culture at Crazy Horse Memorial, which will be the largest mountain carving in the world when it is completed.Rapid City offers visitors close proximity to the outdoor adventures of the Black Hills, with all the comforts of home, including plentiful lodging options, a variety of dining experiences, unique shopping, art galleries and museums. You will also find wildlife, exotic gardens, indoor water parks, walking trails and one-of-a-kind attractions.Rapid City offers a city tour for visitors to easily explore many of the attractions and activities throughout the community. City tour attractions are marked by signs to guide you through the city and move you to the next location. As you stroll through downtown filled with history and unique shops, you will discover life-size bronze sculptures of past United States presidents on display. You can also pick up a trolley tour that will take you to many of the attractions throughout town.Coupled with more than 5,300 hotel rooms — from upscale downtown hotels to national chains along the interstate — and airline service from seven of the nation’s busiest airports (Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Mesa and Salt Lake City), it’s easy to see why millions of people make Rapid City their vacation destination each year.WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DOThe Rapid City Visitor Information Center is in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Here you will find visitor information specialists who can help you make the most of your visit to Rapid City. Visitors can have questions answered or get help arranging the perfect activity. The Rapid City VIC is open year-round 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.For more information about planning a vacation to Rapid City and the Black Hills of South Dakota, call 800-487-3223 for a visitor packet or download the guide at www.visitrapidcity.com.SHOPPINGResidents in Rapid City have access to a variety of shopping experiences. From stores at the Rushmore Mall and Rushmore Crossing to unique downtown shops, Native American arts and crafts outlets, and Black Hills gold jewelers, residents can find plenty of shopping opportunities throughout Rapid City.DOWNTOWN RAPID CITYDowntown Rapid City is truly a sight to see. Nowhere is the collision of the historic and the modern as enjoyable as in downtown Rapid City. As you stroll along you will find a presidential bronze statue to greet you at each corner. There are both Native American art and the latest fashions and accessories decorating storefront windows. Salons, clothing stores, South Dakota-made products and quaint restaurants can all be found in historic downtown Rapid City.DININGRapid City’s selection of restaurants should satisfy anyone’s taste. The aromas of both regional and international cuisines float through Rapid City and in downtown, where culinary delights range from upscale bistro dishes to cheaper eats and local brews. There is something to satisfy any palate.SOUTH DAKOTA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUMThe South Dakota Air and Space Museum is outside the main gate of Ellsworth AFB. The museum has indoor exhibits and a gift shop. Aircraft and missile displays are outside of the museum. There are more than 1,000 items in this collection, which range from World War I to present day. A Minuteman II Training Launch Facility, located on base, can be viewed as part of an organized museum tour.The museum is open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June through Labor Day and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the rest of the year. The indoor museum is closed in January and February and on holidays. For more information or to arrange a tour, call 605-385-5189.CITY MUSEUMSRapid City’s museums include the Dahl Arts Center, the Sioux Indian Museum, the Journey Museum and the Museum of Geology on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus, with some of the most famous fossils in the world.The Journey, a state-of-the-art museum of world-class quality and size, provides an incredible trip through 2.5 billion years of Black Hills history. Hands-on and interactive exhibits showcase the geography, people and events that shaped both the history and heritage of the region. It incorporates four major prehistoric and historic collections, telling the story of the western Great Plains.LIBRARIESRapid City’s public library system has three libraries: Rapid City Public Library Downtown, Rapid City Public Library North and City Public Library East. The downtown library has 170,000 physical materials (books, periodicals, DVDs) and more than 5,000 e-books, downloadable audiobooks and videos. The library has more than 1 million circulations each year and offers a wide range of services, programs and resources. Rapid City Public Library North is a joint-use public facility inside an elementary school. Computers with Wi-Fi, a gaming station with Wii and a large collection of children’s books are all available at this location. The City Public Library East at Western Dakota Tech offers great programming, online and print collections, e-books and more.last_img read more

Sports and Recreation

first_imgWhether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, you’ll find what you’re after in Burlington and Ocean counties.Fantasy Island Amusement Park320 Seventh St.Beach Haven, NJ 08008 609-492-4000www.fantasyislandpark.com This park with Victorian flair features thrilling rides, an arcade, boardwalk games, entertainment, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and more.GolfGolfing fans can play through on some of New Jerseys’ best golf courses in the region. Public, private and semi-private golf courses are all available. Burlington County is home to the highly acclaimed and challenging Pine Valley Golf Club. Ranked No. 1 in the world by Golf Magazine more than once, the private course is incredibly exclusive and out of reach for most nonmembers. Thankfully, the county is also home to the Golden Pheasant Golf Club, the Burlington Country Club, the Indian Spring Country Club and several other private and public courses. In Ocean County, you can play at the public Atlantis Golf Course, which was named one of the top 50 golf courses in New Jersey under $50 to play. Forge Pond Golf Course, another public course, was named “Best golf course in Monmouth/Ocean County” several years running. For a full list of golf courses in the region, visit the New Jersey State Golf Association at www.njsga.org. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk300 Ocean Ave.Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742 732-892-0600https://jenkinsons.com Jenkinson’s Boardwalk is fun for the whole family. The mile-long boardwalk features an aquarium, an amusement park, arcades and a Sweet Shop. Tee up at one of three mini-golf courses, batter up at the batting cages or eat up at the oceanside restaurants. No trip is complete without a visit to the beautiful sandy beach.River Cruises and Pirate AdventuresExplore New Jersey by boat on a river cruise. The River Belle and River Lady paddlewheel riverboats offer sightseeing and dining cruises along the Manasquan River, Point Pleasant Canal, Barnegat Bay and Metedeconk River. Climb aboard these authentic reproductions that capture the charm of 19th-century Mississippi paddleboats for historical sightseeing cruises, fireworks cruises, murder mystery cruises, dance cruises and more.If you’re looking for a swashbuckling adventure, sail with the Jersey Shore Pirates on the Sea Gypsy. Children can dress up like pirates, man the famous water cannons and embark on a treasure hunt on the high seas. Black Pearl Pirate Tours offer a similar experience for young pirates in training, as well as sunset cruises with a fully stocked bar for older buccaneers.For more information on river cruises and pirate adventures, visit the Ocean County Tourism website at www.oceancountytourism.com. Six Flags Great Adventure1 Six Flags Blvd.Jackson, NJ 08527 732-928-2000www.sixflags.com/greatadventure Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild Safari and Hurricane Harbor thrill guests with coasters, shows, animals and water fun. Go from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds on the Kingda Ka roller coaster, experience the tallest and fastest drop ride in the world on Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, or try to stay dry on the Congo Rapids whitewater river rafting experience.Team85 Fitness & Wellness8500 K Johnson Blvd.Bordentown, NJ 08505 609-298-8585http://team85fitnessandwellness.com Team85 Fitness & Wellness is a one-stop shop for all your fitness, sport, family and lifestyle needs. Team85 began with the vision of its CEO — former professional football player Kevin Johnson of the Cleveland Browns. Today, the 120,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art fitness and cardio equipment, an indoor turf field, batting cages, basketball courts, an indoor track, indoor swimming pools, salon and spa services, a cafe with internet, child care services and more. The facility offers programs for all ages and fitness levels.last_img read more

Vandenberg AFB Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here

first_imgIntroductionWelcome to beautiful Santa Barbara County, California. As far as weather goes at Vandenberg AFB, you aren’t going to have much to worry about here. It’s basically lovely all year round. It’s two hours up the coast from Los Angeles and Venice Beach and has about the same climate. So you can imagine the sunshine and comfortable temperatures you’re going to experience here. It rarely gets anywhere near cold, though, so if you’re a ski bunny, then you might be a little disappointed. You’ll have to consider a weekend trip to somewhere farther north. Otherwise, this place will be fairly welcoming to pretty much everyone else. Vandenberg weather is mild in the summer and winter, and spring and fall are exceedingly comfortable. The most you’ll worry about are chilly mornings leading into winter and during the coldest days of February.Suggested Read: Vandenberg AFB: In-Depth Welcome CenterSpringHigh: Low 60sLow: 45Sping at Vandenberg is very mild, with temperatures that are able to dip below 40 degrees, but in the same way that the moon has the ability to turn into string cheese. It’s unlikely to happen on an average day. You’re going to have cool mornings during the spring months, so don’t be surprised to be a bit chilled when you wake up, but as the day goes on it’ll start to warm up. Clouds will fill the skies about a quarter of the time, but heavily overcast days will be rare. This is a holdover from winter when overcast days are more common. Spring continues the wet season at Vandenberg. Wet days peak in the winter and the chances of rain wind down through the spring and finish in the dry summer months. At the end of May, you might see about a half-inch of rain. You’ll have around 12 hours of daylight every day, as the sun rises before 0800 and sets after 1400. You’ll really luck out at Vandenberg in terms of humidity. There isn’t any at all during the spring months.SummerHigh: 80Low: 50sAnd here we are in the dry season. The chance of precipitation is lowest at the beginning of August at 0 percent. That’s right, there’s absolutely no rain at the end of July moving into August, and it’s unlikely that you’ll see much at all over the months of summer. Rainfall should gradually pick up as September winds down, but the summer is not going to cancel any baseball games around here. Temperatures in the summer are extraordinarily nice. You’ll be very comfortable on an average day. Most days will see the highs around the upper 60s and low 70s, with the lows in the 50s. It could be cool in the mornings and evenings, but the afternoons will be just about perfect. And it never gets too hot, either, so don’t expect to have to hide from the heat in the middle of the day. Cloud coverage is very minimal in summer. You’ll see some wisps here and there in less than 10% of days. A massive 14 and a half hours of daylight will light up the Vandenberg summers. The earliest sunrise will happen at about 0545 and the sun will set the latest at 2020. Note that the only real humidity at Vandenberg happens during the summer and spikes to around 30%. The fact that it’s so low means that you’ll basically never feel it.FallHigh: 70Low: 40Fall is much like spring with mild temperatures and low rainfall. The peak heat of summer takes a while to burn down, and you can look forward to comfortable temps following you all the way into the start of winter. The humidity creeps back down slowly from its height in August but doesn’t disappear completely until December. Lows will generally be in the 50s but can sink down below 40 on exceptionally rare days. It’s still going to be very comfortable overall, with some chill in the mornings now and again. You’ll see more cloud coverage, but not by much. It’ll peak in the winter, but as for now, the clouds will sprout up around 25% of the time. Precipitation starts to creep up here in the fall, and about 12% of fall days will have some rain. It won’t exactly be wet through, as October will see only .5 inches in total. Daylight falls back down to about 12 hours and sunrise comes back up closer to 0800.WinterHigh: 70Low: Low 30sIt’s possible for temperatures to reach freezing at Vandengerb, but it’s also possible for the molten iron core at the center of the earth to freeze, too. This is to say that you shouldn’t expect it. Highs can reach 70 degrees, but you really shouldn’t expect that, either. Most likely, you’ll spend the winter days in temps ranging from 40-60 degrees, which isn’t going to call for any major layering. So again, Vandenberg AFB weather is very comfortable overall, all year round. You will experience cold mornings though until winter temperatures rise in the afternoons and settle in. What you have to watch for the most in the winter is the cloud coverage, which now rises to encompass about half the days of the season. It’s going to turn gray for a while. And it’s going to rain more often, with about a 24% chance of rain in February. The month will also see the most rainfall by inches, at an average of 3.2. But it can get even more than that, all the way up to 7.5 inches. You’ll have the least amount of daylight from November to February, too. The sun will be out somewhere around 9 and a half hours a day. The earliest sunset will arrive in the beginning of December and occur before 1700. It’s going to be dark and cloudy and wet in comparison to the rest of the year, but very comfortable considering.Field & Training ExpectationsYou won’t have much to worry about the weather in terms of physical activity. In a lot of places, you’d need to worry about the intense heat or layering up in the cold, but here at Vandenberg AFB the weather is decent the whole year. It isn’t going to matter much whether you’re marching in June or the middle of February. Two things to mind are the sun and the early mornings of winter. In the summer months, though the temperatures are comfortable, you’ll still need to check the UV index. Make sure to wear sunscreen to protect your skin against the harmful rays of the sun. In the winter months, you’ll probably want to cover up early in the day and probably later in the evening, as well. If you’re getting physical during the day though, you might not need to modify your dress much. The heat of your body could be enough to get you through.ConclusionThe weather is nice all year. There isn’t much to worry about or complain about there. There’s no telling whether that’s true about the rest of what you’ll go through here. But one thing’s for sure; the weather isn’t going to be one of your problems. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.last_img read more

Tour of California Stage 5 and 6 Recap, Lance out of Top 5

first_imgYeah, we got a little behind in posting these…so here’s a combo recap:STAGE 6 TOP 5:1) Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana2) David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream3) Gustav Larsson (SWE), Team Saxo Bank4) Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-High Road5) Jens Voigt (GER), Team Saxo BankGENERAL CLASSIFICATION OVERALL:1) Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana2) David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream3) Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-High Road4) Jens Voigt (GER), Team Saxo Bank5) Thomas Lövkvist (SWE), Team Columbia-High RoadSTAGE 6 JERSEY WINNERS:Amgen Race Leader Jersey- Levi Leipheimer (USA), AstanaAmgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey- George Hincapie (USA), Team Columbia-High Road)Herbalife Sprint Jersey- Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-High RoadRabobank Best Young Rider Jersey- Robert Gesink (NED), RabobankCalifornia Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey- Francisco Mancebo (ESP), Rock RacingRead “more” for Stage 5 results and stories from stages 5…STAGE 5 TOP 5:1) Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-High Road2) Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step3) Pedro Horrillo (ESP), Rabobank4) Francesco Chicchi (ITA), Liquigas5) Thor Hushovd (NOR), Cevelo Test TeamGENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 5:1) Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana2) Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Comumbia-High Road3) David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream4) Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana5) Christopher Horner (USA), AstanaSTAGE 5 JERSEY WINNERS:Amgen Race Leader Jersey- Levi Leipheimer (USA), AstanaAmgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey- Mathew Crane (USA), Jelly BellyHerbalife Sprint Jersey- Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-High RoadRabobank Best Young Rider Jersey- Robert Gesink (NED), RabobankCalifornia Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey- Francisco Mancebo (ESP), Rock RacingSTAGE 5 RECAP:Enthusiastic crowds turned out at the start of the race today in Visalia as race leaders Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana, Michael Rogers (AUS) of Team Columbia-Highroad, David Zibriskie (USA) of Garmin-Slipstream and Lance Armstrong (USA) of Astana led the peloton into Stage 5 of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Equally impressive crowds lined the streets in Paso Robles to witness the incredible sprint to the finish line that saw Mark Cavendish (GBR) of Team Columbia-Highroad take his second consecutive stage win in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Leipheimer maintained the overall lead after coming in 15th place in the longest stage of the race. Day six of the 2009 race included no King of the Mountain competitions, but two sprint competitions on a flat, fast day of racing that took the riders from Visalia to Paso Robles.Moving into second and third overall were Rogers and Zabriskie, respectively.“This was the day that I was planning on winning this year,” said Cavendish. “It was a hard day; harder than expected. It seems like they’ve replicated the Tour de France with the speed and the par course. It has been incredibly hard.”Team Columbia-Highroad again delivered Cavendish to the finish line at the front, where he sprang off the lead-out wheels to win with ease. And once again it was Quick Step’s Tom Boonen (BEL) who finished second in the stage, just ahead of Pedro Horrillo (ESP) of Rabobank.“This stage win is massively important,” added Cavendish. “Any stage in the Amgen Tour of California is big. It’s big for the team, and this one is a bit more personal because it’s close to home. Every other stage is important, but this one is a bit more personal.”Despite the apparent ease of victory for Cavendish, it was a long, hard stage for him and the rest of the field. A six-man group escaped only seven miles into the 134.3- mile route from Visalia to Paso Robles, with early attacks led by Jelly Belly’s Matthew Crane (USA), who was eventually joined by Jeff Louder (USA) of Team BMC, Robert Gunn (AUS) of Fly V Australia Powered by Successful Living, Glen Chadwick (NZL) of Rock Racing and Cameron Evans (CAN) Ouch Presented by Maxxis.Cruising through the flat San Joaquin Valley floor under sunny skies, the escapees steadily opened the gap to a maximum of eight minutes mid-way through the race, with Astana leading a steady tempo in the field. At 50 miles to go, Quick Step, Team Columbia-Highroad and Saxo Bank began sharing the load at the front, and the time differential decreased rapidly. The breakaway splintered under the pressure, with Chadwick being the last one reeled in with less than three miles to go, when Team Columbia-Highroad led Cavendish to take over.With the sun hanging high in a flawless baby blue sky in Paso Robles, all of the top riders finished in the main group, completing a long, flat stage leading into the critical Individual Time Trial in Solvang tomorrow.It’s going to be a big showdown tomorrow,” said two-time defending champion and overall leader Leipheimer. “You have the three-time World Champion Michael Rogers and Dave Zabriskie, the National Champion, so it will be special. I’m actually really looking forward to it. I feel good; I’ve felt great throughout the whole race. I feel pretty awesome about keeping the lead.”There were only two changes in the jerseys today, with Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancerâ„¢ Most Courageous Rider Jersey going to Matthew Crane (USA) of Jelly Belly Pro Cycling and the Herbalife Sprint Jersey going to Cavendish. The other jersey winners remain unchanged with Leipheimer in the Amgen Leader Jersey, Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank in the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey and Francisco Mancebo (ESP) of Rock Racing in the California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey.“The crowds today in Paso Robles were absolutely amazing,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “It was great to see such an enthusiastic response from a new host city. We had a great race today, and the best part is, it is still anyone’s race tomorrow. Tomorrow should prove to be a critical day for the world-class cyclists and a remarkable day for the spectators who come out to see the always popular time trial.”Amgen’s celebration of cancer survivors continued today with a Breakaway Mile celebrating Paso Robles brain cancer survivor Ryelle Leverett. The Breakaway Mile is a one-mile honorary ride across the finish line to honor and their support teams. Ryelle’s support team included family and close friends, and Jon Oliner, Amgen scientific director, who plays a crucial role in developing innovative medicines to treat cancer and other serious illnesses.“The grit and determination of the cyclists is not unlike that of millions of cancer patients, caregivers and survivors The Wellness Community works for and with everyday. Ryelle Levertt is a great example of that spirit,” said Kim Thiboldeaux, president and CEO, The Wellness Community.Today’s Breakaway Mile was one of the race activities that support Amgen’s national Breakaway from Cancerâ„¢ initiative, which was created in 2005 as a complementary component to its sponsorship of the inaugural race. The Breakaway from Cancer initiative is designed to empower patients by connecting them to education, resources and hope.Breakaway from Cancer nonprofit partners play leading roles in every aspect of cancer care to help people affected by the disease. The Paso Robles Breakaway Mile called attention to The Wellness Community, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people with cancer and those who care for them. The Wellness Community-Central Coast is currently a satellite of The Wellness Community-Valley/Ventura and offers support and hope for the region’s more than 1,100 cancer patients diagnosed annually, as well as the area’s countless cancer survivors.last_img read more

POC Announces 3 Year Partnership with Team Garmin-Sharp

first_imgFrom POC: (Stockholm, Sweden – January 10)  – POC, and Team Garmin-Sharp today announced a three-year partnership.Beginning in January 2014, Swedish company POC is the official helmet and eyewear supplier of Team Garmin-Sharp, the American professional cycling team dedicated to ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling champions.“We pride ourselves in working with best-in-class partners to develop equipment that helps our riders perform at their best. POC is another great example of a superior partnership and we are thrilled to add them to the Slipstream family”, says Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Team Garmin-Sharp.Commenting on the partnership, Stefan Ytterborn, POC CEO and founder says:“We are now entering the road bike scene and we need to go all in and support our mission of doing everything we can to possibly save lives and reduce the consequences of accidents, and at the same time assist with performance through advances in technology. With Team Garmin-Sharp’s spirit, values and attitude, we have found a perfect partner. Together we will come up with even better, safer and faster products for the team and in their quest to win, but also benefit road cyclists around the world who will be able to use the same products and innovations for training and racing.”POC, a leading manufacturer of skiing and mountain biking helmets, body armor and accessories, will provide the team with helmets and eyewear. Riders for Team Garmin-Sharp will be using the award-winning and storied Octal helmet, the Octal Aero and the Tempor TT helmet. When it comes to the eyewear, the team will choose from a number of different frames, ranging from the striking DID’s to the soon-to-be-released DO Blades. DO Blade has been developed in collaboration with 2012 Giro D’Italia champion, Garmin-Sharp’s Ryder Hesjedal, and Olympic TT Silver medalist Gustav Larsson – both POC team athletes.POC will also produce additional products with specifically engineered properties to serve specific needs, depending on discipline and circumstances.“I really believe the POC range of helmets is revolutionary in bringing new levels of comfort, aerodynamics and cooling to the market,” says Dan Martin, Team Garmin-Sharp. “I am blown away by POC’s advanced design and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them this season,” adds Martin.POC is just about to release AVIP, it’s first road bike specific range including helmets, apparel, eyewear and accessories. AVIP stands for Attention, Visibility, Interaction and Protection and is POC’s most ambitious initiative to date, promoting safety for road cyclists.The blue color of the Octal and the Do Blade is called “Garminum Blue,” and is a salute to the team and will be used for competition. Since visibility is a key factor to road bike safety and to support the idea behind AVIP, the highly visible orange version of the Octal helmet will be the first choice for team Garmin-Sharp when training.Starting with Australian National Championships in January, team Garmin-Sharp will be wearing POC helmets and eyewear around the world, from the Tour Down Under to The Tour de France to Liege-Baston-Liege.About Slipstream SportsOwned and managed by Slipstream Sports, Team Garmin-Sharp is dedicated to promoting ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling champions. Team Garmin-Sharp competes in a full schedule of professional cycling races in the U.S. and Europe. Additional information is available at www.slipstreamsports.com. About POCPOC is a Swedish company built on a strong mission to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sport athletes and cyclists. More information at www.pocsports.com If you read between the lines with POC’s “garminum” blue colorway from our coverage of the POC AVIP launch you probably saw this coming. If not, it’s now official – POC is the new helmet and glasses sponsor for Team Garmin-Sharp starting now, and continuing for the next three years. POC is making big strides in the road cycling world, first with the launch of the safety oriented AVIP line, the recent announcement of a partnership with Volvo Car Group to focus on bike-car safety, and now the announcement of the Team Garmin-Sharp sponsorship that will lead to the development of additional road products in the future based on the input of the team.In addition to the Octal, Octal Aero, and Tempor TT helmet, the Garmin-Sharp team will be using POC’s eyewear like the new Do Blade – which was developed in collaboration with Garmin-Sharp’s Ryder Hesjedal, and Olympic TT Silver medalist Gustav Larsson.More after the break.last_img read more

US Pro Championships – Team Ouch-Maxxis Bikes

first_imgTeam Ouch p/b Maxxis rides the Kuota Kredo in basically the same paint scheme you can buy (although yours will be red where this is orange).  The team bikes roll on Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate wheels on Maxxis rubber with full SRAM Red drivetrain and white Ritchey bar, post and stem.Hit ‘more’ for WEIGHT and DETAIL PHOTOS… The Kredo has a pretty big headtube mated to a highly shaped top tube. The bottom bracket junction is fairly massive as well.last_img

Google Glass Coming Soon to Oakley Cycling Glasses near You?

first_imgLeft image c. Google, right c. S. MercantiBig news out of the eyewear industry recently – Google and Luxottica have announced a partnership to develop smart eyewear together in the immediate future. What does that mean for the cycling industry? Well, for starters as the parent company of major eyewear brands like Ray-Ban, and Oakley, there are quite a few brands that stand to gain the Google Glass upgrade if you’re into that sort of thing. In fact, Ray-Ban and Oakley were specifically mentioned in the press release as being part of the partnership with Google. When it comes to Oakley, the leap to Glass is easy to see based on the company’s history of integrating electronics with performance eyewear (anyone still have a pair of Thumps?). Given their ability to blend functional electronics into a sunglass frame, we’re excited to see what Oakley can do with the form factor of Google Glass.The real question is how this new partnership will spur competition from Glass’s main competition, especially in the cycling world – the Recon Jet. Are we on the verge of eliminating the cycling computer from the bike completely in favor of HUDs? Time will tell. While it may be some time still before we’re seeing cycling specific versions of Glass equipped Oakleys, with apps like Strava being designed for Glass it will probably happen sooner than we know it.From Luxottica:Milan (Italy), March 24th , 2014 – Luxottica Group S.p.A. (MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX), a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and sales of premium, luxury and sports eyewear and Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), announce today they have agreed they will join forces to design, develop and distribute a new breed of eyewear for Glass.Today’s announcement offers a far reaching strategic partnership between Luxottica and Google to work together across multiple efforts on the creation of innovative iconic wearable devices. Through this relationship, Luxottica and Google, who are setting the pace in their respective industries, will match up high-tech developers with fashion designers and eyewear professionals. In particular, the two Corporations will establish a team of experts devoted to working on the design, development, tooling and engineering of Glass products that straddle the line between high-fashion, lifestyle and innovative technology.Luxottica added that the two major proprietary brands of the Group, Ray-Ban and Oakley who has a 10-year heritage in wearable technology that has evolved from MP3 to HUD devices, will be a part of the collaboration with Glass; however details about these new products will be disclosed at a later stage.“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Google, and are proud to be once again setting the pace in the eyewear industry, as we have been, with more than 50 years of excellence.” Said Andrea Guerra, Chief Executive Officer of Luxottica Group.“We live in a world where technological innovation has dramatically changed the way in which we communicate and interact in everything that we do. More importantly, we have come to a point where we now have both a technology push and a consumer pull for wearable technology products and applications. Seeing such a future, over the last years, Luxottica invested heavily in building-out our technology platforms and digital solutions to combine with our products excellence. We believe that a strategic partnership with a leading player like Google is the ideal platform for developing a new way forward in our industry and answering the evolving needs of consumers on a global scale. We believe it is high time to combine the unique expertise, deep knowledge and quality of our Group with the cutting edge technology expertise of Google and give birth to a new generation of revolutionary devices.”“Luxottica has built an impressive history over the last 50 years designing, manufacturing and distributing some of the most successful and well-known brands in eyewear today.” Said Google Vice President and head of Google X Astro Teller. “We are thrilled to be partnering with them as we look to push Glass and the broader industry forward into the emerging smart eyewear market.”The first collection generated by this partnership will combine high-end technology with avant-garde design offering the best in style, quality and performance. These forward-thinking devices will be the result of a new and unique strategic approach reflecting attention to detail, uncompromising quality and technology nurtured in the global market. The sophistication and elegance of this new generation of products will be a dramatic step forward in an evolving category and elevate the consumer experience in this area. Editor’s Note: In the spirit of full disclosure, Zach’s wife is employed by Luxottica.last_img read more