A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Editors’ Recommendations The Best Long-Distance Bike Trails Across America Bicycles are a hot commodity, but sadly, it often seems like the days of the basic commuter bike are long gone. Consumers now seem to be more concerned with high-quality specs and the latest touring gear than the actual ride itself, which should be what truly matters. Thankfully, small company’s like Brilliant Bicycle Co. are beginning to rethink how the average person goes about cycling, offering a two minimalist models — the Astor and the Mayfair — through its direct-order website.Related: Sol and ECCO team up to craft an ultra-stylish commuter bicycleOrdering your bicycle is only the beginning. Both models are comprised of 1020 steel and feature 32-millimeter tires, and though neither offering is considered particularly high-end, both are designed to last so long as you take proper care of them. The two models are substantially different, too, with the Mayfair functioning much like a traditional cruiser and the Astor more like its touring counterpart. The latter model is also available as a single-speed ($300), three-speed ($400), and seven-speed bike ($500), while the former is currently only available in a three-speed model ($400).The sheer girth of color and speeds is only one part of Brilliant’s appeal, though. Each handmade bicycle comes nearly complete with headset installed and the cables in place, meaning you merely need to attach the handlebars, seat, and front wheel before riding. Easy-to-follow, written instructions and all the necessary tools to assemble the bike come bundled with the package, too, and each bike features a beautiful matte finish intended to compliment the classic frame and supple leather seat. Waterproof construction and a relatively lightweight frame — the smallest of which weighs just under 28 pounds — make it suitable for most everyday scenarios, while the host of available accessories only further its functionality if the bike itself isn’t enough.We doubt you’ll win the Tour de France with the help of Brilliant Bicycle Co., but you might just make it downtown with some time to spare and style in tow.Check out Brilliant Bicycle Co. online for more information, or to browse the company’s selection of bike models and accompanying accessories. Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle 1. Astor (Luguna Blue) 2. Mayfair (Tangerine) 3. Astor (Marsala) 4. Mayfair (Simply White) 5. Astor (Frosted Mint) 6. Mayfair (Ink Black) 7. Astor (Oxford Green) 8. Mayfair (Blue Patina) 9. Astor (Steel Blue) What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy
“The campaign is targeting all children, including those who have missed out on routine vaccination and are therefore susceptible to the disease,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative Pirkko Heinonen said. “We need to reach all children to pave the way towards the elimination of measles in Eritrea.” Routine measles coverage is just above 80 per cent, leaving almost one fifth of the country’s children without protection from the deadly childhood disease each year. UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) are supporting the Eritrean Health Ministry in the campaign.UNICEF is providing supplies such as vaccines, syringes and Vitamin A capsules. In addition, support has been given to the development, production and dissemination of social mobilization materials, regional plans and logistics. The agency received timely emergency funding from the newly established UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Governments of the Netherlands, Canada and Sweden, which allowed the life-saving campaign to be undertaken at a time when many children are undernourished and vulnerable to health risks.Many areas of Eritrea have been affected by drought over the last few years and children have been weakened by malnutrition, with malnutrition rates reaching over 20 per cent in certain areas. Vitamin A supplements are included because they boost the immune system and prevent night blindness in children. A second round of Vitamin A supplementation will be conducted at the end of the year.
A group of NHS hospitals has saved £400,000 a year simply by all agreeing to use the same brand of rubber surgical gloves, it has emerged.Seven hospitals in Sheffield joined forces to buy in bulk and reduce overheads by collaborating on a price matching scheme for 11 widely used products.The initiative achieved a total saving of £2 million, simply by choosing the same brands and negotiating lower rates, a success with highlights the huge losses the health service is making by not taking advantage of its buying power.It comes after it emerged there are huge disparities in how much hospital trusts are paying for everyday items, with some paying more than double the price for equipment such as surgical scalpels.In November, Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced hospital trusts would be put into a league table to help them compare prices in an attempt to save £300 million equipment procurement.Mr Hunt said there was a ‘baffling variation’ in the prices that hospitals were paying for supplies. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Accounts showed that while a box of 100 surgical syringes cost some hospitals £12, neighbouring NHS organisations were paying just £4.Likewise the cost of a single pack of 12 bandages varied between 35 pence and £16.47, while a pack of 100 adhesive plasters ranged from £1.68 to £21.76.Figures showed some trusts are spending more than £13 on a bedpan that can be purchased for £6.74, with others paying £90 for stethoscopes which could be bought for £26.98.The Sheffield hospitals had previously been using a variety of brands and paying different prices for the same products which all did the same job, but worked closely together to agree on the best items such as anti-embolism stockings and surgical gloves, which could then be bought in bulk.Professor Des Breen, clinical lead for the South Yorkshire Integrated Care System, said: “It was just a no-brainer to keep using products we knew were the same quality as others we could buy for less purely because each department procures them individually.“We knew we had to take advantage of buying for all the hospitals at the same time; it was a lot of work but well worth it when we think of all the extra services we can use that money to provide for patients.“A scoring system was used on all of the products to make sure they met the standard needed for use by the NHS, and the product which met all of these and was deemed the best value for money was chosen.” NHS England said other areas across the country are now comparing their equipment costings to see if they can use the same approach. It has been estimated that the bottom five trusts could save over £11m if they bought supplies at the best prices, according to the department of health.Michael Macdonnell, director of system transformation at NHS England, said: “The South Yorkshire programme demonstrates how neighbouring hospitals can team up to improve clinical quality and reduce waste, working together as integrated systems. It also shows what can be achieved when clinicians take charge.“But perhaps most impressive is that the team has already saved £2 million which can now be reinvested into better patient care.”The Procurement League Table follows a report on variation in the NHS by Lord Carter, which was published two years ago and challenged the NHS to save £700m through better procurement. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said £300 million could be saved each year if hospitals worked together to get the best deals for suppliesCredit:Neil Hall
Hecla Mining Co has entered into a toll milling agreement with Excellon Resources Inc in which sulphide ore from San Sebastian would be trucked 42 km to Excellon’s Miguel Auza flotation mill facility, in Zacatecas, Mexico, for processing.Under the terms of the agreement, Excellon will provide 440 t/d of milling capacity to Hecla and, in due course, the mill will be upgraded to include a copper flotation circuit.“This is a significant step towards extending the life of the San Sebastian mine, and is in keeping with our strategy of maximizing the cash flow and minimizing capital investment by using third-party facilities,” said Phillips S. Baker, Jr., Hecla’s President and CEO. “We will take a bulk sample in the third quarter and if it is positive could begin mining sulphide ore next year. San Sebastian sulphides have the potential for five years of mine life and considerable upside with the recent exploration discoveries. We hope to mine oxides and sulphides concurrently since this agreement does not impact the current arrangement where oxide ore from shallower depths of the mine is being processed at the third-party owned Velardeña mill.”The five-year agreement is subject to due diligence, the successful processing of a 4,400-t bulk sample of sulphide ore from the polymetallic Hugh Zone this summer, and receipt of any regulatory approvals and third-party consents. Hecla has an option to extend the agreement for an additional two years.