Got a first generation SRAM Red eTap wireless shifting group? Need a new derailleur? Or just want better chain management?SRAM has quietly released an updated eTap rear derailleur for their original wireless road group, and it gets some of the best AXS features. But it’s still only for their 11-speed group. So, you get the looks of the latest 12-speed AXS, but will only work with the original eTap 11-speed shifters.OK, so why?SRAM told us that, from a production standpoint, it just made more sense to use the updated tech and design. And that’s good news for anyone needing to replace their rear mech…this one is much better.The shifting motor is faster and more precise. it gets X-Sync ceramic bearing pulleys. But best of all, it adds their Orbit hydraulic damping “clutch” to the pulley cage. We shot some killer slow motion in our AXS launch video that shows how well it works. Check out the full AXS launch coverage for more details on all of that tech.To be clear, this one gets many of the AXS unit’s physical features, but does not operate on the AXS wireless signal and will not work with the AXS smartphone app. It’s only a replacement for the original’s eTap shifting system.It fits up to a 32t cog with their WiFLi mid-cage option, and a short cage is offered, too. Retail starts at $649 (€593 / £529, including VAT), available now.(UPDATE: This story originally published with images of the first generation eTap derailleur and has been updated with correct photos of the new unit and additional information on compatibility)SRAM.com
Related USA Triathlon (USAT) has announced the departure of Executive Director Francis (Skip) Gilbert.”We thank Skip Gilbert for his years of service to triathlon during which the sport grew to unprecedented popularity in the United States and around the world,” said USA Triathlon President Brian Harrington.Harrington confirmed that Tim Yount, the Senior Vice President for Sport Development of USA Triathlon, will assume the role of acting Executive Director while a search committee seeks a replacement for Gilbert. Yount has taken on that role during a previous transition.www.usatriathlon.org
April 1, 2012 Regular News A Justice Teaching team takes on Alachua County E ighth Judicial Circuit Judge Victor L. Hulslander and Gainesville attorney Sven W. Hanson are partners in an educational endeavor.That partnership began in 2006 when the Justice Teaching initiative was created by Justice Fred Lewis, and Hulslander and Hanson as Justice Teaching volunteers selected F.W. Buchholz High School as their school. Since 2006, Hulslander, as the local Justice Teaching coordinator judge for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, has not limited his service to school visits with Hanson and facilitating communication between volunteers and their schools — he also coordinates Justice Teaching activities for the other schools in his circuit. For example, earlier this year, while Hulslander conducted a Justice Teaching session with Hanson, he also arranged for a class from an elementary school to visit the Alachua County courthouse. The class arrived in the morning and, with the assistance of other judges at the Eighth Circuit, was given the opportunity to watch juvenile court, tour the courthouse, and participate in a mock trial.While Hulslander and Hanson conduct numerous Justice Teaching visits throughout the school year, they make a point to visit Buchholz before Spring Break because it offers an opportunity to demonstrate how constitutional issues can arise in the daily life of even a high school student.They commence the Justice Teaching session by offering a scenario in which, while on vacation, the students arrive at a party where it appears that underage drinking and possible drug use is occurring. Shortly afterwards, a deputy knocks on the door and demands entry. At this moment in the lesson, Hulslander and Hanson randomly select a student and ask whether the student thinks he or she is required to open the door.Further questions are then offered to engage all of the students in a discussion of the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.“We do not answer our own questions, but our questions generate a lot of heat and interest in the classroom,” Judge Hulslander said.This introductory exercise eventually transitions into The Invaders activity, one of the most popular lesson plans available on the Justice Teaching website. According to Hanson, the Justice Teaching sessions are always well-received: “Having taught in many different classes. . . I have found that there are few young people who aren’t interested in learning about the U.S. Constitution and the law. We have talked to students who are personally familiar with police procedure and those who have no experience beyond CSI on television. They all have the same questions.”Hanson said the students are not the only ones who benefit from the sessions.“The students allow us to think about and discuss the U.S. Constitution and the law the way we did in law school,” Hanson said.“We have the opportunity to enjoy law again as an exciting subject, separate from the pressure and stress of the law as our work.”Further, as the parent of a high school student, Hanson says that the “JT program allows me to stay in touch with what is going on with young folks today.”Hanson offers the following advice to individuals who are contemplating service through Justice Teaching: “If you are not involved in JT, join us for many reasons but, at least, do it for yourself.” T o learn more about becoming a Justice Teaching volunteer, visit www.justiceteaching.org. A Justice Teaching team takes on Alachua County
She posted a career-best time in the 400-meter run at 54.41 seconds last weekend. She was just .06 seconds off the program record.She said she thinks she can beat that time at the Big Ten meet.“I definitely think that [the record] is a reachable goal for me in the next two weeks,” Geyen said. “It was probably one of the best races I’ve felt this season so far.”While Geyen and some of her peers will be in the stands instead of on the track this weekend, the team is looking forward to being together again.In the past month, different groups of the men’s and women’s teams have competed in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Washington.“When everyone’s together, I feel like we feed off each other’s energy and want to do well,” Geyen said.In early January, the Gophers women’s team had a meeting at which Bingle forecasted where he thought the team should be at various stages of the season.He said they’re currently in a good position.“We are where we wanted to be,” he said. “We’re not done with what we’re going to do.” Minnesota rests in final weekendA few Gophers athletes will try and earn a spot on the Big Ten roster. Jack SatzingerFebruary 20, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter weeks of competing on the road, the Gophers men’s and women’s track and field teams will return to the familiar confines of the University Fieldhouse this weekend.The men’s team will compete Friday in the Snowshoe Open, and the women’s team will finish competition Saturday at the Parents’ Day Invite.A bulk of Minnesota’s athletes will not compete over the weekend and instead will rest up for next week’s Big Ten indoor championships.“There’s an off-weekend for a lot of people,” head women’s coach Matt Bingle said. “Some people are going to compete and kind of fine-tune things.”A number of the athletes competing this weekend will be doing more than just fine-tuning, though.“Some people will try to earn a spot to the Big Ten,” Bingle said.That scenario stretches to the men’s side, too. Head coach Steve Plasencia said he’ll be looking for additional athletes who can make an impact next weekend.“This is the last chance to make the Big Ten [meet] for a lot of guys,” he said.Megan Geyen has already snared a spot for the Big Ten indoor championships and will not compete this weekend.
The Phoenix office of Skanska has started work on improvements to Broadway Road in Mesa, Ariz., from Power Road to Sossaman Road.The $4.5 million street and utility improvements project for the City of Mesa includes extensive storm drain and potable water upgrades to the existing system, widening an older roadway to accommodate heavier traffic and improved aesthetics.“Public outreach is paramount when doing capital improvement projects of this magnitude. We have relied heavily on Skanska to notify residents when construction will affect their daily living. Their proactive approach regarding any changes has been a great asset to the Broadway Road project,” said Jaime Otter, Marketing Communications Specialist II, City of Mesa.“We credit our team and partners with working together to keep this important project on schedule,” said Skanska’s Phoenix Civil Construction Division Manager Chris Halpin. “With these sorts of projects, we know that the end users – Mesa residents – are the ones that will truly benefit from these improvements and we are working to support them and the entire community.”In July 2013, Skanska, which is active in both the building and civil construction markets, announced it had moved its building operations to 4742 North 24th Street in Phoenix, just south of Camelback Road. Skanska’s civil construction unit, formerly located in Peoria, Ariz., has co-located with the building group at the 24th Street location.
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The Chair of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., yesterday announced that Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a $250 million contract to build six Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) for the Coast Guard. Sen. Landrieu included the funding for these vessels in her FY 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The funding will keep 1,200 Louisianians employed.“For the Coast Guard to keep carrying out its vital role in protecting our nation, we must replace its aging fleet. That is why I continue to focus a portion of the Homeland Security budget on investing in these exceptional ships that will allow the Coast Guard to carry out critical lifesaving, law enforcement and homeland security missions,” Sen. Landrieu said. “The Coast Guard is part of our DNA in Louisiana. The men and women of the Coast Guard have gone above and beyond to protect our citizens, ecosystems and way of life through hurricanes, oil spills, river closures and countless search and rescue missions. I am proud that Louisiana will be a part of keeping the Coast Guard strong for generations to come.”“Bollinger is extremely pleased that the Coast Guard has awarded six additional Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) to our ongoing contract. This follow-on award will continue to provide hundreds of jobs for our employees and our Louisiana supplier network. Senator Landrieu’s support of programs that bring jobs to Louisiana is indicative of her tireless efforts on behalf of Louisiana. This award reflects the continued confidence that Senator Landrieu and the Coast Guard have in the quality products delivered by our combined team of employees, suppliers and contractors. Recent operational successes by delivered FRCs prove that this vessel’s enhanced capabilities are a ‘game changer’ for the Coast Guard. The Bollinger Shipyard family of employees is proud to be a part of it.” said Chris Bollinger, President of Bollinger Shipyards.Building an additional six ships with FY 2013 funding fills the production line and generates savings of $5 million per ship, resulting in savings of $30 million for taxpayers.Today’s funding was part of a total $9.3 billion in discretionary funding allocated to the Coast Guard in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s budget for FY 2013. The six boats to be built by Bollinger Shipyards will be homeported in Pascagoula, Miss.; Ketchikan, Alaska; and Honolulu, Hawaii.The Coast Guard intends to acquire 58 FRCs, of which 24 have been funded.[mappress]Bollinger Shipyards, September 26, 2013
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Fixed recoverable costs could have a devastating impact on the provision of housing legal aid and leave vulnerable tenants struggling to find a solicitor if the government presses ahead with changes, a law centre solicitor has warned.Last month Professor Dominic Regan, a costs expert, said the government remains ‘mad keen’ on imposing fixed costs on most civil claims valued up to £100,000. Islington Law Centre solicitor Serdar Celebi told the Gazette this week that the Ministry of Justice’s proposal to introduce fixed recoverable costs in the fast track, with a fixed fee inclusive of counsel’s fees, would be ‘devastating’ for legal aid as ‘many if not all housing providers would likely have to close’.Celebi said most housing legal aid cases, such as possession claims, disrepair and unlawful eviction, are allocated to the fast track.‘Recovery of inter partes costs from opponents in such cases which are successful – ie at market rates from the opponent rather than legal aid rates from the Legal Aid Agency – is the only way housing legal aid as an area is sustainable given there has been no increase in legal aid rates since 1996 and there was a 10% cut in rates in October 2011,’ Celebi said.‘Limiting inter partes recovery would be a cut via the back door and mean housing would no longer be sustainable financially as an area of legal aid. Many if not all housing providers would likely have to close… A significant number of tenants in housing legal aid cases are disabled and would not be able to access housing solicitors.’At present, Celebi said, ‘costs on assessment by the court are only allowed anyway at a proportionate amount’.The Law Society highlighted the impact that fixed recoverable costs could have on housing in its response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation last year.The Society said: ‘The value of housing claims can be low but they can be complex and of profound importance to the client, especially when they may result in a client losing their home. Illegal eviction and housing disrepair matters over £1,000 but below £5,000 have not been allocated to the small claims track for the simple reason that those drafting the Civil Procedure Rules were aware of the very real complexity of housing matters.‘Whilst some forms of housing disrepair cases can be relatively straightforward, many cases arise by way of counterclaim in possession proceedings and the issues become far more complex. Equally, homelessness appeals are very difficult pieces of litigation which are invariably handled by specialists. Costs are driven by a variety of factors including defendant conduct and the vulnerability of a claimant which cannot be generalised. Many of these clients will be unable to pay any shortfall in cost.’A Ministry of Justice spokesperson told the Gazette today: ‘We consulted on extending fixed recoverable costs in 2019 and the government will set out the next steps in due course.’