Clothing Roundup: Rapha is a tease, Café Suzi shines, and Santini warm & cozy

first_imgMid winter riding means staying warm and dry, but also a sunny outlook towards spring. Café du Cycliste wants to keep the spirit bright (and dry) with a new Suzette rain jacket. Santini is still deep in the mountains and knows their Vega line will keep riders warm for the several months of remaining winter riding. And Rapha just wants to tease us with gravel ready road shoes, better women’s bib shorts, fancy special editions, and more cargo pockets….Café du Cycliste Suzette keeps you dry & seenc. Café du CyclisteThe bright new yellow rain jacket from Café du Cycliste is named Suzette. This 100% waterproof jacket isn’t your old rubber rain slicker, but a breathable, cycling cut jacket that can pack down small into a jersey pocket when not in use.Suzette gets a 3-layer construction with a super thin membrane inside to find that perfect balance of water resistance & breathability. 20:20 performance – 20,000mm water column waterproofing and 20.000 g/m2/24hr breathability.Taped seams, waterproof zipper, anti-leak wrist closures, and a light & bright ripstop exterior with a DWR treatment. High tech water protection isn’t cheap, but its $288 / 230€ pricetag is competitive. Find Suzette in Nice, London & Mallorca Café du Cycliste shops starting today, or online direct.Santini pedals through the coldest days in Vega winter kitc. SantiniRight now in Italy, the Days of the Blackbird are about to forecast how long winter will stick around (think: Groundhog Day in the states). But Santini is prepared for anything with their Vega winter riding collection to keep you warm & cosy. The 230€ Vega Xtreme jacket with its Polartec Windbloc & alpha fabrics makes up the core of keeping winter roadies warm.Then throw in a set of matching 150€ Vega bibtights, 60€ Vega shoes-cover, and 50€ Win XF gloves to round out your first line of defense against whatever the blackbirds throw your way. Insulate up with a techy, seamless long-sleeved wool blend baselayer, cozy Primaloft/wool/synthetic blend PRLX socks, and accessories like the Windstopper X-Free 300 XF Underhelmet cap, and you’ll stay warm out on the road until the spring thaw arrives.Oh, and since we’re already mid-way through winter, Santini is offering around 25% off some of this new winter kit now.Rapha teases 2019 kit: all-road shoes, cargo shorts & more!c. RaphaRapha is totally a tease. Just as much as they continue to crank out high-end classically styled, understated road riding gear they are not afraid of the absurd. My favorite line out of the teaser PR is about those cargo shorts, “They might have been labelled ridiculous but they’re quickly becoming ubiquitous.”New for 2019 Rapha promises a new top-level carbon Explore road shoe with unique lacing as “the world’s most comfortable” that can also handle putting a foot down in the dirt. Actually, we just got word to actually expect two styles of new road shoes. One will be a Classic sole with road cleat compatibility, and the other an Explore sole for SPD mountain bike cleats to suit more gravel!Back to clothing, there’s a complete overhaul to the women’s pro bib shorts with a new nature break friendly magnetic clasp design & all-new women’s chamois. And yes, more cargo shorts are coming to the affordable Core range for both men & women.Plus there will be an RCC collaboration with designer Paul Smith, a limited edition Brevet Insulated vest with stitched contours, and special edition Nelson “The Cheetah” Vails & Marco Pantani memorial Il Pirata kit too.Then plenty of off the bike kit too. Keep your eyes peeled, as we will detail the more interesting or innovative bits when they do make it to market.last_img read more

Esports Education Investments Endure and Grow Amid Budget Restrictions

first_imgBy Chris Bull Futuresource ConsultingThroughout 2020, esports has been one of the most notable champions amid stay-at-home orders and social distancing policies. The industry has thrived, but it has certainly changed course from its pre-COVID trajectory, and even more so for its application in K-12 and higher education.When we talk about esports and education, most market activity happens within higher education. This happens both as part of formal vocational engagement through business and event management modules, but also as undergraduate courses with the study of esports as a subject at the fore. It also presents itself informally via student societies, nonprofit league events and through educational integrators. The varying degree against which these elements are emphasized also reveals the regional differences that explain the development of esports within the education segment.Western Europe and North America as Most Developed Esports MarketsAccording to Futuresource Consulting’s latest esports report, Western Europe and North America are, at present, the two most mature and developed esports education markets. As of 2020, they account for approximately 60% of global install base of dedicated esports computing hardware. Despite rapid projected growth from the APAC region, these two Western markets are receiving a COVID-related boost, as higher education seeks out new drive factors for student engagement and courses that will attract and retain prospective students. Successful emerging undergraduate courses at both Salford and Chichester University in the U.K. are demonstrating the potential for other universities to formally integrate and produce an esports offering.The Differing Drive Factors Between APAC and Western MarketsThe drive factors for the APAC region are distinct from those in Western markets. In APAC, education integrators play a much greater role as they seek to augment the already existing curriculum using gaming as a tool, rather than having gaming as the subject in and of itself. Organizations such as Code Warriors in India and SCOGA in Singapore are active in this application and focus on K-12 interactions. These partners work directly with schools to demonstrate the educational value of gaming in the classroom and help open up the sector to consider more formal integrations of esports generally.However, the overwhelming majority of esports market growth within APAC is accounted for by the Chinese market — as a rapidly growing commercial opportunity too. A nationwide study of esports in China published by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security found that on average, 81% of those working in the esports industry had salaries approximately three times higher than that of the local average. Alongside this, the study also showed that approximately 15% of those within the industry held an undergraduate university degree or higher. There are clear concerns about whether the educational supply of skilled graduates can presently accommodate the soaring demand of the esports industry, which is continuously soaking up talent and work. This explains why there is a large scale and sustained investment in esports programs and courses, particularly at the Shandong Lanxiang Vocational School, but also at the Beijing Geely University. This will continue following investments in the commercial sector, as well as through China’s growing internet café industry, which takes its lead from South Korea’s similar PC-Bang culture.See related  Here’s How the Corona Tag Can Get Us Back to Work SafelyTightened Budgets in LATAM and EMEA in light of COVID-19The developing world in both LATAM and MEA has been heavily impacted in terms of esports educational investment; this is the result of tightening budgets following each country’s COVID-19 response and a comparatively low level of device penetration within the classroom. This does not mean that it has stalled however, as the focus point will move away from desktops and mobile-PCs, pivoting towards smartphone usage. This is already popular in these markets in the commercial sector and will account for the main method of interaction for gamers generally to interact with esports. Smartphone usage drastically cuts the entry cost for consumers to engage with esports and presents a simple, quick way to setup an esports enabled classroom environment.Around the world every market is embracing esports with variance according to the particularities of digital infrastructure and labour market qualities related to local conditions. Some markets are emphasizing higher education integration, particularly in markets where esports is established as a mature commercial industry, while others are using it as a tool for augmented learning outcomes and engaging students that otherwise struggle to remain invested in education. The integration of esports into the education segment will also include a wide range of devices, from smartphones and high-powered workstation desktops through to mid-range PCs for less competitive gaming.last_img read more

Hillsborough: Police solicitor and senior officers charged

first_imgA solicitor is among six people who have been charged with criminal offences in relation to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath, the Crown Prosecution Service announced today.Peter Metcalf acted for South Yorkshire Police during the Taylor inquiry and the first inquests. He is charged with doing acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice relating to material changes made to witness statements.The CPS says Metcalf was instructed by Municipal Mutual Insurance to represent the interests of the force at the Taylor Inquiry and in any civil litigation that might result from the Hillsborough disaster. According to the CPS statement, he reviewed the accounts provided by the officers and made suggestions for alterations, deletions and amendments. The CPS alleges these were directly relevant to the Salmon letter issued by the Taylor Inquiry and for which there appears to be no justification.Also charged are:David Duckenfield, who was the Match Commander for South Yorkshire Police on the day of the disaster;Graham Henry Mackrell, who was Sheffield Wednesday Football Club’s company secretary and safety officer at the time of the disaster in 1989;Former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton of South Yorkshire Police;Former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster of South Yorkshire Police;Norman Bettison, a former officer with South Yorkshire Police and subsequently Chief Constable of Merseyside and West Yorkshire Police.All defendants except Duckenfield will appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on 9 August.Sue Hemming, head of the CPS special crime and counter terrorism division, said: ‘Criminal proceedings have now commenced and the defendants have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.’According to the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor service, Metcalf was admitted as a solicitor in June 1977 and now works as a locum.The Gazette called Metcalf’s office and was told he has no comment to make about Hillsborough.An SRA spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of the CPS’s statement. We continue to work closely with other authorities involved in this matter. We will now await the conclusion of this case before deciding on appropriate action.’last_img read more

Wi-Fi Chipset Delivers 2 Gbps Throughput Using Multi-User MIMO

first_imgQuantenna announced that they have achieved over 2Gbit/s total throughput for Wi-Fi network performance. This was attained by connecting multiple laptops with commercially available Intel Wireless-AC 9260 2x2AC MIMO wireless modems to a Quantenna-based 8×8 MIMO access point and utilizing the latest Wi-Fi features such as multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO). This significant breakthrough demonstrates once again Wi-Fi’s constant evolution and the importance of performance optimization and interoperability testing. Users globally benefit from reliable high-performance connectivity which enables simultaneous use of demanding applications such as video streaming, online gaming, or remote cloud access.Quantenna’s Wi-Fi 6 QSR10GU-AX Plus chipset provides integrated dual-band, dual-concurrent 2.4GHz, and 5GHz functionality, supporting up to a maximum speed of 10Gbps and 12 simultaneous streams. It includes the SmartScan feature that offers enhanced radar detection and spectrum analyzer capabilities with wide frequency range analysis. The QSR10GU-AX Plus also supports advanced MU-MIMO schemes, allowing for transmission to multiple devices at the same time. The Intel Wireless-AC 2X2 160 MHz delivers Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds and includes two antennas for reliable connections, making it possible for users to experience smooth gaming and 4K UHD video streaming, and fast file transfers and backups on their devices. Click here for more information.last_img read more

WI seeks to end series drought in final Bangladesh ODI

first_imgWest Indies will look to cover the basic aspects of their game, hoping to end a string of series defeats when they face Bangladesh in the final One Day International at Sylhet today. Ahead of the day and night affair, West Indies skipper Rovman Powell told the media that despite winning the previous match, they are still not batting well.“We have to work on all three aspects of the game. One game doesn’t change the fact that we are still not batting well as a team and we still need to work on our bowling and fielding,” Powell said.The captain expressed concern at the senior batsmen getting starts but not pushing through. “It has been a pattern, but not just for them (seniors), for the batting unit. They are getting starts but not carrying on…we want to improve as a team; when you get going, just carry on and win games for West Indies,” Powell said.If the Maroon boys can cover the basics, the Jamaican all-rounder reckons a rare series win could be on the horizon. “It is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. West Indies haven’t won an ODI series for quite some time. This is a grand opportunity to change it. The guys are upbeat and confident of doing it tomorrow,” he said. The West Indies suffered a humiliating drubbing by Bangladesh in the Test series in November and December, when the home side wrapped up both matches inside three days.                                                                                                                           Powell expects the visitors to cut down on the extras, noting that in the last game, all the free hits went for boundaries, effectively being extra runs. The captain singled out Shai Hope, who scored a century in the last match, saying, “It is good that Hope got it in (the previous) game to level the series. As a team, we are just looking for each and every batter to stand up; it is just a collective effort as a team. We have to come together as a batting unit.” Personally, Powell, who is known more for his batting, said he wants to get runs for his personal game and confidence, pointing out that he is “trying to tick all the boxes, trying to prepare well and trying to get in the right frame of mind.”The 25-year-old Jamaican emphasised, “It is a fact, Bangladeshis don’t like fast bowling,” adding that his side intends to exploit this. “It seems like a typically Bangladeshi wicket, low and slow. So hopefully our team can adjust and get the win for West Indies,” he said.Powell also pointed out his fascination for the stadium, saying, “It is a beautiful stadium. I was amazed by the facilities. I am absolutely surprised. It looks very good.” The three-match series is locked 1-1 with the decider’s first ball set for 2am today.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 6/25/17

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:INTERLEAGUEDetroit 7, San Diego 5AMERICAN LEAGUEMinnesota 4, Cleveland 0Baltimore 8, Tampa Bay 5L.A. Angels 4, Boston 2Texas 7, N.Y. Yankees 6Oakland 5, Chicago White Sox 3Toronto 8, Kansas City 2Houston 8, Seattle 2NATIONAL LEAGUEMiami 4, Chicago Cubs 2Cincinnati 6, Washington 2Milwaukee 7, Atlanta 0N.Y. Mets 8, San Francisco 2L.A. Dodgers 12, Colorado 6Arizona 2, Philadelphia 1, 11 InningsSt. Louis 8, Pittsburgh 4Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more