EB17: FSA WE TT prototype joins WE Road Hydraulic Disc Group that looks ready…

first_imgThe FSA WE electronic groupset is just starting to hit the market – as they say better late than never. That didn’t stop them from showing off the next steps for WE – disc brakes and TT bikes. Now, we’ve seen prototypes of the disc brake version before, but at Eurobike FSA was showing the most polished looking version yet, hinting that production could be near. They also had a very early prototype of a TT/Tri group that would expand WE’s capabilities into the world of aerobars… All FSA would say is that this was indeed a prototype WE system for TT or Tri bikes. Duh. From the looks of it, a lot the parts look like they came from a 3D printer suggesting that this group may be pretty far off, but at least we know what might be coming. Running mechanical brake levers with a two button rocker switch on each lever, shifting can be made from the brakes or from the extensions. The extensions each have a shifter with one button on the inside and outside of the bar end for thumb/index finger shifting on either extension. No word on whether this system would be the same hybrid wired/wireless as the current WE, but we should find out soon enough. At the other end of the line, it looks a like a lot of thought has gone into the brake caliper to make it functional and aerodynamic. FSA says that the pads have built in aluminum heat sinks that also act as shrouds to improve airflow over the opening to the caliper. They also have a rearward facing bleed port which supposedly improves bleeding and aids in the removal of air bubbles from the caliper.Each caliper also has a quick release hose fitting which FSA says allows you to remove and install the line without having to rebleed the system. Of course, at this point flat mount calipers are pretty much guaranteed on new bikes. So the FSA calipers fit the bill.FSA also hinted at the potential for a new rotor standard to emerge for professional road racing. They seemed to think that moving forward rotors would have to have smaller holes in the mounting arm structure so the FSA rotor complies with an aluminum disc that eliminates any finger sized holes.Otherwise, both systems looked to use the same 11 speed drivetrain with a wired front and rear derailleur with a connection to the battery, and the brains of the system are contained in the front derailleur. Hopefully, that means that the rear half of the system will be compatible with any of the three shift/brake systems once all three are available.FullSpeedAhead.com The disc brake WE groupset on the other hand was looking very close to production, with FSA even suggesting that it would be available early next year. Using a very similar rocker switch set up on each brake lever, the hoods have a fairly slim appearance given their hydraulic internals.last_img read more

Appeals court hands NRC a victory in Vermont Yankee license case

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,by Alan Panebaker vtdigger.org A federal court handed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) a win Tuesday in a case where the state challenged the federal agencyâ s permit for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.The Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) and the New England Coalition (NEC) ‘a group that has worked to shutter Vermont Yankee ‘had argued that the federal permit issued in 2011 was invalid because Entergy Corp., the plantâ s owner, failed to obtain certification from the state that the plantâ s operation would not affect water quality in Vermont.But a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to address the issue.The plantâ s original owner, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp., received the water quality certification under the Clean Water Act in 1970, but Entergy, the plantâ s owner since 2002, did not get a new certification when it applied for its current federal permit in 2006.Since the state and the environmental group never brought the issue up during that time, the court refused to hear their case.Between 2006 and 2011, the state and the New England Coalition never brought the issue to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, although NEC did raise the issue with the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board.â [T]he petitioners here were required under agency regulations to afford the full Commission an opportunity to pass on the section 401 issue before seeking judicial review. And they had repeated opportunities to do so,’the courtâ s decision reads.After raising the issue with the board, the state and NEC did not bring it up until after Vermont Yankee got a new license.â [T]he petitioners sat silent for two and one-half years thereafter, raising their section 401 objection only after the Commission issued the license renewal in March 2011,’the decision reads.Neil Sheehan, public affairs officer for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region I, said the federal regulators basically argued that if the state had wanted to raise the issue, it had four-plus years to do so after Entergy applied for a new license.â We said they had multiple opportunities to bring this up,’he said. â For instance, when the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruled, it made very clear that if there were any other issues that the state or groups wanted to bring up, they could.âState officials said the decision failed to address the real issue of water quality but instead focused on procedural nuances.John Beling, director of the Department of Public Service Public Advocacy Division, said in an e-mail to VTDigger.org: â We are disappointed that the court declined to address the substantive water quality issue Petitioners raised, instead finding that it should have been pursued further at the NRC. We felt strongly that the court should accept the petition that Vermont Yankeeâ s water quality certificate from 1970 is not adequate to cover another twenty year federal license.âBeling said the department is focused on the future, as the Public Service Board proceeding to determine the fate of the plantâ s state license unfolds over the next year. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is currently pursuing water quality issues dealing with the plantâ s thermal discharge permit.â It seems to me the court got led down the rabbit hole of procedural nuance within the byzantine halls of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,’he said.Chris Kilian, vice president and director of the Conservation Law Foundation in Vermont ‘the firm that represented the New England Coalition, said it was unfortunate that the courtâ s decision deprived the state of the opportunity to ensure the plantâ s continued operation does not affect the stateâ s clean water.Kilian said it is unfortunate that the court missed the primary point that Congress intended to have the state and its citizens have primary control over protecting their waters and instead focused on procedural nuances.The state and New England Coalition will discuss whether to appeal the case either for a rehearing before the entire D.C. Circuit or with the U.S. Supreme Court.The decision deals another blow to the state of Vermont and local citizens groups trying to shutter the plant.In January, a federal judge found two state laws requiring legislative approval for the plant to continue operating were unconstitutional. The state and Entergy are both appealing that decision to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.Entergy is also seeking a certificate of public good from state utility regulators in light of the January decision that found the state could not bar the company from getting that permit without first getting approval from the Legislature. June 26, 2012 vtdigger.orglast_img read more

Vermont’s catch-and-release bass fishing is underway

first_imgVermont Fish & Wildlife Vermont’s catch-and-release bass fishing season is underway with some of the hottest bass fishing action in the region happening right now.“The spring catch-and-release season is a really special time to be on the water in Vermont, and the fishing can be truly spectacular,” said Bernie Pientka, state fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “Combine warming weather, minimal boat traffic and feeding largemouth and smallmouth bass, and spring bass fishing is hard to beat(link is external).”Vermont’s catch-and-release bass season runs primarily from the second Saturdayin April to the Friday before the secondSaturday in June, when Vermont’s traditional bass season opens. Learn more…(link is external),Yeslast_img read more

Ways to Sell, Serve and Support AV in Churches — The Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK HoW Day Panel

first_imgDuring our live LAVNCH WEEK Tech Talk, Paul Richards of PTZOptics shared that, these last few months, “connected churches” are discovering just how large their communities really are. And once social distancing is relaxed, many houses of worship won’t be going back to the way things were in their AV systems. For bigger houses of worship, it may no longer be just a one-way broadcast anymore. For smaller organizations that didn’t have AV before COVID-19, those communities are missing and craving that fellowship now more than ever.Richards, along with a host of other presenters, brought more light to this changing market yesterday during a live LAVNCH WEEK panel, titled “Ways to Sell, Serve and Support AV in Churches.”Let’s come right out of the gate with it, as our co-emcee and panel moderator, Steph Beckett, said. Read on to learn about the panelists and some of the great things they had to say.Steph Beckett posed two questions:Selling, serving and supporting AV in churches has become more necessary in these times we live in. Churches are having to find ways to creatively get messaging out if they weren’t equipped to do that already. What has that looked like for each of you?Do any of you feel that manufacturers and companies are missing the mark right now in catering to and supporting the House of Worship AV market? If yes, how so?1. Anthony Coppedge — Digital Sales and Marketing ConsultantCoppedge, who gave our HoW Day keynote presentation earlier in the day, said that we’ve known about opportunities for AV in HoW for a while based on trends and patterns. The technology isn’t just a nice-to-have anymore; it’s a must-have. Coppedge’s 2015 predictions article on rAVe [PUBS] talked about the changing HoW landscape, and he says today’s pandemic events could be a massive accelerant to some of these predictions. Regarding Beckett’s second question, Coppedge adds that HoW manufacturers have a lot of work to do. Until these manufacturers have feedback processes in place, digitally, they won’t learn from what’s happening in the space either.“Your brand is not who you say you are. Your brand is who everybody else says you are. So when you listen, actively listen, to what the market is saying, you will begin to understand where those connections are.” —Anthony Coppedge 2. Dr. Frederick Ampel — Owner – Technology Visions AnalyticsDr. Fred Ampel has spent a lot of time with congregations large and small. The latter, he says, have lately almost all gone the route of one to two small cameras and a USB connection, just to get set up with a livestream. He adds that, like Richards discussed in his Tech Talk, small churches have discovered now that there are members out there who have not been able to make it to church in a year or so (perhaps they’re in a care facility). Churches are quickly discovering the absolute necessity to set up with streaming as a two-way path from the get-go, rather than reactively, for both the people who haven’t been able to make it to church and for newcomers. Regarding Beckett’s second question, Dr. Ampel adds that, if you’re a manufacturer selling to HoW and you don’t have somebody on your team who is focused on this market, they’re never going to get it right. This is a relationship-selling market. These folks have to believe in you as a person before they believe in your product. Also, uptime is everything. There’s only one Sunday (or Friday, or Saturday, depending on the faith) in a week; if it doesn’t work on the day it’s needed, we’re in trouble. As a manufacturer, you have to be able to respond immediately — not in a week.“This is going to be a tsunami of change in the way churches look at digital media. Maybe the only upside out of this whole mess is that it’s going to drive the whole digital-streaming market into a two-way channel for the foreseeable future.” —Dr. Fred Ampel 3. Gary Kayye — Director & Co-founder – THE rAVe AgencyWhat’s different about the house-of-worship market is the members, Gary Kayye added. There’s such a wide range of them, unlike any other. You have young members, old members. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach (of course, that’s the case for all of AV too, but especially in HoW). Regarding Beckett’s second question, Kayye actually argues that there are HoW manufacturers who ARE doing it right and DO get the church market — he’s impressed with organizations like PTZOptics and the content Paul Richards puts out for his own show (on Mondays, not Tuesdays) and the book he wrote to help churches livestream.“Guess who’s gonna get blamed when the system goes down? It’s gonna be the person who made the decision to buy all the stuff — it has nothing to do with the manufacturer. So there is that relationship piece that’s very important.“ —Gary Kayye 4. George Herbert — Manager of Support and Training – Epiphan VideoSee related  Livestreaming Movement Gains More Momentum During PandemicGeorge Herbert, manager of support and training at Epiphan Video, had a lot of great insight to add from the manufacturer side of this panel. Herbert says that one of the big challenges in HoW is that the demographic of the market is huge — different groups have different capabilities and budgets. (For instance, he points out that the church his parents attend doesn’t have electricity, let alone an internet connection.) You have ministers in their living rooms with a smartphone, then you have a lot of churches trying DIY streaming in the church itself. Optimistically, Herbert argues that he hopes positive change will come out of this — as Coppedge pointed out that the trends in HoW that have been long forming, COVID-19 could be a massive accelerant to pushing forward some great HoW AV innovations.“[For] a lot of the smaller churches …. that’s one of the big challenges at a community level: trying to figure out how to make sure they don’t fall through the cracks in all of this.” —George Herbert 5. Paul Richards — Chief Streaming Officer – PTZOpticsPaul Richards makes a great point: This has all become a “now” issue in houses of worship. Everyone is racing to get a solution that’s good, affordable and fast, but that’s not always realistic. Many houses of worship, Richards predicts, will not want to go back to one-way broadcasts with live-streaming, because there’s no fellowship there. Also, as social distancing won’t be reduced overnight, the transition over the next few months (or years for older demographics) will be slow — technology is going to be so important in the HoW AV process to keep everyone connected. Regarding Beckett’s second question, Richards adds that customers in HoW are not ProAV managers; they need more help. Manufacturers need to work with good partners and integrators who focus on this market (and there are plenty who specialize in this and work on the weekends to support their customers) — this is a good time to find one.“The customers that we have in house of worship are, by far, the most engaged customers of any vertical … they want you to answer their comments on YouTube; they want you to pick up the phone; they want help, and they need help more than anybody else. Because this is new to them. This is not like, you know, the ProAV manager of a corporation that knows what they’re doing. This is someone who likely is very new to this but is passionate and wants to get it done.” —Paul RichardsTakeaways + LAVNCH 2.0!Before we knew it, after a lengthy and productive Q&A with many more questions discussed, time was up.But the conversation doesn’t have to end here. You can reach out to any of these panelists on LinkedIn (I tagged their pages above) to keep the discussion going.If you missed LAVNCH WEEK this week, don’t fear — LAVNCH 2.0 is coming the week of June 22. Go ahead and join the list here; spots are limited. Also, you can check out our LAVNCH WEEK microsite to see all the articles (like this one) and public videos from the week and more.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Coronavirus leads to urgent need for blood

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionYou or a loved one might not get coronavirus.But you might get into a car accident.You might need a heart operation or get cancer and need a blood transfusion. You might find yourself in a hospital emergency room one night in need of blood.And it might not be there for you.The coronavirus is undermining our economy. It’s undermining our health system. It’s disrupting our way of life.And in one very important way, it might be depriving some of us of the gift of life.Because of the outbreak and the need to create social distance, places that normally host blood drives — colleges, businesses, YMCAs, VFWs, fraternal organizations and churches — have shut down.And because of illness or because of fears of social interaction, many have stopped donating blood.In just the last couple of weeks, nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country, resulting in 86,000 fewer donations than expected. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it’s safe to donate blood, and it recently echoed the fact that there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus.And the assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement last week saying it’s safe to donate blood and encouraging healthy individuals to donate — particularly during this time of high need and low supply.There may come a time when you or a loved one needs blood.If you’re healthy, if you’re able, there’s no reason not to donate.Visit https://www.redcross.org/ for more information about area blood drives and to sign up to donate.Please give now.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristscenter_img In the Eastern New York Region, at least two dozen blood drives have been canceled, resulting in nearly 700 fewer blood donations.That’s created a “severe” blood shortage, which could result in surgeries being canceled or delayed and other individuals not getting the blood they need.The only way to reverse this dangerous trend is for healthy people to step up and volunteer to donate.Giving blood is already safe, and Red Cross crews already take extensive precautions to ensure a sterile donation environment.But in the wake of the virus, the Red Cross has implemented extra precautions to protect donors, including checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they’re healthy, providing hand sanitizer throughout the donation process, practicing safe distancing between blood donors and increasing disinfection of surfaces and equipment.As for the danger to patients receiving blood donations, there is no data or evidence that coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transfusion.According to the Red Cross, there have been no reported cases of any respiratory virus being transmitted through blood donations, including coronavirus.last_img read more

Fight Or Flight From The Ocean In Montauk?

first_imgSandbags used to shore up the beach at Montauk were exposed during an earlier storm. Independent/Gordon M. GrantChoosing between fight or flight from the Atlantic Ocean in downtown Montauk was on the minds of many speakers at the public hearing concerning the Montauk hamlet study held by the East Hampton Town Board on December 6.“This plan isn’t really a plan at all, but rather a guiding vision,” Laura Tooman, the head of the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, said about the study, which has been a couple of years in the making, and is available online. That is how the East Hampton Town Planning Department has presented the studies, which were prepared under the guidance of several outside advisors, headed by the consulting firm of Dodson and Plinker.The December 6 hearing was the fifth and final one, with each of the town’s five hamlets being the focus of one meeting. The final product will be added to the town’s comprehensive plan, which was last updated in 2005.“It is going to take a long time,” Tooman said, adding that action must be taken now, particularly when it comes to erosion.About 20 speakers took to the podium, and at least one took exception to the methodology used in the study. Bonnie Brady told the town board that the study was not inclusive enough, and did not reflect the views of many year-round Montauk residents. She also was critical of the Army Corps of Engineers’ work on the Atlantic Ocean beaches in downtown Montauk, saying it had destroyed the dunes and the beach. “Montauk is tired of being a guinea pig,” she said.Carl Irace spoke, representing the advocacy group Defend H2O. He was critical of both the current practice of replenishing the sand on beaches, and the idea of funding that practice by creating a special tax district in downtown Montauk. “The public has heard a lot about nourishment plans that would take sand from offshore sites for downtown beaches,” he said. “The public has also heard a lot about an erosion control tax district. We are here to disavow the notion that beach nourishment is a suitable solution. Funding beach nourishment through an erosion control district is an enabler of that unsuitable solution.” He called the whole process “a false panacea,” adding that “such a district would commit substantial public money to protect private interests.”He called for an orderly retreat from the rising sea level in downtown Montauk. “Either the buildings are removed from harm’s way voluntarily, without destruction and loss of property, or Mother Nature takes it by force, with destruction, loss of property, or worse,” Irace said.Allen Axelowitz presented a different point of view. He told the board that his family had purchased a couple of units many years ago in what is now known as the Montauk Blue Hotel, which faces the ocean. “To take us away is unfair. Our kids grew up there,” he said. “I want my children’s children to grow up there. To just take us away is unacceptable.”Kevin McAllister, of Defend H2O, spoke about rising sea levels, saying that in the past 40 years, sea levels have risen four inches, but that in the next 40, that rise is going to accelerate to anywhere between 11 and 30 inches. He called for the use of the Community Preservation Funds to purchase what he called the “front row” of motels and resorts in downtown Montauk.Thomas Muse spoke about the erosion control tax district in Montauk, calling the condition of the beaches a “dangerous situation.” He said that he had been on the beach that morning, walking his dog, as he often does, and that the erosion of sand brought to the beach to replenish it has created a 15-foot tall cliff of “brown sand.” Photographs show that, not only have many tons of sand dumped to nourish the beach again washed away, but the giant sandbags installed by the corps, at the town’s expense, are now exposed.Chris Carillo told the board he was speaking on behalf of the 90 or so homeowners in the Surfside Estates Association, which is just east of downtown Montauk. He said their deeded beach access is no longer safe to use, and that the condition of the beaches “needs to be addressed immediately.”Immediacy concerning the beachfront was a frequent refrain for speakers, despite the long-term nature of the hamlet study.Andrew Brosnan of the Surfriders Foundation said that the Army Corps beach revetment project, which was built at federal expense in 2015, and is maintained at town expense, exacerbated erosion all along the beach, and called for a “managed retreat” from the rising Atlantic.Paul Fiondella read from the federal report on climate change released the day after Thanksgiving this year. He said that the report indicates that ocean warming will be at its worst in the Mid-Atlantic area of the country. He said the report “basically says we are a target for global warming, because things are happening faster than elsewhere.”Henry Uhlein, who owns businesses and a marina in the dock area, said he would like more time to understand the study. “My property is for sale if anyone wants to buy it,” he said. The board agreed to keep the hearing open for 30 days, to allow members of the public to weigh in in writing on any of the hamlet studies.t.e@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Hydrogenics Corporation selected to support transit fleet

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MEDICA 2011 trade fair approaches

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Airgas acquires two core distribution businesses

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BIM disputes are inevitable

first_imgStay 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 building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN 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 Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more