Bikes of the 2016 Taiwan KOM: Brett Lindstrom’s Lightweight Urgestalt

first_imgBrett Lindstrom is a former U.S. Pro rider and hill climb champion. Brett may have hung up his wheels but remains affiliated with cycling as the face of Lake Cycling Shoes in the United States. This isn’t the first time he’s appeared at the Taiwan KOM Challenge. In 2014, Brett and the rest of the field suffered on the gradients and the endless rain that doused the mountain. Two years later, the 2016 edition of the race was run under near perfect weather conditions. Perfect for riding fast, provided you have the legs.Magura USA are the importers of the Lightweight brand into the United States. Known mostly for their premium hand-made carbon wheels, German based Lightweight expanded their portfolio to include high performance frames. The Urgestalt came into existence around 2012, and is a frame Lightweight feel is the perfect chassis to match the performance of their wheelsets. Magura USA kindly loaned a 13lb Lightweight Urgestalt for a period of review to Brett – less than ideal, I snapped pics of Brett’s bike in a hotel room – ultimately the bike that Brett would use to conquer the 2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge. Click on through for more info about the bike…Lightweight claim the Urgestalt facilitates optimal power transmission, allowing a rider’s power to flow through the frame and into the wheelset with no losses.It’s designed in Germany, but Lightweight keep manufacturing costs and retail prices down by shifting frame production to Asia. It is well known that many companies in this region of world are at the forefront of carbon fiber frame production.It wouldn’t be a Lightweight bike unless it was shod with a pair of Lightweight wheels. In the case of Brett’s bike, the Gipfelsturm wheelset with its rim depth of 27mm, was one of the factors that aided Brett’s fantastic ride to the summit. Relatively low profile by today’s carbon rim standards, the Gipfelsturm weigh a little over 1,000 grams and is reasonably aerodynamic considering its shallow rim depth. Vredestein’s Forteza Senso all-weather tubular tires handled the rubber.CeramicSpeed bearings are at the heart of the Gipfelsturm wheelset, held securely in place with Lightweight’s carbon handle skewers, tipping the scale at a scant 44 grams… for the pair.Shimano’s ultra-reliable Dura-Ace Di2 9070 groupset is fitted to Brett’s Urgestalt. Compact 50 / 34 chainrings are fitted.No chain catcher or other form of chain retention was used.The Ultegra 6800 cassette on the rear Gipfelsturm wheel is an 11-32. A few inward turns of the B-screw allow the short cage Di2 derailleur to accurately and reliably shift on a cassette that Shimano says is beyond the capacity of the derailleur.Handarbeit fur Beinarbeit translates to Hand Finished Handcrafted to be Leg Powered. German speakers, please correct me if I am wrong.Regardless of a mechanical or wired electronic drivetrain, all cables on the Urgestalt, including the rear brake cable, are routed discreetly inside the frame.In the case of Shimano’s 9070 Dura-Ace Di2, only one of the downtube cable ports is utilized.No direct-mount brakes or other aero fork tricks for the Urgestalt.The standard Dura-Ace 9070 brake is easy to install, easy to adjust and has plenty of stopping power.Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 shifters fitted to a Lightweight branded handlebar, wrapped in Lightweight branded handlebar tape. 3T’s ARX Team stem in a 100mm length / 6 degree angle keeps the handlebar securely connected to the steerer tube of the Urgestalt.Lightweight’s combination spacer / control box hanger for electronic, wired drivetrains.Lightweight branded carbon fiber bottle cage. MSRP on one of these is $US 150.00.Difficult to see from this angle, the seatpost binder is tucked beneath the top tube of the Urgestalt.A slightly used Selle Italia Superflow saddle is perched atop the aerodynamic, setback, Lightweight seatpost. The Lightweight Urgestalt frame and fork is available in six sizes and retails for $US 6,500.00. Brett was astride a 58 with a 57.5cm top tube.Brett Lindstrom. Photo by Paolo Penni Martelli.Don’t underestimate the difficulty of the Taiwan KOM Challenge. Brett is an accomplished rider and pushed himself hard, suffering badly from altitude sickness in the final 10 kilometers. Once across the finish line in a time of 4:15:25, Brett was tended to by paramedics and given oxygen. A short time later he was transported down the mountain a little to a lower elevation.For an account of my 2016 Taiwan KOM experience, check out Part One, Part Two, Part Three and my Race Day video.Lightweight Wheels and Urgestalt FramesArticle and photos by Gravel Cyclist. Jayson O’Mahoney is the Gravel Cyclist: A website about the Gravel Cycling Experience.last_img read more

Court records shed light on DVHA chief’s role in 38 Studios deal

first_imgby Morgan True vtdigger.org(link is external) Newly released court documents show that Department of Vermont Health Access Commissioner Steven Costantino was aware that money in a loan-guarantee program he crafted as a lawmaker in Rhode Island was being set aside for the now bankrupt video game designer 38 Studios. In 2010, as chair of the Rhode Island House Finance Committee, Costantino helped craft and guide the passage of a $125 million loan guarantee program. The economic development program was increased from $50 million as a result of Costantino’s involvement.Steven Costantino (right) is commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. Photo by Morgan True/VTDiggerThough it was not public at the time, $75 million of that was earmarked to induce 38 Studios, the video game company owned by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, to move its operations from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. Less than two years later, the game maker went bankrupt.In a statement to VTDigger on Monday, Costantino said that while he was aware 38 Studios was a potential recipient of the program, he had no involvement with the failed loan.“I did not play any role in bringing (38 Studios) to Rhode Island as did others in government. I was tasked to handle the legislation affecting the company by my superiors. After that legislative activity, I had nothing to do with approving the loan to the company and have had nothing to do with the company ever since. I want to make it very clear that the legislation granted authority (to create the fund) only,” Costantino said.He declined to answer follow-up questions citing an ongoing civil lawsuit. One outstanding question for many in Rhode Island is why Costantino didn’t disclose 38 Studios as a likely beneficiary of the program he championed.The Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. (EDC) is suing Schilling and others who engineered the deal. Last week, a judge unsealed documents in the three-year-old lawsuit. Costantino is not named as a defendant in that lawsuit, but the documents show that he was aware that money was being set aside for 38 Studios.Costantino met with Schilling and former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox in late March or early April 2010, the documents show. Fox is in jail after being convicted on unrelated corruption charges. In a deposition, former EDC director Keith Stokes said he met with Costantino and Fox at Costantino’s Statehouse office around the same time, according to a WPRI Channel 12 report(link is external).“I was briefing them on a variety of different things. I said we met on two occasions with 38. We had a team in place and from that initial meeting of the team they brought back that their capital needs, relocating to Rhode Island was in the $75 million range,” Stokes said in the deposition, according to WPRI.Stokes said that Costantino’s response was, in part, “What if we were to add an additional 75 – it wasn’t called job creation, but this capital program would become $125 million program versus a $50 million program.”The loan guarantee program was originally part of a supplemental appropriation bill that sailed through the Rhode Island House but ran aground in the Senate. Costantino later introduced the loan guarantee program as standalone legislation, which was ultimately passed by the Legislature.The Providence Journal reviewed the legislative record from House debates on the loan guarantee program when it was still part of the larger appropriation bill. The review found(link is external) that Costantino “insisted that the loan guarantee program arose from a hearing two weeks earlier in which the business community encouraged the state to ramp up its portfolio of financial offerings and incentives.”After losing a bid for mayor of Providence, Costantino took a job as secretary of the Rhode Island Department of Health and Human Services, appointed by former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee. Costantino served in that role until shortly after Gov. Gina Raimondo took over.Raimondo hired former Green Mountain Care Board Chair Anya Rader Wallack to take over Rhode Island’s Affordable Care Act exchange, and shortly after that Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin announced he would hire Costantino to take over DVHA.Shumlin spokesman Scott Coriell said the governor and his staff were “generally aware” of Costantino’s involvement in the 38 Studios ordeal when he was hired. “Steven’s been doing a great job as commissioner. We’re lucky and glad to have him,” Coriell said.Lawrence Miller, a top Shumlin aide, said he was mostly focused on Costantino’s time with Rhode Island’s Health and Human Services Department, saying his experience with Medicaid and the Ocean State exchange made him an attractive candidate.Miller said he’s read some of the recent coverage of Costantino’s role in crafting the program that ultimately brought 38 Studios to Rhode Island.“At that time, it was really competitive,” Miller said. He said he wasn’t surprised that Rhode Island officials were working on a way to lure the company, which was being wooed by other states, too.As for Costantino not revealing that 38 Studios was the likely recipient of much of the money from the loan-guarantee program, Miller said he’s not aware of what’s customary in the Rhode Island Legislature, but it doesn’t surprise him that Costantino and others didn’t “broadcast” that intent to rank-and-file legislators.last_img read more

Tainted Jimmy John’s sprouts linked to illnesses in 5 states

first_img The 12 patients are from Iowa (5), Missouri (3), Kansas (2), Arkansas (1), and Wisconsin (1). All are female, and no hospitalizations or deaths have been reported. Patient ages range from 9 to 49 years. Among cases with available information, illness onset dates range from Dec 25, 2011, to Jan 15. The CDC said the probe is still ongoing, but preliminary results from the epidemiologic and trace-back investigations both point to eating clover sprouts at the Jimmy John’s locations as the likely source of the outbreak. Previous sprout outbreak investigations have shown that sprout seeds can become contaminated in several different ways, such as contact with contaminated water, improperly composted manure, or animal feces, the CDC said. It added that the seeds can also be contaminated during harvesting, distribution, and storage. Growing conditions can allow any bacteria on the seeds to grow rapidly. The epidemiologic investigation found that 10 of 11 patients with available information had eaten at a Jimmy John’s restaurant within 7 days of getting sick. Eight reported eating a sandwich with sprouts, and 9 ate a sandwich that contained lettuce. See also: A trace-back investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified a common lot of clover sprout seeds used to grow the sprouts at the Jimmy John’s locations where the sick patients had dined. The FDA and its state partners found two sprouting facilities that used the same lot of clover seeds to grow sprouts for Jimmy John’s restaurants. Feb 15, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – An Escherichia coli O26 outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts served on Jimmy John’s sandwiches has sickened 12 people in five states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. In 2010, Jimmy John’s customers in Illinois were among the 140 patients sickened in an alfalfa sprout–related outbreak that involved Salmonella serotype I 4,[5],12:i:-. The outbreak prompted Jimmy John’s to switch from alfalfa to clover sprouts, according to a report last year from The Packer, an agricultural industry newspaper. The seed supplier notified the sprouting operations about the potentially contaminated lot of seeds and asked them to stop using it. Investigations are under way to find other locations that may have sold clover sprouts grown from the same seed lot.center_img Clover seeds are often produced for agricultural use, and some may not be processed for human consumption, according to the CDC. Feb 15 CDC outbreak announcement Contaminated raw sprouts have played a role in several foodborne illness outbreaks, including one linked to fenugreek seeds in Europe that sickened more than 3,100 people last year and was linked to 40 deaths. Jan 12, 2011, Packer story Feb 10, 2011, CDC final Salmonella outbreak update The CDC said there is limited surveillance for E coli O26 and other non-O157 strains, so illnesses may go undiagnosed. The E coli O26 pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern in the outbreak has rarely been seen in PulseNet, a national molecular subtyping network for identifying foodborne bacteria. E coli O26 is one of six non-O157 strains that have accounted for a growing portion of E coli illnesses and in June will be classified by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as adulterants in ground beef.last_img read more

Catch Of The Week: Update Windows 10 Now

first_imgBy BECKY RUTHERFORDLos AlamosRunning Windows 10 on your home PC? Make sure that you apply this month’s “Patch Tuesday” update release ASAP.Why are users of Win 10 being urged to upgrade now? The updates include patches for four severe, “wormable” security exploits (CVE-2019-1181, CVE-2019-1182, CVE-2019-1222, and CVE-2019-122) that can let attackers spread malware with zero user interaction. These flaws are similar to the critical BlueKeep and WannaCry vulnerabilities that forced Microsoft to release rare, out of support patches for older versions of Windows.These vulnerabilities are pre-authentication, and if exploited, an attacker could execute arbitrary code on the system, including installing programs, viewing, changing or deleting data, and more. They affect Remote Desktop Services and the Remote Desktop Protocol. These services are disabled by default, so most home users shouldn’t be vulnerable. If this is something that you use, it is even more important to make sure your PC is up to date.Applying the updates will fix the issues and help to keep your Windows 10 machine secure. If you have your updates set to “automatic” they will likely download automatically, you may need to check your PC; it may need to reboot to apply them. Go to the search bar and type in “Windows Updates” and it will take you to this setting; you can check if you are up to date or not. You also might want to double-check that Remote Desktop is off, there’s no reason to run this service unless you need it, and it exposes you to extra risk. Search for “remote access” and select the “Allow remote access to your computer” option that appears. In the system properties pop-up after that, verify that “Allow remote assistance to this computer” is unchecked, and then click OK. Microsoft updates are generally released every second Tuesday of the month, “Patch Tuesday”. Make sure that your system is set to install them automatically and keep your computer protected.Editor’s note: Becky Rutherford works in information technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory.last_img read more

Air Liquide invests €40m in Russian metallurgy

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Red Mountain Energy to supply ASP in Guatemala

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Trawler Maggie Ann FR110 Leaves Shoreham Port’s Dry Dock

first_imgThe Maggie Ann FR110 arrived from her home port in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire earlier this month to receive vital repairs and maintenance work in Shoreham Port’s dry dock.The vessel, owned by Ray Strachan, is used for fishing shell fish for trawler company Beam Trawler Fishing. She is 26.6m in length and weighs 111 tonnes.Keith Wadey, Assistant Port Engineer commented “As well as seeing regular customers using the dry dock over the last couple of years it was great to welcome a new vessel, the trawler Maggie Ann. I was pleased that we could assist with an efficient turnaround which enabled the vessel to return to sea as quickly as possible”.The Maggie Ann, built in Holland in 1961, had the stern gland seal changed around her propeller shaft, which was damaged by rope tightly caught around the shaft. After just four days in the dry dock the work on the Maggie Ann was completed and she returned to duty.[mappress]Press Release, May 31, 2013last_img read more

Practice – parties

first_img A group of companies, including the first, second and third defendant firms, were controlled by the same group of individuals (the group). The claimant was a high-ranking member of that group. In September 2009, he was dismissed from his employment. He subsequently began proceedings against the first and second defendants for, inter alia, wrongful dismissal. In March 2010, the first and second defendants served a defence which alleged, inter alia, that the claimant had been guilty of fraud regarding another company in the group, A Ltd. The details of the alleged misconduct were set out in another action commenced by another company in the group (the fraud action). The fraud action alleged that the claimant had conspired with C and W, two other members of the group to take secret commissions. In November 2010, the three defendants applied to the court without notice for an order joining A Ltd to the main claim as the third defendant, permitting the defendants to counterclaim against the claimant, and permitting the first and third defendants to issue an additional claim against C and W. The court granted the order. Also in November 2010, the claimant made an application for security of costs against the third defendant. On service of the order, the claimant, C and W applied for a new order to the effect that the order of November 2010 be set aside or not continued. Three main issues arose: (i) whether the court had possessed the power to join the third defendant in the employment action and, if so, whether it ought to have used that power and on what terms; (ii) whether the court had possessed the power to permit the first defendant and (if joined) the third defendant to make claims against C and W and, if so, whether it ought to have used that power; and (iii) whether the order ought to be set aside on the grounds that the application ought not to have been made without notice. On the issue of bringing claims against C and W, it was submitted that, as they were both domiciled out of the court’s jurisdiction, proceedings should be brought against them in their countries of residence, namely Spain and Scotland respectively. It was further necessary to consider whether it was appropriate to grant the claimant’s application for security of costs against the third defendant. Consideration was also given to the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention). The court ruled:(1) All that was required for the court to be able to add a new party would be that there was an ‘issue’ to be determined, which was ‘closely connected to the matters in dispute in the proceedings’, not that that issue formed a claim for relief against the new party. The definition of ‘defendant’ in CPR r 19.2 was not intended to restrict the issues: once a party had been joined properly, he would become a defendant within the meaning of the definition (see [19] of the judgment). In the instant case, the court had possessed the power to join A Ltd as a third defendant. The joinder of the third defendant had been desirable so that the issue of the claimant’s alleged breach of duty to the third defendant could be resolved at a trial involving C and W. Furthermore, on the true construction of the Convention, it was appropriate for the cases against C and W to be heard in England. There was nothing to be gained in the interests of justice or administration in issuing proceedings elsewhere (see [20], [26], [33] of the judgment). The order joining the third defendant to the employment action would not be set aside (see [27] of the judgment). Shetty v Al Rushaid Petroleum Investment Company and others [2011] All ER [D] 195 [Jun], Christopher Pymont QC [2011] EWHC 1460 (ch) Joinder of parties – Joinder of defendant – Claimant bringing proceedings for wrongful dismissal Knauf UK GmbH v British Gypsum Ltd [2002] All ER (D) 180 (Apr) distinguished; Dollfus Mieg & Cie v CDW International Ltd, LBJ Regents Ltd v Dollfus Mieg & Cie [2003] All ER (D) 229 (Mar) distinguished; Dunlop Haywards Ltd v Erinaceous Insurance Services Ltd [2008] All ER (D) 11 (Apr) considered. (2) On the evidence, there was clearly a connection between the two claims in the matter. The claimant’s claim could only succeed if the court rejected the defendants’ contention that he had been in breach of his duty to the third defendant. Taking into account all the factors, it had been appropriate for the additional claims to be allowed. It would not matter that the claimant did not seek any relief against the defendant making the additional claim (see [32], [34] of the judgment). The order allowing additional claims to be brought against C and W would not be set aside (see [37] of the judgment). James Evans (instructed by Geldards LLP) for C and W.center_img Charles Samek QC and Joanne Sefton (instructed by Speechly Bircham LLP) for the claimant. Kinnear v Falconfilms NV (Hospital Ruber Internacional, third parties) [1994] 3 All ER 42 considered; Waterford Wedgwood Plc v David Nagli Ltd [1998] FSR 92 considered; Kongress Agentur Hagen GmbH v Zeehaghe BV: 365/88 [1990] ECR I-1845 considered; Barton v Golden Sun Holidays [2007] I.L. Pr. 57 considered. (3) On the evidence, it was possible that if the application had been made with notice, the claimant would have informed C and W about it whilst awaiting a hearing, and one or both of them would have commenced proceedings in another jurisdiction, frustrating the purpose of the application. A Ltd, the first defendant and the second defendant had had a firm evidential basis that the claimant and C and W had been engaged in a conspiracy to procure the payment of secret commissions to themselves. In such circumstances, it was unsurprising that the applicants had sought to proceed without notice. Further, on the facts there had been no material non-disclosure. Furthermore, on the true construction of the order, it was incorrect to suggest that the court had declared that it had no jurisdiction over C and W in relation to the claims in the fraud action (see [39], [40], [47] of the judgment). There was no reason to interfere with the decision to proceed without notice (see [41] of the judgment). (4) On the facts, the application for security of costs had been made promptly and was not being used improperly. It would be inappropriate to enter into detailed discussion of the general merits of the third defendant’s claim. On the material before the court, it would be appropriate to make an order for security of costs (see [52] of the judgment). It would be appropriate in the instant case to make an order for security of costs (see [52] of the judgment). Andrew Moran and James Mather (instructed by Kingsley Napley LLP) for the first, second and third defendants.last_img read more

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Smoothing over the cracks

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