EB13: FSA Adjustable Height Road Bike Seatpost (Possibly) Twists Into Production

first_imgFound on Ivan Basso’s training bike is FSA’s adjustable height seat post to let him fine tune his position during training while in motion.The benefits are obvious, taking the classroom (fit studio) and applying it to the streets. A simple twist moves the saddle up or down by 1mm per click, with a 20mm range in the latest version (this one’s 12mm). It’s cool because it’ll keep the saddle in the same rotational position but can easily let you see how power and comfort change.It’s only been for pros so far, and has been spotted as far back as 2011, but word is it’s now going into production. It’s really intended as a training aid only. Weight is around 400g, but not final. Maurizio Bellin, FSA’s European OEM Sales guy, says triathletes might like it because they could tweak their position on long courses to better prepare their legs for the transition to running.Twist past the break for more pics… If you don’t mind the weight, this could actually be a pretty functional addition to gravel racers and endurance cyclocross, too.Now, if they just added a motor to raise and lower the post, they’d take Shimano’s idea to market.FSA also had some new new stuff on display, like their new hydraulic mountain bike disc brakes and some very nice road clincher/tubular wheels.FullSpeedAhead.comlast_img read more

Shumlin administration gearing up for the nitty-gritty of single payer

first_imgby Andrew Stein July 29, 2013 vtdigger.org Governor Peter Shumlin put Vermont on a path to creating the nation’s first single payer health care system when he signed Act 48 in 2011. But since then, his administration has made little progress up that mountain, drawing questions and accusations from the far political left and right about the governor’s sincerity.Now, Shumlin and his team are beginning to shift gears, planning the implementation of a publicly funded, universal health care system. In the past two months, the administration has moved two of its policy heavyweights to the fifth floor Office of Health Care Reform ‘right around the corner from where the governor sits.Michael Costa, former policy director at the Tax Department, took the elevator up to his new office at the beginning of June. He is charged with figuring out how to finance a single payer system with tax dollars.David Reynolds, a co-architect of the Affordable Care Act and a former health policy adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders, joined the team in July. He is tasked with bringing the moving parts of a single payer system together.Costa and Reynolds join Robin Lunge, director of Health Care Reform, who helped craft the single payer legislation and has overseen the administration’s health care policy initiatives since July 2011.‘This shows that we’re serious,’said Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding. ‘But that’s not why we’re doing this. We’re doing this because we are serious.’Shumlin doesn’t flinch when questioned about the proposal’s vulnerable points, like shifting more than a billion dollars in health insurance dollars to the tax sector.‘I am bound and determined to pass the first sensible single payer health care system in the country, and that’s going to be the most ambitious policy lift in Vermont history,’Shumlin said on Monday. ‘So, obviously, we’re going to gear up our staff and engage Vermonters from all walks of life.’For the past two years, Shumlin’s top health care team has been focused on creating and implementing a new web-based insurance market for more than 100,000 Vermonters. The exchange, called Vermont Health Connect, is slated to open Oct. 1. Then, on Jan. 1, 2014, Vermonters buying health insurance individually or through businesses with 50 or fewer employees will be legally required to purchase plans on this market.The exchange is not the single payer system the administration has in mind. It is a market that is being created in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. To deviate from these federal regulations and implement a single payer health care system, Vermont will need a federal waiver from the secretary of Health and Human Services. But, under federal law, states are not eligible for the waiver until 2017.This past legislative session, the administration was supposed to submit to the Legislature a financing plan for funding a universal health care system with public dollars. The plan was called for in Act 48, which became statute.The financing plan, however, did not arrive on legislators’desks. The administration said it would be premature to propose specific taxes and that the Legislature should focus on passing necessary laws for the imminent insurance exchange.What did come was a road map of sorts for drawing up a financing plan. It was created by the University of Massachusetts, which estimated the state would need to raise roughly $1.6 billion in public dollars to finance a single payer system.Robin Lunge, director of health care reform for the Shumlin administration. VTD File Photo/Alan PanebakerSome critics of the study say that it’s an underestimate of the overall cost to the public. But Costa says this study is crucial for developing a single-payer financing plan.‘I am developing a specific financing plan for Green Mountain Care, and we will have that to the Legislature in January 2015,’he said. ‘When I read Act 48 and the UMass report, I basically see who is covered, what is covered and how much this costs. For the next 18 months, my role is to take the ‘how much’and design several different ways that you could pay for it and look at what are the impacts on employers, individuals and Vermont’s economy.’Green Mountain CareGreen Mountain Care is the name of the publicly financed plan that is proposed in Act 48. To get there, Lunge says the administration had to cooperate with federal law.‘Our first step in moving towards Green Mountain Care and payment and delivery system reform was to start with the Affordable Care Act, and so a significant portion of our time and efforts and focus has had to be on the Affordable Care Act,’she said. ‘As we get closer to that being live and up and running, our focus is shifting to the bigger picture, long-term goals.’Act 48 is explicit: Green Mountain Care would provide ‘affordable, high-quality, publicly financed health care coverage for all Vermont residents.’Specifically, Lunge said, ‘It would provide coverage for doctor’s visits, hospital stays, preventative care, prescription drugs, all of the services that will be covered through all of the plans in Vermont Health Connect.’She added that Green Mountain Care would use a sliding scale for deductibles and co-pays based on residents’incomes.Shumlin says he is adamant that Green Mountain Care is applied universally ‘that includes teachers and state workers.‘Everybody in,’he said. ‘This is what we envision: No more health care premiums; public financing instead. Contracting out to one of our insurers to adjudicate the claims. We don’t want to be an insurance company. This means having a health care system where the health care follows the individual as a result of their residency in the state of Vermont, not where they work.’One of the largest pieces to this puzzle is the business community. In 2011, Harvard economist William Hsiao recommended an 11 percent employer tax to fund a single payer system. The proposal was extremely unpopular among many of the state’s largest employers.Professor William Hsiao. Photo by Randolph T. Holhut/The Commons‘Businesses are one of the many sectors that have so much to win if we get this right and so much to lose if we don’t,’Shumlin said. ‘One of the biggest challenges for businesses large and small is the unsustainable rise in costs of health care, which gobbles up our dollars faster than we can make them.’Shumlin’s Business CouncilIn April, the governor organized a group of 20 business leaders from across the state to meet with him in off-the-record sessions about financing options for a single payer system.The council’s representatives span the gamut of Vermont’s businesses, from IBM executive Janette Bombardier to Onion River Sports owner Andrew Brewer to Ken Perine, CEO of the National Bank of Middlebury.David Coates is chair of the council. He heads the Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group and is a former partner of KPMG LLP, the auditing firm.‘It seems to me that business is extremely important for health care, and, as you know, businesses provide a lot of it,’Coates said. ‘At the end of the day, if this is going to have a very negative impact on businesses, then it will have a very negative impact on jobs and the economy.’Gov. Peter Shumlin and David Coates, head of the Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group, in August 2012. Photo by Taylor Dobbs/VTDiggerThe group has met twice thus far and Coates says the members are waiting for the financing plan from Costa. He says his team won’t be devising financing mechanisms, but, rather, will react to the administration’s proposals.‘The hurdle in my opinion will be what is the cost and how will it impact these businesses’bottom lines,’he said. ‘If those things come in in a positive way, then I don’t think there will be a hurdle whatsoever.’But while thousands of Vermonters are keeping a close eye on the administration’s financing plan, one key official says he is focusing on how to make the rest of the system work.David ReynoldsWhen David Reynolds founded Vermont’s first network of Federally Qualified Health Centers in 1976, he says insurance wasn’t the chief issue.‘Coverage alone does not equate to access,’Reynolds said. ‘Before I started Northern Counties, people in the Northeast Kingdom had health insurance, but they didn’t have a place to use it.’Reynolds says a single payer system is about much more than financing, and it’s his task to make the system mesh. On the state government side of things, he is charged with greasing the wheels of state bureaucracies so that they work together.‘You need to have the workforce; you need to have integrated systems; you need to have more integration of mental and physical health; and those are the things I’m working on,’he said.Reynolds left Northern Counties Health Care Inc. in 2007 to become U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’senior policy adviser for health. When he said goodbye to Northern Counties, the network included six federally qualified health centers, two dental clinics and a home health and hospice division.Working with Sanders, he pushed for progressive policies in Washington.‘David was the lead negotiator, researcher, and drafter of legislation to advance the senator’s priorities in health care,’ Sanders’spokesman Jeff Frank said. ‘He was involved in the drafting of the first national single payer bill introduced in the United States Senate.’Reynolds says that one of his token achievements in Washington was helping to negotiate the creation of the 2017 waiver in the Affordable Care Act ‘the very waiver that would allow Vermont to deviate from the law to set up a single payer system.‘When the president gave up on not proposing single payer or a public option, that (waiver) was a compromise to get the votes of the more liberal members,’he said. ‘I call the Affordable Care Act the ‘private health insurance preservation act.’‘In 2011, he returned to Vermont to work on implementing Act 48.‘Having come from the dysfunctionality of Congress, working for Bernie Sanders, this is just remarkable to see,’he said. ‘People are really dedicated to this task.’- See more at: http://vtdigger.org/2013/07/29/shumlin-administration-gearing-up-for-the(link is external)…last_img read more

Investor puts $30,000 into cannabis tech startup

first_imgVermont Business Magazine A Vermont startup in Quechee is the recipient of funding to support development of the cannabis industry. Its branding employs Vermont’s most famous political name: Redfield Proctor. The investor, Canopy(link is external) of Boulder, Colorado, is a venture fund and business accelerator for companies developing ancillary products and services for the legal cannabis industry. Eight startups are taking part in the 16-week accelerator program, with businesses including a cloud-based quality management tool for multi-state operators, an integrated agriculture technology hardware service, and an enterprise software platform that helps cannabis businesses manage and mine their online reviews. CanopyBoulder has committed $240,000 to this Fall 2017 cohort alone.Each startup accepted to Canopy’s program receives $30,000 in seed funding, with a chance to earn an additional $50,000 in funding later in the program. The Canopy model prioritizes connecting companies with experienced mentors and introducing founders to a wide cannabis investor network.The program is designed to spur business traction and prepare the companies to raise outside capital, while providing access to outside venture firms, key figures within the local entrepreneurial community, and exposure to early adopters and potential customers. After weeks of intensive pitch practice, refinement of business models, and miles logged meeting cannabis businesses around the country, the cohort “graduates” on Demo Day, where each company presents their business to an audience of potential investors, cannabis business professionals, media, and the local community.The eight companies included in the fall cohort include:Virtugro(link is external) is a Colorado-based team developing automated grow tech solutions for medium to large-scale cultivators. Founded by Mark Stratton of Silverthorne, CO and Russ Baker of Black Hawk, CO.My THC Guide(link is external) is developing chatbot solutions for the cannabis industry. Founded by Ebony Costain of Appamattox, VA and Jameson Bennett of Louisville, KY.Cannabis Quality Group(link is external) is Cloud-based integrated quality management system designed for licensed businesses to have transparency into their supply chains. Founded by Donavan Bennettof Roswell, Georgia and Joe Novalany of Edison, New Jersey.Serene(link is external) encourages an outdoor, active lifestyle by leveraging technology. Founded by Ed Mcllory and Adam Bray, of London, England.Redfield Proctor(link is external) is a startup in stealth mode focused on efficiency in the cannabis industry.  Founded by Stephen Martin of Quechee, Vermont. Martin also runs a company called ABVaporizers.Dispenserly(link is external) manages, monitors, and mines cannabis industry reviews to identify new opportunities and trends. Founded by Matt Cooke of Marion, OH.DeepGreen(link is external) is an optical recognition technology that identifies plant characteristics using AI and machine vision technology. Founded by an international team hailing from Germany and France- Maxime Clauss and Maximillian Unfried.GreenScreens(link is external) manages a network of digital flat screens in dispensaries across the country that rotate menu information and advertising to inform and target customers in the store. Founded by Ryan Sterling, a native of Turner, ME, and Martin DeFrance of Jackson, MS.Redfield Proctor, junior and senior, dominated the Vermont political scene from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century, with great influence on state government from their base in Rutland county. They were governors and controlled much of the Legislature during the heyday of the Republican party’s stronghold on Vermont during that period. The elder Proctor was also the Secretary of War during the Harrison administration. The town of Proctor was broken off of Rutland and Pittsford in their honor and insistence. Proctorsville (in Cavendish) is also named for the family, and now, so to is a cannabis company.”The cannabis industry in Colorado has shifted from just keeping up with demand to competing and stealing market share from one another,” said Patrick Rea, co-founder and Managing Director of Canopy. “The result is increased interest in, and demand for the cannabis technology companies that Canopy is investing in. We expect this trend to continue nationwide as state markets mature.”On August 2nd, starting at 5:30 pm MT, CanopyBoulder will host a launch party for the kick-off of its Fall 2017 class. The event will be held in the new Canopy headquarters in downtown Boulder, Colorado, and will include networking with investors, mentors, and entrepreneurs from the Canopy ecosystem and other Denver/Boulder cannabis industry professionals. Food and drinks will be provided, with all ticket proceeds going to Marijuana Policy Project(link is external). Full details and tickets can be found here(link is external).About CanopyCanopy is a venture fund and business accelerator for companies developing ancillary products and services for the legal cannabis industry. Companies are handpicked to receive up to $80,000 in capital and participate in an intensive 16-week accelerator program. Canopy advisors and mentors work closely with each company, helping define business models, refine unique selling propositions, and focus marketing and fundraising activities. For more information, please visit www.canopyboulder.com(link is external).About The Arcview GroupFounded in 2010, The Arcview Group is responsible for a number of groundbreaking ventures in the cannabis industry. The Arcview Investor Network includes more than 600 accredited investors who have put more than $131 million behind over 160 companies. Arcview Market Research produces the State of Legal Marijuana Markets report, which is the most oft-cited market data report. In 2015, Arcview became a partner in Canopy, the first seed-stage mentor-driven business accelerator in the cannabis industry. Arcview is also co-founder of Cannasure Insurance Services, the leading provider of business insurance to the cannabis industry. For more information, please visit www.arcviewgroup.com(link is external).SOURCE: BOULDER, Colo., July 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Canopy www.canopyboulder.com(link is external)VBM vermontbiz.comlast_img read more

Brownlee Brothers confirmed for Brownlee Tri South event

first_imgOlympic Champion, Alistair Brownlee said “Our first Brownlee Tri last year was amazing – watching 1,000 competitors and over 5,000 spectators enjoying the sport we love. To confirm that we will be able to come to the South event this year is great – we are already looking forward to meeting participants and spectators.”2012 World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist, Jonny Brownlee added “We want the Brownlee Tri Series to be part of our legacy, so we can’t wait to see and meet the people getting involved on 15 June at Petworth.”Brownlee Tri South will take place on 15 June 2014, and will be hosted at the iconic National Trust property, Petworth House & Park in West Sussex. The second event of the series will take place on 21 September 2014, when it will be the turn of the Brownlee Tri North at Harewood House.www.brownleetri.com The Brownlee Tri Series has confirmed that the Brownlee Brothers will be attending the Brownlee Tri South event in Petworth House & Park in West Sussex, England, on 15 June.The Brownlee Tri Series is part of Alistair and Jonny’s drive to encourage people of all ages and abilities to take part in a sport that has given them so much enjoyment over the years. Therefore, they are pleased to confirm today that, despite a packed racing schedule this summer, they ‘will definitely be attending the Brownlee Tri South.’ Relatedlast_img read more

Kansas gubernatorial candidates on K-12 school funding: Democrat Carl Brewer

first_imgWe’re continuing with the Kansas gubernatorial candidates’ responses to our invitation to share their thoughts on how to handle the Supreme Court’s ruling directing the legislature to invest more money in K-12 schools.Here’s what Democrat Carl Brewer, the former mayor of Wichita, had to say:“How can we fix our stalled economy and find the money to fund great Kansas schools?” These are the questions I hear most often as I have traveled this state for almost a year. A number of ideas have been proposed: Audit state agencies to ensure efficiency. Review state contracts to ensure fairness and accountability. Restore the balanced tax structure that was destroyed by the previous administration. Eliminate some tax exemptions. The answer is yes to all of these suggestions. But more is needed to put the Kansas economy back on track, and allow the budget to accommodate constitutionally adequate funding of public education. The larger solution all parties can agree on is that we must expand our economy. We must develop trade outside our state borders, bring in new business, and keep the bright young minds that fuel our future here in the state.Soon after I first was elected Mayor of Wichita in 2007, the country plunged into a terrible recession. Leaders from our city had to make hard decisions about how we would make it through. Wichita is the largest economy in the state and we knew we had to get it right. First, we realized we must take our goods and services beyond our state borders and develop trading partners across the world. We developed the Global Air Capitol-China program. We delivered on three initiatives that brought in more than $6,800,000 from exports to our own state in 2016: 1. completed the Wichita-South Central Regional export plan – the first of its kind in the state; 2. led the city’s first business trade mission to China; and 3. opened the first Air Capitol liaison office in Xi’an, China so we could sell Kansas aviation products in China. Similarly, the next governor must open doors for our locally owned businesses to compete across the globe.Second, during an uncertain time when we could have played it safe, we continued making progress and gained momentum on collaborative efforts to redevelop downtown. This created a vibrant urban core, instilling community pride and growing the tax base by attracting more businesses, housing units and traffic to the city’s center.Third, we worked to stop the brain drain by ensuring a quality of life that could compete with similar cities in the U.S. We have great academic institutions and some of the brightest minds in the country. But how often have local businesses struggled to recruit the best talent, and keep them from leaving Kansas? These bright minds drive our economy forward and create new business opportunities and sustain our communities. Finally, we gave millennials a voice by creating the Mayor’s Youth Council. Their input helped develop a city where young people want to live and play. This huge generation is an economic force that will support an aging population in our state. If they leave in large numbers, the state will be in big trouble. So the next governor must listen to their ideas and make sure we provide a state that will keep their talents, creativity, spending power and tax dollars in this state.We all must work together to take big bold steps to fix a stalled economy and find funding to educate our youth. Kansans have always risen to the challenge and I believe we will do it now. With your help, working together, I believe we can put Kansas back on track and keep the best and the brightest here at home.last_img read more

Budgeting for credit union big data/analytics

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Peter Keers‘Tis the budgeting season and credit unions aiming to kick off a 2015 Big Data and Analytics (BD/A) initiative are all asking the same question: “How much does it cost?”Finding the “number” means asking and seeking answers to two additional questions.Question 1 – What is It?In the spirit of Stephen Covey’s habit #2, “Begin with the End in Mind”, clearly defining the BD/A initiative is essential.  To be successful, the overall objective of the initiative needs to be understood across the organization.Whatever the objective chosen by the credit union, there are some basic building blocks typically needed to establish a Credit Union Big Data/Analytics capability. continue reading »last_img read more

Colitz petitions for reinstatement

first_img Colitz petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Michael John Colitz, Jr., of Dunedin has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Colitz was suspended for a period of three years, nunc pro tunc, June 6, 2003, by a Supreme Court order dated January 20, 2005. The suspension was served from June 6, 2003, to June 6, 2006. Colitz was suspended for violation of the following rules: Rule 4-1.1 (Lack of Competence); Rule 4-1.3 (Lack of Diligence); 4-1.8(f) (Conflict of Interest; Prohibited and Other Transactions); Rule 4-1.16(d) (Declining or Terminating Representation); Rule 4-5.4(a) (Professional Independence of a Lawyer — Sharing Fees with Nonlawyers); Rule 4-5.4(c) (Professional Independence of a Lawyer — Partnership with Nonlawyer); and Rule 4-5.5(b) (Unlicensed Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law).Anyone wishing to comment on Colitz’ petition for reinstatement may contact Karen B. Lopez, Assistant Staff Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5521 W. Spruce Street, Suite C-49, Tampa 33607-5958, telephone (800) 940-4759. March 1, 2007 Regular News Colitz petitions for reinstatementlast_img read more

Different Way to Treat Depression: Games

first_imgThe Wall Street JournalAfter being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder last September, Reva Wood struggled with chronic pain, and then anxiety stemming from chronic pain. To reduce her anxiety, she decided to try something a little unusual: a videogame called SuperBetter that claimed to use science-based challenges to help her manage anxiety.Digital games are gaining notice from some researchers who think they’re a novel way to address mental health issues like depression and anxiety. SuperBetter is currently the subject of two scientific trials, including a National Institutes of Health-funded experiment that will begin this summer. A paper by the creator of Personal Zen, published in the March edition of Clinical Psychological Science, shows the mobile game can decrease anxiety in some users after 25 minutes of use.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Case report on a patient with schizophrenia suggests COVID-19 can exacerbate symptoms of paranoia

first_imgA recent case report suggests that the coronavirus pandemic can influence symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, triggering coronavirus-related delusions and hallucinations. The report was published in Psychiatry Research.Evidence suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has pervasive mental health consequences, eliciting fear and anxiety responses in the public. This new report brings up the question of how these responses might be seen in patients with existing diagnoses.“An area of key concern”, the study authors say, “is the potential of the psychological context of the pandemic to exacerbate existing psychiatric conditions and influence the manifestation of their symptomatology”. Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Email “It is reasonable to expect that media coverage of exceptional circumstances will influence the content of delusional thoughts, especially in crises like infectious disease pandemics or after assassinations”.The case report describes a 43-year-old man with schizophrenia who was brought to a psychiatric hospital after experiencing hallucinations related to COVID-19. These symptoms occurred during the initial phase of the COVID-19 outbreak in Germany.“The patient had been hearing his neighbours’ voices (both males and females) blaming him, as a former ambulanceman, for not taking sufficient care of his parents who could have died of a COVID-19. The voices also claimed that all of the neighbours could also have COVID-19 as a result of his negligence”, the authors say.“He also believed that he was being observed by cameras at his home and he personally expected to have immunity to COVID-19 after already being infected by a Chinese message through a WhatsApp group”.The patient had previously been hospitalized with similar symptoms in 2011 and 2019 and had been diagnosed with paranoid psychosis and acute polymorphic psychotic disorder. He had been discharged in both instances after being treated with olanzapine and had been taking paliperidone every three months since 2019.The patient was presenting with auditory hallucinations and was described as “very tense and anxious with a slightly depressed mood”. Through treatment, which included the administration of olanzapine, lorazepam, and palliperidone, the patient gradually stopped hearing voices completely and his anxiety and tension appeared to decrease. He also reported that he no longer suspected that his family was infected with COVID-19.Since symptoms were successfully treated in hospital, the authors suggest that a decrease in paliperidone serum level near the end of the three-month treatment period may have paved the way for the onset of the pandemic-related hallucinations.The authors state that their findings demonstrate that the coronavirus pandemic can influence the presentation of a patient with paranoid psychosis and trigger a psychotic episode characterized by paranoid hallucinations and unrealistic concerns.The authors conclude with implications for the media. They say, “measured, balanced and responsible reporting of the COVID-19 crisis in the media will be important to minimize the risk of overreactions in at risk persons and to avoid entry into psychotic episodes”.The case report, “COVID-19 paranoia in a patient suffering from schizophrenic psychosis – a case report”, was authored by M. Fischer, A.N. Coogan, F. Faltraco, and J. Thome.last_img read more

DWI Charges For Two

first_imgNew York State police arrested two local men for allegedly driving drunk last week.Hampton Bays resident Omar Soriano-Suarez, 27, was pulled over after troopers say the car he was driving failed to maintain its lane of travel on westbound Sunrise Highway, just east of exit 65 at about 3 AM on July 17. Upon further investigation, a trooper found Soriano-Suarez was drunk with a blood alcohol content of .10 percent, police said.A trooper stopped Chestin Henry, 44, of Flanders, on County Road 105 in Riverhead at about 11:30 PM on July 20 because the car he was driving did not have a lamp illuminating its license plate. Further investigation found his BAC was .11 percent, police said.Both Soriano-Suarez and Henry were released and issued appearance tickets returnable to Southampton Town Justice Court and Riverhead Town Justice Court, respectively.PSH Sharelast_img read more