Texas troopers begin screening travelers from Louisiana

first_img “The established screening stations will take place on major roadways … including interstate highways and other high-volume routes,” Davis said in a statement.Sunday is the first day troopers conducted the screenings, a week after Abbott’s order was issued, Davis said.The order also calls for travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the state. ORANGE, Texas (AP) — State troopers started stopping and screening travelers entering Southeast Texas from Louisiana on Sunday, in accordance with an executive order from Gov. Greg Abbot.Troopers stopped vehicles at a visitors center on Interstate 10 near Orange, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Houston, and required travelers to complete a travel form, said Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephanie Davis, who told KFDM-TV that no one was being turned back. State health officials on Sunday reported at least 6,669 cases and 118 COVID-19 deaths in Texas, up from 6,100 cases and at least 105 fatalities reported Saturday.center_img For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially older adults and people with health problems, it can cause pneumonia. The World Health Organization said last week that 95% of the deaths in Europe were of people over 60.last_img read more

2019 Trek Madone Disc race bike blends aerodynamics, comfort & light weight

first_imgThe Trek Madone has a legacy of being their top-level, do it all race bike. The prior iteration added aerodynamics to the mix, but left the Emonda as their “light weight” climbing bike, and the Domane as their more compliant fondo and endurance road bike. Now, the 2019 Trek Madone Disc looks to package the best of all of those models into an all-new category killer. It uses an IsoSpeed seatmast design, integrated cockpit parts and shapely tubes, and a new layup to reduce weight. Then, they considered fit and rider comfort. Here’s how it all comes together…The top level Madone SLR 9 frame uses 700-series OCLV carbon, their lightest, strongest material. It’s molded into a KVF shape on the downtube and elsewhere, which is a Kamm Virtual Foil. Essentially, it’s shaped to keep the air moving smoothly over the tubes and off the back, reducing turbulence and separation.Even with all the added comfort features, they wanted to keep the complete bike weight at or under the weight of a comparable 2014 Madone. Target weight was 7.5kg, which they managed to beat with an unpainted frame built with a slammed stem and Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 hydro group and Bontrager wheels and tires. Frame weight, unpainted, comes in at 870g (claimed). The seatmast adds 151g, and all IsoSpeed hardware, derailleur hanger, seat clamp and other bits add about 80g. The interesting part? There’s a disc brake version, too, and it weighs in at 885g…15g heavier than the disc brake model.Comfort comes from a new IsoSpeed design that rotates the compliance parts into the top tube to improve aerodynamics. The bottom of the seatmast is connected to the beam running under the top tube, which is decoupled from the rest of the top tube with an elastomer. As the seatmast flexes rearward, the beam under the top tube flexes like a leaf spring. You can limit how much flex it allows by sliding the coupler back further, or move it forward for more flex. The back of the seat tube has additional adjustments to let you fine tune the rebound characteristics. They say this new design makes the compliance more uniform across frame sizes, too.The upper seatmast slides into the lower section and has height adjustment, plus a nifty light connection for their Bontrager lights. The saddle clamp itself is a beautiful single bolt design that wedges a round clamp inside…loosen the bolt and you can slide the seat fore/aft and rotate it, then tighten it down to lock everything into place.2019 Madone AerodynamicsThe addition of disc brakes, a revised fit, and more measures for increasing rider comfort meant they had to redesign the bike to match the prior versions aerodynamics. Within their target wind angle range of +/- 12.5º yaw (which are the angles they say are most common when riding), they kept the new Madone wishing 14g of drag of the old one at a normalized 30mph (with a mannequin and 2 water bottles). That’s impressive considering the old one had rim brakes shielded from the wind.Besides just the rotors, it’s also the cables and hoses that cause drag. Notice there’s no front brake hose exposed to the wind? That’s because it’s routed inside the fork’s steerer and through the leg, with a bonded tube inside to make it super easy to install or replace. Other cables, wires and hoses are routed through there as well, sending everything inside the frame all the way until they’re needed. The headset spacers are custom shaped to match the stem’s profile and maintain the aerodynamics. And they use a split design that clips together so you don’t have to undo any cables or wires to add or remove them.Prior models were offered in one of two fits: H1 and H2, with more or less aggressive posturing for the rider. For this one, they split the difference and created an H1.5 fit to cover the vast majority of riders with a single geometry. Besides the obvious economies of scale benefits, this also let them further refine the aerodynamics around a single frame shape. They also improved ergonomics by sweeping the bar backward and giving it a broad, flat top to rest your hands on.To increase the fit opportunities, they revised their integrated bar and stem to have 40+ positions using different sizes and spacers. The handlebars have a split clamp section, with the main part hidden inside the stem and the face of the bar putting a more aero shape in front of the stem.The downtube contains a port for electronic group junction boxes or control centers. The top model, shown here, gets full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Bontrager Aeolus X X X 6 wheels and comes in at $11,999 to $12,499 depending on options.Trek Madone Video OverviewBecause it’s fun watching people ride bikes.2019 Trek Madone Road BikesSitting directly below the SLR 9 Disc featured above is the SLR 8, a rim brake version using the same 700-series OCLV carbon. This one gets a Trek-Segafredo team replica paint scheme, Dura-Ace mechanical and Bontrager Aeolus Pro 5 tubeless ready wheels and tires for $7,499-$7,999.Besides the braking method, one key difference between the models is tire clearance. Rim brake models are recommended with 700×25, but the disc brake bikes get approval for 28mm tires.Below that sits the SLR 6 Disc, available in women’s (above) and men’s (below) versions. They share the 700-series frame, but step down to Ultegra mechanical for $5,999-$6,499. Each of the bikes shown here come in four different colorways, and you can get them through Project One to customize the build and colorway.It’s not just Trek that’s made the move to disc brakes for their top-level race bikes. Check out the other new aero road bikes from Specialized, BMC and Cannondale that’ll likely be racing alongside this Madone in the Tour de France.TrekBikes.comSaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Norwich and Montpelier’s Union Elementary School partner on playground

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Norwich University’s Architecture Design Build program, called 802LAB, has partnered with Montpelier’s Union Elementary School (UES) and the community to design and build an outdoor classroom/playhouse as part of the school’s planned playground renovations.Leading faculty member Tolya Stonorov and students in the 802LAB program have worked closely with a UES volunteer committee comprised of parents, teachers, administrators and community members as well as the students of Union Elementary School to define the project and how it serves the needs of the larger playground. The process began with precedent research that included diagrams, drawings, images and a detailed scaled model. These were presented to the committee and analyzed for their feedback.“Our vision for the new playground at UES has always been to create an outdoor space that not only provides students and our community with a place to play but also one that will ignite their creativity,” says Jay Ericson, UES parent and Playground Project Manager. “The students in the 802LAB and Tolya have helped make this vision a reality. The NEST will be the cornerstone of the new playground and will be a place for students to learn, create, and experience an individualized connection to the outdoor environment.”After gathering the committee’s hopes and requirements for the project, the students embarked on individual design responses. These were grouped according to likeness, further refined through a consensus process, and a final design was agreed upon and approved by the committee. DeWolfe Engineering in Montpelier, Vt., is generously working with 802Lab to engineer the project on a pro-bono basis.According to Stonorov: “Design-build supports the idea that building, making and designing are intrinsic to each other: knowledge of one strengthens and informs the expression of the other. Hands-on learning through the act of building what is designed translates theories and ideas into real world experience.” This project exemplifies Norwich’s value of service to others as a community architecture project, one that is developed and executed in response to a community need and in close cooperation with those the structure will serve. The playhouse is affectionately called “The NEST.”Source: NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS April 20, 2018last_img read more

GU promo as official nutrition sponsor of XTERRA

first_img Related As the official nutrition sponsor of the XTERRA off-road triathlon and endurance event series, GU Energy Labs is committed to helping athletes have the best possible experience on race day. The company’s latest promotion is being pitched as ‘a killer deal on a sampler of the full line of GU products.’XTERRA race participants can sample the GU range ahead of race day, with a discount of 50% on retail pricing and a bundled discounted price of US$14.99 for the entire pack.The sampler includes all 9 GU energy gel variants, 3 Roctane gels, 2 Chomps packets, 2 GU Electrolyte Brew packets and 1 GU Recovery Brew packet.Those wishing to take advantage of the US$14.99 Pure Performance Sampler should enter the code GU49NYTS at the GU Energy XTERRA campaign checkout.www.guenergy.comlast_img read more

January 1, 2009 On the Move

first_imgJanuary 1, 2009 On the Move On the Move Charles Wachter has joined Holland & Knight in Tampa as a partner. Wachter focuses his practice on class actions and complex commercial litigation. Nancy Beyer Benton has joined McGuireWoods in Jacksonville as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment department.Dorothy J. McMichen, P.A., is now McMichen, Cinami & Demps, PLLC, practicing exclusively in marital and family law in all areas of Central Florida. John F. Eversole III has joined the law firm of Mase & Lara. The firm will now be known as Mase, Lara, Eversole, P.A. Eversole’s practice focuses in the representation of plaintiff’s personal injury/wrongful death, products liability, professional negligence, medical malpractice, aviation, and complex commercial litigation.The firm of Santucci, Priore & Long has opened new offices in downtown Ft. Lauderdale at 200 South Andrews Avenue, Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale 33301. The firm’s focus includes intellectual property, commercial litigation, business transactions, and corporate matters. Dori K. Stibolt and Christopher A. Roach have joined Ruden McClosky’s litigation practice group as associates . Kenneth Bednar has joined Fowler White Boggs in Ft. Lauderdale as a shareholder in the commercial litigation practice group. Scott A. Cookson has joined Carlton Fields in Orlando in real estate and finance practice group. Elizabeth Schumacher has joined Kubicki Draper in Tampa. Richard Blackstone Webber II has joined Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando as a shareholder. Webber concentrates his practice in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, with an emphasis in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization cases. Ryan L. Johns has joined Kubicki Draper in Tampa as an associate. Johns will concentrate his practice in insurance and corporate defense. January 1, 2009 On the Movelast_img read more

Percent of those passing the February bar exam tumbles

first_img Percent of those passing the February bar exam tumbles Percent of those passing the February bar exam tumbles Overall passage rates for those taking the February bar exam tumbled sharply as only graduates from two Florida schools— Florida International and Stetson — topped the 80 percent rate, and then only barely at 81.5 percent and 80 percent respectively.At the bottom end, just slightly more than half of the graduates taking the test from Barry University and Florida A&M University passed the test.Contrast that with the July 2008 exam results when in excess of 80 percent of graduates from eight of Florida’s 10 law schools passed, with two of those schools seeing more than 90 percent of their students passing the bar. Overall, 70.7 percent of those taking the general bar exam passed in February, compared with 82.5 percent who passed last July.It should be noted that many more graduates traditionally sit for the test in July than do in February. Last July, 2,367 people took the exam compared with 784 who took it in February. But looking back over a full year, those who took the February 2008 passed at a 76.4 percent clip compared with the 70.7 percent mark this February. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners released the results from the February exam April 13.A total of 784 people took the exam, 377 from out-of-state and the remainder in-state graduates. The FBBE also said 831 took the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam in March, 222 from out-of-state and the remainder from the 10 Florida law schools.FIU topped those who took Part A and Part B of the general bar exam; 22 of the 27 Florida International grads passed, or 81.5 percent. Stetson University took second with 60 of its 75 graduates passing or 80 percent. Nova Southeastern University was next, with 29 of its 40 graduates passing, or 72.5 percent. Next was St. Thomas University, where 19 of 27 graduates passed, or 70.4 percent.Of the other law schools: 39 of Florida Coastal University’s 59 students passed the exam, or 66.1 percent; 26 of 40 graduates from Florida State University passed, or 65 percent; 24 of 37 students from the University of Florida passed, or 64.9 percent; 22 of 36 graduates from the University of Miami passed, or 61.1 percent; 12 of 22 from Barry University passed, or 54.5 percent; 23 of 44 from Florida A&M University passed, or 52.3 percent.Two hundred and seventy eight of the 377 applicants from out-of-state law schools passed, or 73.7 percent. Overall, 70.7 percent of those who took Parts A and B passed.That figure was 79.3 percent for the MPRE portion of the exam. Passage rates by school were 86.8 for Miami; 86.4 percent for Stetson; 84.4 percent for UF; 82.9 percent for FIU; 75.9 for NSU; 75.5 for FSU; 75 for FAMU; 72.7 percent for Barry U.; 72.4 percent for Florida Coastal, and 72.1 for St. Thomas. The rate was 76.6 percent for out-of-state test-takers.center_img April 30, 2009 Regular Newslast_img read more

This new rule could reveal the huge gap between CEO pay and worker pay

first_imgThe Washington Post:Thousands of public U.S. companies are likely to soon be forced to share a number many would rather keep under wraps: how much more their chief executives make than their typical rank-and-file employees.The Securities and Exchange Commission  is expected to finalize on Wednesday a long-delayed rule forcing businesses to share their “pay ratio,” a simple bit of arithmetic that would cast an unprecedented spotlight on one of corporate America’s thorniest debates.Once the pay-ratio rule is in place, millions of workers will know exactly how their top boss’s payday compares with their own, revealing a potentially embarrassing disparity in corporate riches that many companies have long fought to keep hidden.…Companies already disclose the pay of their chief executives, although not how it compares with that of personnel. Most Americans still drastically underestimate how wide that wealth gulf has become. In a Perspectives on Psychological Science study last year, researchers found that Americans estimate the pay gap between executives and unskilled workers is about 30 to 1, when in reality it’s more than 300 to 1, a misunderstanding that Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton has said can make people less likely to fight the gap.Read the whole story: The Washington Postlast_img read more

Dear Science: Why do we cry?

first_imgThe Washington Post:You shouldn’t feel shame about shedding tears of emotion. Weeping is part of what makes you human. Although other animals may yelp or whimper in pain or fear, and many creatures have tear ducts in their eyes to help flush out dirt and irritants, humans are the only species known to cry for emotional reasons. And scientists aren’t really sure why.…There’s some data to back this up. A 2008 study led by psychologist Lauren Bylsma of the University of South Florida found that people were more likely to feel better after crying if they received social support during their tears. They also reported feeling catharsis when their weeping led to a resolution of the tear-inducing event, or helped give them a new understanding of what was wrong. By contrast, people who tried to hold back their tears, or said they were ashamed to cry, were less likely to experience catharsis.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Don’t recycle

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Grenada general elections set for March 13

first_imgGrenadian Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell Sunday night announced March 13 as the date for new general elections in Grenada.Feb. 20, Nomination DayAddressing a rally of his ruling New National Party (NNP) at the National Stadium in Georgetown, the Grenadian capital, Mitchell told supporters that Nomination Day will be on February 20.In the 2013 general election, the NNP won all 15 seats defeating the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of then prime minister Tillman Thomas.March 13 is historical dateThis will be the second time that a general election will be held on March 13. On the first occasion in 1990, the NDC won seven seats, the Grenada United Labor Party (GULP) four seats. The NNP won two seats, the same as the National Party (NP).March 13, 1979 is also a historic date for Grenada. It was the date  when members of the New Jewel Movement (NJM) headed by the late Maurice Bishop staged the first coup in the English-speaking Caribbean. The coup resulted in the removal of the then prime minister Sir Eric Gairy from office while he was on a visit to the United States.Mitchell confidentMitchell told supporters that he is confident of regaining office in the upcoming general election.Meanwhile, the head of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), Peter Wickham, is also predicting a victory for the NNP in the upcoming general election.Wickham, a respected regional pollster, told listeners on a radio show in Grenada, that the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), which lost the 2013 general election by a 15-nil margin, may find it difficult, if not impossible to overturn such a huge deficit. “The NNP is in pole position. When you come from a situation where you have all the seats it puts you in pole position to win the next election. But I think the NNP challenge now is that they have to be really careful about voter motivation,” he said.last_img read more