Monday 12 December 2016

Orica-BikeExchange changes name to Orica-Scott for 2017

Scott Sports step up to become co-title-sponsor of the Australian
WorldTour team for the 2017 season

Orica-Scott 2017
Australian WorldTour team Orica-BikeExchange will be known as Orica-Scott from the start of th
e 2017 season, as bike manufacturer Scott Sports steps up to become co-title-sponsor.
Scott bikes have been associated with the squad since their debut as GreenEdge Cycling in 2012, but now the manufacturer has upped its commitment. Both the men’s and women’s teams will now race under the same name – the women’s squad was previously known as Orica-AIS.
Multi-national mining company Orica continues as co-title-sponsor.
Orica-Scott team manager Shane Bannan said: “We are thrilled to have Scott step up into a major, co-naming rights sponsor for our team. Their progression as a sponsor follows ours as a team and together we believe the partnership will achieve great things in the coming years.”

“We are committed to providing our men and women the best environment and equipment to achieve maximum results.  Scott Sports’ dedication to this cause, right from day one, has already seen us come a long way since our inception. Now, together, we look forward to taking the next major steps.
“After a breakout 2016 season, we are extremely excited for what 2017 holds for us.” To reflect the new sponsor, the team’s kit has been redesigned for 2017. The clothing now features a dark blue background with bright green highlights, with no white sections as have previously been included – not all that dissimilar to Movistar’s kit.Having previously been focussed on one-day race and stage wins, the team made significant inroads during the 2016 season into forming into a Grand Tour challenging squad.

Colombian Esteban Chaves made two Grand Tour podium appearances, placing second in the Giro d’Italia and third in the Vuelta a España. British twin brothers Adam and Simon Yates also continued their Grand Tour progression, with Adam claiming the white jersey of best young rider in the Tour de France after placing fourth overall. Simon won stage six of the Vuelta.
In addition, the team won two Monuments, with Mathew Hayman winning Paris-Roubaix in the spring and Chaves winning Il Lombardia in the autumn.
Orica-Scott will makes its official debut on January 1 in Australia, with the team taking part in the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic. In 2016, Caleb Ewan and Gracie Elvin took victories in the respective men’s and women’s events for the team.

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Wednesday 7 December 2016

4 ኤርትራውያን ተቐዳደምቲ ብሽክለታ ንሽልማት "ብሉጽ ተቐዳዳማይ ብሽኽለታ ኣፍሪቃ 2016 ተሓጽዮም

ኤርትራውያን ተቐዳደምቲ ብሽክለታ ዳንኤል ተኽለሃይማኖት፡ ናትናኤል ብርሃነን መትከል ኢዮብን ካብ ዳይመንሽን ዳታ፡ ከምኡ'ውን ተስፎም ዑቕባማርያም ካብ ክለብ ሻርጃ፡ ንሽልማት "ብሉጽ ተቐዳዳማይ ብሽኽለታ ኣፍሪቃ 2016" ተሓጽዮም። 

Brave Eritrean Engineer Invents brilliant tool

Eritrean engineer Michael Sebahtu invents brilliant tool
We learnt last week that Buckingham Palace needs rewiring, and its 6,500 plug sockets and 5,000 light fittings replacing, as part of a £369m refurbishment.

Immense as the job sounds, electricians would regard such a contract as big, but not shockingly so; plenty of hotel, apartment block and office projects need thousands of plugs, switches and so on.

But one of the most time-consuming jobs for electricians, my electrical contacts tell me, is cutting out the square holes in walls for sockets and switches.

To make such a hole in the plasterboard walls in modern buildings, you have to drill four corner holes, then saw the opening by hand. Square and oblong holes in traditional lath and plaster, or in brickwork, are even more time-consuming.

And they have to perform this two-to-five minute procedure a lot. If the UK’s 234,000 electricians cut three such square holes a day, we would be talking 250m holes a year.

Some time in the 1990s, a rather overqualified new fitter with an upmarket London kitchen company — he had a degree in mechanical engineering — was watching a colleague hacking out holes for some power outlets.

“Why,” asked the fitter, Michael Sebhatu, “don’t you use a square hole-cutter?”

“Because there’s no such thing,” the electrician replied.

Mr Sebhatu discovered that the electrician was right — apart from a tool called a Reuleaux triangle drill bit, which can shave a round hole into a square but is not practical for builders. There was nothing.


 Now even if stories about power tools are not necessarily your thing, I would that readers stay with this one, because it has a peculiarly joyful twist — one that I suspect the world’s gathering rightwing nationalist movements would hate.
Mr Sebhatu quit his job, you see, to spend years self-supporting, working on a device to make square holes in seconds. His late thirties found him living alone, working as a handyman and ploughing £40,000 of his earnings into the project. He also did a masters degree in product design at London South Bank University.

The solution to the square hole problem finally came to him in a Costa Coffee shop on High Street Kensington. “Coffee shops were my office,” he says. True to the myths of great engineering breakthroughs, he used a napkin to sketch the idea for a drill attachment that converted rotary to lateral motion in four independent straight blades, set in a rectangle.

Soon he was producing detailed drawings with 3D software and commissioning prototypes. He called it the Quadsaw, but years went by without Mr Sebhatu achieving a viable product.

Then, through a handyman job, he met Ean Brown, who was the in-house lawyer for Stephen Rubin’s Pentland Group.

Mr Brown was starting a company, Genius IP, to commercialise breakthrough patents and Mr Sebhatu’s Quadsaw was to be his first product. The men went into partnership.

The £199 Quadsaw went on presale last week. Bearing three patents, it will be UK manufactured, although with German blades, and delivering from mid 2017.

It drills a square hole inside 10 seconds, and Messrs Sebhatu and Brown argue, could save electricians in the UK alone 16m hours of labour annually — £320m in savings a year based on £20 per-hour electricians’ pay rates.

The launch model cuts plasterboard, but Mr Sebhatu is working on blades for wood, ceramics, glass and masonry.

Quadsaw’s announcement is already causing a stir in the building trade — they say orders are pouring in from Europe, the US and Asia.

So the indications are that it could be a big British success story for a modestly revolutionary manufactured product.

Here is where the story goes from one of classic, old-school British innovative talent to something of significance in today’s political atmosphere of hostility to immigration.

For Mr Sebhatu came to Britain as a refugee from Eritrea in 1990. He was born in a village 45km south of the capital Asmara, with no running water or electricity.

At 11, working in the fields with his father, he was seized with the idea of becoming an engineer. “I saw an aeroplane and asked my father how it flies. He said if I wanted to know that, I would need an education,” he says.

So he walked to Asmara, attacked by snakes and dogs along the way, to live with an uncle and go to school.

He later moved to Ethiopia to continue his education, but fled to Kenya when he was told to join the Ethiopian army’s battle with the Eritrean insurgent movement — in which his elder brother was a fighter.

Determined to pursue his dream, he escaped persecution in Kenya, with a forged passport and a ticket to Stockholm. But Sweden would not accept him, and he ended up in Norway, six hours north of Oslo.

He discovered it would take 10 years to qualify in Norway, and made his way to England, where he was given leave to remain as an asylum seeker. Speaking only the ancient Tigrinya language of Eritrea, a little Norwegian and a few words of English, he was nonetheless in education within two weeks. He worked his way through to degree level as a shelf-stacker in a Kwiksave supermarket and later as a minicab driver.

“It has been a sacrifice not having a family, but I had to focus on my idea,” he explains. “But I’m only 49 now, and if this works, I hope I can start a more normal life.”

Showing the Quadsaw website to people in the building trade, the reaction is indeed enthusiastic. One, however, Pav Kharaud, managing director of London housebuilder Harper Homes, had a concern.

“It’s a great product,” said Mr Kharaud, “but it makes the job so easy — even though it has a spirit level on it, I could see guys losing concentration and punching through holes that are wonky.”

I suspect, though, that Mr Sebhatu’s life may become more successful than the normality he longs for.

The modern world does not tend to be friendly to refugees.

But if Quadsaw sells around the world, a small fortune, an honour and a Queen’s Award for Export one day cannot, perhaps, be inconceivable for this one at least. Sponsored Ads

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Usain Bolt and Almaz Ayana crowned IAAF's Athletes of the Year

Monaco: Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana were crowned as the IAAF's Athletes of the Year on Friday.
Usain Bolt and Almaz Ayana with their awards

Bolt completed his amazing Olympic "triple triple" of 100metres, 200metres and 4x100m relay golds at the Rio Games in August despite missing much of the season through injury and took the award for the sixth time.
He clocked season’s bests of 9.81 and 19.78 to win the 100m and 200m in Rio and then anchored the Jamaican team to a world-leading 37.27 when winning the 4x100m.
He also went undefeated throughout the whole season at all distances, including heats.
Bolt, 30, plans to run the 100m at next year's world championships in London, seeking to add to his haul of 11 world titles.
Ayana produced a stunning run on the first day of athletics in Rio when she shattered the 10,000-metres world record that had stood for 23 years.
Her time of 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds smashed the mark of 29:31.78 that was set by Wang Junxia of China in 1993.
Ayana also took bronze in the Rio 5000m, her only loss of the year over the distance. She ended the year as the Diamond Race winner for that discipline.
She becomes the third Ethiopian woman to win the IAAF award, following Genzebe Dibaba in 2015 and Meseret Defar in 2007.

Monday 14 November 2016

UAE Deploys Fast Jets to Assab Air Base

The United Arab Emirates has deployed a combat air group to Eritrea’s Assab airport to support its military operation in southern Yemen, Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery shows.
The UAE has deployed Mirage 2000-9 jets to Assab in Eritrea. (Photo: Nellis Airforce base, USA, March 2013)
There were nine Dassault Mirage 2000 multirole jet fighters at the airport on 20 October, as well as two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, two Bell 407 helicopters, one Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, and two Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop airliners.
This combination of aircraft is only in service with the UAE air force, which has about 40 Mirage 2000-9EAD jets and operates the Northstar Aviation 407MHR armed version of the Bell helicopter.
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Friday 11 November 2016

Breaking Records: Ghirmay’s Win in NYC

Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won the New York City Marathon, among the world’s pre-eminent long-distance annual running events, with a time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, 51 seconds, finishing over a minute ahead of Kenya's Lucas Rotich, who took second place, and Somali-born American Abdi Abdirahman, who finished third. Although it was only his race debut and though confronted by challenging, windy conditions, Ghirmay’s time qualified him as the third-fastest runner in the marathon's 46-year history. The 20-year-old Eritrean also made history as the race’s youngest-ever male winner, breaking the record previously held by Alberto Salazar (1980), Tom Fleming (1973), and Sheldon Karlin (1972), who all won as 22-year-olds.

Founded by Fred Lebow, the New York City Marathon was first held in 1970 with 127 competitors running loops around Central Park, a city attraction. From those humble beginnings, the annual race has grown to become the world’s largest marathon; this year’s edition saw more than 50,000 people from 120 countries participate in the race across the five boroughs (New York City, in the US state of New York, is composed of five boroughs: Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island). Notably, hundreds of thousands of spectators were also in attendance, while the race was followed by millions more worldwide.

Ghirmay’s impressive win on Sunday, where he was rarely threatened, was just the latest in an extraordinary series of recent results by the talented youngster. In 2015, he won the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships held in China, becoming the youngest-ever winner, while at the recent Summer Olympics in Brazil he finished a highly-respectable fourth place. The latter result would surely have been even higher but for a slight, yet costly, blip he encountered during the race.

As the precocious youngster continues to blaze a trail of success, the question on many minds is just how far can he go? In sport, while reaching the pinnacle is a challenging task, remaining there can often prove to be much more difficult. Moreover, the world of sports is filled with innumerable cases of bright, young stars that quickly shot to prominence and success before fizzling out almost just as fast. Beyond the obvious factors, such as physical development, improvement, and training (and avoiding injuries, etc.), proper mindset and inner motivation are often critical.

Consider the case of Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, the three-time winner of the Balon d’Or as the world’s best player. The Portuguese superstar’s success and numerous accolades are not solely due to his considerable talent, but also the fruit of his sheer work ethic and relentless pursuit of perfection. Countless teammates, opponents, and analysts describe how Ronaldo today is almost unrecognizable from the wiry, flashy, more style than substance and often frustrating, winger who came to the world’s attention with Manchester United years ago. Driven by a passionate desire to be “the world’s best,” the young Ronaldo dedicated himself to constant improvement and development, spending extra hours on the training pitch, in the gym, and at recovery sessions. Such a dedicated approach helped transform him from a young boy with bags of talent, yet often lacking the final product, to the all-conquering, record-setting player that is now firmly entrenched within discussions about the greatest ever to play the game.

In this context, Ghirmay’s modesty and laser-like focus are encouraging. The young runner from unassuming, rural roots in the Zoba Debub region of Eritrea who ran several miles to school every day remains hungry, regularly speaks of achieving even greater things in the sport, and continues to follow a strict, punishing training regimen. Remarkably (or ominously for his competitors), many observers suggest that he is just scratching the surface of his potential and can still improve by leaps and bounds.

Another important aspect of Ghirmay’s rise to success is what it represents for his nation. In 2015, Ghirmay’s win at the World Championships in China 2015 was met with a massive nationwide celebration and he was welcomed back to the country with a colorful, music-filled parade in Asmara, the capital. The city’s streets were packed for hours as people jostled to get a glimpse of the young star. For Eritrea, a young, low-income country located within the fractious Horn of Africa region, Ghirmay is a source of enormous inspiration and tremendous pride, as well as a great role model for many of the country’s impressionable youth.

After Sunday’s race, Ghirmay stated, "I am really proud with my victory today to be the first one from my country. Nobody before from Eritrea won in the major marathons." As Eritrea anxiously prepares to welcome back its conquering hero, millions of adoring fans hope his recent win is just the latest in a long, glorious career that is filled with many more.