first_imgAs expected, the brakes performed just as well off road as they do on, offering quiet, powerful stopping with plenty of modulation to keep it from locking up.Even with a solid few days of riding on the new group, this can still just be described as ‘first impressions’, but those first impressions were very positive. It’s hard to imagine that a road group could be that much better than what was already out there, or that it could be as versatile as the new Force eTap AXS group, but that seems to be exactly the case. Other than a 300g weight penalty that you can’t really feel on the bike, the group seems to truly offer RED level performance, just with a smaller price Up the road to Els ÀngelsWhile most of the rides were smaller groups doing their own thing following tracks laid out by Komoot, the big ride of the week was a massive group ride up to the 15th century hilltop outpost of Els Àngels. My ride? That would be the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc 9.0 Team CSR, obviously with a different build to include SRAM Force eTap AXS. Yes, technically this is the women’s model, but riders of both genders agreed it’s a good looking bike and there are only very slight tweaks to the geometry between it and the men’s version.Thanks to Christian Meier of The Service Course for leading the ride, and for the rental bike the next day so I could climb Rocacorba. If you’re in Girona and need a bike, guiding, coffee, or anything else, stop by the shop. Rolling into the Road Bike Connection event in Spain, small talk about the event quickly turned to product.“What do you think SRAM will be showing?”“It can’t be Force eTap AXS, right? They just launched RED eTap AXS!”But no. That was exactly what SRAM had on tap for us, in spite of the recent arrival of the newest RED group. And lucky for us, we were about to experience it first hand on some of the best roads Girona, Spain has to offer.As a first timer to Girona, I was in for a treat. While the bustling city center has all the trappings of an ancient European city that has since been thoroughly modernized, as soon as you pedal past the city’s core, you’re rewarded with stellar riding conditions. It’s no wonder that many pros and ex-pros alike have taken to calling Girona home.All Photos c. Road Bike Connection – Tristan CardewServing as our base camp for the week, the AC Hotel Palu de Bellavista is positioned at the top of a steep hill offering panoramic views of the city. The payment for those views however was a punishing climb back to the top at the end of every ride. Like the now defunct Press Camp in the U.S., Road Bike Connection is a unique event that brings together a number of brands to pitch new products to a large group of editors simultaneously. That meant a brand like SRAM could host meetings in the morning to discuss the finer points of the new Force eTap AXS group, and then hop on bikes to ride those parts all afternoon. This provided a few different chances for us to ride the group – both on gravel and on the road.center_img At just over 10km in length with an average gradient of 3%, the Els Àngels climb out of Girona is a fantastic way to start a ride, and provided a chance to familiarize ourselves with our bikes and the eTap AXS group. On my very first ride of the new group, two things were immediately apparent. First, I love the shape of the new hoods. I’ve always found the older SRAM Hydro hoods to be a bit boxy with hard edges where you wrap your fingers around the hood. These are much more sculpted with a great shape and a great texture to the hood cover itself. Second, I was surprised how quickly I took to the Blips mounted to the top of the bar. On long climbs, I noticed how much more I would shift to stay in the perfect gear. Without the ability to shift from the bar top, I normally wouldn’t shift as much since it would require a position change just to hit the button. I just can’t help myself. Admittedly, it took some time to get comfortable on the bike with a very bumpy, very fast descent down the backside of Els Àngels, but this was more a reflection of the fact that I’ve been riding a lot more gravel and MTB lately than pure road. But by the second descent, it was all coming back. And fast. Once you learn to trust the tires and the brakes, the Force group offers impressive control in terms of slowing you down. Compared to the SRAM HRD 1x goups I’ve been riding for a few years now, the new brakes are in another league in terms of smoothness, sound, and even modulation. The power comes on very consistently as you squeeze the lever which allows you to easily make small adjustments in speed, but if you need large amounts of power it’s there for you. Maybe just as importantly, the brakes were quiet – both when you were coasting and when you were braking hard. Hopefully this will continue as the brakes wear, but initial impressions were good.As the ride wrapped up, we wound our way through the idyllic country roads and back towards the city of Girona. All of the Force bikes tested were set up so that pushing the right shifter button moved the rear derailleur one way, and pushing the left shifter button made the derailleur move the opposite way. To shift the front derailleur, you push both shifter buttons at the same time to execute the shift. It’s the same default setting that SRAM eTap has always used, but it always requires a few shifts to reacclimate yourself to it, especially if you’re new to the group. Once you get it down though, it’s second nature. It also means that only one button is needed per shifter, which allows the individual buttons to be larger – which should men they’ll work better with bulky gloves in the winter or just riders with larger digits.Same group, different gravelEven though the majority of my time on the group was spent on the road, a good portion of it was also spent on Girona’s amazing gravel roads and paths. Seriously, this stuff is everywhere and with a bike like the Open U.P., you can explore to your heart’s content.Set up again with a 2×12 drivetrain, the Open was equipped with 650b wheels and WTB Byway 47mm tubeless tires (and obviously a smaller size for me than pictured above).That decision to equip the gravel bikes with 2×12 drivetrains is an interesting one – that might have been done on purpose. On many gravel bikes recently, I’ve been happy to run a 1x drivetrain for no other reason than the fact that they’re usually quieter and offer better chain retention.But something struck me while riding the eTap Open. The silence. This is definitely one of the quietest 2x drivetrains I’ve ridden off road, which seems to confirm SRAM’s claims of improvements. Between the Orbit fluid damper and the new chain, there was zero detectable chainslap or rattling, which made me very happy.I do think that for it to be a true contender for a gravel group lower gearing may be desired, but SRAM is coyly hinting at more mix and match “Beyond Road” options later this summer.Like the road, I found myself really liking the addition of the Blips to the bar tops which keeps you from having to move your hands from the bar to shift in bumpy situations. These were all mounted underneath the bar tape which looked clean and keeps the Blips protected, but it did make them a little harder to push. Really, you can mount them however or wherever you like though, so you can customize your set up. As mentioned in the first post, Force only has one Blip port per lever where as Red has two.last_img read more

first_imgPrairie Village Mayor Ron Shaffer said Monday that he will begin work soon to vet potential candidates to fill the remainder of ousted City Councilor David Morrison’s term.Ron ShafferAs mayor, Shaffer will put a nomination for a candidate to take the seat before the City Council. The nomination must then be confirmed by a majority of the 11 Councilors.Shaffer has gone through this process before during his tenure as mayor, though the vacancies in those cases were the result of personal decisions to step down from the governing body. He says that, as he has done in similar situations before, he is inviting people who feel they are qualified for the seat to express interest.“There are people we are already aware would be interested,” he said. “There are people other members of the council will know about. We’ll look at all of these candidates and have an interview process. And I’ll pick the person who I feel is best prepared to become a member of the council.”Shaffer said he would consider Nancy Wallerstein, who occupied Morrison’s seat before he challenged her in the 2008 election, as a candidate “if she expressed interest.” Wallerstein represented Ward 6 on the Prairie Village City Council for a number of years before moving out of the ward. Shaffer then appointed her to fill the Ward 5 seat after it became vacant.Shaffer hopes to have the current vacancy filled within a couple months. Ward 5’s other council seat will be up for election in April 2014, and Morrison said he is already considering running for the seat.As for the outcome of the case, Shaffer said he was “not surprised” by Judge David Hauber’s decision, but that it was “too bad that such an incident had to occur in our city.”“After reading the decision and the details of the fact finding that went into it, I do see how he came to the conclusion he did,” Shaffer said.last_img read more

first_imgFourth DCA JNC seeks judicial applications September 1, 2007 Regular News Fourth DCA JNC seeks judicial applications The Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Bobby W. Gunther.Applicants must have been members of The Florida Bar for the preceding 10 years, registered voters, and must reside in the territorial jurisdiction at the time of assuming office.Applications are available on The Florida Bar Web site,, or from the Paul O. Lopez, JNC Vice-Chair, 110 S.E. 6th Street, 15th Floor, Ft. Lauderdale 33301, pol@trippscott.comThe original completed application plus nine copies and all attachments must be delivered to Lopez no later than 5 p.m., September 22.last_img read more

first_imgPinterest Analysis of the results showed that peppermint tea significantly improved long term memory, working memory and alertness compared to both chamomile and hot water. Chamomile tea significantly slowed memory and attention speed compared to both peppermint and hot water.Dr Mark Moss said: “It’s interesting to see the contrasting effects on mood and cognition of the two different herbal teas. The enhancing and arousing effects of peppermint and the calming/sedative effects of chamomile observed in this study are in keeping with the claimed properties of these herbs and suggest beneficial effects can be drawn from their use.” Share on Facebook Peppermint tea can improve long-term and working memory and in healthy adults.This is the finding of a study by Dr Mark Moss, Robert Jones and Lucy Moss of Northumbria University who presented their research at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference in Nottingham.A total of 180 participants were randomly allocated to receive a drink of peppermint tea, chamomile tea or hot water. Before they consumed their drink they completed questionnaires relating to their mood. After a twenty minute rest the participants completed tests that assessed their memory and a range of other cognitive functions. Following the tests participants completed another mood questionnaire. Emailcenter_img Share Share on Twitter LinkedInlast_img read more

first_imgCDC steps down emergency operations for H7N9The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Jun 14 deactivated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) response to the novel H7N9 flu outbreak in China, the agency said today in a Twitter post. However, the CDC said it would continue to watch the H7N9 virus closely, given that flu is known for its constant changes and evolution.The number of new H7N9 cases in China has tailed off since early May, and flu experts suspect that the warmer weather and poultry market closures may have played a role. Chinese cities have stepped down their response activities. No new H7N9 cases have been reported from China since May 29, the CDC said. So far the outbreak total stands at 132 cases, with 39 deaths. The CDC had activated its EOC for the H7N9 outbreak on Apr 8, about a week after China reported its first cases. The action was designed to provide resources, logistical support, and quick communication with international partners.CDC Flu Twitter feed WHO puts H5N1 at ‘alert’ in pandemic phase systemFollowing the recent release of a new pandemic alert system, the World Health Organization (WHO) today posted a notice that said the current phase for H5N1 avian influenza is “alert,” the second notch on its four-tiered system.The “alert” phase signifies that a new influenza subtype has been identified and increased vigilance and risk assessment are warranted.The WHO unveiled the new alert system, which is designed to focus more on disease risk than geographic spread, on Jun 10. The new phases are meant to encourage countries to develop more flexible pandemic plans that are centered around the current national and local situation, the WHO said.Presumably, the world would be at “alert” level for new pathogens such as H7N9 influenza and the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), as well.WHO global phase alert for H5N1Jun 10 CIDRAP News story “WHO proposes new pandemic flu alert levels”last_img read more

first_imgAn independent expert group called together in the wake of the Ebola crisis to plot out ways to better prepare the world for the next global disease threat unveiled its findings today, among them a $4.5 billion yearly investment for better detection and response tools.Annual investments of that amount would be a bargain, compared with the estimated $60 billion per year in economic losses in a pandemic, according to the group, which was supported by eight major philanthropic and academic groups. The experts released their findings today at a briefing in New York City and published them on the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Web site, along with a related overview in today’s New England Journal of Medicine.The report joins others that looked at problems that tripped up the global Ebola response and comes the day before Liberia is slated to be free of the virus again, which would signal that transmission has ended in all three of the West Africa outbreak countries.The groups that convened and supported the expert commission include the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Ford Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ming Wai Lau, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, and Wellcome Trust.Called the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future (GHRF), the 17-member group was chaired by Peter Sands, MPA, senior fellow with the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. NAM staff assisted the team with its work, which included four workshops and the input of more than 250 experts, covering four main areas: financing, governance, health systems, and research and development.Risks and expendituresBreaking down their $4.5 billion annual preparedness estimate, the experts said $3.4 billion would be earmarked for public health system upgrades for low- and middle-income countries. Another $1 billion would be set aside to speed the development of drugs, vaccines, and other medical products to counter emerging threats.Sands said in a press release that that world has neglected pandemic preparedness investments. “Pandemics don’t respect national boundaries, so we have a common interest in strengthening our defenses against infectious diseases in every part of the world.”Preventing and preparing for potentially catastrophic pandemics is far more effective—and ultimately, far less expensive—than reacting to them when they occur, which they will.”In their report, the group predicted that at least one pandemic will occur over the next 100 years, and they put a 20% chance on four or more such events occurring in that time span.Global capabilities can’t compensate for health infrastructure gaps in individual countries, the team noted, pointing out that Uganda has shown that health and disease-containment systems can be strengthened, even when resources are scarce.They suggested that the World Health Organization (WHO) lead an effort to define and set core public health benchmarks by the end of 2016, then establish an independent system to monitor and ensure that countries are making progress toward meeting their benchmarks. Experts said the system would be public, so that countries, the public, and the financial sector could gauge their infectious disease risks. Country participation in the assessment system would come with World Bank support for health system improvements.In addition, the group sees a bigger leadership role for the WHO to coordinate international response to global disease threats. It recommended that the WHO set up a Center for Health Emergency Preparedness and Response by the end of the year, with oversight from an independent technical board and funding from member states.Last year other groups recommended that the WHO set up a unified center to coordinate outbreak response. They included the WHO’s independent panel led by Dame Barbara Stocking and another effort headed by Peter Piot, MD, PhD, one of the scientists who helped discover the Ebola virus in 1976.The GHRF commission also sees a leadership role for the WHO in research and development and recommended that it set up an independent Pandemic Product Development Committee to prioritize and coordinate the efforts.Reactions to today’s reportVictor Dzau, MD, NAM president and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said in a statement that one of the report’s strengths is the global preparedness cost projections. “Importantly, it boldly assigns dollar figures and timelines to its recommendations. I believe this report is exactly what is needed to drive progress in this critical issue of global health and security.”In a statement of support today posted on the GHRF Web site, Dame Sallie Davies, MD, chief medical officer of the UK Department of Health, said she welcomed the report, especially its emphasis on strengthening local health systems. “I hope that the WHO will build on this report, alongside the other recent reviews, to continue their important reform work that that is already underway,” she said.Larry Summers, an economist who was US treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, introduced the report today at the New York City briefing and lauded its focus in a blog post today. He put the threat of pandemics over the next century on par with that from global climate change.Summers said he and his colleagues have calculated what the cost would be for a repeat of the 1918 pandemic, which they will publish soon. They project that global cost for such an event would approach $1 trillion a year.”This underscores the urgency of doing all that can be done to counter pandemic risks,” Summers wrote.See also:Jan 13 GHRF reportGHRF report portalJan 13 NAS press releaseJan 13 N Engl J Med reportJul 7 CIDRAP News story “WHO independent panel calls out Ebola response flaws”Nov 19 CIDRAP News story “Panel suggests separate WHO subgroup for outbreaks”Jan 13 Larry Summers blog postlast_img read more

first_imgMartin Schoeller, left, with Yad Vashem Chair Avner Shalev have embarked on a commemorative project to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. As Holocaust survivors continue to age, this may be one of the last opportunities to record their images. Courtesy/YVYad Vashem News:Throughout 2020, the world will be marking the 75th anniversary to the end of World War II. Starting Jan. 27, 2020, which is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, perhaps one of the most iconic symbols of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center will be involved with several different events taking place on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, internationally as well as virtually online.World Holocaust Forum 2020: World leaders to gather at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to fight antisemitismAs the world prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Yad Vashem is set to host some of the most prominent world leaders and heads of state from North America, Europe and Australia at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, taking place Jan. 23, 2020, at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The event, titled “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism,” is being organized by the World Holocaust Forum Foundation, in cooperation with Yad Vashem, under the auspices of the President of the State of Israel, H.E. Mr. Reuven Rivlin.President of Russia H.E. Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of France H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of Germany H.E. Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and President of Italy H.E. Mr. Sergio Mattarella, leaders from the U.S. and U.K. are included in the some 35 world leaders who have thus far confirmed their attendance at this historic event. The World Holocaust Forum is slated to take place against the background of a rise in hateful and violent expressions of antisemitism. This alarming situation makes this event more crucial and relevant than ever, and strengthens the importance of efforts to educate about the dangers of antisemitism, racism and xenophobia, and foster Holocaust commemoration and research worldwide.Survivors: Faces of Life after the HolocaustYad Vashem and award-winning portrait photographer Martin Schoeller have joined together to create a meaningful commemorative project portraying 75 Holocaust survivors from Israel. The project includes a photo book containing 75 portraits and the survivors’ messages to the next generations, and includes forwards by Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev and former President of Germany Joachim Gauck. In addition, a photography exhibition will open Jan. 21, 2020 in Germany in the presence of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This impactful exhibition is being offered for display in museums throughout the World.I-Remember WallFacebook International is joining forces with Yad Vashem to promote the IRemember Wall on its platform for the first time in six languages.Yad Vashem will upload the IRemember Wall, a unique online commemorative project in six languages that provides people all over the world with an opportunity to engage in interactive and dynamic commemoration of victims of the Holocaust. Each participant will be randomly linked to the name of one of the more than 4,800,000 Jewish men, women and children found in Yad Vashem’s Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names. They also will have the option of sharing the individual they’ve been paired with via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.last_img read more

first_imgBellone, Cuomo Cautiously OptimisticWednesday, April 8, New York reported a new high in deaths related to COVID-19, but the rate has slowed, and that passed for good news.Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday there was a “possible flattening of the curve” after the total number of hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions, and daily intubations fell. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Suffolk County hasn’t seen flattening yet, but believes the county is a couple days away.It’s been one month since the first death was reported in Suffolk.Long Island had more than 37,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and nearly 1,000 deaths as of April 10.In the last 72 hours, among the fatalities were two nurses who tested positive. They died in different Suffolk County hospitals. One was a 63-year-old at Huntington Hospital and the other was an intensive care unit nurse in Brookhaven.Bellone described the situation as “heartbreaking, intense, and unprecedented.” U.S. drug maker Pfizer Inc. announced Thursday, April 9 it may be onto something — a treatment for COVID-19. The company stressed early data has helped identify a drug candidate with the potential to help treat infected patients.Pfizer also finalized a plan to develop a novel coronavirus vaccine in partnership with German drug maker BioNTech. Trials could begin this month, although U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval typically takes a considerable amount of time.Pfizer’s Chief Scientific Officer and President of Worldwide Research, Development, and Medical Mikael Dolsten said in a Reuters interview the coronavirus treatment came from 2003 research, when SARS-CoV-2 struck. Share UnemploymentOver 16.8 million American workers filed for unemployment insurance in the past three weeks, a record. This week, the 6.8 million was the highest weekly total in the country’s history. The U.S. unemployment rate in April could hit 15 percent — a number last seen at the end of the Great Trump’s Hunting Plan Gets Mixed ReviewPresident Donald Trump and his administration plan to open 2.3 million acres of land for hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries under a proposal unveiled Wednesday aimed at giving Americans more recreational access. The plan earned applause from several hunting and fishing groups, but one conservation organization called it “tone deaf” to needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, where social distancing remains a major objective to stop the spread.There were no New York sanctuaries on the initial list of refuges being considered, but the proposal would allow fishing for the first time at several wildlife refuges.“America’s hunters and anglers now have something significant to look forward to in the fall as we plan to open and expand hunting and fishing opportunities across more acreage nationwide than the entire state of Delaware,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgThe Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, and the International Renewable Energy Agency have formalized a collaboration that will help accelerate the global deployment of renewable energy. The jointly-led Renewable Energy Policy Advice Network (REPAN) will leverage both organizations’ resources by coordinating a global network of experts and practitioners to help countries design and implement renewable energy policies and programs.“This collaboration benefits policymakers looking for support to implement policies and programs designed to increase their countries’ deployment of renewable energy,” said Jonathan Pershing, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Policy and Technology, Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. “By taking a coordinated approach to renewable energy policy assistance, our collaboration will ultimately increase the implementation of renewable energy policies throughout the world.” “As renewable energy costs continue to fall and new markets open up, policymakers around the world are looking for the most effective policies and regulatory frameworks to scale up renewables,” said IRENA Director General Adnan Z. Amin. “This partnership will put the latest thinking and best practices in renewable energy policy in the hands of key stakeholders, helping countries commit to concrete actions that advance renewable energy deployment.”Under REPAN, advice and assistance will be available in several distinct areas:Delivering no-cost, fast-response consultations – often through on-site assistance – on renewable energy policy and program strategies, regulations and standards through the Solutions Center’s “Ask an Expert” service, and expanding the service to include additional experts from developing countries;Providing expert assistance for Renewables Readiness Assessments (RRAs) conducted in eight countries each year;Providing expert assistance for developing renewable energy and grid integration roadmaps in Africa, Asia and Latin America; andProviding expert assistance for establishing stable regulatory frameworks that encourage deployment of renewable energy.REPAN was formally announced by Director General Amin on 7 January 2013 during the Third IRENA Assembly. Since its inception, policy experts and practitioners have provided support for RRAs in Mongolia, Mauritania and Nicaragua; reviewed country renewable energy development plans; provided support to Africa and South Pacific island nations on developing renewable energy targets; and reviewed guidelines for detailed wind resource measurements.A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for REPAN was established between IRENA and the Solutions Center’s operating agent, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and NREL’s managing and operating contractor, the Alliance for Sustainable Energy.Press Release, May 22, 2014; Image: metofficelast_img read more

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more