Roubaix Tech: Wider aero ENVE SES prototype wheels for Team Dimension Data

first_imgLast year doing cobble classic testing with the previous iteration of the Dimension Data team, ENVE decided that they needed to get a wheel under their riders that delivered on aerodynamics while rolling on the 27-30mm tubulars that are de rigueur for the northern Spring Classics. With events like the Tour of Flanders only having cobbles for about 22 of 255km, and even Paris-Roubaix’s brutal pavé only making up about 53 of 258km, riders at these races spend a lot of time out on open, wind-exposed roads. So a new SES prototype was born that ENVE claims delivers the same aero benefits as their SES 4.5 with 25mm tires, but now paired with wide 28mm rubber. Get some more details after the break and see if you can spot the difference as the team heads into another weekend of cobbled racing… ENVE claims that in their internal testing rider on Classics tires were throwing away 5-10W simply because their aero wheels were optimized for more narrow 25mm tires. In order to get back to the same aero advantage as the SES 4.5 with fat 28mm tires, the rim dimensions got pretty large as well. That’s saying something since the most recent 25mm matched disc brake SES 5.6 & 7.8 already top out at 29mm wide.Seeing how the fat tire trend is going hand-in-hand with the advent of road discs, ENVE says that the wheels were actually first developed around disc brakes. But seeing as how Dimension Data are still racing with rim brakes, ENVE made them a special run with a brake track, and thankfully the Cervelo R3 Mud bikes they are riding on the cobbles have enough clearance at the stays and in the fork to fit the wider rims.While the team is racing on tubulars, ENVE’s marketing head tells us that he has been riding a tubeless clincher version of the same rim on his personal disc brake road bike for the past several months. So it looks like there should be both tubeless and tubular versions available when they get officially launched around the start of June 2016.As we’ve seen the market develop better, lighter wide road tires, with clearly more comfort and even tests showing the low rolling resistance with road tubeless, it is great to hear that ENVE claims they can deliver the same aero performance as a 25mm tire with a 28mm one combined with a properly matched rim design. That’s not so different than what we have seen with Mavic and most recently their new carbon clinchers that specifically pair tires with their wheels when you buy them, and even companies like Vittoria that spend a lot of time and effort optimizing the match between new tires and new rims, sometimes even with shared tech. ENVE’s matching of tires to disc wheels is also interesting as it shows strong parallels to Mavic, even for quite some time before they were acquired by the latter.It looks like the upsides of narrow road tires pumped up to silly high pressures are dropping faster than ever. And I personally couldn’t be more pleased.ENVE.comlast_img read more

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Scott appoints Michael Harrington as Labor Commissioner

first_imgHarrington has been serving as interim commissioner of the Department of Labor Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced he has appointed Michael Harrington as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor.“Mike’s dedication to, and effort on behalf of, Vermonters through unprecedented and incredibly difficult times is the type of service and determination I expect from leaders in our administration,” Governor Scott said. “His experience with the Department will provide valuable consistency and stability as we continue to navigate and recover from the economic impacts of this pandemic.”Harrington was appointed by Governor Scott as deputy commissioner of Labor in January 2017 and has served as interim commissioner since September 2019.“I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue the work of the Department to build a stronger workforce in Vermont while we focus on managing the current and emerging challenges we face as a result of COVID-19,” Harrington said.Prior to his service to the state of Vermont, Harrington, a native of Bennington, served as the economic and community development director for the Town of Bennington. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh.Harrington resides in Northfield with his family.Source: Governor 6.5.2020last_img read more

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Mayors seek Act 250 relief, extension of TIF deadline

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Mayors Coalition presented their COVID-19 related recovery priorities. Among the priorities are Act 250 reform and extension of the TIF deadline. And of course they are seeking COVID-19 relief funds to help fill budget holes. The state is also seeking federal budgetary assistance.The Act 250 reform is sought because, as the mayors put it, they already have permit regulations and Act 250 just adds redundancy, cost and time to much needed downtown redevelopment projects.The TIF program allows qualifying municipalities to retain some property tax revenues, in lieu of sending them to the state Education Fund, to benefit, again, downtown redevelopment. The mayors said because of the pandemic they’re losing about a year from the TIF benefit. Somewhat surprisingly, most of the cities are not yet facing a severe budget shortfall. This is because cities were proactive in furloughing some workers and because their budgets are largely based on property taxes, which have been unaffected by the pandemic effects so far.The notable exception is Burlington, which relies more heavily on consumption taxes with all its hotels, restaurants and retail shops.Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said his budget will cut $10 million from the General Fund. He added that enterprise funds, like the parking garages, are essentially bringing in zero revenue.The VMC was created in 2013 by Vermont’s eight mayors. Six mayors must concur on any recommendation for the Vermont Mayors Coalition to take a position.The eight mayors of the VMC are: ·         Lucas Herring, Barre;·         Miro Weinberger, Burlington.·         Anne Watson, Montpelier;·         Paul Monette, Newport;·         Dave Allaire, Rutland·         Tim Smith, St. Albans;·         Jeff Fritz, Vergennes; and·         Kristine Lott, Winooski. Vermont Mayors CoalitionCOVID Recovery Priorities2020 Legislative SessionThe Vermont Mayors Coalition (VMC) is advocating for State action to support municipalities in the following areas in response to the COVID-19 crisis: Funding to Reimburse Lost RevenueVermont’s mayors are united in helping their communities make a strong comeback after experiencing dramatic budgetary shortfalls resulting from pauses in commerce, tourism, and other economic engines. The property tax in Vermont is already very strained and we seek flexible support to continue providing essential services and supporting residents and local businesses to rebuild the economy. We understand the future is not clear as to any potential federal pass through funding or reimbursement programs for municipalities. However, we strongly encourage the proactive advocacy of the Legislature to consider to allocating a portion such funds, should they emerge, to the municipals of the state.Act 250 Reform to Stimulate ConstructionIn municipalities that have their own development review processes for projects, Act 250 permitting adds an additional, and often duplicative process for any types of development. These duplicative processes come at a significant time and cost for a project, and ultimately increase the cost of housing around the state. In a time where we need to stimulate folks getting back to work and the re-opening of the economy, and Vermont’s housing crisis is more acute than ever, we can lower these permitting barriers and get shovel ready projects in the ground. The mayors are supportive of process by which designated areas, especially downtowns, could be exempted from Act 250, both for future projects and retroactively. Downtown exemption could be worked into S.237.Statewide Escrow ClinicWhen State courts re-open in June, evictions proceedings will once again be accessible. Housing security is a critical piece of public health, and we need to protect our vulnerable residents who have been unable to pay rent and the landlords who are not able to pay their mortgages. In the first step of an eviction, rent escrow hearing where the court orders the tenant to pay rent into court during the pendency of the eviction proceeding. A rent escrow clinic could move these evictions into court-ordered mediation where there would be a pool of money to pay a portion of the rent. At such time, home improvement funds could be used to create a further incentive, stabilizing housing and improving the housing stock. This program could completement housing assistance programs within state economic recovery packages, to ensure all residents can access and navigate help.Automatic Mail-in BallotsAs experts predict potential resurgence of the virus this fall, we should proactively protect our elections process and establish an automatic mail-in ballot system to ensure that voters are able to participate in our elections without risk to their health. There is an opportunity here to also increase public participation in our decision-making. The COVID-19 crisis has already exacerbated existing inequities and detrimentally impacted the health of many Vermonters. Vermont mayors support this process, as long as there is funding for the Secretary of State’s office to support the cost of mailing the ballots and support the Governor’s proposal to have a member of the Mayor’s Coalition to have a seat on the panel to review this process.   Extend the Tax Increment Financing DeadlineCOVID has dramatically impacted construction projects and the ability of cities to pursue public infrastructure investments. Aside from the restrictions on construction jobs necessary for health and safety, COVID has plunged cities into economic uncertainty, making these economic development investments that TIF depends on very uncertain. The mayors support an automatic one-year extension on the deadline for municipalities to incur debt in all Vermont TIF districts. Non-Residential Police AcademyWith a staffing shortage already occurring in many police departments in our state, many officers set to retire in the next 2-10 years, and the COVID-19 crisis preventing the operation of a residential police academy, we face a serious public safety staffing shortfall. It is time to modernize our training and increase access to more applicants by offering virtual training or other methods that open access to this program to a larger and more diverse pool of candidates while responding to changing health and safety concerns. We need to keep growing our public safety pipeline and open positions up to every member of our communitiesDigitizing Public RecordsWith municipal offices closed to the public, much access to public records has been inaccessible to the public, given how many of our records are kept on paper. The Vermont mayors seek financial support from the State to bring all of Vermont’s public records into the digital age, expanding access to all and creating efficiencies. This longer-term initiative will prepare us for possible future emergencies, open access to public information, and modernize our municipal services.Source: Mayor’s Coalition 6.11.2020last_img read more

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Report: Filipino nurse in Saudi Arabia died of MERS

first_imgOfficials in the Philippines announced today that a 41-year-old Filipino nurse who was working in Saudi Arabia recently died of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) illness and that a second Filipina there is infected but recovering, according to media reports.The deceased woman fell ill in mid-August and died Aug 29 at a hospital in Riyadh, according to Raul Hernandez, a spokesman for the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, as reported today by GMA News, based in Quezon City, Philippines.Hernandez said the second woman was brought to the same hospital for dialysis, was infected while there, and is recovering there. The story did not disclose the name of either patient or the age or occupation of the second woman.The 41-year-old is the first Filipino to die of MERS, the story said. The report also appears to mark the first clear confirmation of MERS-CoV in a foreign guest worker in Saudi Arabia. The country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has referred to a number of previous case-patients as “residents” rather than “citizens,” but it has not listed their home countries.In May a World Health Organization expert, Anthony Mounts, MD, voiced concern that guest workers from countries such as India and the Philippines could contract MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia and bring it home. He worried that that step could spread the virus to a country where disease surveillance is not very strong.The media information about the Filipino nurse appears to match up with a Sep 5 statement from the Saudi MOH, which reported the death of a “41-year-old female resident working in the health sector in Riyadh.” The statement gave no other details about her.According to the GMA story, an official at the Riyadh hospital said the nurse complained of fever and coughing in mid August, was put on a ventilator on Aug 22, and was transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit 2 days later. The official said the woman had vacationed in the United States in mid July.The story said at least 1 million Filipino workers are living in Saudi Arabia.See also: Sep 17 GMA News storySep 5 Saudi MOH statementMay 21 CIDRAP News story quoting Mountslast_img read more

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IADC at PIANC-Seminar

first_imgFollowing a 2-day colloquium on Ecosystem Services ‒ Challenges and opportunities in managing flowing waters of the German Federal Institute of Hydrology, PIANC will organize a Seminar on Ecosystem Goods and Services with the theme: “Identification, Assessment and Benefits for Navigation Infrastructure Projects”.The Colloquium and the PIANC-Seminar will be held in early May in the main building of the German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) in Koblenz.International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) will present an update on IADC’s “Ecosystems Services project; towards more unbiased maritime infrastructure project assessments”.More Info[mappress mapid=”20038″]last_img

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Ecology: Comments Sought on Six Shoreline Programs

first_imgIn and effort to preserve and protect more than 500 miles of shoreline along rivers and lakes in Whitman County, several cities and towns joined the county to update their shoreline programs, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology.Albion, Colfax, Palouse, Tekoa, Rosalia and Whitman County participated in a regional planning process to update their shoreline programs.They individually submitted their updated programs to the Washington Department of Ecology, which is now making them available for public review and comment.Each of the cities and towns shared environmental studies and an inventory of current shoreline conditions with the county. The communities’ then tailored portions of their individual shoreline programs to meet local needs.These shoreline programs will guide construction and development along shorelines, including major portions of the Palouse and Snake rivers and Rock Lake.Once approved by Ecology, the shoreline programs will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.last_img read more

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Rowdy protests get Mali transition talks off to chaotic start

first_imgMali gets new government after protests FILE PHOTO: Colonel-Major Ismael Wague, one of the junta leaders of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), which overthrew Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, attends a mass rally to celebrate the coup, at the Independence Square in Bamako, Mali August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Moussa Kalapo FILE PHOTO: Colonel-Major Ismael Wague, one of the junta leaders of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), which overthrew Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, attends a mass rally to celebrate the coup, at the Independence Square in Bamako, Mali August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Moussa KalapoTalks in Mali about a transition back to civilian rule following last month’s military coup got off to a chaotic start on Saturday as opponents of the deposed president accused the ruling junta of excluding them from some of the negotiations.The military takeover was welcomed by many Malians, tired of violence by Islamist and ethnic militias, and alleged high-level corruption. But the junta, the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), is under intense pressure from West African neighbors to swiftly return power to civilians.Less than an hour after the opening ceremony began, supporters of the M5-RFP coalition, which led mass demonstrations against Keita before the coup, began to protest, accusing the junta of excluding them from most working groups.M5-RFP supporters in the conference hall shouted down the moderator onstage, bringing proceedings to a halt.“This smells rotten,” said Moussa Ouattara, an M5-RFP supporter. “The CNSP is in all the groups but the M5-RFP is only in one group.”The moderator later announced that the M5-RFP would be able to participate in all the working groups, which calmed the coalition’s supporters and allowed the event to resume.The M5-RFP voiced enthusiastic support for the coup but sharply criticized the junta last week after it wasn’t invited to preliminary consultations about the transition.The talks, which are also being held in regional capitals across Mali, are scheduled to continue on Sunday and then resume again late next week.International powers fear the political uncertainty in Bamako could undermine the fight across West Africa’s Sahel region against Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, as a previous coup in 2012 did.Related Envoy: Sudan transition talks to resumecenter_img Mali junta to hold transition talks as pressure mountslast_img read more

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4G LTE MIMO Antenna for Routers With High Performance Connectivity

first_imgTaoglas has launched a new 2×2 MIMO antenna that will deliver extremely high connectivity and performance for LTE 4G networks for any business, home or remote requirements using 4G routers, access points or gateways. The LMA100.A antenna, based on the Gemini antenna series is a highly efficient 2X2 MIMO antenna for LTE 4G and all worldwide bands, including 698-960MHz, 1710-2170 MHz and 2490-2690MHz bands. This antenna also includes backward compatibility to 3G/2G.This new antenna in the Gemini series is housed in a robust external casing that’s IP67 waterproofed. The new LMA100.A is one of the first 2X2 LTE 4G MIMO antennas in this form factor that meets the stringent isolation and ECC (Envelope Correlation Coefficient) requirements for future MIMO networks. It’s ready for when the network switches from its current MISO state to true LTE advanced and MIMO. It is equipped with two MIMO antennas that have excellent isolation and low ECC between each antenna element. Low-loss cables are used to keep efficiency high over long cable lengths and can be customized. It can be wall-mounted or desktop mounted and has a stand for easy, quick set up. The LMA100.A is particularly suitable for home and offices or for any outdoor use where there’s a group needing cellular connectivity on the move.last_img read more

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Modenas wants YOU to test the Pulsar RS200 and NS200 in…

first_imgThe technical partnership between our very own MODENAS (National Motorcycle and Engine Company) and one of India’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers Bajaj Auto Limited gave way to the introduction of three new Modenas 2017 models. These bikes are none other than the Modenas Pulsar RS200, Pulsar NS200, and the V15.The Pulsar RS200 and NS200 in particular drew a lot attention in a short period of time thanks to their designs and ever more enticing price tags. Both come ready with a 200cc single-cylinder engine with three-spark technology that produces a cool 24.5hp and 18.6Nm of maximum torque.To check out our review on the 2017 Modenas Pulsar RS200 and NS200, CLICK HERE.To showcase how good these bikes really are, Modenas will be organising a very special session this coming Saturday (23 December 2017) at the Speedway PLUS Karting Circuit in Subang Jaya. Dubbed the Pulsar Power Test, it’s open for everyone (free of charge) and there will be a lot of activities planned for all motorcycle enthusiasts.Those who are planning to test out the Pulsar RS200 and NS200 in the circuit are able to do. Some pro track riders will attend to give some riding tips on how to pilot the RS200 and NS200 the best way possible. Just remember to bring your own appropriate complete riding gears such as helmet, gloves, jeans, riding jacket or better yet, a full suit. Modenas will be organising the Pulsar Power Test this Saturday (23 December 2017) at the Speedway PLUS Karting Circuit in Subang Jaya.From 10am to 6pm, those who attend will be able to test the Modenas Pulsar RS200 and NS200 in the track.Other activities include pro riding tips from racers, time attack, free check-ups for Pulsar owners, stunt shows and many more. From 10am to 6.00pm, even current owners of the Pulsar models can come to get their bikes checked by trained technicians (limited to the first 200 Pulsar bike owners). Other fun activities include a wicked stunt show, lucky draws, and announcement of the Pulsar Power test activities.Free up your schedule this Saturday the 23rd and head on over to the Speedway PLUS Karting Circuit located at the USJ Rest & Service Area, ELITE Highway (southbound).Did you know that the Modenas Pulsar RS200 and NS200 have two of the best “power-to-Ringgit” ratio? To know more, CLICK HERE.–Ads–last_img read more

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Gilmour Academy To Host “Skate for a Solution” Event To Raise Autism Awareness

first_imgGates Mills, Ohio – The Gilmour Academy Lancers will be hosting a “Skate for a Solution” game this Friday night to raise awareness for autism. The GA Boys Prep hockey team will face off against the defending 18-U AAA National Champions Pittsburgh Penguins Elite at 7:50 p.m. at the Gilmour Academy Ice Arena.Below is the official Press Release:                                         Gilmour Academy to Host Skate for a Solution GameGATES MILLS, Ohio, January 31, 2017 —The Gilmour Academy Athletic Department is hosting a Skate for a Solution game to raise awareness for autism on Friday, Feb. 3 as the Lancer boys prep hockey team hosts defending 18-U AAA national champion Pittsburgh Pens Elite at 7:50 p.m. at the Gilmour Academy Ice Arena.The night will also welcome the Cleveland Suburban Youth Hockey League as special guests for Youth Hockey Night.Admission to the event is donation-based, so all fans in attendance are encouraged to make a donation of their choosing to be given to the non-profit organization Autism Speaks to help the funding of research to find a cure for autism. A number of prizes will be given away throughout the evening. An honorary puck drop will take place at the start of the game and will feature Joey Nook, student from KidsLink and son of boys prep hockey assistant coach Joe Nook. There will also be an honorary Zamboni rider in between periods, Michael Hansen, student at Mayfield Middle School, brother of Gilmour eighth grader Mark Hansen ’21 and son of Lancer assistant softball coach Mandy Hansen.The Skate for a Solution game is the first for hockey however, Gilmour has hosted seven Swing for a Solution events in which the Lancer softball program raised money for Autism Speaks. This concept was the brainchild of Gilmour associate athletic director Kristy Booher Angelo, who saw an opportunity to show support for fellow softball coach Mandy Hansen and her autistic son.“Mandy and I have been best friends since we were 7-years old. We actually met playing softball and continue to play the sport on the same summer team to this day,” said Angelo. “What better way to show my support of her and her son through something we’ve shared together our entire lives.”As Angelo spread the word about the Swing for a Solution event, she and head boys prep coach Mike Chiellino got to talking about taking the concept to the ice. Prior to Gilmour, Chiellino worked for the Tradewinds Education Center in Rome, N.Y., which was a school for autistic children and students with special needs.“I had seen first-hand how underfunded the autism programs were while I was in New York,” said Chiellino. “So I understand the importance of not only raising money but also making others aware of this illness and all of the amazing kids who are working through this challenge.”Angelo and Chiellino both agree this is a great event for all involved.“We’re very blessed to have the opportunity to work and coach at a place where the students, staff, faculty and administration are so supportive of this cause, which is near-and-dear to us,” said Angelo. “Gilmour believes in serving others, and because of that, the community here has really embraced all of the events thus far. We’re hoping this one will be just as successful as the other games we’ve held on campus.”“I’m excited for our players to get involved with a cause and to learn they have the ability to make a difference using their passion,” said Chiellino.For the game, the Lancers will be donning stick tape with the traditional autism logo of the puzzle piece. Fans are encouraged to wear puzzle piece clothing or the color blue, which is commonly associated with autism.For fans unable to attend the game, but wishing to make a tax-deductible donation in honor of this event, please contact Kristy Booher Angelo at: booherk@gilmour.org.To find out more about  Autism Speaks, log on to: www.autismspeaks.org.To watch the game live online, go to www.gilmourlancers.com and click on the boys prep hockey schedule for a video link to the Feb. 3 Skate for a Solution Game.Gilmour Academy is a Catholic, independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school.  It is sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind., and offers a Montessori program beginning at 18-months-old and a Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. A boarding program is offered to students in Grades 7 through 12. It is located at 34001 Cedar Road in Gates Mills, Ohio. Isaac Pastranacenter_img Related TopicsAutism SpeaksGilmour AcademyPittsburgh Penguins Elitelast_img read more

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