Aero gains are the ultimate in getting more speed without cranking out more power. If you’ve already bought into the ‘Aero is everything’ mindset, perhaps it is time to look to Null Winds’ Aerodefender upper wheel fairings. Claiming to offer more speed in a headwind vs. aero carbon wheels (and more stability), the pointy carbon fiber wheel fairings have proven themselves in downhill coasting tests. And now you can pre-order a set over at Indiegogo…Null Winds Aerodefender carbon aero partial wheel fairingsOK, hold your judgement for just a minute, and let’s take a look at Null Winds’ claims and what they say is the science behind their Aerodefender.The basic concept is that the faster, forward spinning upper portion of a bike’s wheel & tire generates the most drag slowing the bike down. By encasing that section of the spinning wheel inside the Aerodefender partial upper wheel fairing, drag is reduced in primarily headwind conditions. And you go faster.To test out (and prove) their system, Null Winds paired two identical aero tri bikes in a roll down test into a moderate headwind, then repeated it switching riders. The result was that the Aerodefender-equipped bike was always faster, on average 7 seconds faster per kilometer!And now you can pre-order a set for your road or triathlon bike for a limited time through their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.Aerodefender partial upper wheel fairings Tech DetailsThe Aerodefender partial upper wheel fairing claim to reduce the effective wind speed that the spinning wheel is exposed to, thus reducing drag and making you faster. To do that the hand crafted carbon fairings use custom hidden internal mounting brackets that attach to you bike’s fork legs and chainstays with a mix of velcro, zip ties, and alloy hardware.The Aerodefender is available in versions for either rim brake or disc brake equipped bikes. The rim brake versions include cutouts for your brake calipers and are designed to use 23-28mm tires. The disc brake versions include more internal clearance up to 38mm tires, and can also be custom trimmed for rim brake bikes sporting larger tires.A two-piece, front & rear pair of carbon upper wheel fairings weighs approximately 700g and is available to Indiegogo supporters starting at $500 (or ~$310 for one wheel). A cheaper fiberglass version is also available starting at $360 and weighs approximately 1000g for the set.For now the Aerodefenders are made in the US. Null Wind has also partnered with popular West Coast triathlon shop Triathlon Lab who will stock the carbon Aerodefenders starting in early October, and will offer install services.The Indiegogo is a flexible crowdfunding campaign and runs for one month for pre-orders. Early backers will already get their wheel fairings as early as Oct 2018, with all backers of the campaign expected to have orders fulfilled by the end of Nov 2018.Now, go watch a ton of their expository videos on YouTube or Indiegogo, and discuss…NullWinds.com
The developer behind the Metcalf Crossing project said it will not pursue a hotel on the site.The developer behind the Metcalf Crossing project that will replace the blighted Ramada Inn and Knights Inn at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Metcalf told the Overland Park Planning Commission Monday that they had not been able to find a new hotel operator for the site.Attorney Korb Maxwell speaking on behalf of developer Sky Real Estate said that after considerable effort, the company had determined that it was best to abandon the initial plans to include a new hotel as part of the redevelopment project.“We thought that this was a hotel site. We went out and we had early indication from some of the hotel chains and franchisees and franchisors out there that this could work for a hotel site,” Maxwell told the planning commission. “But after substantial work by Wes Grammer, the developer for the site, and working every one of the significant hotel chains, and many different franchisees, we could not come to a hotel deal.”Instead, Sky has submitted a new preliminary site plan for the 5 acres of land that includes a single story office building on the western portion of the property where the hotel had initially be envisioned. Here’s an elevation drawing of that proposed building that was included in Monday’s commission packet:Maxwell said the developer did not have a confirmed use or tenant for the new office building yet, but that they felt it was important to move on from the hotel concept.The Ramada and Knights Inn had long been a point of contention for the surrounding homeowners and city officials, who witnessed the properties become the subject of frequent calls to the police to respond to crimes.“The single greatest concern I think this commission heard, the council heard, from the neighbors and others as we were in this process was they were concerned about the hotel,” Maxwell said. “Because they wanted it to be a hotel of quality given what the hotels that have been there did to their quality of life for so many years.”The updated plans submitted Monday also included a change to the planned self storage facility on the site, which will now include a basement.Sky’s initial timeline for the project suggested the self storage facility would be completed by the end of 2020.
Leading City firms have begun to release trainee retention rates for the autumn cohort, with many posting figures in excess of 80%, though rates have dropped at other firms.Slaughter and May leads the way in the magic circle so far. It has taken on 29 of 32 trainees (90%). Thirty trainees put their name forward for a post.Allen & Overy had 47 trainees on its programme, all of whom applied. The firm made offers to 41 of whom 40 accepted, giving it an 85% retention rate.James Partridge, partner and training principal at Allen & Overy, described this as ‘another good result’ and testament to A&O’s compelling offering and commitment to developing exceptional talent.The figures are similar to those of September last year, when A&O posted an 86% retention rate (keeping 36 of 42 trainees) while Slaughter and May took on 32 of its 36-strong cohort (88%).A&O’s newly qualified lawyers will start on £78,500 while Slaughter and May’s will earn £78,000.It was not all good news in the magic circle however after a big decline in the number of trainees taking on a contract at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.The magic circle firm offered contracts to 29 of 41 trainees with 27 accepting a role (66%). It is in marked contrast to last September when the firm retained 95% of its 42 trainees.Farah Ispahani, trainee development partner, said: ’Our retention rates across each intake vary as we balance a number of different factors when determining the offers that we make to individuals. We are committed to our existing level of training contracts in London and we expect our medium-term average for retention rates to be upheld.’Elsewhere, Silver Circle firm Ashurst posted a 95% retention rate, offering 19 positions to its intake of 20.Bird & Bird took on 18 trainees and will retain 15 (83%). Last year, it took on 15 from a total of 17 (88%).International firm Pinsent Masons’ figures were not as high, though the firm had many more trainees than other firms and took on 74% of the cohort. Of its 91 trainees, 84 trainees applied and 67 had their offer accepted. The retention rate of those actually applying for a position at the firm was 80%.Last year, 47 out of the 59 trainees were signed up (79%).Things were less positive for Weil, Gotshal & Manges however. The US-headquartered firm offered contracts to all of its 10 trainees but only five accepted.A spokesperson said some trainees were keen to qualify into groups which had taken ‘a number of NQs in recent intakes’ and could not offer contracts to every trainee in the groups of their choice.Last year the firm retained 12 of 14 trainees (85%).At £115,000, Weil’s salary for newly qualified lawyers is higher than any of the magic circle.International law firm Taylor Wessing also posted a fairly low score, announcing that it will retain 62% of its 26-strong cohort. Last September it retained 77%, (17 from 22).Kirstie McGuigan, partner and head of the UK graduate recruitment committee, said the disappointing retention was a product of a number of factors and did not ’paint the full picture’.’In the last year we have strengthened our graduate programme with the introduction of game based video assessments to enhance the candidate experience. Furthermore, to be recognised with multiple awards for the strength of our graduate recruitment and development programme is testament to the quality of the training we give, and we hope this will be reflected with an uplift in retention rates next year.’
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By Iacovos ConstantinouAEL continued their march towards their second league title in three years with a 2-0 win over Omonia while their nearest rivals APOEL squeezed past a resilient Anorthosis. In the relegation battle, Aris moved out of the danger zone for the first time in months with Doxa Katokopias moving in the other direction.“When you create six to seven goal-scoring opportunities against one of the meanest defences in the league and fail to score you will be punished,” said dejected Omonia coach Costas Kaiafas after the game.AEL took the lead through a Monteiro sixth minute goal but the visitors stormed back and missed some glorious chances to equalise with Skembri and Efraim the main culprits. AEL weathered the storm and gradually eased their way into the game. On the stroke of half-time Idabdhelay made the game safe for AEL when he took advantage of a blunder by Omonia defender Serfa.Anorthosis always seem to lift their game against APOEL and Sunday was no exception. Despite collecting just one point in ten games they were by far the better side and could have wrapped up the game in the first half had it not been for some outstanding saves from APOEL’s keeper Pardo.Both sides missed chances after the break and it was APOEL who were fortunate enough to break the deadlock through Vinicius following some poor defending by the home team. However Vinicius’ celebrations were deemed excessive by referee Panayi and he was yellow-carded, meaning he will miss the crunch game against AEL on Tuesday week.Apollon avenged their cup exit at the hands of Ermis Aradippou last Wednesday and thumped four past them. Lopez scored a hat-trick with Gaston Sangoy getting the fourth. With this win Apollon kept their hopes of a Champions League finish alive even though they trail second-placed APOEL by five points.Aris Limassol took a huge leap towards safety when they managed with ten men to come from behind and defeat Doxa Katokopias 3-1. Doxa took the lead through Leandro but goals from Yousef, Pintceli and Dina gave the three points to the Limassol outfit.Ethnikos Achnas and Nea Salamina shared the points in a 1-1 draw, with the Ethnikos president Kikis Philippou laying the blame on some dubious refereeing decisions. Ethnikos are now level on points with Doxa with Aris just a point ahead.AEK Larnaca defeated AEK Kouklion by a solitary Mitides goal and it appears that the team from Kouklia will be heading back to the second division next year barring a miraculous comeback as they are eight points from the safety zone.