SOC14: Stage Race Shows off Scapin Ivor and Anouk Road Bikes

first_imgIf you’re looking for a road bike with custom options that will stand out from the crowd and you like the sound of made in Italy, Scapin’s redesigned Ivor is definitely worth a look. As reported previously, the new verison of the Ivor eliminates the integrated seat mast in favor of an adjustable aero seat post to make traveling with and adjusting your saddle height much easier. Offered in 11 stock sizes, the Ivor also has a full custom made to measure geometry available along with a choice of color and personalization at no charge.Check out the details plus the all new Scapin Anouk, next… Scapin’s new Anouk could be viewed as a more affordable version of the Ivor built with stiffness and comfort in mind with more trail and a longer front-center. At $2199 for the frame and fork the Anouk is certainly much cheaper than the Ivor but lacks the custom options. The frame features a PF86 bottom bracket, tapered head tube, 27.2 seatpost. Complete bikes with the build kit shown only with Mavic Ksyrium wheels will retail for $3, Using Scapin’s TT Matrix frame design, the frame uses monocoque pieces which are then joined in a tube to tube construction method. Combined with their Comfort Flex Seat stay system Ivors should be a fast, comfortable ride. Framesets retail for $4,999 through Stage Race Distribution.center_img A number of aero seatpost designs suffer with slipping posts. Either you tighten them to the point that they don’t slip and risk damaging the carbon, or hit a bump and have your saddle drop an inch. Scapin solves the issue with a dual clamp seat post collar that tightens both around the frame and around the post. The top of the post still has the signature Scapin flair, but instead of acting as a seat mast cap, it’s built into the post.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Flu severity in Taiwan, Salmonella in tuna samples, dengue mosquitoes in Europe

first_imgApr 25, 2012Taiwan harder hit by flu in 2010-11 than during 2009 pandemicTaiwan experienced a higher rate of flu-related deaths and hospitalizations in the flu season after the 2009-10 pandemic than during the pandemic itself, according to a study in PLoS One yesterday. Using data from 12 labs that make up Taiwan’s Influenza Laboratory Surveillance Network, Taiwanese researchers noted that 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu (pH1N1) caused 44 deaths, but in the next season (through the 13th week of 2011), 93 pH1N1 deaths were confirmed, as well as 30 H3N2 fatalities and 128 total flu deaths. In 2010-11, H3N2 dominated until December, when pH1N1 resurged. During 2009-10, 22 (50%) of the 44 pH1N1 deaths were in the 20-to-49 age-group, compared with 24 (26%) of the 93 pH1N1 deaths in 2010-11. In comparison, pH1N1 deaths in the 50-to-64 age-group rose from 9 (21%) in 2009-10 to 49 (53%) in 2010-11. During 2009-10, 1,297 hospitalized flu cases with severe complications were reported, of which 937 (72%) were caused by pH1N1 and 161 (12%) by H3N2. Those numbers rose to 1,751, 1,040 (59%), and 606 (35%) in 2010-11. The authors conclude that reemergence of pH1N1 in 2010-11 “had an intense activity with age distribution shift.”Apr 24 PLoS One studySushi Salmonella outbreak strain confirmed in tuna samplesA state lab in Wisconsin has confirmed Salmonella matching the outbreak strain in samples from recalled yellowfin tuna and a spicy tuna roll, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene at the University of Wisconsin-Madison confirmed that the Salmonella Bareilly in the samples matches the DNA fingerprint of the strain that has sickened at least 160 people in 20 states, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a press release yesterday confirming the lab findings, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) said that 3 of the 15 Wisconsinites infected with the outbreak strain have been hospitalized. Moon Marine USA Corp. of Cupertino, Calif., has recalled frozen raw yellowfin tuna because of the outbreak, the CDC said. The tuna is not sold to individuals but may have been used to make sushi, sashimi, and similar dishes for restaurants and stores, the AP said.Apr 25 AP storyApr 20 CDC updateApr 24 WDHS news releaseStudy sees improving climate for dengue mosquitoes in northwestern EuropeIn the past 20 years the climate of northwestern Europe has become more favorable for Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger) mosquitoes, which can carry the dengue and chikungunya viruses, according to a modeling study published online today by the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. A chikungunya outbreak in Italy in 2007 was attributed to A albopictus, and two cases each of dengue and chikungunya fever were traced to the species in France in 2010, the report notes. In the study, British and Belgian investigators modeled and mapped the distribution of the species in Europe on the basis of climatic features, using three different distribution models and multiple climate models along with data on the existing distribution. From the 1960s to the 1980s, the authors found, conditions were suitable for A albopictus in southern France, northern Italy, the northern coast of Spain, the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, and western Turkey. “Over the last two decades, climate conditions have become more suitable for the mosquito over central northwestern Europe (Benelux, Germany) and the Balkans, while they have become less suitable over southern Spain,” because warmer and wetter conditions favor the overwintering of the mosquito in the north, while drier, warmer summers may limit its southward spread, the report says. It adds that this trend is likely to continue, with an expected increased risk in northern Europe and slightly decreased risk in southern Europe.Apr 25 J R Soc Interface abstractlast_img read more

World’s First Automated Frozen Food Defrosting Reference Design Based on RF Energy

first_imgNXP Semiconductors has extended its leadership in smart kitchen appliance integrated circuits (ICs) by making available the first reference design for automated frozen food defrosting and thawing. The reference design is based on RF Energy and can be used as the basis for stand-alone smart defrost countertop kitchen appliances or integrated into other kitchen appliances such as refrigerators or cooking appliances such as ovens. The NXP Smart Defrost Solution, based on NXP components and software, addresses the age-old problem of fast and safe food defrosting while reducing food waste, and preserving moisture and nutrition. This innovation makes it possible to defrost food items such as ground beef, fish, fruits or vegetables in only a few minutes.Conventional methods of defrosting frozen food in a residential kitchen are limited by the amount of time, attention required, difficulty in achieving full defrost and even temperature results, as well as ensuring safe food practices. Simple methods such as letting frozen food thaw on a counter, in a water bath, or in a refrigerator take a long time and can require personal attention to monitor the progress. Letting food sit on a countertop or in water also introduces the risk of bacterial contamination, since exterior surfaces of the food are exposed to temperatures which promote the growth of bacteria. Using a conventional microwave oven to speed up the process often results in uneven thawing with hot spots and cold spots. In addition, conventional microwave ovens lose their effective power over time, making the duration of thawing longer and the outcome worse.The NXP smart defrost reference design is a set of fully engineered sub-system solutions that enable OEMs to quickly bring differentiated appliances incorporating this unique functionality to market with minimal engineering. The solution performs real-time monitoring and adjustment of its operation during the entire defrost process helping to ensure efficient and effective energy transfer during the full cycle of defrosting. This is important since food properties change as the temperature of the food changes. The NXP Smart Defrost Solution also minimizes user input and provides automated operation freeing users’ time from the responsibility to monitor the outcome. The solution is electronic in nature, making it reliable, compact, cost-efficient and able to deliver consistent results.The NXP Smart Defrost Solution consists of a compact RF energy controller module incorporating NXP components, a smart tuning unit (STU), electrodes, a shielded cavity, and a reference power supply unit (PSU). The reference design will be made available to appliance OEM customers through a license from NXP or through purchase of sub-system assemblies from NXP’s assembly partners.NXP’s smart defrost reference design will be available on a limited basis in the first quarter 2018 and expected to be generally available in the second quarter 2018. The smart defrost reference design is showcased in a countertop appliance form factor at CES 2018 in NXP’s tent in the central plaza, booth CP-25 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Click here for more information.last_img read more

Mystery Creek Road Closed

first_imgRefuge Law Enforcement Supervisor Chris Johnson detailed what it’s typically used for. The Refuge typically checks for vehicles on the road before shutting the gate. Johnson says the road is still open to foot traffic but the changing seasons makes the road unpredictable for vehicles. Johnson: “It’s access to the Mystery Creek area, Chikaloon, for hunting grouse and water fowl and during moose season they hunt back there.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has closed the gate on Mystery Creek Road and the Pipeline Corridor for the season as of Sunday, October 18.last_img read more

Suriname names team for GFF ExxonMobil tournament

first_imgThe ZV All-Stars, who are set to arrive on December 26th to compete in the ExxonMobil International Futsal Festival, have officially announced a 13-member touring squad. The squad, which is coached by Bryan Weewee, includes  Gelton Alphons, Anthony Blijd, Anthony Burnett, Donovan Djemesi, Lorenzo Donner, Ackeini Meusa, Iveraldo Pengel, Benjamin Saling, Silvion Sedney, Shaquille Van Throo, Timothy Yzer and Selassie Zandveld. The assistant coaches are Siergfried Eeersel and Tjark Bel.The event which runs from December 27th-30th, will feature eight teams, three of which will come from Brazil, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. It will be contested in an initial group format.A Sao Paulo Selection will represent Brazil while Caledonia AIA and ZV All-Stars will play under the flag of Trinidad and Suriname respectively. Guyana will be represented by a National Selection, while Linden, Georgetown, East Coast and West Demerara will field All-Star teams.Winner of the event will pocket $1,200,000, the championship trophy and medals, while the runner-up and third place finisher will cop $600,000 and $300,000 respectively and the corresponding accolades and medals. The fourth placed unit will collect $100,000 and a trophy.last_img read more

Flacco fires back at Lewis’ criticism of Ravens leadership

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Starting quarterback Joe Flacco wasn’t the first to defend the Ravens’ current leadership in response to former teammate Ray Lewis’ criticism earlier in the week, but his words rang the loudest on Wednesday.Responding to Lewis’ comments made on ESPN questioning the team’s current leaders in the aftermath of the party bus altercation that resulted in wide receiver Jacoby Jones being smashed in the head with a champagne bottle early Monday morning, Flacco defended the team’s recent track record when it comes to off-field behavior and downplayed how much leadership can influence what players do away from football.“It is what it is. Ray knows better than that,” Flacco said. “Things happen. I think we’re usually a pretty good team with stuff like that. If you look around the league, there are probably a lot of leadership problems then. So, like I said, Ray knows better.”No charges were filed and there is no evidence to suggest any player who attended left tackle Bryant McKinnie’s birthday celebration committed any crimes, making the story inconsequential in Flacco’s eyes.Coach John Harbaugh addressed the incident with the entire team on Monday, warning the players of the dangers of being out in public late at night.“When you get the information of what happened, it just is what it is,” Flacco said. “You laugh about it, kind of. It’s funny some of the things that we deal with. I don’t really have too many comments on it, because they’d all be taken the wrong way and out of context. But it’s not really an issue.”While Flacco stood his ground and took Lewis’ comments to task, linebacker Terrell Suggs took a more apologetic stance for the man he teamed with the defensive side of the ball for a decade. Suggs suggested Lewis’ words were taken out of context even though he was on camera speaking freely in response to the news of the incident.It’s possible that Suggs only read the transcript of Lewis’ words or wasn’t familiar with what Lewis actually said, but the Ravens had to know questions would be asked of Suggs on Wednesday.“I guess it’s something that I’ll have to hear him say,” Suggs said. “We all know the media can ‘word-play’ [and] misconstrue things. We texted Ray this morning. It’s one guy’s opinion. Like I said, we don’t know what was actually said. You can never take anything for face value. If he says it in front of a camera, it’s a different thing.”Understandably, Suggs shares a closer relationship with Lewis than Flacco does, but his response to his longtime teammate’s criticism didn’t have near the impact of the stance taken by the quarterback.A transcript of Lewis’ comments from Monday night are below:“We talk about the transition of losing so many guys, a guy like myself and Ed Reed and other guys that are based off leadership. I’ve said it earlier: ‘Where would the leadership come from?’ Because the leadership is being strong in the locker room and winning games. Listen, talent sometimes can win you games. But when you talk about what’s going on off the field, that’s the most important place where leadership steps up.“When you think about the Baltimore Ravens and the transition that they went through, they’re missing leadership right now. When you have an incident like that, the first thing a leader is going to do is find some way to dissolve everything that’s going on and actually dissolve it before it comes to that type of head or even gets to that point.“When you talk about the Baltimore Ravens, they’re going to have to refocus and find some quick leaders in that locker room very quickly.”last_img read more