Nutrition and COVID-19: Healthy Meal Plan to Boost Your Immunity and Stay Healthy Amidst the Lockdown

first_imgThe deadly outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected every part of the globe irrespective of class, caste, age and religion. People above 30 yrs, and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma and lung disease are more prone to the infection and have a tough time fighting off the virus. There is no vaccine till date for coronavirus. The only way is to avoid getting affected by social distancing and taking other measures, as covered by the governments time to time. Also our immune system can help us to recover and eliminate the virus from our body to a great extent. And the best way to boost our immunity is to eat healthy and exercise regularly.The lockdown has given us an opportunity to understand our body and our environment in a positive and healthy way, and to make permanent changes to the way we eat and exercise.So, the question on everyone’s mind is what to eat to boost up our immune system during this pandemic.Here, I will be sharing a healthy and an easy to follow meal plan, which has been planned, keeping in mind all the the immune boosting foods available in the market during the lockdown period. This meal plan is packed with proteins, healthy fats, vitamins such as A, B, C, D and E, and essential minerals. On the same side, this meal plan is low in sugars, salts and visible fats so as to provide maximum nutrition and avoid weight gain in the quarantine period. There are some important things which I would like to share before coming to the meal plan, which are-o Maintain hygieneo Cook the food thoroughlyo Keep the fruits and vegetables in saline water for atleast 3–4 hourso Eat plenty of fibero Stay hydrated. You can make infused water by adding 2 slices of lemon, 2–3 mint leaves, 3 slices of cucumber and 3 slices of carrot. This will boost your metabolism and make your normal water tastier.o Try to include atleast 7 superfoods from:-· Dark green leafy vegetables (kale, spinach)· Whole grains (oats, whole wheat, brown rice)· Tomatoes, beets, sweet potato, beans, pumpkin, garlic, ginger· Almond, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds· Eggs, green tea and turmeric.o Include drumsticks in your diet as they are good source of many vital B-complex vitamins and vitamin Co Eat good amount of proteinso Avoid alcohol and restrict smoking because smoking can cause respiratory problems and coronavirus is a respiratory diseaseo People above 30 yrs and those with any other medical condition should avoid having smoothies and shakes, because it increases the sugar intake and may spike the blood glucose levels. They should also try not to add salt in the soup or vegetable smoothies, so as to maintain their blood pressure levels.o Children are usually fussy eaters, so you can give them fruits in the form of smoothies and shakes, and try to add honey instead of sugar. Vegetables can be given in the form of soups.o You should have your dinner before 8 pm. It improves digestive health.o Avoid ice creams and refrigerated beverages.The following sample menu with three small, but balanced, meals and three light snacks throughout the day will give you an idea of what to eat for a healthy diet. You can mix and match the following as per your choice.Early morning (6:00 am — 7:00 am)1 glass lukewarm lemon water + 1 clove of garlic4–5 soaked almond and walnutsAfter 30 mins — — green tea -1 cup (without sugar or 1 tsp honey)Breakfast (8:00 am — 9:00 am)· Besan ragi spinach cheela- 2 (nos) with mint chutney and buttermilk (1 cup) Or· Vegetable roti/paratha (Carrot (grated), fenugreek leaves, coriander leaves besan and whole wheat) -2 (nos) with buttermilk Or· Spinach wheat and ragi dosa — 2 (nos) with sambhar (1cup) Or· Oats porridge (without sugar) with added dates (1), mango slice (1), chia seeds (1tsp), flax seeds (1tsp)- 1 cup Or· Vegetable omelette (1 egg white+1 whole egg) with 2 slices of whole wheat breadMid morning (10:30 am — 11:30 am)1 orange + 1 amla + 1 fruit (1 small apple,/ ½ cup pomegranate/ 2 slices of muskmelon or watermelon or papaya/ ½ cup grapes)Lunch (1:00 pm — 2:00 pm)Salad (1/2 cucumber + ½ carrot)Chapatti — 2 or rice — 1.5 cupDal — 1 cupVegetable (beans/ cauliflower/ broccoli/ nutri veg/ mixed veg) — ¾ cupCurd — 1cupEvening tea (4:30 pm — 5:30 pm)1 cup immunitea (sugar as per medical condition). Add tulsi leaves, clove, cinnamon, fennel seeds, cardamom and ginger to the tea.Roasted makhana/ boiled sprouts/ chickpea sundal — ½ cupDinner (before 8:00 pm)1) 1 cup soup (tomato soup/ spinach soup/ beetroot carrot soup/sweet potato carrot tomato soup). Do add drumsticks to the soup.· Whole wheat bread sandwich filled with paneer slice, lettuce, cucumber and tomato Or· Paneer bhurji + 1–2 chapati Or· Nutri +peas sabzi + 1–2 chapati Or· Oats idli + sambhar (1 cup)Post dinner (9:00 pm)Skim milk — 1 cup (without sugar) with ½ tsp turmericSo, Indulge mindfully in healthy eating. Exercise regularly or practice yoga and deep breathing for atleast 5 times a week (30 mins/day).Wait a second!! Please remember that the above given tips and diet plan is not a cure or remedy for coronavirus, but a way to boost up your immune system so as to fight against the infections.Stay indoors, stay safe and eat healthy and be responsible towards our country.last_img read more

Post-doctoral Fellow in Cancer Research (several posts)

first_imgRef.: 503294Work type: Full-timeDepartment: Department of Pathology (21200)Categories: Academic-related StaffHong KongApplications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellowin Cancer Research (several posts) in the Department ofPathology (Ref.: 503294), to commence as soon as possible forone to three year(s), with the possibility of renewal subject tosatisfactory performance.Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree, preferably in biomedicalsciences or related disciplines. A strong research background incancer biology, immunology, molecular biology, genomics,proteomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, single cell technology ormedicinal chemistry would be an advantage . Applicantsshould have a good command of written and spoken English, strongcommunication skills, and a demonstrated track record of publishingacademic research papers. They should be self-motivated,hardworking and able to work well in an interdisciplinaryteam.The appointees will participate in collaborative research projectsin the discovery of cancer biomarkers using large scale multi-omicsapproach, organoid technology and novel animal models, in additionto the development of anti-cancer or immuno-oncology drugs.A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medicalbenefits.The University only accepts online applications for the above post.Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V. Reviewof applications will start on March 10, 2021 and continue untilJune 30, 2021 , or until the post is filled, whichever isearlier.Advertised: Feb 24, 2021 (HK Time)Applications close: Jun 30, 2021 (HK Time)last_img read more

Professional Recruiter

first_imgJob SummaryThe Human Resources Department at the University of ColoradoBoulder encourages applications for a Professional Recruiter. This role will focus on providing staff recruiting services as astrategic partner for the Boulder campus. As a professionalrecruiter, you will build partnerships with campus departments andadvise on recruitment strategies and processes to ensure a highlyqualified and diverse applicant pool; actively source talent fordifficult to fill positions; devise and implement candidateassessment and evaluation strategies to measure qualifications andcompetencies; guide managers through interviews and negotiatingoffers; provide training on various topics related to the hiringprocess and provide direction in the area of University policy andstate and federal law. Additionally, you will work in collaborationwith other units within HR on a regular basis.The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building aculturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and studentsdedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. Weare an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans andindividuals with disabilities.Who We AreWe exist to create success through others as we all strive toachieve the goals and fulfill the mission of CU Boulder. Wecontribute leadership, ideas, and services that allow each person –whether an individual contributor or manager; a member of thefaculty or staff – to do what they do…better.What Your Key Responsibilities Will BeProfessional Recruiting ServicesProvide professional guidance and oversight to campus managersand departments throughout the recruiting process from start tofinish.Coordinate all the hiring steps, including initiating strategymeetings with departmental managers to discuss recruiting needs andeffective strategies.Build an appropriate recruitment plan with the hiringsupervisor including timelines and a strategic plan for allparticipants in the search process.Create defensible recruiting processes based on valid andreliable, objective criteria; draft the job announcement, developstrong and relevant job qualifications.Create job related online application questions; approve andpost positions through our applicant tracking system, providingguidance and coordination on additional outreach and advertising;actively source talent when necessary.Screen applications against qualifications.Develop, administer, or coordinate a job-related assessmentprocess.Evaluate candidate interviews against job-specific competenciesand qualifications.Provide strong candidate care by ensuring timely and relevantcommunication.Offer expertise in the areas of assessment, interviewing,reference checking, and making an offer.Provide continual customer service and communication updatesfor each step in the process.Provide training to various constituents on all facets ofrecruiting and hiring. Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:A current resume.A cover letter that specifically addresses how your backgroundand experience align with the requirements, qualifications andresponsibilities of the position. Policy Interpretation, Guidance, Training and Cross-FunctionalProfessional DevelopmentAdvise, interpret and guide university employees, supervisors,and/or job applicants regarding University policies and state andfederal laws and regulations; conduct campus training programs asneeded; and develop, implement and communicate related reference or”how-to” materials.Assist with the implementation of new processes andtechnologies to improve outreach and services to the campus and toensure legal and policy compliance.Develop knowledge and expertise in cross-functional areas ofHR, such as layoff and retention processes, reasonable employerassessment, position management, compensation, labor relationsissues, etc.Stay current in the area of recruiting by attendingprofessional development meetings, webinars, and training.Strategize with recruitment managers to identify and implementimprovements to search processes to address efficiencies,recruiting strategies, and compliance issues with the AffirmativeAction Plan or other federal/state regulations. What We Can OfferStarting salary for this position is $54,000. Our salary is setbased on internal equity considerations and therefore we do notanticipate flexibility to hire above this amount.BenefitsThe University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental,retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. TheUniversity of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers inBoulder County and offers an inspiring higher educationenvironment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .Be StatementsBe Effective. Be Resourceful. Be Boulder.What We RequireBachelor’s degree.Appropriate experience may substitute for the degreerequirement on a year for year basis.One year of professional recruiting experience. You will not be asked to upload references at this time.Please apply by May 2, 2021 for consideration.Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. Forconsideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .Posting Contact InformationPosting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human ResourcesPosting Contact Email: [email protected] Strategic AdvisingProvide strategic direction to departments about underlyingissues related to their hiring needs.Lead and involve appropriate resources to investigate andanalyze the causes of turnover, the details behind a vacancy, thecurrent talent pool, the department structure, the primary businessneed, performance or management-related problems, and any otherHR-related issues.Provide advice on the best methods to fill a vacancy byconsidering internal promotions, transfers, existing lists, andexternal searches.Coordinate with and refer non-recruiting issues to theappropriate HR specialists. What You Will NeedExcellent and active listening skills and the ability tounderstand the business needs and functions of campusdepartments.Ability to think strategically by transforming business needsinto a strong recruitment plan.Ability to persuade and convince others of a plan of action byestablishing subject matter expertise and understanding thepolitical environment.Expertise and proven knowledge of legal requirements related tosourcing and recruiting highly qualified and diverse applicantpools.Ability to interpret state, federal, and campus policies; makedecisions and guide departments on appropriate courses of actionwhere guidance is unclear.Ability to develop and conduct training for multipleaudiences.An understanding of multiple cultural backgrounds and theability to recognize this impact within hiring and recruitmentpractices.Experience with and a commitment to understanding andaddressing barriers impacting underrepresented applicants andcandidates.Superior organizational skills including the ability to keeptrack of many processes, while being attentive to details.Demonstrated experience providing high levels of customersupport.Demonstrable competence multitasking in a high volumeenvironment. What You Should KnowThis position will initially support high volume positions ie:Accounting Tech, Admin Assistant, Dining Services, Custodian, SalesAssistant as well as temporary openings.We are currently working in a remote work environment, and weare anticipating this position beginning in a remote environment.While the timing may shift, we anticipate moving to a primarilyin-person environment later in the summer. What We Would Like You To HaveExperience evaluating and interviewing candidates to providefinalists to hiring managers.last_img read more

Construction industry fears prevailing-wage bill still in play

first_imgThe deadline to pass NY’s budget is in less than two weeks. Is prevailing wage still in play? (Credit: iStock; wadester16 via Flickr)With less than two weeks until the deadline to pass New York’s state budget, concern is growing in construction and business circles that a bill requiring union-level wages will be included.In his proposed budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tucked in legislation that would require owners to pay construction workers prevailing wages on projects where public funds cover at least 30 percent of construction costs and such costs exceed $5 million.The bill includes carve-outs for the 421a tax break and also exempts a larger swath of affordable housing projects than previous iterations of the legislation.The spread of coronavirus in the state and country, however, has cast a pall of uncertainty over policies that were poised to be resolved through the budget, including the legalization of marijuana and tweaks to last year’s bail reform. Legislators may be consumed with balancing the budget, given plunging revenue forecasts.ADVERTISEMENTEarlier this week, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli noted the likelihood of a deep recession and said in the best-case scenario, state tax revenue would be $4 billion less than the originally projected $87.9 billion. The shortfall could swell to more than $7 billion, he said in an open letter to the governor.Lou Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers Association, which represents more than 1,000 contractors in the city, said the prevailing-wage bill could be dealt with after the budget is resolved.“There are a lot of issues that would require a lot of discussion and meetings that may not be addressed in this budget,” he said. “They are going to want to do this budget and move on.”But some opponents are concerned that prevailing wage is still very much in play.“Everything is so fluid right now,” said John Ravitz, CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, which is part of a broader coalition that opposes the expansion of prevailing wage requirements.The group estimates that prevailing wage adds 30 to 40 percent to construction costs. “Now, as the state and this country is in such a crisis, it makes our points even more significant as to why prevailing wage cannot work and should not be adopted.”Keeping the measure out of the budget — which is virtually guaranteed to pass, and probably before the state’s fiscal year begins April 1 — would significantly reduce the bill’s chance of passing before the scheduled end of the legislative session in early June.Much of the opposition to the measure comes from outside New York City, fueled by arguments that demand for development would plummet if construction costs were significantly increased.“Considering the frailty of our current economy, not just in the state but across our country, passing any public policy that hinders or halts economic development would be unwise,” said Kyle Strober, executive director of Association for a Better Long Island.Sen. George Borello, Republican who represents the upstate counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua, said the measure would jeopardize projects’ getting off the ground and crush local contractors.“Prevailing wage tends to knock those out and make the big out-of-town contractors eligible,” he said. “I believe it’s [intended] to keep competition out, and to ensure only certain companies are allowed to work.”He is also opposed to a board that would be created under the budget bill. The legislation calls for the formation of an 11-member public subsidy board, all appointed by the governor, to study the impact of proposed prevailing wage requirements and recommend any adjustments to what projects qualify and the cost thresholds. He said it essentially gives the board legislative power.In an interview earlier this month, Sen. Jessica Ramos, a Democrat who represents neighborhoods in Queens, said she is also “wary” of the board. Last year Ramos sponsored a more sweeping expansion of prevailing wage that ultimately didn’t pass.“The board would be able to essentially decide what projects are prevailing wage and what are not,” she said.She called the provision a “poison pill.”Write to Kathryn Brenzel at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Zipabout incentivises bus use by linking operators with brands

first_imgTechnology company Zipabout has created a platform that it claims will incentivise bus use by connecting operators with brands, businesses and retailers and providing rewards for passengers.Zipabout says that the solution improves the bus passenger experience and loyalty by offering rewards and a ‘thank you’ for returning to public transport. It can also incentivise behaviour by managing passenger flow around busy times or encouraging off-peak travel. The product is delivered to passengers by what Zipabout calls “a trusted channel,” which can include the operator’s app.A pre-Christmas lockdown trial was undertaken in Oxford with EagleEye Solutions and its AIR digital marketing platform to enable in-store reward redemption. Zipabout collaborated with a large café chain and Oxfordshire County Council’s Oxontime bus information service across Stagecoach and Oxford Bus Company (OBC).Passengers using OBC’s Oxontime Connect on Messenger received a ‘thank you for travelling’ message and they were offered a free hot drink at their local café chain. At the end of their journey they received a unique QR code and directions to their nearest store to redeem it.Says Zipabout CEO Alex Froom: “Zipabout’s real-time personalised information service already helps passengers to travel easily and safely. It can now connect operators with brands and retailers, empowering them to reward and incentivise sustainable travel and help to kickstart a green-led economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.”Adds OBC Managing Director Phil Southall: “Zipabout’s technology means that we are able to work with retailers and local hospitality businesses to reward our mutual customers and help to encourage footfall back to our local high streets.“This will be a really useful tool in helping us to support our communities’ recovery from the pandemic. We are already thinking about how me might be able to extend the use of this technology further.”More information.last_img read more

St. Paul Firefighters Commended for Efforts to Save Premature Baby, Mom

first_imgSchenck and Firefighter Jovan Palmieri gave the baby CPR on the way to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in St. Paul. The baby had been breathing, but not much. Firefighter Ken Adams was the acting captain for the rig. He instructed Firefighter Andy Vorlicek — who had paramedic experience, but was on only the third day of the job in St. Paul — to stay behind with the mother until backup arrived. The three other paramedics went with the baby to the hospital. The 23-week-old baby did not survive, but the mother did. The woman regained consciousness, and the cavalry arrived — the crews from ladder truck No. 22 and paramedic rig No. 18. “Three days onto the job and he’s left behind with a mother who’s bleeding to death and unconscious as the rest of the crew goes out the door,” Butler said of Vorlicek. “I just could imagine him thinking how lonely this was going to be until the cavalry showed up.” The baby boy weighed about 1 pound and fit in one hand of Firefighter Ben Schenck, who rushed him to the ambulance. The woman was taken to the hospital and recovered, Butler said. The baby died about seven hours after it arrived at the hospital. ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twelve St. Paul firefighters were awarded department commendations today for their efforts to rescue a woman and her baby, who was born months prematurely at home. “I know it left a lasting impression on Ben,” Butler said. “Fifty years from now, he’ll be remembering that particular run.” “So often in our department we do great things and we save lives and, according to you folks — the modest ones that do this work — it’s all just in a day’s work, it’s part of the job,” Chief Tim Butler said to the assembled firefighters. “… I think you went way above and beyond what we normally do. It might not be above your duty, your normal calling in life, but nobody else on this planet could do that kind of stuff with that kind of result.” On Jan. 5, about 5 a.m., paramedics were called to a home in the 300 block of Stinson Street, where a woman had just given birth. The baby was about 23 weeks old. Normal gestation is 40 weeks. The 12 firefighters who won the unit commendations were from paramedic rigs No. 18 and 22, and ladder truck No. 22.The crew on paramedic rig No. 18 was Capt. Larry Christopherson, Mark Slaikeu, Jeremy Larson and Jerry Gilbert. The crew on ladder truck No. 22 was Capt. Mike Smith, Terry Grufman, John D’Amato and Tony Farina. For the four members of paramedic rig No. 22, who had been working since 8 a.m. Jan. 4, the call was the fifth they had handled since midnight Jan. 5.last_img read more

Hartford (CT) Unveils ‘Whole Blood’ Program

first_imgA LifeWarmer Quantum device costs about $2,500 per ambulance. To equip ambulances with more life-saving technologies, AMR is now providing the funding and training to bring Whole Blood Program to the most serious trauma calls in the field.  According to a report from FOX61, the American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance company is teaming up with Saint Francis Hospital for the “Whole Blood Program.”  center_img Dr. John Pettini, an emergency medicine physician at Saint Franci, invented and patented the “LifeWarmer Quantum,” a device that warms the blood (normally stored at 38°F) to near body temperature for on-scene transfusions. AMR is the first ambulance company in the area using this technology.last_img

Seven rectors begin new roles amid unprecedented residential year

first_imgSix of Notre Dame’s dorms and the Fischer Graduate Community will be under the leadership of new rectors this year. Fr. Robert Lisowski will serve as Baumer Hall’s new rector. He served as an assistant rector for the Dillon community in Baumer Hall last year. Lisowski, originally from Scranton, Pa., earned his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. He entered the Congregation of Holy Cross at Notre Dame in 2014 and completed his Master of Divinity in May.“I am so excited to begin this new role and chapter as rector of Baumer Hall,” he said in an email. “Serving as an assistant rector for the Dillon community this past year was an incredibly rich experience and I am looking forward to continuing and growing in this ministry.”Michael Rossetti will be taking over the newly refurbished Dillon Hall. Rossetti graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2012. After teaching in Chicago for four years, Rossetti completed a Master of Divinity at Notre Dame in 2019, during which he was an assistant rector in Keough Hall. He then served as visiting chaplain at University College Cork in Ireland. “I wholeheartedly believe we accompany students like no other institution, so I am honored to have been offered the opportunity to return,” he said. Pangborn Hall’s new rector is Daniela De Ciantis, originally from Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Toronto, after which she taught high school religion and English in Ottawa. De Ciantis came to Notre Dame for her Master of Divinity degree, and she was an assistant rector in Flaherty Hall for two years. “I am thrilled to be serving as a rector at the University of Notre Dame,” De Ciantis in an email. “It is a privilege and gift to contribute to the mission of the University cultivating the hearts and minds of students through communal living in the halls.”Across the quad, Fr. Bill Dailey has returned to serve as rector of Zahm House. From 2013 to 2016, Dailey was the rector of Stanford Hall. He then spent four years in Dublin, Ireland, where he was the founding director of the Notre Dame Newman Centre for Faith and Reason at St. John Henry Newman’s University Church. Dailey earned his bachelor degree in 1994 and his Master of Divinity in 2000, both at Notre Dame, and he graduated from Columbia Law School in 2006.Dailey said he is optimistic in regards to the challenges and opportunities residential life will face during the pandemic.“It will take creativity, but our students have never been lacking in that department, so we’ll see how it is that we can make the semester work in terms of keeping the virus at bay while also building the friendships and enjoying the laughter, engagement and camaraderie that make living on this campus the best undergraduate experience in the world,” Dailey said in an email.South Bend native Fr. Chris Brennan is taking over as rector of Stanford Hall. Brennan attended Old College seminary before earning a Masters of Divinity. During his last year of his masters program, Brennan was an assistant rector in Dunne Hall. Ordained as a priest in 2018, Brennan served in Church ministries all around the world and spent time serving as a parish priest in Portland, Ore. “I am excited to now call Stanford Hall home, and learn from and live with the Men of Virtue,” he said in a email. Fr. Eric Schimmel is the new rector of Dunne Hall. He entered the Moreau Seminary after completing his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame. After earning his Masters of Divinity, Schimmel was ordained in 2002. Since then, Schimmel has worked in parishes across the United States, served as Director of the Andre House, Phoenix, and worked at King’s College, Wilkes Barre, Pa., in its campus ministry. “Having been blessed by Notre Dame’s education focusing on both mind and heart, I feel honored to now serve here, keeping that tradition alive,” Schimmel said in an email. Finally, Michigan native Sara Thoms is taking up the new role as rector of undergraduate community in Fischer Graduate Residences and project coordinator for Residential Life. After graduating from Villanova University, Thoms completed her Master of Divinity from Notre Dame. Thoms then taught high school theology in Phoenix, Ariz.“I hope to build community by connecting these students to each other and to their home halls,” Thoms said in an email. “COVID-19 has brought about many disruptions to our students’ lives, and I hope coming home to Notre Dame ushers in a sense of peace and comfort amidst these uneasy circumstances.”Tags: baumer hall, Dillon Hall, dunne hall, fall semester 2020, Fischer Graduate Residences, new rectors, Pangborn Hall, residential life, Stanford Hall, Zahm Houselast_img read more

Benobikes buys out AX-Lightness to carry on superlight, ultra premium German-made carbon

first_imgWhat that means for the company is that the full staff of 30 in design, operations, and manufacturing stays on and operations have continued without interruption. What that means for consumers is that AX-Lightness bikes and components will keep being developed and produced at the ultra premium performance they are known for, all products in development are still moving forward, and the products will continued to be backed by an even stronger and more responsive company. It also means that the Benotti bikes offerings are set to get even better in the near future, as they start to build on the high level tech of AX, potentially at a more affordable price level.Now with some background out of the way, I’ll get back to digging out the factory tour highlights. So keep an eye open for that in the coming weeks… With the purchase by Nolte and his taking the role of managing director, he plans to integrate his Benotti line of bikes into the AX-Lightness group to expand sales worldwide of both bikes and components. The aim is to carry on both brands simultaneously, but to be able to produce some (or all) of the Benotti bikes in the AX factory, while still developing bikes under the AX name at the highest level, all focusing on high-end Made in Germany carbon fiber tech. Before the holidays we had a chance to go visit the designers and hands-on carbon fabricators that turn light ideas into superlight AX-Lightness components. But as I’ve started sorting through the couple of hundred photos I took on my two days of factory tours, I realized that first we should talk about a pretty important organizational change at AX-Lightness. We’d heard industry rumblings since the summer that AX was having financial troubles and had sought some form of bankruptcy protection, but had little concrete details. Now sitting down with the management team at their Creussen headquarters, we got a little more backstory and have a good sense that being bought out by fellow German company Benobikes has already gotten AX back on their feet and will actually help AX-Lightness with some sustainable growth…center_img What essentially happened to AX-Lightness was that a mixture of reliance on motorsports and some poor management practices, left them with a good bit of outstanding debt and not enough reliable sales outside of the bike industry to keep everything in the black. So over the past six months or so there was a management shake-up that saw the company founder Axel Schnura leave, while they searched for new management and financial backing. After an intense search with several interested parties, Benobikes and its owner Bernd Nolte rose to the top of the potential buyers with both a business plan that made financial sense and a forward outlook that offered the people and products of AX-Lightness a sustainable future.As we heard it, the future of AX was never really in doubt. Sure, the company was not making a profit, but there was so much value in the intellectual property, the products themselves, the design team, and the expert crafts people that it was simply a matter of selecting new management and figuring out which financial backer meshed smoothly with the existing company.last_img read more

Lea Michele & Jonathan Groff Sing a Spirited ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ on The Tonight Show

first_imgLea Michele and Jonathan Groff won the hearts of theater fans more than a decade ago when they played Wendla and Melchior in the dark Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening. Years later, still besties, the pair recently took to the recording studio to preserve a holiday duet for Michele’s new album “Christmas in the City.” To show off their performance, the fan-favorite stars appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to sing the tune, a new take on Walter Kent and Kim Gannon’s classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Watch Michele and Groff sing out below, then download Michele’s album—and see Groff on stage in off-Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors! View Comments Star Files Lea Michele Jonathan Grofflast_img read more