Mad Fiber Adds Clincher Road Wheels

first_imgMSRP is $3000 with ceramic bearings, $2800 with standard steel bearings. Production weight is pegged between 1200 and 1250g, looking to have them out in January. Considering their original tubular wheels weigh in at 1080g, that’s not a big weight penalty to go with the more user friendly nature of clinchers. That, and the price is the same, which is not the case for many competing brands’ carbon climbers when compared to their matching tubular. Because there’s an alloy rim bed, they have no tire pressure limitations. Like their tubulars, there is no rider weight limit, either. The picture above shows the alloy piece that replaces Mad Fiber’s full carbon tubular rim bed. The carbon sidewalls bond to the sides of the rim bed to create the brake track. Brand PR guy Jasen Thorpe has been racing the tubulars in Cyclocross, and the clinchers have the same carbon brake track. Speaking of which, I asked why not give it an alloy brake track? Thorpe says it’s increibly durable and has excellent modulation. Hub is built with cosmetics as an after thought to performance, hence the unfinished look. To meet customer demand, Mad Fiber has introduced a clincher version of their full carbon tubular road wheels. The construction is the same as their three-piece rim, except that the rim bed is alloy. The big benefit of this design over full carbon clinchers that it resists heat-induced expansion, the bane of many full carbon clinchers. And you can run them tubeless because the rim bed is completely sealed. last_img read more

Alice Ripley & Next to Normal Originals to Reunite in Concert at Second Stage

first_imgAlice Ripley, Aaron Tveit & J. Robert Spencer in “Next to Normal” on Broadway in 2009(Photo: Joan Marcus) Star Files It’s gonna be good! We’ve just learned that the original Broadway cast will appear in the previously announced concert staging of the Pulitzer-winning musical Next to Normal, set to play Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater tonight, March 25, at 7:00pm. The sold-out concert will be directed by Anthony Rapp, who appeared in an early version of the musical, with original assistant conductor Rick Bertone as musical director.The full company will include Tony-winning star Alice Ripley, with Tony-nominated originals J. Robert Spencer and Jennifer Damiano, and fellow cast members Aaron Tveit, Adam Chanler-Berat and Louis Hobson. They will be joined by Lawrence Clayton, Tamika Lawrence, Isaac Powell, Amy Spanger and Pearl Sun.With a Tony-winning score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis. The musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.Look back at the musical’s Tony Awards performance below. View Comments Alice Ripleylast_img read more

Natural gas price fall drives down wholesale power costs in NE

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Wholesale power markets in New England operated competitively last year, bringing lower average power prices that reflected the drop in the price of natural gas in 2015, according to the 2015 Annual Markets Report(link is external) issued yesterday by the Internal Market Monitor (IMM) of ISO New England Inc. ISO is the operator of the region’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets. Natural gas in recent years has also increased its market share in generation. The average real-time price of wholesale electric energy in 2015 fell by more than a third, or more than $22 per megawatt-hour (MWh), to $41.00/MWh as a result of natural gas prices that were 41% lower than their 2014 average. Vermont prices were in the middle range at $41.58, with Maine lowest and the Boston area highest. The prices of both natural gas and wholesale power were the lowest since 2012. The price of natural gas is a key factor in the price of wholesale power because the fuel generates 49% of the electricity produced in New England. The cost of fuel is the largest input into the cost of electricity production.“Natural gas prices fell last year with increased domestic production, above-average storage levels nationally, and mild weather that moderated demand for natural gas for heating and power generation for most of the year. Because of the moderate demand, there was sufficient space in the region’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure to deliver low-priced natural gas to the region’s generators. The New England markets were competitive in 2015, as demonstrated by the close linkage between natural gas and wholesale power prices,” said Jeffrey McDonald, ISO New England’s vice president of market monitoring. McDonald noted that this year’s report includes several new features, including an enhanced methodology to account for energy market costs, new metrics to measure market competitiveness, and many new tables and charts.The capacity mix is characterized by an aging and declining fleet of oil- and coal-fired generators, many of which were constructed during the 1960s and 1970s. Also, with the retirement of the Vermont Yankee nuclear station, older generators are increasingly being displaced by new technologies. Most new investments have been in new natural gas generators rather than in new or upgrades in coal or oil generators. In parallel, there has also been new investment in renewable generation such as wind and solar.Key findings of the 2015 Annual Markets Report:·        Wholesale electricity market value: The total value of the region’s wholesale electricity markets, including electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services markets, as well as the cost of transmission, fell about 25%, from about $12.4 billion in 2014 to about $9.3 billion in 2015.o   In the 2015 Annual Markets Report, the cost of the region’s high-voltage transmission network is included in the total wholesale market value for the first time. Excluding the $2 billion transmission cost, the total value of New England’s wholesale markets in 2015 was $7.3 billion, down from $10.6 billion in 2014.·        Wholesale electric energy prices: The average real-time price for wholesale electric energy fell by 35%, or more than $22/MWh, from $63.32/MWh in 2014 to $41/MWh in 2015. Electric energy comprised $5.9 billion of the total market value in 2015, down 35% from the 2014 energy market value of $9.1 billion.·        Fuel costs: The average price of natural gas fell 41% last year, from $7.99 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) in 2014 to $4.73/MMBtu in 2015.o   During January, February, and March of 2015, natural gas averaged $11.36/MMBtu, consistent with price spikes that occurred in previous winters when the total regional gas demand stressed the region’s natural gas infrastructure. However, the 2015 first-quarter price was 43% lower than the 2014 first-quarter average of $20.04/MMBtu.o   Natural-gas-fired power plants set the real-time price for power 75% of the time in 2015, up from 70% in 2014.·        Consumption: At 126,833 gigawatt-hours (GWh), total electricity usage in New England was 0.3% lower in 2015 than in 2014, when 127,175 GWh was consumed.·        Reliability commitments: Resources can receive payments, in addition to energy market revenues, to cover their costs if they are needed to help ensure the reliability of New England’s bulk power system. These additional payments fell by 32% to about $119 million in 2015, consistent with lower natural gas prices.·        Ancillary services: Ancillary services ensure the reliable operation of the regional power system. Additional resources are maintained in reserve at all times so the system can recover from the unexpected loss of a resource. Some resources can provide regulation, or the ability to alter their output on a minute-to-minute basis to balance supply and demand and maintain system frequency. The cost of ancillary services fell by 39% to about $144 million as a consequence of lower fuel costs.·        Capacity: The cost of capacity in 2015 rose by 5% to $1.1 billion. The report notes that natural-gas-fired generation represents about 78% of the new capacity clearing in the past eight auctions.·        Demand resources: Participation in the capacity market by demand-side resources, which include both energy-efficiency measures and active demand-response resources, increased 15%, or 274 MW, to total 2,095 MW in December 2015. Payments to demand resources providing capacity totaled $85.2 million in 2015, down 5.7% from the $90.3 million paid in 2014.The ISO relies on two independent market monitors, one internal(link is external) and one external(link is external). The market monitors annually review and report on market results and offer insights into the markets’ efficiency and competitiveness, as well as the markets’ design and needed operational enhancements.The average absolute difference between the Hub annual average price and average load zone prices was $0.45/MWh in the day-ahead energy market and $0.58/MWh in the real-time energy market – a difference of approximately 1.0-1.5%. The Maine load zone had the lowest average prices in the region, while the NEMA-Boston load zone had the highest. This occurred in both the day-ahead and real-time energy markets. Maine’s prices averaged $1.09/MWh and $1.77/MWh lower than the Hub’s prices during the year for the day-ahead and real-time energy markets, respectively. NEMA-Boston’s average prices were slightly higher than the Hub’s prices, by $0.66/MWh and $0.59/MWh, respectively.The IMM reports directly to ISO New England’s Board of Directors, giving the market monitoring unit the independence needed to objectively perform its functions. The IMM submits the annual report simultaneously to the ISO and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is charged with ensuring that markets within its jurisdiction are free of design flaws and inappropriate market behavior.Holyoke, MA—May 26, 2016—ISOlast_img read more

Revised Mission ward boundary map adopted with no objections this time around

first_imgThe map shows two small sections moving from Ward 1 into Ward 2 to achieve the balance.A new redistricting plan for Mission’s ward boundaries has sailed through the city council with no objections from city council members or the public.The new ward configuration anticipates modest population changes, only including the expected new occupants at the Welstone apartments and additional residents at Mission Square. A previous 2012 plan that failed to be adopted was more ambitious in predicting future housing gains. That proposal included a proposed residential project at the East Gateway development. The Gateway project has stalled with no development in the intervening years.Another objection to the 2012 proposal was the shift of the former municipality of Countryside from Ward 4 into Ward 2.The new plan, adopted by the city council Wednesday after two public hearings that drew no comments, avoids the Countryside shift and is silent on Gateway plans. It only shifts 490 residents from Ward 1 to Ward 2.The redistricting was needed because the wards had become out of balance in population. Ward 1 was more than 23 percent over the average and Ward 2 was more than 18 percent below the average for the four wards. With the changes, the wards are now evenly balance with the largest deviation being Ward 4 at four percent below average.last_img read more

6 communication tips for credit union managers

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Carmela McDermottDuring my time with Credit Union Employee Resources, I often receive calls from credit union employees with concerns about their employment. Some of these conversions start with the employee asking me, ”Find me another job.”When I ask more questions about why they want to leave, it circles back to lack of communication between them and their supervisors. Some examples are training, performance, issues with co-workers, etc… Then I ask “Have you talked to  your supervisor?” More often than not, the answer is no!Your staff is the key to building a strong organization, so why is it that we put off talking to our biggest assets—our employees? We know that giving and getting honest feedback is essential to grow and develop your staff. Let’s be available, managers!Here are some tips for providing feedback to your staff:As managers, plan time to talk and keep up to date on what is going on in your department. Do not be that manager that only talks to staff when things are bad.Develop a trusting relationship with your staff. They must know they can approach you with anything and you will handle it in a professional manner.Be honest and provide any negative feedback quickly and in private. Provide specific examples and give suggestions for improvement. Be open to a conversation with your employee as they may also have suggestions for improvement. Develop a progress plan. Be clear about the specific changes in behavior/performance that you expect in a specific period of time, and most important—follow up!last_img read more

Saint Lucia police to enforce COVID-19 laws, three CARICOM countries record deaths

first_img More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said that he was especially making reference to the wearing of a mask in public spaces as the island recorded its 29th case over the last weekend. The woman’s death came less than 24 hours after the Ministry announced that a 61-year-old woman of Region One died at her home as a result of the virus. Oct 15, 2020 “To date, 24,502 tests have been completed.  Hospitalized cases decreased by two to tally at 110. Further, there were 85 recovered cases so that the recovered cases now total 2,900. Oct 16, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC “We have unfortunately, another death to report, this is in a female in her late 60s from Orange Walk who had been hospitalized at KHMH’s ICU. Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.46 per cent,” the authorities added. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Story via CMC – The Saint Lucia government Monday warned that the police would adopt a zero tolerance approach to enforcing protocols aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that have been linked to deaths in Guyana, the Bahamas and Belize over the past 24 hours. “Effective October 15th paid Government quarantine applies to all returning nationals. You are encouraged to anonymously report any known breaches to the COVID-19 protocols to the police. This includes breaches to home quarantine and illegal entry of persons,” he said, adding that he is convinced that contact with someone who entered this country illegally, was responsible for the island’s latest COVID-19 case. “The Ministry of Health (MOH) regrettably informs that as of October 11th, one more person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has died. The Ministry is also appealing to the general public to respect the confidentiality of the deceased and her family, and to allow them to mourn their tragic loss in peace.” The Ministry of Health also confirmed the death of a 6) year old male of New Providence bringing the death toll to 107. It said there were 3,861 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Providence, 654 in Grand Bahama, 157 in Abaco and 56 in Bimini. You may be interested in… As a result the number of positive cases there is 2,531 with 946 being active.center_img In Guyana, a 40-year-old female of Region Four has been recorded as Guyana’s latest COVID-19 death pushing the death toll to 104. Earlier, appearing on a television programme with Chastanet and the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry  said that the maximum penalty for non-compliance of the regulations is EC$1,000 (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) or six months in prison, or both. Belizean authorities said that a total of 163 samples were processed on Sunday resulting in 35 new cases. “Beginning today, the police will have a zero tolerance approach to enforcing of protocols, especially with the wearing of a mask in public spaces. Statutory Instrument Number 152 of 2020 speaks to who is exempted from masks; limitations in mass crowd events will continue to be enforced, and the issue of overcrowding on public buses will also be strictly enforced,” Chastanet said. According to the official figures, Guyana now has 3, 469 positive cases after 64 new cases were recorded on Sunday. According to the Ministry’s dashboard, there are 16 persons in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit. So far, 2,318 persons have recovered while 1,032 persons are in isolation. “I am certainly convinced that it was contact with someone who came in illegally that has initiated this and if they have affected one person, which is a bus driver, they can easily affect other people,” Chastanet asserted. “I will be speaking with my officers. We will be meeting together Monday, God willing, and there will be full enforcement,” he told television viewers on Sunday night. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak CDC reduces Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 rating to Level 1Saint Lucia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in ensuring a safe and strategic approach to the reopening of the economy, is receiving rave reviews the world over. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has now reduced Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 rating to the lowest, Level 1, as one of only eight…August 26, 2020In “General”Guyana Government to set up COVID screening units in communities(Guyana Chronicle) In addition to the setting up of COVID-19 hotlines across the country, steps are being taken to operationalise COVID-19 screening units at “hot spots” where a significant number of reports come from, according to officials from the Health and Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC), which is coordinating the country’s…April 15, 2020In “CARICOM”CARPHA Turnaround Time for COVID-19 Testing Remains Consistent with No Test Results PendingAs the regional reference laboratory, the CARPHA Medical Microbiology Laboratory (CMML) continues to conduct tests for suspected COVID-19 cases for 18 of its 26 Member States. Throughout the pandemic period, CARPHA has been guiding laboratory action through science-based testing protocols based on the latest recommendations by the World Health Organization…August 14, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 15, 2020 St. Lucia records more cases of COVID In the Bahamas, the Ministry of Health confirmed 55 additional cases, bringing the total to 5,078. Oct 16, 2020last_img read more

Linde technology increases efficiency of aluminium welding

first_imgSubscribe Get instant access to must-read content today!To access hundreds of features, subscribe today! At a time when the world is forced to go digital more than ever before just to stay connected, discover the in-depth content our subscribers receive every month by subscribing to gasworld.Don’t just stay connected, stay at the forefront – join gasworld and become a subscriber to access all of our must-read content online from just $270.last_img

Marathon Oil awards Brae engineering contract to Ingen Ideas

first_imgIngen Ideas, an upstream oil and gas engineering consultancy and an Amec Foster Wheeler company, has announced the award of a contract worth approximately £8 million ($12.1 M) by Marathon Oil. The five-year multi-discipline engineering contract covers Marathon Oil’s Brae Complex in the North Sea.The contract started in October 2015 and will run for five years, with the potential for two further five-year extensions, Ingen said on Monday.The company notes that the contract covers subsea and topsides, including onshore operations support, projects and modifications engineering, as well as technical consultancy.Ingen says it will call upon engineering services from across the Amec Foster Wheeler group. This will provide the ability to rapidly mobilise and demobilise engineering resource with the flexibility to suit the workload needs as well as access to alternative similar high quality resources when availability, timing and duration demands, said Ingen.Wayne Strachan, Ingen General Manager, said: “This is the first contract award of this scale for Ingen. It signifies how in the current economic climate, Ingen’s approach to consultancy engineering, with the global support of Amec Foster Wheeler, can add value by being agile, responsive and proportionate to the exact requirements of the project.”last_img read more

The Friday Flyer – April 17th 2015

first_imgThis week Pittsburgh, USA based research and consulting company SJ Consulting Group reported that the world’s 50 largest logistics companies generated nearly USD248 billion in revenue last year, up nearly 5 percent from the USD237.4 billion generated in 2013.DHL topped the revenue charts in 2014, with Kuehne + Nagel and DB Schenker taking second and third place respectively, and C. H. Robinson coming in not far behind them.The SJ Consulting analyst that compiled the list of 50 logistics companies noted that acquisitions contributed to a lot of the companies’ growth, but many also experienced organic growth in 2014.The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) also released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 this week, which suggests that US energy consumption will grow at a modest rate, but that the country will heavily increase its production levels, reducing the amount of energy imports and increasing the USA’s oil and gas exports. In businessBurger takes away DALFollowing this week’s closure of Antwerp ship agency Van Doosselaere & Achten, HLPFI understands that the DAL agency representation in Belgium has transferred to VO Agencies.Cargolux in Oman Air dealOman Air has signed a joint venture agreement with Luxembourg based Cargolux Airlines International.AAPA hails bipartisan trade legislationThe American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has applauded introduction of The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.Antwerp cargo traffic growsThe Port of Antwerp handled 51,023,670 tonnes of freight in the first quarter of 2015 – up 5.9 percent year-on-year over the same period of 2014.Good start to year at St PetersburgIn the first quarter of 2015 the Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg (SP SPb) handled 2 million tonnes of cargo, an increase of 5 percent compared with the same period in 2014. Throughput up, project cargo down at RotterdamThe Port of Rotterdam posted a 7.2 percent year-on-year increase in throughput for Q1 2015, but also witnessed a 17.1 percent drop in general cargo shipments.Long Beach sees cargo riseCargo volumes at the Port of Long Beach last month showed a 32 percent increase over the same period in 2014, making it the busiest March in the gateway’s history. Contractual obligationsBlue Water wins yard stay projectMaersk Drilling has chosen Blue Water Shipping to handle transportation and logistics services for the semi-submersible drilling rig Maersk Deliverer during its yard stay in South Africa. Capacity developmentsHydraulic filter innovation from MGRMGR Fluid Power has taken delivery of its first shipment of own-branded hydraulic filters from North America, which it says will help hydraulics operators save money on repair costs.Herbold takes new LiebherrRolf Herbold has acquired a new LTM 1070-4.2 mobile crane to replace its 14-year-old LTM 1060/2 model.Toll opens Ichthys baseAustralian logistics service provider Toll Group has officially opened its offshore logistics base in Darwin for the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project.AV Dawson inks new yard dealUK-based multimodal supply chain specialist AV Dawson has signed a strategic deal with Network Rail to take control of its neighbouring Middlesbrough goods yard. Shipment of the weekVanguard has coordinated the relocation of a large hydraulic press plant from a factory near Johannesburg to its new facility in southwest Ireland. On the moveNew NYK president takes officeTadaaki Naito has been appointed as the new president of Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), effective yesterday, April 16. Network and association developmentsThe Project Professionals Group (PPG) appointed RBS Logistics as a new member in Georgia.Leman USA joined the Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN). The CLC Projects network welcomed Ebentina International as a new representative in Nigeria. All about EvieEvie was pleased to see that the giant graffiti mural (pictured below) on one of the walls of the Deurganck dock lock in the Port of Antwerp has been completed, and she is looking forward to seeing the work of art in person when she visits Antwerp in May for the Breakbulk event.Evie was amused this week when she received an issue of Verkehrszeitung that appeared to have been the victim of a grave publishing error. When she opened the magazine, she realised that half of the magazine had been printed upside down…oops.last_img read more

Blue Water moves on land and sea

first_imgThe urban development project will create better links between the city centre and the port by erecting a bicycle bridge and walkway, says Blue Water Shipping.The transport was carried out for Valmont SM, a steel contractor and manufacturer of the bridge sections, the largest of which measured 23 m x 6.5 m x 1.5 m.  In a separate project, Blue Water Shipping has transported a massive lower hull and other heavy components that will form part of a semi-submersible drilling rig, from Asia to South America.The 11,000-tonne lower hull measured 108 m x 73 m x 25 m and the supporting components, which included pontoons, the living quarters, upper derrick and lower derrick, had a combined weight of 7,537 tonnes.According to Blue Water Shipping, its involvement in the project included engineering for the sea fastening and load spreading design, as well as finding the right vessel for each shipment.A video of the project can be found here.  www.bws.netwww.valmontsm.comlast_img read more