It’s Up to Us.

first_img Keep in mind that while ozone problems usually loom over Atlanta, other Georgia cities are in danger, too. At home: Keep cars, lawn equipment, boats and other engines tuned up. Avoid mowing and other lawn maintenance on Ozone Action Days. Refuel vehicles after 6 p.m. to limit daytime pollution releases. Limit idling when you can. Avoid quick starts, and drive within the speed limit. Don’t top off your tank. Gas vapors escape and add to the problem. Drive on properly inflated radial tires. Proper fuel efficiency equates to less pollution. Regulated industries are making major efforts to reduce emissions that contribute to ozone formation. However, those controls alone won’t solve our ozone problems. Traffic produces more ozone-forming air pollutants than all of the regulated industries do. Voluntary actions from individuals are needed to improve our air quality. Here are some helpful hints from the Voluntary Ozone Action Program. For more tips and useful information on air quality and ozone, visit the VOAP Web site at . On the road: Use public transportation instead of driving. Carpool. Share a ride to work, and save gas money as well as wear and tear on your car. Link your trips so you don’t make so many. Commute to and from work outside of peak commuting time. Try flex-time at work. See if you can get into a compressed work-week schedule. Try telecommuting. If your employer allows it, work from your home on Ozone Action Days.last_img read more

Kelly Brush ride raises $275,000 for SCI research and prevention

first_imgThe 5th annual Kelly Brush Century Ride drew 675 riders and raised $275,000 for spinal cord injury prevention and research on Saturday.The ride, which began and ended at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, included 23 participants using hand cycles. The day was postcard perfect with clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70s. “We are absolutely thrilled to see such strong support for the foundation and our mission,” said Charlie Brush, Kelly Brush Foundation president. “Our thanks goes to each and every rider whose participation helps the Kelly Brush Foundation make a positive difference in the lives of those with SCI and raises the bar for ski racing safety.”The 100-mile ride raises money for improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with SCI through adaptive sports equipment grants, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.The ride continues to grow each year. The number of participants grew by about 175 this year and fundraising increased by about 40 percent.For every $5,000 raised by a team or individual, the foundation donates adaptive sports equipment in the name of the team or individual who raised the money. In addition, funds raised support ski racing safety grants awarded to ski clubs and racing organizations across the country for safety netting to line race courses and safety gear for racers.The Kelly Brush Century Ride was started by the Middlebury College Ski Team as a way to raise money to buy an adaptive mono-ski for team member Kelly Brush, who was paralyzed as the result of a ski racing crash. Brush and her family later founded a non-profit, and the ride was opened to the public. On Saturday’s ride, participants rode distances of 28, 50 or 100 miles, with options for 65 and 85 mile loops.The Kelly Brush Century Ride is made possible thanks to the generosity of participants and sponsors including: VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Sugarbush Resort, Shearer Audi, Audi of America, KeyBank, Saatchi & Saatchi and Champlain Investment Partners and others.About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with her family, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injury while racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly’s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. www.kellybrushfoundation.org(link is external)BURLINGTON, Vermont (Sept. 14, 2010)last_img read more

New Lights for Fall Rides and Runs

first_imgThe kids are back in school and we are two months beyond the summer solstice, but there is still a lot of adventuring left to do before fall settles into the Blue Ridge. It’s during this time of year that I find myself out on a bike ride or trail run suddenly wondering how it got so dark so early and why I failed to bring along a light. I have been using a new spot light and some nifty light accessories since spring.Light and Motion GoBeMy new go-to biking, hiking and running light is the Light and Motion GoBe. The GoBe is a serious lighting system for the adventurer looking to invest in a versatile and highly functional lighting system. It is easily mounted to bike handle bars to make night riding a breeze, while also sporting an ergonomic design to make it ideal for use as a flashlight when hiking, running or camping. The GoBe is very durable so that it can handle whatever adventure you take it on, including underwater. It is truly innovative and unique in the world of lighting. The neatest feature of the GoBe is the fact that you can change out the light heads, which remind me of camera lenses, to provide various light outputs (measured in lumens) and different amounts of light focus. Some lenses provide a more focused beam, whereas others provide a wider angle light display. The GoBe is waterproof to 120 meters making it a diver’s friend as well. If you are looking for a light that you can use in all conditions including dirt, mud, rain, fog, dust and at sea, look no further than the GoBe.MSRP $299Nite IzeIf you want affordable light options to make you more visible on evening commutes or rides home from your favorite pub, I recommend the Nite Ize L.E.D. series. My two favorite lights are the SlapLit and SpokeLit Disco. The SlapLit is akin to a slap bracelet that lights up red or blinks red and that can be worn around an ankle or wrist.The SlapLit is exceptionally lightweight and easily carried along wherever you may be riding. It can also be used by runners and walkers who want to be more visible to nighttime drivers. If your beach cruiser needs a little flare after dark, pick up a pair of SpokeLit L.E.D. lights for the spokes. The SpokeLit Disco is a unique spoke wheel light that changes color from red to green to blue to purple. It is water resistant and easily mounted on bike spokes for a little bit of extra color.FeaturesMy elementary school-aged neighbors think that it is about the coolest feature they have ever seen on a bike. My favorite Nite Ize light accessory is the Helmet Marker Plus. The best thing about the Helmet Marker Plus is that it easily attaches to a helmet or seat post to provide a rear facing red light that is solid or blinking for added biking safety. No tools required. Finally, for runners and walkers, Nite Ize offers the ShoeLit. I use the ShoeLit along with the SlapLit on early morning runs to make myself more visible to cars. The ShoeLit attaches to shoelaces and comes in four colors (blue, red, pink and green). Find out more at the Nite Ize website.SlapLit MSRP: $11.99SpokeLit: $8.99Helmet Parker Plus: $11.99ShoeLit: $4.49last_img read more

Church of England Pensions Board issues £100m bond

first_imgThe Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB) – the £1.8bn (€2.5bn) scheme for 35,000 of the Church’s clergy and church workers – has issued £100m worth of index-linked bonds to finance the purchase of houses to be rented to retired clergy and their spouses.The bonds – the first-ever sterling issue with the coupon but not the principal linked to the consumer prices index (CPI) – are repayable in tranches between 2038 and 2048.The bond’s coupon of 3.126% increases annually with CPI, subject to a 4% cap and a floor of zero, and is intended to provide a good match for the rental income.Part of the proceeds will be used to acquire 196 additional properties for the Church Housing Assistance for Retired Ministers (CHARM) scheme, which provides houses at subsidised rents. The properties were previously owned by the Church Commissioners, and the purchase forms part of a long-term strategy to keep or acquire suitable properties, giving retiring clergy a wider choice of accommodation.The bonds were issued by a special purpose vehicle, CHARM Finance, since the CEPB, as a charity, cannot issue listed bonds directly.Of the total, £70m of the bonds were placed with Pension Insurance Corporation, with the remaining £30m retained to provide quick access to the capital markets if required in the future.Ian Theodoreson, CFO at the National Church Institutions of the Church of England (which include the CEPB), told IPE: “The CEPB was seeking longer-term funding to replace the short-term bank funding that was put in place in 2010 to manage interest rate risk and to give funding certainty for the next 25-plus years. “As a charity, it is not in a position to raise finance in other ways.”The CEPB runs a number of pension schemes and also a charitable arm, accounted for separately.The bonds will be included on the balance sheet of the charity.Theodoreson said the bond would be repaid through monies generated by the business model and by profits on selling surplus properties.He added: “The investors considered the bond to be investment grade and have taken a view on the support that the CEPB is able to generate from the wider Church of England family.“The structure of the bond is unique, but we understand there is a growing interest among pension funds for CPI-linked investment products.”Alan Fletcher, chair of the CEPB’s housing committee, said: “This new long-term financing arrangement will bring greater certainty over borrowing costs by taking advantage of the current low-interest-rate environment.”The bond was structured and arranged by TradeRisks, the CEPB’s corporate finance advisers.Ben Fry, managing director at TradeRisks, said: “This is a groundbreaking transaction, which represents a new step forward in the CPI-linked bond market.“We worked with CEPB and investors to develop an innovative and bespoke solution for CEPB that combines a low all-in cost of funding with structured indexation tailored to match CEPB’s cash flows.“The use of standardised bond documentation allowed the addition of retained bonds, which will provide funding flexibility in the future.”last_img read more