EB13: FSA Adjustable Height Road Bike Seatpost (Possibly) Twists Into Production

first_imgFound on Ivan Basso’s training bike is FSA’s adjustable height seat post to let him fine tune his position during training while in motion.The benefits are obvious, taking the classroom (fit studio) and applying it to the streets. A simple twist moves the saddle up or down by 1mm per click, with a 20mm range in the latest version (this one’s 12mm). It’s cool because it’ll keep the saddle in the same rotational position but can easily let you see how power and comfort change.It’s only been for pros so far, and has been spotted as far back as 2011, but word is it’s now going into production. It’s really intended as a training aid only. Weight is around 400g, but not final. Maurizio Bellin, FSA’s European OEM Sales guy, says triathletes might like it because they could tweak their position on long courses to better prepare their legs for the transition to running.Twist past the break for more pics… If you don’t mind the weight, this could actually be a pretty functional addition to gravel racers and endurance cyclocross, too.Now, if they just added a motor to raise and lower the post, they’d take Shimano’s idea to market.FSA also had some new new stuff on display, like their new hydraulic mountain bike disc brakes and some very nice road clincher/tubular wheels.FullSpeedAhead.comlast_img read more

ABB’s digital solution helps to reduce fuel costs

first_imgBeat Güttinger, Head of Tekomar, ABB Turbocharging said: “We are continuously looking to improve our offerings to more advanced solutions and supporting our customers to differentiate themselves in the market. Our long-standing positive relationship with CCPO, being an early adopter of our latest web application on CCPO’s entire fleet, demonstrates their confidence in ABB’s ability to deliver innovative solutions to the market.” Tekomar XPERT for fleet solution for CCPO was delivered in July 2019 and includes additional e-learning, fleet administration and multiple access levels functionality. Tekomar XPERT for fleet enhances the proven Tekomar XPERT desktop application with its unique diagnostics and advisory on engine performance and allows company-wide engine performance assessment with controlled and consolidated analysis across a fleet. It facilitates the benchmarking and ranking of engines, vessels and fleets and the user-friendly dashboard can be customized according to role. ABB secured its first contract for ABB Ability™ Tekomar XPERT for fleet of 55 vessels with Hamburg based ship manager CPO Containerschiffreederei (CCPO) “We are always looking to adopt the latest technological advances to minimize our environmental footprint; this is a key driver for us when procuring services and products,” said Christoph Gessner, Managing Director, CCPO “With Tekomar XPERT for fleet, through optimizing our engine health, we can minimize costs and the environmental footprint, and in return we can pass on these benefits to our customers.” Tekomar XPERT for fleet, features an easy-access web application interface, which provides accurate insight into engine performance from fleet to vessel level through key performance indicators (KPIs) such as engine health, optimization potential and fleet performance benchmarking. These KPIs provide a helicopter view of engine performance across an entire fleet regardless of engine make, type and age. Ships and fleets are listed according to current performance and provide the technical management with an immediate indication on their status. Poor performing vessels are less cost effective and emit more pollutants into the atmosphere than necessary. Tekomar XPERT for fleet, identifies the necessary adjustments required to reach optimum engine performance and efficiency at a fleet wide level, creating both fuel and emissions savings. center_img Author: Baibhav Mishra Sea News, August 21 CCPO offers high quality service to its charter clients and professional ship management for 111 of own and third-party ships. They were an early adopter of the smart engine performance diagnostics software, Tekomar XPERT, during its initial release in 2015. The latest Tekomar XPERT for fleet web application launched in June this year at CIMAC Congress and incorporates all standard features found in the original Tekomar XPERT application with the additional fleet functionality specifically developed to support management decisions. Tekomar XPERT can be used with any diesel or gas engine, irrespective of manufacturer, type, age or size. There is no hardware to install and the application can be dropped into the shipping company’s normal IT system. It is subscription-based solution. More than 1,500 vessels have been equipped with the software to date.last_img read more

Temporary Northeast milk dumping request granted

first_imgIn late February, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) requested pool handlers be allowed to temporarily dispose of surplus milk at a farm or non-plant location, while retaining the status of pooled producer milk. Cooperative milk handlers Agri-Mark, Inc. and Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. submitted statements supporting DFA’s request.advertisementadvertisementDumping requestsThis is the sixth time over the past three years where similar requests have been made, as handlers deal with milk supplies exceeding demand and available plant processing capacity.The most recent period during which temporary dumping at a farm was requested and authorized – Nov. 22, 2016 through Jan. 9, 2017 – there was zero pounds of raw farm milk requesting authorization, and modest volumes of excess milk reported as dumped at a plant.In the flush period months of 2014, 2015 and 2016, large volumes of milk were reported “Dumped Milk Pounds Pooled.” The typical volumes in the category for FMMO 1 were 5-7 million pounds of milk per month. The January-March 2016 period of 2016 showed an average of 6.4 million pounds of milk per month.Not only has the pounds of milk dumped increased, but the timing of the increase has started earlier in the flush season, according to DFA.Production increasingCiting growing milk supply and balancing stress, DFA’s request said 2016 milk production in states serving the Northeast FMMO (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont) increased about 2.6 percent, or about thirty-nine 60,000-pound tanker loads of milk per day.advertisementJanuary 2017 year-over-year percentage change in milk production for the three largest milk producing states (New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont) showed continued strong milk output.The amount of milk pooled on the Northeast FMMO continues to increase and set new record highs. The total volume pooled during 2016 was 968 million pounds greater than the total in 2015; the volume pooled during January 2017 was 98 million pounds greater than the volume pooled during January 2016; the daily production per producer (DDP) set a new all-time record high in January 2017 (6,644 pounds), 6.6 percent higher than the DDP in January 2016.The substantial milk production growth is occurring at a time when fluid milk consumption and milk processing capacity have been on the decline. While reduced processing capacity due to plant closures is somewhat offset by the expansion or construction of another plant, DFA’s Elvin Hollon estimated the marketing area has lost about 165 million pounds of monthly processing capacity since 2013.Read also: Back in the pool: DFA seeks flexibility in Northeast federal milk marketing order and DFA withdraws Northeast depooling proposalEntering 2017 flush production months, milk oversupply pressure is expected to increase. And, adding to the imbalance, there’s also concern over Canada’s policy effectively restricting markets to U.S.-produced ultra-filtered milk. Industry analysts estimate that manufacturers in New York alone are selling more than 300 million pounds of skim milk equivalent annually. If Canada’s policy remains in place, milk previously headed north of the border will need to find a market outlet in an already surplus situation.January fluid milk sales dipDeclining fluid milk sales compound the problem, especially in the Northeast, where a higher proportion of total milk production is marketed in fluid products.advertisementJanuary 2017 total U.S. packaged fluid milk sales were estimated 4.18 billion pounds, down 0.8 percent from January 2016, according to USDA’s Dairy Market News. In the Northeast federal order, total January fluid milk products were estimated at 705 million pounds, down 2.5 percent compared to the same month a year earlier.U.S. sales of conventional products totaled 4.03 billion pounds, down 1.1 percent from the previous year, while sales of organic products, at 228 million pounds, were up 4.7 percent. Organic represented about 5.4 percent of total sales for the month.In the conventional milk aisle, whole and flavored whole milk sales were up 3.5 percent and 10.1 percent compared to the previous year, respectively. Sales of organic whole milk were up 12.5 percent compared to a year earlier.Conventional and organic fat-free milk varieties had the largest sales declines compared to a year earlier.The U.S. figures represent consumption of fluid milk products in federal milk order marketing areas and California, which account for approximately 92 percent of total fluid milk sales in the U.S.What to do with excess milk?Every federal order has provisions for dumping pooled milk, although generally those allowances pertain to quality or safety issues. Since the spring flush season of 2014, the FMMO 1 market administrator has allowed special provisions to deal with excess milk.In some cases, the cream has been skimmed off and marketed, with the remaining portion either dried if it had a market or disposed of. In extreme cases, excess milk has been dumped into farm manure pits, saving on transportation and in-plant disposal costs.In both cases and with proper documentation, the milk was pooled on the Northeast order, enabling farmers to receive at least some payment.For pooled milk dumped on the farm, co-op members received the difference between the lowest class price and the blend price. For example, during April-August 2016, producer prices for dumped milk ranged between $1.38 to $2.32 per cwt. For milk that was salvaged for cream, payments averaged between $7-$8 per cwt.Hollon said DFA was seeking to move milk to other regions of the country, but dairy processors in Lake States and the Upper Midwest are facing supply/processing capacity imbalances.Provisions outlinedFor milk handlers to pool milk disposed or dumped at farm or other non-plant locations, they must meet the following conditions:• Handlers and/or their producers that utilize this temporary policy must have been pooled on the Northeast Order for all of their commercially marketed production for the months of May through October 2016.• The milk must be picked up at the farm, measured and sampled for payment. The tanker test will be a weighted average of the producer tests.• Notification should be given to the market administrator’s office by the next business day, or as soon as practicable, when the milk is dumped. At pool time a separate list must be submitted of all producers whose milk was dumped along with the component tests of the applicable milk (if available), and the physical location and address of where the milk was dumped.Any such requested dumps will be subject to audit verification as a condition to be included as pooled producer milk during the respective pool period. Northeast Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) Market Administrator Erik Rasmussen has authorized the temporary pooling of milk disposed or “dumped” at the farm or other non-plant locations during March 1–May 31, 2017. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

UWF Claims Fifth Las Vegas Desert Classic Title in Six Years

first_imgThe Argos had two players – junior Bryce Geraghty and senior Esteban Castro – competing as individuals. Geraghty ended his first tournament of the 2017-18 season with a season-low 75 to tie for 34th at 235, with Castro tieing for 78th at 78-79-80=237. Junior Jacob Huizinga used a final round 2-under-par 70 to climb 12 spots into a tie for eighth at 78-71-70=219. It was his fourth top-10 finish in six events this season. Junior Julian Otero made it five Argos in the top 20 with a 77-71-76=224 final tally. His 20th-place performance tied his season-best over five tournaments. Senior Henry Westmoreland IV and junior Christian Bosso completed their tournament a stroke apart from each other in the top 15. Westmoreland tied for 12th with a 75-69-77=221 and Bosso tied for 14th at 79-72-71=222. COMPLETE RESULTSLAS VEGAS, Nev. – The No. 1 ranked UWF men’s golf team and Chandler Blanchet cruised to the team and individual titles at the Las Vegas Desert Classic on Tuesday at the Royal Links Golf Club. Senior Chandler Blanchet coasted to his second-consecutive wire-to-wire win in Las Vegas, using a 68 for a season-low 67-65-68=200, 54-hole total. He played the par 5s on Tuesday at 4-under-par and 10-under-par for the week with seven birdies, two eagles and a bogey.Blanchet’s 200 is tied for the second-lowest 54-hole score in school history.   Print Friendly Version UWF will return to play in five days at the Southeastern Collegiate in Valdosta, Georgia. The Argonauts and Blanchet are the defending team and individual champions at the 54-hole, 3-day event that will begin on Sunday at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. A day after opening up a 15-stroke lead in the team race, UWF was the only group to play under par in the final round, posting a 3-under 285 on its way to a 28-stroke victory with a 858 total. The win was the Argonauts’ third-consecutive Classic crown and fifth in the last six years. Oklahoma Christian claimed the runner-up spot at 886 with Grand Valley and Arkansas Tech immediately behind in third and fourth with totals of 887 and 888, respectively. UWF has won 11 of its last 16 team tournaments and not finished lower than third in any event.last_img read more

LSU players salivating over Ole Miss game significance

first_imgBATON ROUGE – LSU will be favored to lose at home on Saturday for the first time since 2009 when No. 1 Florida beat the No. 4 Tigers, 13-3, in Tiger Stadium at night on CBS .The Tigers are home underdogs to a team other than Florida or Alabama for the first time since 2000 when No. 13 Mississippi State lost to the unranked Tigers, 45-38, in overtime on ESPN2 at night.No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) is a 3.5-point favorite to beat No. 23 LSU (6-2, 2-2 SEC) in a 6:15 p.m. game Saturday at Tiger Stadium on ESPN. The Rebels have not been ranked higher than the Tigers entering a game since 1999 when the No. 25 Rebels beat the unranked Tigers, 42-23, in Tiger Stadium.Ole Miss will be the first ranked team to come to Tiger Stadium this season. Mississippi State, which is now No. 1, was not ranked entering its 34-29 win over the Tigers on Sept. 20. Ole Miss will be the first top three team to come to Tiger Stadium since No. 3 South Carolina fell to No. 9 LSU, 23-21, on Oct. 13, 2012.Ole Miss has its highest ranking entering an LSU game since it was No. 3 before it beat unranked LSU, 37-3, in 1963 in Tiger Stadium in an afternoon game on CBS national television. Ole Miss is undefeated entering an LSU game for the first time since it was 4-0-1 that same season.LSU lost at Ole Miss, 27-24, last season.ESPN’s College GameDay will be broadcasting its iconic pregame show from the Parade Grounds on the LSU campus Saturday morning for the first time since 2012.Oh, and it’s homecoming.“I’m really anxious,” LSU middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith said. “Man, I can’t wait. I can’t wait until Saturday. I wish in life you could just fast forward to the day that you want and be there, but you can’t.”Just four more days to get through starting Wednesday before Saturday Night Live in Tiger Stadium. “I’m just anxious,” Kendell said.“It really doesn’t happen every day — a game like this,” LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture said. “It’s going to be pretty much a great game this week. I can’t wait for it.”The game is a sellout, something that does not happen much anymore at LSU with the stadium expanding by roughly 10,000 to 102,321 before this season amid a fan base growing more spoiled after national championship game appearances in 2003, 2007 and 2011 and national championships in ’03 and ’07.“I know our fans are going to show up and be wild and try to get in Ole Miss’ heads,” LaCouture said. “That’s what our fans do, and it’s a fun thing to watch. They’ll come to this game.”Tiger Stadium has not been full this season, and it has emptied early in all five games this season.“This game here is one that you will enjoy,” said LSU coach Les Miles, who basically turned his press conference Monday into a promotional ad as he asked fans to attend, eat, stay late and be merry. “I can tell you, it will be a magical place, and you will add to it. So to that crowd that will come in — come on! Let’s have some fun!”Free Raising Cane’s chicken, courtesy of Miles?“This will be a great game, a great competitive environment, and certainly Saturday night in Tiger Stadium,” Miles said.“The weather is perfect. I mean, everything’s just coming together,” LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye said.The forecast for Saturday night is perfect for football with high temperatures in the low 80s for tailgating in the afternoon, 70s at kickoff and mid-60s to high 50s in the second half.Chance of rain? Never, like public address announcer Dan Borne always says, and on this night he will be accurate.The winds will be from the north at 6 mph — excellent for game-winning field goals.“I’m looking forward to it more than ever,” Delahoussaye said.last_img read more

Grassroots bodies bemoan collapse of Wembley sale

first_imgShahid Khan’s decision to withdraw his offer to buy Wembley has been described as a “huge disappointment” and a missed opportunity by two of the biggest sponsors of grassroots facilities.The Fulham owner had offered the Football Association £600 million in cash for the stadium, as well as letting it keep the Club Wembley hospitality business, worth another £300 million.FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn were both strongly in favour of the deal and wanted to use the money to fix England’s dilapidated changing rooms, water-logged pitches and stretched 3G facilities.They hoped Khan’s £600 million could be the catalyst for a total investment in community facilities over the next 20 years of £3.3billion, more than double what the Football Foundation and Sport England have been able to do since 2000.But in separate statements, Glenn admitted the proposed sale had been “more divisive than anticipated”, while Khan said it had become clear “there is no definitive mandate to sell Wembley and my current proposal, subsequently, would earn the backing of only a slim majority of the FA Council, well short of the conclusive margin the FA chairman has required”.This has been on the cards ever since last week’s council meeting proved just how split football was on the idea, with some seeing it as a gilt-edged opportunity to solve one of football’s most expensive problems, while others likened it to selling the family silver and questioned the FA’s ability to invest the windfall wisely.The UK’s largest sports charity, the Football Foundation, would have been the vehicle the FA used to pick, manage and fund the projects, as it currently does with the funding it receives from the FA, Premier League and government.In a statement, it said: “News that Mr Khan has decided to withdraw his offer to buy Wembley should come as a huge disappointment to community footballers everywhere.“Football participation in this country is huge. Unfortunately, those who play the game, simply for the love of doing so and for the health benefits are having to put up with a stock of community football facilities that is in a shameful state.“This would have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make considerable inroads into probably the most pressing issue facing football in this country.”Nick Bitel, the chair of Sport England, the government agency that funds grassroots sport, was more measured but his disappointment was equally plain.“We agree with the view that the Wembley Stadium offer was a huge opportunity to boost funding into the development and maintenance of artificial and grass pitches up and down the country,” he said.“Now that this deal is off the table, we hope the football family will now consider other ways the much-needed additional funds for grassroots facilities can be generated.”Sports minister Tracey Crouch told the BBC she was “very disappointed” but a spokesperson for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport told Press Association Sport it was always “a matter for the FA” and any deal “would have had to further benefit the grassroots game in this country”, while the stadium remained the home of English football.For Clarke, Glenn and Khan, that was exactly what was on the table.In a statement the American billionaire released to fans of his National Football League team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Khan said “a successful transaction would have had a much-needed positive effect on the Jaguars, both in London and here in Jacksonville”.Khan had hoped to use Wembley as the Jaguars’ home field in the future, although the team’s training base was expected to remain in Florida. He had also wanted to upgrade the stadium so it could host a wider range of events, including perhaps a Super Bowl.“At the same time, the proceeds the FA would have realised from the sale would have created many opportunities for investment in their national game. An agreement that would have served everyone exceptionally well, and brought everyone together for shared success, was the one and only goal,” he said.But in his earlier statement, aimed at the “Football Association family”, Khan said he would be “willing to re-engage with the FA on this matter” if the circumstances changed.That does not appear to be likely in the short term, though.The FA’s research suggested that football was split into three equal camps on the issue: those strongly for, those passionately against and those who needed to know more before they made their minds up.The governing body had thought it was slowly winning the argument and last week told county FA bosses it thought there was 55 per cent approval for the idea.Last Thursday, however, that theory was tested at what was described as a lively meeting of the FA Council, which made the divide look more like 50/50.In a statement, the Football Supporters’ Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke, who is also an FA councillor, said: “More than 2,000 supporters took part in our consultation on the Wembley sale and we took that feedback directly to the FA Council last week.“Only one in three fans thought the FA should sell to Khan while two-thirds of supporters were against selling the stadium under any circumstances.“While the majority of fans will be pleased that the stadium will remain in the control of the FA, they recognise the need for much greater investment in grassroots pitches. It is a sobering thought that the Wembley sale would have yielded £590m and yet English football pays £250m each year to agents.”This is a point one of the sale’s main critics, former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville, made to a committee of MPs in August.last_img read more

COLTS ADVANCE TO AFC CHAMPIONSHIP; ANNOUNCE EVENTS FOR FANS THIS WEEK

first_imgThe Indianapolis Colts defeated the Denver Broncos Sunday to advance to the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, January 18. As the team continues their playoff run, they’ve announced their playoff events and promotions for this week. Plans include a special edition playoff poster, Poster-Drive Thru at Lucas Oil Stadium, Pep Rally, a “Blue Out Your Bar” contest and more. In addition, fans are asked to show they “Believe In Blue” by printing out a horseshoe at www.colts.com/playoffs and tweeting a photo of it displayed at their home, office or school using #BelieveInBlue.The 2014 Colts Playoffs are presented by Huntington Bank and Verizon Wireless, and sponsored in part by Bud Light.Tuesday, January 13#BelieveInBlue Social Media Campaign Begins at www.colts.com/playoffs#BelieveInBlue Video Contest Begins at www.colts.com/playoffs“Blue Out Your Bar” Contest Continues on www.colts.com/playoffs Thursday, January 15Playoff Poster Drive-Thru, Lucas Oil Stadium South Lot (6:30-8:30 a.m.)Playoff Posters Available at Participating Huntington Banks and Verizon Wireless Stores (see attached list)Pep Rally at Circle Centre Mall (12 – 1 p.m.) More details on all of these events and promotions are available below, as well as online at www.colts.com/playoffs.#BELIEVEINBLUE SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNColts Nation, do you believe? Show you #BelieveInBlue on social media by posting photos of how you are preparing for the AFC Championship Game. For example, print off the horseshoe at www.colts.com/playoffs and put it outside your office, classroom, living room, etc. and tweet a picture using #BelieveInBlue to show the team that you believe!#BELIEVEINBLUE VIDEO CONTESTLeading up to the AFC Championship Game against New England the Colts will host a video contest for a chance to be featured on Colts.com. BeginningTuesday, January 13, upload a video of you and your friends chanting “I Believe the Colts Will Win” or post it to Instagram or Vine using #BelieveInBlue. More info on www.colts.com/playoffs.“BLUE OUT YOUR BAR” PHOTO CONTEST, PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHTThe Colts are looking for bars and restaurants throughout Indiana and across the country that bleed blue. By submitting a photo of their establishment decked out in Colts décor, bars and restaurants have a chance to win a personalized, framed jersey, Reggie Wayne autographed football and NFL/Bud Light steel cooler. Photos can be submitted at www.colts.com/playoffs or using #BarBlueOut via Twitter or Instagram. The deadline to submit a photo is Sunday, January 18, at 6:40 p.m. ET.PLAYOFF POSTER DRIVE-HRU AT LUCAS OIL STADIUMOn Thursday, January 15, Colts fans are invited to drive thru and pick up a limited edition playoff poster in the south lot of Lucas Oil Stadium from 6:30-8:30 a.m., while supplies last. Colts mascot, Blue, and Cheerleaders will be on-site to help pass out the posters. The first 500 cars will receive a Colts car magnet (limit one magnet per car).In addition, posters will be available in the Emmis Communications (40 Monument Cir, Ste 700, Indianapolis) lobby from 6:30-8:30 a.m.When:             Thursday, January 15, 6:30-8:30 a.m.Where:            Lucas Oil Stadium South Lot (enter at Gate 8 off of Capitol Ave.)500 S. Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, Ind.PLAYOFF POSTERS AVAILABLE AT HUNTINGTON BANK AND VERIZON STORESWhile supplies last, the Colts special edition AFC Championship playoff poster will be available at participating Huntington Bank branches and Verizon stores beginning Thursday, January 15. See attached for a complete list of participating locations.PLAYOFF PEP RALLYThe Colts will host a playoff-themed Pep Rally at the Circle Centre Mall food court in Downtown Indianapolis on January 15. Beginning at noon fans are encouraged to stop by to pick up a special edition Colts Playoff poster, listen to live music from Dave & Rae and meet Colts alumni players. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free Colts t-shirt.When:             Thursday, January 15, 12 – 1 p.m.Where:            Circle Centre Mall Food Court (3rd Floor)                        49 West Maryland StreetIndianapolis, IN                      What:             Special Edition Colts Playoff PosterFree t-shirt for first 1,000 fansColts Alumni Players1070 The FanRegister to WinColts CheerleadersBlue, the official mascot of the ColtsLive music by Dave and Rae Friday, January 16-Saturday, January 17Colts Blood Drive at Indiana Blood Center Locations COLTS PLAYOFF BLOOD DRIVEVisit any Indiana Blood Center donor center on Friday or Saturday, January 16 or 17, and receive a Colts playoff poster and a long sleeve t-shirt with the Colts throwback logo and Indiana Blood Center logo (while supplies last). For more information visit www.indianablood.org.last_img read more