Why bicycle storage hooks are still the best way to store a bike (especially…

first_imgIf you follow the rule of n+1, where ‘n’ is the amount of bikes you currently own, and you keep adding to that number – eventually you’re going to need more bike storage. I crossed that bridge a long time ago. Even before my days at Bikerumor, I could have been considered a bicycle hoarder collector, and it’s only gotten worse.Recently after moving, I found myself in need of a complete redesign for my storage of the fleet. With a new space to fill out, I eagerly researched a number of different bicycle storage products. In spite of numerous options out there, I kept coming back to the humble bicycle storage hook. The simplest solution is usually the best, right?I’ve used various hooks for years, usually whatever version you could find at the local home center. This time though, I wanted to check out the hooks from Park Tool. Are they noticeably different than those that have dutifully supported my bikes for the past decade? Before I knew it, a box of hooks was on its way from Park Tool to find out.Why Hooks?In terms of storage capacity, simplicity, and cost, the bicycle storage hook simply cannot be beat. If you have a ceiling with sufficient height with a floor above it, you likely already have a built-in mounting system. Most basement ceilings will have floor joists that are spaced at 16″ on center. That’s almost the perfect width to space out a row of bicycle storage hooks. Simply drill a pilot hole in the center of the joist, thread in the hook, and voila, you have bicycle storage. If you use this method, there’s nothing else to buy and no need to build anything. It doesn’t matter if the ceiling is finished or completely exposed – just make sure you’re not drilling into any electrical or plumbing lines, HVAC systems, etc.I’ve always hung my bikes in an alternating fashion with bar up/bar down. This allows you to cram a bunch of bikes into a smaller space while still allowing your fairly easy access to each individual bike.Shown above: three bikes with handlebar widths of 800mm (including grips). The 16″ on center spacing of the hooks still works well in this scenario.Even with the wide handlebars of modern mountain bikes, the 16″ spacing works quite well. Again, in terms of efficiency, it’s hard to find a way to store more bikes as effectively and efficiently as this. I do have a hanging rack that fits more bikes into a smaller footprint, but the spacing is too close to allow easy use with mountain bikes. The 12″ spacing is just wide enough to use with many dropbar bikes, but even for wider bars on gravel bikes it can be a challenge to wiggle the bikes in and out.If you’re limited on ceiling height, don’t forget to think about the wheelbase measurement of various bikes. Some are quite a bit longer than others and require more height to properly hang.Is it OK to Hang Bikes by the Wheels? Upside Down?This is a common question, likely because there are a lot of anecdotes floating around about someone who hung their bike upside down and “now the brakes don’t work.” I’ve hung every type of bike in almost every direction for years, and chances are very good that if you look in the back of your local bike shop, you’ll find the same thing.But to be completely sure, I reached out to a few brake and suspension companies to ask their opinion on the matter – namely, SRAM, Shimano, and Hayes/Manitou. The consensus seems to be that it’s completely OK to hang bikes with hydraulic disc brakes or suspension. Both Shimano and Hayes said that it’s fine to hang them in either direction, but is probably best to hang them with the brakes pointed up just in case there’s any air in the master cylinder.Shimano MTB Product Manager, Nick Murdick went on to say, “Like other open system hydraulic brakes, Shimano brakes all feature a reservoir of extra fluid above the master cylinder piston.  We take things a step further by using the brake’s architecture to guide air bubbles to the top of this reservoir where they won’t affect brake performance.  This also makes the brakes easier to bleed when the time comes.It is quite normal to find a small bubble in the top of the reservoir and it’s generally no cause for concern.  If you hang the bike, it’s possible for the bubble to move into the rest of the brake system.  However, the bubble will generally move right back to the top of the reservoir when the bike is taken down for a ride.  Pulling the lever a few times can help get it back where it belongs, essentially self-bleeding the brakes.  If you do that step with a bleed funnel filled with fluid installed, the bubble can even be eliminated completely.The one thing to avoid would be pulling the brake lever while the bike is hanging.  That can force any bubble into the brake line, making it harder to get it back into the reservoir.”It was a similar story from Hayes/Manitou, with their engineers stating, “there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong way of hanging a bike, at least not from the brake or suspension side of things. For brakes it shouldn’t matter since there should be no air in the system.  The rider would notice air in the pressure path so if there is any air present it would be in the reservoir.  In that case anywhere between bike horizontal (like it would be on the ground) and front wheel up would allow the air to remain in the reservoir. So if you are due for a bleed, avoid hanging it from the rear wheel.As for suspension, some of our engineers hang their bikes so the bushings are at the bottom end so the bath oil can get down to the seals. But honestly, without any pressure differential the clearance between the leg and bushing is tight enough that the oil won’t break surface tension and slide down. Same goes for the damper, air shouldn’t migrate past the check valve unless there is sufficient pressure to push it through. If in doubt, the compression adjuster can be set to max before hanging the bike to eliminate the leak path for the air. In the case that air does get past the check valve, a few quick cycles of the fork should take care of bleeding those air bubbles out from under the damper.”SRAM’s response gave the all clear for either direction, making it an easy decision. Based on all three responses though, it seems like bar up is probably the safest bet for bikes with hydraulic disc brakes, but as long as they’re in good working order, you probably won’t have an issue either way.But What about Carbon Rims?This one is a little trickier since there are carbon wheels out there that are likely too fragile to hang from a hook. These seem to be more rare these days, but there were a few wheels that used essentially a carbon ‘fairing’ on top of a standard box section rim to create an aero wheel. I can’t remember off the top of my head, but I vaguely remember one such wheel from my bike shop days that even had a warning sticker on it not to hang it by the rim. But these rims typically feel fragile, and you could physically squeeze the carbon and see it flex. If your wheel feels stronger than that, it’s probably OK – but better to be safe than sorry and consult the manufacturer to be sure.I’ve had no problems hanging many different carbon wheels over the years – the one thing I would say, is to be mindful of the graphics on the rims and of the valves themselves. It seems universally constant that if you pick up a bike to hang it, the hook will either land directly on the valve stem or on a graphic. Either can be damaged by a hook, so it’s best to find a spot on the rim without either.What Makes the Park Tool Hooks Different?Tested: Park Tool 471XX and 471 storage hooks.So hooks are one of the least expensive, most efficient, and easiest ways to store you bike. But why would you want to go with the hooks from Park Tool over those from Home Depot? For starters, Park has a number of different hooks, specifically designed for bikes in different applications.Park offers two different hook thread options with three different sized hooks for each thread. If you’re not planning on threading the hooks into wood, Park offers hooks with a machine thread so you could attach them to metal plate, C-Channel, or other flat objects. To differentiate the two, the machine thread hooks have a black vinyl coating. Note that only the black hook shown directly above is a Park Tool hook, the other black hooks pictured throughout the story are not from Park Tool. The same three hook sizes are also offered with a wood thread, so they can be installed directly into wood once a pilot hole has been drilled. Note that the pilot hole size varies by the hook – the smallest 451 hook recommends using a 1/4″ or 6mm drill bit for the pilot hole. Both the 471 and 471XX recommend using a slightly larger 11/32″ bit due to the larger size of the hook.That brings us to the three sizes – the 450/451 (machine thread/wood thread), 470/471, and 470XX/471XX. At the smallest end, the 55mm wide 450/451 is sort of your standard, old school bike hook. If your collection includes nothing but skinny tires, this one should be sufficient. But as soon as you start tracking into modern mountain bike territory, the 75mm wide 470/471 is a better option. It will still work for any road bike, but the wider hook will work with most mountain bikes including many plus bikes. Finally, the 470XX/471XX is the heavyweight of the group with a 125mm wide hook that’s big enough for most fat bikes.I have a separate rack that I use for bikes with dropbars since the spacing is too narrow for mountain bikes, so I opted for the 471 and 471XX. The 471 is big enough to work with any mountain bike or plus bike I currently have, and the 471XX works with all of my fat bikes. It’s also perfectly acceptable to use a larger hook for smaller wheels and tires, though the bigger hooks are more expensive. Honestly, unless I only planned on hanging road bikes, I would probably skip the 451 in favor of the 471 since it’s more versatile and almost the same price.Park Tool Hooks have a larger opening than most hooks from big box stores for easier entry and exit.One of the most critical measurements and one of the biggest differences between the Park Hooks and generic hooks, isn’t the width. Instead, it’s the distance from the opening at the tip of the hook to the shoulder (represented above by the blue line). Taller tires with larger tread blocks and bigger volume require a bigger gap here to easily guide the wheel into the hook. Often if this gap is too small, you’ll have to tilt the wheel to guide the rim first into the hook. Depending on the tire and rim combination and whether you’re hanging it by the front or rear wheel, this can become fairly difficult – particularly on a high ceiling.In the time that I’ve been using the Park hooks, they have proven quite a bit easier to get certain bikes with chunky tires and rims in and out of the hooks. The larger gaps from the tip to the shoulder allow you to effortlessly guide the wheel in from the side without having to tilt it at all in most cases.My only complaint with the Park Tool hooks? The tags left a lot a sticky residue on the hooks, which required a lot of elbow grease to remove.Also, most hooks that you’ll find from the hardware store that are big enough to fit a fat bike wheel are likely meant for ladders or other flat items. That means the hooks usually have a flat bottom.This works, but the vinyl coating will quickly wear through which risks damage to your rims.Since the Park 470/471XX is curved on the bottom, there’s a better chance of having more surface area between the vinyl coating and the rim. I’ll have to wait and see how they hold up in the long term, but theoretically, it should be better than the ladder hooks I’ve used in the past.PricingFrom L to R: 27.5 x 4.0″, 26 x 4.2″, and 26 x 4.8″The Park Tool hooks are a good bit more expensive than something you’ll find at a big box store, but in the end I think they’re worth it. Compared to other bicycle-specific storage, you could even say these hooks are fairly cheap at $5.45/$5.95/$8.95 a piece (451/471/471XX). But more importantly, they make it easier to load or unload the bikes, and work better with bigger rims and tires. Not to mention the row of Park Tool Blue looks pretty good against the ceiling.parktool.comlast_img read more

Suit seeks to allow judicial candidates to express opinions

first_imgSuit seeks to allow judicial candidates to express opinions September 15, 2006 Regular News Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A conservative, family values group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking declarative and injunctive relief to allow state judicial candidates to give their personal opinions on public issues.The Florida Family Policy Council filed its case August 28 in the Northern District Court in Tallahassee. It seeks to prevent the Judicial Qualifications Commission from enforcing Canons 3E(1) and 3E(1)(f) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Those require judges to recuse themselves from cases if they have expressed opinions that likely would make a litigant question their impartiality.The suit also named as defendants The Florida Bar’s five branch chief disciplinary counsels, apparently in the erroneous belief that Bar grievance staff investigate complaints against judges for the JQC.Brooke Kennerly, JQC executive director, said the agency usually does not comment on pending litigation until it has been thoroughly reviewed. She said the suit had been forwarded to Tampa attorney Marvin Barkin, the JQC’s interim general counsel.The suit follows the FFPC sending a questionnaire to this year’s judicial candidates, seeking their opinions on legal rulings affecting gay adoption and marriage, abortion, and school vouchers.The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee had already issued an opinion on the survey that said candidates could express opinions on issues, as long as they made it clear they will follow the law and precedent once on the bench. That opinion also noted the answers must not appear, in the eyes of a reasonable person, to bind the judge to rule in a certain way or the judge would be subject to recusal.John Stemberger, president of the FFPC, said although almost half of the candidates returned the questionnaires, only a handful actually answered the legal issue questions, which the group attributed to a fear of prosecution by the JQC for violating the canons.“We believe these canons violate the First and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution,” said Stemberger, an Orlando attorney and member of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.According to the group’s court filing, “Canon 3E(1) requires a judge to disqualify himself or herself in a proceeding to which the judge’s ‘impartiality might reasonably be questioned.’ Canon 3E(1)(f) specifically requires a judge to disqualify himself or herself when ‘the judge, while a judge or a candidate for judicial office, has made a public statement that commits, or appears to commit, the judge with respect to (i) parties or classes of parties in the proceeding, (ii) an issue in the proceeding, or (iii) the controversy in the proceeding.’”The complaint said that allows the JQC to take action against any judge who had expressed an opinion on an issue. And the canons, combined with the JEAC opinion, “forces judges to choose between speech and their duties, and FFPC is forced to decide between silence and publishing judicial candidates’ responses [to its candidate questionnaire] and potentially subjecting those candidates to discipline — a choice that chills free speech and association — thereby violating the First and 14th Amendments of the United States Constitution.”In effect, Stemberger said the canons and the JEAC opinion say, “Sure, you can announce your view — wink, wink. The problem is the [JEAC] opinion says if you do announce your views, you may be disciplined if you don’t recuse yourself.”The FFPC will not endorse judicial candidates but only wants to make their views known to voters on a variety of issues, he said, adding, “Here’s the fiction, that somehow judges are more fair and impartial if their views are hidden from the public rather than with their views known to the public.”Stemberger argued the Florida canons go beyond the model ABA canons, which require recusal if a judge holds a prejudice about a party, but not about an issue.The canons appear, he said, to have scared off many judicial candidates from replying to the FFPC’s questionnaire. He said the group mailed out 239 questionnaires and received only 118 replies. Of those, only a relative few provided substantive answers to any of the issue questions. Stemberger said the group decided to withhold those — pending the outcome of the court action — to prevent the candidates from being disciplined.He also said the group hopes to get at least a temporary injunction so it can send the questionnaire to trial court runoff candidates and appellate judges and Supreme Court justices up for merit retention on the November ballot.The Florida canons are contrary to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Republican Party v. White, 536 U.S. 765 (2002), which held that judicial candidates can express their views on issues, he said.Asked why Bar disciplinary counsel were included in the suit, Stemberger said the FFPC wanted to include the two agencies — the JQC and the Bar — involved in investigating complaints against judges. He said, in response to a further question, that his understanding was Bar staff investigated complaints against judges for the JQC.Stemberger said if that is wrong, it will be addressed when the complaint is heard in court.The Bar does not participate in JQC investigations, which are handled by special JQC investigators and JQC members. If a judge is removed from the bench, the Bar can begin its own grievance investigation for violation of Bar rules, which include the judicial canons. The Bar can also, once an election is over, investigate unsuccessful candidates who may have violated the canons.center_img Suit seeks to allow judicial candidates to express opinionslast_img read more

Gophers swim and dive have strong showing in Indiana

first_imgGophers swim and dive have strong showing in IndianaMinnesota head coach Kelly Kremer served as an assistant for the Big Ten Women’s All-Star team and five Gophers swimmers competed.Ichigo Takikawa, Daily File PhotoKierra Smith swims the 100-yard butterfly against Iowa State on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at the University Aquatic Center. Alyssa HodenfieldNovember 14, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintA handful of Minnesota swimmers traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana over the weekend to test their skills against the best of the best.The U.S. National Team beat the Big Ten All-Stars in the inaugural USA College Challenge, but the Big Ten swimmers, including five Gophers, put up a good fight.Head Gophers swim and dive coach Kelly Kremer served as an assistant coach for the women’s Big Ten team.“We had a great time just working together and supporting each other,” Kremer said. [Coaching together is] something we don’t get an opportunity to do very often, so for me, it was a really fun weekend.” The 400 individual medley was a strong event for the Gophers on Saturday.Junior Brooke Zeiger took second in the 400 IM with the fastest collegiate time in the country this year at 4:05.41. Zeiger finished just over three seconds behind Team USA’s Brook Forde.“I was pretty nervous going up, but I felt really good in warmups, so I was feeling confident in myself and was excited to get up and race the fastest girls in the country,” Zeiger said. “I focused on my technique and felt in control during the race, which was nice.” Senior Jakub Maly had a strong showing in the men’s 400 IM. He finished third with a time of 3:48.26 and was less than two seconds behind the first place finisher, Michigan’s Charlie Swanson.Breaststroke was also a success for Minnesota’s participants.On the women’s side, senior Kierra Smith took second in the 200 breaststroke (2:05.83), and freshman Lindsey Horejsi finished third in the 100 breaststroke (59.50).For the men, junior Conner McHugh finished fourth in the 200 breaststroke (1:57.34) and fifth in the 100 breaststroke (54.53).“I think it went really well,” Zeiger said. “I wasn’t really sure what to expect. It was just a whole new experience … The coaching staff was great, it was exciting, and we just went in and had a lot of fun.”The Gophers swim teams will take the week off to train for the AT&T Winter Nationals and the Jean Freeman Invitational, and the Minnesota diving team will travel to Indianapolis next weekend to compete in the IUPUI Diving Invitational.“We’re really going to go back and continue to work on little things … to improve upon for them to compete and go in the direction that we want them to,” Kremer said. “[We’ll] get ready to swim fast the first part of December.”last_img read more

Mindfulness training reduces stress during exam time, study finds

first_img“Given the increasing demands on student mental health services, we wanted to see whether mindfulness could help students develop preventative coping strategies,” says Géraldine Dufour Head of the University of Cambridge’s Counselling Service. Dufour is one of the authors of a study that set out to test the effectiveness of mindfulness – the results are published today in The Lancet Public Health.In total, 616 students took part in the study and were randomised across two groups. Both groups were offered access to comprehensive centralised support at the University of Cambridge Counselling Service in addition to support available from the university and its colleges, and from health services including the National Health Service.Half of the cohort (309 students) were also offered the Mindfulness Skills for Students course. This consisted of eight, weekly, face-to-face, group-based sessions based on the course book Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, adapted for university students. Students were encouraged to also practice at home, starting at eight minute meditations, and increasing to about 15-25 minutes per day, as well as other mindfulness practices such as a mindful walking and mindful eating. Students in the other half of the cohort were offered their mindfulness training the following year.The researchers assessed the impact of the mindfulness training on stress (‘psychological distress’) during the main, annual examination period in May and June 2016, the most stressful weeks for most students. They measured this using the CORE-OM, a generic assessment used in many counselling services.The mindfulness course led to lower distress scores after the course and during the exam term compared with students who only received the usual support. Mindfulness participants were a third less likely than other participants to have scores above a threshold commonly seen as meriting mental health support. Distress scores for the mindfulness group during exam time fell below their baselines levels (as measured at the start of the study, before exam time), whereas the students who received the standard support became increasingly stressed as the academic year progressed.The researchers also looked at other measures, such as self-reported wellbeing. They found that mindfulness training improved wellbeing during the exam period when compared with the usual support.“This is, to the best of our knowledge, the most robust study to date to assess mindfulness training for students, and backs up previous studies that suggest it can improve mental health and wellbeing during stressful periods,” says Dr Julieta Galante from the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge, who led the study.“Students who had been practising mindfulness had distress scores lower than their baseline levels even during exam time, which suggests that mindfulness helps build resilience against stress.”Professor Peter Jones, also from the Department of Psychiatry, adds: “The evidence is mounting that mindfulness training can help people cope with accumulative stress. While these benefits may be similar to some other preventative methods, mindfulness could be a useful addition to the interventions already delivered by university counselling services. It appears to be popular, feasible, acceptable and without stigma.”The team also looked at whether mindfulness had any effect of examination results; however, their findings proved inconclusive.The research was supported by the University of Cambridge and the National Institute for Health (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East of England, hosted by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. Share on Facebook Share Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Mindfulness training can help support students at risk of mental health problems, concludes a randomised controlled trial carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge.While the prevalence of anxiety and depression among first year undergraduates is lower than the general population, it increases to overtake this during their second year. The number of students accessing counselling services in the UK grew by 50% from 2010 to 2015, surpassing the growth in the number of students during the same period. There is little consensus as to whether students are suffering more mental disorders, are less resilient than in the past or whether there is less stigma attached to accessing support. Regardless, mental health support services for students are becoming stretched.Recent years have seen increasing interest in mindfulness, a means of training attention for the purpose of mental wellbeing based on the practice of meditation. There is evidence that mindfulness training can improve symptoms of common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. However, there is little robust evidence on the effectiveness of mindfulness training in preventing such problems in university students. Email Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Flu Scan for Oct 06, 2017

first_imgCDC: 9 more H3N2v cases reported in Maryland, MichiganIn its latest weekly FluView report today, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it has received reports of nine more variant H3N2 (H3N2v) influenza cases, eight from Maryland and one from Michigan, its first of the year.The CDC said all nine patients reported exposure to pigs at two fairs in the week before they became ill. Eight are children and one is an adult older than 50. One of the patients was hospitalized, but all are recovering or have recovered. Investigators have found no human-to-human transmission. Six of the eight cases have been confirmed as H3N2v and three are presumed positive based on testing at Maryland’s public health lab.Maryland has reported several human cases since the middle of September, and the CDC said the state’s number of cases is declining. The CDC said the Michigan case isn’t related to the ongoing investigation in Maryland. The Michigan patient is a child who had recently visited the Allegan County Fair, which took place Sep 8 through Sep 16, according to a statement from the Allegan County Health Department (ACHD). Allegan is in southwestern Michigan.The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) in its latest update said 40 presumptive positive and confirmed cases have been detected as of Oct 4. The total reflects an increase of 3 cases since an update earlier this week. Two people were hospitalized.So far this year, 61 variant flu cases have been reported to the CDC, 56 of them involving H3N2v, 3 due to H1N2v, and 3 presumed H3N2v positives from Maryland undergoing further CDC testing.Oct 6 CDC FluView report Oct 6 ACHD statement Oct 6 MDH case count H7N9 features keep CDC experts on high alertIn an update on H7N9 avian influenza in China at the ID Week meeting in San Diego this week, Tim Uyeki, MD, MPH, an expert with the CDC’s influenza division, pointed out several features of the virus and the disease that have the CDC closely following the developments.He said the CDC has identified three viruses as highest risk, and H7N9 raises the greatest concerns. The other two are H5N6 and H5N1, according to a report yesterday from Infectious Disease Special Edition. When H7N9 emerged in humans 2013, it was the first time a low-pathogenic virus caused fatal infections in humans, raising alarm at the CDC and elsewhere.Uyeki said that, of 40 clusters reported so far, a little more than a third involved secondary infections with a close contact, usually in a household member without poultry exposure. No transmission beyond two generations have been reported, he said. H7N9’s appearance in health settings in unrelated people, including patients and health workers, underscores the important of carefully following infection control protocols, he added.Until the fifth wave, which wound down over the summer, experts had seen little antigenic drift, but the most recent surge of activity last winter was marked by the emergence of a highly pathogenic form, which has so far been confirmed in 28 patients in five of China’s provinces.”We really need to keep our eye on this,” he said, adding that another concern is increased receptor binding. H7N9 is unusual, because it can infect both lower and upper respiratory tracts. “This is a significant pandemic advantage for the virus.”Other worries are that resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors isn’t present in the poultry viruses, but it has evolved during patient treatment. Though resistance has increased from 4% to 10%, it is still uncommon, and clinicians recommend early treatment with neuraminidase inhibitors, he said.Uyeki, however, said high-dose corticosteroids should be avoided, because they have been associated with prolonged viral shedding, nosocomial infection, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and increased mortality at 30 and 60 days.Oct 5 Infectious Disease Special Edition storylast_img read more

On The Job In Los Alamos: At ProjectY Cowork

first_imgOn the job in Los Alamos Monday is projectY cowork Community and Marketing Manager Christina McCormick. McCormick has been at projectY since early October and has a new membership opportunity for non-profit organizations. The ‘Hornig’ is a specialized plan designed for non-profits that includes full membership for $75 per month, access to space 15 days per month, seven hours of conference room use and mail service in which the member can use projectY cowork as their business address. projectY cowork is a coworking space at 150 Central Park Square that serves as a hub for startups, freelancers and others to be connected to like-minded entrepreneurs, business experts, investors and mentors who will help them achieve their personal and professional goals. For more information, visit www.projectYLosAlamos.com. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Tesco stays behind in Bath

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The Bahamas COVID 19 Update, Press Conference April 8, 2020

first_imgYou may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Suriname, Guyana, Bahamas register deaths from COVIDGuyana and Suriname have registered more deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) as other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries register increased cases of the virus that was first detected in China last December and blamed for 774,000 deaths and 21.6 million infections worldwide. Suriname announced that five people died from the virus…August 17, 2020In “General”Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago record deaths from COVID-19The Bahamas and Jamaica recorded deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) as several other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries reported new cases of the virus over the past 24 hours. The Ministry of Health said that there were 65 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. As a result the total number…September 30, 2020In “General”Four Caribbean countries record COVID deathsStory via CMC – Four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries recorded deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours and several other regional countries reported more positive cases of the virus that has killed nearly a thousand people in CARICOM so far. In Jamaica, the Western Regional Health Authority…October 7, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 15, 2020 St. Lucia records more cases of COVID CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020last_img read more

Schumer: We Will Help Restaurants

first_img Share U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer told members of the press and representatives of the Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association during a virtual meeting May 27 that he realizes the industry needs federal assistance — and needs it in a hurry.Actually, Schumer acknowledged an immediate need for funds to stabilize many restaurants that for whatever reason didn’t qualify for stimulus money the first time around or were passed over for businesses with better banking contacts.He said restaurants “are the heart and soul of New York. We have to save this industry by getting you back on your feet.” Schumer pointed out because so many businesses have part-time employees, many didn’t even qualify for unemployment. The senator said the first stimulus package provided a lot of money for hospitals, offered eviction protection, but provided little for small businesses.Schumer said the second round of stimulus money was distributed differently, and that 58 percent of the applicants got some financial help. He urged those in need to continue to apply. “There is more set aside,” he said.The senator said there is a sentiment in Washington more assistance is still needed, especially in the House. However, the Senate has been hesitant. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell wants to assess the initial rounds of financing, Schumer said.He promised to set aside more for businesses with less than 10 employees and expand the bill so more companies are eligible. Schumer also said he would press for business interruption insurance. He cautioned the recovery was contingent on many other factors, including, of course, relaxing laws that limit social gatherings. Scott Wexler, executive director of the Restaurant & Tavern Association, said he is urging leniency for sidewalk dining and a quicker reopening for restaurants in general.Schumer said the coming years would bring prosperity to the industry.Those in the business hoping for better news may have been disappointed, however. Schumer said it could take three years for restaurants to reach pre-pandemic levels.rmurphy@indyeastend.comlast_img read more

ITM Power to supply hydrogen for Shell at retail forecourts

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