Home Indiana Agriculture News U.S., Japan Agree on Trade Deal “In Principle” U.S., Japan Agree on Trade Deal “In Principle” President Donald J. Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo Sunday, September 23, 2018, meet in President Trump’s residence at Trump Tower in New York, NY. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) At the G7 summit in France, President Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed on a trade deal.According to Trump, the U.S. and Japan have agreed “in principle” on the deal that Japan will cut tariffs on U.S. beef, pork, and other agricultural products.“We’ve been working on a deal with Japan for a long time,” said President Trump. “We probably will be signing it around UNGA [United Nations General Assembly]. We’ve agreed to every point.”David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council, is thankful for the Trump administration negotiating the agreement. The Japanese market represented 25 percent of total U.S. pork exports in 2018.“We look forward to rapid implementation of the agreement as international competitors are currently taking U.S. pork market share through more favorable access,” he said.The trade agreement with Japan comes as President Trump complained earlier this month that the Japanese only purchase U.S. wheat “because they want us to at least feel that we’re OK. They do it to make us feel good.”Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said removing the trade barriers with Japan will allow greater sales of U.S. farm products in the country. Previous articleHow Many Kernels for a Bushel is a 2019 UnknownNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Farm Forecast for August 26, 2019 Ashley Davenport By Ashley Davenport – Aug 25, 2019 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter
News UpdatesKarnataka HC Says In Absence Of Legislation It Cannot Define Hate Speech [Read Order] Mustafa Plumber28 May 2020 12:27 AMShare This – xObserving that “in absence of any specific legislation, it would not be proper for the court to make a substantive analysis or give a concrete definition of hate speech”, the Karnataka High Court recently dismissed a writ petition seeking action against media houses and political leaders who allegedly made statements against a minority community. The PIL filed by Campaign Against…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginObserving that “in absence of any specific legislation, it would not be proper for the court to make a substantive analysis or give a concrete definition of hate speech”, the Karnataka High Court recently dismissed a writ petition seeking action against media houses and political leaders who allegedly made statements against a minority community. The PIL filed by Campaign Against Hate Speech, an unregistered organization comprising of highly accomplished academics, lawyers and concerned citizens from different professional backgrounds sought directions to the Respondents to immediately take down inflammatory videos and reports aired on their news channels. The plea highlighted various clippings of debates conducted by news channels like Times Now, Republic Tv, CNN-News18, statements made on social media platforms and interviews given to news channels by various MPs and MLAs that were alleged to be “hateful”. It was contended that the Respondents had failed to censor such content, resulting in violation of Fundamental Rights, in particular the Right to life and livelihood of various people. Advocate Harish B Narasappa, appearing for Petitioner argued that the complaints had been made in the backdrop of inciteful and irresponsible speeches and reports made by certain political personalities and media houses, accusing certain sections of the society for spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Refusing to indulge in this matter, a division bench of Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice M G Uma said, “Since the Parliament has not yet thought it appropriate to legislate on the concept of ‘hate speech’ and in the absence of there being any definition of ‘hate speech’ as such, this Court in exercise of its jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, cannot issue directions merely on the basis of impact of hate speech on the society in general or certain sections of the society in particular.” The Petitioner-organization had also sought an interim relief in the form of a direction to the DGP and IG of the Karnataka Police to register an FIR in respect of the media reports, which were alleged to be in violation of Section 153A, 153B, 295-A, 298 and 505(2) of IPC. However, declining to grant any such relief the court observed, “At the outset, we observe that some of the prayers are vague and the interim prayers which have been sought cannot be sought by filing a writ petition invoking Article 226 of the Constitution. The petitioners herein have not filed complaints under the provisions of Cr.P.C.” Reliance was placed on various precedents set by the Top Court. AAG R. Subramanya and ASG MB Naragund, appearing for Government opposed the plea stating that the petition was in fact a “publicity interest litigation” and that if any of the complainants were aggrieved, the appropriate remedy would lie under the provisions of CrPC itself. Concurring with these submissions the bench observed, “The Supreme Court in the case of Sudhir Bhaskarrao Tambe, has categorically stated that if a person has grievance that his FIR has not been registered by the police, or having been registered, proper investigation has not been done, then the remedy of an aggrieved person is not to file a writ petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, but, he has to approach the Magistrate under Section 156(3) of Cr.P.C.” As regards the prayer for action against media houses, the bench said, “Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India has recognized ‘Freedom of speech and expression’ which also includes ‘Freedom of the press’. The said freedom is subject to reasonable restrictions as stated in Article 19(2) of the Constitution…Thus, if the State or Union Government feels that there ought to be reasonable restrictions against the Right to Speech and expression, it would have to be justified on the basis of what has been stated under Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India. Any action to be initiated by the Union or State Government on the exercise of right to freedom of speech and expression, that would be justified within the parameters of Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India, is permitted.” It added, “In the present scenario, since the Parliament has not yet thought it appropriate to legislate on the concept of hate speech. In the absence of there being any definition of ‘hate speech’ as such, this Court in exercise of its jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution of India cannot issue directions merely on the basis of impact of hate speech on the society in general or certain sections of the society in particular.” The bench also clarified that there is already a voluminous bundle of rights and remedies created in various enactments for aggrieved persons to complain against what they consider to be hate speech. It said “The Indian Penal Code, The Representation of People Act, 1951; Information Technology Act, 2000; Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967; Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955; Religious Institutions (Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1980; The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and The Cable Television Network (Rules), 1994; The Cinematographers Act, 1952 as well as Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. These provide substantive and procedural law to the aggrieved persons who think or consider certain speech to be hate speech to seek their respective remedies.” The bench observed that the Central Government had already issued several guidelines to the Private Satellites TV Channels to promote “communal harmony” in the States and Union territories of India. “Thus, it is evident that the Parliament has already provided substantial and effective remedies for protection of persons from hate speech and any aggrieved person can set in motion the criminal law if he is so aggrieved,” the bench concluded. Case Details: Case Title: Campaign Against Hate Speech & Ors. v. State of Karnataka & Ors. Case No.: WP No. 6749/2020 Quorum: Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice M G Uma Appearance: Advocate Harish B Narasappa (for Petitioner); AAG R. 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SJSU accepts applications on an ongoing basis for our pool oftemporary lecturers. To be considered for Spring 2021 courses,application must be received by December 15, 2020.The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, thisposition is for scholars interested in a career at a nationalleader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic ServingInstitution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American PacificIslander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students arefirst-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university iscurrently ranked third nationally in increasing student upwardmobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversityof its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community canbenefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: November 21, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific StandardTimeApplications close: Letter of applicationCurriculum vitaeStatement of teaching interests/philosophyContact information for three references10 examples of student work with reflection on that work, avariety of unit/lessons plans (including scope and sequence ofsemester plan), student handouts and assessment criteria Department SummaryThe Department of Art and ArtHistory , founded in 1911, offers BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degreesand is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art andDesign (NASAD). What we offer to prospective students:award-winning faculty and outstanding technical and administrativestaff; a “best-in-the-west” combination of facilities for making,exhibiting, and researching art across many media; commitment tocreative and critical thinking; opportunities to practiceinnovation across media; and a friendly and supportivecommunity.Brief Description of DutiesThe Department of Art and Art History at San José State Universityis searching for part-time faculty for the studio/seminar lecturerposition to teach a range of courses in studio art and theories ofart education to students in the BA Art—Preparation for Teachingmajor and to others interested in art education. Course materials,teaching strategies and advisement must address the needs of astudent population of great diversity – in age, culturalbackground, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation.Department lecturers are also required to participate in 1-2faculty meetings per semester and provide assessment data andinformation to the department.The on-site supervisor of single subject credential candidates inArt travels to school sites where each student teacher has beenplaced, ordinarily in Santa Clara or Santa Cruz counties. Thesupervisor will also be available for seminars and overviewsessions held on the SJSU campus. Specific responsibilitiesinclude: 1) attend CalTPA (California Teaching PerformanceAssessment) overview session; 2) participate in 2 supervisors’meetings each semester; 3) observe and submit observation reportsfor each student teacher/intern a minimum of 6 times per semester;4) guide student teachers regarding the timing of their CalTPAteaching events; mediate and facilitate communication betweenstudent teachers and mentor teachers, including procedures to befollowed regarding improvement plans and dismissal from placement;6) submit Formative and Summative Evaluations to Subject AreaAdvisor; 9) attend supervisor/mentor teacher trainings orprofessional development workshops offered through the SingleSubject Credential Program. Mileage costs for travel to the schoolsites are reimbursed by the Department of Teacher Education.All Faculty should be organizing their classes within the CanvasLearning Management System (LMS), the official LMS provided forthe SJSU community. All classes at SJSU, whether online or not,must be anchored in the Canvas platform to ensure faculty-studentconnection in a common space as all students are directed to log into Canvas for online access to their classes. You will have accessto this system prior to the semester start date.Required QualificationsMaster of Arts degree in Art Education or equivalent degree. Alecturer in Art Education must hold or qualified to hold aCalifornia Single Subject Credential in Art. At least two yearsteaching art in K-12 public schools. The Art Educationstudio/seminar course instructor must have a demonstrated abilityto teach all levels of Art Education classes to art educationundergraduates and other students. The position(s) require thoroughknowledge of single subject credentialing requirements forelementary and secondary art teachers in the state of California.Strong working knowledge of the California Arts Standards forPublic Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve(2019) and the California Arts Education Framework forPublic Schools Transitional kindergarten Through Grade Twelve(2020) application to the development of curriculum. Knowledge ofthe theoretical and practical constraints and possibilities ofclassroom teaching. The successful candidate(s) will have commandof image making and visual exploration using traditional anddigital media arts as well as a demonstrated ability to collaboratewith colleagues in a multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinaryenvironment.Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity tothe educational goals of a multicultural population as might havebeen gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and othercomparable experience.Conditional AppointmentPlease be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget andenrollment considerations and subject to order of assignmentprovisions in the collective bargaining agreement betweenCalifornia State University and California Faculty Association.These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in whichavailable courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenureline faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.Salary Range – To commensurate with experience.Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents:
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church for Gwendolyn Louise Woody, the eldest daughter of Spence and Frances Woody. She passed away Nov. 18. She was born in Newport News, Va. She was educated in the Jersey City public school system and had a lifelong love of learning. She studied at the former Jersey City State College and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her professional career began in data processing, eventually transitioning into computer support and training. Her expertise saw her travelling and serving clients as diverse as Macy’s and Leavenworth Federal Prison.For the past 17 years, Gwen worked at the Five Corners branch of the Jersey City Public Library. This reflected her natural appetite for reading, as well as her wide appetite for the intricacies of life and her love of current events. One of her greatest joys was being able to provide service directly to the community on the bookmobile. She was loved and respected by her peers and was a recipient of the Perfect Attendance Award for 2003 and 2004. Gwen was fiercely independent, and her favorite season was the fall, when she could enjoy bundling up in sweaters and being outdoors. And she loved her music. For the past few years she supported an annual concert devoted to breast cancer awareness. She looked forward to this event and the support of family, friends and colleagues. Although Gwen struggled later in life with various health issues, her sweet, even-keeled disposition never changed. Gwen was predeceased by her father, Spence, and her brother, Ronald. She leaves to mourn her mother, Martha Frances, her sister, Eugenia, a younger brother, Kenneth – former national and international news editor with The Star-Ledger, a sister publication of the Jersey Journal -his wife Edna and Ronald’s widow, Celestine, a niece, Vanisha and goddaughter, Aprille Nelson Smith, as well as a host of loving family members and friends.Services arranged by the McLaughlin Funeral Home, Jersey City.
Facebook Pinterest Google+ MondaySnow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 35. North wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. By 95.3 MNC – November 29, 2020 0 1304 Google+ Twitter (Photo supplied/National Weather Service) Snow is likely to fall in Michiana beginning late Sunday night with temperatures dropping and high winds gusting.Mike Ryan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, said a storm system will move into Indiana from the Gulf beginning Sunday night bringing rain with it.“The colder air comes in behind it. That should change the rainfall over to a mix of rain and snow, which will probably go into all snow by Tuesday,” said Ryan. “There’s still a lot of uncertainty as to how much snow we might see.”Ryan believes the eastern part of the state will see the greatest impacts of the wintry conditions.“That’s just based on the location of where the storm will organize and develop. But as we get into the second part of the system Monday night and Tuesday, we could see some snow develop off Lake Michigan. That would impact northern and northeast Indiana, potentially down into the northeast parts of central Indiana such as Muncie and Richmond, but the whole state needs to be prepared,” said Ryan.Ryan said you also need to pay attention to the wind chill.“With this being a stronger system, there’s going to probably be a fair amount of wind on Monday and Tuesday as well. We’re likely to see wind chills get down to the teens or maybe even the single digits. We haven’t had that this fall. This is definitely a sign that we’re trending more and more into the winter,” said Ryan.Ryan said it is a good idea to take it slow when you’re driving.“Take extra time to get to your location, especially with this being the first snowfall of the year for many places. Make sure you have some extra equipment in the car, in case you have to pull over,” said Ryan.He also says you’ll want to pay attention to the forecast throughout the weekend to see how the storm system develops.WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAYMORNING* WHAT…Heavy lake effect snow possible. Total snow accumulations in heavier lake effect snow bands in excess of 6 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph and be accompanied by blowing and drifting snow.* WHERE…In Indiana, La Porte, St. Joseph IN, Starke and Marshall Counties. In Michigan, Berrien County.* WHEN…From late Sunday night through Tuesday morning.* IMPACTS…Travel could become very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact travel Monday morning through Tuesday morning.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Rain will change to snow Monday morning. Heavy snow bands are expected to develop with snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Snow accumulations in this watch area are likely to vary greatly from less than 3 inches to more than 6 inches. Facebook Twitter Sunday NightA chance of rain between 9 p.m. and midnight, then rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. WhatsApp TuesdayA chance of snow before 12 p.m., then a chance of rain and snow between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., then a slight chance of snow after 2 p/m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. SundayIncreasing clouds, with a high near 50. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Pinterest WednesdaySunny, with a high near 40. ThursdayMostly sunny, with a high near 41. Monday NightSnow likely, mainly before 8 p.m.. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Tuesday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 27. Previous articleTwo people killed in house fire in Cass CountyNext articleNiles man shot and killed by police in New Mexico 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. WhatsApp IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather SaturdayA chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Winter Storm Watch in effect Monday morning – Tuesday morning FridayPartly sunny, with a high near 40.
Sarah M. Whiting, dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Design (GSD), has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and beginning Thursday will be taking a “partial step back” from daily leadership responsibilities as she pursues treatment. Whiting made the announcement in a Monday morning email to the GSD community.“Fortunately, Harvard and the Boston area are home to some of the finest health care providers in the world, and so I am in good hands,” Whiting wrote. “As difficult as it will be, especially at this critical juncture in the School’s history, I will need to follow the advice of my physician team, as well as of Harvard’s president and provost, and do my best to turn my energy toward my recovery.”While Whiting undergoes medical care, longtime GSD Professors Rahul Mehrotra and Niall Kirkwood will take on day-to-day administrative oversight for School affairs, with Mehrotra as dean designate and Kirkwood continuing as associate dean for academic affairs.Mehrotra will work with the School’s senior leadership at both the GSD and the University levels. He currently serves as professor of urban design and planning and director of the master of architecture in urban design degree program, and was recently appointed incoming chair of GSD’s Department of Urban Planning and Design. Kirkwood will continue to oversee faculty searches, promotions, reviews, benefits, and policies.“What the last few weeks have shown again and again is that a dean’s success in leading a School forward depends so entirely on the strength of its community,” Whiting wrote. “Your collective willingness to jump into the fray, lend a hand, and help bring our School through the current moment — your generosity and your grit — have been endlessly inspiring to me personally, but also have ensured against all odds the uncompromising excellence and rigor that underpin the GSD’s legacy. I have complete and total confidence in our combined ability to navigate the School onward, and you should too.”Whiting was named dean in April 2019 and formally took over on July 1, 2019. She had served since 2010 as dean of the Rice University School of Architecture, where she was the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, and she also taught on the GSD faculty earlier in her career. She is co-founder and partner of WW Architecture, a firm she launched with her partner, Ron Witte, in 1999.
The aftermath.“Fishin’ for squirrels?” he asked as I yanked at my line, which had cat’s cradled itself into a nest of overhanging branches. It was the first day of deer season, so I tried to take this hunter’s comment with a smile. He was feeling good about hunting, I was feeling miserable about fishing…and the worst was yet to come.Let me backup.The day had started better than usual with a hot breakfast and pleasant conversation with family. With my belly full and spirits high I set out for the Hidden Valley Recreation Area along the Jackson River in Bath County, Va. This portion of the Upper Jackson River above Lake Moomaw has a reputation as a good little trout stream, and although I had never seen it and the weather was chilly, I could not resist the opportunity for some fall trout fishing. I usual pack up my gear at the end of terrestrial season due to the fact that I hate nymphing…a lot. But I like fishing, and I had nothing else to do, so I glanced at the map, hopped in the car with my trusty 5wt and hit the proverbial dusty trail.It didn’t take long to get off track. A wrong turn put me at the Hidden Valley campsite, which is not where I wanted to be, although it took me about 20 minutes to realize this and then find my way to right spot down the road. Strike one.I eventually found the correct parking area, donned my waders, and strung up my rod. I opted for a dry/dropper rig to make myself feel a little better about the nymphing; at least a fish could take a crack at the bobber. The best portion of the Upper Jackson is a special regulation area above Hidden Valley; due to the mandatory three mile hike in, it does not get as much pressure as the rest of the river. This was my plan, but I put the kibosh on that when I realized I had forgotten to bring any blaze orange for the walk. Oh, well. Plenty of other water to fish, right?In an attempt to not get shot, which would have been a real bummer, I decided that walking in the river upstream was probably my safest option. I was greeted with ultra-skinny water so I just began hoofing it, until I felt something funny below my feet. I looked down to see the felt sole of my left wade boot flapping in the current, hanging on by a sliver. Nothing is quite as unappealing as handling a sopping wet, frigid slab of felt in 40 degree weather. Strike two.Undeterred, I pressed on. I tested a few holes I thought looked promising but saw no fish. Not even a sign that any fish had ever inhabited that stretch of river in history. It was about this time that I ran into Mr. Wise-Cracking Deer Hunter. Needless to say, morale was pretty low at this point, but I was able to keep it together long enough for him to get out of ear shot before I let my true feelings be known to the woods at large (Hey, he had a gun!). I broke off my flies, tied on another tandem rig – which seemed to take an hour but in actuality only took about 55 minutes – made my way to the next pool…and promptly got snagged in another stream-side bush. I do not consider myself the world’s greatest fisherman by any means, but even this was a little too much for my already frazzled nerves.“Could this day get any worse?” I thought to myself as I tried to tug my fly out of this demon bush. Then my rod snapped in half. Steeeerike Three.As I stared down disbelieving at the broken pieces of my favorite fly rod, I felt like Roy Hobbs picking up Wonderboy after that final foul ball. Unfortunately, I had no husky, wood working bat boy to bring me a Savoy Special, and there would be no floodlight destroying homerun on this day. It was a soul crushing end to what, until that point, had been a merely soul tenderizing day.During the long, humbling walk back to the car I thought about all the things that can go wrong on a trip. I had covered most of them already: got lost, forgot essentials, came unprepared, broke vital equipment. Needless to say, it was not the finest day I’ve had on the water, but then again, I was on the water. Even though I was having a, let’s say “tough,” day out there, I could not help but smile as I schlepped back downstream, thinking about all the other good days I’ve had fishing. Sure I had gotten skunked, lost a bunch of flies, ripped apart my boot, broken a rod, and been heckled by a random stranger, but things could have been worse. I could have been doing something else besides fishing.
(WBNG) — As bicycle sales surge across the country, local shops are feeling the impact as more people go outside for a spin. “There are some areas where we’re struggling to get some inventory and to fill in our bike stock,” said Chenango Point Cycles owner, Anthony Folk. “But we do what we can to kind of mitigate that, whether it’s a slightly different kind of bike or brand of bike.” Folk says around the middle of March to early April is when he saw a spike in sales at his store. He believes it was partially due to regular cyclists getting out while the weather was nice, but it was also around the same time the state shut down due to the pandemic and people were cooped up inside of their homes. “I’ve been cycling for 40 years now,” said Scott Fitchett from Kirkwood. “I’m a teacher and school closed around March 15, so I’ve been out on the road since then.” “We’ve got people… they can’t access a gym anymore and they wanted to pick up cycling, or families in general that feel they have some time now to spend outside with one another, but away from people…socially distant,” said Folk. One customer who was getting his bike repaired says he bikes a minimum 20 miles every day. He says while he considers himself an avid cyclist, he found himself wanting to get out more than usual because he felt his body getting stiff from sitting down at his home desk all day for work. With a higher demand of bicycles, suppliers have seen a shortage recently. This means shops like Chenango Point Cycles in Binghamton have to switch gears to keep up on business. While many businesses either have to remain fully or partially closed, Anthony Folk says he’s happy he can keep his business going, even if that means struggling to keep up with the demand.
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