As the purists that we cyclists tend to be, when we encounter the crossroad of quality and cost, as we often do, it is quality that usually wins out. And this is a good thing; it’s why you read BikeRumor, to keep apprised of the latest and greatest. Well, we’ve got another one for ya. Xlerad is reinventing the lighting game and they want you in on the ground-level.How do you improve something as relatively straight-forward as a light? Recently everyone has been answering that question by making the light brighter. And that’s kinda like camera manufacturers jamming more and more megapixels into their point-&-shoots; it made sense up to a point, but then it became just another marketing ploy. See how Xlerad has revolutionized your next light with auto illumination (sans any ploys) next… Auto Illumination utilizes several integrated sensors including temperature, battery and a three-axes accelerometer. Xlerad states this technology allows its buttonless light to sense riding conditions (plus its own internal performance) and self-adjust into the best possible lighting level for its top-end CREE single-die LEDs. Your light will now think for itself. But in the case you wish to do the thinking yourself the Xlerad is manually override-able via tapping the light itself. (Checkout the above Kickstarter video for further details.)And the complex algorithm that this baby runs data through spits our some common sense. Picking up speed on the downhill? Xlerad turns up the lumens. Hitting a banked turn, or simply taking a left at the intersection? Xlerad bumps up the brightness. When you are simply cruising Xlerad will drop the power down and conserve juice. All this ramping up and down (200 to 1000 lumen range) occurs in an elegantly seamless manner. And with the aforementioned internal assessment Xlerad will grow more conservative in its lumen output as its 5000mAh Lithium-ion battery approaches depletion – meaning a highly impressive battery life of 3.7 to 45 hours (depending on how you ride).Now let’s mention size, cuz, it matters. Xlerad takes up little handlebar real estate. And with its ability to self assess and auto adjust, this waterproof light will never overheat (a longterm performance risk with high-output LEDs). What does this mean for you, the cycling purist? It means the Xlerad has the highest maximum power (1000 lumens) of any light in its size category. Xlerad can be yours exclusively through Kickstarter until January 1 for a highly reasonable $189 (March 2014 delivery). Merry Christmas to you!
Those who are interested in getting their very own Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 or Svartpilen 701 should be glad to know that they’ll be getting some fresh new colour options for the 2020 models. Going into their third year of production (second year for Svartpilen), more exterior updates were introduced to keep the Husqvarna street models primed for the roads.2020 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701Both the 2020 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 and Svartpilen 701 come with new colour schemes, trims, and graphics to further enhance the bikes’ modern looks as well as ground-breaking design. We’ve posted earlier this year that the 701 will be available in Malaysia but so far, we’ve never seen one on the roads with Malaysian number plates.2020 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701Anyway, moving on. The Vitpilen 701 with that new white/blue colourway will certainly turn heads wherever you go. If you prefer something that’s a bit more rugged, perhaps the 2020 Svartpilen 701 will suit your taste buds with its black/military brown colour combo. Anywhere you go, choosing either model makes you one hell of cool guy/gal.Worried about power? The 701s are powered by the same 692cc single-cylinder engine that produces a cool 75hp and 72Nm of torque. In our experience, that’s more than enough to cover your everyday travels, weekend mountain riding sessions, and even long tourers nationwide. Paired with its dynamic yet light high-performance chassis, we imagined that the riding experience should be somewhere around the blissful region.For the 2020 models, a set of sexy spoke wheels now come as standard with CNC-machined footrests, adjustable suspension package (courtesy of WP Suspension, of course), and an overall lightweight machine sitting at 158kg (161kg for the Svartpilen) before filling up with petrol goodness. The biggest performance update? A bi-directional quickshifter. Woot woot.Anyway, those who are interested in getting one can probably go check with Chia Motor Petaling Jaya since they were the ones who prompted the ability to book the 701. Prices at the start of the year were around RM68,500 but we’re pretty sure that things have changed in the recent past.Husqvarna Norden 901 will go into production–Ads–
Related Topics Sherwin-Williams announced on Tuesday that the Nike LeBron banner will stay up through the Republican National Convention.Sherwin-Williams’ community communications director Mike Conway said, “We heard, we listened and we responded.” What is ironic about the whole experience is that Clevelanders may, in part, have Donald Trump to thank for the decision to keep the banner up.Tom Beres of WKYC writes, “A reliable source tells Channel 3 that Donald Trump himself called Republicans in town planning the convention to express his wish that the banner stay up. That’s the only time they’ve heard directly from Trump in the convention-planning process.”Whoever made the final call, we’re just glad it stays up for our championship summer. Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medley
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The top five spots in The Courier-Journal’s Southeastern Conference power rankings are unchanged after a week that saw just one upset in the league.Oct 10, 2015; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (21) celebrates with fans after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 38-31.While the rankings are relatively stable this week, the East division appears poised for significant change moving forward. Georgia’s loss to Tennessee and the injury to star running back Nick Chubb already dropped the Bulldogs, but the suspension of Florida quarterback Will Grier also leaves the Gators in a precarious spot facing a trip to No. 6 LSU (7 p.m. on ESPN). Kentucky’s Thursday game against Auburn (7 p.m. on ESPN) and Missouri’s Saturday trip to Georgia (7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network) also figure to have significant bearing on the division standings. South Carolina hosts Vanderbilt Saturday (4 p.m. on the SEC Network) in a matchup of two teams still looking for their first conference win.In the West, Alabama’s Saturday trip to Texas A&M (3:30 p.m. on CBS) gives the Aggies an opportunity to prove their 5-0 start is no fluke and leap into playoff contention. Ole Miss and Mississippi State will play non-conference opponents Saturday.You can see the full Week 7 power rankings below:Courier Journal College Football Power Rankings* If you cannot see the link above, click here to view our rankings and create your own.Email Jon Hale at [email protected] . Follow him on Twitter @JonHale_CJ .
The Ghana Football Association has for the third time put back their decision on coach Goran Stevanovic after a meeting on Friday.The Serbian held talks with a five-man emergency committee at the FA secretariat in Accra but nothing concentrate was reached.Stevanovic’s inability to arrive last Tuesday for the crunch talks has dragged the process of reviewing his work.He will now have to wait until next week to know his fate.“We will continue our meeting with the coach on Monday as we seek the right approach to keep the Black Stars on the right path going into the future,” a statement on the Ghana FA official website read.“We will keep the public posted on any developments following our meeting next week.” Stevanovic is facing the sack for his failure to win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.The former Partizan Belgrade boss has expressed his interest to continue work as Black Stars coach.He has one year left on his contract and that will expire in February 2013.
There are long delays this evening on the N13 Letterkenny-Derry road.Emergency services are at the scene of the scene near Manorcunningham, where a van is on fire.The road is partially blocked and there are long delays on approaches. Motorists are advised to take extreme care.Van fire causes delays on main Donegal road was last modified: January 8th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Three people were arrested after Swain County deputies seized a trafficking amount of meth along with other drugs, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash after a license check on Old Bryson City Road.Annah Marie Norman, 18, Samantha Lynn Gunter,26, and Travis Levi Mathis,23, were all arrested Tuesday.Gunter and Mathis are being held on $200,000 secured bond each and Norman is held on a $250,000 secured bond.
The ruins of Great Zimbabwe. (Image: Wikipedia)Bridget Hilton-BarberFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialThe word on my street is that we should start making plans to travel to Zimbabwe again. Travel writers like me are not exactly famed for donning flak jackets and going under fire – we tend to come more from the postcards and sundowners school of journalism – so it’s interesting when the softer circles start chattering about Zimbabwe.It means the hospitality and alcohol must be flowing again (but don’t count on there always being ice), it’s presumably reasonably safe, and you can probably get some of the best deals of your life.“Hey, we’re doing our first recce into Zim,” a fellow traveller called to say the other day. Zim, huh? We had a good nostalgic banter about Zimbabwe. Remember Hwange National Park, Mana Pools, Chimanimani and the eastern highlands? What a beautiful country, we said.Remember glorious Lake Kariba and the magnificent Victoria Falls? And Vic Falls Hotel, surely one of the grande dames of southern Africa. Remember Bob Marley playing in Harare at independence, we laughed, and later Peter Gabriel? Or was it the other way around?By contrast, my last trip to Zimbabwe was sad and desolate. It was about four years ago and I was the only person in a huge hotel at Vic Falls. My footsteps echoed loudly as I traipsed around in search of bonhomie. I found none. The wine was warm and the waiters were sad. All the fun was now on the Zambian side, they said, thanks to Robert Mugabe’s crazy policies. The sunset cruise wasn’t running and even the wildlife was gone.I felt like a lost sock in the laundromat of oblivion.I paid in South African rands, but there was no change available, not even Zim dollars. The manager suggested I make a free call as a barter, but the phone lines were down, so I left for the airport. I ordered my customary departure bloody mary, but the tomato juice was rancid. My fellow traveller’s first recce, funnily enough, will be back to the Victoria Falls area, but he is having none of this sadness stuff. Zimbabwe is just too beautiful to stay away from, he said encouragingly. He offered, in return, an entertaining tale about dancing alongside Cecil John Rhodes’ grave in the Matopos to the sounds of Zimabwean band Oliver and the Black Spirits. Zimbabwe! Let’s not give up on Zimbabwe, he urged.I don’t like being left out of a party, so I started planning my own Zim adventure. This one isn’t as grand as the Vic Falls but, living in Limpopo province, Zimbabwe is pretty close. We’ve come up with a self-drive budget excursion called the Tour of the Ancients. It will be a soulful peace-keeping mission that takes us back to two interconnected ancient African civilizations – Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe. We aim to coincide with the full moon.Mapungubwe was South Africa’s first city of gold. Built along the banks of the proverbially mighty Limpopo River, it was a vast African civilization based on gold and trading.Today it is a World Heritage Site, a landscape studded with baobabs and traversed by elephants since time immemorial. It is part of Vhembe National Park and you can chose from a range of rustic and eco-friendly accommodation. There are San Bushman paintings, ancient settlements and walks and game drives alongside the river.Mapungubwe was a powerful trade capital from around the 12th century, when Bantu-speaking Nguni people moved down from Zimbabwe and settled on the Limpopo, Levuvu, Shashe and Shingwedzi rivers. There was vigorous trade with Arab seaports, like Sofala in today’s eastern Mozambique. Ivory, gold, bronze, copper, iron was exchanged for beads, cloths and ceramics from as far afield as China, Persia and Egypt.After 1200 AD Great Zimbabwe later succeeded Mapungubwe as the inland trade capital, and it is there we’re heading for the second leg. Details are kind of sketchy but we hope to stay in a self-catering spot in nearby Masvingo, and spend a day or two wandering in the playground of the ancients. We will take bottled water and other essential provisions, fill up with petrol at the border, then head for Masvingo, which is about two hours east. Last time I visited Great Zimbabwe, its structure and stonework were still remarkably intact and one got an eerie sense of life thousands of years ago within this stone-walled citadel, with its royal palace and outlying villages. We will spend some time here, I think, considering the past and the present, and debating why Mugabe missed his true calling as the campest fashion designer in Africa and became a dictator instead.I will bury my lucky hundred trillion Zimbabwe dollar note that someone recently gave me as a souvenir. It was the biggest denomination ever printed in the world – just out of circulation – and you needed 10 of them to buy a Coke. 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28 March 2012 The CEOs of South Africa’s top companies are upbeat about the country’s economic prospects, according to the lastest Merchantec CEO Confidence Index, which bucked the downward trend of the previous three quarters to surge by 20% in the first quarter of 2012. The index, which surveys the views of over 100 of South Africa’s top CEOs on local market conditions and the economy going forward, registered its highest score – 65.6 – since its inception in the second quarter of 2009. According to Merchantec Capital – an independent corporate finance and research company – this suggests that the economic fears which dominated 2011 may be dissipating. “The European Central Bank’s liquidity injection into the Eurozone, as well as continued solid economic data coming out of the US of late, seem to be soothing fears relating to the credit crunch and contributing to growing the sentiment towards stability”, Merchantec said in a statement on Wednesday.Mining confidence surges “The South African Reserve Bank also appears upbeat on the South African economy, with figures reflecting substantial acceleration in government and household spend.” South Africa’s basic materials sector, which includes the mining sector, recorded a 19% increase to a score of 68 on the index, the highest score across any sector. “This comes as no surprise considering low interest rates, continued high commodity prices and the government’s indication that the nationalisation of mines will not be pursued,” Merchantec said. Further evidence of optimism within South Africa’s mining sector was “a 33% leap in sentiment towards economic conditions and a 140% surge in confidence in their ability to obtain debt or equity capital”.State infrastructure plan welcomed 55% of CEOs across all sectors said they were confident in the ability of the 2012 National Budget to maintain macroeconomic stability in South Africa and to support enterprise and job creation. In particular, the country’s industrials sector, which includes construction, responded favourably to the planned increase in infrastructure spend detailed in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2012 National Budget by registering a 22% increase to a score of 65.6. South Africa’s financial sector, notwithstanding a 12% increase to a score of 66.3, recorded the lowest rise in confidence the first quarter. “This increase may have been tempered by persistent wariness of other similarly highly indebted Eurozone countries, such as Greece, requiring similar debt swaps, as well as renewed concerns about China’s growth outlook,” Merchantec said. SAinfo reporter
CCH Tax Day ReportThe Arkansas State Legislature has passed a bill that would, if enacted, update the Internal Revenue Code conformity for corporate and personal income tax purposes for depreciation. The bill would adopt IRC §§167 and 168(a)-(j) as in effect on January 1, 2017 (currently, January 1, 2015), for property purchased in tax years beginning after 2014. The bill would be effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2015. Also, the bill would update the IRC conformity date for other code sections.hb1390introducedH.B. 1390, as introduced by the Arkansas House of Representatives on January 30, 2017.