While functionality is typically the top of the list priority for bicycles, it’s always fun to see outside companies take an artistic approach and create cool-looking concept bikes to tantalize our senses. Mazda recently created a series of artworks to emphasize the importance of aesthetic design in their products, including this awesome track racer.The bike is known as the ‘Bike by KODO Concept’ and was recently released alongside a sofa, copper wine cooler and other works at the “Mazda Design: The Car as Art” exhibit in Milan, Italy during the art and fashion mecca’s design week.Mazda focuses on ‘the representation of dynamic motion’ in its vehicle designs, drawing inspiration from animals in nature. With that in mind I’d have to say the shapely seat stays evoke a set of powerful hind legs, extended at full stride.The design elements of the bike are also meant to express two traditional Japanese aesthetic sensibilities: Rin is a sense of self-restrained dignity, and En, an alluring sensuality that speaks directly to the senses. I’ll leave it to you to decide if you feel the sensuality, but there is a notable sense of restraint versus, say, the bejewelled Cipollini Luxury Edition road bike we checked out recently.While the end presentation is simple, the construction of this bike was not. Mazda says the KODO Concept’s frame is made from a single hand-hammered sheet of steel, but logic would suggest they are referring to the red upper portion only. The saddle is hand-stitched with matching red threads, and bears a similar stitch pattern as the Mazda MX-5’s interior.The bike is literally as minimalist as it can be, with the designers setting out with the goal of using as few parts as possible. Suitably so it’s a singlespeed track racer that doesn’t require brakes or derailleurs, which would merely be a hindrance to elegance in this application. The handlebar and stem are one smoothly integrated piece, with a low flattened top that keeps the front end looking aggressively aerodynamic. Despite its extreme simplicity, the KODO Concept has almost everything a bike needs- If you ever got to ride it, the only thing you might want to add is a pair of grips.There isn’t much information available about the relatively few other components, but we can see a Mavic carbon wheelset in the photos. Not that the build matters much anyways… since this bike is just an art piece we’ll have to enjoy it with our eyes only.mazda.com
Briefs Sen. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise and Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville received legislator of the year awards from The Florida Guardian ad Litem Association during a March 21 ceremony at the top of the Florida Capitol. Presenting the awards were Angela Orkin director of Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program, and Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp. Rich and Mahon were key in helping increase appropriations for the program that raised the number of children with guardians from half to three quarters. “Nothing could be more important than to be. . . a guardian ad litem to children who have been abused or neglected and are looking for someone to look out after them and that is what this program is all about,” Kottkamp told the guardians at the event. “We know that the guardian ad litem program simply cannot exist and function without our volunteers.” In recognition of its newly construction permanent campus, Florida A&M University College of Law was honored with the Award of Excellence, the highest honor given, from the Downtown Orlando Partnership, which handed out its annual Golden Brick Awards March 7. The awards honor projects that make Orlando a more desirable place to live, work, and play. The FAMU College of Law, located in downtown Orlando’s Parramore district, was designed by Rhodes + Brito Architects, whose founders are FAMU alumni, and built by Turner Construction. A team of Florida State law students, faculty, and friends recently competed in Tallahassee’s Red Hills Triatholon in honor of Professor Steven Gey, who was diagnosed with a severe form of ALS, a debilitating and fatal disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. “Team Gey” raised approximately $40,000 for ALS research. Gey has been celebrated as a favored professor among students and colleagues at FSU College of Law since he began teaching there in 1985. So when he announced last December that he had been diagnosed with ALS, Gey’s friends did not take the news sitting down. Efforts to raise money for ALS research sprung up immediately on and around campus, and one recent FSU College of Law graduate, Kristina Klein, a 2006 alum who now practices in Atlanta, came up with the triatholon plan. She recruited 44 people willing to swim one-third of a mile, bike 16 miles, and run 3.1 miles to raise money. Rosenthal & L evy has underwritten the Palm Beach Lakes Community High School track team’s trip to the Chandra Cheeseborough Invitational Track Meet. The meet took place April 7 — after this News went to press — at Jean Ribault High School in Jacksonville. “This donation is proof that our community supports our efforts to develop quality young people as well as successful athletes,” said Palm Beach Lakes Coach Jerome Groover. “This meet is so important. This is the place to test our athletes against the finest competition in the state.” Rosenthal & Levy covered the cost for charter transportation to Jacksonville. Gerry Rosenthal stated, “Next to advocating for my clients this is the most satisfying aspect of my work. The parents of Palm Beach Lakes’ students are my clients, anything I can do to help is purely a blessing. I am thrilled that Coach Groover reached out to our law firm.” Palm Beach Lakes has amassed eight Florida State Team Championships, two Florida State Heptathlon Team Championships, 14 regional titles, 15 district titles, 16 conference titles, and 13 county titles. Coach Groover has coached 25 High School All-Americans, 18 High School National Champions, and is a member of the United States of America Track and Field Hall of Fame, Golden South Hall of Fame, Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame; a 2004 Olympic Torch bearer; five-time Florida High School Coach of the Year; and eight-time Palm Beach County Coach of the Year. Anesia Marshall, 11, of West Palm Beach was the winner of a contest recently hosted by Romano, Eriksen & Cronin. The contest to draw a favorite tree was offered during the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival where the firm sponsored a booth to promote “green” building and showcase its future home, The Vive Verde building located in Lake Worth. Marshall’s coconut tree drawing won her an iPOD Shuffle and the opportunity to have her picture displayed in the main lobby of the office building. The Vive Verde building is a 30,000 sq. ft., four-story structure incorporating natural systems and “green” technologies designed to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions, water consumption, and create an overall healthier environment. Romano, Eriksen & Cronin is its main occupant. Briefs April 15, 2007 Regular News
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Share Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit will lead a two-member delegation to Martinique today, April 1, 2014 on an official visit to Martinique’s Regional Council President, Serge Letchimy.The Minister of Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management, ReginaldAustrie and the Minister of Public Works, Energy and Ports, Rayburn Blackmoore, are part of delegation.This official visit occurs in the context of the regional program on sustainable development and energy transition, a press release from Martinique’s Regional Council notes.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit will address the regional assembly at 10:00 AM about cooperation projects in renewable energy and geothermal development between Martinique and Dominica. He will also talk about the final integration of Martinique in the Caribbean States Association planned for the end of April 2014.Martinique has started the process to be fully part of Caribbean institutions. President of Martinique Regional Council, Serge Letchimy, will meet several CARICOM states Ministers and other government representatives particularly from April to June 2014.Minister for Information, Telecommunications and Constituency Empowerment, Ambrose George will act as prime minister while Prime Minister Skerrit is out of state.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 148 Views no discussions Share LocalNews PM leads delegation to Martinique by: – April 1, 2014
President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) William Mahfood Local forum discusses Jamaica’s Vision 2030Top Jamaican financial leaders will be heading to Davie next week to lead a special Diaspora forum about Jamaica’s National Development Plan – “Vision 2030.” Hosted by Victoria Mutual Building Society’s (VMBS) Florida Representative Office, the annual forum will outline pathways for the South Florida community to invest in Jamaica’s economic progress. Open to the public, the third annual panel discussion is set for Wednesday June 8, starting 6:45p.m. at the Signature Grand in Davie.“Vision 2030 challenges all Jamaicans to partner for the realization of the developed status for our country,” says panelist, President and CEO of Victoria Mutual, Courtney Campbell. “Through this forum we will speak to Vision 2030, offer pertinent information on the Jamaican landscape, provide sound financial advice and vital information for those who are considering investment options in Jamaica and want to own a ‘piece of the rock.’”Other members of the panel are President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) William Mahfood, President of the Medical Association of Jamaica Dr. Myrton Smith, and General Manager of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Marlene Street-Forrest. The event will be moderated by Christopher Denny, Vice President of Distribution for Victoria Mutual. “We wanted to highlight the plans being undertaken to ensure the achievement of developed status for the island and how they can become involved,” said Suzette Rochester, Manager for VMBS, Florida Representative Office Our panelists were carefully selected and have in-depth knowledge and expertise in their related fields. They will bring to the table valuable insights on various sectors of the economy ranging from health to finance.”In addition to highlighting areas of growth in the Jamaican industry and financial sector, panel patrons exploring real estate investment can also meet with housing developers from GORE, Kemtek and Richmond Developments to discuss upcoming projects. Financial capital however, says Campbell, is not the only thing Jamaica needs for greater economic prosperity.Most importantly, the discussions will also expose the opportunities available for the utilisation of their skills, resources, knowledge and expertise that can contribute to building Jamaica,” says Campbell.Registration for the event begins at 5 p.m. before the panel, or can be completed online at vmbs.caribtix.com.
VALENCIA – Residents are taking to the streets once again in Santa Clarita to walk in support of America’s Walk for Diabetes. More than 200,000 people across the nation will join forces to make a difference to someone they know by supporting the American Diabetes Association’s premier fundraising event. In Santa Clarita, more than 20,000 people have diabetes. The Santa Clarita Walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 8 beginning near the Valencia Auto Center at Creekside Road and Auto Center Drive. The walk is a 4
(AP) Delegates to a crucial conference of The United Methodist Church, America’s second-largest Protestant denomination, have rejected a move to ease the faith’s ban on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy.Some supporters of greater LGBT inclusion were in tears, while others vented their anger after delegates, on a 449-374 vote, defeated a proposal that would have let regional and local church bodies decide for themselves on gay-friendly policies.Methodist pastor Rebecca Wilson of Detroit, who is gay, says she is devastated by the vote.
After the battering it was subjected to during the tour of Australia and the Asia Cup, the Indian cricket team would look to make a fresh start before the IPL razzmatazz when it takes on an in-form South Africa in a one-off Twenty20 international here tomorrow.The match is being organised to commemorate 150 years of the settlement of the Indians in South Africa but its scheduling did raise a lot of eyebrows.The match is happening just after the Asia Cup, of which India was a part, and a few days after the Proteas hosted New Zealand for a long tour, involving T20s, ODIs and a Test series.In a cramped international calendar, the game does seem like an oddity given that the Indians would be travelling all the way for just over four hours slam bang action before getting busy with their respective IPL franchises. Only five days separate the match and the beginning of the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League.The long journey means that several players will miss initial practice camps with their respective franchises and that would certainly add to the physical strain.However, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ruled out the fatigue factor.”All happy. I don’t think fatigue will be a real factor.We all enjoy playing the IPL…that’s one format where you are not representing your country, and the span of the tournament is slightly longer so you play quite a few games,” Dhoni said after arriving with the team.advertisementThe Indians are not heading into the match in the best of form given the poor form the team has endured in the past few months.As if the disastrous Australian tour was not enough, India failed to qualify for the recently-concluded Asia Cup final as well, thanks to a shock defeat against hosts Bangladesh.On the contrary, the Proteas are in good touch as they had an extremely successful tour against New Zealand. They won the Twenty20, one-day and the Test series against the injury-ravaged Kiwis.The hosts though have retained only eight players from that tour in the Twenty20 squad.Almost all the seniors have been rested with the exception of all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who will be honoured after the match.India, though, are almost full strength, opener barring Virender Sehwag and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan as the duo has been rested.All the players, who were part of their Asia Cup campaign, are in the squad except for veteran Sachin Tendulkar, who does not play international T20s. He has been replaced by the hard-hitting Robin Uthappa.Since the highly-popular IPL is beginning exactly five days after the match, the game would help the players get into the slam-bang mode, although the conditions would be different from India.Squads:India: MS Dhoni (C), Virat Kohli (vc), Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda.South Africa: Johan Botha (C), Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne van Wyk, Dane Vilas.Match time: 9 pm IST
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in Mexico sale meetingby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United owner Mike Ashley has reportedly met with two Mexican businessmen about the club’s sale.The Newcastle owner has been looking for investors to take over the club, but has so far failed to attract any serious offers.Ashley held a meeting in London last week, claims the Athletic, but the talks are believed to have come to nothing.He is said to have come across as “rude” and it now seems the negotiations will not progress further.The Mexicans had harboured an interest in buying Newcastle since watching the film Goal! in which fictional footballer Santiago Munez – of Mexico – earns a trial at the club and goes on to become a professional.
Twitter/@OhioStateFBIn the latest Ohio State football video, two more Buckeye underclassmen officially “lose” their black stripes and become recognized as full-fledged members of the team.At OSU, freshmen must practice with a black stripe on their helmets until they earn their keep. Getting your stripe removed is a major milestone, which this Ohio State football video captures well.Today, on the final day of training camp, true freshman running back Demario McCall and redshirt freshman defensive end Rashod Berry shed their stripe. Both players earned the cheers and admiration of their teammates. Each gave a brief speech after Meyer called them up.Awesome way to end fall camp! Demario and Rashod welcome to the Bucks! pic.twitter.com/I4LEzOKILt— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 20, 2016During the week, freshmen quarterback Dwayne Haskins and first-year cornerback Rodjay Burns also had their stripe removed. They joined the first eight players who lost their black stripe earlier this summer or in the springtime.These eight have earned the right to be called Buckeyes. pic.twitter.com/1rPM18wKm3— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 13, 2016Congratulations to Demario and Rashod. Buckeye fans, who do you think will be next?