State Bicycle Co. adds gears, vintage style, & hits sub-$550 price with new 4130…

first_imgState Bicycle Co. is breaking new ground beyond the single speed, offering their first geared road bike. Simply called the 4130, the new bike features a steel frame (duh), along with a vintage look and downtube shifters. Using a 1×8 drivetrain, State is aiming to offer maximum value at the lowest possible price, for the times when a single speed just won’t cut it.State Bicycle Co. 4130 Road geared steel road bikeIt’s not April Fool’s Day, though we’re normally reporting on the bread and butter of State Bicycle Co’s product line – single speed bikes. While single speeds are great and work in many areas, sometimes a few gears are in order to better tackle hills or keep up with a competitive ride. State has the answer, with a new sub-$550 complete road bike, called the 4130 Road.The build centers around a 1×8 drivetrain with downtube shifters. The rear derailleur is a Sunrace RD-R81, and mates to an 11×28 cassette. Gearing up front is a single 44 tooth ring, which does not appear to use a narrow-wide 1x-specific profile, but rather a non-ramped steel ring.The frame and 1 1/8″ threadless fork are both made of 4130 Chromoly steel.Exact brake spec was not given, but they appear to be mid or long-reach road calipers, because the tire clearance is listed at 32mm. That’s a very smart spec choice, giving the option to run almost any road tire you want, without requiring disc brakes or adding extra cost.  28mm tires are on from the factory.A synthetic leather saddle is included, along with Wellgo alloy pedals.Five sizes are offered, said to fit riders from 5’1″ to 6’6″. Weight comes in a 22 lbs, 10 oz for a 55cm complete bike with pedals.The 4130 Road is available now for $549.99 in the US, £549.99 in the UK, or €639.99 in the EU, with free exchanges if it’s not working for you. Two color options are available – Black & Metallic, or Americana.StateBicycle.comlast_img read more

All employees of Plava Laguna and Valamar Riviere had their basic salary increased by 3.5 percent

first_imgRELATED NEWS:DO YOU KNOW THE STORY OF MARY?VALAMAR INVESTS 11 MILLION HRK IN MODERNIZATION OF LAUNDRY IN POREČ At the third round of collective bargaining between representatives of the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services (STUH) and representatives of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera dd from Poreč held on April 4, 2017, STUH managed to increase the basic salary of all employees by as much as 3.5 percent.The salary increase starts on June 1 this year in the amount of 1 1/2 percent, while the remaining 2 percent starts on December 1 this year. In addition to this increase, the tariff annex to the Collective Agreement has been changed, whereby the surplus occupations (cooks, waiters, cleaners značajno) are significantly raised coefficients, so no one will be able to have a salary less than 4 thousand kuna net, ie it is a salary increase of 2 1 / 2 percent.Thus, this year in Valamar, the total wage bill will be increased by 6 percent in gross amount.At the collective negotiations between the representatives of the trade union and the company’s management, the employees of Plava laguna dd were provided with an increase in the basic salary, which will be applied as early as 1 May. As they point out in the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia (STUH), an increase in the basic salary by 3 percent has been negotiated, so now it will amount to HRK 3.820,00.The employer explained to the Trade Union the intention to harmonize the salaries and other material rights of the employees of Istraturist dd Umag with the contracted rights of the employees of Plava laguna dd Poreč, given that Istraturist dd Umag merges with Plava laguna. Alignment began in 2016 and is likely to end during 2018. Due to the large difference in workers’ rights, the union accepted the employer’s proposal that the application and payment of the increased basic salary start on May 1, 2017.The salary increase applies to all Blue Lagoon workers, and better material conditions are prepared for the seasonal workers (provision of three hot meals, increase in capacity as well as accommodation standards).last_img read more

NFL anthem protests evolve past Kaepernick’s original intent

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) What began more than a year ago with an NFL quarterback protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling silently during the national anthem before games has grown into a roar with hundreds of players sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms — their reasons for demonstrating as varied as their methods.Yet people rallying to defend players or decry the protests aren’t talking about police brutality, or the fact that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is no longer employed by an NFL team. Especially after President Donald Trump weighed in repeatedly to say that players should stand for the anthem or be fired for their defiance.Before NFL games began Sunday, the discourse had morphed into a debate over the First Amendment, Trump’s insults, how much the NFL has been paid by the U.S. government for its displays of patriotism and the overall state of race relations in America. Support and criticism came from fields well beyond the gridiron, including NASCAR, the NBA, MLB, activists, journalists, entertainers and politicians. “It wasn’t political when it was written and it shouldn’t be political today,” American Legion National Commander Denise H. Rohan said Monday. “Having a right to do something does not make it the right thing to do.”Fans are also noting the mixed messages.“The original issue was police brutality,” said Myles Conley, 42, a sales consultant from Atlanta. “The issue has moved past police brutality. Now it’s … racism in the NFL.”Conley said fans watch the NFL for entertainment and “now it’s turning into an activists’ platform,” referring to domestic violence, player safety, race and other issues.“All of these issues the NFL is making part of their program,” he said. “No one wants to hear that.”Protesters have supporters as well, including NAACP President Derrick Johnson. “This isn’t about football; it’s about freedom,” Johnson said Monday. “It’s about the ability of Americans to utilize their constitutional rights without punitive actions from their employers.”It’s unclear whether — or how — the momentum will continue. On Monday, Jackson called for a boycott of the NFL — some African-Americans have been doing that since the start of the season earlier this month — and picketing at pro football stadiums.Some want the original intent of the protests to become the focus again.Congressional Black Caucus chair Cedric Richmond noted that while some NFL owners, coaches and officials put out statements rebuking Trump, they didn’t include why players originally felt the need to protest.“They are taking a knee to protest police officers who kill unarmed African-Americans — men and women, adults and children, parents and grandparents — with impunity,” the Democrat from Louisiana said. “They are taking a knee to protest a justice system that says that being black is enough reason for a police officer to fear for his or her life.”Jozen Cummings, a columnist at VerySmartBrothas.com, wrote in a column Monday that the #TakeTheKnee movement has evolved into an “all-lives-matteresque, watered-down version of NFL players and owners against Trump.”“Kaepernick’s cause got distorted into a protest about flags and against Trump when it was never intended to be against anybody,” Cummings wrote. “It was for people of color.”Miles said that while the support has taken various forms, people are leveraging their platforms to keep issues of systemic racism top of mind.“Folks are elevating the conversation,” Miles said. “It’s all connected, and there’s a long list of things that have been going on. This is about recognizing that the responsibility is on all of us and there a role for all of us to play.”___Corey Williams in Detroit and Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report. Williams, Holland and Whack are members of The Associated Press Race and Ethnicity Team. Holland reported from Washington and Whack reported from Philadelphia.http://www.facebook.com/jessejholland . Follow Whack on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/emarvelous . FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, the Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)“The issue has morphed beyond that because Mr. Trump has interceded,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson said.More than 200 NFL players and owners — even anthem performers — found ways to show dissent during pro football games over the weekend. Raised fists and other gestures came after Trump’s comments at a Friday night rally in Huntsville, Alabama, where he mused to the crowd: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out! He’s fired. Fired!’”Trump continued to criticize protesters Tuesday, saying in a news conference at the White House that he was “ashamed of what was taking place” with the kneeling protesters. Trump said Americans have died and been injured in defense of their country.“They were fighting for our flag, they were fighting for our national anthem and for people to disrespect that by kneeling during the playing of our national anthem, I think that’s disgraceful,” the president said.Trump’s remarks set off a firestorm on social media. Ken Miles, a community organizer and entrepreneur living in Harlem, created a petition on Saturday around the emerging #TakeTheKnee hashtag in response.“This weekend was just a reminder of the role that power plays in this conversation,” said Miles, 32. “The president of the United States leveraging his influence to call out players exercising their rights is an abuse of power.”The topic continued to dominate discussion in sports Monday as NFL players reflected, NBA teams met with reporters and Trump doubled down on his position with tweets, saying the issue had nothing to do with race and using the hashtag “#StandForOurAnthem.”“He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country,” Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James said.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)Trump has rallied those to his side who are less interested in athletes’ opinions than a perceived lack of patriotism. The American Legion has called the protests and protesters “misguided and ungrateful.” In this Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Browns fans hold a sign following the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cleveland Browns in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)Some worry that the expanded reasoning for the protests — fanned by the president’s incendiary stance — could dilute the passion and the permanence of its original cause, drawing attention to interactions between police and minorities.last_img read more

Former SEC quarterback savoring HBCU experience at Grambling

first_imgGrambling’s senior quarterback Devante Kincade speaks to other offensive players during practice, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium in Grambling, La. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)(AP) _ DeVante Kincade was bouncing around a humid basketball gym in August, wiping sweat from his forehead while trying to sink 3-pointers. With a football.Grambling’s senior quarterback was about to help lead a football practice on hardwood courts after torrential downpours the night before had left the Tigers’ practice fields unplayable. Receivers occasionally slipped and fell to the floor while running their routes because of condensation on the surface.This scene would certainly be unlikely at most Southeastern Conference schools _ many have indoor football practice facilities. And Kincade knows firsthand about the immaculate SEC digs after playing two seasons at Mississippi.But the former Ole Miss backup QB and his teammates believe what they have at Grambling more than makes up for whatever they might be missing.“The grind is what makes it even sweeter,” he said.The challenges of playing football at a Historically Black College or University have been well documented. Practicing in gyms, little television money and long bus trips are just part of the deal.But playing at an HBCU is not just about entertaining halftime shows or all those amenities the players lack. It’s about community.Kincade said it’s an experience to savor.“There’s nothing like an HBCU,” he explained. “Don’t worry about the facilities. The life at an HBCU makes you forget about the facilities because there’s so much enjoyment. They say, `Everybody is somebody at Grambling,’ and that is so true.”There aren’t any FBS programs at an HBCU. More than 20 FCS programs are considered HBCUs, including the entire Southwestern Athletic Conference and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Several others play at the NCAA Division II level.Tucked just off Interstate 20 in north Louisiana, Grambling’s approximately 5,000-student campus can feel _ and look _ a lifetime away from a sprawling SEC campus and one of its majestic football cathedrals. At Ole Miss, Kincade said everyone was friendly, but the gleaming athletic and academic facilities sometimes created a barrier to a normal campus life.At Grambling, Kincade said, it’s not unusual for him to hang out at one of the campus cafeterias or at the student union, socializing with other athletes but also regular students.“There’s nobody here looking at you like a star _ you’re just another student,” he said.The SWAC’s preseason offensive player of the year is quick to say that he enjoyed his time at Ole Miss and has nothing but respect for former coach Hugh Freeze. Still, when it became apparent he wasn’t going to start for the Rebels, he transferred to Grambling, and hasn’t regretted the decision once.The pipeline from HBCUs to the NFL is not as well-traveled as it was prior to integration, but the road exists. About 30 former HBCU standouts are currently in the league, and the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Kincade hopes to add his name to the list.NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks said scouts are aware that HBCUs are still a place teams can find undiscovered or underappreciated talent. He said Kincade has a “big-time personality” and could be successful in the NFL given the right opportunity.“The postseason All-Star games are going to be important for him because some will question his size,” Brooks said. “But the thing is, he’s got a live arm, he’s athletic and he’s good at finding passing lanes.”Kincade’s move to Louisiana has also worked out for Grambling.He’s led the Tigers to a 20-2 record during his two seasons _ including a 16-0 mark in SWAC games _ and the program is trying for its second straight conference title and Celebration Bowl win in December. Kincade has thrown for 2,286 yards, 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions this season.The Tigers were preparing for the annual Bayou Classic game in New Orleans against rival Southern on Saturday.Kincade’s mother is thrilled that her son has been able to lead a program at quarterback and have success doing it. Even better, it’s only a few hours from their home in Dallas, Texas.LaTonya Boyd has struggled with some health issues over the past several years, including blood clots and what she called mini-strokes, but she’s been able to attend most of her son’s games the past two seasons. She said Grambling’s smaller atmosphere has been beneficial.“He’s a humble kid and the school is very family-oriented,” Boyd said. “All of the coaches have been so good to him and are good examples.”Grambling’s appeal isn’t a surprise for one of the school’s most famous alumni, quarterback Doug Williams. After a stellar career at Grambling in the 1970s, he became the first Black starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, leading the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 pummeling of the Denver Broncos in 1988.The 62-year-old Williams, who is the Redskins’ senior vice president for player personnel, is disheartened by talk that HBCUs might not be relevant in today’s world. He said there are an “awful lot of kids who need an HBCU.”“It’s not about division. That’s not the way it is,” Williams said. “Going to Grambling inspired me and helped me become the person I could.”Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs has built a mini-dynasty in north Louisiana. He played for Grambling in the 1990s and has found the sweet spot for recruiting good athletes who might not be quite SEC-caliber but are a good fit for the HBCU experience.“It offers a little different thing to the student-athlete,” said Fobbs, 43. “There’s a lot of universities that are inclusive for minorities, but I think in all areas they’re not at times. Let’s face it: The elephant in the room is that racism exists on many levels and many times African-Americans have to transform to a different way than they’re normally, culturally doing things in order to be received and accepted from time to time.“And I think a lot of that has to do with why HBCUs are so important. It allows you to be yourself, be comfortable and to be around a lot of the same things that you grew up listening to and being around. … It’s almost like sleeping in your own bed or being in your own house.”A house with at least one upgrade _ a new artificial turf field with better drainage was installed at the football stadium in late August.Just something else Grambling can take pride in.___More college football coverage: http://collegefootball.ap.organd www.Twitter.com/AP_Top25 .last_img

They call it the City Game for a reason! (Dec. 5)

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier MALIK ELLISON is a junior transfer who averages roughly 10 points per game for the Pitt Panthers. (AP PHOTOS):10—And the reason was most evident as 12,000-plus filled up PPG Arena Friday night, Nov. 30, to see Pitt and Duquesne do battle. And do battle they did, well at least for the first 20 minutes. That second half was all the time Pitt needed to outlast Duquesne, while in the process, shaking off that loss to No. 14 Iowa a few days earlier. But, Duquesne showed they were serious about city bragging rights.:09—To be sure, Pitt won the game, 74–53, and if you got the score on ESPN the next day you would think blowout. But, it wasn’t as much that as it was a Tale of Two Cities. Pitt is just a deeper, more overall talented team. They can go seven, maybe eight men deep and stay in stride. But don’t get me wrong, Duquesne has a talented five, but not as talented as Pitt’s starting five.:08—And, that Pitt talent has been building and being talked about slowly but surely as Pitt has established a 6–1 record (their second loss came this past Monday, Dec. 4, to Niagara). The X-man, Xavier Johnson, leads the Panthers and has zero fear about shot attempts and trust me, the best is yet to come from him. He’s joined by several talented swing men in Malik Ellison and Trey McGowens and they are a pick-your-poison trio.PITT TAKES THE CITY GAME—Pitt’s Jared Wilson-Frame blocks a shot attempt by Duquesne’s Brandon Wade, in the annual City Game. Pitt won, 74-53, at PPG Paints Arena, Nov. 30.:07—Much the same can be said about the Dukes, but to a lesser degree. They have the goods and are an improving team under the tough and masterful direction of Coach Keith Dambrot. His hard-nosed, defensive style covers some loose ends, and the solid play of outstanding guard/forward Eric Williams and guards Mike Lewis and Tavian Dunn-Martin promises a great season on the Bluff for the Dukes.:06—Oh, BTW, a tremendous attaboy to the city folks and surrounding communities for coming out to support the City Game. Basketball is back in Pittsburgh, big time!:05—Let’s get this Part-Tee started right! I need to take care of…“The Locker Roomers,” my faithful readers and believers…yes sir!!! First, you, my man Greg Brown in the locker room. He’s been reading me while on vacation (you know, you know, you know!) and to the lovely Ms. Millie who I met this past weekend at the Reverend Darkins Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner (sweet little thing but knows her stuff).:04—I am going to have to give you this hard and fast cause we’ve got the late game and national spotlight so I am going in early. Steelers and Big Ben take on the Chargers and Phil Rivers. And here are your five reasons. Why? Because I know you like “the lists.” 1. Needless to say and hell yea, Ben has to make up for that panic pass a few weeks ago against Denver that cost us the game. Not Conner’s fumble, BTW. 2. A.B. not saying or showing it, but trust me, he’s ticked off about the lack of passes and JuJu shining brighter. 3. With any luck at all James Washington won’t be playing. 4. The Chargers’ record is better than the teams they beat. 5. Because…we are…Pittsburgh! Well, wouldn’t ya know…Ben throws a touchdown to A.B., but also a bad interception, our special teams can’t figure out which side of the ball to be on when it’s snapped, and the Chargers left town, Dec. 2, with a victory over the Steelers, 33-30. Unbelievable!:03—The SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia was certainly the best I’ve seen all year. I mean good! A down-to-the-wire, 35–28 win for the Tide. And a classic, legendary, miraculous finish that will forever lock quarterback Jalen Hurts into Bear Bryant football history forever more. If you don’t know, just Google it, man!:02—If you need to know, here’s your moviegoers list. I know you love it, I know you need it, and I know you like those lists! 1. “Green Book”—a must-see true account of “when America was great!”…NOT!!! 2 “Creed II”—it’s just good, Rocky good. 3. “The Hate You Give”—but be ready to get mad. 4. “Robin Hood”—good, but not great; the wrong guy playing Robin. It should have been Chris Pratt. 5. “Bohemian Rhapsody”—if you lived through the music of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and, you know the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen, you will love it. Now go to the movies. You need a break.:01—If you’re reading this you need to be reminded that the last “Champions Live” Sports Talk Show at the Savoy will be this Thursday, Dec. 6. Before we break for the winter cold, Thursday’s show will feature former ABA and Pittsburgh Piper legend Cal Graham and members of that world champion franchise led by the late great Connie Hawkins. Also on the show, Connie Hawkins League Hall of Famers, Myron Brown, Gerald Lovelace, Mark Pinnix, Darelle Porter, Barnett Harris, and Bobby Franklin. Special guests will be Tim Stevens and the All-Star team of B-PEP.:00—GAME OVER.last_img read more

Young leaders at the top of their game

first_imgBy Alana Mitchelson Cardinia Scouts were recognised for their achievements at the Australian Scout Medallion Awards. The presentation of an…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img