Tour de France 2019 preview: Your stage-by-stage guide to what lies in wait for all the contenders aiming to win the world’s biggest cycling race

The 106th edition of the Tour de France starts in Belgium on Saturday 6 July and four-time champion Chris Froome’s absence leaves two past winners in the race – his Ineos team-mate Geraint Thomas, last year’s victor, and Bahrain-Merida’s Vincenzo Nibali, who has said his prime target this year is stage wins and the polka-dot jersey. With last year’s runner-up, Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb, also now out through injury, Nibali may well have rethought his decision not to target the overall. The home challenge will be led by AG2R-La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet with Groupama-FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot also among the likely contenders alongside the likes of Movistar’s Nairo Quintana and fellow Colombian Egan Bernal of Team Ineos and it could be the most open and unpredictable race in years. The Grand Depart in Belgium marks the 50th anniversary of the first of Eddy Merckx’s five overall victories, while the race as a whole celebrates the centenary of the yellow jersey – first won by the Belgian rider Firmin Lambot in 1919 when racing resumed after the First World War – with a different design each day.  Five summit finishes feature on this year’s parcours, and there are ...

The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to

The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. First Person is a daily personal piece submitted by readers. Have a story to tell? See our guidelines at tgam.ca/essayguide. Fishing is a life lesson. You learn more about yourself in an afternoon sitting at the end of a boat in the rain than you would from three years of lying on a psychiatrist’s couch. Fishing is good for the soul. You have to relax because you can only catch fish when your mind is empty. Will a fish on the line and it won’t happen. You must purge your mind of all piscatorial thoughts, which is hard to do. In a state of transcendental meditation you can be sure you’ll get a bite that will jerk you out of your reverie. Then all hell breaks loose. That mystical moment when the fish hits is as much a surprise to you as it is to the fish that took your lure. I am reminded of this every year on a week-long fishing trip in Northwestern Ontario. I also relearn that you cannot choose a lure that will attract fish to your line. You can have a tackle box filled with Wally Divers, Dardevles, Pixees, Rapala Tail Dancers, Jigs of all sizes, Mrs. Simpson flies, Wooll...

Rise of the ‘Prosumer’: Should Apparel Decorators Worry?

Please feel free to log in with any of the following accounts: ASICentral, ESP, Connect, or ASIUniversity. Home-based decorators of all stripes are on the rise, and equipment suppliers have taken notice, releasing an array of crossover “prosumer” machines to service this growing market. Andre Howard was tired of working for someone else. But the Dallas man wasn’t quite ready to quit his day job as a residential adviser for at-risk youth. In 2017, Howard financed a direct-to-garment printer from AnaJet (asi/16000) and hung out his virtual shingle. He expected to spend the next year toiling away at his 9-to-5, while gradually building up his fledgling apparel decoration business, Design 2 Ink, during his off hours. Shortly after launching, he fielded a desperate call from the city of Dallas looking for 100 shirts for a domestic violence walk. The company originally slated to do the work had dropped the ball, and the city needed the items in three days. “Those shirts were printed and sent to them the next day,” Howard says. The orders continued to pour in, thanks to Howard’s focus on networking and a commitment to customer service. In fact, his ROI was so high that he was able to q...

The curd way: Mary-Ellen McTague’s recipes for homemade curd cheese, and what to do with it | Food

Before you roll your eyes and write me off as a yoghurt-knitting crackpot, making your own cheese is not a hippy thing. It is scientific and technical and modern and truly a marvel, seeing bacterial cultures and rennet transform boring old milk into cheese! So here we are, on the cutting edge of food technology. OK? Good. But thrilling as I find the cheese-making process, not everyone will have the time or inclination to spend their weekend elbow deep in curdled milk. For that reason, the recipes that follow can all be made with shop-bought cream cheese. Cheese always works best with fresh (as in out-of-the-cow-that-day) milk, but unless you live on or next to a farm, that’s pretty much impossible to get hold of, so supermarket milk will have to do. And, much as I’d like to, I can’t promise it will always be worth the effort. Sometimes, whether due to bacterial spoilage, or a mistake with the temperature, or the alignment of the goddam planets, cheese occasionally just doesn’t work out. Take it from me, if it smells horrible by the time you’ve finished, skip the taste test and discard it. When it does work out, however, it is so very satisfying and ...

The news in Murcia this week has not provided the drama to match the events of

The news in Murcia this week has not provided the drama to match the events of the last week of August, when a “gota fría” storm brought localized flooding to the Region and an air force jet crashed into the Mediterranean of La Manga, killing the pilot, before a minesweeper ran aground during the ensuing search and rescue operation, but towards the end of the week there was at last some important and positive news regarding the implementation of measures to protect and regenerate the marine environment of the Mar Menor. Throughout the summer there has been growing concern over water quality in the lagoon, with levels of chlorophyll and nutrients rising and the clarity of the sea falling. Recently the alarm bells have started to ring more loudly as experts warn that a repeat of the algal bloom which turned the Mar Menor a greenish colour in 2016 is becoming a very real threat, with one group of 15 experts publishing an open letter in which they warn that the ecosystem is “seriously deteriorated and a long way from recovering”. This situation, apart from ecological concerns, also represents a threat to the local and regional economy, as the Mar Menor and La Manga are the most impo...

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. I hear it all the time: parents wondering where to get their child’s ears pierced. Some are hesitant to take little kiddos into tattoo and piercing parlors, and although mall accessory stores like ’90s staple Claire’s are still around, a teen wielding a pressurized piercing gun isn’t always an appealing option. Enter Rowan, a fresh take on the ear piercing experience that combines a subscription box with at-home ear piercing service. Rowan sent a nurse to my house so that my 6-year-old could get her wished-for earrings in the comfort of home, and followed it up with a three-month earring subscription. The main aspect of the company is the Rowan Earring Club subscription box. This is a fun gift for newly-pierced tweens and teens—or anyone who loves earrings, really. The box includes a new set of hypoallergenic earrings each month, and the first package comes with a pair of earrings in a microsuede pouch, an acrylic earring stand, journal, flashlight pen, stickers, and “mindfulness content” (discussion questions). Each subsequent month includes a new pair ...

Carbon Steel Fittings & Flanges: December 2019 | 2019-11-29

On Demand Protecting drinking water is of paramount importance.  The last decade has seen the enactment of safe drinking water laws that safeguard our water for consumption.  These laws can lead to confusion in determining which applications are regulated and which materials are safe to be installed in these applications.  Pressure gauges reduce operator headaches by providing information necessary to keep a process operational.  Installing gauges on either side of an orifice allows operators to identify unexpected increases or decreases in pressure and schedule maintenance with minimal system disruption.  Now, one differential gauge can replace the need to install pressure gauges on either side of an orifice, simplifying pressure measurement. Revised to include details on the latest technologies, Valve Handbook, Third Edition, discusses design, performance, selection, operation, and application. This updated resource features a new chapter on the green technology currently employed by the valve industry, as well as an overview of the major environmental global standards that process plants are expected to meet. Check out the December issue of Supply House Times featuring our 2...

The 2010s have been quite the decade in the realm of fashion, with entire infrastructures of

The 2010s have been quite the decade in the realm of fashion, with entire infrastructures of how people sell, shop and market products completely upended by the time the back-half of the era rolled around. As online shopping increasingly became the norm, traditional retail began crumbling in its wake, leaving once-favorite stores like Toys “R” Us and Barneys folding before our eyes. But as with many endings, this phenomenon simply ushered in a new beginning: the rise of e-commerce. Suddenly, fashion became more democratic than ever as labels opened up websites and social media outlets like Instagram and Facebook created new portals for sharing and consuming fashion. Not only did this bring the everyday style of popular musicians like Kanye West and Pharrell to the digital screens of fans around the world on a consistent basis, but it inspired brands to expand their ways of thinking. Those changes resulted in unprecedented collaborations and product launches, which continues to be the norm today in an effort to keep consumers’ attention. UGG, as a leading example, transcended its celeb airport-wear affiliation and became a highly-coveted fashion partner by the end of the decade. ...

Magic dust: Yotam Ottolenghi’s za’atar recipes | Food

This Middle Eastern herb is the smell of my childhood. It also has amazing powers of transformation, adding a pungent savouriness to everything from simple salads to grilled meat Za’atar is a cornerstone of Levantine cooking. It is often paired with tahini (another Levantine essential, which I featured last week), and then spooned over vegetables, crushed pulses, grilled meat and all manner of stews. Za’atar is in many ways the smell of my childhood: the herb grows wild in the hills around Jerusalem, and has a distinctive, pungent, savoury aroma. Its scientific name, Origanum syriacum, hints at a connection to oregano, marjoram and the like, but, for me, its flavour evokes cumin, lemon, sage and mint. Like any other plant, za’atar tastes of the soil in which it has grown, which is why Palestinian or Israeli za’atar is different from, say, Turkish or Lebanese. The first is my (ever-so-slightly biased) preference. Za’atar leaves can be eaten fresh in salads with tomatoes, spring onions and lemon juice, or mixed through bread dough pre-baking. Outside the Middle East, though, za’atar is best known in its powdered form, for which it’s mixed with sesame seeds, sumac and salt. Confusi...

Global Longitudinal Submerged Arc Welded Pipe (LSAW) Market Status, Development and Industry Analysis By Key Players, 2019-2025

The Longitudinal Submerged Arc Welded Pipe (LSAW) market report [6 Year Forecast 2019-2025] focuses on Major Leading Industry Players, providing info like Longitudinal Submerged Arc Welded Pipe (LSAW) market competitive situation, product scope, market overview, opportunities, driving force and market risks. Profile the top manufacturers of Longitudinal Submerged Arc Welded Pipe (LSAW), with sales, revenue and global market share of Longitudinal Submerged Arc Welded Pipe (LSAW) are analyzed emphatically by landscape contrast and speak to info. Upstream raw materials and instrumentation and downstream demand analysis is additionally administrated. The Longitudinal Submerged Arc Welded Pipe (LSAW) market business development trends and selling channels square measure analyzed. From a global perspective, It also represents overall industry size by analyzing qualitative insights and historical data. The study encompasses profiles of major companies operating in the global Longitudinal Submerged Arc Welded Pipe (LSAW) market. Key players profiled in the report includes : Sunny Steel Enterprise, Petrosadid, Jiangsu Yulong Steel, Bestar Steel, Husteel Industry Group, Octal Steel, Haiha...

New slicer, cutter, mixer and blender launches are constantly hitting the UK catering equipment market, but

New slicer, cutter, mixer and blender launches are constantly hitting the UK catering equipment market, but what are the latest and most innovative products available? Catering Insight investigates. USPs: The Hallde CC-34 slices, dices, shreds, grates, cuts julienne and waffles vegetables, fruit, dry bread, cheese, nuts and mushrooms. It will also chop and grind meat, fish, vegetables, fruits and nuts. In addition, it can be used for blending, as well as mixing sauces, soups and dressings. It will prepare produce at up to 2kg/minute.Requirements fulfilled: The unit was developed with small kitchens in mind, as it is both a vegetable preparation machine and vertical cutter in one. It is designed to be small and compact and easy to put away and take out when needed.Dealers should know: Supplied to the UK by Metcalfe Catering Equipment, the Hallde CC-34 has four speeds – 500 and 800rpm for vegetable preparation and 1,450 and 2,650rpm for the vertical cutter. The machine automatically detects which top is attached and sets the speed to be used. Hygienically designed, the CC-34 has smooth surfaces, rounded edges and no unnecessary recesses where food might get stuck. For quick cleani...

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Bending and welding are two main fabrication processes at Alert Tubing Fabricators Inc., Loves Park, Ill. The company augments these with end forming and machining on-site and laser cutting, which it outsources. “You wouldn’t believe how this place looked when I took it over,” said Kevin Coffey, owner of Alert Tubing Fabricators (ATF) Inc., Loves Park, Ill. Coffey found that a certain territorial mentality and a rigid bureaucracy had established itself in the company, which his father had owned and managed from a distance for many years. The shop had been subdivided by wooden walls (“They had put up buildings inside the building!” Coffey exclaimed), old and corroded raw material was stacked to the ceiling in the inventory area, and the office was overflowing with obsolete paperwork. In the shop, one of the work tables was a sheet of plywood supported by two saw horses. The year was 2013, and merely navigating the front office was a chore considering the number of drafting tables (!) in the engineering area. “This place was cluttered with equipment,” he said. “They didn’t even have access to all of the machines. To use a tube bender, often they’d have to use a forklift to move tw...

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