Related From 18-19 April 2020, the VELOBerlin bicycle festival expects over 20,000 bike fans at Tempelhof Airport in the German capital. For the tenth anniversary edition of the show, VELOBerlin is welcoming 300 exhibitors, 500 brands and a full programme of events and test opportunities for all types of bikes. The patron of ‘VELOBerlin 2020. Presented by Brose’ is Berlin’s mayor, Michael Müller.In 2020, VELOBerlin is again playing host to an array of bike brands, ‘for all riders large or small, from full ranges to ultra-specialists, and for all budgets.’ On display in the two hangars and large outside expo area are the ‘latest innovations from the worlds of e-bikes, urban bikes, lightweight kids’ and youth bikes in the YoungStars area and family-friendly cargo bikes, plus the major new trend of gravel bikes for sporty riding in all terrain.’“As sister exhibition to the Eurobike, VELOBerlin with its B2C orientation is the perfect complement to the industry gathering at Lake Constance,” said Stefan Reisinger Head of EUROBIKE at Messe Friedrichshafen, who organises the trade show together with Berlin-based bicycle agency Velokonzept.“We get a fantastic response not only from the bicycle industry and bike scene, but also from politics and the media.”VELOBerlin now has a new and enthusiastic main sponsor – the family-owned business and e-bike system supplier Brose. Well known as an automotive supplier, Brose has a long-standing experience in electric motors and has transferred this expertise to create drive systems for e-bikes, which have been produced in Berlin since 2014.The VELOBerlin Airfield Race will be held for the third year with youth races and hobby races open to all, run by the cycle club Schöneberger Radfahrer Verein Iduna. In the sprint race, there is some tough competition – from German track cycling legend Robert Förstemann. And there is also an internationally-recognised fixed gear criterium race organised by Berlin-Kreuzberg manufacturer 8bar bikes as well as the international cargo bike race event.Two days before the VELOBerlin festival, 200 hardcore riders will be starting out from Hamburg, as part of the bike packing adventure Hansegravel, and then cycling over 600km on trails to Stettin – before riding into Berlin.On the presentation stages and in the VELOSalons there will be talks, discussions and workshops covering a wide range of topics from urban mobility to VELOWomen and extreme adventures. Ultra-endurance athlete Jonas Deichmann will be talking in detail about his 18,000 km and 72 days in the saddle during his ‘Cape to Cape’ world record. Mobility expert Katja Diehl from podcast ‘She Drives Mobility’ will be talking about the bike’s role in mobility change and on Saturday evening from 18:00 CET, bikes will be the centre of celebrations at the jubilee edition party in the Open Air Expo area.Since 2011 VELOBerlin has taken place on a yearly basis – billed as ‘the largest, urban public event in the bike sector’. After seven years at Messe Berlin, VELOBerlin developed a new concept and moved to Tempelhof Airport in 2018. On over approximately 30,000 square metres of exhibition space, test and event areas in atmospheric hangars and a covered outdoor area, 300 exhibitors with 500 brands (2019) showcase their products.VELOBerlin is hosted by Messe Friedrichshafen, which also runs the international Eurobike trade show at Lake Constance, in southern Germany, and the bicycle festival is organised by Berlin-based agency Velokonzept, which also operates further VELO events in Hamburg and Frankfurt. The patron of VELOBerlin 2020 is Berlin’s mayor, Michael Müller.www.veloberlin.com
Donuts a la Julia.By Julia Westhoff…but mostly, it was the best idea. I got a donut pan.I’d been secretly considering buying a donut pan for months (they’re about $8, but I take my purchases very seriously). Donuts, I think we can all agree, are the greatest food ever created in the history of the planet. And lucky for us northeast Johnson Countians, we have two AMAZING donut shops close by: John’s Space Age and Fluffy Fresh.Wouldn’t it be nice to get my hands on some? But hard as I try, I cannot seem to make it to these establishments before they run out of donuts. I recently arrived at Fluffy Fresh at 7:30 a.m., just as they were closing FOR THE DAY.It was time to take matters into my own hands. I bought the donut pan and about 20 minutes later had a plate of piping hot, delicious donuts. It was the best idea. And maybe the worst idea, because now I can have donuts any time I want. But at least they’re baked – not fried!I’ve tried several recipes, but so far cinnamon-sugar has been the hands-down favorite.Do you have any good donut recipes? Or thoughts about donuts? I could talk all day about donuts.DonutsAdapted from momsneedtoknow.comINGREDIENTS (yields 12)Donut batter:2 cups flour3/4 cup sugar1 1/2 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp nutmeg or cardamom1/4 tsp cinnamon1/2 tsp salt3/4 cup milk1/4 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar2 beaten eggs2 tbsp melted butterDIRECTIONS:Add lemon juice to milk (buttermilk substitute).Preheat oven to 425. Spray donut pan with non-stick spray.Combine dry donut ingredients in large bowl. Add milk, eggs and butter. Stir just until well mixed.Fill each ring of the donut pan about 2/3 but make sure it doesn’t top center hole.Bake about 8 minutes, until tops rebound when pressed.Leave donut in pan for about 2 minutes before coating with butter, cinnamon and sugar.Cinnamon Sugar Topping:2 tablespoons melted butter3 tbsp sugar3 tbsp cinnamonCombine sugar and cinnamon. Brush warm donuts with melted butter, then immerse in cinnamon and sugar.
LARSO News:The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) senior centers in Los Alamos and White Rock are supporting Red Nose Day.Red Nose Day is a national campaign with the mission to end child poverty by funding programs that keep children safe, healthy and educated. Since its debut in 2015, the organization has raised $200 million and positively impacted more than 25 million children in America, and around the world.This year, Red Nose Day is Thursday, May 21. In the midst of what LARSO does for seniors, for one week it will be collecting food for local kids for Red Nose Day. Donation boxes are placed at each senior center with the hope that funds will be collected to help lighten the load for community grandparents raising their grandchildren.For information, call LARSO at 505.662.8920.
Cuomo protecting his friends, donorsOur feckless governor has been complaining about the emergency situation created by the coronavirus — a terrible tragedy and at this point not an easily solved problem.Many have died, especially the elderly. President Trump sent provisions to open a medical center in the Javits Center. This facility was hardly used and has already been closed.Gov. Cuomo had hospitals sending back patients to nursing homes. Now in the new New York state budget, there is a provision that nursing homes cannot be sued for corona infections.The budget should be called a gift to my friends and donors.Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga SpringsSchool closures hit working familiesWhile Gov. Cuomo is reimagining education, maybe he could also imagine exactly how a single working parent with school-age children, or a two-working-parent family with school-age children, will be able to go back to work while schools and summer camps are closed until at least September.Many of these families are behind on their bills right now.Should they also have to pay the high cost of daycare, assuming they can actually find space in a facility? This while paying outrageously high school taxes, plus taxes going for school aid?The bottom line is many working people won’t be able to go back to work until schools are reopened. Wrap your imagination around that, Gov. Cuomo.Timothy J. O’NeillScotiaWhere was Biden’s accuser years ago?I couldn’t agree more while reading Marilyn Vitch’s May 14 letter (“Convenient timing of Biden accusation”), which brought something to mind.Why didn’t she come forward with this so-called accusation when he was vice president?Again, why now. Money talks.L. M. AlfanoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kids Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWho’s responsible for high food pricesA month ago, I paid less than a dollar for a dozen eggs at a discount market. On April 27, a dozen eggs was selling for $3.49. This is gouging, but by whom? Are farmers dumping eggs? Or are middlemen or supermarkets raising prices? And what agency stamps out gouging?David ChildsJohnstown
U.S. Auto Parts Network, an online provider of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories, has announced the appointment of Aaron Coleman as CEO and director, effective immediately.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementColeman, 42, has served as president of U.S. Auto Parts since October 2016 and chief operating officer since September 2010. Prior to that time, Coleman served as executive vice president of operations and chief information officer of U.S. Auto Parts from April 2008 until September 2010, and before that, as senior vice president at Blockbuster from July 2007 to April 2008. He joined Blockbuster as vice president in March 2005.Shane Evangelist, who served as U.S. Auto Parts CEO and a director since 2007, submitted his resignation to the board and strongly recommended that the board implement its succession plan and name Coleman as CEO.“The U.S. Auto Parts Board unanimously concluded that Aaron is the right choice to lead U.S. Auto Parts. Aaron’s nine years of service to U.S. Auto Parts have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does,” said Robert Majteles, chairman of the board. “We are also grateful for Shane’s service to U.S. Auto Parts and we want to thank Shane for his strategic vision and leadership, which has helped shape U.S Auto Parts as a leader in its industry. His contributions will be felt for many years to come.”Advertisement“I am proud to lead a great team and company with a clear focus on creating value for our customers, employees and shareholders,” said Coleman. “Our previously issued guidance remains on track and provides us with a strong foundation upon which to build from here. We are excited about our long-term strategic plan and believe our market opportunity will continue to grow.”
Exploration & production company Primeline Energy has received support from a group of Chinese banks amid the company’s ongoing arbitrations with Zhejiang Gas and CNOOC over a contract for the sale of gas from a field offshore China.Primeline informed on Monday that the group, made up of China Development Bank, China Export and Import Bank, and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, has agreed to materially adjust the company’s capital repayments schedule and to reduce the company’s interest rate margin over 6 month LIBOR on its outstanding $232 million loan facility to support the company during arbitrations.Earlier this year, the company warned it might face default under its project finance loan with the group of banks.As previously reported, Zhejiang Gas, the buyer of the production from the company’s LS36-1 offshore gas field allegedly refused to offtake the contract quantity and pay the price as set out in the LS36-1 gas sale contract shortly after the field started commercial production, due to dramatic changes in the market.Thus, the company has received substantially lower cash flow than forecast and has faced challenging financial conditions. The company seeks to recover the substantial amounts outstanding due to it because of the disputes with Zhejiang Gas relating to the gas sales contract, and with CNOOC and its subsidiary relating to the gas sales contract implementation and petroleum contract. Each are the subject of current arbitration procedures.However, Zhejiang Gas argued earlier this year that Primeline had had no jurisdictional basis to initiate the arbitration proceeds against Zheijang, as the gas sales deal is between Zheijang and CNOOC, and not between Zheijang and Primeline. This prompted the court to put the dispute on ice until it resolves the claim launched by Zheijang.The E&P company also said on Monday that the amendments to the syndicate facility have deferred $36 million of capital repayments over the 12 month period that were previously due. The company has thus fully met the November 2016 repayment in the adjusted schedule and the loan service is maintained as normal.The syndicate has also reduced the company’s interest rate margin from 470bps to 335bps over 6 month LIBOR from November 2016 until disputes are resolved.
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Three of the cranes are being towed to Tenerife using Wagenborg’s newest pontoon Wagenborg Barge 11, while the remaining two cranes will be towed on a hired pontoon, CC Atlantique, to the Polish port of Gdynia.SPMTs, equipped with specially designed beams, were deployed to load the cranes one-by-one from the quayside onto the pontoons, before the huge units, weighing around 1,500 tonnes each, were fastened onto the barges ready for shipment. www.wagenborg.com
Is the Church of England taking a consistent moral line over gay marriage? At one level it would be nice to think so. While I do not share the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage, no one is truly comfortable with tales of parents feigning faith to obtain a church school place for their children. And as the established church, people of little or no faith expect the CofE to deliver the ceremonial venues and figures of English public life as if the church were a bit like the National Trust – there just to keep bits of England looking and feeling the same. Too often, I think, the CofE’s moderate position, as compared with some churches, is mistaken for a lack of conviction or theological coherence among practising Anglicans. Viewed like this, there is nothing wrong with the CofE taking a view. But there are reasons why it sounds wrong. It does not chime with the way I have seen the church approach marriage. I am thinking of the way the CofE has tended to handle weddings in general. The church contends that the proposed law would compel parish vicars to perform same-sex weddings, even if the vicar disagreed with same-sex marriage (based on the current right of all to be married in their local parish church), Thinking about the 25-plus Anglican weddings I have attended as an adult, I can in fact think of only one that was held in the couple’s local parish church. Of course many were marrying (after years of cohabitation) at a church near the bride’s parents’ home, but still, one needs the connivance of a vicar, or the official permission of the CofE, to do that. Even for a bride who has not lived at her parents’ home for a decade or more, the fact that the couple are often not practising Christians is another reason to seek a non-local venue. Or, also known, the ethos of their local parish church does not best match their faith, so the church to which they have ties – and where they choose to worship – is two miles, not two streets, away. So the CofE’s connivance or permission in varying the ‘parish church’ scenario is routine. But this most elastic of ‘rules’ is now being held up as a show-stopper for a piece of equal rights legislation. But the objection does not reflect practice. It is clearly common for couples marrying in a CofE church or chapel to seek out a venue that suits the serious commitment they are making for matters of faith, geography, emotional ties, aesthetics, practicality or theological sympathies – or a combination of some or all of these considerations. (On the evidence of my circle, the couple have mostly not disappointed the church’s expectation of their commitment – of the 25, I can currently list only one divorce.) It comes down to this – I cannot honestly see why same-sex couples, planning a Christian marriage ceremony, will behave any differently. Is it honestly the CofE’s official contention that a gay Christian seeks out and joins a congregation who will be viscerally antipathetic to their sexuality? Or that anyone, of whatever sexuality, wishes to have their promise, ‘all that I have I share with you, all that I am I give to you’, blessed by a vicar who they know to be opposed to their union? For church and state – subtly wedded as they are in this country – surely it is possible to find a way to make the proposed legislation work?
Moulin Rouge! The Musical will open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London in March 2021.Produced by Global Creatures, the production is currently wowing audiences on Broadway in New York.“After ten years in development, and following the fantastic response to Moulin Rouge! The Musical in New York, we are thrilled to be sharing this musical with audiences in the UK. We can’t wait to bring the show to London!,” said producer Carmen Pavlovic, Global Creatures.Enter a world of splendour and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular… Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical.The musical, which features a lavish, immersive set, follows aspiring writer Christian and dancer Satine as they fall in love. But pressure mounts on Satine as her boss, Moulin Rouge owner Harold Zidler, relies on her to appease the Duke of Monroth, whose money will keep the establishment running.It brings to life Baz Luhrmann’s iconic film, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. It will be directed by Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Tony Award-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher). The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie and also includes recent hits released since the movie premiered 18 years ago.Moulin Rouge! The Musical has a book by John Logan (Tony Award for Red, three-time Academy Award nominee, including for Gladiator and The Aviator), choreography by Sonya Tayeh (Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner), and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).The design team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award winner Derek McLane (sets; his credits include Beautiful – The Carole King Musical), Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber (costumes; credits include The King & I, for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Costume Design), two-time Tony Award nominee Justin Townsend (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound), Drama Desk Award winner David Brian Brown (wig and hair design; credits include Come From Away) and Sarah Cimino (Make-up design). Casting is by Pippa Ailion.Moulin Rouge! The Musical is currently playing on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre where it opened to widespread critical acclaim on 25 July 2019. Further productions have also been announced for Australia and a North American Tour.For further information head on over to moulinrougemusical.com.