first_img Finance and Policy Eskom Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, Jabu Mabuza Eskom’s new board is not taking a back seat in the management of South Africa’s state-owned utility, whipping it into shape.Yesterday, the utility’s board chairperson, Jabu Mabuza, took an aggressive stance threatening Eskom’s employees who conduct business with the power utility with dismissal.He has given 10 days for the power utility’s staff to end their business contracts with Eskom or resign from the company.​“We cannot have Eskom people [staff] supplying to Eskom,” said Mabuza.“Either you choose to be an employee or a supplier. For all those doing this, we are giving you 10 days to come clean or face termination,” he challenged.Jabu Mabuza instilling corporate governanceThis stern warning was given yesterday during a visit to Eskom’s head office in Johannesburg by parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises.The committee praised the board and said it is encouraged by the decisions it is taking since being appointed on 22 January, but is still concerned about the power utility’s liquidity.The meeting’s objective was to establish a working relationship between board and management to ensure the viability of the company.The board assured the committee that it was dealing with governance challenges.“The resignations and suspensions of senior managers that oversaw the decline at the company attest to the urgency that the board and the acting group chief executive officer have placed in dealing with these challenges,” said the committee.The portfolio committee is hopeful that investors will recognise the work being done by the new board and new senior management.It raised concern over the R20 billion ($1.7 billion) in arrears, which municipalities owe Eskom. The committee intends to engage with the portfolio committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs to find solutions.The comings and goings at EskomSince the board’s appointment, there have been three resignations, three terminated contracts and two suspensions.These include Anoj Singh, who resigned as chief financial officer and Prish Govender who resigned as acting head of group capital.Sean Maritz, the former acting chief executive officer of Eskom, was placed on permanent suspension on Wednesday. Maritz had been temporarily suspended from the power utility last Friday.Eskom also suspended group head of generation Matshela Koko on Wednesday. Four charges have been laid against him, including one that he misled Parliament when he appeared before the portfolio committee for the Eskom Inquiry. Read more: Interim financial results: Eskom not out of the woods yetFeatured image: Jabu Mabuza. Source: Moneyweb UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Previous articleS.Africa: Tshwane Mayor clamps down on city crimeNext articleRenewables could lower India’s energy mix dependence on water ESI Africa RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Generation BRICS AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector last_img read more

first_imgEmotional intelligence (EI) is the ability or power to be aware of, limit the intensity of, and express one’s emotions, and to manage interpersonal relationships with good judgement, and in a way that shows an ability to understand and share the feelings of another. There is an “ability” model by Salovey and Mayer, Goleman’s “performance-based” model, the Bar-On model of emotional-social intelligence (ESI), which have different components of EI, however these components mainly involve how we perceive emotions, raise awareness of emotions, recognise, regulate and release emotions judiciously and empathetically, that is to say the four main components of EI are self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness, and social skills. One can always learn how to better conscious knowledge of one’s own character and feelings, regulate oneself without intervention from external entities, understand other people and take them along and develop skills required for successful social interaction. Emotions can be studied, experienced and taught, hence they are developable assets.last_img read more

first_imgEducation & ExperienceBachelor’s degree required with 5 years experience in aposition involving grants administration, preferably in auniversity setting.Preferred RequirementsMasters degree.Financial ResponsibilitiesThis position is integral to the management of approximately115 active grant awards totaling $32 million and of approx. 300internal grants totaling $4.3 million.Physical RequirementsAbility to travel easily between the Loop and Lincoln Parkcampuses, as needed.  Ability to work at a computer for longperiods of time.       Certifications/LicensesCRA (Certified Research Administrator) designation preferredOther Skills & Abilities RequiredMastery of a wide range of DePaul business processes andprocedures. Mastery of federal and non-federal funding agency policies andprocedures. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially in afast-paced environment. Demonstrated ability to make decisions, be self-motivated, andwork independently. Demonstrated ability to handle the setup of and assist with themanagement of large, complex grant awards. Demonstrated ability to conduct advanced database searches andconduct data analysis. Demonstrated ability to use enterprise software such asOracleCloud.   This position is integral to the successful management ofapproximately 115 active external grant awards at DePaul, totaling$32 million, and 300 active internal grant awards totaling $4.3million. Responsibilities & DutiesSenior Grants and Contracts Specialists may be assigned topre-award or post-award or a combination of the two, depending uponthe needs of the office.  Sets up internal and external grant awards–including complex,multi-year awards–using Blackbaud and the BlueSky FinancialManagement system. As part of this process: Works with multiple proposal and award documents in a range offormats, identifying and abstracting key information regarding theproject.  Using this information creates an award profile for use bygrants staff across multiple offices throughout the award lifecycle.  In creating the profile, tracks issues that will posechallenges for grants administration, including intellectualproperty issues, cost-sharing, conflicts of interest, and pre-awardspending.  Reconfigures the project budget, translating it into DePaul’sbudget categories and reconciling proposal, award, and DePaulbudgets to ensure consistency and accuracy.  Works with the PI, as needed, to revise the budget and scope ofwork in those cases where the amount requested exceeds the amountawarded, secures PI/Chair/Academic Unit approval for reconfiguredbudget and scope of work as relevant, and communicates adjustmentsmade at the point of award to the sponsor.With reference to the proposal and award documents, identifiesand enters project milestones for which DePaul will be responsibleas a first step toward assuring compliance with these requirements. Works with the Manager of Restricted Accounting (externalgrants) and Financial Affairs (internal grants) to finalize grantaward setups and issues the Notices of Grant awards to recipients,and coordinates with ORS staff responsible for personnelactions. Updates BlueSky records when extensions or other awardmodifications are issued by the sponsor, adjusting milestones andother fields as needed, and issues memos on the new award terms tothe PI, academic unit, and Restricted Accounting.  Schedules and conducts one-to-one orientation sessions for newPIs that introduce them to grants management and focus on thechallenges presented by their internal and external awards. As partof this process: Covers special requirements established by their awardagreements, by sponsor policy, or by federalregulations. Reviews strategies and institutional procedures for dealingwith challenging, complex grants management issues that pertain tothe award.    Goes over reporting requirements and procedures, includingroles and responsibilities involving the preparation and submissionof programmatic and technical reports. Provides individualized instruction, as needed, on grantsmanagement skills such as reading and reconciling budgetreports. Provides ongoing technical support and problem resolution to PIsacross the university such as the following: Reviews budget reports from Restricted Accounting and, ifneeded, work with PIs to select and implement solutions incooperation with Restricted Accounting.   Reallocates employee compensation and other expenses duringgrant closeout, as needed.Determines the financial status of grant accounts and workswith PIs to resolve fiscal issues and challenges.  Coordinates a tracking and notification system that focuses ongrant award milestones such as progress reports, conflict ofinterest disclosures, and end dates. This activity includes runningmilestone reports for Advancement or other units as applicable,monthly, or on as a needed basis.Using Blackbaud and BlueSky reporting functions prepares anddisseminates lists of active grants and new awards of ORS staff,Advancement, and Academic Affairs and assists Directors incompiling post-award information for internal and external grantsfor inclusion in ORS’s annual report.Performs other duties as assigned. Multicultural StatementAt DePaul University, we are looking for candidates who want tojoin us in our mission to provide access to education for all.Successful candidates welcome ideas and perspectives fromcolleagues and students representing a wide variety of cultures,backgrounds, religious beliefs, and experiences. We seekcollaborative, open-minded and hard working professionals to workin a real world urban learning environment. Are you exceptional,yet modest and open to challenges? We seek achievers and leadersthat want to bring their passion and skills to our well-respectedcommunity of approachable colleagues. Build your career withus. General Summary Additional InformationFor consideration, please include a resume and cover letter.Salary & Benefits Package:DePaul offers a comprehensive package including competitive pay andbenefits to attract and retain the best talent in order to furtherthe University’s mission. For more information, please visit thefollowing pages:Full BenefitsPart-Time BenefitsRequired Background Check:Employment at DePaul University is contingent on passing abackground check. Only final candidates who are extended an offerof employment will undergo a background check.Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you willalso be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated ReporterStatus at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to makea report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonablecause to believe that a child known to them in their professionalor official capacity may be abused or neglected. For moreinformation, please visit the following pages:Illinois Department of Children & Family Services(DCFS)Illinois Abused and Neglected Child ReportingActTitle IX Contact InformationFederal Title IX policy requires that all colleges and universitiesmake known the contact information for the person responsible forcoordinating its efforts to comply with Title IX responsibilities.At DePaul University, the Title IX Coordinator is Kathryn Statz.Her office is located in Lincoln Park on the 3rd floor of theStudent Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue. She can be reached at312-362-8970, or [email protected] University is an Equal Opportunity / AffirmativeAction employer. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, color,ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,national origin, age, marital status, physical or mentaldisability, protected veteran status, genetic information or anyother legally protected status, in accordance with applicablefederal, state and local EEO laws.last_img read more

first_imgA Surrey bus operator, locked out of its yard, has now resumed normal services.Staff arriving at Buses Excetera’s rented depot at Merstham, near Redhill, early on 8 March discovered the gates locked, and a bailiffs’ notice posted..Unable to access the vehicles, O-Licences or offices, its services did not operate over the weekend.Initial reports attributed to the company said that an “act of vandalism” was being blamed for non-operation. As a result of the bailiffs’ action, the firm’s website also stopped working.The firm now says that the issue arose as a result of a civil dispute about the premises’ lease. It has not commented on the reason for the dispute.Buses Excetera – the trading name of BETC Ltd, which has a 25-vehicle O-Licence – swiftly hired a variety of buses and operated most of its routes, a mixture of commercial and contracted, from Monday 10 March.It says it obtained dispensation from VOSA to operate without displaying its O-Licence discs, which were still on the buses trapped in the yard.The dispute was resolved on Thursday (13 March), when access to the yard was regained and services returned to normal.The firm, incorporated in March 2013, is owned by Group Operations Manager Adam Smith, and runs 11 bus routes in the Guildford, Dorking, Epsom, Woking and Cobham areas, alongside five schools services. It was a buyout by Mr Smith of the bus operation of Coaches Excetra, which is now a seperate operation based in Croydon.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2000 Coca-Cola 600 was a Memorial Day weekend that Matt Kenseth will never forget. It was a rookie battle between Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the longest race of the season, which was made even longer due to rain.RELATED: 2000 Coca-Cola 600 results | Matt Kenseth driver page and statsEarnhardt Jr. looked like the car to beat. He started from the pole and led six different times. But after dominating most of the race, his crew made a poor adjustment on the final pit stop and he couldn’t challenge Kenseth for the victory.Kenseth, who started 21st, came back from deeper in the field than any other previous winner at the time. He used two quick pit stops to put himself into contention for the win and passed leader Bobby Labonte on Lap 375.After taking the checkered flag, Kenseth circled back around the track and cut doughnuts in the grass on the Coca-Cola logo.Kenseth is back racing in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020– this time with Chip Ganassi Racing in the No. 42 Chevrolet. Relive his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in this Classic NASCAR Full Race Replay.last_img read more

first_imgRising Denver, CO-based live-electronic trio Nobide has been garnering acclaim over the last two years with a steady stream of single releases. Powered by Nick Vann‘s edgy production, drummer Matt McElwain‘s driving rhythms, and saxophonist Tanner Fruit’s affinity for jazz and texture, Nobide’s dedicated fanbase has grown exponentially with each successive new track.The latest track from Nobide arrives on streaming platforms on Friday, July 19th in the form of “In The Night”, a dynamic, dancey-yet-dream-like vamp that evokes equal parts Genesis and Chromeo. Rowdy enough for dancefloors and deep enough for solitary headphone reflection, “In The Night” marks yet another big step forward for the fledgling trio.You can stream “In The Night” on the platform of your choice here.Nobide – “In The Night”Recorded in their home studio and mixed at Evergroove Studios in Evergreen, CO, “In The Night” was initially meant to be a trap song. However, when they sat down to record, they started playing some Phil Collins—and the rest is history.As producer Nick Vann explains to Live For Live Music, “’In The Night’ has a groove we’ve been digging and exploring for a minute, a balance of weird and fun and straight jam. We’re stoked to get this out and to see what comes next.”Today, Live For Live Music is thrilled to premiere the new music video for Nobide’s “In The Night” ahead of the track’s official release on Friday. Check it out below:Nobide – “In The Night” [Official Music Video][Video: Nobide]Nobide sold out their first-ever Denver headlining show earlier this year after having supported nationally touring local favorite acts like The Floozies, Michal Menert, and SunSquabi in the past. After making serious waves at Summer Camp Music Festival and Sonic Bloom, Nobide was quickly added to an already robust 20th-Anniversary Camp Bisco Music Festival lineup, where the band plans to debut their new single live this weekend.For more information on Nobide and a list of upcoming performances, head to their website here.last_img read more

first_imgDavid Byrne is starting the new year by sharing some of his favorite orchestral jazz performances with a new playlist published by the rock singer earlier this week.Titled, “DAVID BYRNE PRESENTS: ORCHESTRAL JAZZ,” Byrne’s list of orchestral-based song recommendations was posted to the blog on his website, and is comprised of famous names from throughout the history of jazz including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and more.Related: David Byrne Launches ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’ Online Publication“I’ve been watching and enjoying the Ken Burns doc series on Jazz,” Byrne said in the copy portion of his blog post shared on New Year’s Day. “Lots of folks carp about omissions and biases in this and his Country music series, but overall it’s a pretty good overview and with lots of context. Jazz, like any musical genre, was shaped by external forces- race, wars, technology, economics, laws- it both reflected and was molded by all of that.”Byrne continued in saying, “I cannot judge. But it is true the room for improvisation is more limited in these pieces, but other qualities come to the fore- sonic worlds on a par with anything classical composers were doing.”Byrne’s playlist includes Miles Davis’ “Miles Ahead” and “Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)”, Duke Ellington And His Orchestra‘s “The Queen’s Suite: Lightning Bugs And Frogs”, Ornette Coleman & London Symphony Orchestra‘s “Skies of America”, Charlier Parker’s “Just Friends”, Oliver Nelson‘s “Stolen Moments”, and Moondog‘s “Symphonique #6 (Good For Goodie)”, just to name a few.Byrne’s jazz initiative to start off his new year turns the page on what was a very successful 2019 for the Talking Heads singer. Although there doesn’t appear to be a Talking Heads reunion in the near future, Byrne did spend last year bringing his American Utopia Tour to Broadway in late October, and will look to launch an “immersive experience” in Denver, CO this coming summer.Scroll down for the full list of artists and songs included in Byrne’s new jazz-inspired playlist.David Byrne Presents: Orchestral Jazz“Miles Ahead” – Miles Davis“Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)” [Master] – Miles Davis“What Reason Could I Give” – Ornette Coleman“The Queen’s Suite: Lightning Bugs And Frogs” – Duke Ellington And His Orchestra“Oclupaca” – Duke Ellington and His Orchestra“Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance)” – Duke Ellington“Skies of America” – Ornette Coleman & London Symphony Orchestra“The Good Life” – Ornette Coleman & London Symphony Orchestra“Just Friends” – Charlie Parker“The Blue Necklace” – The Modern Jazz Quartet“The Jasmin Tree” (2010 Remaster) – The Modern Jazz Quartet“Stolen Moments” – Oliver Nelson“Overture” – Duke Ellington“Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy)” – Duke Ellington“We Shall Overcome” – Charlie Haden“Thelonious” (Complete Version Bonus Track) – Thelonious Monk Orchestra“Symphonique #6 (Good For Goodie)” [Instrumental] – MoondogView David Byrne Playlistlast_img read more

first_imgMIDLOTHIAN, Texas — A 39-year-old city of Seminole paramedic has been charged with possession and Internet transmission of child pornography. Represented by Odessa attorney Scott Tidwell, John Eric Gilliam appeared in U.S. Magistrate Court Monday and was released on a $10,000 bond.For the complete story, click here.last_img

first_imgAs we rode them, each iteration seemed very capable riding on cobbles, asphalt, gravel, and dirt. But with a very stiff overall feel to the frame and especially the fork, the bike was very dependent on the wheelset whenever we left smooth surfaces. We felt that the harsh-riding 27mm deep aluminum house-brand wheels and stiff tires were actually a major detriment to the ride of the bike as they were overly jarring. When we swapped in a traditional low-profile clincher with supple tires, and even more so when we tried a set of box-section tubulars and file-tread cross tires, the bike really turned into something fun and altogether different. It really wasn’t that the stock wheels and tires were so uncomfortable, but we just didn’t feel the smooth ride you would expect from a 35mm wide tire even at fairly low pressures. When we rode the bike with 23mm tires, we were more accepting of the rougher feel, but this bike is made for fat rubber.The benefit of the bike design truly is fast handling combined with tire clearance for up to 35mm tires. It seems a shame to ever ride a small tire on it. The time we spent on the urban, flat-bar iteration with 23mm tires was a constant worry about picking the smoothest line across cobblestones and even paying attention to every gap in the asphalt. When we rode the bike with Panaracer Paselas or Challenge Grifo XSes, we were always looking for an adventure. The steep angles and the bike’s stiffness made it fast and always feel efficient, but wide supple tires made it fun. The location of the rear brake was in fact a bit problematic. Cable routing under the bottom bracket and the brake release behind the chainring made us struggle to adjust the brake or disconnect it to remove the rear wheel. This became annoying after a couple of wheel changes, and luckily the brake hardware is symmetrical, so we flipped the noodle so you could disconnect the brake from the non-driveside. While not totally eliminating the issue, it made wheel changes no worse than normal. Right after the flip, the bike made a weird noise that we quickly realized was the cable end brushing the back of the chainring. Again a simple thing to fix, but another complication of bottom bracket mounted brakes (unfortunately an issue on many bikes recently.)What didn’t get solved was how to adjust or swap brake pads. We tested a set of carbon wheels on the bike and needed to exchange brake pads, but struggled to try to put different pads in the cartridge holders. Then when we had to adjust a crooked pad, we had to scratch our heads to figure out how to get to the bolt without taking off the chainring. A little trial-and-error worked for us, but was a bit of a pain.As for braking issues, the word on the street is that FABike are looking to develop a disc brake bike in the next year, so all of these braking concerns will definitely go out the window, with the next major update. The top tube port, internal routing meant cables needed pretty long loops for low friction and to accommodate an inline barrel adjuster. Aesthetically it wasn’t ideal and we chose not to mess with the internal routing, but it meant that I couldn’t put my GPS on the stem without cables blocking my view. An out-front mount later solved the issue, but the big cable loops did stand out.Tire and mud clearance was pleasantly surprising. While FABike claims a 35mm tire should fit fine, the bike is very clearly not a cyclocross bike. We did however stick some 33mm file tread tubulars on the bike and hit the trails. Definitely not a bike for muddy trail exploring, it fared quite well in the occasional mud we found. Just a few mm all around we wouldn’t suggest any overly knobby tire, or anything bigger than a 33. But I got the feeling that any type of terrain or trail conditions that you could comfortably ride with Challenge’s Grifo XS file tread tire was perfectly suited for the FABike’s capabilities. The majority of our time was spent on a 1×10 SRAM Force/Rival mixed group with house-brand cockpit and wheels. We spent the majority of our time on the bike riding dirt and gravel roads, plus a sizable amount of singletrack, all stitched together with asphalt. We also mixed in a bit of city commuting, with lots of cobblestones and tram tracks. But we also had a chance to ride a Gates belt-drive singlespeed version with a narrow riser bar and a singlespeed-specific house-brand wheelset, and a 1×10 bike set up with a medium width riser. It is important to note that they all are the exact same frameset (including brakes), and all were primarily equipped with the same in-house wheel builds. We never rode one with a front derailleur, but when you buy the bike the bolt on mount is included, plus a modular cable stop for the internal routing to accommodate 1, 2, or 3 cables. The flexibility is a trait that we debated back and forth the merits of. Realistically most FABike owners aren’t likely to often swap between different bars or gearing setups. It is just too much of a hassle as it would be on any bike. That said, several of my personal bikes have stayed with me over the years specifically because they adapted as my riding changed. A geared mountain bike became a rigid singlespeed. A geared cross bike became a fixed commuter, then a singlespeed townie and occasional polo bike. These changes happen over time, so the FABike makes sense as an exercise in future-proofing your investment. In the short term the bike shines with more than one wheelset. We had a blast on the trail with a set of old used road tubular wheels that we glued some file treads onto; and it was nice to quickly swap in some soft 28mm clinchers to hit the road for longer rides, whether they were asphalt, gravel, or dirt. The bike did have some issues that we would like to see addressed in future updates (and from our discussions with the FABike team, we’re pretty confident that some of them are already being addressed in upcoming versions.) Probably our only real pet peeve about the bike after spending a lot of time riding it on rough surfaces was how loud it was. Specifically, two issues bothered us: loud chain slap on the chainstay and a persistent rattling from the thumb adjustment dials on the sliding rear dropouts. Both are pretty simple fixes, by say including a full-wrap neoprene chainstay guard and probably just putting a good coating of threadlocker on the dropout adjusters. But without a solution, the big carbon tubes transmit noise really well and it took quite a while to diagnose the dropout hardware noise.The sliding vertical dropouts worked well for us, never slipping or creaking. We always used them in their 130mm orientation, but they stayed put where we left them. Again worth noting, due to the very wide aluminum slider dropouts quick releases for mountain (135mm) spacing are required.center_img It’s been more than half a year since we introduced you to our test of the multi-surface FABike road bike. During that time we had the chance to spend a few months with the bike, but also had a couple of separate occasions to meet up with the bike’s designer and sales director to do a bit of riding with the FABike team. This let us talk a bit more about what we though of the bike, to really get a good hands-on experience of the bike in several of its different setup iterations, and to discuss how the company is going forward with the bike. One topic that might interest our readers is the good discount on their current stock through the month of March.Follow me across the break, and find more details and see our overall thoughts of the bike…Details & Actual WeightAll the bikes we had been testing in the last half year were the 2014/15 model, what I would call version 1.3. FABike is a small company and as such hasn’t needed to give in to the typical yearly product cycle, but has been able to update the bike as they refine certain elements. The version we had is very much the same bike as was developed out of their Kickstarter project, but has seen some refinements to the drop-out and braking systems, both of which are pretty integral to the frameset. The selection of linear pull brakes and their location also brought about some annoyances for us in long-term use, although it was something we got used to. The nature of linear pull brakes and road levers results in very limited brake pad clearance/retraction. This meant that when swapping wheels, we had to readjust the brake cable for rims that varied more than 1or 2 mm. And we quickly learned of several out-of-true spots on an older rim that had spun freely on a canti-equipped bike. So we had to true the wheels, which was probably long overdue anyway.While some might question the positioning of brakes as an aerodynamic decision, in the end it was more about delivering clean lines and the ability to use up to 35mm tires. Even most long reach road calipers won’t clear such big tires, and the mounts for these semi-hidden v-brakes disappear for those who build the bike fixed with 1 or no brakes. And linear pull brakes do provide very good stopping power. We were quite satisfied with the braking performance. Modulation was fine even off road, and power was great. The drop bar bike that we spent the most time on weighed in at 7.59kg (16lb 12oz) in a size L without pedals (but with a 55g bottle cage) including the fat 35mm Schwalbe Marathon tires. The frameset sells for €2390/$2590 and includes: frame, fork, brakes, headset, seat clamp, and all the spare parts needed to create every possible configuration. FABike typically sells the bike as a frameset, because with their relatively small volumes and varied setups they really don’t get excellent OEM component pricing. That being said, since they aren’t tied in to a single spec they are happy to do custom builds for interested customers.Our test bike paired a SRAM 10speed Rival rear derailleur, a SRAM Force crankset with FABikes’s own single front chainring, and SRAM non-series brake levers with a single rear shifter. Bar and stem were provided by Deda, while seatpost and saddle were house branded.The Toray T800 carbon frames and forks are designed to be rather stiff, and combined with rather aggressive geometry (73.5° headtube/74.5° seattube for M and L frames) to give the bike the fast handling of a traditional road bike. Slightly longer wheelbases to accommodate extra tire clearance then give back some ride stability. The bikes are available in 5 sizes based on toptube length and also come in 5 color finishes.About the discount, FABike has a promotion going on until the end of March to move out their carry-over 2014 stock. They are offering 30% off of framesets they have in stock, plus free international shipping. That drops the entry down to just €1673/$1813 delivered worldwide. Act fast and get in contact with them to find one in your size.Ride Review We spent a lot of time with the bike on dirt and gravel roads. Before cyclocross season took off here last fall, the FABike was really our go-to adventure road bike. Combing road geometry and carbon stiffness, it really was a greet option for covering long mixed-surface rides with a lot of asphalt. We do the majority of our road riding on cyclocross bikes, because almost every great ride ends up on gravel roads and very often on singletrack (and the central Europe roads can be pretty rough.) With a cross bike we deal with slower handling for the bulk of a ride, just to have the fat tires and mud clearance that we need for those shorter off-road sections. With the FABike, we get the fast handling we want for long less technical sections, plus the big tires and clearance for when it gets rough. The steep angles do require a bit more attention off-road when the trail gets tight, but with our technical off-road background it never was a problem. The bike does demand a bit of bike handling skill at slower speeds, in tight and twisty, or steep terrain. We would not really suggest it for someone new to riding off-road. But that clearly makes this a mountain biker’s road bike, capable to ride almost any surface, and able to adapt as your riding style does.Our thanks to Eva Fišerová photography for the city riding photos.FABike.itlast_img read more

first_imgby John McClaughry Once again, following the horrific shooting in Orlando, the advocates of gun control are in full voice. Congressional Democrats have even conducted an unprecedented sit-in and shoutfest to stop the workings of the House of Representatives. The difficulty the Democrats face is that, stripped of the emotion and politically driven posturing, their legislative demands either flagrantly violate the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens, or are hopelessly ineffective and unenforceable against would-be terrorists and mass murderers.Take the Universal Background Check. Omar Mateen, the ISIS-supporting Muslim who killed 49 at an Orlando nightclub, purchased his weapons lawfully by passing a background check. The Democrats say we need to find lots more reasons to disqualify “people who shouldn’t have guns”, and require checks for every transfer, without exception.How would the Federal government ‘s functionaries identify the new “people who shouldn’t have guns”, so as to include Mateen?  “Reasonable suspicion”, a criterion that liberals strongly opposed when it took the form of the New York City “stop and frisk” law and “driving while black” on I-95.Amy Goodman, the national spokesperson for the left wing organization Democracy Now!, gives us a clue. She interviewed the leader of the gun confiscation movement in Australia, where there is no constitutional protection for firearms owners.Goodman quoted Rebecca Baker as saying, “A crucial part of the new laws is proper checking of the background of people who are applying to have guns. It’s not only domestic violence, it’s about depression and abuse, and many other factors [that] can make a person at risk of violence, not to mention people who are vehemently racist or resentful.”Donald Trump echoes this view, when he said that people who “have even an inclination toward terrorism cannot buy weapons, guns.”In the hands of people like Goodman (and Obama), the “no buy” list is likely to end up including hundreds of thousands of people who were ever rumored to have been treated for depression, or had a vocal argument with his or her significant other, or screamed at his kid’s soccer coach, or was mugged by a person of another race, or legally owns a gun in Hawaii, or professes a religious faith whose Holy Book instructs followers to “slay the idolators”, or are fed up with high taxes and stupid regulations, or refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, or won’t agree that  “climate change is real”. The government won’t notify those listed, and when they discover they’ve been wrongfully listed, they would face an arduous and costly trip to the Federal judiciary for due process to get their name off.Persons who know they are ineligible to buy a gun from a licensed dealer usually don’t even make the attempt (which is itself a felony). They acquire their guns by informal exchanges, or they steal them. Once that expanded “no buy” list fails to keep a firearm out of the hands of the next shooter, it’s a short leap to Australia: repeal our Second Amendment, and confiscate privately owned firearms.That poses a real problem: resistance. JD Tuccille, writing at Reason.com, points out that a California law to register “assault rifles” (sic) in 1990 resulted in 7,000 registrations, out of an estimated 300,000 semiautomatic rifles in private hands. In New Jersey, out of more than 100,000 firearms affected, a similar law brought in 947 people who were target shooters, 888 who rendered their guns inoperable, and four who surrendered them to the police.Tuccille’s conclusion: Americans won’t easily submit to a law that takes away their Constitutional right, and as jurors, they won’t find an otherwise innocent defendant guilty for possessing a forbidden firearm.How about banning any semiautomatic rifle that “resembles” an M-16? Such rifles are functionally identical to ordinary semiautomatic hunting and self-defense rifles. They are called “assault rifles” because they are scary looking, with pistol grip, flash suppressor, bayonet mount etc.  An ordinary semi-automatic rifle without the grip, produced in rainbow colors, would do every bit as much damage with equal efficiency. (A military assault rifle fires multiple rounds with one trigger pull, and civilian ownership is heavily regulated.)Banning the gun does not solve the mass murder problem. Until Mateen’s rampage in Orlando, the worst massacre by a private citizen in American history – 38 schoolchildren and six adults – came from a bomb planted under a school in Bath Township, Michigan in 1927. It was perpetrated by a man angry about high taxes and losing an election for town clerk. Universal Background Checks, vague and fanciful reasons for blocking a purchase, and gun confiscation simply won’t work in a nation with 300 million guns in private hands, at least without a civil war.Of course, the people proposing such ideas don’t really care if they will work, so long as those awful weapons (and their defenders) take the blame, government becomes far bigger and more intrusive, and the all-powerful state triumphs over the antiquated Bill of Rights protections of the Constitution.John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute (www.ethanallen.org(link is external)).last_img read more