CeramicSpeed celebrates 20 years with Golden OSPW derailleur system

first_imgWhat started out as a way for founder Jacob Csizmadia to break the world 24 hour inline skating distance record became one of cycling’s most extravagant upgrade options. So, naturally, to celebrate such a milestone of 20 years of making performance enhancing ceramic bearings, they’re releasing a Gold version of their OSPW system.Unlike the $2,000 limited edition Victory OSPW model offered in August, these will carry the standard retail of $499-$599. They’re available for all current and recent Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo rear derailleurs, too.Worth noting, the OSPW system for prior generation Di2 and Ultegra is shown here and gets 17-tooth upper and lower pulleys. For the latest 9100 and 8000 groups, you get a 13 upper/19 lower tooth count with a new cage that’s designed for easier installation. All use their polyamide/carbon fiber cage with anodized alloy wheels. The price range is for uncoated or coated Ceramicspeed bearings, the latter getting a coated race that they say is 75% harder than their regular steel race.They’re also offering the Gold pulleys in standard sizes for upgrading your stock Shimano, SRAM and Campy road derailleurs, as well as SRAM Eagle derailleurs.Now, about those skate bearings, here’s the story from CeramicSpeed about how they came to be…All photos c. CeramicSpeedFROM CERAMICSPEED: Twenty years ago, Jacob Csizmadia broke the world record for 24hour inline skating, covering 505km with skates fitted with ceramic ball bearings.This was to prove the very beginning of what became CeramicSpeed and to celebrate this landmark event we have released the Gold Limited Edition, a series of pulley wheels and oversized pulley wheel systems.‘Sometimes it’s hard to find the right way to celebrate a special event,’ Jacob says. ‘Some gather memorabilia, others have a token of luck, others still make a visual album of these big moments.But how about having something to remind you to celebrate every single high point in your life, enjoy it and be proud of it?’ This is the thinking behind the Gold Limited Edition and the series is to inspire everybody to pursue their dreams and celebrate all victories, no matter how big or small.It is also to draw attention to the importance of the right equipment and environment when pursuing success. Jacob explains he chose to skate inside a local supermarket because the environment was ideal for the task at hand. ‘Inside a supermarket, there are no hills, no sun heat and no wind to slow me down, and this created the perfect context for me to pursue the absolute best advantage in my roller skates. However, there was a downside to choosing the supermarket, and that was the floor. The surface in a supermarket is much softer compared to concrete, increasing friction and slowing down my time by 5%”.‘I took a risk and replaced the bearings in my skates with ceramic bearings, that I had assembled myself.’ The bearings made the difference between world record attempt and world record holder.Two years later Jacob introduced ceramic bearings to professional cycling. ‘The beginning was hard, without a doubt,’ he says. ‘Nobody could understand why we should replace steel bearings with ceramic bearings, for them it wasn’t broken, so why try to upgrade it?’He persuaded the CSC Tiscali team, presided over by Bjarne Riis, to try the ceramic bearings. ‘They could easily feel the difference, and I thought that once a team was using them, the interest would grow,’ he says. ‘But it didn’t. I had to work hard to prove the advantages of this new product and finally, we were successful in proving how valuable we were on rider performance. I was given an opportunity to sponsor a world tour team, which is not an opportunity that comes easily. The products needed to work.’From this CeramicSpeed began to flourish and in 2010 Jacob agreed on a partnership with Bob Stapleton and Rolf Alldag of HTC-Columbia to make a major move into the world tour peloton. The deal was made in the mechanics truck at the Tour de France only hours before the start of the prologue. And the rest, as they say, is history. ‘We have the power to control our success,’ he says. ‘We’re all afraid of the unknown but once I had the world record more and more people started to see the difference.’CeramicSpeed.comlast_img read more

Osman, Krieger win Miami Anti-Defamation League Jurisprudence Award

first_img EDITH OSMAN AND ALBERT J. KRIEGER were awarded the 2009 Miami Anti-Defamation League Jurisprudence Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the community at large while exemplifying the principles upon which the ADL was founded. “Their passion for excellence, high ethical and professional standards, dynamic leadership, and social responsibility are all values embodied in this award,” according to the ADL. The Robert Kanziger Human Rights Award was also presented to Liebe Gadinsky in recognition of her strong commitment to ADL, human rights, and for her efforts to ensure justice and fair treatment for all. Osman, Krieger win Miami Anti-Defamation League Jurisprudence Award December 15, 2009 Regular Newslast_img read more

LCJ expresses regret at funding gaps for fixing court buildings

first_imgSource: Michael Cross Lord Burnett of Maldon: Positive about efforts to support judges dealing with traumatic casesThis time, he wrote: ‘[I] see first-hand the poor conditions in which both staff and judges work in many court centres and which have to be endured by members of the public. I am continuing to press for funding to tackle the maintenance problems that must be addressed to bring our court buildings back into a decent condition. I am raising this with the government at every opportunity.’Examples of courts in disrepair, he said, included flooding, IT and power outages, and physical problems creating security breaches.He continued: ‘Rural courts are often neglected at the expense of those in large cities and there is a general lack of funds for basic maintenance and repair which are often desperately needed.’As opposed to last year’s report, when Lord Burnett addressed issues of judicial morale directly, there was just a fleeting mention of it in the 2019 version. He said early feedback from the judicial professional support service, launched in November 2018, had been positive, with support and pastoral care provided to those judges trying traumatic cases.Since July 2018 all salaried judges across England and Wales have been offered career-based conversations with senior judges, with a flexible deployment policy developed to help those who want to broaden their experience.On recruitment of judges, he noted that the number of High Court judges recently brought on board has increased compared to last year, and he was optimistic that the ‘position is on the mend’.But he added: ‘That said, there was a worrying shortfall in the recruitment of salaried members to the District Bench this year which will have adverse consequences for the family and civil jurisdictions.’ The Lord Chief Justice says he will continue lobbying the government for funds to repair court buildings – admitting it is a ‘matter of regret’ more resources have not been forthcoming.Lord Burnett of Maldon, writing in his annual report for the year, noted increased pressure in most jurisdictions against what he called the ‘reality of extremely tight resources’.He stated there continue to be a number of problems affecting the entire court and tribunal estate, including the age and poor condition of the buildings and delays in getting issues fixed. These can affect court business, with hearings adjourned.It appears little progress has been made since this time last year, when the LCJ said it was ‘completely unreasonable’ to expect solicitors, judges and barristers to work in dilapidated and uncomfortable buildings. last_img read more

5G Americas White Paper Outlines 3GPP Release 13 to Release 15 and Beyond

first_img Advanced Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antennas Self-Organizing Networks (SON) Carrier Aggregation (CA) and Dual Connectivity (DC) Proximity Services and Device-to-Device Communication for Public Safety (ProSe/D2D) Enhancements to support Active Antennas Systems (AAS) Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) Aggregation of LTE and WLAN (LWA and LWIP) Low power / wide area coverage for IoT applications through Cellular-IoT Enhancements to previously introduced LTE technologies The studies, explained in the whitepaper, focus on four main RAN specification areas: 1) Physical layer aspects; 2) Radio interface protocols and procedures; 3) Radio Network architecture, interfaces and protocols/procedures; and 4) Radio Frequency (RF) and performance requirements. At the service requirements level, the 3GPP studies include over 70 use cases for new opportunities in the next generation of telecommunications systems.The IMT-2020 process is in part driving the work in 3GPP to define a 5G technology which consists of a two-phased approach with Phase I focusing on 5G New Radio and Next Generation System Architecture studies (Rel-14) and normative specifications (Rel-15) by 2018, and Phase II including everything needed to meet IMT-2020 requirements in Rel-16 by the end of 2019.Click here to download the White Paper. A range of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and their target requirements Several target deployment scenarios, covering enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC), and also enhanced Vehicle to Everything (eV2X) Other requirements, e.g., covering architecture, services and operationcenter_img 5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas has released a new white paper that outlines the impact of major progress and evolution of LTE technology and the developing 5G standards in current world scenario. The publication, Wireless Technology Evolution Towards 5G: 3GPP Release 13 to Release 15 and Beyond highlights the fact that the U.S. alone is approaching 90 percent penetration of LTE and that the stage is already being set for a new technology frontier with the advent of 5G wireless technologies.3GPP’s work of standardizing the technologies driving the largest mobile wireless ecosystems from GSM to LTE and now to 5G created the backbone for this whitepaper by 5G Americas. LTE is expected to be the dominant mobile wireless technology in the next decade with LTE-Advanced Pro in Rel-13 completed in 2016. The 5G Americas white paper provides a detailed discussion on the key feature enhancements that were included in 3GPP Rel-13, such as: The white paper also provides a detailed discussion of the LTE enhancements being worked on as part of Rel-14 including further MIMO enhancements, CA enhancements, enhanced LAA (eLAA), enhanced LWA (eLWA), Voice over LTE (VoLTE) enhancements and enhancements to ProSe/D2D. Rel-14 and Rel-15 represent the first phase of work in 3GPP towards 5G standards with Rel-14 focused on the study items towards 5G and Rel-15 on the first phase of normative specifications for 5G. 3GPP also agreed that Rel-14 and Rel-15 will introduce a New Radio (NR) access technology for 5G that will be flexible enough to support not only frequency bands below 6 GHz but also mmWave bands up to 100 GHz. The 5G Americas whitepaper provides details on 3GPP Rel-14 studies of the New Radio access technology, including Channel Modeling, RAN requirements, RAN technologies and potential solutions that meet a broad range of use cases. The RAN study item identifies typical deployment scenarios for next generation access technologies and the required performance and main functional capabilities like:last_img read more