Another running change to all frames is the removal of the braze-on front derailleur mount. The frames now require clamp-on front mechs, so he builds on a small alloy ring since the frame tubes are not round.ArgonautCycles.com Argonaut founder Ben Farver sent some fantastic photos of his new Gravel Racer for our pre-show interview, but seeing it in real life was even better.He built it to handle competitive events like the Oregon Stampede, which is about 70% gravel. It’s not a a gravel grinder, and not meant to add rack or panniers. It’s a race ready bike that just happens to be designed for rough surfaces.To do that, he takes your ideal road race bike and makes it a bit more stable. For Ben’s own bike, that meant about 5mm longer chainstay length, 3mm more BB drop and half a degree slacker head angle. It’s all custom though, so your version will be right for you.“The idea is to expand your range,” he said. “To let you get further on more roads.” This bike won best in show for NAHBS 2014.This one’s for a customer that travels with it and wanted a standard seat post, but Farver says he’d still use the ISP on most frames but build in a bit more compliance than on the road bikes. If you recall from our long term review, Ben uses the ISP to dial in the ride feel all the way up to the saddle.The non-drive chainstay only had to be reinforced under the caliper mount. The seat stay is the same, so ride quality should be the same. It’s 70g more for the disc dropouts and reinforcement, and Farver says a complete disc bike will be about 1.5 pounds heavier than a comparably built rim brake bike.The Gravel Racer will sell for $6,700 $6,500 for frame and fork, same as their standard road bike framesets go for $6,500 with rim brakes in mind. Because it’s all custom, it can basically become a disc brake road bike, too.The SL prototype we saw last year didn’t become a separate model. Instead, he infused the ballistics material into all of the frames. Farver says he was initially thinking the SL frames would be a little more delicate and have to have a shorter warranty. But, they ended up being stronger, so he put it in all the bikes, including the new gravel racer.So, in addition to being lighter, the alternate material adds durability while allowing a higher proportion of lighter weight hi-mod carbon. And it soaks up vibration. The result is a bike that’s a bit lighter but a lot smoother.
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In criticism of a US head of state unprecedented in recent years, the International Bar Association (IBA) has called for a halt in what it says is President Donald Trump’s undermining of the US judiciary – and consequently the rule of law – through ‘personal attacks on respected jurists’.In a statement after the decision of the judges of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals not to reinstate the president’s executive order banning nationals travelling to the US from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, the IBA cautioned against ‘further diminishing public confidence in the vital institution of an impartial and independent judiciary’.The IBA, established in 1947, represents practitioners and professional bodies in 160 countries. Its president, Martin Šolc, founding partner of Czech firm Kocián Šolc Balaštík, said: ‘The rule of law, the centuries-old legal principle that law should govern a nation, is something that is being chipped away at each time Trump publicly attacks and disrespects a judge. Not only is this demoralising for the individual who is the target of the contempt, but more widely it damages public confidence in the judicial system. ‘For all the president’s statements opposing elitism, he needs to remember not to attempt to place himself above the law.’IBA executive director Mark Ellis said: ‘The US president, though not having received the decision of his choice, should be reassured that, despite unrelenting public attacks, a component of the US judiciary held true to the oath sworn to safeguard the rule of law; an example which legal professionals everywhere should seek to emulate.’Supporting the independence of the judiciary and the right of lawyers to practise their profession without interference is one of the three core objectives of the IBA.However although the IBA’s Human Rights Institute frequently calls attention to governments’ failures to uphold these principles – most recently in Myanmar, following last month’s murder of Muslim lawyer U Ko Ni – attacks on named heads of state are rare.
NCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS: WOMEN | MENITA NATIONAL RANKINGS: WOMEN | MENPENSACOLA, Fla. – The UWF men’s and women’s tennis teams appeared in the top five of the first edition of the 2018 NCAA Division II Regional rankings that were released by the organization Wednesday. The women’s team, which remained No. 2 nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top 25, is ranked No. 2 in the South Region ranking. Barry is No. 1 in the region and grabbed the No. 1 position in the ITA Rankings as well this week. The Argonauts are 20-1 overall, with a 9-0 mark against Gulf South Conference foes. UWF has won 90-consecutive matches against GSC competition entering this Friday’s home tripleheader against West Georgia, Delta State and Christian Brothers. The UWF men’s team found itself slotted at No. 5 in the regional rankings and climbed two spots to No. 6 in the national poll. UWF is 17-2 on the season and 9-0 in GSC play, and will look to secure its seventh-straight regular-season league title this Friday with a doubleheader against DSU and CBU.The NCAA will announce region rankings for the next two weeks – on April 11 and 18 – leading up to the NCAA Selection Shows on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. (Women) and 7:30 p.m. (Men) Central time on NCAA.com.The region polls will help determine the at-large bids to the NCAA South Region Tournament in late April. The women’s regionals are held April 28-29 and the men’s are April 30-May 1. Print Friendly Version
TOP PHOTO: Refurbishment work continues at the Campbell County Animal Shelter.JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Adrion W. Baird Animal Shelter (above) is currently accepting animals in emergency situations only, according to shelter director Patricia Siwinski. This includes bite dogs and surrenders. The shelter kennels have been taken out of the building due to the epoxy coating that had to be put down on the floor and walls and there is “literally nowhere to put the animals.” According to Siwinski, the building has been “taken apart” leaving no where for animals to be kept. She said citizens can call Claiborne and Union County shelters to see if they have room for animals to be taken there, but that it would depend upon availability of room and whether or not the shelter would accept an animal.Kennel cages have been removed from the shelter, leaving no where for animals to be kept. Currently the Campbell County shelter has five cats and three bite dogs in its care. The bite dogs are being housed in wire crates, which is “unsafe and a risk to shelter staff,” according to Siwinski. The other 163 animals had to be fostered out or boarded when construction on the epoxy coating began. The shelter building is owned by the county and is leased by the Friends of Campbell County Animals, (FCCA). The animals were supposed to be out of foster care and the shelter up and running by now, but the epoxy coating that was administered did not adhere properly, placing the project back at square one.This photo shows the failing of the epoxy coating that was sprayed on the kennel walls and floor. According to Siwinski, the original project was only supposed to take a month or less, and it’s now going on three months. Siwinski said the county has been operating like a county without a shelter, using fostering and boarding for animals. “I’m out of foster homes and my hands are tied. I’m not sure what to do,” she said.Siwinski said she found out Monday that county commissioners planned to bid the project out this time and that a pre-bid walk-through would have to take place before the county would make a decision on awarding the bid, and she had no idea how long that process would take. She said she had begged commissioners repeatedly to get the shelter fixed so it could reopen. “We’re at the mercy of the county commissioners; I have no way of knowing when this is going to get better. I have no where to put any animals, and I am out of foster homes,” Siwinski said. She added that she and her staff would continue operating the best they could, but they were out of options until the building was fixed and the kennels usable again. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/11/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
Rowley heads the Afro-based PNM, while Persad Bissessar, heads the Indo-based UNC and Rowley told supporters that this is not the first time that the Opposition leader has reverted to race during the campaign for the August 10 general election. CMC “Tonight I want to say to Mrs Kamla Persad Bissessar and the UNC, I am a proud black man in this country and you have offended me and you have insulted all black people in this country by that caricature in your advertisement.” “You could go to hell with that. We are better than that in Trinidad and Tobago. If the PNM has one legacy that we are going to defend to the death is that we have encouraged inter-racial solidarity in this country and we will not allow Kamla Persad Bissessar and her minnows to threaten it. I demand that those ads be removed,” Rowley said. “I feel sorry, I feel hurt, I feel pain when I see people affected by crime, when I see jobs being lost…it may be unbelievable to some but I do care and love all of you. “I know what the yellow bananas mean. It is monkeys they give bananas. All over the world footballers walk off the field when they start to make monkey chants, but in the UNC advertisement, black people hungry in Trinidad and Tobago and you feed the monkeys bananas,” Rowley told supporters of his ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) on Thursday night. “So she intended all along to use race, dog whistle and racial epithets as part of her political armoury. So today, she reached now to be humiliating black people in this country by picking up destitute black looking people and portraying them in the worst most possible way in a political advertisement. Last month, she vehemently denied referring to Rowley as “this black man’ insisting that she had used the word “blank’. “We are humans and we all make mistakes that we regret and wish we could change. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has called on the main opposition United National Congress (UNC) to immediately withdraw a political advertisement showing that a black person being handed a bunch of bananas after complaining about the performance of the government. ‘To those who have been hurt by any decision I have made, I apologise,” she told supporters. But speaking at her party’s final campaign ahead of the poll, a sombre sounding Persad Bissessar said that she has always been about promoting unity and issued something of an apology to the country.