TDF2015 Tech: Team Sky’s Pinarellos, and the winner is…

first_imgThe bikes were outfitted with the Textreme PRO carbon tubular wheels. The team originally helped test the wheels during development and had first dibs on them last year.The cockpits had a wide range of bar shapes and extension angles and spacers.Richie Porte’s Bolide was custom painted to celebrate his winning the Australian national championship for road race and individual time trial.Congratulations to Chris Froome on his second Tour de France win! Team Sky proved to not just have the best support cars, but also the best rider. Fending off plenty of attacks and surviving the final stage rolling champagne party, Chris Froome took home the yellow jersey with an overall win of the 2015 Tour de France.Check out the team’s Pinarello bikes below… Froome and double Gold Medalist Geraint Thomas’ bikes were kept on the outside edge of the team cars, putting them in quick reach. The second car behind it had duplicates so no matter which one was where, they were ready.Froome’s bikes were running some “unofficial” chainrings…The wild looking Osymmetric rings had their logos taped off with varying degrees of success, but the shape would give them away regardless. If there were any doubt remaining about the benefits of non-round chainrings, here’s a pretty good nail in the coffin.Fellow teammate Peter Kennaugh had a special paint scheme to celebrate the fact that he’s British national road race champ.center_img The water bottles were marked with their names for sports drink, with code for what was in them. Bottles with plain water had blue bite valves.The Pinarello Bolide carried the riders through the time trial stages.last_img read more

John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons Will Embark on a National Tour

first_img View Comments Broadway’s ‘Latin History for Morons'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Following its recent Tony Award-nominated Broadway run at Studio 54, John Leguizamo’s one-man play Latin History for Morons will embark on a North American tour, launching at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, on June 20, 2019. The critically acclaimed production will travel to more than 15 cities across North America, including stops in Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Antonio and a seven-week engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.“I grew up without seeing people who looked like me on screen, on stage, or in textbooks,” said Leguizamo, in a statement. “Latinx people have been kept outta the conversation for centuries, and it’s ‘bout time y’all hear what we gotta say! No matter who you are, this is your chance to come out and finally get your degree from a ghetto scholar!”Latin History for Morons is inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son’s American History books. John Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny, frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school history project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes above and beyond his unique style.Directed by Tony Taccone, Latin History for Morons had its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, followed by its New York premiere at The Public Theater. The play concluded its successful run on Broadway on February 25, 2018. The original 16-week engagement was extended an additional three weeks on opening night, November 15, 2017.last_img read more

3 sneaky things hurting your credit (that you can easily fix)

first_imgby. Jeff RoseWhen it comes to understanding your credit, it can feel as complicated as trying to solve a Rubik’s cube. Frustrated by this confusion, many consumers neglect their credit, which can have a devastating impact on their financial futures.A Consumer Action study recently revealed that 27 percent of Americans have never checked their credit report. That’s alarming, because it’s estimated that a large numbers of consumers have errors on their credit reports that could damage their credit.I found this out several years ago when I found an error — a cancelled account that was being reported as delinquent — hurting my credit. In my research, I have identified three sneaky things that are hurting other people’s credit, too. Surprisingly, they could be fixed in 15 minutes or less.First, you need to get your credit report, and you should go to AnnualCreditReport.com. From this site, you can request your free credit report once per year from the three major credit reporting agencies — (Equifax (EFX), Experian (EXPGY) and TransUnion). You can also access your credit score there, but you’ll have to pay a small fee. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Over 80 percent of adults are sexting, study finds

first_imgShare Pinterest The practice of sexting may be more common than generally thought among adults. More than eight out of 10 people surveyed online admitted to sexting in the prior year, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention.“Given the possible implications, both positive and negative, for sexual health, it is important to continue investigating the role sexting plays in current romantic and sexual relationships,” said Emily Stasko, MS, MPH, of Drexel University, who presented the research.Stasko and her co-author, Pamela Geller, PhD, associate professor of psychology, ob/gyn and public health at Drexel University, surveyed 870 participants from the United States age 18 to 82 to assess sexting behaviors, sexting motives, and relationship and sexual satisfaction. Just over half the participants were women. Email Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn Share on Twitter Sexting, for the purpose of this study, was defined as the sending or receiving of sexually suggestive or explicit content via text message, primarily using a mobile device, said Stasko. Participants were asked if they had ever engaged in such behaviors.The researchers found that 88 percent of participants reported ever having sexted and 82 percent reported they had sexted in the past year. Nearly 75 percent said they sexted in the context of a committed relationship and 43 percent said they sexted as part of a casual relationship. Additionally, the researchers found that greater levels of sexting were associated with greater sexual satisfaction, especially for those in a relationship. Participants who identified as single (26 percent) had significantly lower overall scores for sexual satisfaction.The researchers also found that greater levels of sexting were associated with relationship satisfaction for all but those who identified their relationship as “very committed.”The survey also asked about attitudes toward sexting and found that people who sexted more saw the behavior as more fun and carefree and had higher beliefs that sexting was expected in their relationships.Sexting has received growing attention as a risky activity, associated with numerous other sexual risk-taking behaviors (e.g., unprotected sex) and negative health outcomes (e.g., sexually transmitted infections), said Stasko. This perspective, though, fails to account for the potential positive effects of open sexual communication with a partner.“This research indicates that sexting is a prevalent behavior that adults engage in for a variety of reasons,” said Stasko. “These findings show a robust relationship between sexting and sexual and relationship satisfaction.”last_img read more

News Scan for Jul 28, 2014

first_imgStudy: Replace handshake with fist bump for hygieneSignificantly fewer infectious organisms are transferred through a fist bump than through a handshake or even a “high five,” so fist bumps would be a more hygienic way of greeting others, says a study from the United Kingdom released today in the American Journal of Infection Control, the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).The researchers had “greeters” don a sterile glove, immerse the gloved hand in a container of germs, allow the glove to dry, and then shake hands with, high-five, or fist-bump a recipient who wore a sterile glove. The recipients’ gloves were immersed in a buffer solution and the bacteria washed into the buffer for counting.The gloves that received the handshake had nearly twice as many bacteria on them as the ones receiving high fives, and the fist-bump gloves had significantly fewer than the high-five ones. Longer periods of contact and stronger grips were associated with more transmission of bacteria.”Adoption of the fist bump as a greeting could substantially reduce the transfer of infectious diseases between individuals,” said one of the authors in an APIC press release. This would be particularly important in the hospital setting, says the study. Jul 28 J Am Infect Control article Jul 28 APIC press release H5N8 avian flu resurfaces in South KoreaHighly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza was confirmed Jul 25 on a duck farm in South Korea, according to a Korea Joongang Daily story today, resulting in the culling of more than 40,000 birds on the farm and others in surrounding areas.The farm is in Hampyeong county, which is in the southwestern province of South Jeolla. The virus was detected when sanitation officials conducted tests on the farm for approval of its products for sale, says the story. H5N8 was confirmed the same day.In addition to destroying some 42,000 birds on the farm, about 2,000 chickens on another farm within a 500-meter radius were also killed, and transport of animals from farms within 10 kilometers of the infected farm were restricted.The avian flu outbreak comes shortly before the Chuseok holidays in early September, when consumer demand for meat increases, and on top of discovery of foot-and-mouth disease in hogs at a farm in Uiseong County, South Gyeongsang.South Korea had a series of H5N8 outbreaks in January and February, prompting the culling of millions of poultry, and at least one outbreak was reported in June.Jul 28 Joongang Daily articleRelated Jun 20 CIDRAP News item Two regimens of oral hepatitis C treatment found effectiveA pair of studies published today in The Lancet is adding to expectations that it may be possible to cure hepatitis C with oral-only drug regimens, which could replace the current standard treatment that involves months of injections along with an oral drug.All-oral treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) genotype 1b infection with two direct-acting antiviral agents was effective in 90% of treatment-naive patients and only a slightly lower proportion of other hepatitis C patients, including those previously not responding to treatment, according to one of the studies.The phase 3, multicohort study, called HALLMARK-DUAL, took place at 116 sites in 18 countries from May 2012 to October 2013. Volunteers included 307 treatment-naive subjects, 205 nonresponders, and 235 patients who were ineligible for and/or intolerant of other hepatitis treatments. The oral treatment comprised daclatasvir, 60 mg once daily, plus asunaprevir, 100 mg twice daily, for 6 months.A sustained virologic response was seen in 80% of the treatment-naive cohort, in 82% of the previous nonresponders, and in 82% of the ineligible and/or intolerant group. Serious adverse events occurred in 6%, 5%, and 7% of the groups, respectively. No difference in efficacy was seen in patients with characteristics typically recognized as predicting a poor response, including cirrhosis.Jul 28 Lancet study abstract Jul 27 Lancet press releaseIn the other study, regimens consisting of 150 mg of simeprevir and 400 mg of sofosbuvir daily for 3 or 6 months with or without ribavirin were given to patients with chronic HCV who were treatment-naive or unresponsive to standard treatment.A sustained virologic response 3 months after stopping treatment was apparent in 90% of patients receiving only the oral agents and in 94% of those receiving the agents plus ribavirin. Serious adverse effects were seen in only 2% of patients.Jul 28 Lancet study abstract Jul 27 Lancet press release Nov 6, 2013, CIDRAP News article on oral HCV treatment Saudi Arabia reports MERS-CoV death but no new casesA female health worker in Saudi Arabia with MERS-CoV died over the weekend, according to a Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) update yesterday, but the country has gone 18 days with no new cases.The woman was 42 years old and an expatriate from the city of Jeddah.A further update today shows that one patient under treatment, a 42-year-old man from Hofuf who is not a health worker, has recovered, bringing the MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) totals for Saudi Arabia to 721 total cases. The number includes 395 recovered patients, 28 active cases, and 298 deaths.The last new case in the country was reported Jul 10.Jul 28 MOH update Jul 27 MOH updateMOH MERS-CoV page with case countlast_img read more

AGU: China’s Bioluminescent Seas Glowing Brighter

first_imgThe new method could also help researchers better track harmful red tides and boost tourism on China’s east coast, according to Sheng-Fang Tsai, a marine ecologist at the National Taiwan Ocean University and co-author of the new study. If researchers have a better idea of when and where red Noctiluca scintillans blooms occur, local officials could potentially use the information to inform tourists when they have the best chance of seeing the glittering blue tears. Red Noctiluca scintillans are single-celled organisms found in coastal waters all over the world. Commonly known as sea sparkles, at night the organisms glow a bright blue when disturbed by swimmers, waves or passing boats. The sea sparkles’ dazzling blue light, often called “blue tears,” can be seen after dark on many of China’s shores and has become a major tourist attraction in recent years, especially in Taiwan’s Matsu Islands. Watch a video about blue tears here. Measuring color from space Blooms of Noctiluca scintillans are one form of red tides that can harm marine life, but scientists have difficulty monitoring these outbreaks. Researchers typically study the blooms by taking measurements from ships, but these measurements don’t show how the blooms are distributed over a large area of ocean or how they change over time. The researchers used their new method to track red Noctiluca scintillans blooms in the East China Sea from 2000 to 2017. They found the twinkly creatures can survive farther from shore and in warmer waters than previously thought. Researchers from Belgium discovered in the mid-2000s that red Noctiluca scintillans are unique when it comes to absorbing and scattering light. Their bodies absorb more blue light and scatter more red light than other ocean microorganisms, so researchers thought they could identify them by analyzing changes to the ocean’s color. The study authors suspect construction of China’s Three Gorges Dam could have been responsible for a decrease in red Noctiluca scintillans blooms in the early 2000s. The dam spans the Yangtze River in eastern China and generates roughly the amount of energy as 12 nuclear reactors. The dam has been controversial since Chinese leaders first proposed it because of its impacts on the environment and its displacement of more than a million local residents. Their results also show red Noctiluca scintillans blooms have become more frequent in recent years and the organism’s abundance could have been affected by construction of the controversial Three Gorges Dam in the early 2000s.  The researchers also identified blooms residing in waters outside of the species’ usual temperature range. Previous research found red Noctiluca scintillans normally reside in waters around 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit), but the new study found them in waters as warm as 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit). WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists have, for the first time, used satellites to track the bioluminescent plankton responsible for producing “blue tears” in China’s coastal waters and found the sparkly creatures have become more abundant in recent years. The new method will help researchers build a more complete picture of red Noctiluca scintillans blooms in this area, according to Lin Qi, an optical oceanographer at Sun Yat-Sen University in China and lead author of the new study. Scientists report in a new study in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters they have developed a way to track red Noctiluca scintillans blooms by satellite using the organism’s unique ability to absorb and scatter light. center_img AGU News: Founded in 1919, AGU is a not-for-profit scientific society dedicated to advancing Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. We support 60,000 members, who reside in 135 countries, as well as our broader community, through high-quality scholarly publications, dynamic meetings, our dedication to science policy and science communications, and our commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workforce, as well as many other innovative programs. AGU is home to the award-winning news publication Eos, the Thriving Earth Exchange, where scientists and community leaders work together to tackle local issues, and a headquarters building that represents Washington, D.C.’s first net zero energy commercial renovation. We are celebrating our Centennial in 2019. #AGU100 Connection to Three Gorges Dam Construction on the dam began in 1994 and was completed in 2006. The dam became fully operational in 2012. Water flow on the Yangtze River dramatically decreased during construction, but once the dam was filled and became operational, the flow rebounded. The Yangtze River empties into the East China Sea and red Noctiluca scintillans blooms are often found near the river’s mouth, so the authors suspect the reduced river flow during the dam’s construction reduced red Noctiluca scintillans blooms from 2000 to 2003.  Their method worked – the researchers were able to identify many red Noctiluca scintillans blooms in the East China Sea from April to August over the 18-year period. The blooms typically show up close to shore, often near river mouths or deltas.  But, interestingly, the new study found many blooms located farther from the coast than previously observed by ships – some blooms were more than 300 kilometers (180 miles) offshore. About AGU: The size and duration of the blooms varied from year to year, but the researchers saw the blooms were increasing in recent years, especially between 2013 and 2017. In 2017, they even saw a prolonged bloom that lasted from mid-April to mid-July. They need more yearly observations to confirm their result, but the researchers suspect this to be an increasing trend. The researchers suspect the increase in red Noctiluca scintillans from 2013 to 2017 could be a result of excess nutrients entering the East China from increased fertilizer use, among other factors. If this is true, the trend may continue in the coming years, according to the authors. Blue bioluminescence produced by red Noctiluca scintillans near Taiwan’s Matsu Islands. Researchers now have a way to study the sparkly organisms by satellite. Courtesy/Yu-Xian Yang, Lienchiang County Government, Taiwan In the new study, researchers tried to pick out the unique colors of red Noctiluca scintillans blooms from satellite images. They analyzed nearly 1,000 images of the East China Sea taken by instruments on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites and the International Space Station from 2000 to 2017. last_img read more

COVID-19 Update Barbados – All Negative Test Results on Saturday

first_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 Testing for COVID-19 in Barbados began on February 11 and the first two cases were diagnosed on March 16. Since then, 96 persons have tested positive, 83 of these have recovered and seven have died. COVID-19 Update Barbados: 25 People Test NegativeThe 25 people who were tested for COVID-19 yesterday were all negative for the viral illness. Four people who are positive for the virus remain at the isolation facility at Harrison Point, St. Lucy. The number of tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory has now reached 5,925.…June 9, 2020In “General”Saint Lucia records first COVID-19 case in over a monthStory via CMC – St. Lucia recorded its first positive case for more than a month while Jamaica and Haiti recorded deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) over the last 24 hours. The health authorities in Jamaica said six additional COVID-19 related deaths and 196 new cases had been recorded in…October 12, 2020In “General”Guyana President, First Lady, some ministers test negative for COVID-19PRESIDENT Irfaan Ali, First Lady Arya Ali and some members of Cabinet have tested negative for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).The president and his ministers were tested for COVID-19, after Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd, tested positive for the disease. Dr. Ali along with other members of…August 14, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020 No one will be released from isolation today so the numbers still positive for the disease remain at six. The public health laboratory has now conducted 6,558 tests. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… The Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory conducted 109 tests for COVID-19 on Saturday and the results were all negative for the viral illness.center_img More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… You may be interested in… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 15, 2020 Oct 15, 2020last_img read more

Mettler-Toledo TDL analyser wins award

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Cambridge Sensotec reveals multigas analyser

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ALE loads out pipe rack for Arabian Gulf project

first_imgALE, a UK-based heavy-lift and transportation specialist, has loaded out a pipe rack weighing 400t for the Upper Zakum EPC-2 Project, in the UAE. ALE said it would also perform the load-in and installation of the same pipe rack at the West Island of Zakum oil field, the second largest field in the Arabian Gulf and the fourth largest oil field in the world.Upper Zakum field, located approximately 84 kilometers northwest of Abu Dhabi, has an estimated 50 billion barrels of oil reserves. The field currently produces 640,000 barrels of oil a day (bpd).The current Upper Zakum 750 (UZ750) project involves the construction of four production artificial islands comprising of a central complex which will house the processing facilities, and the north, south and west satellite platforms.The project comprises engineering, procurement, modules and buildings fabrication, transportation, construction and commissioning of island surface facilities (EPC-2). These facilities are expected to start operations in 2017.The field is owned by the Zakum Development Company (ZADCO), a joint venture of ADNOC acting as the operator, ExxonMobil, and Japan Oil Development Company.Apart from the pipe rack, ALE also loaded out two vessels, weighing 123t and 320t.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more