TDU 2017 Tech: Richie Porte’s BMC Team Machine SLR01

first_imgThe latest generation of SRM’s power meter is designed around Shimano’s 9000 series Dura-Ace crankset. The company claims a 3,000 hour run time between battery changes. Richie’s crankset measures 170mm in length.SRM cadence sensor mounted to the non-drive side chainstay. The SLR’s chainstays feature an asymmetrical design.BMC claim core frame stiffness is achieved using a BB86 bottom bracket with an extra-wide union at the intersection of the downtube, seat tube, and chainstays.No nonsense Dura-Ace 9000 series pedals.The Dura-Ace 9000 series rear derailleur may be on the way out, but this bit of kit is renown for its durability and reliability.Richie’s bike sports an 11-28 Dura-Ace cassette.Like the frameset, the fork is constructed from the same “01” level of carbon.Shimano’s smooth stopping Dura-Ace 9000 series calipers bring Richie’s SLR01 to a halt.The aero brake phase seems to have mostly passed for now in the professional peloton. But road disc brakes may be in everyone’s future…BMC is one team who has switched tire suppliers for 2017. Vittoria provide the team with 700c x 25mm Corsa tubulars. The rear brake cable and Di2 electronic cable is neatly routed through the SLR01’s headtube. Team mechanics take the time to plan their bike builds carefully, evidenced by the heat shrink treatment to the brake cable and Di2 wire.The SLR01’s unique top tube and seat stay junction provide a handy spot for the rear brake to cleanly exit the frame.The race number may be empty in this photo, but during the 2017 Tour Down Under, Richie’s bike wears number 23. SRM provides the team’s power meters and PC8 head units are fitted to all of the team’s bikes. BMC Racing is a UCI WorldTour professional racing team, sponsored by Swiss-based bicycle manufacturer, BMC. The team is co-owned by Andy Riis, owner of BMC bicycles, and Jim Ochowicz, founder of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team.BMC became active in the professional peloton in 2001 with the now-defunct Phonak Cycling Team. The original iteration of the Team Machine bike was in aluminum – nowadays there is not a single aluminum frame to be seen among the WorldTour teams – carbon fiber dominates. Richie Porte has been with BMC Racing since 2016, and is the favorite for overall honors at the 2017 Tour Down Under.Click through to read about his 2017 Team Machine SLR01.BMC used their in-house ACE system to develop the Team Machine SLR01 – “Accelerated Composites Evolution” technology. ACE allows the company to digitally simulate each stage and iteration of a new carbon frame. Virtual prototypes can be developed before the expensive task of cutting molds happens – thus, research and development happens in months, not years.The SLR01 receives the “01” moniker from the company’s “01” grade of premium carbon fiber used in the frame’s construction.Parts from Shimano and 3T adorn the team’s bikes. The 9170 series of Shimano’s electronic Di2 drivetrain should begin appearing on most team bikes in February 2017, but until that time, 9070 generation parts will have to do.Richie prefers a 110mm stem with a small spacer above and below the stem, which provides a little flexibility for tuning handlebar height. Saddle choice is personal – Richie chooses the carbon rail Fizik Arione.Elite Custom RacePlus bottle cages and bidons.The 2017 Tour Down Under has started with Stage One now complete. Fireworks are expected among the contenders for the overall in Stage Two. Will Richie Porte ride this bike to overall or a stage victory?BMC CyclingArticle and photos by Gravel Cyclist. Jayson O’Mahoney is the Gravel Cyclist: A website about the Gravel Cycling Experience.last_img read more

What really makes people laugh at jokes on April Fool’s Day?

first_imgYahoo! News:There may be no better day all year to express humour than April Fool’s Day, but what makes something funny?People of all ages and cultures experience humour every day. It affects how we select our friends and mates. It attracts attention and admiration, softens criticism, alleviates conflict and helps people cope with anxiety and physical pain.Professors Peter McGraw and Caleb Warren presented a study last August in the journal Psychological Science that shows what it takes to make something funny.Humour only occurs when three conditions are satisfied.“The situation is a violation, the situation is benign and both of those appraisals occur simultaneously,” said McGraw in an Internet video. “In addition to predicting what is funny, it also predicts what is not funny.”A violation threatens the way you think the world should be. It includes everything from tickling to puns and physical threats to violations of personal dignity.Read the whole story: Yahoo! News More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

FDA unveils 2 new rules based on 2011 food safety law

first_imgJan 4, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today unveiled two new proposed food safety rules, one aimed at food makers and the other at the produce industry, that are part of implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).The FDA posted the rules today in the Federal Register and asked for public comments by May 16, which it will take into account before issuing final rules.Drafts of the two rules are among four major FSMA components that have been held for review by the White House Office of Management and Budget for about a year. Over the summer two consumer advocate groups filed a lawsuit pushing faster implementation of the FSMA, and the FDA on Nov 30 filed a motion to dismiss the suit. The FDA said that it takes time to develop complex regulations that apply to an enormous food industry.Congress passed the FSMA at the end of December 2010, and President Obama signed it into law exactly 2 years ago today. The law, thought to be the most sweeping piece of food safety reform in nearly a century, took shape after several high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks linked to foods such as fresh greens and peanut butter.The FDA said in a press release that the proposed rules were crafted following extensive outreach to the produce industry, consumers, other government agencies, and the international community.Since January 2011 FDA staffers have toured farms and food facilities and have taken part in hundreds of meetings with regulators, industry stakeholders, consumer groups, farmers, state and local partners, and researchers.Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement today that the FSMA offers a common-sense approach that shifts the focus from reaction to prevention. “With the support of industry, consumer groups, and the bipartisan leadership in Congress, we are establishing a science-based, flexible system to better prevent foodborne illness and protect American families.”At a press telebriefing today, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, said the rules are meant to make what’s already a safe food supply even safer. “We really need to do more than react after the fact,” she said. “The rules help us move forward on this important shift.”Michael Taylor, JD, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told reporters that the proposed produce rule is geared toward preventing reasonable foreseeable hazards in four major contamination pathways: water, worker hygiene, materials put in soil, and animal incursions onto produce fields. He also said the rules address conditions in packing houses.He emphasized that a one-size-fits-all strategy won’t work for all growers and that the rule carefully targets requirements to commodities where standards can make a safety difference.For example, Taylor said the application of irrigation water standards will mostly apply to fruit and vegetables that are sprayed directly, rather than watered by drip irrigation. Also, he said the rules typically wouldn’t apply to vegetables such as potatoes and artichokes that are cooked before they are eaten.The FDA proposes that larger farms comply with the new rule 26 months after it is finalized and that smaller farms would have more time to comply. It added that all farms will have more time to comply with certain water quality requirements.Meanwhile, Taylor said the proposed food facility rule sets up a hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) approach that is already used by, for example, the juice and seafood industries. “This would apply to all food processing settings,” he said. The rule would require both domestic- and foreign-based facilities to develop formal plans for preventing foodborne illnesses.The FDA is proposing that food manufacturers comply with the rule 1 year after the final rules appear in the Federal Register. It said small and very small businesses would have more time to comply.FDA officials said today that the agency will soon release three more proposed rules. One would require importers to verify that food grown or processed oversees is as safe as domestic counterparts, and another is aimed at strengthening the quality of overseas third-party food safety audits. The third rule proposes prevention controls for animal food facilities.Hamburg said it was difficult to assess what the rules would cost taxpayers. “There are many moving parts. We recognize that different pieces will occur at different times with different levels of investment,” she said. Some health officials and consumer groups have aired concerns that the federal budget doesn’t include adequately funding for implementation of the FSMA, some of which is to be supported by fees.”Resources remain an ongoing concern,” she said.Taylor said that once the 120-day comment period ends, it could take the FDA about a year to analyze the feedback, revise the rules, and release final versions.Industry groups weigh inTwo major industry groups responded today to the FDA’s proposed rules. Bryan Silbermann, president and chief executive officer of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), in a letter to members today called the rules landmark proposals to improve the safety of the food supply, with implications for every link in the global fresh produce supply chain. The PMA represents 2,200 members of the produce and mass-market floral industry supply chain.”We are eager to review and assess these rules so that we can provide thoughtful, real-world comments to the FDA that will advance produce safety in ways that are practical for your businesses,” he told members.Silbermann said that over the coming days the PMA would post an online summary of the proposed rules and offer a free webinar with FDA and PMA experts. He added that PMA leaders will analyze the proposed rules over the next few months and submit comments to the FDA.The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which represents 300 businesses in the consumer packaged food industry and related fields, issued a statement today welcoming the release of the proposed rules.”To fully implement FSMA, the FDA will issue more than 50 regulations aimed at improving food safety,” it said. “Today, we applaud the Obama Administration and the FDA for releasing the first two sets of proposed regulations from the new FSMA law (preventive controls and produce safety) for public comment.”The group said it was pleased that FSMA implementation is progressing and looks forward to working with the FDA by continuing to share its knowledge and best practices and by commenting on the proposed rules.Praise from consumer groupsMeanwhile, consumer groups praised the draft rules as a sign of progress. Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), said in a statement that even though the proposed rules are 12 months behind the congressionally set date, they are an important step toward the FDA’s goal of preventing more outbreaks.”These proposed regulations are a sign of progress that should be welcomed by consumers and the food industry alike. Still needed are protections in the form of rules aimed at ensuring the safety of imported food, also mandated by FSMA and long overdue,” she said in the statement.Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at the Consumers Union, said in a statement, “We look forward to analyzing FDA’s proposals. These rules really go to the heart of the problems we’ve had with food safety in recent years.” The group urged federal officials to release pending proposals on food imports and pet food safety.See also:Jan 4 FDA statementJan 4 PMA statementJan 4 GMA statementDec 4, 2012, CIDRAP News scan “FDA defense in lawsuit over food safety law: It’s complicated”Jan 4 CSPI statementJan 4 CU statementlast_img read more

Visteon CFO Daniel Coulson to Retire Next Month

first_imgDEARBORN, MI — Daniel Coulson, Visteon’s executive vice president and CFO, has announced he will retire on March 31, after a distinguished 38-year career at Visteon and Ford Motor Co. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Coulson was director of worldwide accounting for Ford before joining Visteon prior to its spin-off from the auto manufacturer in 2000. He began at Ford in 1965 as an accountant with the General Parts Division. Coulson originally intended to announce his retirement in early December 2003, but agreed to remain with the company on an interim basis after his replacement, George Strickler, former CFO at BorgWarner, withdrew from the new appointment. Pestillo said the company is making progress in its search for Coulson’s new successor and expects to announce its plans soon. For more information about Visteon, go to: www.visteon.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Honeywell makes new appointment

first_imgWithin his new role, Zhang will be responsible for executing Honeywell’s business objectives in the company’s single largest country market outside the US.“We have long history of development in China, and strong commitment to better serve the China market,” said Shane Tedjarati, President of Honeywell Global High Growth Regions.“His unique experience and proven track record will be a definite asset as we continue our success in this important market.”Zhang previously served as President of Honeywell Technology Solutions for four years. In is role, Zhang drove an internal innovation process along with external ecosystem partnerships to strengthen Honeywell’s technological leadership as a competitive advantage.Prior to that, Zhang served seven years as Asia leader for Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies business, where he oversaw a period of significant growth. Prior to that, he worked for Honeywell UOP for 18 years.Zhang replaces William Yu, who will now take a global leadership role within Honeywell.last_img read more

Union firm hungry to expand with dietician group ABS

first_imgA loss-making alternative business structure set up by two trade unions branches out today to offer legal services to thousands of dieticians.UnionLine, wholly owned by the CWU and GMB trade unions, has joined forces with the British Dietetic Association to create BDA Legal. The new entity will provide a full range of services to more than 9,000 members of the dieticians’ union.The move comes three years after UnionLine was formed as a ‘one stop shop’ for union members, during which time the company has grown from 27 staff to a headcount of 90 at its Sheffield base. The organisation has handled thousands of claims and wills on behalf of members but has suffered increasing losses according to its annual accounts.John Colbert, spokesman for UnionLine, said: ‘It is extremely gratifying for us to be able to provide members of BDA with the same legal services that hundreds of thousands of other trade union members access via the model we have begun and passionately believe in.’We hold a very principled position of maintaining for all of our members in the GMB, CWU and now BDA their ability to retain 100% of any costs awarded to them as paramount to accessing justice.’Since UnionLine and its equivalant in Scotland began operating, the organisation has dealt with 255,000 calls to its advice line, recorded 27,000 personal injury claims, 11,000 employment claims, drafted 5,294 wills and obtained £24.7m in compensation for members or their family members.Andy Burman, chief executive of the BDA, said the legal services will increase its offer to members, giving them essential services when they most need them and adding ‘real value’ to the cost of subscriptions.Since its foundation, the non-for-profit UnionLine has recorded increased turnover but has struggled to stem losses. According to annual accounts filed with Companies House in February, covering the 12 months up to 31 May 2016, UnionLine recorded an operating loss of £3.45m, compared with £2.9m losses in 2014/15.Turnover from legal services increased over the same period from £1.6m to £3.6m. At 31 May 2016, the business had 8,380 live personal injury cases with an estimated value of between £4.6m and £7m.The LLP owed £4.38m to the GMB union and £2.16m to the CWU union at the year end.last_img read more

U.N. appeals for $166 million for drought-hit Kenya

first_imgThe United Nations says it has appealed for $166 in aid to assist about 2.6 million people that have been affected by the drought in Kenya.The agency on Thursday said that more than 350,000 children, pregnant women and new mothers are acutely malnourished, with malnutrition rates in the country’s northern counties estimated to be above 30 percent, double the emergency threshold.“We must act together now to avert further suffering,” said Joseph Kinyua, Kenya’s head of public service and the president’s chief of staff.The U.N. has warned the world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War Two, with millions facing starvation and famine.An alliance of British aid agencies on Wednesday launched an appeal for more than 16 million people facing starvation in East Africa, including Kenya.The other countries affected by the drought include Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan.The situation in South Sudan has however largely credited to the violence that has rocked the country for more than three years.Eastern and southern Africa were hard hit in 2016 by drought exacerbated by El Nino – a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean – that wilted crops, slowed economic growth and drove food prices higher.The government has allocated $100 million to the emergency response, but more money is needed to provide life-saving food, health, water and sanitation services, the U.N. said in it’s statement released on Thursday.Eastern and southern Africa were hard hit in 2016 by drought exacerbated by El Nino – a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean – that wilted crops, slowed economic growth and drove food prices higher.Half of Kenya is in crisis with large numbers of people on the move, particularly nomadic pastoralists in the north.The government has allocated $100 million to the emergency response, but more money is needed to provide life-saving food, health, water and sanitation services, the U.N. said.last_img read more

The Right Rev Dr Derek Browning Tours The New Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

first_imgDawn Allan, Spiritual Care Lead, with the Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, was today (Tuesday) impressed by what he saw at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.The Right Reverend was joined by Rev John McMahon, Chaplain and Lily Stevenson, the Moderator of Dumfries Presbytery.He was welcomed by Dawn Allan, Spiritual Care Lead, alongside Phil Jones, Chairman and Eddie Docherty, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals.Dawn says: “The visit provided a fantastic opportunity to showcase our amazing new hospital, and in particular The Sanctuary which is a non-denominational area for peace, prayer and support.“The Sanctuary itself sits in the heart of the new hospital and features an area which cost host a gathering, quiet side rooms and special facilities for washing ahead of prayer, as required by different religions.“It was extremely fitting that the Right Reverend was given the opportunity to see for himself the first class services that are available here at NHS Dumfries and Galloway.”last_img read more

US repatriates 65 Cubans picked up at sea

first_imgInternationalNewsPrintRegional US repatriates 65 Cubans picked up at sea by: Associated Free Press – August 20, 2015 Tweet Share Share Sharecenter_img 123 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! (file photo)MIAMI, United States (AFP) — The US Coast Guard has repatriated 65 Cubans caught at sea while trying to reach Florida in rickety vessels, officials said Wednesday.The Cubans were picked up over the past few days in six separate interdictions in the Florida Straits, the Coast Guard said.Cuba is about 150 kilometers (90) miles from the southernmost part of Florida.Cuban migrants, unlike those from any other nation, are allowed to stay in the United States if they succeed in reaching land. But they are repatriated if picked up at sea.Fear that this special treatment will end has triggered a rise in the number of attempted crossings since the United States and Cuba announced in December plans to restore diplomatic ties. They finally did so on July 20.Since October 3,611 Cubans have attempted the dangerous crossing by sea, according to the Coast Guard.last_img read more

Launch of the Truth About Drugs Booklets

first_img Share LocalNews Launch of the Truth About Drugs Booklets by: – October 14, 2016 30 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share The National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit, in collaboration with Crime Stoppers Dominica recently launched the “Truth About Drugs” booklets at the St. Mary’s Academy. The National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit and Crime Stoppers Dominica received a large donation of booklets on a series of informational material compliments the MV Freewinds, which over the years, has provided community service to Dominica in many ways. The Truth About Drugs Programme provides practical tools to give the youth solid facts which enable them to choose to lead drug-free lives all on their own. The St. Mary’s Academy, St. Martin Secondary School, Goodwill Secondary School, Dominica Grammar School and the Wesley High School each received a share of drug education packages.Coordinator of the National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit Ms. Jacinta Bannis encouraged the students to commit themselves to be responsible adolescents with the vision of succeeding academically, socially and spiritually. “By staying in school and having no desire for using and consuming alcohol and other drugs, you can lay claim to a bright future.”The National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit stands committed to drug demand reduction in our schools and communities. The Unit has established strong links in our primary schools and would like to see a strengthening of that relationship with our secondary schools. Crime Stoppers Dominica encouraged the students to make responsible decisions as it relates to drug abuse citing the correlation between drug abuse and the committal of crime and as such, the Truth About Drugs Programme is vital to efforts at crime prevention and reduction.The National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit and Crime Stoppers Dominica expressed gratitude to the MV Freewinds for the donation of booklets. Sharelast_img read more