Eddy Merckx 525 balances aerodynamics, weight, & comfort for ultimate all ’rounder

first_imgThe front of the bike is also focused on stiffness with a squared tubing profiles and a massive head tube. Available in rim or disc brake models and mechanical or electronic drivetrains, the bike will fit up to 700c x 28mm tires. Along with the Stockeu69, AG2R La Mondiale will be racing this bike in the coming season. Pricing starts at €4,999.00 for the rim brake model or €6,499.00 for disc.  525. That’s the number of victories in Eddy Merckx’ storied career. Let that sink in for a moment. Even compared to today’s best riders, Eddy seems to be on another level. Because of that, 525 has been chosen for the name of their newest top end model. And just like Eddy, the bike seeks to strike a near perfect balance of speed on the flats, climbing ability, and comfort to tackle the worst cobbles. Starting at the front, a stunning integrated bar and stem starts the 525 down its path to aerodynamic efficiency. Any hoses and wires are completely hidden in the bar, through the stem, and down into the aero spacer stack where they route through the frame and fork. In contrast, the back of the bike is heavily slanted towards comfort with pencil thin seat stays and two flex zones to smooth out the rough stuff.center_img Available in rim and discAvailable with electronic and mechanical groupsetsStock collection is available in the Ultegra Di2 and Ultegra. The MyMerckx Dream Builder is available for the 525 (other groupsets can be configured)Tyre clearance up to 28 mmChoose your own unique colours and design through MyMerckxeddymerckx.com Available in sizes XS to XLHandlebar – stem combinations available from 38 cm to 44 cm and 9 cm to 14 cmThree balance designs: the two stripes were chosen deliberately. The front line is clearly wider than the rear. The front therefore represents the strength and stiffness that the bicycle has at the front, while the left, rear line underlines the comfort of the rear stays. Available designs:Glossy Black / Matt Black / RedBurgundy Red Metallic / Gunmetal Grey (glossy finish)AG2R Replica Design SpecsWeightRim: 860 grams (frame size SMALL, painted) and 330 grams (fork, painted)Disc: 925 grams (frame size SMALL, painted) and 360 grams (fork, painted)last_img read more

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TRORC receives $40K water quality grant

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pass-through funds for Water Quality Management Planning.  Funding will allow TRORC and other Regional Planning Commissions to conduct data collection, prepare stormwater master plans, conduct outreach, and work with municipalities on possible support for reclassification of surface waters, wetlands, and Outstanding Resource Waters.All efforts lead to more informed and effective basin plans. These basin plans document surface water quality, identify threats and impairments, and identify projects to maintain and improve water quality. Regional Planning Commissions have been key partners in water quality efforts with the State, watershed groups, conservation districts, and municipalities.TRORC provides professional planning, mapping, facilitation, grant writing, and project management services for its thirty member towns in east-central Vermont.Source: (Woodstock, VT)—The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission 2.13.2018last_img read more

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Momentum swings sharply in favor of Hawklets in Rockhurst-SM East rivalry

first_imgLancer guard Jay Guastello looks to make a pass through the defense of Rockhurst players Will Bazzle (left) and Patrick Geha. Tight defense from the Hawklets prevented the Lancer from establishing any kind of flow on offense throughout the night.If the finale of the undercard was any indicator, perhaps SM East’s varsity boys basketball team on Friday could have sensed that the pendulum was swinging sharply in the favor of their chief rival Rockhurst.The Lancers walked away from the teams’ past two meetings with dramatic one-point wins that gave the spirited SM East student section bragging rights over their spirited counterparts from Rockhurst. But Friday, the only last-second thrill came in the junior varsity game, when Rockhurst sophomore Scotty Thompson drained a mid-court buzzer beater to give the Hawklets a 64-62 win.The varsity game, on the other hand, saw no back-and-forth dramatics — just a steady 70-44 beat down of the Lancers by a fired up Hawklets team.Rockhurst jumped to an early 9-2 lead in the first quarter, prompting SM East coach Shawn Hair to call a time out. His Lancers appeared to settle in a bit after the break, and brought the score to 14-8 at the end of the first quarter after a steal let senior Gunnar Englund put in a layup before time expired.But that was the closest the Lancers would get. The Hawklets extended their lead to 34-14 at the half, and things just went downhill from there for the Lancers in the second half. The Lancers couldn’t find a way to contain Rockhurst senior Patrick Geha throughout the night, allowing him to score a team leading 19 points. Senior guard Cartier Dean proved pesky throughout the second half, and finished the night with 13 points.For the Lancers, senior Lucas Jones and sophomore Zeb Vermillion led scorers with 15 points each. The Lancers clearly felt the loss of junior Joey Wentz, who left the team earlier this month.SM East will have a challenge when they look to rebound against a tough 10-2 Olathe North on the road next Friday.SM East coach Shawn Hair was looking for answers at his alma mater Friday.That about sums it up…last_img read more

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Giving Meaning to ‘Art’

first_imgThe New York Times:The psychologist George E. Newman of the Yale School of Management studies how people use “quasi-magical thinking” to intuitively determine the value of certain objects. By analyzing celebrity auctions of John F. Kennedy or Marilyn Monroe’s personal effects, he has shown that the price of a piece of memorabilia is connected to how often it was thought to be used or touched by a famous person — as if there’s a kind of real-world value placed on a celebrity’s “essence.”Recently, Mr. Newman has switched his attention to the art world. In his latest paper, published last month in the journal Topics in Cognitive Science and co-authored by Daniel M. Bartels and Rosanna K. Smith, he staged a pair of experiments that show how flimsy or essential the term “art” can be.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Everyone is Watching ‘Contagion’ Right Now. A Psychologist Explains Why It’s Healthier to Watch That Than the News.

first_img… Read the whole story: Insider More of our Members in the Media > … One of the most puzzling phenomenons to happen during the coronavirus is the sudden popularity of Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion.” The 2011 thriller mirrors with uncanny realistic scenarios what’s going on right now as it depicts a world that is struck by a global pandemic. “It makes us feel we’re not alone, and there’s a resolution to these stories so we can express our anxiety that way,” Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, told Insider. “Whether it’s zombie movies or ‘Contagion,’ any thriller ramps up a lot of anxiety and fear that then gets resolved by the end.” “Movies are now that steady presence for us,” she said. “There’s closure.” Rutledge said movies are just one aspect of coping with this unprecedented situation we are living through, which can lead to depression.center_img … But the one thing Rutledge feels you shouldn’t spend a lot of time doing is watching the news. “There’s research on the impact of quarantine, there’s research on the impact of a society-wide crisis, but there’s no research on a pandemic outside of the Spanish flu,” she said. “We don’t understand what all these factors mean together but the intersection makes it pretty clear what we are facing is a level of trauma.” Rutledge feels watching movies, TV shows, and especially meeting with friends over Zoom are great ways to deal with what’s going on because “for the human brain, seeing eyes and expressions allow us to experience interaction as if they were face to face.”last_img read more

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Caribbean chikungunya outbreak grows, poses threat to US

first_imgHealth officials are reporting a sharp rise in the number of patients sickened in a chikungunya fever outbreak centered on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, which may signal an increasing risk to the US mainland.On the French part of the island, where most of the infections have been reported, the number of confirmed cases has risen from 26 to 66, according to a Dec 28 update from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).In addition, health officials from the Netherlands have confirmed the first case on the Dutch side of St. Martin (Sint Maarten), and illnesses have been detected on two other nearby islands: three on Martinique and one on Guadeloupe, according to the ECDC report. Both of those islands are south and slightly east of St. Martin.The case in Guadeloupe represents the island’s first documented local chikungunya case, which was detected because of enhanced surveillance for the disease in all French Caribbean territories, the ECDC said. The patient is co-infected with dengue serotype 4 and had not recently traveled to another area where chikungunya exists.Meanwhile, health officials in the area are investigating a slew of suspected and probable cases. They include 167 suspected cases and 14 probable cases on the French side of St. Martin, and two patients have been hospitalized. Martinique has 27 suspected cases, and on the island of St. Barthelemy, 21 suspected cases are under investigation.The outbreak represents the first known indigenous transmission of chikungunya fever in the Americas. The ECDC said in its update that the outbreak underscores the recommendations it made earlier this month, urging health providers to heighten their vigilance against the disease, especially with increased travel during the holidays.Chikungunya is a viral disease spread mainly by Aedes aegypti and A albopictus mosquitoes. When symptomatic, it typically causes fever and arthralgia, similar to dengue.The outbreak in the Caribbean recently prompted two alerts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—a Health Alert Network (HAN) notice to health providers and an advisory to travelers.Steps to minimize US threatErin Staples, MD, PhD, a medical epidemiologist with the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases in Fort Collins, Colo., told CIDRAP News that health officials are concerned that the chikungunya virus could gain a US foothold. Infected travelers who return home to the United States can introduce the virus into local A aegypti and A albopictus populations when bitten by the mosquitoes.It’s impossible to predict how the disease could spread in the United States, but there’s a chance health officials could see small, focal outbreaks, similar to small pockets of dengue fever infections that have been detected in areas such as those near Miami, she said. “We’re looking at this closely and staying on top of this.”The arrival of chikungunya fever in temperate areas of Europe in 2007 was a wake-up call that the virus could also surface in the United States, and the CDC has strengthened the ability of labs to detect the disease and has developed resources to allow clinicians to diagnose infections in patients, Staples said.She said two key strategies for minimizing the threat to the United States are to encourage travelers to wear insect repellent and take other precautions against mosquitoes and to boost awareness among health providers so that they can recognize the disease early, which could curb virus transmission to local mosquitoes. Vector control at mosquito breeding sites is another important tool, Staples added.See also:Dec 28 ECDC weekly communicable disease threat reportDec 13 CDC travel noticeDec 13 CDC HAN advisorylast_img read more

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Global health ministers commit to end TB

first_imgCapping off the end of the first-ever World Health Organization (WHO) health minister meeting on ending tuberculosis (TB) under way in Moscow this week, representatives from 114 countries today agreed on an urgent set of actions called the Moscow Declaration to End TB.Though global efforts to cut the TB burden have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and dropped the worldwide mortality rate to 37%, the WHO said progress in many countries has stalled, knocking global targets off-track and resulting in gaps in treatment and prevention.Despite progress, TB still kills more people than any other infectious disease, is the leading cause of death in people with HIV, and is complicated by antimicrobial resistance.Commitment to new bold stepsIn a speech today before ministers adopted the declaration, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, who goes by Tedros, said the group has made bold promises to:Scale up services to reduce TB deaths by 90% and cut cases by 80% by 2030Increase domestic financing to strengthen health systems and work toward universal health coverageBoost research investmentTake accountability stepsIn a WHO press release, Tedros said one of the main problems has been a lack of political will and inadequate investment in the battle against TB. “Today’s declaration must go hand-in-hand with increased investment,” he said.In his speech, Tedros also acknowledged that the health ministers have called on the WHO to support the hardest-hit countries, provide strategic and technical leadership, develop a research blueprint, and create an accountability framework. “Today I give you my promise, on behalf of all my regional directors, that we will keep our end of the bargain.”Participants also agreed to minimize the risk and spread of drug-resistant TB and to engage people and communities affected by the disease.Veronika Skvortsova, MD, PhD, Russia’s health minister, said in the WHO release, “Tuberculosis is a complex, multi-sectoral problem that requires a systemic and highly coordinated response to address the conditions which drive the disease.” She added that the accountability framework the group agreed to marks a new beginning.Funding commitments needed for R and DIn a joint statement today, three nongovernmental TB organizations said funding and political will have been the main obstacles. “Simply put, TB science is woefully underfunded. Governments must work together to dramatically reshape the investment landscape.” The groups are Aeras (a biotechnology nonprofit), the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), and TB Alliance.They said a true point-of-care test is needed to identify 4 million missing patients each year and promising momentum on new vaccine candidates will need a significant increase in resources to achieve critical breakthroughs.The groups said more than 30 drug candidates are in clinical trials, including some that might be effective against drug-resistant forms of the disease.”At first glance, the TB diagnostics pipeline looks healthy. However, emerging game-changers are at risk due to underfunding at the clinical trial stage,” they said, adding that the Moscow meeting must serve as a springboard for decisive action for sprearheading major government commitments to fund research and development.Meanwhile, the WHO said in its press release that today’s agreement lays the groundwork for a United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on TB, slated to take place in 2018 to seek further commitments from heads of state, the WHO said.See also:Nov 17 WHO press releaseNov 17 Tedros speechFinal draft of Moscow Declaration to End TBNov 17 joint statement from Aeras, FIND, and TB Alliancelast_img read more

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Copenhagen office vacancy rates down

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Dream on, Margate

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Future For Gosman’s, Duryea’s, Crow’s Nest

first_imgMarc Rowan, a leader in the financial world, and Sean MacPherson, a leading hotelier, are preparing to open their hospitality businesses on the East End for what promises to be a challenging, unusual summer season. The Gosman family is planning the reopening of Gosman’s Seafood Restaurant, as well.MacPherson is known for his boutique hotels, such as the Bowery Hotel, the Maritime Hotel, and the Jane in Manhattan. He has had to close them all, for the time being, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are completely shuttered,” he said May 15. The most painful aspect of the temporary closing, for him, was laying off more than 1000 employees.He owns just one hotel he thinks he might be able to open soon: the Crow’s Nest in Montauk. He said the hotel offers unique attributes for re-opening in the era of COVID-19. One of the most important, where the rooms are accessed from two outdoor decks, is the three acres of land he has at his disposal.MacPherson would like to utilize the three acres to allow guests to eat and drink while social distancing. He believes that transmission of the disease decreases outdoors. There is some science to back his theory up. “The effects of sunlight, heat, and humidity on viral survival all serve to minimize the risk to everyone when outside,” according to Dr. Erin Bromage, an associate professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.“People have to behave respectfully,” MacPherson noted. “When people wear masks, people keep their distance, then it doesn’t seem to spread.”He also owns Pharaoh’s Cottages to the east of the Crow’s Nest, cottages on Ditch Plains Road he has used in the past for staff, and a secluded house in Ditch Plains.But MacPherson does not want quick turnover at Crow’s Nest. He would rather book guests for a week or two or more and allow time to thoroughly clean and disinfect rooms between stays.Demand is the question: Will people come? “We are in a very fluid situation,” MacPherson said. “We have not yet made any commitments.” A key will be getting the restaurant open. That, MacPherson concedes, won’t happen until June or July. Like everyone else, he is watching Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily briefings. The website is open for hotel reservations.Long-Term ApproachRowan owns three well-known eateries: Duryea’s in Montauk, Lulu Kitchen and Bar in Sag Harbor, and the former Orient by the Sea at Orient Point. The latter has been under construction, and when it opens, will be Duryea’s Orient Point.Lulu is already open for takeout only. That will remain the case for now.Duryea’s in Montauk is open for takeout Thursday through Monday, noon to 7 PM. If it can be safely done, Rowan and general manager Steven Jauffrineau will open the restaurant when the governor gives his okay. The two are taking a long-term approach, creating a business model that can function, if need be, for the next couple of years.The restaurant, when it can open, will be throttled way back. Gone will be the bar area. Those waiting for tables will have to wait in their cars. The mechanics of it all are still being worked out, they said.Tables will be spaced out along the dock to allow social distancing. “Waiters will be wearing facemasks,” Jauffrineau said. “The protocols in place will be tight.”And they will be able to serve those who pull up to one of the dock’s slips, allowing everyone to be a safe distance from one other. The customers won’t even have to get out of their boats.The staff will be greatly reduced. Anyone coming to work from out of state will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days. Rowan owns the former Neptune Motel in downtown Montauk, as well as the former Ann Breyer’s Cottages in the dock area for staff housing.Temperature checks will be taken before each shift. A maximum of two staffers can room together, and they must work in the same department, during the same shift.While Rowan wants to reduce business in terms of capacity, he warns East Hampton residents, particularly those in Montauk, for what is ahead. “I think the Hamptons and Montauk are going to mobbed.” People aren’t traveling, he said, and they aren’t flying. “It is coming our way. It is going to be really busy, but there must be limits,” added Rowan.Rowan agrees with MacPherson’s assessment on the health aspects of outdoor dining when it comes to “stopping the spread.”Rowan also believes that it is important to allow people who have been cooped up for so long a safe, healthy way to go out and have some fun. “I think people are going to have a really hard time with extended quarantine,” he said.Rowan’s net worth is estimated at over $3 billion. He is the founding partner of Apollo Global Management, which holds many times that amount in assets. He was asked to put his financial cap on for a moment. “To be an investor now is really interesting,” he said about the turbulent stock market. “It is intellectually fascinating.”At the same time, he said, it is important to focus on those who are in need, those who have been displaced by the current pandemic, and those who are fighting on the front lines. Lulu, he said, is treating different hospital workers every week to free meals.Modified MenuDavid Piacente, who has operated Gosman’s Seafood Restaurant for nine years, said that the restaurant will be offering takeout and curbside delivery for Memorial Day weekend, from noon to 8 PM. It is a modified menu, with a limited wine list. Gosman’s, he said, is now offering “online, contact free ordering to go. Just go to www.gosmans.com.” The online ordering app is on the home page.Gosman’s is initiating a similar regime as Duryea’s in terms of staffing and staff housing. Any staffer who is not local will have to undergo 14-day quarantine.“We have sanitizers all around the place. Workers log in with a temperature check,” said Piacente.Piacente also believes that the expansive outdoor deck will allow for safe social distancing if and when restaurants are allowed to open. “We have tons of space for social distancing,” he noted.Gosman’s will also offer, essentially, a contact-free experience to restaurant customers. They will be able to order and pay for the meal, while seated at a socially distanced table, using their cell phones.Finally, Piacente believes the first step to reopening is simple, yet challenging: getting back the public’s trust.t.e@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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