We’ve teased some renderings (here and here) from Van Dessel’s 2015 bikes that showed a few of the new features, but nothing beats seeing them in the shimmering dust of Interbike’s Outdoor Demo. On hand were the new Full Tilt Boogie cyclocross bike, the Jersey Devil hardtail 29er and the Motivus Maximus disc-or-rim brake road bike.The new FTB gets Van Dessel’s new interchangeable dropouts on the rear. They allow for either 130mm or 135mm QR, or a 12×142 thru axle. Just switch the dropout and you’re good to go.Being a traditionalist when it comes to ‘cross, owner Edwin Bull lamented that it’s now disc brake only. He likes cantilevers, but nine out of 10 frames he sold were for disc brakes. While the rear end can be swapped out, the fork is either they axle or quick release, so you’ve gotta pick which one you want when you buy the bike.It’s running full internal routing and is Di2 ready. Ports are available with stops or without, accommodating full length housing runs for the rear derailleur if you want, and full length housing or hose for the rear brake. Nicely shaped seatstays should give the bike a bit of compliance.It has better heel clearance despite the ability to accommodate the wider axle options. They managed that trick by curving the chainstays compared to the straight ones on the prior model.Frame weight is at about 1,040g and the complete bike with pedals and Edwin’s racing tubulars was 17.13lb (7.77kg).The Jersey Devil is their new carbon hardtail 29er.All internal routing on a very angular frame that Edwin says is very strong and stiff.It’s a race design that’ll fit up to 2.3 tires. While the road and ‘cross bikes use PFBB30, the JD gets BB92.It has interchangeable dropouts, too – 135mm QR or 12×142.Frame weight is about 1,200g, and the complete bike with XX1, FSA cockpit and Stan’s Race Gold wheels was 20.68lb (9.38kg).The Motivus Maximus road bike replaces the Rivet. They haven’t take it to the wind tunnel, but there are a number of interesting aero shaping details.Up front, the head tube is kept narrow with a unique flare at the top to accommodate the headset. The fork’s crown is shaped into the downtube and the front brake is slightly recessed into the fork.The rear end is a bit softer thanks to the curved design, which also hides the rear brake a bit, too.The downtube gets shaped to tuck the water bottle into it, keeping the air flow running over the bottle smoother. The seat tube uses similar shaping to move the air off the back of your second bottle.Di2 or mechanical capability by swapping ports.The bike uses the Shimano Flat Mount disc brake standard, which keeps the frame clean if you’re running rim brakes.The underside gives a clue as to how the mounts will work – the brakes or adapters will bolt through the frame.Complete bike weight with heavy, basic wheels is 16.51lb (7.49kg).VanDesselSports.com
Following the release of the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series calendar last month, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) has confirmed dates and distances for each race.The 2016 WTS schedule is now complete with the addition of Cape Town to the 2016 schedule. The schedule also contains confirmed dates for both Gold Coast in Australia and Edmonton in Canada.The 2016 series will stop in nine cities across five continents, with six races featuring Olympic distance races, while three events will offer sprints.Yokohama remains the last WTS event to score 2016 Olympic Qualification Points, while Hamburg in Germany will serve as the final WTS event ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The German city will also host the Mixed Relay World Championships.Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 4-5 – OlympicGold Coast, Australia – April 9-10 – OlympicCape Town, South Africa– April 23-24 – SprintYokohama, Japan – May 14-15 – OlympicLeeds, England – June 11-12 – OlympicStockholm, Sweden – July 2-3 – OlympicHamburg, Germany – July 16-17 – SprintEdmonton, Canada – September 3-4 – SprintCozumel, Mexico – September 11-18 – OlympicThe International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of triathlon and all related multisport disciplines including Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. It has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then and also has offices in Lausanne, Switzerland and Madrid, Spain.It now has over 160 affiliated National Federations on five continents and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games. Triathlon was awarded Olympic Games status in 1994 and made its Olympic debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is also featured in the Asian Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games.Paratriathlon was accepted into the Paralympic Games in 2010 and will make its Paralympic debut in Rio 2016. ITU is committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with continental and national federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced sport development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level.www.triathlon.org Related
Prairie Village police helped eight local youth shop find gifts for themselves and their families as part of the “Shop With a Cop” program.The Prairie Village police department along with the Prairie Village Municipal Foundation are once again ensuring a group metro area youngsters — and their families — have a happy holiday.Register to continue
Rev. Aaron Roberts of Colonial Church.For several months now, Rabbi Paul Silbersher’s Temple Sinai congregation has been meeting each Friday in the chapel of Colonial Church in Prairie Village. And with their close proximity, Silbersher and Colonial Rev. Aaron Roberts have frequent discussions about religion and interfaith relations.“Just a couple of weeks ago we were talking about how it really seems like society has moved into a new era with Jewish-Christian relationships, like a lot of those really long-held prejudices have disappeared in this generation,” Roberts said. “And then Sunday hit. It kind of changed everything we were thinking in a way.”Indeed, the shootings in Overland Park and Leawood that took the lives of three Christians while targeting Jewish facilities underscored the fact that, for some, the religious tensions of a past era are still very much alive for a troubled sector of society.As a sign of solidarity against what Roberts characterizes as “an evil we face together,” Colonial and Temple Sinai will hold a joint service this Friday. The joint service will take place as part of Temple Sinai’s Passover Sabbath.“Rabbi Paul and I are looking for practical ways for Jews and Christians to stand together in response,” Roberts said. ”The service will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Colonial Church sanctuary.“We have such a close relationship, it seemed natural that we would do something together,” Silbersher said. “We wanted to find something we could do to stand together. It happens to be Passover and Good Friday at the same time. What a powerful time to stand against evil.”
September 1, 2015 On the Move September 1, 2015 On the Move On the Move Natasha Lias has joined Children’s Legal Services as a senior attorney in Ft. Myers. Bonnie Sack has recently joined Children’s Legal Services as a senior attorney in Miami. Rebekah Taylor has recently joined Children’s Legal Services as a senior attorney in Sanford. Ginger Cooper has joined Children’s Legal Services as a senior attorney in Miami. Amanda Riyad has joined Children’s Legal Services as an attorney in St. Augustine. Caitlin Burke has recently joined Children’s Legal Services as an attorney in Gainesville. Stephanie L. Kane has joined Smolker, Bartlett, Loeb, Hinds & Sheppard in Tampa focusing on commercial real estate with an emphasis on real estate transactions and lending. Michael J. Thomas has been elected president and CEO of Pennington, P.A., in Tallahassee. Rex Ware has joined the Radey Law Firm in Tallahassee as of counsel. Ware focuses on state and local taxation and state government contracting. Alicia Noelle Braker has joined ShuffieldLowman in Tampa focusing on estate planning and probate, tax law, and planning for high net worth families with closely held businesses. Terra D. Wilhelm joined Abbey Adams Byelick & Mueller as partner and Natalie L. Paskiewicz joined the firm as an associate.Wilhelm and Paskiewicz practice in all areas of civil trial liability matters, with a focus on premises liability, trucking transportation, automobile negligence, products liability, and negligent security. Hannah E. McCullin has joined Kubicki Draper in Pensacola focusing on the defense of automobile, commercial/corporate, construction, labor/employment, premises, products, property, and transportation/trucking matters. Stacey J. Manning has become the Putnam County attorney. Craig P. Liszt has joined Roig Lawyers in Miami as an associate focusing on admiralty and maritime law. Jon May and Barry Turner have joined Jones Walker in Miami as special counsels. May joins the corporate compliance and white collar defense team and Turner joins the banking and creditors’ rights team. Telsula C. Morgan has joined Lewis, Longman & Walker in West Palm Beach as an associate focusing on environmental and natural resources, health care and administrative, civil and appellate litigation. Michael E. Levine has joined Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain in Miami. Matthew E. Livesay has joined Phillip A. Baumann, P.A., in Tampa focusing on estate planning, probate, and trust administration. D. Brad Hughes has joined Jimerson & Cobb in Jacksonville as a partner focusing on business litigation, construction litigation, and community association law. David Sawyer has joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart in Miami as a shareholder focusing on labor and employment law. William T. Link, Jr., has joined Reed & Mawhinney in Lakeland as a partner focusing on real estate and business transactions. The firm will now be known as Reed, Mawhinney & Link. Mitchell I. Horowitz of Tampa has been named co-chair of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s tax practice group, joining Bruce I. Booken in leading the practice group’s strategic initiatives and the more than 40 practicing tax attorneys across the firm’s 19 offices. Brooke G. Rosenstein has joined Haber Blank in Ft. Lauderdale as an associate focusing on real estate and transactional matters.
Central Phoenix just got a new addition to its housing life with the opening of the new, ultra-hip @51 apartment community, a project brought to the Valley by Smithfield Properties, Chicago-based developer of high-end residences and adaptive reuse projects.Designed by San Francisco-based Berkelhamer Architects, @51 is a contemporary residence set between the Biltmore area and midtown Phoenix. In addition to the 191 units, a ground-level restaurant will anchor the project and a rooftop nightclub with a pool will be available for special events. The community is located at the southeast corner of 16th Street and Georgia, ideally situated with ease of access to north and south ramps of State Route 51 freeway.“We envisioned this community as contributing to the social and economic fabric of this geographic area – with residents who choose this area to reside for its fantastic restaurants, shopping and diverse local flavor,” said Bill Smithfield of Smithfield Properties. Smithfield also developed another modern community that opened last year in the Camelback corridor, Domus.@51 will add to the local flavor with a restaurant at ground level, anticipated to open later this year. The restaurant, situated at the northwest corner of the property, comes from national proprietor Lettuce Entertain You, the brains behind dozens of popular restaurants in Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington DC and Scottsdale’s Don & Charlie’s.Luxury apartment manager Mark-Taylor Residential is overseeing leasing of the community, located at 1615 E. Georgia. Rentals of the studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments range from $925 to $2800.Sitting atop a multi-level parking garage, the community is a well-planned infill development that epitomizes urban living at its best. The large rooftop outdoor pool/exercise room and lounge overlooks the landscape to the east, offering unparalleled views of Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain. The development is immediately adjacent to a 10-acre city park, Desert Storm Park, offering paved cycling, running and dog-walking paths.The community is now part of a portfolio of Mark-Taylor-branded communities all owned by different entities, but all with a uniform management approach and high standards of excellence. Mark-Taylor’s management group consists of local experts with deep roots in Arizona, a team that appreciates a lean and flat internal structure so that decisions can be made quickly and effectively.
These days, we’re awash in friendship. Apps such as Facebook and Instagram allow us to keep up with third-grade pals, colleagues from old jobs and vast numbers of other people. But many “friends” on social media represent superficial connections, lacking the support and strength of closer bonds. You might be comfortable sharing photos of parties and vacations with your broader network, but you probably hesitate to post during more trying times — the breakup, the tough month at work or the death of a loved one. During hard times, you might instead turn to a few trusted friends to weather stress and sadness.Strong friendships are a precious resource, but scientists know surprisingly little about them. In particular, it’s difficult to predict what about a person makes it likely that they will attract close friends or be viewed as a close friend by others. In a new study, we explored this question by mapping the ties between community members and measuring the personalities within those communities. Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >
Biotechnology company Scynexis, Inc., is reporting early but promising results from a phase 3 trial of a novel drug for treating invasive Candida auris infections.The company will present the results from the first two case studies in the CARES trial at the upcoming European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam. The single-arm trial is evaluating the efficacy and safety of oral ibrexafungerp in patients with candidiasis caused by C auris, a multidrug-resistant fungus that has triggered deadly outbreaks in healthcare facilities around the world, with mortality rates as high as 60%.Since it was first identified in 2009 in a patient in Japan, C auris has spread to hospitals in more than 20 countries, proving difficult to eradicate and treat. To date, there are 617 confirmed and probable cases in the United States. The fungus, which mainly affects patients with comorbidities or those who are severely immunocompromised, has shown resistance to the three major classes of antifungals used to treat Candida infections and the ability to persist on hospital surfaces.Although the trial is in its early stages, Scynexis president and chief executive officer Marco Taglietti, MD, believes the successful treatment of the two patients, and the potent in vitro activity that ibrexafungerp has shown against clinical C auris samples, provides hope that a new treatment option may be on the horizon.”We think we can beat Candida auris,” Taglietti told CIDRAP News. “This is a difficult, frightening pathogen, but we have something to fight it.”Successful treatment in two patientsThe first two cases from the CARES trial, which is enrolling patients in the United States and India, involved a 54-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman with C auris bloodstream infections and multiple comorbidities at a hospital in New Delhi. The man had diabetes, acute ischemic stroke, a brain abscess, and pneumonia, and the woman had diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and lower respiratory infection. Both patients were in septic shock.The patients were initially treated with other antifungals (fluconazole and micafungin), but the C auris infection remained and the investigators initiated treatment with ibrexafungerp. The drug cleared the infections from both patients’ blood and was well tolerated. The man completed 17 days of treatment and did not experience a recurrence over 6 weeks, but ultimately died of a different bacterial infection. The woman completed 22 days of treatment and remains free of C auris.”These two cases are really very positive,” Taglietti said. Taglietti noted that C auris is a major problem in India, with a prevalence of 3% to 5% in some Indian hospitals. He said finding a treatment for the fungus is a priority because while C auris infections have been limited to hospitals, there may be immunocompetent patients who are colonized with it but show no symptoms. If they aren’t identified through screening, these patients could spread C auris outside of hospitals.”If Candida auris starts to spread around, we may start to have more problems,” he said.Taglietti added that while the evidence is from only two patients, the results build on the evidence that’s been established on the drug’s efficacy against C auris. A 2017 study by Scynexis and researchers with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that ibrexafungerp showed potent activity against a panel of 100 C auris isolates from around the world, and two animal studies showed the drug was effective in treating invasive C auris infections.”The full weight of evidence suggests this drug can have an important role against Candida auris,” he said.CARES trial investigators are estimating an enrollment of about 30 patients, with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2021.Scynexis will also be presenting positive results from the FURI study—a phase 3 trial evaluating ibrexafungerp in the treatment of patients with Candida infections that are intolerant or refractory to standard-of-care treatment—at ECCMID. Among them are two cases of successful treatment of patients with Candida spondylodiscitis, a rare and difficult-to-treat infection of the vertebral disc space and vertebral bone.”These two cases show how an oral antifungal can be helpful not only for Candida auris…but can also be helpful for other difficult-to-treat fungal infections,” Taglietti said.Raising awareness of fungal infectionsIbrexafungerp is the first candidate from a novel class of structurally distinct glucan synthase inhibitors called triterpenoids. The Food and Drug Administration has granted the drug qualified infectious disease product (QIDP) and Fast Track designations for the treatment of invasive candidiasis, invasive aspergillosis, and vulvovaginal candidiasis. These designations are intended to incentivize and expedite the development of drugs for difficult-to-treat infections.Taglietti said he hopes the recent media interest in C auris infections will raise the profile of antifungal resistance and the need for new antifungal drugs, issues that haven’t received as much attention from policymakers as have antibiotic resistance and antibiotic development.”I hope this will increase the awareness of fungal infections, and the fact that they are as dangerous and difficult to treat as bacterial infections, and sometimes even worse,” he said. “More support for development of antifungals is critical.”See also:Apr 13 ECCMID CARES trial abstractApr 13 ECCMID FURI trial abstract
By RICHARD NEBELLos AlamosI noticed from the recent Post article on the Black Lives Matter protest (link) that they read the names of black individuals who died in police custody.I have a few questions for the BLM protestors.Was Rodrigo Garcia on the list? He was an unarmed suspect in a stolen SUV. The police shot at him 82 times, and hit him in the head 7 times. He now has the functional capacity of a 5 or 6 year old.https://www.abqjournal.com/1328176/city-pays-out-3-75-million-in-2015-police-shooting.htmlWas Kenneth Ellis on the list? He was an Iraq war veteran with PTSD. He was holding a gun to his own head outside a convenience store when police shot him in the neck killing him.https://www.abqjournal.com/344029/city-would-pay-8m-to-settle-ellis-shooting-case.htmlHow about Mary Hawkes? Was she on the list? She was shot in the back and killed by police during a foot chase. The police officer claimed she aimed a gun at him. Neither her DNA nor her fingerprints were found on the gun and the ballistics indicate that the officers account of the shooting was implausible. His lapel camera was also disconnected.https://www.abqjournal.com/610827/albuquerque-reaches-settlement-in-lawsuit-over-james-boyds-death.htmlWhat about James Boyd? Was he on the list? He was a schizophrenic homeless man who was carrying two knives in a standoff with police. As he started to surrender, police escalated the situation and shot him to death.https://www.abqjournal.com/610827/albuquerque-reaches-settlement-in-lawsuit-over-james-boyds-death.htmlSo why weren’t these people on the BLM list? Probably because three of the victims were white and the fourth was Hispanic. They don’t fit the narrative being promoted by Black Lives Matter. Also, these incidents didn’t happen nationwide in some far off cities. They happened in Albuquerque in the past 6 years. The taxpayers in Albuquerque paid out $21.7 million in damages for these 4 incidents alone.https://www.petedinelli.com/2019/06/18/four-cases-21-7-million-paid-for-apds-excessive-use-of-force-and-deadly-force-64-million-for-42-police-officer-shootings-in-10-years-apd-evolves-with-casa-reforms-training-and-incre/So, if you think that “white privilege” protects white people from excessive use of force by the police, you are woefully mistaken. If racism were completely eliminated, we would still have this problem. There is more here than racism.So what is going on? It may be that this has been going on all along and we’re just seeing more of it on camera. Another possibility is that it is the result of the increasing militarization of police departments since 9-11. I suspect it is some of both.Last week PBS ran a show on D-Day. They interviewed soldiers who had been there and one of the things they asked them was what scared them the most. The answer was the same from all of them: It was letting their fellow soldiers down. Soldiers don’t fight for their country. They fight for each other.While this is fine for the military, it isn’t acceptable for police departments. Their job is to protect and serve the public, not to fight for their fellow policemen. The fact that three policemen stood by nonchalantly as George Floyd was killed speaks volumes.Since 9-11 police have been receiving military-style tactics training (SWAT, for instance) and military equipment. This includes AR-15s as well as armored vehicles. The next time that the BLM people meet with the police chief, they should ask him about this.Does the LAPD have AR-15s squirreled away in the LAPS schools? If they do, do they have policies/training in place to prevent their officers from spraying a lot of bullets around a crowded school? Do they really need firearms with high capacity magazines and armor piercing bullets?The BLM people should also ask the chief what types of firearms the police are carrying in their patrol cars. AR-15s work fine for taking down multiple shooters, but they probably aren’t appropriate for a traffic stop. Do the police have armored vehicles? What other military equipment do they have?Finally, the James Boyd case has some cautionary warnings about police reform. After the shooting, the district attorney charged two police officers with murder. Neither was convicted, but the police department quit cooperating with the district attorney. She and her staff were barred from attending police meetings on subsequent police shootings and policemen quit showing up for trials. Crime soared.Police reform has a lot of potential perils if it isn’t done correctly.
There is no shortage of companies angling to get a piece of New York State’s lucrative offshore wind energy goals.On February 14, the deadline for the latest round of proposals, a whopping 18 plans were submitted to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated that NYSERDA approve at least four projects this year, with an eye on producing 9000 megawatts of offshore energy for the state by the end of the decade.Liberty Wind, a venture by Vineyard Wind and Anbaric, turned in perhaps the most specific and ambitious, giving the state options of 400, 800, or 1200-megawatt wind farms initially. The 1.2-gigawatt project — which the company said is the most cost-effective option for New York ratepayers — would be one of the largest offshore wind projects in the world and would make a major contribution to Cuomo’s objective of developing nine gigawatts of offshore wind energy to supply New York.That proposal is the subject of an accompanying article in this week’s Independent.Ørsted, which bought a 50 percent stake in Deepwater Wind late last year and sold portion of that stake to Eversource just last week, is already in the process of trying to get approval for its 130-megawatt project to come ashore in Wainscott.Equinox Wind submitted a sparsely detailed proposal for up to 2000 megawatts. Other proposals came from Atlantic Shores and Offshore Wind. Sunrise Wind, said to be another Ørsted/Eversource project, will be located within 30 or so miles off Montauk Point. Deepwater critics fear the company will turn East Hampton Town into a distribution center, funneling offshore power west.Liberty Wind promises “substantial economic development and job creation benefits to New York,” because foundational components will be fabricated at a port facility in the Capitol Region and transported down the Hudson River to the project site in the Atlantic Ocean. Liberty Wind’s turbines will be located in federal waters 85 miles away from the nearest New York shore, officials said. It will hook up to “an existing Long Island substation” that has yet to be revealed.“Our team’s extensive offshore wind experience from around the world and nearby in New England, where we are building the nation’s first utility scale offshore wind project, allows us to deliver the best project for New York,” said Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind. None of the proposals pinpoint exactly how or where the offshore power will make landfall. Two environmentally fragile locations in East Hampton Town are the only locales specifically earmarked to accept the offshore firstname.lastname@example.org Share