People of the Year 2018: Game Workers Unite

first_imgPeople of the Year 2018: Game Workers UniteIn a year full of game development horror stories, the pro-union group gained traction that could give creators the leverage they’ve lackedBrendan SinclairManaging EditorMonday 10th December 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThroughout 2018, labor conditions in game development have been a subject of much discussion, fueled by a steady parade of scandals courtesy of Riot, Telltale, Rockstar, Quantic Dream, and others.Most of these stories have been discouraging, disheartening, and even depressing, but there was at least one group offering the potential of a silver lining to the year’s dark clouds: Game Workers Unite. The group’s stated mission is “to connect pro-union activists, exploited workers, and allies across disciplines, classes, and countries in the name of building a unionized game industry.” But in a year where we repeatedly saw developers let down by their employers through malice or negligence, arguably GWU’s biggest contribution was simply to offer some hope that the sort of fiascoes we saw play out in 2018 could be avoided in the future, or at least mitigated.We recently spoke with one of the core organizers of GWU, Emma Kinema, who said the group’s original members had pushed individually for better working conditions for some time, but decided to coordinate their efforts in the lead-up to this year’s Game Development Conference. One session on the GDC schedule caught the organizers’ attention in particular: a roundtable discussion on the pros and cons of unionization, hosted by the International Game Developers Association and titled “Union Now? Pros, Cons, and Consequences of Unionization for Game Devs.” They were concerned that the event, which was being moderated by IGDA executive director and union skeptic Jen MacLean, was seeking not so much to generate a discussion as end one. “It’s going to be keep being extremely relevant to game workers until our conditions improve. And without unionization, I really don’t think our conditions are going to improve significantly” “It provided a really good first catalytic event to organize around,” Kinema said. “People could pretty tangibly see what was wrong with that ‘both sides, pros and cons’ framing of the event.”The group set up a Twitter account before the event and had 2,000 followers on the first day. Press inquiries came on the second day, and by the time the roundtable discussion was held on Wednesday of GDC week, unionization was already a key part of discussion at the show.Much to their credit, GWU was able to take its moment on the industry’s radar and parlay it into something that would sustain itself beyond a news cycle or two. They outlined a set of values and goals for the organization. They set boundaries about how employers could help the organization to make sure workers would always be prioritized. Those with media training passed their knowledge on to other organizers in order to spread the message more effectively, and did press leading up to and coming out of the roundtable event.”We’ve only grown since then,” Kinema said. “We’ve had more and more press coverage. We’ve gotten organizer training for hundreds of people. We’ve got people involved all around the globe and we’re only growing further. People are getting more and more involved with this effort, and I can only see a brighter future ahead.”I find it funny people are thinking, ‘When’s the point where everyone gets bored of this subject?’ It’s going to be keep being extremely relevant to game workers until our conditions improve. And without unionization, I really don’t think our conditions are going to improve significantly. So I think we’re always going to be relevant in that way.”Indeed, Kinema said GWU receives a surge of new members whenever a new studio labor scandal makes headlines. These days, GWU has 13,000 followers on its primary Twitter account, a main membership of 500 to 600 organizers, and 25 local and national chapters with memberships ranging from as few as 10 in rural areas to hundreds, in the case of the UK chapter.”I think people are starting to become aware of just how common these layoffs are, just how ready the bosses are to cut loose and ditch us while taking their profit,” she said. “It’s a recurring cycle, and I think as people start to realize just how chronic these issues are in our industry, the more people come our way looking for solutions, looking to unionize, looking to organize in some way and build that better industry we all want to be a part of.”When it comes to union organizing, it’s incredibly important to do that work slowly and cautiously, on a one-on-one growth model, employee-to-employee, slowly growing as quietly and non-publicly as possible in a workplace” “The most important thing around these layoffs and studio closures is that people need to get organizing before shit hits the fan. It’s not enough to just speak out about these issues and show solidarity with workers who are suffering from layoffs and lack of severance and things. People have to do the groundwork of organizing first so we can avoid as many of these situations as possible. So that’s our job now, providing the vast majority of people with education, helping them know their rights, providing organizer training so people can start getting organized in their communities and studios so we can lay a better framework from which we can build a better industry.”As for how long that could take, Kinema stressed the need for patience.”When it comes to union organizing, it’s incredibly important to do that work slowly and cautiously, on a one-on-one growth model, employee-to-employee, slowly growing as quietly and non-publicly as possible in a workplace,” she said. “Frankly, if you can keep your union organizing efforts non-public and out of the eyes of the employer indefinitely while still making wins, that’s a massive success.”Part of that discretion comes from fear of retaliation from employers, particularly against those organizing these efforts. (Kinema said most of GWU’s organizers probably wouldn’t want to be known publicly as such for this reason.) Right now, her sense is that many employers are just hoping the unionization issue goes away. In some ways, that attitude suits GWU just fine.”We have multiple campaigns running in various studios all over the place,” Kinema said. “As soon as any of those reaches a certain tipping point in terms of majority support in a studio, typically union organizing campaigns become public at that point. When that happens, I imagine we’ll get a much stronger backlash… Even though most bosses aren’t moustache-twirling evil villains, at the end of the day it often comes down to understanding what their basic needs and drives are, which is to create profit. And often that comes at the expense of paying their workers fairly, having sustainable hiring practices, or writing fair compensation for severance and things.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “Bosses are inherently at odds with the interests and needs of workers, and we have to understand that dynamic and not presume that just because a boss is friendly or isn’t openly saying anti-union rhetoric that they’ll have our back. Because chances are that most bosses and employers will not have your back.”Ironically, the people leading the push to organize the games industry are largely doing it on the nights and weekends unions fought to give them off in the first place. GWU is self-funded and volunteer driven, with no full-time employees. Kinema herself has a Patreon set up to help pay the bills, but it doesn’t bring in enough to cover everything. She admits that isn’t the most sustainable way to run the operation, but GWU is planning to file for non-profit status in the future so it can begin accepting donations.Whether Game Workers Unite ultimately succeeds in its attempt to organize the industry is undetermined, but the group is likely to improve labor conditions in the industry simply by existing. GWU is a clear warning to employers that the industry landscape is changing, that the norms of the past are no longer acceptable. And as Kinema noted, that leaves the industry with two choices: shape up and treat your employees better of your own volition, or continue as is, adding to a parade of horror stories and headlines that eventually lead to unionization and having some of these decisions taken out of your hands.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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Forecast: Steady increase to 92 GW annual solar installations by 2020

first_imgForecast: Steady increase to 92 GW annual solar installations by 2020Apricum’s latest report based on its global market PV model shows continual growth in cumulative installations. Brazil looks set to possibly become the new PV darling. August 5, 2015 Shamsiah Ali Oettinger Energy Storage Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Global annual and cumulative installations are expected to steadily increase to 2020 according to Apricum’s global market PV model. The Berlin-based Cleantech advisory expects 54 GW in total to be installed this year, and these figures increasing to 92 GW of annual installed capacity in 2020 (see Figure 1). China is seen to be holding the reigns with 180 GW of cumulative PV capacity in 2020. This list is followed by:US: 83GWJapan: 57GWGermany: 46GWIndia: 41GW Contigents leading the growthChina, India and the U.S. are expected to install a combined 36 GW more in 2020 than they did in 2014. This entails more than 70% of the additional 50 GW of installations globally installed over that timeframe. Apricum says that this then clearly identifies the key regions driving growth which should draw the attention of solar companies.China will retain its position as the solar powerhouse over the next five years as it seeks to reduce its dependence on coal. Japan however will start to apply the brakes on installations. Nevertheless it will remain in the multi-GW market range in 2020. Riding on the Japanese PV deceleration, other markets like India, Australia, South Korea and the Philippines are expected to grow. By 2020, the U.S. looks set to be home to the second largest PV installed base in the world. A big development boom is expected this year, says Apricum, followed by a steep decline in utility-scale installations in 2017 as federal tax credits get chopped from 30% to 10%. Nevertheless, even in a business-as-usual scenario, Apricum expects the market to be buoyed beyond 2016 by the rooftop segment, which is picking up pace and system cost savings. President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and Hilary Clinton’s 140GW by 2020 target seem to have also paved way for optimism for the U.S. scenario. Europe’s slice of the PV pie is however shrinking. Apricum confirms this in its report, stating that the European PV market will account for the diminishing PV installation figures globally. However, there are glimmers of hope, such as in France, where the government is seeking to add renewable energy into its mix to reduce new nuclear. The U.K., after its strong 2015 PV resonance, will transit to a moderately-sized market driven by mainly commercial and residential-scale projects. This is a result of the government’s opposition to large-scale, onshore renewable projects. 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The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. 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Bayonne Mayor Davis could face recall effort led by childhood friend

first_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne 2 COMMENTS Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction TAGSjimmy davismayoral recallPat Desmond SHARE Facebook Twitter Pat the convicted felon Desmond, O’Donnell is part of the arrest riddled, high taxed Smith administration George Martinez April 5, 2016 9:19 pm at 9:19 pm Not even halfway through his first term as mayor in Bayonne, Jimmy Davis is potentially facing a recall effort led by a childhood friend and key campaign organizer for the 2014 election where Davis took office. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewPat Desmond, a longtime Davis ally, Michael Alonso, a Republican whose run for state Assembly, freeholder and the city school board and Donald Baran, Jr. submitted a document with the clerk’s office yesterday seeking a petition to recall Davis just 19 months into his term.“The Recall of James M. Davis is initiated due to the mayor’s abject failure in meeting the needs of the City of Bayonne Citizens and taxpayers,” said a statement of the recall committee on the notice of intention to recall.The group cited Davis hiring city directors from out of town, such as Business Administrator Joe DeMarco, Davis’ Chief of Staff Andrew Casais (also his nephew), City Attorney Jay Coffey, the ongoing controversy surrounding a possible new mosque site in Bayonne and complaints surrounding a new animal control contract as examples of the retired police captain failing during his first term in office.Desmond declined to elaborate beyond the statement of the recall committee since the committee is awaiting a response from the clerk’s office.Bayonne City Clerk Robert Sloan told Hudson County View today via email that “it has not been determined yet whether it has been properly filed,” but in the event that it is able to move forward, state statute would require the signatures of 25 percent of city voters registered during the last general election.Sloan added based on the records with the clerk’s office, 32,711 voters were registered in 2014, meaning 8,178 verified signatures would be required in 160 days to make for a successful recall and force a special election.Recalls are notoriously difficult to accomplish in New Jersey in modern times, with one of the more notable local recalls coming in 1985, where then-North Bergen Mayor Tony DiVincent was recalled by a group led by Joe Mocco and a relatively unknown school principal named Nick Sacco (h/t New York Times).Davis did not immediately respond to a call or voicemail seeking comment. Bayonne Mayor Davis could face recall effort led by childhood friend By John Heinis – April 5, 2016 6:25 pm 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Crime Previous articleUnion City CDA worker, 5th man in probe, admits causing up to $95k in lossesNext articlePrieto on Atlantic City: I think Christie is ‘trying to bleed them out for money’ John Heinis News BayonneNews Desmond should look at all the contracts with engineering companies and developers and lawyers as well as all contracts. All the waterfront development deals are going through Demarco’s brother. The animal control contract is ready to ERUPT but it’s starts and ends ends in WNY. Also look into the recycling contract it will blow your MIND who it leads to. ODONELL FOR MAYOR !!!!!! Comments are closed. Micheal A smith Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus April 5, 2016 10:18 pm at 10:18 pmlast_img read more

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NYC mayor signals another shutdown coming as COVID-19 cases rise

first_imgMRBIG_PHOTOGRAPHY/iStockBY: IVAN PERERIA, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — New York leaders sounded the alarm Monday that the city, which was once the epicenter of the virus, could be heading toward another full shutdown if it cannot curb the growing number of coronavirus cases.The warnings came as just the city shut down indoor dining.Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers during his daily coronavirus briefing that the health data shows the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all trending upward. He warned that December and January will be tough months and said he’s had conversations with Gov. Andrew Cuomo about instituting further restrictions.“The current rate we’re going, you have to be ready now for a full shutdown, a pause like we had back at the end of the spring,” de Blasio said. “That is, I think, increasingly necessary just to break the back of the second wave [and] to stop this second wave from growing.”Positive cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the city are all increasing, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.Between Nov. 30 and Dec. 11, the seven-day average of newly reported cases rose from 2,582 to 2,837, the seven-day average of new hospitalizations jumped from 138 to 178 and the seven-day average for new daily deaths grew from 15 to 22, the health data showed. The positivity rate has remained above 5% since Nov. 30.Under New York State Health Department coronavirus rules, counties in the state go into a full shutdown, or a red zone, if the health data indicates the cluster zone is three weeks away from reaching 90% of its hospital capacity.During Cuomo’s coronavirus briefing, he told reporters there was no region in the state that is in that situation as of Monday. However, he echoed the mayor’s warning about taking the holiday spread seriously if New Yorkers want to avoid another shutdown.Cuomo urged people to avoid small gatherings that involve different households during the holiday season, citing health data that showed the latest cases came from such gatherings during Thanksgiving.“The only other option you have to make a somewhat dramatic difference is to go to a full shutdown,” the governor said.The state began to tighten its restrictions in New York City on Sunday with the complete shutdown of indoor dining at restaurants and bars for the first time since September. Eateries are only allowed to serve takeout orders or, if possible, offer outdoor dining until further notice, according to the order.The New York State Restaurant Association tweeted a statement blasting government officials for the move, citing state health numbers that show restaurants haven’t contributed to the rise in cases.“Today’s news will do nothing more than incentivize more unregulated indoor household gatherings,” Melissa Fleischut, the organization’s president and CEO said in a statement.De Blasio acknowledged the economic hit that the industry and its employees have taken and said the only way to help them is to pass the stimulus bill in Washington D.C. and reduce cases.“Look, the folks who work in our restaurant industry, they’ve been through hell, let’s be clear. I feel for every one of them,” the mayor said. “We’ve got to bring back the restaurants we love, but it’s going to take time. In the meantime, we’ve got to stay safe, because this second wave is very, very real.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Peter Wright’s vocational driving entitlement suspended indefinitely

first_imgMr Wright is to appeal the TC’s decision, which was made after he drove without Driver CPCPeter Wright’s vocational PSV driving licence was suspended indefinitely by Traffic Commissioner (TC) Kevin Rooney until such time as he has acquired a Driver CPC. It followed Mr Wright being twice checked by DVSA while driving a vehicle for Rojay Services, trading as Wigan Coachways.In doing so, the TC said that he did not consider Mr Wright’s argument that the Recital to the European Directive exempted drivers who had Category D1 licences prior to the date laid down for obtaining a CPC from having to hold one had any merit at all. Such an exemption was not in the list of exemptions in the Directive itself. Article 4 exempted drivers who had held such licences from the initial qualification requirement but not from having to undertake periodic training.He had no issues with Mr Wright with his conduct as a driver. He had given him a driving test before allowing him to drive. He had not employed Mr Wright as a ‘cause celeb’Though revoking Rojay’s eight-vehicle national licence on financial grounds, the company of Cricket, Wigan having ceased to trade last August, the TC took no action against the repute of Managing Director and Transport Manager Roger Jarvis because of its otherwise good compliance history.Traffic Examiner Aidan McCabe said that when interviewed Mr Wright explained his position in some detail, referring to the case of another driver Craig Watts, who was challenging the requirement for him to have a Driver CPC.Mr Wright said that when his company, Bradley Fold Travel, had its O-Licence revoked there were outstanding bookings and Mr Jarvis took them over. When he lost his own vehicles Mr Jarvis suggested that he drive for him. When asked why he did not have a CPC, he produced a number of documents to Mr Jarvis which he believed showed that he did not require one. After Mr Jarvis had said that in October he had written surrendering the company’s licence and returned the licence discs, the TC said that followed a proposal to revoke. In response Mr Jarvis wrote a letter, which included a statement saying the TC would be joined in defamation proceedings. Asked why, Mr Jarvis said he did not wish to comment. He had written the letter after discussions with a number of people. Asked if they included Mr Wright, Mr Jarvis said he did not want to say who.Mr Jarvis said that he had read the documentation given him by Mr Wright. He thought that if he had been a large operator he would not have risked his O-Licence but he felt that someone “should stick his head above the parapet and take on DVSA over their interpretation of the law”. He had no issues with Mr Wright or his conduct as a driver. He had given him a driving test before allowing him to drive. He had not employed Mr Wright as a ‘cause celeb’.Mr Wright is to appeal the TC’s decision.last_img read more

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Bush and Putin should join ‘sun-worshippers’

George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin, the two ‘wreckers’ of the Kyoto Protocol on global warning, would be well-advised, then, to pay a trip to the Tate Modern. Urgently. Exhibition continues until 21 March. For more information, see [email protected] Well, sort of. Walk into the Turbine Room of the Tate Modern (a converted power station) and you will see scores of people lying flat on their backs beneath a massive yellow disc. With the images of these ‘sun worshippers’ reflected on the ceiling, the effect is eerie, futuristic and sublime. Mellow yellow, it isn’t. It’s more akin to the way Vincent van Gogh used that colour to evoke a suicide-contemplating insanity.Basing a whole exhibition around one piece might seem to be taking minimalism to a new extreme. But this work by Olafur Eliasson, a Danish artist now based in Berlin, has got tongues wagging about one of the most crucial issues facing the world today – the weather. True, basic climatic conditions have been the mainstay of human conservation since time immemorial. But Eliasson encourages much more than observations about rainfall or wind-speed; rather he is promoting a discourse on the politics and philosophy of the weather. To fully appreciate this exhibition, you should buy a copy of the book that accompanies it. This places Eliasson in a philosophical tradition dating back to circa 350 BC, when Aristotle penned Meteorologica. “Over the centuries, defending ourselves from the weather has proved even more important than protecting ourselves from each other in the forms of war and violence,” Eliasson writes. “If you cannot withstand the weather, you cannot survive.”Just in case you think these words are naïvely apocalyptic, the book shows clippings from a variety of newspapers last year. Along with prophesies about a new ice age, these contain more prosaic reports about last summer’s heatwave, which saw some of the highest temperatures in history recorded in various parts of Europe. While the intense sunshine might have seemed like manna from heaven for drinkers in beer gardens, it proved intolerable for many with heart conditions and respiratory problems.The weather, as Eliasson notes, affects everything from an individual’s mood to the performance of economies. More ominously, the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is wreaking havoc with the environment, making climatic conditions more extreme than ever before. The dramatic weather of recent years means that this view is no longer espoused only by a cabal of ecologists and unconventional boffins. The Independent recently splashed with comments from David King, chief scientific advisor to Tony Blair’s government, warning that climate change poses a more serious threat than terrorism. read more

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Neil Young Records On Vinyl With Jack White On The Tonight Show

first_imgJack White made headlines recently, when he set the world record for fastest album ever made. In just shy of 4 hours, White utilized a contraption called the Third Man Booth to record and press the album. Now, the popularized booth is going on the road.Last night on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Neil Young and Jack White both made guest appearances. Young was able to try out White’s booth, much to his liking. The legendary folk-rock musician played a cover of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy,” which was immediately pressed to vinyl on the show. And, here’s the brand new live Neil Young single.Cool, huh?-David Melamed (@Dmelamz)last_img read more

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Wood Brothers Racing looks forward to the opportunity playoffs present

first_imgBased on his initial results through eight of the 10 stops making up this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, Ryan Blaney seems to have his work cut out for himself and the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford team.His average finish at those tracks the first time around this season was an unappealing 22.25.Chicagoland Speedway, which hosts the playoff opener Sunday, Sept. 17, and Homestead Miami Speedway, site of the Nov. 19 season finale, are the only tracks in the playoffs where the series has yet to visit this season. The others, New Hampshire and Dover and Charlotte and Talladega and so forth, will be return visits. But with much more at stake.Crew chief Jeremy Bullins says he’s not concerned with past results, and adds that in most cases those numbers from this year’s first visits don’t tell the entire story.“You look at Dover for example, I think we were running in the top 10 and broke an axle,” Bullins said Monday during a teleconference featuring himself and WBR co-owners Eddie and Len Wood. “The same thing at Charlotte, we were running in the top five and had an axle failure there.”The incidents occurred after Blaney had finished in the top 10 in the opening stages of both races. He went on to finish 32nd at Dover and 24th at Charlotte. Talladega, where restrictor plates limit speeds but also create pack racing, “is hit or miss,” Bullins said. “You’re either going to run well or get caught up in a wreck.”It was the latter this past spring, and Blaney wound up 39th in the 40-car field — after finishing in the top 10 in the first two stages.“I’m not concerned at all,” Bullins added. “I feel like it’s just a matter of putting races together and not having some of the things go wrong that have gone wrong in the past and if we do that, we’ll be in good shape.”This year’s Playoffs will be the first for Blaney and the Wood Brothers, a legendary team that’s been around nearly as long as NASCAR itself. Blaney gave the group career win No. 99 earlier this year at Pocono, a victory that was his first in the series.He’ll be joined by other first-time winners Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing) and Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing) and the three will be among those considered underdogs when it comes to advancing through the various stages en route to Homestead and the championship race.Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing), Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing) and Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) are the favorites, having won often, run consistently and piled up more bonus points through victories and stage wins than anyone else. The gap between Truex and 16th-place Jamie McMurray is 50 points. But strange things can happen when the playoffs get underway and the pressure begins to mount.“Those guys could have some problems early and all of a sudden those extra points they’ve got could disappear pretty quick if the right guy doesn’t have a good day,” Eddie Wood said.“This is very special to us because this is the first time we’ve actually been involved in the new format. It’s kind of a do-or-die format. You’ve got three races to do well in to advance to the next round and that puts a lot of pressure on everyone, but I think we’re ready for it.” read more

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Las Vegas School is Lifeline for Hungry Kids With Nothing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePrincipal Sherrie Gahn said she was shocked when she first came to Whitney Elementary School seven years ago. “The kids were eating ketchup packets,” trying to scrape a meal together. About 75 percent of her 622 students are homeless, or nearly so. Under Gahn’s leadership, Whitney Elementary has become a lifeline for families — at once a food bank, clothing drive, Christmas charity, dental clinic and hair salon all in one. After this moving story ran on CNN about the Las Vegas school over Thanksgiving — when famous Vegas chefs came to the school preparing lunch — donations have poured in, over $75,000 worth. “There are bread donations and shoe donations, and local physicians donate their time to give physicals and eye exams.” See how Principal Gahn cares for school children, and their families going beyond the typical model of education.last_img read more

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Rotor 1×13 single ring 13-speed hydraulic, disc group – Pricing, Weights & Availability

first_imgRighthand shift/brakeset (shift/brake lever, caliper, rotor & hardware)863g 2INpower direct-mount road power meter crankset$1400 / 1300€ Rotor 1×13 AvailabilityAll of the new Rotor 1×13 road bike groupset are in production now, and will be available for purchase in April 2019, ready to be built into a modern 1×13 disc brake road, gravel, or cyclocross bike this spring. No word yet from Rotor on the availability of their new MTB flat bar trigger shifter that will bring 1×13 to mountain bikes as well.RotorBike.com Lefthand brakeset (lever, caliper, rotor & hardware)$480 /438€ 13sp cassette 10-36 / 10-39$415 /380€ Rvolver 1×13 centerlock rear hub246g 12sp cassette 11-36 / 11-39$365 / 334€ Brake Bleed Kit$45 / 40€ KMC chain uncut269g ALDHU crankset + standard axle$300+60 / 250+50€ 12sp cassette 11-46 / 11-52282g / 314g Aluminum wheelset w/ Rvolver hubs$658 / 658€ Aluminum Rvolver complete centerlock wheels1556g ALDHU crankset + standard axle352g + 96g One of the key elements of the new Rotor 1×13 groupset is its modularity. With only a single rear derailleur, four 13-speed cassette options, and a single rear hub, you can mix-and-match with the remaining components out of Rotor’s existing offerings to build your complete lightweight hydraulic shifting & braking drop bar bike. Plus, you can even opt for four 12-speed cassette options to keep the initial cost down even lower…Rotor 1×13, 13-speed road bike hydraulic drivetrainsRotor has predetermined four standard kits at retail launch that will suit the four most likely types of rider that will want to put 1×13 on their road, gravel, or cross bikes. Each gives you the flexibility to pick the gear ratio you need, and all of the benefits of tight gearing spacing, smooth cadence steps, light weight, single ring simplicity & reliability.Rotor 1×13 Ultimate Performance kit“For competitive riders who track their performance and that are looking for climbing capacity with a lighter, more aero, and reliable groupset than the traditional 2×11 set-up.  The perfect choice for those looking to enhance your cycling performance with the most sophisticated power meter in the market.”This $4900 / 4500€ kit includes all of the new 1×13 group, plus a Rotor 2INpower direct-mount road power meter crankset with a direct mount chainring, and a new set of carbon wheels with the 13-speed compatible Rotor Rvolver hubs.Rotor 1×13 Super Light kit“For high performance riders who want a super light ride for sprints, attacks, mountain passes and high-speed descents with an optimized gear sequencing for demanding climbs. Disc brake designed high-performance carbon wheels a Super Light experience that will exceed all your expectations in lightness and maximum performance.”This $3800 / 3450€ Super Light kit gets all of the same new 1×13 group components and the carbon Rvolver-equipped wheels, but swaps in a simple & light ALDHU direct-mount road crankset (NO power meter).Rotor 1×13 Adventure kit“For competitive cyclists who want a light and reliable hydraulic system with an optimized gear sequencing and wheels built for comfort and durability. 1×13 has been designed to strike the perfect balance between lightness, precision and durability with aluminum wheels to withstand the most demanding pedaling conditions.”This $2800 / 2600€ Adventure kit brings cost down a big step again, with the complete 1×13 group & ALDHU direct-mount cranks, but with an aluminum set of Rvolver-equipped wheels for 13-speed.Rotor 1×13 Compatible kit“For cyclists who want to upgrade their current transmission with a reliable hydraulic 1x system and the option to easily upgrade your hubs, wheels and cassette to 13s at a later stage. 1×12 is the entry point to the ROTOR 1×13 platform and our affordable 1×12 cassettes offer you a gear range similar to 2×11 with a lighter, more aero and reliable combination without changing chainrings at any time.”Lastly, the 1×13 Compatible kit for $2200 / 2000€ isn’t actually 13-speed at all. It includes the shift/brake setup, 1×13 derailleur & alloy ALDHU cranks, but gets a 12-speed cassette that will fit on your existing wheelset. Then if you want to go 13-speed down the road, you can always swap in the 13-speed cassette once you buy a compatible wheelset (or rear hub.)Rotor 1×13 individual component costs Rotor DM chainringsfrom $115 / 115€ Carbon wheelset w/ Rvolver hubs$1650 / 1500€ 13sp cassette 10-36 / 10-39236 g / 241g ComponentsMSRP Rvolver 1×13 centerlock front hub124g ComponentWeight Rvolver 1×13 centerlock rear hub$344 / 344€ 13sp cassette 10-46 / 10-52$415 / 400€ Shifter Bleed Kit$125 / 115€ Lefthand brakeset (lever, caliper, rotor & hardware)443g Carbon Rvolver complete centerlock wheels1476g Q-Rings 48t chainring131g 2INpower direct-mount road power meter crankset608g Rvolver 1×13 centerlock front hub$155 / 155€ Righthand shift/brakeset (shift/brake lever, rear derailleur, brake caliper, rotor & hardware)$1350 / 1230€ Rotor 1×13 individual component claimed weightsRotor claims complete road groupset weights from 1785g without a crankset. That includes both shift/brake levers, brakes with 160mm rotors, the new 1×13 rear derailleur, uncut hydraulic hosing, a new 10-36 13s cassette, and an uncut KMC chain. If you want to break it down even further, here are all of Rotor’s 1×13 individual component weight claims… 13sp cassette 10-46 / 10-52290g / 321g 12sp cassette 11-46 / 11-52$365 / 350€ 12sp cassette 11-36 / 11-39225g / 221g 12sp/13sp KMC chain$60 / 55€last_img read more

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