Scott Road 2015: Disc Brakes for Solace Road Bike, Integrated Aerodynamics on Plasma 5

first_imgThe aero bottle, Tri stem, and fuel storage box are all designed to work together to create an aerodynamic cockpit. The storage box includes a moveable internal divider while the bottom features drain holes so it won’t fill up with sweat or other fluids. Mounted to the top tube, the box bolts on using the same spacing as a standard water bottle cage so you could run a bottle or other top tube bags instead of the box if you prefer.Speced with a proprietary flat base bar, the Plasma 5 aerobars offer 75mm in height adjustment, 15mm fore/aft and 18.5mm left/right adjustment for the arm rests, and use standard 22.2mm extensions for compatibility with other extensions. Di2 set ups can be made extra clean with the wires capable of being completely hidden in the base bars and then routed down the back of the spacers. Mechanical drivetrains are still very aerodynamic, but must exit the extensions to enter in behind the stem as shown above.Base bar has reach adjustability, -15mmSpacers up to 75mm in added height, comes with stiffening barArm pads have 15mm fore/aft, 18.5mm left/right, 22.2mm extensionsComes with proprietary flat barDi2 wires are completely hidden in basebar/behind spacers At this point, we’re all pretty aware that disc brakes for road bikes are here to stay. Lately the conversation seems to focus on how manufacturers will address the issue of axle standards, and now even the brake mounts themselves are in question. For their foray into the world of disc brakes, Scott has adapted their Solace endurance frame which was initially launched last year in rim brake versions only. In 2015 the Solace will still be mostly rim brake equipped, with the Solace 15 Disc the solitary model running discs.Perhaps more important than the brakes is the fact that Scott has chosen to equip the Solace 15 with thru axles front and rear. Oh, and the rear brake mount is pretty interesting as well…More on the Solace 15, plus an up close look at the new Plasma 5 rocket ship, next! Judging by the comment section on any of our articles regarding road discs, there seems to be mixed opinion surrounding thru axles on road bikes – especially 142×12 rear spacing, which is found on the Solace 15. According to Scott’s engineers, the addition of a 15mm thru axle for the front wheel means they can offer the same compliance out of the fork with less weight than a quick release. In order for the QR disc fork to be as stiff as the TA disc fork with the same compliance, it would require 8% more carbon reinforcement. So while the QR itself may be slightly lighter than the TA, the combination of fork and thru axle ends up being lighter in the end. The use of a thru axle also guarantees exact brake rotor placement with wheel changes.The Solace 15 uses Syncros RWS thru axles that function just like the DT-Swiss RWS axles, simply threading tight in a clockwise direction. To remove, just unthread counter clockwise until the threads disengage and remove the axle.Apparently, there is just as much confusion surrounding Shimano’s new Flat Mount standard for OEMs as there is for consumers. To us, the brake mount on the rear of the Solace certainly looks like other Flat Mount drawings we’ve seen. However, we weren’t able to get the answer to whether or not this is the new mount from the Scott engineers at Scott Week. What is known is that instead of post mounts the Solace uses bolts that thread up from the bottom, through the chainstay into a specially designed brake adapter.Obviously there has been a lot of groaning due to a new “standard,” but we’re interested to see what Shimano has up their sleeve for the new mount. It seems the only reason to create a new mount would be to allow for designs that aren’t currently possible with a standard post mount. Does that mean we’ll see “aero” disc brakes or even smaller rotors in the future? Time will tell, but for now just know that like the Solace above the new mounts will still work on current brakes and may mean easier adjustment. The rear brake is a standard Dura Ace Direct Mount caliper that is hidden under an aero shroud (not pictured). Designed with a seat post 90 degrees to the top tube, the frame offers adjustment to fit between a 73 and 79 degree seat tube angle.On the scale, this small frame with aero bottle and storage box installed, but no rear brake cover came in at 18.69 lbs with a SRAM Red build and Zipp 404/808 combo. Plasma 5 bikes will be offered in 4 sizes, S, M, L, and XL. Check out our initial coverage of the Plasma 5 for full geometry info.scott-sports.com Easily removable for cleaning (it is dishwasher safe), there are 4 different sized bottles depending on the size of the frame with the smallest getting a 550ml vessel, then 625, 700, and 775ml for the largest size. Smaller bottles can be run on larger frames, but not the other way around. Each bottle slides onto a mount that is bolted to the front of the bike and includes rubber fairings that make the transition as aerodynamic as possible. When the bottle isn’t being used you can remove the bracket for a clean look.Underneath the bottle is the proprietary front brake developed in conjunction with Tektro. Hidden under a carbon fairing, the brake is a two bolt, center pull design that Scott claims is very powerful. When it comes to triathlons and time trials, Scott Sports has a new weapon in the all new Plasma 5. In its first month, the bike has already helped Sebastian Kienle not only win the Ironman European Championship, but smash the bike leg record by 8 minutes. Boasting a frame that is 7% more aerodynamic, 47% stiffer, and 130g lighter, the Plasma also moves to integrate rider fuel storage to create a modern super bike.To conform to UCI standards, the 5 is offered in two configurations – Triathlon with the storage box and nose mounted aero bottle, and TT which forgoes both items. According to Scott the bike is 7% faster than the Plasma 3 with the aero bottle installed, but still 5% faster than the 3 when it isn’t. With the bottle removed you also get a good look at the 1 1/8′ steerer assembly where the new integrated stem clamps to the steerer below the upper bearing. The design is said to drastically improve the steering stiffness while also using a lighter stem. Technically there will be two stems offered with a flat TT stem, and +45mm rise Triathlon stem, although the TT stem will have limited availability according to Scott. This is due to the fact that the Tri stem position in its lowest setting is actually lower than the flat stem on the Plasma 3. Complete bikes and frames will include the Tri stem. As a frame, the Solace 15 Disc offers the same comfort story as the rim brake models with comfort geometry that includes a 1cm shorter TT, and 1cm taller HT than their race geometry. Using a specific carbon layup for each size combined with 2 different fork layups, each bike is built to ride appropriately for the approximate rider weight of each frame size. Split into two “zones,” the Solace frame is 42% more comfortable than CR1 in the Comfort Zone (seat tube junction and fork blades), while offering a Power Zone that is 17% more stiff than the CR1 throughout the downtube, bottom bracket and chainstay.Other frame details include a BB86 pressfit bottom bracket, tapered 1.125-1.25″ head tube, an integrated chain catcher, and internal cable routing with a chip for mechanical or electronic drivetrains. In order to get the Solace 15 Disc built for the show, Shimano hydraulic brakes with an Ultegra Di2 drivetrain were used, but production bikes will be  Ultegra mechanical for the drivetrain with hydraulic brakes. Due to the 142×12 rear axle, the frame takes advantage of the IDS derailleur hanger that the axle threads into for improved shifting performance.As for the weight? This bike was not built with the production spec, but gives us a rough idea of what to expect from a 56cm at 18.54 lbs. Production models will be equipped with Shimano Ultegra mechanical and hydraulic brakes instead of the Ultegra Di2 shown here. This bike also has a bottle cage, which adds something like 40g to the weight. Claimed weight for the actual spec is 16.45 lbs, with the frame measuring 990g and 390 for the fork.last_img read more

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Two Shawnee Mission East students sign to play Division I tennis

first_imgShawnee Mission East senior Alex Brown signs his ceremonial letter of intent to play tennis at Illinois.Shawnee Mission East seniors Alex Brown and Brady Draheim will continue their tennis careers at Illinois and Wake Forest, respectively.The duo hasn’t played for the Lancers, but instead for the Kansas City United Tennis academy.Brown, who moved to Kansas City from Urbandale, Iowa, is currently the No. 13 ranking in the nation.As a freshman, he won the Iowa high school singles championship. He was recruited by Harvard, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Texas A&M, Iowa and MichiganDraheim, who is originally from Omaha, Neb., is ranked 54th.Shawnee Mission East senior Brady Draheim, who ranked 54th in the nation, will continue his tennis career at Wake Forest.last_img read more

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Court allows judges more fundraising flexibility

first_img July 1, 2008 Managing Editor Regular News Court allows judges more fundraising flexibility Court allows judges more fundraising flexibilityMark D. Killian Managing EditorThe Supreme Court has loosened certain restrictions on fundraising activities by judges.A divided 4-3 court adopted changes put forth by the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee that maintain the current Florida Code of Judicial Conduct prohibitions on direct solicitation of funds by judges, but carves out a limited exception for judges’ participation in certain fundraising activities. (Case No. SC07-1135.)However, Justice Peggy Quince — in a dissent joined by Justice Charles Wells — said the court should not allow the use of the “prestige of the judicial branch for private gain” and worried the amendments may lead to situations where a judge’s impartiality could be called into question. Chief Justice Fred Lewis also dissented, without an opinion.The court amended both Canons 4A and 5A to add language from the recently revised ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct which requires a judge to conduct all quasi-judicial activities and extrajudicial activities so that they do not undermine the judge’s independence, integrity, or impartiality; and prohibits a judge from engaging in quasi-judicial or extrajudicial activities that would lead to frequent disqualification or appear coercive.Canon 4D(2) was amended to permit a judge to “speak at, receive an award or other recognition at, be featured on the program of, and permit the judge’s title to be used in conjunction with an event of [an organization or governmental entity devoted to the improvement of the law, the legal system, the judicial branch, or the administration of justice].”However, the court said, if the event serves a fundraising purpose, the judge may participate “only if the event concerns the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice.”“This change is intended to allow judges to participate in a law-related organization’s fundraiser only where the particular event serves a law-related purpose and the funds raised will be used for a law-related purpose,” purpose,” the majority said. “It will be the responsibility of the judge who wants to participate in a fundraising event to determine that the event meets the criteria of this Canon and that the organization intends to use the funds in a manner consistent with this Canon.”The court also amended Canon 4D(2) to prohibit the use of court premises, staff, or other resources for fundraising purposes, except for incidental use for activities that concern the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice.The majority also added clarifying commentary to both Canons 4D(2) and 5C(3)(b) with regard to permitted participation in fundraising activities. The commentary cautions that judges “may not participate in or allow their titles to be used in connection with fundraising activities on behalf of an organization engaging in advocacy if such participation would cast doubt on the judge’s capacity to act impartially as a judge.”The commentary added to Canon 5C(3)(b) confirms that mere attendance at an event, fundraising or not, does not constitute a violation of the code. It also clarifies that it is permissible for a judge to “pass a collection plate at a place of worship or serve as an usher or food server or preparer, or to perform similar subsidiary and unadvertised functions at fundraising events sponsored by educational, religious, charitable, fraternal, or civic organizations,” as long as it does not involve direct or personal solicitation.The court said that commentary is intended to rule out judges’ participation in activities like serving as a “celebrity waiter,” while allowing them to participate as a food server or cashier for a school hot dog roast or similar activity.“We conclude that these changes strike the proper balance between encouraging meaningful judicial participation in law-related activities, while guarding against participation that would cast doubt on impartiality, demean the judicial office, or interfere with judicial duties,” the majority said.The move to look at the fundraising provisions of the canons began in 2005 when the court asked the JEAC to study the issue of limitations on judges’ participation in fundraising activities and advise whether the current provisions should be amended. In 2006, the JEAC recommended no changes be made, but requested it be permitted to file a supplemental report if the ABA adopted a revised Model Code of Judicial Conduct, with amendments loosening certain restrictions on fundraising activities by judges.In 2007, the ABA House of Delegates did adopt the revised code, which allowed judges to assist in fundraising planning and participate in management and investment of an organization’s funds; solicit contributions from members of the judge’s family or from other judges over whom they do not exercise supervisory or appellate authority; solicit membership for organizations concerned with the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice, even if dues or fees may be used to support the organization; and appear or speak at, receive an award or other recognition at, be featured on the program of, and permit his or her title to be used in connection with an event; however, if the event serves a fundraising purpose, the judge may participate only if the event concerns the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice.On May 10, 2007, the JEAC filed a supplemental report, again recommending that no substantive amendments be made to the Florida code, but offering a draft amendment for the court’s consideration in the event the court disagreed. The draft was published in the News, and the Judicial Administration Section of the Conference of Circuit Court Judges submitted its own proposed amendments. The JEAC filed a response to the comment and oral arguments were held. After considering the report and supplemental report submitted by the JEAC, the comment and proposal submitted by the Judicial Administration Section, and oral argument, the court adopted the alternatively proposed code by the JEAC.“We agree with the JEAC that its alternative proposal incorporates the best of the revised ABA Model Code and the best of the Judicial Administration Section’s recommendations,” the court said.“I dissent from the majority’s decision to amend the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct to allow judges to speak at, receive an award or other recognition at, be featured at the program, or permit the judge’s title to be used in conjunction with a fundraising event of an organization or governmental entity devoted to the improvement of the law, the legal system, the judicial branch, or the administration of justice,” Justice Quince wrote in her dissent. “While this amendment is only applicable when the event of such an organization concerns the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice, I do not believe that this restriction changes the fact that now others will in fact be using the prestige of judicial office and the prestige of the entire judiciary for private gain.”Quince said the old code protects judges from numerous requests to participate in these events and the new amendments will force judges to make continual judgment calls on whether a particular organization or event falls within the ambit of the amendment and judges will have no real way of determining how the funds raised will be used by the organization.Quince said the code already provided significant opportunities for judges to participate in matters involving the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice and did not need to be expanded “into the arena of meaningful fundraising.”last_img read more

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Linde to ‘focus on investment’ with leading players

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HFT monitors argon quality in welds

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Helium reserves or resources?

first_imgSpecified Report Date Yes Yes Yes  Discovered  YesYes No  10% Probability of Recovery (High) 3P 3C 3U  Recoverable Yes Potentially Potentially  50% Probability of Recovery (Best) 2P 2C 2U  Economic Yes Not Required Not Required  Chance of Commerciality High Mid Low  90% Probability of Recovery (Low) 1P 1C 1U  ReservesReserves are the highest class of resources and are defined by PRMS as, “those quantities anticipated to be commercially recoverable by application of development projects to known accumulations from a given date forward under defined conditions.”Reserves must satisfy four criteria: DiscoveredRecoverableCommercial (economic)Remaining (not already produced).Reserves can be developed (wells drilled) or undeveloped (adjacent well locations for wells not yet drilled).Of the developed reserves, wells can be producing or non-producing (wells drilled, but not yet producing). The estimates of reserves can be categorised based on their probability of recovery. These are reported as ‘Proved’ (the symbol 1P), ‘Proved-plus-Probable’ (2P), and ‘Proved-plus-Probable-plus-Possible’ (3P). These are sometimes referred to as the ‘low’, ‘best’, and ‘high’ estimates.Proved reserves are those reserves estimated to have a 90% chance of recovering the estimated quantities. Similarly, 2P reserves have a 50% chance of recovering the estimated quantities and 3P reserves have at least a 10% chance of recovering those quantities. The difference between 2P and 1P reserves are known as probable reserves (symbol P2) and the difference between 3P and 2P reserves known as possible reserves (P3). Reserve economics are usually determined based on the 2P estimate.Contingent resourcesThe next class of resources is known as Contingent Resources.Contingent resources are defined by PRMS as, “those quantities as of a given date to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations by application of development projects, but which are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable owing to one or more contingencies.”The criteria for contingent resources are that they are discovered and potentially recoverable. These two criteria are usually met by the penetration of a wellbore within the reservoir and production of a quantity of reservoir fluid to the surface. There is no requirement for the discovery to be economic. The contingency or contingencies preventing commerciality could be low production rate, limited reservoir, high cost of development, or low commodity prices.Because many helium projects are in remote locations, with no helium gas processing capacity in the area, they are often contingent upon the construction of a helium processing plant. These plants often cost 10x+ the cost to drill a well. In any resources report, these contingencies should be listed.Contingent resources estimates are also categorised by their probability of recovery of 90%, 50%, and 10% which, for contingent resources are 1C, 2C, and 3C, respectively. Most reserves and resources estimators consider contingent resources to be a ‘holding area’ and the quantities either moved into reserves at some later date or written off if the contingencies cannot be resolved.Prospective resourcesThe lowest class of resources are Prospective Resources.Prospective resources are defined as, “those quantities estimated as of a given date to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations.”These are essentially prospects with some likelihood of discovery. Again, prospective resource estimates are categorised by their probability of recovery of 90%, 50%, and 10%, which are 1U, 2U, and 3U, respectively. Since this class of resources is undiscovered, it has the lowest chance of commerciality and the highest risk of recovery.About the authorJames R. Weaver, P.E. is CEO of Aeon Petroleum Consultants, a registered petroleum engineering firm.Weaver has been in the petroleum business over 40 years and has been primarily involved in reservoir engineering and the estimation of reserves and resources. He has previously worked for DeGolyer and MacNaughton and an Oklahoma-based bank.Weaver is also CEO of Blanca Peak Resources, a helium exploration firm. He can be reached at jim@aeon-petro.com or +1 (817) 239-6117. There are currently 10 -20 companies actively involved in helium exploration, including a handful that are publicly traded. Some of these companies are issuing frequent press releases, as they look to raise money to fund their project. It is difficult for a potential investor or business partner to evaluate these opportunities without a general understanding of reserve and resource nomenclature.When it comes to the chances of commerciality and risk of recovery, there is a lot of difference between reserves and resources. This exclusive article for gasworld will discuss the meanings and differences between ‘Reserves’, ‘Contingent Resources’, and ‘Prospective Resources’ (a table later in this article lists criteria comparing the various types of resources).Understanding the terminologyWhile the focus of this article is helium reserves and resources, these terms and ground rules were originally developed for oil and natural gas exploration.The terminology used by reserve and resource estimators to classify and categorise reserves and resources is very specific. The predominate framework used to estimate oil and gas reserves and resources is the Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS). These guidelines were developed in 2007 (and subsequently updated) to better align estimates of reserves and resources with a company’s financial statements. PRMS is the predominant system used by oil and gas companies, financial institutions, and government agencies for the reporting of oil and gas reserves and resources.Although the guidelines pertain specifically to oil and gas reserves and resources, the same guidelines can be used to estimate reserves and resources of non-hydrocarbon gases like helium. For those interested, I would recommend downloading a copy of PRMS from the Society of Petroleum Engineers.By definition, PRMS is a ‘project-based’ reserves and resources system. A project could be the drilling of a single well, a helium exploration prospect, or the installation of a compressor. Once a project is defined, the reserves and resources for that project can be estimated based on PRMS guidelines. Reserves and resources are defined at the point of sale under standard conditions as of a specified date.Except for minute quantities in the air, helium exists as a component of gaseous mixtures in reservoirs in the sub-surface. This gas is brought to the surface by drilling and completing wells in these reservoirs. The removal of helium is accomplished by processing through a plant specially designed to remove and capture helium. The point of sale for helium is typically the tailgate of a processing plant at standard conditions specified in a sales contract.Helium Resources Criteria CrtieriaReserves Contingent Resources Prospective Resources  Risk of Recovery Low Mid High last_img read more

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The Nederlands: N-Seatec Redesigns Subsea Grabber

first_imgN-Seatec redesigned an existing grabber design for a specific cable removal job for a survey company.The grabber is specifically designed for cable diameters vary from 50 up to 200mm.2 hydraulic cylinders are installed to keep the grabber in open position during lowering & positioning.Furthermore the unit is designed for ROV operations as well.Grabber is load tested up to 11Tons.Press Release, June 26, 2014last_img

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Sentencing

first_imgImprisonment – Length of sentence David McLachlan (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant. The complainant, S, was the defendant’s granddaughter. The defendant suffered from cancer and underwent surgical, chemical and radiotherapy treatment. He also suffered amputation of one of his legs. Subsequently, when S was 13 years old, she fell out with her mother and went to live with the defendant who told her that her mother did not like her. He also gave her cannabis and alcohol. Subsequent to S going to live with the defendant, he started to abuse her. He undertook a persistent course of conduct, using coercion and drugs, which involved the regular touching of S’s breasts (count 1). The defendant also undertook a persistent course of conduct, using drugs and alcohol, which involved him putting his fingers into S’s vagina (count 2). Count 3 consisted of a single act by the defendant, wherein he licked S’s vagina with his tongue. On one occasion, the defendant also attempted unsuccessfully to put his penis into S’s vagina (count 4). In addition, on one occasion S was made by the defendant to lie down naked whereupon he got a dog to try to mount her (count 5). All of the offences were committed over a period of four months when S was 13 years old. The abuse ended when S attempted to kill herself, whereupon she was taken to hospital and subsequently into care. The defendant was later convicted of two counts of sexual assault (counts 1 and 3), one count of assault by penetration (count 2), one count of attempted rape (count 4) and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity (count 5). He was sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment for count 1, eight years’ imprisonment for count 2, two years’ imprisonment for count 3 and ten years’ imprisonment for count 4, all to run concurrently. He was further sentenced to four years’ imprisonment in respect of count 5, to run consecutively. The total sentence imposed was accordingly fourteen years’ imprisonment. He contended that the sentence was manifestly excessive on the grounds, inter alia: (i) that the judge had failed to give adequate consideration to the health and age of the defendant; (ii) that the judge had failed to have adequate regard to the defendant’s lack of previous convictions; (iii) that insufficient regard was had to the short period of time over which the offences had occurred; (iv) that insufficient regard was had to the personal mitigation of the defendant; and (v) that the judge had failed to have sufficient regard to the principle of totality and, in particular, that the sentence imposed for count 5 should not have been consecutive to counts 1-4. The appeal would be dismissed. The total sentence of 14 years’ imprisonment was not manifestly excessive. The judge had taken fully into account the age and medical condition of the defendant. So serious was the nature of the offences that the absence of previous convictions was irrelevant. There was nothing in the submission that the period of time over which the offences had occurred was short, as the period of abuse came to an end only due to the fact that S took matters into her own hands and attempted to kill herself. The judge had repeatedly had regard to the matters of personal mitigation. In relation to the submission that the judge had failed to have regard to the principle of totality, it was to be observed that no representations had been made in relation to the individual sentences passed. The concurrent sentences in respect of counts 1-4 were passed in accordance with the relevant sentencing guidelines and no criticism had been made of them. The judge had decided to treat count 5 as a count apart from mainstream offending. He had gone out of his way in his sentencing remarks to refer to the offence as one of singular and grotesque depravity. Whilst that was not the only way in which he could have dealt with the matter, there was nothing wrong in him passing a consecutive sentence.center_img R v X: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division (Lord Justice Pitchford, Mr Justice Wilkie, Mr Justice Holroyde): 6 September 2011last_img read more

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G2 Ocean names Wallem

first_imgDickson Chin, managing director of Wallem Ship Agency, said: “Our teams are very experienced in handling multipurpose vessels and have completed extensive preparation work for these calls which commenced at the end of 2017.”The agreement with G2 Ocean includes Wallem’s offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar. G2 Ocean, a joint venture between Gearbulk and Grieg Star, was formed in May 2017 and operates a pool of around 130 multipurpose vessels, ranging from open and semi-open hatch to conventional bulk carriers.  www.g2ocean.comwww.wallem.comlast_img read more

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