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Energy Outreach Colorado helps over 25,000 households afford their home energy costs
Thu, 04 Mar 2021 18:10:58 +0000

COVID-19 pandemic increases energy burdens for many Coloradans

As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches the one-year mark, the number of people experiencing critical home energy burdens continue to rise. From April 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021, Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) received over 250,000 calls from vulnerable Coloradans looking for urgent help affording their utility bills.

EOC has paid over 25,000 past due utility bills during the pandemic totaling over $13 million dollars in assistance. This represents a 46% increase in the number of bills paid and a 75% increase in assistance dollars over the same time period from the previous year.

The need for assistance continues and the deficits get larger as people struggle to pay their rent, buy food, afford medicine, and keep up with their home energy bills. Lost wages have not been replaced, and the pace at which we are providing assistance to households statewide has not slowed down.

If you, or someone you know is struggling to afford their home energy costs, call 1-866-HEAT HELP (1-866-432-8435), or visit our website at

Energy Outreach Colorado has been a leading expert on issues impacting low-income energy consumers for 30 years. Through strong public and private partnerships, the statewide nonprofit has raised and leveraged millions of dollars to reduce energy costs and usage for low-income Coloradans.

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What is Clubhouse, exactly?
Sat, 27 Feb 2021 15:29:59 +0000
Audio chatrooms like Clubhouse have become the hot new media by tapping into the age-old appeal of the human voice The name “clubhouse” conveys a sense of exclusivity, belonging and connection.
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Damian Radcliffe, University of Oregon

Google “What is Clubhouse?” and you’ll find a flurry of articles written in the past few weeks about this fast-growing social network. It’s not yet a year old, and much of the buzz stems from the fact that Clubhouse is invite-only, bringing with it an element of exclusivity.

Clubhouse’s key attribute is its medium: audio, which sets it apart from established social media and messaging services like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, WhatsApp and YouTube that use text, photos, video or a mix. Clubhouse combines the structure of old-school text chatrooms with the immediacy and emotion of the human voice.

The social media service is tapping into the creativity, intimacy and authenticity that audio can deliver, a trend that lies at the heart of the current golden age of podcasting.

Amid the hype, Clubhouse faces privacy and harassment challenges that could make it difficult for the company to maintain a trajectory that has seen it grow from 1,500 users and a US$100 million valuation in May 2020 to 2 million weekly active users and a potential $1 billion valuation.

How it works

Once you’ve scored yourself an invite, the app is pretty easy to navigate. You can look in your calendar to find conversations based on your interests, which you identify at sign-up. Or you can browse “rooms” with discussions currently in progress. You can also set up your own event. Rooms can be public or private, you can listen quietly or join the conversation, and you can enter and leave rooms at will.

Activities typically range from interviews to panel events and wide-ranging discussions. Some efforts are even more ambitious; at the end of last year a group of Clubhouse members put on two performances of “Lion King: The Musical,” featuring actors, narrators and a choir.

What’s the appeal?

Exclusivity, media buzz, engagement from Tesla founder Elon Musk and high-profile investment from venture capitalists have all helped pique interest in the app. As a scholar who studies storytelling, I’ve identified three other factors that may contribute to its ongoing appeal.

First, audio is an intimate medium. You can hear the inflections in people’s tone of voice, which convey emotion and personality in a way that text alone does not. If you make a joke or are sarcastic over a text or email, your attempt at humor can easily fall flat or be misinterpreted. That is less likely when people can hear you.

Moreover, hearing from people directly can generate empathy and understanding – on tough topics that listeners might have become desensitized to, such as bereavement, addiction and suicide – in a way that text alone cannot.

Second, there’s serendipity. Although events and structured conversations are increasingly held on Clubhouse, you can wander around, dropping into rooms on topics ranging from hip-hop to health tech.

Eavesdropping on random conversations brings with it a certain unpredictability. It’s hard to know where to look for quality conversations, which is why the network is proposing to develop a “Creators” program designed to nurture “Clubhouse Influencers.” But sometimes frivolous and trivial is fine. After all, it would be exhausting to listen to TED Talks 24/7.

This unstructured approach has an appeal at a time when people’s media habits are increasingly governed by algorithms, making it hard to bump into something new.

Finally, there’s the fact that audio is a great background medium. I grew up in a household where public radio, the BBC in my case, was always playing in the kitchen. Audio is perfect for multitasking. People listen to it while commuting to work, sitting at their desks or walking the dog.

Clubhouse taps into these elements, and at a time when many people are deprived of pre-pandemic levels of human contact, it enables a plurality of voices and human experiences to babble away in the background.

Major growing pains

Clubhouse is expanding quickly, bringing with it increased scrutiny. The company is facing issues such as managing misinformation that are familiar to many other social networks.

In an unregulated space, people can say what they want. This has implications for fact-checking and content moderation, enabling conspiracy theories to potentially run rife. Journalists and users have reported issues of harassment, anti-Semitism, misogyny and racism, though these are against Clubhouse’s community guidelines.

Privacy and security concerns also abound. Chats have been rebroadcast online. Earlier in the month, the Stanford Internet Observatory revealed security flaws that meant user data was vulnerable and accessible to the Chinese government. The app may fall foul of data protection rules in Europe, known as GDPR.

Other commentators have expressed concern about the fact that users hand over the contact details of everyone in their phones when they sign up.

The app is also available for iPhone users only, which means that it doesn’t work on other devices. That’s a problem, given that more than 70% of the world is on Android, Google’s mobile operating system.

Meanwhile, closing an account also appears to be more problematic than it should be.

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Riding the audio wave

Whether people will still be talking about Clubhouse six months from now remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that the attention the app is getting is part of a wider reinvention and reinvigoration of the audio medium that’s been playing out over the past few years.

Podcasting has continued to expand. More than a million podcasts are already available, and for audio streaming services like Spotify, podcasts are at the heart of their strategy for growth.

Meanwhile, Audible – Amazon’s audiobook service – is expanding around the world, and smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home are among the fastest-growing technologies of all time, enabling users to listen to music, podcasts or the latest weather report on demand.

It’s not just Clubhouse that is seeking to harness this trend. Facebook is reported to be creating a Clubhouse clone, while Twitter Spaces is the microblogging network’s latest foray into the audio space. The tech industry analyst Jeremiah Owyang has identified more than 30 social audio efforts, calling it a “‘Goldilocks’ medium for the 2020s: text is not enough, and video is too much; social audio is just right.”

Humans have felt the need to connect and tell stories since time immemorial. This is audio’s secret sauce, driving much of the renewed interest in the medium. Clubhouse may be today’s digital campfire, but it’s highly unlikely to be the last.The Conversation

Damian Radcliffe, Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism, University of Oregon

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Americans Still Afraid of Self-Driving Cars
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 15:20:01 +0000
Just 14 percent would ride in a fully automated vehicle

The long-promised, fully automated car of the future will get here eventually, although lukewarm consumer sentiment will present significant adoption challenges for automakers and tech companies. That’s the takeaway from AAA’s annual automated vehicle survey, which found that 54 percent of Americans are afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle, while 32 percent say they’re unsure about the technology – roughly unchanged from last year’s results.

“As with any new technology, the roll-out of a fully self-driving fleet requires consumer trust, buy-in, and interest,” said Skyler McKinley, regional director of public affairs for AAA. “We’re just not seeing that yet, although our research is clear that people are ready to embrace new vehicle technology if they think it will make driving safer.”

“Fix What You Have”
Only 22 percent of people feel that manufacturers should focus on developing self-driving vehicles. The majority, 80 percent, say they want current vehicle safety systems, such as automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance, to work better. Importantly, more than half – 58 percent – said they want these systems in their next vehicle.

“There’s good news for automakers, here,” McKinley said. “Consumers are clear about what they want. If automakers and their tech partners work to fine-tune existing technology to provide a better experience now, that will bring about the vehicles of tomorrow.”

Nearly 96 percent of 2020 vehicle models came equipped with at least one advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, or lane-keeping assistance. Consumers who buy new, then, will likely interact with at least one type of new vehicle technology.

Previous AAA research has found that some systems, particularly those that provide the highest level of automation available to the public, do not always work as expected. These negative experiences could influence driver opinion of future vehicle automation. They also reinforce the need for manufacturers to continue to hone vehicle technology by expanding testing to include real-world scenarios encountered by drivers.

COVID-19 Has Little Impact
AAA also asked drivers if COVID-19 would influence their decision to use a self-driving vehicle as an alternative to public transportation or ride-hailing. The majority, 42 percent, said COVID-19 made no difference in their opinion on self-driving vehicles as an alternative to public transportation – while 41 percent said the same thing with regard to ride-hailing services.

The Likely Future
While fully self-driving vehicles are still years away from consumer availability, we’re at an important crossroads: As testing on public roads expands, and as new safety features are included as standard on many vehicles, drivers are interacting often with the core technology of the car of the future.

To build consumer acceptance, industry actors need to be transparent and accurate in how they market and discuss self-driving technology – something they routinely fail to do.

“Smartphones became ubiquitous as their manufacturers worked to improve and perfect existing features, instead of promising that the tech would completely change the world overnight,” McKinley said. “There is a lesson there for anybody claiming their self-driving car is right around the corner. Focus on the fundamentals first, build trust, and you’ll lead the way into the future.”

The survey was conducted January 15-17, 2021, using a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. household population overall. The panel provides sample coverage of approximately 97% of the U.S. household population. Most surveys were completed online; consumers without Internet access were surveyed over the phone. A total of 1,010 interviews were completed among U.S. adults, 18 years of age or older. The margin of error for the study overall is 4% at the 95% confidence level. Smaller subgroups have larger error margins.

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Nettie Moore remembered
Tue, 16 Feb 2021 14:07:19 +0000

Almost a decade and a half ago we profiled her here: And not long ago, Nettie Moore could be seen on the sign boards of RTD buses, touting public transportation.

I first met Nettie Moore when Rick Garcia was running for RTD board. She was a singular advocate for public transportation, she was THE voice for the oft-neglected West Colfax neighborhood for decades.

A remembrance from social media:

An icon and hero of the West Colfax and Villa Park Neighborhoods’ quality of life passed last night at approximately 9:00 PM Mountain Time on February 8, 2021 at the age of 96.
There are many activists in the neighborhoods of West Colfax, Sloan’s Lake, and Villa Park fighting for the community health of fellow citizens. Among the dozens of accomplishments of these heroes in Denver, Colorado, Nettie Moore championed the one place she loved the most.
Beginning at the age of three in 1927, she lived 93 years in Lakewood-Dry Gulch of west Denver. This area for too many years was forgotten except as a dumping ground for trash and stolen cars. In the late 1980s, Marshall Vanderburg working as an aide to District 3 Councilwoman Ramona Martinez initiated an effort to change this. As a humble woman, Nettie would never take credit for her role in what happened in the years to come. Nettie and the Greater Avondale Heights Improvement Association, the Sloan’s Lake Citizens’ Group, and the Villa Park Neighborhood Association developed a master plan to transform the gulch’s image into a major city park. I still remember the bitter cold night accented by ice and snow in January of 1989. Nettie and I traveled to a neighborhood meeting to make a presentation to Mayor Federico Pena for the gulch’s master plan.
Its acceptance was a wonderful example of neighborhood democracy and bottom-up change. Money was allocated gradually to transform the gulch into Lakewood Gulch Park. Over the years, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) built a light rail system for the Denver metro area. The system stipulated a west rail line and the neighborhood groups fought to route it through Lakewood Gulch Park. But Nettie was the neighborhood leader working with RTD to get the job done for the west corridor line. In addition to public transportation, the park features amenities and improvements for storm water drainage, bike-walking paths, landscaping, natural areas, a disc golf course, a community garden, and Nettie Moore Playground.
Nettie’s legacy is beyond the pride she felt for a playground built directly across from her home in the 1200 block of Utica Street. The next step to reflect the appreciation and gratitude for Nettie’s life and accomplishments is to rename Lakewood Gulch Park to Nettie Moore Park from Sheridan Boulevard to Perry Street. The Villa Park Neighborhood Association and the Sloan’s Lake Citizens’ Group are parts of her and their legacies and are the people and neighbors to lead the change. Grassroots people are the leaders in developing healthy communities, and their neighborhood groups are the mechanisms to create and protect community health for individuals, their families, and the entire city of Denver.
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Street Drugs in Boulder Found to Contain Fentanyl
Mon, 08 Feb 2021 17:23:32 +0000

Boulder County Public Health was notified on Thursday, February 4 of street drugs tainted with fentanyl in Boulder County. They are Xanax and Oxycodone 30 mg pills that are currently being circulated in the community, most probably from Mexico.

The pills contain fentanyl and pose an increased risk to the community, especially youth. Fentanyl is 50 – 100 times more potent than heroin, and significantly increases the risk of death from accidental overdose.

Each day in the United States, more than 100 people die as a result of drug overdose. Rates of drug overdose have increased dramatically in the past decade, with drug overdose surpassing motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death.

“Anyone who may use street drugs, or knows someone who does, should keep Naloxone (an overdose reversal drug) with them at all times,” said Trina Faatz of the Boulder County Substance Use Advisory Group. “And, if possible, avoid using alone, or inform someone that they will be using.”

Signs of overdose include:

Not responsive to sound or pain, such as a sternum rub Not breathing Blue lips or fingertips Loud gurgling sounds

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can reverse the effects of a drug overdose from opiates, including heroin and prescription opiates, such as Percocet or Oxycontin. Overdose prevention kits are available from Boulder County Public Health as well as some local pharmacies, without a prescription. Visit for a map of pharmacies that carry it.

Videos of how to use naloxone are available at and on the OpiRescue phone app.

While Naloxone (or Narcan) can reverse the effects of an overdose caused by heroin or other opioids, multiple doses may be needed if the potency of the drug is very strong. Combining other drugs or alcohol with heroin increases the risk of overdose. The risk of overdose is higher when tolerance is low; tolerance decreases after even short periods of not using.

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Denver DA McCann joins national call to end death penalty
Tue, 26 Jan 2021 17:34:12 +0000

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann joined a bipartisan group of nearly 100 criminal justice leaders – including more than 50 current elected local prosecutors (district attorneys, state’s attorneys, prosecuting attorneys, county attorneys and commonwealth’s attorneys), seven current attorneys general, seven current and former police chiefs and sheriffs, and 20 former U.S. Attorneys, DOJ officials and judges -in sending a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris yesterday urging them to take all actions within their power to immediately and definitively end the death penalty in the United States.

“I do not believe the government should be in the business of executing people,” said DA McCann. “The death penalty is unnecessary to protect public safety, costly, arbitrary and tinged with racial bias. Colorado did away with the death penalty last year and it is now time for the federal government to do the same which is why I am urging President Biden and Vice President Harris to once and for all repeal capital punishment.”

The letter, organized by Fair and Just Prosecution<> calls on the new administration to take multifaceted and lasting steps that future administrations cannot readily undo, to include: commuting the sentences of all those on federal death row and withdrawing current death penalty warrants, dismantling the death chamber at Terre Haute, encouraging DOJ leadership to instruct all federal prosecutors to not seek the death penalty in future cases, supporting and incentivizing state efforts to end capital punishment, and supporting legislation to end the federal death penalty.

After the Trump administration rushed to execute 13 people in its last six months in office, putting countless additional lives in danger as a COVID-19 outbreak took over federal death row, the signatories make clear that a moratorium is insufficient to end our nation’s use of the death penalty: “[A]t a time when racial injustice, trust in law enforcement, and our nation’s reputation in the eyes of the world are all in dire need of repair, anything short of these steps would fail to move our nation forward or attend to these pressing crises. We should not leave the lives of all people still on federal death row – and many more who will become entangled with the federal system – in the hands of future administrations.”

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Adrien Van Beveren Advances To Eighth Overall Following Dakar Rally Stage 11
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 17:00:02 +0000

Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team’s Adrien Van Beveren has posted the 10th fastest time on stage 11 of the 2021 Dakar Rally, moving himself up to eighth in the overall provisional classification. Now, with just one stage of the event remaining, Van Beveren is comfortably placed inside the top 10 with just 452 kilometres separating the Frenchman from his third Dakar Rally finish.

The 11th stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally was originally billed as the longest of the event before a minor alteration reduced the timed special to 464 kilometres. The stage opened with a number of technical, slow speed and rocky sections before a punishing stretch of close to 100 kilometres of sand dunes provided a physical test as the stage neared its conclusion.

Continuing with his strong run of form during week two of the 2021 Dakar Rally, Adrien Van Beveren again impressed on stage 11, delivering yet another solid ride to successfully complete the special among the leading riders. With the Frenchman picking up his pace as he entered the sand dunes, the 30-year-old put his sand riding skills to effective use, ending the stage in a well-deserved 10th place. Following another strong result, AVB advances to eighth in the provisional standings with one day of racing to go.

Tomorrow, the 12th and final stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally offers the final chance for Adrien to climb higher up the overall standings. With the last day of the rally featuring the shortest special at just 200 kilometres, it will be an intense race to the finish line in Jeddah.

Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

“A tough day today. Quite a mixed stage, early there were a lot of riverbeds to cross, along with some really slow rocky sections. It was almost like riding trial at one point. It then opened out into the sand dunes and I was able to really pick my pace up. There wasn’t as many dunes as expected but this is ok. Seventh place again, like yesterday, so another good result. One day remains now so my full focus is to finish the rally strongly, safely, but to also do my best.”

Alexandre Kowalski – Yamaha Europe Off-Road Racing Manager

“Today’s stage was tough, but Adrien again recorded another strong result. Seventh place on the stage is a good result and Adrien has been really good the last few days. Strong navigation, very few mistakes so this is really good for him and the team. The stages this year have been long and fast, requiring riders to be super-focused and Adrien has taken on the challenge really well. One day to go now, it seems like many riders are tired, which is always the case this late in the Dakar, so we look forward to reaching the finish line in Jeddah tomorrow.”

Dakar Rally 2021

Stage 11 Provisional Classification

1. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 4:35:12

2. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 4:37:52 + 0:02:40

3. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 4:41:36 + 0:06:24

4. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 4:43:46 + 0:08:34

5. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 4:44:39 + 0:09:27

6. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 4:47:58 + 0:12:46

10. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 4:55:00 + 0:19:48

Dakar Rally 2021

Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 11)

1. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 45:01:44

2. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 45:05:56 + 0:04:12

3. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 45:08:57 + 0:07:13

4. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 45:34:49 + 0:33:05

5. Skyler Howes (KTM) 45:50:51 + 0:49:07

6. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 45:51:10 + 0:49:26

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AMA Ice Race Grand Championships Schedule Announced
Fri, 11 Dec 2020 22:19:12 +0000
AMA National No. 1 plates up for grabs in Wisconsin, with charitable support

America’s finest motorcycle ice racers will have two opportunities to compete for AMA No. 1 plates in 2021, with AMA Ice Race Grand Championship events scheduled three weeks apart in January and February in Wisconsin.

The first event is a Grand Prix-style competition on Jan. 17 that will run in conjunction with the Steel Shoe Fund’s annual three-hour endurance race on Kettle Moraine Lake at the Tiki Beach Bar and Resort in Campbellsport, Wis. The course once again will be designed by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jeff Fredette.

“The Steel Shoe Fund is thrilled to host the 2021 AMA Ice Race Grand Championship GP,” said Chris DaRonco, the event promoter. “We look forward to providing a challenging 6-plus-mile course on Kettle Moraine Lake. We’re working on some exciting changes to our program to make the event better than last year and to comply with any state and local orders regarding COVID-19. We look forward to hosting riders from all over and awarding those highly coveted AMA National No. 1 plates.”

The Steel Shoe Fund was established in 1997 as a nonprofit organization to assist flat-track motorcycle racers who have been seriously injured during competition within the continental United States.

The second event, the High Voltage Ice Races, takes place Feb. 6 on a half-mile oval at Miller’s Bay in Oshkosh, Wis.

This is the second year that the High Voltage Ice Races will be sanctioned as an AMA Grand Championship. The event is organized by Ron Brefka of iRon Enterprises, and proceeds go to support pancreatic cancer research. There is no admission fee for spectators, but donations to the We Care Fund are encouraged.

“The High Voltage Ice Races are proud and excited to host the AMA Ice Race Grand Championship Oval for the second straight year,” Brefka said. “We again will have spectacular ice racing at a great venue. And while our Grand Championship will be an absolutely great event for racers and spectators, we also will be supporting cancer research with donations to the We Care Fund for Medical Innovation and Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.”

The events will be scored separately, and class winners at each event will be awarded AMA National No. 1 plates.

“The AMA is pleased to be working with the Steel Shoe Fund for the third consecutive year and High Voltage for the second,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. “Both organizations work hard to support good causes. We are looking forward to great ice racing in January and February.”
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The Multistrada V4 unleashes its sporty character with Akrapovič accessories
Mon, 11 Jan 2021 21:50:02 +0000
The collaboration between Ducati and Akrapovič gives birth to two exclusive accessories for the Multistrada V4, ideal for emphasizing its sportiness The racing exhaust unit and the type approved silencer fit perfectly with the design of the bike Performance, sportiness, and ride comfort come together in the new Multistrada V4, a versatile motorcycle created to be effective in all riding conditions

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy) The Multistrada V4 is the bike from the Ducati range designed to dominate all roads. An ambitious project in which performance and sportiness are combined with unprecedented ride comfort and versatility of use that allows the bike to be effective in all riding conditions.

The Multistrada V4 is “Sport” because it is light and compact, has electronic MotoGP aids and a chassis with agile dimensions for an exciting and effective ride in mixed terrain. It is “Touring” thanks to the main maintenance intervals set every 60,000 km, the great attention paid in the development phase to ride comfort, its Radar systems, the map navigator that can be viewed on the dashboard and to the cornering lights. It is “Enduro” thanks to excellent off-road capabilities, electronic suspension, smooth power delivery and gear ratios. It is “Urban” because it guarantees great ease of use at low speeds, but also thanks to its smartphone connectivity and the careful study of thermal comfort.

To further enhance the sporty side of the new Multistrada V4, Ducati has collaborated with Akrapovič in the creation of two co-branded accessories: a racing-derived exhaust unit and an approved silencer. Both components are dedicated exclusively to this model and have a unique design that fits perfectly with the motorcycle.

The racing exhaust unit is made of stainless steel and is equipped with a silencer with titanium outer sleeve and carbon fibre end cap, for a combination of lightness and design that integrates perfectly with the lines of the new Multistrada V4. The materials are combined with the supplied dedicated mapping, which adjusts all the electronic parameters of the bike to the new performance. By mounting the Akrapovič racing exhaust unit the weight of the Multistrada V4 goes down of 5 kg, while maximum torque reaches 133 Nm and power 174 hp.

The type approved silencer made by Ducati and Akrapovič for the Multistrada V4 gives the bike a more aggressive character. The body made from special developed high grade titanium alloy and carbon fibre cap guarantee lightness and resistance to high temperatures and, combined with the honeycomb mesh in the end cap, give an even more unmistakable look. The type approved silencer is 0.7 kg lighter than the standard, thus improving the weight-to-power ratio of the bike. The Multistrada V4 S Sport is fitted with this accessory as a standard.

That of Ducati and Akrapovič is a success story born in 2014 with the project linked to the Ducati 1199 Panigale, continuing with the creation of a series of exhaust systems capable of making the performance attitude of Ducati motorcycles even more extreme.

The racing exhaust unit and the type approved silencer can be purchased in all Ducati. On there is also the section dedicated to the configurator where customers can view the accessories mounted on the different models of the Multistrada V4.

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Polis joins other Western governors in demanding COVID action
Fri, 11 Dec 2020 19:52:08 +0000

Four Western Governors, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak are urging Congress to ensure that states can fairly address the financial and public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan group of Governors sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate involved in the bicameral COVID relief legislation. 

“Colorado is focused on building back stronger than before and we need a federal stimulus package that does not disadvantage low-tax states,” said Gov. Polis. “All states and local governments are on the frontlines of the response to this once in a century pandemic, and we need Washington to provide a relief package that is  fair and helps us respond swiftly to the unique challenges created by this crisis.”

“The current proposal in the bipartisan bill is not a good indicator of the economic impact of the virus and will result in an unfair distribution of desperately needed federal funds across the states, putting states like Nevada further behind on the path toward a full economic recovery,” said Gov. Sisolak. “I am glad to join Governor Polis and other Western governors in strongly encouraging leaders to revise the revenue formula to be either a straight-forward proportional distribution by population or other indicator that reflects economic loss irrespective of a state’s tax and spending policies.”

The full letter is below: 

Dear Senators Cassidy, Manchin, King, Collins, Warner, Shaheen, Murkowski, Romney, and Hassan: 

Thank you for your strong bipartisan leadership and efforts to propose a framework to help provide critical economic relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As you work to draft this bipartisan stimulus package, Western Governors urge you to ensure that the distribution of the proposed state and local aid formula remains equitable for all States. 

Unfortunately, the proposed state and local aid formula in the bipartisan bill is not a good indicator of the economic impact of the virus, and will unfairly and inequitably distribute revenue across the states. The current formula, which distributes  ⅓ of the state share on the basis of population and  ⅔ allocated by revenue loss, would significantly disadvantage Western states like ours that have a low tax rate and have had minimal business shutdowns during this pandemic, as compared to other states. As such, we would strongly encourage you to consider revising the revenue formula to be either a straight-forward proportional distribution by population or an economic indicator, such as change in unemployment rate.  

As states continue to lead the fight against COVID-19, we very much hope you consider our request to equitably ensure we can address the financial and public health impacts of the pandemic. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this urgent request to amend the bipartisan federal stimulus package.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis

Utah Governor Gary Herbert

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey 

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak

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