TPE16: KMC rethinks chain connection with new Klick Link

first_imgWhile KMC wasn’t able to provide a lot of information on the new Klick Link, we’re assuming this will be something that will show up on complete bikes rather than aftermarket chains. Instead of using a quick link to connect the chain, each chain will have a special link  on one end which is designed to mate with the female end of any chain link. A special pin is then inserted into the chain and then locked into place with either pedaling or a special too.Unlike the standard chain pins, the locking function of the Klick Link pin means there is no chance of a stiff link or weak link at the connection and it has a wide flange on one end for even more strength. The connection is reusable, and the chain can be resized by cutting the end of the chain without the Klick Link. It doesn’t seem to be meant to replace the Missing link completely, but more likely a cost effective method of connecting chains securely at the factory. On the chain side there is a whole new collection of X11 and X10, SL, EL, and standard chains for Shimano, SRAM, and Campy 11 and 10 speed drivetrains, as well as EcoProTect rust proof finishes for X11, X10, and the Z51 The new KMC Klick Link is an interesting concept, but it’s probably something you won’t see on a bike for another year or two. Why invent another way to connect the two ends of a chain? It seems to be the result of the desire to combine the convenience of a quick link with the added security of a chain pin. But instead of using the current chain pin as the standard, the Klick Link promises easier connection with even better security and performance…last_img read more

Fraunhofer IIS Presents 8K Video-over-IP Transmission With JPEG XS at the Virtual IBC 2020

first_imgThe standardized JPEG XS codec was developed to handle media workflows from acquisition to the distribution encoder by using internet settings and Ethernet infrastructure only. The Fraunhofer IIS expert team for video coding successfully implemented a pilot project for streaming of 8K video-over-IP in cooperation with the Japanese public broadcaster NHK.JPEG XS — the new standardized low-latency codec for transfer of images up to 8K in production quality via IP. JPEG XS provides lowest latency for video-over-IP transmission. With the requirement for seamless media workflows, the handling of highest-quality images over internet protocol (IP) in local and wide area networks was required and JPEG XS is a codec enabling these requirements. The video coding expert team of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen developed a JPEG XS SDK in order to integrate JPEG XS in broadcast and movie production workflows to transfer high-quality images during the production and post-production process via IP in studio quality. The Fraunhofer JPEG XS SDK runs with CPU and GPU support.Production and broadcast studios are looking for new ways to manage video and image transmission by Ethernet to make their workflows easier and more cost-efficient. With JPEG XS as a new standardized video codec by ISO focusing these requirements, Fraunhofer IIS set up a system consisting of a PC-based real-time encoder with 4 by 12G SDI input and 10G Ethernet output and a PC-based real-time decoder with 10G Ethernet input and a 4 by 12G SDI output synchronized to the input of the encoder. The transmission of the data was operated on a 10G Ethernet link as SMPTE 2110 stream. The synchronization between input of the encoder and output of the decoder was realized over PTP IEEE1588 (Precision Time Protocol).Together with the Japanese broadcaster NHK and the team of Siegfried Foessel, head of the department moving picture technologies at Fraunhofer IIS, they carried out a pilot project to proof the capability of JPEG XS under real-time broadcast conditions. “In this pilot project the challenge was not only to use JPEG XS for transferring 8K video streams, but also to check the synchronization and the behavior of the system under real-time conditions,” said Foessel.“We verified the quality of JPEG XS during our evaluation phase with different compression ratios in order to use for our broadcast services. We will present all technical details about this evaluation and the excellent results in this pilot project at the virtual SMPTE ATC conference in November,” said Masayuki Miyazaki, deputy head of production engineering division at Engineering Development Center, NHK.For further information check out the virtual booth here: read more

Cassidy Turley Completes $77M Sale of Broadway 101 Commerce Park

first_imgCassidy Turley announced today that Denver-based Industrial Income Trust (IIT) has purchased Broadway 101 Commerce Park, an 808,419 SF institutional-quality industrial development in Mesa.IIT, a non-traded real estate investment trust, purchased the property for $77M in a cash deal.Lincoln Property Company sold Broadway 101, and was represented by the Cassidy Turley team of Executive Vice Presidents Bob Buckley, Steve Lindley and Tracy Cartledge; Executive Managing Director Tom Powers; Executive Vice Presidents Mike Haenel and Andy Markham, SIOR; and Vice President Marc Tuite. Powers works in the Cincinnati office of Cassidy Turley, while the other six brokers are in the Phoenix office.“Broadway 101 is one of the highest profile industrial developments in the Western Region, evidenced by the exceptional buyer interest with major institutional investors including several that were new to the Arizona market,” Buckley said.Built in two phases in 2005 and 2007, Broadway 101 Commerce Park includes 11 buildings – five warehouses, three general industrial and three office/warehouse.Located at 2140-2360 E. Broadway Rd., the property is one-half mile from the Loop 101/Price Freeway. Broadway 101 was 79% leased at the time of sale to a diversified and high quality tenant base that includes Worldwide Technology Holdings, PCT International, Aviall Services (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boeing), Mitel Networks, Siemens Water Technologies and Patterson Dental Supplies.Cassidy Turley’s Haenel, Markham and Tuite have had the leasing assignment at Broadway 101 since 2004.“We have handled the leasing of Broadway 101 since the project’s inception, successfully closing deals even during some of the most challenging economic years,” Haenel said. “Cassidy Turley is excited for the opportunity to work with IIT and continue as the leasing team for Broadway 101.”last_img read more

UIC redefines its role

first_imgCAPTION: ‘The goal is obviously a global increase of the rail market share’Philippe Roumeguère, Chief Executive, International Union of Railways CHANGE is sweeping through the corridors of Europe’s railway organisations, not least at the International Union of Railways.Since its birth in 1922, UIC has worked to devise and define technical norms that allow trains to run across Europe’s frontiers. Its practices and standards have also been adopted in many other parts of the world – UIC now has 72 active members spread across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, plus 59 associate members, including many railways in Asia, Africa, America, and Australia.UIC’s role in bringing about technical standardisation is undisputed, but the European Commission has long felt that much more must be done to bring about what it terms ‘a single European railway area’, where competition between operators will drive down costs and force greater efficiency. This vision depends on greater interoperability than has been achieved so far. Enter the European Railway Agency, which is charged by the Commission with overseeing the implementation of interoperability and safety management (p34). ERA is expected to bring fresh impetus to the process of change in Europe. But what are the implications of its arrival for UIC?A competitive worldAt the end of November, the UIC board decided that the time had come to embark on a fresh strategy. UIC’s primary purpose is now ‘to promote technical co-operation between UIC members, at the same time respecting their commercial and managerial independence in the light of the new competitive world’. A second objective is ‘to maintain and develop the coherence of the whole railway system’, particularly in the pan-European context. Key issues in UIC’s future role are the development and management of infrastructure; interoperability and safety; standardisation; and ‘strategic technical questions’. The organisation agrees that interoperability is an essential tool in the battle to improve rail’s competitiveness.In working with the ERA, UIC is clear that ‘synergies should be sought, and ways of co-operation’. It recognises the need to examine how the UIC’s technical documentation and the organisation’s expertise ‘can be integrated with the future work of the Agency’, and ‘how the UIC can most effectively meet the Agency’s expectations’.Chief Executive Philippe Roumeguère goes further, saying that ‘UIC’s technical role is going to be more important, as Europe’s technical railway standards are now to be stamped by EU states through the ERA. UIC will play a more active role in ERA working groups to prepare ad hoc proposals.’Specifically, UIC will propose specifications for the technical norms; establish a ‘technical platform’ to support the work of associations such as CER and EIM, and ‘lead international technical co-operation projects in the fields of research and economics’. It will also define ‘common arrangements and recommendations’ for its members, and develop agreements with inter-governmental organisations and relevant professional associations where co-operation with the railway industry is needed.But UIC points out that interoperability is not simply a technical issue. In November it highlighted the need to accelerate ‘technical, operational, regulatory and commercial interoperability’. Here it is referring to ‘soft’ items such as information and reservation systems, where rail operators often lag behind their airline competitors.Asked to comment on the Commission’s policy of encouraging competition, Roumeguère says ‘the goal is obviously a global increase of the rail market share and not internal self-destroying competition’. Winning business back from road and air will demand ‘the best railway competitors’, he believes.Restructuring implemented Finally, UIC recognises that strong support must be given to projects requiring international co-operation. In future, its Executive Committee of 13 senior railway executives will rule on action to be taken, projects to be launched and their budgets. It will also monitor progress and take corrective action if required.The General Assembly and the World Executive Council will continue to exist, but the Assembly of Active Members will be abolished. The Passenger, Freight, Infrastructure, Technical and Research committees will no longer function, their role being absorbed by Forums dealing with Passenger and Freight Operators, Infrastructure, Safety, European Integration, Research, Environment and other topics. The Forums will put forward proposals to the Executive Committee.UIC will continue its work on specific projects such as international freight corridors, narrow and broad gauge railways, desert railways, interaction between railways and suppliers, as well as training and management.During 2005 UIC plans to focus on the development of European corridors and strategies for migration to ETCS/ERTMS (p29), developing the Prifis timetable information, reservations and sales system (RG 1.03 p22), research projects such as ModTrain, Europac, Railcom and Green, as well as issues surrounding noise and emissions from diesel engines.On the specific question of ERTMS, Roumeguère believes ‘there is a general acceptance that ERTMS is the right long-term technical solution, but the railways will have to be assisted with funding to get over the costly migration period. The specific focus of work in the coming years will be to ensure that ERTMS in rolled out in the most effective way, on important rail corridors, so that the benefits of reduced on-board and trackside equipment resulting from the rationalisation of over 20 signalling systems in Europe will result in lower costs, particularly when coupled with economies of scale in procurement and lower cross-acceptance costs.’last_img read more

Hunting Regulations Available For 2018-19

first_imgDF&G reminds hunters that if an Alaska Wildlife Trooper, Alaska State Trooper, police officer, or authorized Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) employee asks to see your license, locking-tags, harvest tickets, permits, game, or any equipment used to take game, you must show any or all of these items. Alaska has a very public process of setting hunting regulations. The Board of Game determines the hunting regulations and meets at least twice a year to establish the regulations. Governor Bill Walker: “Wildlife is a draw that brings thousands of visitors to Alaska every year, and many come to enjoy hunting opportunities. More than 100,000 people buy Alaska hunting licenses every year. The proceeds from license sales, as well as firearms and ammunition, support wildlife research, management, hunter education programs, and outreach. This promotes sustainable wildlife populations, hunting opportunities, and safe hunters. Wildlife viewers and photographers also benefit, as does Alaska’s economy. More than 27,000 jobs are supported by the billions of dollars spent by hunters and wildlife viewers each year in Alaska.” All moose hunters must successfully complete the Moose Hunter Orientation prior to hunting moose in Units 7 and 15 (the Kenai Peninsula). The orientation is available online at http://hunt.alaska.govcenter_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the hunting regulations from the 2018-19 season, effective July 1 – June 30, 2019. Moose antlers are required to be sealed in Homer, Soldotna, or Anchorage ADF&G offices within ten days of take. Wildlife trooper offices on the Kenai Peninsula can also seal antlers by appointment.last_img read more

Kalabond field amongst choices in venue reshuffle

first_imgRUGBY LEAGUE BY JACK AMI Kokopo’s Kalabond stadium is likely to be an alternative venue for other PNG National Rugby League Competition matches to be played there in round five next week. The Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Competition (PNGNRLC) board headed by chairman Adrian Chow will confirm whether Kokopo and other venues will considered for the remaining seven matches this week. This will be made known by tomorrow (Thursday) during the press conference at the Sir John Guise Stadium. Due to the corona virus pandemic protocols and strict measures by PNGNRLC only Port Moresby and Lae hosts the opening four rounds as trials with the progress. This is to understand the protocols first before other venues are considered regarding the “Banis protocols”. Currently the matches are only staged at the Sir John Guise Stadium and the Lae Rugby League Ground. The Post-Courier understands that the Kalabond Field at Kokopo is amongst the possible venues to stage matches it is believed. This is because the Kalabond has a quality playing surface and excellent sitting capacity better than other venues in the country. The matches played in Port Moresby and Lae is not hosted by any of the franchises, so there is no gate dividend’s as it used to be, says PNGNRLC manager Stanley Hondina. Hondina said these matches are staged by PNGNRLC and does not benefit the home teams (in Pom or Lae).last_img read more

Simunovic, Hayes leave Celtic

first_img“I would like to sincerely thank both Jozo and Jonny, brilliant lads who have given their all to Celtic over a number of years,” said Celtic manager Neil Lennon.“Jozo has been part of our great club for some time and has given us some wonderful times, playing a really important part in our success. Jonny, too, has been an important player for the club in recent years.“Above all, both are great men and everyone at Celtic wishes Jozo and Jonny and their families all the very best for the future. We are sure they will continue to be successful in everything they do.“Both players leave Celtic as nine-in-a-row champions, something they have earned, an achievement they richly deserve and something I know they will cherish dearly.”Centre-back Simunovic joined Celtic from Dinamo Zagreb in 2015 and went on to make 125 appearances for the club while managing a knee problem during his time with the Glasgow giants. The 25-year-old scored the winner against Kilmarnock after 67 minutes while wearing the number five jersey made famous by Billy McNeill — Celtic’s captain when they won the European Cup in 1967 — in the first game after the former Hoops manager’s death last year.Utility player Hayes, a Republic of Ireland international made 68 appearances after arriving from Aberdeen in 2017.last_img read more

Davis sparkles at Crystal Bay

first_img3rd Keith Buchanan (15) 38ptsNear Pins: Mashi Kaneta, Matt Dunn, Alex Field, Colm Lawlor.Long Putts: Alex Field, Rudy Regenassr.Fourteen golfers saddled up to head out to Silky Oak Golf Club. As per usual, the course was in good nick and we played just the one flight from the white tees.Rudy Regenass that was first past the post with 39 points, a solitary shot clear of 3 golfers fighting it out for second spot. Colm Lawlor took it while Keith Buchanan had to settle for third and Rod Weekes missed out.Thursday, Nov. 22, Crystal Bay – Stableford1st John Davis (13) 43pts2nd Keith Buchanan (15) 41pts3rd Steve Younger (14) 41pts4th Rod Weekes (19) 40ptsNear Pins: Steve Younger, Steve Younger, John Davis, Colin Stielow.Long Putts: Keith Buchanan, Tony Cook.We sent off two buses and a couple of cars to Crystal Bay, today’s destination, and we were not too sure as to what to expect with plenty of rain all week and an absolute deluge the night before. We were expecting no carts on course, and “lift clean & place”, would be the rule, but much to our amazement neither were the case and we were set for a good game with only our ability getting in the way.We played from the yellow tees and the course was in good shape (considering the rains). With today’s numbers we were only able to have the one flight with four places and all novelties in play.We saw a welcome return by John Davis who hadn’t played with us for a few months and greeted the judges with a very good score of 43 points, leaving his nearest rivals two shots behind. Second went to the countback, with rivals Steve Younger and Keith Buchanan returning the same scores, but it was the latter getting the nod for the silver spot. Fourth place went to Rod Weekes, getting some late cash to take back with him. Rod Weekes with John Davis and Keith Buchanan.PSC Golf from The Growling SwanMonday, Nov. 19, Silky Oak – Stableford1st Rudy Regenass (15) 39pts2nd Colm Lawlor (15) 38ptslast_img read more

LeBron, Cavaliers start season with same expectations

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (2) and LeBron James (23) celebrate during overtime of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in San Antonio. Cleveland won 128-125. Irving scored 57 points. (AP Photo/Eric Gay/File)CLEVELAND (AP) _ With any new NBA season there are changes to coaching staffs, rosters, lineups and goals. It’s a fresh start for everyone, a clean slate from baseline to baseline.Except for LeBron James.“It doesn’t change,” he said. “The main thing is still the main thing, and that’s to win a championship.”No player carries the burden of expectations like James, still the league’s best all-around player and indomitable force entering his 13th season. No player is asked to do as much year after year as James, who has played in five consecutive NBA Finals and will likely extend his streak to six _ assuming, that is, the Cavs get healthy and can stay healthy.No player demands more of himself than James, as confident as ever in his second season back with Cleveland.He’s hoping for a smoother ride than in 2014-15, when the Cavs endured a tumultuous regular season under first-year coach David Blatt on the way to the NBA Finals, losing stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving along the way.James carried the Cavs as far as humanly possible _ he averaged an unprecedented 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists _ before Golden State’s depth and unparalleled outside firepower proved too much for the four-time MVP and his sketchy supporting cast.The loss dropped James to 2-4 in the league’s showcase event, and it’s that record _ fairly or unfairly _ that will ultimately define his legacy. James turns 31 in December, and while his game isn’t showing any visible signs of decay, he’s beginning to acknowledge his hoops mortality.“Father time is undefeated,” he said.Although James and the Cavs begin the season as odds-on favorites to defend their Eastern Conference title, they’re currently a shell of themselves. Irving remains sidelined following surgery and there’s no timeline on his return; Love was only recently cleared for practice; Iman Shumpert will miss at least two months with a wrist injury; Anderson Varejao is working his way back from a season-ending Achilles injury; and Tristan Thompson hasn’t reported to the team because of a contract holdout.Also J.R. Smith (hamstring), Timofey Mozgov (knee surgery) and Mathew Dellavedova (ankle) all missed preseason games with injuries.The Cavs added veterans Mo Williams and Richard Jefferson to bolster their rotation, but there’s nothing they can do to prevent ankle sprains or bad luck from derailing dreams of a title.James, who recently received an anti-inflammatory injection in his back, knows there are no givens.“The East has gotten better,” he said, “and I understand not to put too much into the beginning of the season, but I’m a guy who is all about chemistry and camaraderie on the floor. But you need your guys to be healthy.”Here are some other things to keep in mind as James and the Cavaliers try bring Cleveland its first major sports championship since 1964.MINUTE BY MINUTE: James has logged nearly 44,000 minutes during his NBA career, and that number doesn’t include his long hours on the practice floor or summers spent with the U.S. national team. He played a career-low 36.1 minutes per game last season, but he and the Cavs would like to reduce that further to keep him fresh for the playoffs.“I’ll be very smart with how many minutes I play per game and what I’m doing on the floor,” James said, “and we have enough pieces to. Kevin Love will allow me to sit a lot this year just because of what he’s able to do.”THOMPSON’S HOLDOUT: The Cavs and Thompson’s agents remain in a standoff over a long-term deal for the power forward, who came up big while filling in for an injured Love in last year’s playoffs. Thompson wants a maximum deal, but the team doesn’t seem willing to budge off an initial offer of $80 million over five years. This could drag into the regular season, creating a distraction and drama the Cavs don’t need.IRVING UPDATE: The All-Star point guard could miss the first month _ or more _ as he recuperates from surgery. One of the league’s best finishers, Irving has vowed to modify his game when he returns. All the drives to draw contact have taken their toll on the 23-year-old. The Cavs still need him to penetrate and create, and it will be interesting to see if Irving can be as productive playing differently.BLATT’S LESSONS: Blatt was under scrutiny from the start of a rough first season for him in the NBA. Once it ended, Blatt, a highly decorated coach in Europe, admitted the transition was much more difficult than he expected. He’s confident the experience will make him better.“I had a lot to learn,” he said. “I only realized it after I went through it, and so this year it’s easier because I have a better understanding.”last_img read more