Earlier this year Falkenjagd showed us their new 650B titanium hardtail. Now, they have a limited Spartakiada edition of their performance/endurance Aristos road bike.Frame will have “Spartakiada Edition” on the top tube as well as a stylized ancient symbol of the character “A”. Only 25 will be made, available as a frameset or complete bike equipped with the new Sram RED, lightest Tune- and Schmolke parts and Continental GP Attack / Force tires. Claimed weight for a size Large is just 6.48 kg (14.29lb). PFBB30 and ZS44mm inset headtube combine with a round-to-oval top tube for a blend of stiffness up front and compliance in the rear.Click through for more pics and the inspiration for the model… From Falkenjagd:Historical background of Spartakiada: In 490 BC, according to Herodotus, the Athenian general Miltiades sent a herald to the Spartan king Leonidas requesting reinforcements against the invading army of the Persian King Darius. The messenger, a professional runner named Phidippides, traversed Peloponnese mountains to reach Sparta astonishing 270 kilometers away in phenomenal two days only. The superstitious Spartans hesitated against sending their soldiers during a full moon. On their own and beyond their wildest expectations the Athenians defeated the Persians at the epic battle of Marathon. Phidippides´ tragic run 42 kilometer (26miles) back to Athens to announce the news of the astounding Greek victory, brought his today legendary glory as he died therafter. In Greece Phidippides is as familiar to Greek school children as e.g. Davy Crockett is to American kids. King Leonidas from Sparta came to glory 10 years later (480 BC) at the decisive Battle of Thermopylae: 300 Spartans faced over 40.000 Persians. Before the battle the Persian king Xerxes requested Leonidas to lay down the weapons. Leonidas just answered with his famous sentence “Molon Labe” – “come and get them”.The Spartan king with his 300 hoplites could defeat Xerxes and his army for over one month until the Greeks had reorganized their defense. Leonidas died at this famous battle just by reason of perfidiousness.Today since 1988, in Greece this legendary event is celebrated by the “Spartathlon”, an ultra-marathon, and a cycling challenge, called “Spartakiada”. Both events follow Phidippides’ route as faithfully as possible from Athens to Sparta: The route is 270km long and contains approximately 3.900 meters difference in altitude. Each year thereafter an average 300 cyclists – according to Leonidas 300 hoplites – gather at the Olympic Stadium in Athens at 6:00 am on every first Saturday of October and cycle this daunting route in partly less than 8 hours.
Roundabout Theatre Company’s artistic director Todd Haimes and actor Sharon D. Clarke, who won an Olivier Award for playing Caroline in London. Caroline, or Change Caissie Levy Caroline, or Change book writer/lyricist Tony Kushner and composer Jeanine Tesori Caroline, or Change, Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s musical about a black maid living in 1963, will begin its first previews at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54 Broadway space on March 13. Ahead of this revival, which is a transfer of a 2018 West End production, the cast and crew gathered at the theater on February 28 to toast the new production and previewed some songs from the show. The cast includes Olivier-winner Sharon D Clarke, Caissie Levy, Samantha Williams, John Cariani, Tamika Lawrence and Chip Zien. See photos of the event below and see Caroline, or Change when it comes back to Broadway. The show opens on April 7. from $69.00 Chip Zien Related Shows John Cariani View Comments Caroline, or Change actors Nya (who plays Radio 2), John Cariani (who plays Stuart Gellman) and composer Jeanine Tesori Sharon D Clarke Star Files Tamika Lawrence Samantha Williams Nya, Harper Miles and Nasia Thomas play the radio singers in “Caroline, or Change” (Photos by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) View All (6)
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Margarida CorreiaSmall financial institutions are beating the big guys in cross-selling investment services.In a new benchmarking study released Thursday, Kehrer Bielan Research & Consulting found that credit unions generated more revenue from investment sales per million of member deposits than did banks large enough to own their broker dealer.According to the report, credit unions generated an average of $1,514 in revenue in 2013, whereas banks with their own broker dealer generated $1,384, or 9% less. They also achieved a better penetration of their opportunity, earning $360 per million of share deposits, 21% better penetration than the banks, noted Kenneth Kehrer, a principal of Kehrer Bielan Research & Consulting.Overall, credit unions enjoyed a strong 2013, with revenue growing 4% from the previous year. The share of credit unions providing investment services also increased. More than one in 10 credit unions, or 13.8%, provided those services last year, up from 12.3% in 2012.Credit unions, however, lagged their larger rivals in terms of advisor productivity. The typical financial advisor in a credit union brought $7.7 million of new investment assets to the institution during the year and produced $246,325 in investment services revenue, less than what the bigger bank broker dealers produced. The firm did not disclose the difference in its press release. continue reading »
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland has announced that a joint fire investigation will take place after the body of a man was found within the remains of a house that went on fire in Dumfries yesterday Wednesday 3 January 2018.The fire was discovered at a house in Bruce Dewar Meuse in Dumfries at 4.15pm yesterday. Emergency services attended and the fire was extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service. The body of a man was discovered within the house and he was pronounced dead at the scene. A joint fire investigation will take place on Thursday 4 January 2018 to establish the cause of the fire. The Procurator Fiscal has been informed.
It’s not often in Vermont dairy country that temperatures soar into the 90s, with high humidity. When they do, farmers make sure their cows have plenty of water and shade. And they know to expect less milk.That’s what they were doing as a sweltering summer heat wave continued, with forecasters calling for it to last into the weekend.advertisementadvertisement At Circle Saw Farm in Braintree, whirling ceiling fans with 24-foot-long blades and a hilltop breeze kept the 300 cows comfortable in a free-stall open air barn. Nearby, heifers stayed cool in another barn equipped with wind-tunnel ventilation – large fans at one end pulling a breeze through the 300-foot-long building.”The wind always blows from that way, 90 percent of the time, so we get a good breeze,” said farmer Robert Simpson.Many dairy farms use fans or sprinkler systems that spray water and good old-fashioned shade to keep their milkers from overheating.When cows get too hot, they don’t eat as much, so they don’t produce as much milk, said Joel Russo, assistant state veterinarian for the state Agency of Agriculture.Production can go down as much as 5 percent, said Simpson.advertisementTo keep the cows nourished, Simpson feeds them more often, giving a little more grain and a little less forage. The feed is also moved around and cleaned out more often, to keep it fresh, he said.”If it’s hotter, and they’re eating a little less, the percentage of grain would be a little higher than normal, because they won’t eat quite as many pounds of feed,” he said.Water, shade, ventilation and minimal stress are key for livestock during a heat wave.”We make darn sure they have plenty of water,” said Beverly Wright, of Wright Family Farm, in Bethel.The family’s cows spend their days and nights – in between milkings – out in a pasture, ducking under trees for shade.”We try not to hurry them,” she said. “While they’re laying out the shade, we’re doing their hay for them.”advertisementBut a prolonged stretch of 90-degree days could spell trouble for sick, old or very young cows.Fans will be set up in the animal barns at the Lamoille County Field Days in Johnson, which opens Friday. The livestock – horses, cows and other animals – will have access to plenty of water, not only to drink but to be doused in.”Fortunately, people are pretty good about monitoring their animals,” said state veterinarian Kristin Haas. PD—AP newswire report
Without the strong U.S. butter prices during a recent period of weak world prices, domestic milk prices would have averaged more than $1 per hundredweight (cwt) lower than they did during the entire 12-month period of August 2015-July 2016. That would have cost U.S. dairy farmers about $2.2 billion in lost income during that time, according to Peter Vitaliano, vice president of economic policy and market research with the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).advertisementadvertisementHighlighting a new NMPF report commissioned by Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), Vitaliano said the good news related to butter and milk fat may be just getting started for U.S. dairy farmers. Butter demand is growing, leading some officials to suggest there’s a global shortage. Not only is butter use on a significant uptick, it’s also taking a larger share of total available milk fat, Vitaliano said.Butter’s share of U.S. milk fat use was running about 16 percent in 2000, but has increased to 18-19 percent in recent years, and is trending higher.“That’s despite the fact both U.S. milk and milk fat production has been increasing,” Vitaliano said. “Butter consumption is increasing faster than milk fat production.”Beyond butterThe milk fat story goes beyond butter, said Vitaliano. He cited the trend toward increased sales of fluid whole milk. Even though total fluid milk consumption has been on the decline, whole milk, standardized at 3.25 percent milk fat, is increasing in its market share of the fluid category. Fluid milk sales now consume nearly 2.75 million pounds of milk fat per day, up from about 2.65 million pounds in 2015.“Fluid milk used to contribute more milk fat back into the system by throwing off cream, but today it is increasing its use of milk fat and tightening the supply-demand balance for fat overall,” Vitaliano said.advertisementVitaliano said trends away from reduced-fat cheeses, ice cream and yogurt are also increasing the use of milk fat.Changing butter dynamicsThe new demand for milk fat has changed milk and dairy price dynamics on a number of fronts, Vitaliano said.First, the value of milk fat as a share of a farmer’s milk check has grown. Although volatile, milk fat’s contribution to a dairy farmer’s total milk check averaged about 38 percent between 2000-16, occasionally dipping to 25 percent, and rarely moving above 50 percent. As milk fat demand has grown, its share rose to about two-thirds of the total milk check in early 2016. While declining somewhat since then, Vitaliano projects milk fat’s share of the milk check to remain “north of 50 percent” for the foreseeable future.Strong butter and milk fat demand has prompted the USDA to raise its projected 2017-18 Class IV milk prices by 35-45 cents per cwt from earlier forecasts.A second changing dynamic is the apparent disconnect between U.S. butter inventories and wholesale prices.As U.S. milk production has grown, so has butter production and inventories of butter in cold storage. Butter inventories levels are highly seasonal, historically building in the first half of the year and peaking in May-August, before beginning to draw down and reach annual lows during the year-end holidays.advertisementHowever, while cheese inventories may be holding down prices, the story is different for butter. Vitaliano estimates current inventories are “about 10 days” overstocked of current needs, but so far prices have resisted downward movement.The USDA’s National Dairy Products Sales Report (NDPSR) shows U.S. wholesale butter prices rose 33.3 cents per pound between June 3 and July 8.“Ten years ago, the markets would have reflected that very strongly,” Vitaliano said. “Yet, today we have butter holding at about $2.60 per pound and creeping up. It looks like we have a change in the traditional inventory/milk price relationship, based on strong consumer demand. If the market thinks things are tight, we’re going to see prices react accordingly.“It can’t go on forever, but the holiday season and enhanced milk fat and butter demand will be upon us sooner than you think,” he continued. “People aren’t too uncomfortable with these levels of inventories, because we’re going to need them at the end of the year.”Except in periods of extreme surplus, Vitaliano doesn’t foresee butter prices falling much below $2 per pound.“There’s a huge pent-up demand that will come out in anytime butter prices get close to $2 per pound. This has long-term benefits for dairy farmers,” he said.A third changing price dynamic is the U.S./world price relationship. Historically, milk fat has been a product in surplus, both domestically and on the world market. As a result, U.S. butter prices have been higher than subsidized world prices.However, with high global demand for butter, U.S. butter prices have been somewhat lower than Oceania prices through early 2017.It usually takes several months of persistent gaps between U.S. domestic prices and foreign export prices to impact exports. But with higher domestic demand for milk fat, less U.S. production will be available for export markets, even though U.S. prices are competitive.“Our exports are down,” he said. “We need that extra milk fat to meet demand in our own market.”One current strong butter export market is Canada, where consumer demand for butter is also growing. Canada is trying to increase its domestic production of butter, which is playing out in a U.S.-Canadian skirmish over a resulting byproduct, protein.Other impactsVitaliano said the demand for fat is translating to management practices on the farm, from feeding to breeding. Genetic selection, including an increase in Jerseys and crossbreds, as well as selection for more milk components among Holstein breeders, is driving higher milk fat output.California feeling the heatSummer heat is impacting output in the U.S., especially California, which is entering its seasonal low for butter production, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) economist Katelyn McCullock. That’s on top of a 6 percent decline in California butter production through the first five months of 2017.California is home to 14 of the 86 butter production facilities in the U.S., and produces about 30 percent of total U.S. butter annually. California actually produces a much larger proportion of butter than cheese relative to the national picture.Rabobank Dairy’s Kevin Bellamy forecasts global milk and milk fat production will continue to grow, but won’t be enough to keep pace with butter demand. Milk fat production levels are seasonally depressed in the European Union, and the strong demand has resulted in a global shortage.Dairy checkoff’s roleTom Gallagher, chief executive officer of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) staked a claim for dairy checkoff research and promotion efforts for helping move the needle on milk fat consumption. He said DMI’s business plan had come together in three primary areas:1) Two decades of checkoff-funded nutrition research is bearing fruit.“We’ve long believed milk fat had benefits to consumers and the general population that were not reflected in government policy and health professional guidance. We were adamant of what we believed the ‘right’ story was,” Gallagher said. A turning point was when butter was featured on the cover of TIME magazine, validating dairy nutrition research that is now being recognized by government and public health officials.2) Relationships of state, regional and national checkoff organizations with influential health professionals, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic and Nutrition Association and other groups.“It’s important those organizations respect the credibility of the National Dairy Council and the science we produce,” Gallagher said. “Without that respect, this story would have been met with much more skepticism, because it flies in the face of what the health community traditionally had thought.”3) Work with industry partners, such as McDonalds.Gallagher said the uptick in milk fat consumption can be traced to a DMI partnership with McDonalds, which convinced and trained the restaurant chain to convert from margarine to butter.“That triggered a catalytic effect that convinced others within the industry to follow suit,” Gallgher said.Vitaliano added his support for long-term human nutrition research related to milk fat, and believes the payoff to dairy farmers will continue. While efforts to move government policy on milk fat, including school milk program guidelines, will be slow, the good news is that consumers are rapidly making the switch with their purchases.“This (milk fat) story has been moving fast in recent months, and it’s a big story,” said Vitaliano. “It’s spreading globally, and it’s affecting the dietary fat story beyond dairy.” Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com “It’s better with butter” might be a marketing theme, but it’s also true when it comes to dairy farmer milk checks.
Menjadi satu-satunya penumpang, Strimaitis ditemani oleh dua orang pilot dan lima orang awak kabin. Bahkan sebuah agen perjalanan Novaturas mengatakan, pihaknya sudah mencarter pesawat untuk pulang dan pergi dari Italia. Hal ini juga untuk menghindari penerbangan kosong dimana tiket sekali jalan di jual dan hanya satu pembelinya.Dia mengatakan pengalaman yang ditempuh dalam waktu dua jam tersebut merupakan pengalaman sekali seumur hidupnya. Dia pun berbagi selfie dari penerbangan itu dan terlihat berseri-seri dengan menikmati perjalanan yang sepi dan damai tersebut.Pada Juli tahun lalu, Saad Jilani yang berusia 28 tahun bisa mendapatkan pengalaman seperti naik pesawat pribadi terbaik ketika satu-satunya orang yang bepergian dengan penerbangan dari Corfu, Yunani, ke Birmingham, Inggris.Ketika dia naik pesawat yang membawanya pulang dari pernikahan, Jilani disambut oleh staf yang mengatakan: “Selamat datang di pesawat jet pribadi Anda, Pak.”Selama perjalanannya, ia mengambil foto pramugari yang melakukan demonstrasi keselamatan yang disinkronkan sebelum berfoto selfie dengan mereka semua.“Stafnya luar biasa dan sangat gembira bahwa saya adalah satu-satunya orang di pesawat itu bersama mereka. Meskipun itu hanya saya dan mereka, mereka profesional tetapi kami memiliki tawa dan lelucon dan itu brilian. Itu rute baru yang mereka lakukan sehingga tidak banyak orang yang tahu tentang itu,” ujar JilaniJilani mengatakan itu adalah penerbangan terbaik dalam hidupnya dan diakhiri dengan pengumuman pilot: “Elang telah mendarat.”Latsamy McAdoo dari Amerika Serikat juga menemukan dirinya dalam situasi yang sama pada Januari tahun lalu ketika terbang ke sebuah pulau di Thailand. Dia terkejut melihat seorang anggota awak kabin menutup pintu ketika dia baru saja naik jet A319.Seperti Jilani dan Strimaitis, dia bisa duduk dan bersantai dengan ruang di sekelilingnya untuk menyelesaikan penerbangannya dari Bangkok ke pulau Koh Samui.Baca juga: Jadi Penumpang Tunggal di Penerbangan Garuda Indonesia, Sosok Pengusaha Asal Palu Menjadi ViralDia menulis di posting Instagram-nya: “Awalnya mengasyikkan dan menghibur. Mereka membiarkan saya berlari-lari di gang, menari sendiri.“Tapi kemudian mulai bergelombang, benar-benar bergelombang. Aku mulai khawatir bahwa ini adalah jenis penerbangan Tujuan Akhir dan ini adalah waktuku untuk pergi. Untungnya, pilot dapat mendarat di pulau itu dengan relatif lancar.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedInilah Yang Harus Dilakukan Pria Sejati di Dalam Kabin29/11/2017In “Destinasi”Meski Harus Terbang dengan Satu Penumpang, Maskapai Belum Tentu Merugi!13/09/2019In “Featured”Boeing 737 Sabet Predikat Sebagai Pesawat Terlaris Sepanjang Sejarah Aviasi Global22/03/2018In “Featured” (USA Today) Menjadi satu-satunya penumpang dalam sebuah penerbangan memang jarang sekali terjadi. Baru-baru ini seorang pria asal Lithuania yang terbang ke Italia pada bulan lalu merasakan hal yang berbeda dalam penerbangannya. Ia merasa mendapat kejutan saat naik ke pesawat karena dirinya hanya seorang penumpang dalam Boeing 737-800 itu.Baca juga: Menjadi Penumpang Tunggal Dalam Penerbangan? Wanita Filipina Baru MerasakannyaDilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari nzherald.co.nz (3/4/2019), Skrimantas Strimaitis awalnya terbang dari Vilnus yang merupakan ibukota Lithuania menuju ke Bergamo di Italia utara untuk liburan dan bermain ski pada 16 Meret 2019 kemarin. Pesawat yang bisa mengangkut hingga 188 orang penumpang tersebut hanya dinaiki dirinya sendiri.