This new stainless steel Affinity Anthem SL-AF road bike just goes to show that rim brakes aren’t dead, and that steel can give carbon a run for its money as a platform for killer weight weenie builds.Combining the lifetime durability and ride quality of premium steel with race-ready geometry and a mix of classic & modern tech, the Anthem can be built up from a reasonably-priced frameset to a $10,000 Super Light AF build that the UCI won’t even let you race…Affinity Anthem stainless steel, rim-brake road bikephotos c. AffinityKnown mostly for their urban fixed gear Lo Pro & other track bike creations, Brooklyn, NY’s Affinity Cycles is branching out onto the road with the new stainless steel Anthem road bike. Developed as a race-ready but club ride-friendly option for roadies looking for something different, the Affinity Anthem is a reminder of the beauty & potential of a premium steel road bike.Anthem – Tech detailsThe Anthem mixes modern & classic details in the custom-drawn & butted 2205 stainless steel frame, adding flattened seatstays & shaped chainstays to optimize both drivetrain performance and rider comfort.Classic details include simple things like a rim brakes, QR drops with 100/130mm hub spacing, replaceable derailleur hanger, 68mm wide BB, and a 27.2mm seatpost. But modern features make the bike, like the machined 44mm headtube for a 1.5″ tapered steerer, that threaded bottom bracket is actually a T47, modular internal cable routing with removable plates to work with mechanical or electronic drivetrains, plus room for 28mm tires even inside the rim brakes.The entire frame gets a sandblasted finish with low-key polished Affinity graphics. And it will come in four stock frame sizes (S-XL). We haven’t seen official geometry, but it is claimed to fit riders from 5’2″ to 6’3″.Affinity Anthem SL-AF steel road bike, weight weenie buildTo be honest, $10,000 for the weight weenie Affinity Anthem SL-AF quickly starts to look like a good deal when you break down the individual components. Affinity calls this their Level 3 complete build for the Anthem, with a claimed weight for a medium frame of 6.58kg, just 14.5lb.They say they went “full tilt weight weenie” here to craft a “featherweight battle-axe created to smash all carbon bikes”. The idea was to create a road bike as light as top mass-production carbon road bikes, but with a style and uniqueness that big bike companies can’t really match at 1.5x the price.It’s hard to argue with a Chris King ceramic bottom bracket or SRAM Red eTap AXS; Affinity takes advantage of its rarer rim-brake version, with the option for 1x (Garbaruk 50T chainring) or 2x setups.But the Anthem SL-AF really starts shedding grams left & right with an exotic build… Cane Creek eeBrakes handle stopping, and Stages-equipped power meter eeWings cranks put the power down.Spanish carbon specialist Darimo lends their 65g T1 Loop seatpost, 118g bar, 78g stem & 4g seatpost clamp.A Portuguese carbon Gelu saddle doesn’t add much more at 71g, even said to be comfortable for all-day riding thanks to its integrated carbon spring design & ergo cutout. Plus there are a pair of 10g carbon bottle cages that didn’t make the photoshoot.The Anthem SL-AF includes plenty of premium lightweight finishing kit, but not those Lightweight wheels, instead getting a “featherweight” 938g, 38mm deep carbon tubular wheelset handbuilt by Affinity around Extralite hubs/skewers with Ultralite Ti spokes, then wrapped with 25mm Vittoria Corsa G tubs.Anthem – Pricing & availabilityThe Anthem frameset itself sells for $1,750 and includes the stainless frame, the full carbon fork, and a headset. Affinity’s most affordable Level 1 complete build will sell for $3,500 with a SRAM Force 1x or 2x mechanical groupset, Thomson components & DT Swiss wheels ($1,500 extra to add the lighter Affinity SL-AF carbon wheels).At $7500, the Level 2 Anthem build is still claimed under 6.8kg/15lb, again with SRAM Force. But it starts delivers most of the ultralight components from Darimo, Extralite & Gelu, plus the eeBrakes & eeWings cranks, Chris King ceramic BB, and the Affinity SL-AF carbon wheels with Vittoria Corsa tires. All it is really lacking is the Red AXS group & power meter of the $10,000 bike, making this probably the best weight weenie value out of the bunch!Both framesets and complete bike builds are available in June 2020. Independent bike shops around the US can stock Affinity bikes through J&B, plus there are a number of existing international Affinity dealer shops where you’ll be able to find the new bike.AffinityCycles.com
Masi’s new bikes are a spectacle of contrasts. On the one hand, you have a classic looking, double butted 8-speed cyclocross bike that looks to be a perfect commuter first, casual ‘cross racer second. It’s spec’d up with Shimano shifters and derailleurs, Kenda Small Block 8 ‘cross tires and a steel fork. Actually, it’s the same frame and fork as their 2010 Speciale road bike, just built up to occasionally own some grass and dirt. Retail is just $900.Then you have the all-new carbon Evoluzione road bikes to look positively insane. Jump on past the break to see the other five color options and specs, deets, etc… The 2011 Evoluzione is built around Masi’s Total Overdrive System, which means oversized chainstays, a BB30 bottom bracket and big, tapered headtube with 1.5″ lowers. Additionally, the frame and fork are designed to complement each other’s stiffness, making the bike very rigid from head to tow.Keeping all that rigidity and stiffness from punishing your spine is the job of the seatstays. They’re squashed flat such that they’re slightly ovalized, which keeps out-of-the-saddle sprints sufficiently flex free but offers a bit of vertical compliance over the rough stuff.Two versions of the frame will be offered with three build options on the high end and two on the low end. The top three bikesÂ get Shimano Dura-Ace and Ultegra and SRAM Force kits, depending on your budget. Those frames get high modulus carbon fiber in the frame and fork with carbon dropouts front and rear. The lower level bikes have the option of Shimano 105 or SRAM Apex and get mid-modulus carbon with a carbon fork with alloy steerer and alloy dropouts (the frame has carbon dropouts).Other than the fork and carbon mix, the frames share the same feature, including internal cable routing with full length guides/housing. The Dura-Ace bike’s frame will also be available as a frame only option.
18th JNC to fill a circuit vacancy November 1, 2015 Regular News 18th JNC to fill a circuit vacancy The 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the circuit bench. Applicants must have been a member of the Bar for the preceding five years, a registered voter, and must be a resident of the territorial jurisdiction of the court at the time he or she assumes office. Applications can be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org; or obtained from the office of Alan H. Landman, JNC Chair, 7195 Murrell Road, Suite 102, Melbourne 32940; or from Steven Kramer, JNC Vice Chair, 1057 Maitland Center Commons Blvd., Suite 101, Maitland 32751. Ten copies of the completed application and attachments and one copy of the application with redactions of financial and identification information must be delivered to Landman no later than noon, December 1.
WHO details 7 recent Saudi MERS casesThe World Health Organization (WHO) today detailed seven cases of MERS-CoV reported by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) between Sep 16 and Oct 10. Three of the cases are linked to direct or indirect contact with camels, including drinking raw camel milk. The sources of exposure are being investigated in the remaining four cases.The four cases with unknown exposure were all in men. A 28-year-old male expatriate in Hail, and a 43-year-old male expatriate in Riyadh, both with no known risk facts for MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) remain hospitalized in stable condition. They were diagnosed on Oct 8 and Sep 22, respectively, and have no co-morbidities. A 52-year-old Saudi man from Wadi ad-Dawasir is in critical condition after being hospitalized on Sep 19. He had co-morbidities. Finally a 70-year-old Saudi from Hail died on Sep 27 after being admitted to the hospital on Sep 13. A 51-year-old Saudi woman from Al Kharj was diagnosed as having MERS on Sep 29. She had contact with camels in the 2 weeks prior to symptom onset and remains in critical condition in an intensive care unit. Both a 78-year-old Saudi woman from Sakakah and 50 year-old man from Shaqra remain in stable condition with MERS. Both had a history of drinking raw camel milk.The update does not include a group of three recently reported healthcare-related cases in Arar, among other cases.Nov 1 WHO update Study links humidity and temperature to flu outbreaksAbsolute humidity and temperature are the two environmental factors linked to flu outbreaks, shedding new light on what might help drive disease activity in tropical locations, which had previously been harder to pinpoint. A team based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography published its findings yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).Flu activity in temperate countries is known to relate to changes in temperature and absolute humidity, but the picture has been less clear for tropical regions that experience less climate fluctuation.The researchers used an empirical dynamic modeling approach designed to predict flu outbreaks based on absolute humidity, temperature, relative humidity, and precipitation. They incorporated World Health Organization (WHO) data on lab-lab confirmed flu from Jan 1, 1996, to Mar 26, 2014, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weekly temperature and absolute humidity data for each country.The researchers found that absolute humidity drives flu activity across different latitudes, with the temperature determining whether the association is positive or negative, with the balance shifting at around 70° to 75°F.At all latitudes, temperature and absolute humidity were more potent drivers of flu activity than were relative humidity and precipitation. The authors wrote that the findings offer a unified explanation for how environmental factors affact global flu outbreaks.The findings help set the stage for lab studies to test the threshold, with results that could someday support public health measures such as placing humidifiers in schools and hospitals in cold, dry temperate winters or using dehumidifiers or air conditioners in public buildings in the tropics when the temperature is above 75°F.Oct 31 PNAS reportIn its latest global flu update yesterday, meanwhile, the WHO said disease activity in the Southern Hemisphere continues to decline, including in Australia, where flu activity—dominated by H3N2—peaked in September.Northern Hemisphere countries are still at interseasonal levels, and globally only a few countries are reporting upticks. Examples include Cuba, French Guiana, Costa Rica, Laos, and Thailand.Testing at WHO-affiliated labs in the first half of October showed that 85.3% of flu detections were influenza A, and, of subtyped influenza A samples, 93.4% were H3N2.Oct 31 WHO global flu update Study: Fully cleansing robot surgical instruments almost impossibleCompletely removing all contamination from robotic surgical instruments is nearly impossible, even after multiple cleanings, according to Japanese researchers who reported their findings yesterday in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.The team collected instruments immediately after surgery or in-house cleaning and measured residual protein levels after three repeated cleanings. For comparison, they also used the same methods to gauge residual protein on ordinary surgical tools. In-house cleaning methods included manual ultrasonication based on manufacturers’ directions. The researchers examined 132 robotic and ordinary instruments over a 21-month period at facilities in Japan.Robotic tools had more protein residue and lower cleaning efficacy compared with the ordinary tools, with 97.6% cleaning effectiveness for the robotic tools and 99.1% for the ordinary tools. Investigators said the complex structure of the robotic tools makes them more difficult to clean and that the findings point to a need to establish new cleaning methods based on repeated residual protein measurements, rather than just one.Yuhei Saito, RN, PHN, MS, lead author of the study and assistant professor at the University of Tokyo Hospital, said in a press release from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the publisher of the journal, said the robotic instruments are wonderful tools that allow surgeons to operate with care, but complete decontamination has been a challenge. “By implementing new cleaning procedures using repeated measurements of the level of contamination on an instrument more than once, we could potentially save many patients from future infections.”Oct 31 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol abstract Oct 31 SHEA press release
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Carnival Corporation said it has signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build four next-generation cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the world.The contract with Meyer Werft is part of larger previously signed strategic memo of understanding with leading shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Fincantieri for nine new ship orders between 2019 and 2022, the company said in a statement.The four new ships will also feature a “green cruising” design. The ships will be the first in the cruise industry to be powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas.The company said two of the ships will be manufactured for AIDA Cruises at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Additional information about the ships, including which new ships will be added to each brand, will be made available at a later date.Based on Carnival Corporation’s innovative new ship design, each of the four next-generation ships will have a total capacity of 6,600 guests, feature more than 5,000 lower berths, exceed 180,000 gross tons and incorporate an extensive number of guest-friendly features. A major part of the innovative design involves making much more efficient use of the ship’s spaces, creating an enhanced onboard experience for guests.Pioneering a new era in the use of sustainable fuels, the four new ships will be the first in the cruise industry to use LNG in dual-powered hybrid engines to power the ship both in port and on the open sea. LNG will be stored onboard and used to generate 100 percent power at sea – producing another industry-first innovation for Carnival Corporation and its brands. Using LNG to power the ships in port and at sea will eliminate emissions of soot particles and sulfur oxides.In addition to the two ships being built in Germany, Meyer Werft – which had the capacity to accommodate these four ship-building orders in its production schedule — will also build the two additional ships detailed at its shipyard in Turku, Finland.[mappress mapid=”17431″]Image: Meyer Werft
This story has now been closed to comments. A judge has refused a McKenzie friend permission to speak on behalf of a litigant in person, stressing the court should be ‘slow’ to allow oral submissions.Following a one-day hearing this week, the Honourable Mrs Justice Steyn DBE said the claimant in Ameyaw v McGoldrick & Ors was a well-educated, intelligent woman who was clearly able to speak on her own behalf.The judge added it was ‘readily apparent’ from the history of litigation between the parties that the claimant had extensive experience of litigation, including experience representing herself. But the judge also said she might change her stance if the claimant could produce evidence of health problems that constituted ‘special circumstances’.The claim itself is for libel, malicious falsehood, breach of confidence and misuse of private information. A preliminary hearing was held on Wednesday to decide a number of issues, including the claimant’s application for her McKenzie friend, named as Mr Ogilvy, to be permitted to make oral submissions on her behalf.The judge had already accommodated the claimant’s request to hold the hearing in a physical court, saying she would be disadvantaged by a remote hearing.But when she applied to let Ogilvy speak for her, Steyn stressed to the claimant that her McKenzie friend would be limited to providing ‘moral support’, including taking notes, helping with case papers and quietly giving advice on any aspect of the conduct of the case. The judge did allow those in court to use mobile phones, given the need to socially distance in court.The court heard the only reason the claimant gave for asking permission for Ogilvy to make oral submissions on her behalf was, in effect, that she was underprepared because she had assumed that he would be able to. It also emerged in the judgment that Ogilvy had previously been convicted on counts of falsely representing he was a barrister.The judge added: ‘Given that McKenzie friends are only permitted to make oral submissions in special or very exceptional circumstances, there was no basis on which the claimant (or Mr Ogilvy) could properly have assumed that the court would grant him a right of audience.’The judgment recorded that when Steyn refused the claimant’s application to grant Ogilvy a right of audience, her behaviour changed ‘very suddenly and dramatically’. She became extremely angry, shouting loudly at the judge and throwing files forcefully down onto the bench. She then appeared to sit down under the bench so she was no longer visible to the judge.After an ambulance was called by Ogilvy, the hearing was adjourned to later in the day. But the claimant did not return to court, and the defendants – by now the only parties present – agreed to the hearing being postponed by two days to today.
FINAL bids are due on March 3 for a contract to build the planned 3 km extension of the Istanbul heavy metro from Taksim to Unkapan?µ. Including a bridge across the Golden Horn, the extension is provisionally costed at 36 trillion lire.Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has prequalified nine consortia for the work, including Turkish firms Yüksel and Güris; Bayinder and Limak; Gülermak, Ferrovial, Agroman and Auxini of Spain; Yap?µ Merkezi with Wayss & Freytag and Interbeton; Baytur, Cengiz, Kiska and Mitsubishi; IHI of Japan with Enka and Dogus; Gama Endustri with Vitkovice of the Czech Republic and Trevi of Italy; Tekfen; and STFA, Temel and Alke.Prequalification bids for the next 2·5 km metro extension, from Unkapan?µ to Yenikap?µ, were submitted in early February. These included bids from Taylor Woodrow with Gülermak, AGE with Beton und Monierbau, Yap?µ Merkezi, and Gama Endüstri. Also costed at 36 trillion lire, this section will be funded directly by the municipality. Five consortia submitted prequalification bids at the end of January for a US$250m turnkey contract to build and equip a 7·5 km extension of Istanbul’s light metro network from Otogar to Bagcilar and Mahmutbey, including six stations. They are: Adtranz with Yapi Merkezi and ABB; Ulermak and Taylor Woodrow of Great Britain; Ceylan with Nesco of Spain; Enka, Caravan and SNC Lavalin of Canada; and Yuksel and Guris with Ansaldo of Italy.The Municipality of Antalya has negotiated funding from the US Trade & Development Agency for design and feasibility studies for construction of a 41 km light rail network. Mayor Hasan Subasi envisages three routes. The Örnekk
CC-BY-2.0/Wikimedia Commons)” src=”https://d1c4d7gnm6as1q.cloudfront.net/pictures/web/import/pics/tn_es-santiagodecompostela-crash-credit-contando_estrelas_ccby2.jpg?w=660″ />SPAIN: At 20.41 on July 24 a Madrid – Ferrol Alvia service derailed on a curve on the approach to Santiago de Compostela. Formed of a Class 730 gauge-convertible electro-diesel Talgo trainset, the 15.00 from Madrid was carrying 218 passengers, according to a joint statement from Spanish train operator RENFE and infrastructure manager ADIF.The train had 12 vehicles, with an electric and a diesel power car at the ends. The rear power cars appear to have caught fire after the impact, and one of the intermediate coaches was thrown up on to an adjacent road; other cars rolled over or struck a retaining wall. Reports on July 25 indicated that 79 people had died in the accident with many more injured. The train had left the high speed alignment and should have been slowing in preparation for the stop at Santiago station, about 3 to 4 km from the site of the accident. The speed limit on the curve is understood to be 80 km/h, but Spanish media reported that the train driver had said over the train radio that the train had been travelling at 190 km/h. A video taken from a lineside security camera appeared to show coaches behind the front power cars derailing first, pulling the heavier leading vehicles over as the train rounded the curve. Whereas Spain’s high speed standard gauge lines are equipped with ERTMS, Spanish media suggested that this section of the route which had opened in December 2011 was fitted only with the standard Spanish ASFA train warning equipment.