The Speedplay Zero Pavé may have taken its time to get to retailers’ shelves, but the classics inspired pedal is finally here. Originally spotted on pro bikes as far back as 2010, Speedplay introduced the consumer version at Interbike in 2013. At the time Speedplay was showing prototypes and while they hoped to have them available by the first of the year, the company has just finished up the production versions with product shipping to retailers this week.Compared to the original Speedplay Zeros, the Pavé versions use a patented “Swiss Cross” minimalist design that makes entry and release easier in sloppy conditions. Joining a number of products that are usually pulled out just for the Classics like Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem, and Strade Bianchi, the Pavés are now available for consumers.Details next… Available with either a Stainless or Titanium spindle Pavé pedals retail for $339 or $499 respectively. Each pair is hand built in San Diego, CA and includes special edition Pavé cleats. Claimed weights are listed at 188g for titanium or 230g for stainless pedals per pair, with a pair of cleats coming in at 82g for 4 hole or 130g for 3 hole mounting standards. Like most Speedplay pedals, the Pavés use 2 cartridge bearings and 1 needle bearing with grease port per pedal and offer 0-15 degrees of unrestricted flee float. The titanium spindle does carry a 185 lb rider weight limit and all Pavé pedals are recommended for road use only – not for MTB or CX.Available now.speedplay.com
On paper, the Lumaray certainly isn’t the brightest headlight on the market with just 30 lumes, but the COB (Chips On Board) LED panel does offer 270° of visibility. We’re guessing that the lumens are partially a result of how small this light actually is, and the limited space to store a USB rechargeable battery. Even so, the Lumaray manages to crank out a claimed two hours on high, or seven and a half hours on low (seven hours flash).The end result seems like a sleek way to add some safety to the front of your bike for £27.99.fabric.cc There are plenty of Garmin mounts out there that add an additional light mount underneath. But what to do if you already have a single mount, and want to add a light up front… cleanly? Well, then you might want to check out the new Fabric Lumaray.Designed to be about the same size as a Garmin GPS, the Lumaray features the same quarter turn mount with the male side underneath, and the female side on top. That allows it to mount directly to your Garmin mount, then your Garmin mounts right on top of it. The Luminary adds a bit of to-be-seen light without taking up room on your bar.
Broadway veteran Michael McCormick steps into the hit musical Wicked for the first time on February 18. He takes over the role of The Wizard from Kevin Chamberlin, who played his final performance at the Gershwin Theatre on February 17.McCormick is a main-stem alum most recently seen in Hello, Dolly! His other credits include Chaplin, Elf, Curtains, The Pajama Game, Gypsy, La Bête, 1776 and Kiss of the Spider Woman.McCormick joins a cast which currently includes Jessica Vosk as Elphaba, Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Ryan McCartan as Fiyero, Jesse JP Johnson as Boq, Nancy Opel as Madame Morrible, Jamie Jackson as Doctor Dillamond and Kristen Martin as Nessarose.As previously announced, the production will welcome Gizel Jiménez as Nessarose beginning on March 12.Wicked features a book by Winnie Holzman, a score by Stephen Schwartz, direction by Joe Mantello, choreography by Wayne Cilento and music direction by Stephen Oremus. from $95.00 View Comments Michael McCormick Michael McCormick(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Related Shows Wicked Star Files
Gov. Brownback on the night of his 2014 reelection.With just a week to go before the August 2 primaries, we’ll be delving into the candidates’ positions on the issues that matter most to Shawnee Mission Post readers. Each day this week we’ll be running responses from Dorothy Hughes and Neil Melton, the two Republicans in the District 21 House of Representatives primary, to questions submitted by Shawnee Mission Post readers. Today we ask about who the candidates supported for Kansas governor back in 2014:Who did you vote for in the 2014 Kansas governor’s race and why?Neil MeltonI appreciate the question but I’m going to keep that information confidential. One of the freedoms we enjoy in this country is privacy at the ballot box. Even if I was to disclose who I voted for, there would be no way to fact check me any way. As your representative in Topeka I will take all constituents, and the variety of perspectives into consideration when casting votes. I will be accessible to every constituent. When it comes to working with other legislators, I will work with anyone that is willing to work with me, regardless of party.Dorothy HughesMy vote for Governor in 2014 was not about political party, and it was not personal. It was about good government. I voted for Paul Davis because I disagreed – and continue to disagree – with the direction our state has taken. We need to get back on track fiscally in Kansas, with real revenue reform and responsible spending on essential services like public education, transportation, and healthcare. The best way to accomplish this is by returning to an open, inclusive approach to policymaking, and my professional experience will be an asset to the district in this regard. Having worked in public policy for most of my career, I know what it takes to achieve policies that serve the best interests of our families and communities. We are fortunate to have a great system of government in America, and when it works the way it is meant to work – with three independent branches of government and strong local control – we can do great things. The best public policies are made when everyone is around the table working together, working with facts in a transparent way, and we have drifted away from that in Kansas. I believe we can and must return to good government and responsible, responsive public policymaking.Tomorrow we’ll publish the candidates’ responses to the third questionnaire item:Do you describe yourself as pro-choice or pro-life? Please explain your position in detail.
LG Business Solutions has introduced a new family of ultra-high-definition workstation monitors designed for ever-evolving workspaces. Available now, the new 31.5-inch LG UltraFine “Ergo” monitor (model 32BN88U-B) features a unique stand that easily attaches to work surfaces with the included C-clamp mount. The unit tilts, swivels, pivots or extends to fit virtually any work style.With support for 3840×2160 resolution, high dynamic range (HDR10) video and a rich DCI-P3 color gamut, the UltraFine Ergo is has almost no bezel along three sides to maximize screen real estate. It attaches to the Ergo stand with a single click and mounts to the work surface with the included C-clamp or, if the desk includes it, through a pre-cut cable hole. By adjusting height, tilt, rotation, orientation and distance from viewers it can be used by a single worker or shared among a collaboration team.The LG 32BN88U-B includes a USB Type-C port for compatibility across multiple computing platforms and the transfer of 4K content. The USB Type-C port can also deliver 60 watts of power to attached peripherals, further reducing the need for more cables. The monitor also comes with two HDMI, one DisplayPort and two USB 3.0 ports, as well as a pair of built-in 5W speakers with Waves Maxx Audio processing for an enhanced listening experience.The monitor’s IPS (in-plane switching) panel technology ensures greater color accuracy, darker blacks and wider viewing angles than conventional LCD panels. It is capable of up to 380 nits of brightness and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The LG Ergo monitor also includes AMD FreeSync technology for supporting dynamic refresh rates with fewer visual artifacts over DisplayPort and HDMI connections.
The Globe and Mail:Careful whom you mimic“Have you ever crossed your arms to match a friend’s stance or leaned in a little closer as your date did the same thing? If so, you’ve experienced mirroring,” The Huffington Post says. “Whether you realize you’re doing it or not, subtly mimicking people in social settings helps you form bonds and establish connections. Mirroring – copying a person’s looks, gestures and general body language – is especially handy on job interviews and dates when we’re trying to establish a rapport and develop trust. While this unconscious activity has its benefits – imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all – new research reveals that unchecked mirroring can backfire. The study, published in Psychological Science, found that when people were observed unconsciously mimicking someone who wasn’t perceived as friendly or likable, they were described as the same.”Read the whole story: The Globe and Mail
Blood donor screening finds 13% Zika rate in Puerto Rico last yearIn a study that expands on an earlier analysis, screening of blood donations in Puerto Rico last spring and summer found a 13% incidence of Zika virus, according to a study yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.Researchers led by experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed date from the screening of blood donation collected by the two largest blood centers in Puerto Rico from Apr 3 through Aug 12, 2016. Assuming a 9.9-day duration of viremia (virus in the blood), the investigators extrapolated that 469,321 people on the island were infected during that period, for an estimated cumulative incidence of 12.9% (range, 11.0% to 15.4%).They further estimated that 69,675 women of reproductive age were infected in that time span, or 9.7% of the total population of such women.In an earlier analysis published last June, the same group estimated a 0.5% prevalence for the virus in blood from Apr 3 through Jun 11, 2016, but the incidence was rising steadily, to a high of 1.1% in the last week studied.Mar 6 Emerg Infect Dis study Jun 17, 2016, CIDRAP News story on earlier results Espirito Santo state, Brazil at risk for yellow fever transmission: WHOThe World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the entire Brazilian state of Espirito Santo is at risk for yellow fever transmission, as the mosquito-borne disease continues to creep toward Brazil’s Atlantic coast.The WHO said the rise of cases in Espirito Santo warrants new vaccination recommendations for the state: All travelers should receive yellow fever vaccine 10 days prior to visiting Espirito Santo.The WHO made the recommendation after “taking into account the speed of spread observed in Espirito Santo State, the proximity to the urban area of Vitoria of epizootics, and human cases under investigation for yellow fever infection.”As of Mar 2, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said there were 1,368 cases of confirmed or suspected yellow fever in Brazil, 83% of them in Minas Gerais state. The case-fatality rate is approximately 33%.Mar 7 WHO recommendation Mar 2 PAHO update Cholera cases in Yemen begin to declineDespite 1,598 new suspected cases of cholera reported in Yemen since Feb 26, the WHO said today in its weekly update that the current outbreak of acute, watery diarrhea is starting to decline. No new deaths were reported this week.”The trend of suspected cholera cases per week appears to be on the decline in most districts or governorates. Nearly 85% of the new cases recorded since the last update was in 10 districts within Al Hudaydah, Al Bayda, Hajjah, Sana’a and Ta’izz governorates,” the WHO report said.Yemen’s cholera outbreak began last October, and the outbreak has been made worse by the movement of internally displaced persons and inconsistent public health infrastructure throughout the country.To date, there have been 22,181 suspected cases of cholera, including 103 deaths, with a case-fatality rate of 0.45%.Mar 7 WHO update Cochrane C difficile review favors vancomycinAn updated Cochrane Review on antibiotic treatment for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has found that vancomycin is superior to metronidazole and fidaxomicin is superior to vancomycin.The review looked at 22 randomized controlled trials involving 3,215 patients with diarrhea who had recently received an antibiotic for an infection other than C difficile. Most of the patients enrolled in the studies had mild-to-moderate CDI, and most of the studies were active comparator studies in which vancomycin was compared to 11 other antibiotics for safety and efficacy. The primary outcomes assessed in the review were sustained symptomatic cure (defined as resolution of diarrhea and no recurrence of CDI) and bacteriologic cure.In four of the studies, the reviewers found moderate evidence that vancomycin was superior to metronidazole for achieving sustained symptomatic cure, with 79% of vancomycin patients achieving symptomatic cure compared to 72% of metronidazole patients. Two large studies provided moderate evidence that fidaxomicin was more effective than vancomycin, with 71% of fidaxomicin patients achieving symptomatic cure compared to 61% of vancomycin patients. Two pooled studies provided low evidence that teicoplanin may be more effective than vancomycin for achieving symptomatic cure.The only side effects attributed the antibiotics were nausea and temporary elevation of liver enzymes. Since most of the studies excluded severe CDI patients, the reviewers could not draw firm conclusions on the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment on severe CDI.The authors note that the differences in effectiveness between these antibiotics were not large, and that metronidazole costs significantly less than either vancomycin or fidaxomicin. They recommend larger trials to determine if teicoplanin is as effective as the other antibiotics, and suggest a trial comparing metronidazole and teicoplanin—the two cheapest options.Mar 3 Cochrane reviewChinese study finds high rates of susceptibility in UTIsA study yesterday in BMC Infectious Diseases found fairly low rates of non-susceptibility in urinary tract infections (UTIs) in China from 2010 through 2014, with carbapenems and amikacin retaining the highest susceptibility rates over the study period.Chinese researchers studied the minimum inhibitory concentrations of 12 antibiotics for 4,332 gram-negative bacilli in UTI samples from 21 hospitals in 16 cities obtained during the 5-year study period. Fully 88.5% of the isolates were Enterobacteriaceae. Of those, 63.2% were Escherichia coli and 12.2% Klebsiella pneumoniae.The authors found that the two carbapenems tested, ertapenem and imipenem—as well as amikacin piperacillin-tazobactam—had the highest susceptibility rates again E coli, ranging from 92.5% to 98.7%. Against K pneumonia, the most potent antibiotics were imipenem (92.6% susceptibility), amikacin (89.2%), and ertapenem (87.9%).The non-Enterobacteriaceae isolates showed lower susceptibilities to the 12 antibiotics. The researchers also noted that rates of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) declined slowly over the 5 years: in E coli from 68.6% to 59.1%, in K pneumoniae from 59.7 to 49.2%, and in Proteus mirabilis from 40.0 to 26.1%. ESBL rates, though, differed among the five regions of the country. Mar 6 BMC Infect Dis study
Source: ShutterstockSPONSORED CONTENT FROM PATRIZIA“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” This quote, attributed to the American author Mark Twain, is as valid today as it was back in the beginning of the 20th Century.We haven’t exactly run out of land, it’s just in short supply where most people want to live. Urbanization requires an efficient use of this limited space.Urban renewal: repurposing run-down buildings Take, for example, the case of the abandoned Gerresheimer glassworks district in Dusseldorf, Germany. Founded in 1864, by 1900 the factory had become the largest bottle manufacturer in the world, to be shut down only in 2005. The area then lay derelict for years.Until, that is, city planners identified the glassworks as an ideal area for an urban renewal project. Crucial to the development is the integration of the landmarked buildings into the project and new-builds in green areas.In Munich, the site of the former Siemens facilities will soon be undergoing a similar rejuvenation. Known as the Hofmann Höfe, the urban district in the south of the city will see the development of around 1,000 residences.“The aim is to create high-density residential or commercial properties in highly accessible areas in the most efficient way.”The Siemens office blocks will be demolished and replaced by a balanced mix of new-build private accommodation and subsidized housing over seven residential buildings. The Siemens woods will be protected, enhancing the overall living space.Both projects illustrate how innovative conversion work on derelict buildings can create the next up-and-coming districts — and respect a city’s legacy.The aim is to create high-density residential or commercial properties in highly accessible areas in the most efficient way.Urban expansion: the only way is up?In London, the trend is to build down, by expanding basement areas, but also to build up. And not just with landmark skyscrapers with cool official and unofficial names, such as The Shard, The Walkie-Talkie or The Cheesegrater. It’s also about building on top of existing flats, offices and retail space.One such example is Trocoll House in Barking & Dagenham, just a 14-minute tube ride from Central London. This PATRIZIA-led project will not only see the 1960s building renovated and expanded, it will include a two-storey extension of the original building. Most importantly perhaps for the local residents, it will also retain an existing landmark: the popular local pub.Located in a thriving part of London, Trocoll House will offer larger-than-average rental apartments with great amenities and spaces that have modern-day living trends in mind.Urban new-build and new districtsThere’s still plenty of room for the conventional approach, but often with a clever twist. In Manchester, increased demand for high quality rented living space from professionals in the city led to the development of a new area in the centre that extends over 17 acres: First Street Manchester.The careful blend of culture, leisure, retail and office space together with residential property is one example of how long-term projects can boost the inner city and urban life.Author David ChristmannPATRIZIA is leading the development of 624 apartments within four towers of 23 floors.The innovative twist is met by the raised garden spaces over 2,300 square metres, making it one of the largest green spaces in the city. Considerably higher than your average British garden.Urbanization can be undertaken in many forms, but today the focus is often on getting the right mix of property and environment, as well as legacy and local needs.More trends to comeThere’s land, but it’s often scarce, built-up or run-down. Today, there’s an art to exploiting each available plot, building or urban area.David Christmann, head of real estate development Germany South at PATRIZIAAbout PATRIZIA Immobilien AGPATRIZIA Immobilien AG has been active as an investment manager on the real estate market in 15 European countries for more than 30 years. PATRIZIA’s range includes the acquisition, management, value increase and sale of residential and commercial real estate over own licensed investment platforms. As one of the leading real estate investment companies in Europe PATRIZIA operates as a respected business partner of large institutional investors and retail investors in all major European countries. Currently, the Company manages real estate assets worth around EUR 17 billion, primarily as a co-investor and portfolio manager for insurance companies, pension fund institutions, sovereign funds, savings and cooperative banks.
The M40 corridor is becoming increasingly attractive to occupiers – Source: Shutterstock/JKilianOver the past 18 months, the M40 corridor has begun to turn the heads of a number of occupiers. Many have already taken units in the area and according to agents many more are lining up to take space.So what is driving occupiers to the M40 – and how is the market evolving to meet demand?Arguably the momentum started to gather in earnest in 2014, when toy retailer The Entertainer took a 238,000 sq ft pre-let at Clearbell and First Industrial’s Banbury Cross scheme. Recently, a flurry of deals has further consolidated the area’s growing reputation as a logistics destination of choice.The M40 is a real alternative to the M1 for medium-sized manufacturing – Len Rosso, ColliersLast year, fresh-food delivery service HelloFresh decided to open its new 235,000 sq ft distribution and production facility at db symmetry’s Central M40 scheme in Banbury.Aston Martin, third-party logistics provider Amethyst, automotive technology specialist Prodrive and cleaning system manufacturer Kärcher have also taken space along the motorway.Source: Flickr/Highways England/Creative CommonsFor rapidly growing occupiers, it is becoming the obvious choice for a logistics base, say experts. “We feel the M40 is a real alternative to the M1 for medium-sized manufacturing and distribution, which we believe occupiers are now seriously considering, as well as for regional distribution centres,” says Len Rosso, head of industrial and logistics at Colliers.“And while we believe the Midlands will continue to have the largest gravitational pull for occupiers with requirements for national distribution centres, we do believe some occupiers will also consider basing national distribution hubs on the M40.”Rosso points to the relative lack of congestion as a key factor stimulating growth, with an average 17% fewer vehicles using the M40 and an average speed 20mph higher than on the M1. The M40 also crucially provides easy accessibility to central London via a direct route to the A40 or a transfer to the M4.The M1, conversely, has to contend with high traffic volumes, although it is still the pre-eminent corridor for industrial with Magna Park, DIRFT and other heavyweight schemes attracting occupiers. “It’s a key arterial route and there is still capacity there, but the road infrastructure is congested,” says Tom Leeming, associate development director at db symmetry.Air pollutionAs a result of the heavy traffic, pollution levels are high on the M1, which could be another factor that forces occupiers to consider the M40 instead if the government decides to set targets to reduce levels in hotspots.“The government could start enforcing restrictions on lorry movements on really busy roads,” says James Williams, a director in Savills’ UK industrial investment team. “I could definitely see that happening on the M1.”The other factor that gives the M40 corridor an edge over the traditional Golden Triangle heartland is its booming workforce. As retailers compete to reduce their delivery times, they are appointing ever-greater numbers of people to ensure goods are packed and shipped as quickly as possible. A string of new housing developments in the region has sprung up to accommodate their needs.The region’s easy access to the capital and abundance of workers were both important attractions for HelloFresh, according to David Binks, head of industrial agency at Cushman & Wakefield’s Birmingham office, who acted for the occupier on the deal. HelloFresh previously operated only around London and the M25, but according to Binks it has been growing its customer base beyond its heartland and needed somewhere more central.Source: Flickr/Highways England/Creative Commons“Initially our main focus was the M1 corridor and we looked at a number of options. In fairness, they [HelloFresh] also expanded their requirement in that time and we just couldn’t find what they were looking for,” he explains. “We expanded the search and I suggested the M40 corridor. The building ticked a lot of boxes.”Once HelloFresh had taken its space, DCS signed for 186,950 sq ft at Banbury’s Noral Way in July. “Companies will often follow each other into new locations,” says Binks. Due to the shortage of speculative opportunities in the area, companies frequently take more space than they need. According to Leeming, HelloFresh chose to take around 30,000 sq ft more than required so it had the flexibility to expand within its current building. Engineering firm Prodrive, meanwhile, is subletting 30,000 sq ft of its 110,000 sq ft unit next to HelloFresh with a view to taking that space back for its own use should it need to as the business expands.As for the future of the competing markets, Binks believes the M1 corridor will always be appealing because it is the country’s main arterial route but says the M40 corridor will continue to grow in prominence. He adds that more affordable rents provide a further incentive to occupiers.However, this is less of a determining factor than it was, says Ranjit Gill, head of the industrial team for Savills Birmingham. “Historically, M40 corridor rents have lagged behind the M1 but that gap has narrowed with rents in excess of £6/sq ft being achieved,” he says.Outdated premisesWhatever the rents, Leeming notes interest from a significant number of local occupiers that are looking to expand. “There are occupiers in places like Banbury and Bicester that have been there for longer than a century,” he says. “Some of them are in outdated premises or operating from two or more units – that’s not efficient. They’ve grown and they’re hungry for more modern, more suitable premises.”There are occupiers in places like Banbury and Bicester that are hungry for more suitable premises – Tom Leeming, db symmetryThe M40 has been given a welcome boost by planning authorities accepting that warehousing and distribution is needed at strategic points, he says, adding: “Business rates income is also a factor. It could potentially provide councils with millions of pounds of income – something they’re no doubt desperate for.”With planning authorities now more forthcoming and occupiers chomping at the bit to base themselves on the M40 corridor, db symmetry has been proactive in bringing forward new schemes.It is spec developing two further units at Central M40, for instance, one of 95,000 sq ft and another of 78,000 sq ft, and there is another 525,000 sq ft of developable land on the site, fronting on to the M40.It also has detailed planning consent for two pre-sold units at Symmetry Park, Bicester, off the A41, close to junction 9 of the M40. The 110,000 sq ft and 88,000 sq ft units could be delivered by the end of the year.In addition, it has outline consent for up to 477,000 sq ft on the remainder of the site, about which it is in discussion with a number of occupiers. It also has around 4m sq ft of ‘on-junction plots’ at junctions 9 and 10 of the M40, on which it expects to hold a public consultation in March.“There is certainly untapped potential along the M40 and we are extremely confident of its upward trajectory,” says Leeming.Whether the M40 steals the M1’s crown remains to be seen, but judging by recent activity and growing occupier demand, it is well on the way to becoming a rival industrial hub.Property Week’s Sheds conference will be held on 27th April 2017 at The Studio in Birmingham. To see the agenda and book your tickets visit sheds.propertyweek.com.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council has decided to go with “Shipping: indispensable to the world” as the World Maritime Day theme for 2016.Addressing the IMO Council, meeting for its 28th Extraordinary Session at IMO Headquarters in London, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said the theme would provide an opportunity to focus on the critical link between shipping and global society and to raise awareness of the relevance of the role of IMO as the global regulatory body for international shipping.“Today, around 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry. Without shipping the import and export of goods on the scale necessary to sustain the modern world would not be possible,” Sekimizu said.There are more than 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. The world fleet is registered in over 150 nations and manned by more than a million seafarers.The World Maritime Day theme provides a focus for year-round activities. The event takes place in the last week of September.