Bike riders love ‘new’ – new bikes, new kit and new products. But sometimes we find

Bike riders love ‘new’ – new bikes, new kit and new products. But sometimes we find a product that we like, that works for us, and we don’t really want to change things up, especially when it comes to personal aspects such as hydration.Asked to review another new hydration product not so long after I spent a month drinking a brand that I liked enough to take it to France on a recent trip for Bicycling Australia, I wondered…really? Can there be anything better than this? What could be different about PREPD? Then I spent some time chatting with Nathan Hocking and his team and learnt a thing or two about this new product. Namely, it isn’t a hydration drink, but actually a hydration enhancer. So that idea is very new. It meant I didn’t have to quit drinking the product I had decided was ‘my’ hydration drink. I could still have it, but add PREPD to my before and after exercise regime.The theory was that PREPD, which tastes like a very nice fruit smoothie (the mango and passionfruit Prime is taken six to 12 hours before training or racing while the equally as flavoursome strawberry and kiwi Recover is taken straight afterwards) works with other forms of hydration in my body (including...

FloraCraft Products Featured on NBC’s ‘MakingIt’    

LUDINGTON — FloraCraft products were recently featured on season two of NBC’s “Making It” hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. Airing from Dec. 2-11, the crafting competition featured eight of the most talented makers from across the country who competed in a variety of handmade projects with the hopes of impressing Poehler, Offerman and expert judges Simon Doonan and Dayna Isom Johnson. A family-owned and Michigan-based company, FloraCraft is the world’s leading manufacturer of foam products for the craft and floral industries. From its headquarters in Ludington, FloraCraft employees provide innovative American-made products to Walmart, Amazon, Michaels, JOANN, Hobby Lobby and other leading retailers. Outdoor Lighting “We were thrilled to have our American-made products featured on a show that celebrates the joy of crafting,” said CEO Eric Erwin. “For more than 70 years, we’ve made it fun for crafters everywhere so this was a natural fit for us. From a fun fall wreath to a whimsical balloon cake, we were completely inspired by how the makers used our products to unleash their creativity throughout the season.” Every “Making It” episode revolved around a central...

Cloudy with showers likely late, and possibly a thunderstorm. Low 58F. Winds SSW at 10 to

Cloudy with showers likely late, and possibly a thunderstorm. Low 58F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%. The BlendSmart2 Holiday Glow Set, which costs $98, is made by Worth Beauty, a Houston-based beauty products company co-owned by Buckhead resident Carol Martin. The BlendSmart2 Holiday Glow Set, which costs $98, is made by Worth Beauty, a Houston-based beauty products company co-owned by Buckhead resident Carol Martin. Products created by companies owned by two Buckhead residents are on Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things 2019 list, a group of 80 products the media mogul has recommended as holiday gifts or must-have items. The BlendSmart2 Holiday Glow Set, which costs $98, is made by Worth Beauty, a Houston-based beauty products company co-owned by Buckhead resident Carol Martin. The Perfect Black Pant Collection, which starts at $110 each, is created by Spanx, the Buckhead-based clothing and undergarment company owned by Buckhead resident Sara Blakely. Martin, who co-founded Worth Beauty with Steve Machiorlette and another individual who no longer has a stake in the company, said she’s “proud and excited” to see one of her products make Oprah’s coveted list. “It’s ...

LAKELAND, Fla. — The City of Lakeland hopes to make red lights at a few specific intersections

LAKELAND, Fla. — The City of Lakeland hopes to make red lights at a few specific intersections so smart they will help prevent crashes. City officials will seek permission from the Florida Department of Transportation to implement new technology at four specific intersections in the hope of increasing traffic safety. The city’s traffic department has been studying red-light running at the intersection of Bartow Road and North Crystal Lake Drive. They determined that 48 drivers a day were running red lights at a point so long after the light change that crossing traffic already had a green light.  There is normally about a one-second delay between a light turning red and crossing traffic getting a green light.  The city’s proposal involves new radar-equipped sensors at the intersections that would be able to tell if a driver is about to run a red light. “So what it will do is continually, every millisecond, take data of moving traffic and it will compute the speed by radar and the distance from the intersection,” said traffic operations manager Angelo Rao. Using that data, the sensor would be able to tell if a driver is going too fast to stop in time for ...

Aloha Beef Chips: 14 Flavors Featured at New Food & Product Show

Honolulu (KHON2) – A local family business called Aloha Beef Chips will feature 14 delicious flavors at the New Food and Product Show October 11th-13th. “We both love beef jerky,” shares Rona, “but we wanted a product that was easier to eat, less stress on our jaws, with exciting flavors that we love and what started off as a hobby for Randy has developed into an amazing beef jerky chip business.” It took 4 years of trial & error, many breaks in between, & “a lot of not so great tasting batches” recalls Rona to finally develop our style of Aloha Beef Chips.  The result are thin, tasty popular Premium Beef Jerky chips. “Our beef chip is truly a chip style beef jerky,” says Rona. “They  are extra thin, extra crispy, exploding with flavor & crunches like a potato chip.” Their unique & locally inspired fun flavors are a hit, like Li Hing Crunch, Char Siu, & super spicy Teriyaki “False Crack”.   “Locals understand & have a good laugh at our “False Crack” & we have fun explaining that to the tourists,” chuckles Rona. “The flavor in our chips stay with you throughout your entire bite. We even made an all natural thin & crispy beef chip for dogs.” Randy i...

Zacks.com featured highlights include: MEDIFAST, NVR, Universal Forest Products, EMCOR and AllianceBernstein

Chicago, IL – September 5, 2019 – Stocks in this week’s article are MEDIFAST Inc. MED, NVR Inc. NVR, Universal Forest Products Inc. UFPI, EMCOR Group Inc. EME and AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. AB. Return on equity is an investor-favorite metric when it comes to cherry picking quality stocks. But ROE doesn’t always tell the complete story and an investor might get fooled by picking stocks based on this number. Thus, taking a step beyond the basic ROE and analyzing it at an advanced level or applying the DuPont technique seems to be an intriguing idea. The DuPont analysis allows investors to assess the elements that play a dominant role in any change in ROE. It can help investors to separate companies having higher margins from those having a high turnover. For example, high-end fashion brands generally survive on high margin as compared with retail goods, which rely on higher turnover. In fact, it also focuses on the company’s leverage status. A lofty ROE could be due to the overuse of debt. If this is the case, the strength of a company can be uncertain if it has a high debt load. So, an investor confined solely to a ROE perspective may be confused if he or she has to ju...