Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

first_imgRed Bull Ride + Style is this Saturday, May 10th, at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA. More than 50 fixed gear riders from around the world will compete in track and freestyle competitions among obstacles designed and created by street artists. New this year is a race qualifier open to the public. Twenty five slots are open, first come-first served, get there early for the 10am registration!Culprit Bicycles will be demo-ing their bicycles at the Cruisin’ The Conejo ride this Saturday in Newbury Park, CA.Voting is now open for the Eastern region of the Bell Built grants program. Voting ends May 18th, winner will be announced May 5th. Congratulations to the winner for the Central Region: The Cottage Grove Bike Park, headed up by the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC).PowerBar has launched their Don’t Let You Stop You Tour de France Sweepstakes which runs through July 31st.Snapguide, an online how-to community, has launched their bike-hack contest in honor of Bike To Work Month. From now until June 4th, upload your how-to guide on anything bike related to win up to $900 in hand made bike accessories.Timbuk2 is celebrating Bike month with new colors in the Especial Raider Cycling Backpack, and two new commuter bags: the Especial Vuelo Cycling Laptop Bag $149, and the Especial Claro Cycling Laptop Messenger $139.Also, Timbuk2 Facebook fans can enter the annual #ridefree Bike Commute Sweepstakes for a chance to win over $1,100 in gear: Raleigh Bicycle, Lazer Helmet, Kryptonite Lock, Portable Speakers, and the new Timbuk2 Especial Vuelo Backpack.Ellsworth is celebrating the month of May with $500 off complete Evolve C, complete 29 or 27.5 Enlightenment or complete Epiphany Enduro (limited sizes) bikes – or $250 off those frames only. Also, they will be giving away free Rocker and Bling Kit upgrades on all bikes sold in the month of May.Beginning May 11, fans can tune in to NBCSN daily to catch the final two hours of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California live, as well as nightly recaps and highlights. The finale on Sunday, May 18th, will be broadcast on NBC. TV schedule after the break.The Documentary Marco Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist launches May 16th in the UKCanyons Resort in Park City, Utah, will be opening up their family-friendly downhill mountain bike park on June 12th.Rapha is sponsoring the Women’s 100 – a worldwide 100k ride on Sunday, July 20th. Find a sponsored ride near you, set up a group ride, or register to ride on your own here.This Year, the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival will host a Dealer Day on Friday, October 3rd. Touted as an affordable alternative to Interbike, they had 45 exhibitors in 2013 and expect to sell out quickly for this years’ event.The RoadTitans300+ Cycling Challenge is a 3 day, 310 mile, 30,000+ ft of elevation ride this November 7-9th in Oconee, South Carolina. The 2014 Amgen Tour of California television schedule follows*:· Sunday, May 11 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 1 presented by Visit California – Sacramento (*Encore at 2-3 a.m. EDT/11 p.m.-midnight PDT)· Monday, May 12 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 2 presented by Michelob Ultra – Folsom Individual Time Trial (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Tuesday, May 13 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 3 presented by Michelob Ultra – San Jose to Mount Diablo State Park (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Wednesday, May 14 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 4 presented by Visit California – Monterey to Cambria (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Thursday, May 15 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 5 presented byBreakaway from Cancer® – Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Friday, May 16 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 6 presented by Crunchies Natural Snacks – Santa Clarita to Mountain High (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Saturday, May 17 at 4:30-6:30 p.m. EDT/1:30-3:30 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 7 presented by Crunchies Natural Snacks – Santa Clarita to Pasadena (Encore at 11 p.m.-midnight EDT/8-9 p.m. PDT)· Sunday, May 18, live on NBC at 1-3 p.m. EDT/10-Noon PDT on NBC: Stage 8 presented by Amgen – Thousand Oaks (Encore at 5-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-midnight EDT/2-4 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. PDT)*Times subject to change. Nightly encore shows are edited from the two-hour live shows.last_img read more

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Credit unions: Why not you?

first_imgBY ANNE LEGGMuch has already been said about Seattle’s recent Super Bowl victory and the commitment of players and fans alike. Among several standout moments, quarterback Russell Wilson’s quote from his father – “Why not you?” – might well have been his best play of the day.It’s a wonderful question that encourages someone to achieve the seemingly unachievable. And the way it’s framed invites the listener to look beyond any perceived limitations and believe in success. After all, somebody has to be the best _____ (fill in the blank). And everybody can think of a list of reasons why they can’t achieve something. But what about the list of reasons why you could?Look at Russell Wilson. He’s had some great opportunities throughout his life, but he’s had to work hard too. He’s not the biggest player on the field. His great-great-grandfather was a slave. He sprained a knee during his second football season in college. His father died while Russell was in college. He was nominated for the Heisman Trophy but didn’t win it. He wasn’t a first-round draft pick, largely because of his height.That’s a decent handful of “why nots” but it certainly doesn’t define who Wilson is. He has tremendous athletic abilities, but more importantly he’s a young man with drive, an unwavering belief in himself and a desire to help others. He volunteers at The Seattle Children’s Hospital and visits servicemembers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He raises money for a diabetes foundation named for his father. He’s a team player both on and off the field. He pours himself into his commitments. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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OK, Google, Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?

first_imgNPR:Take a look at this question: How do modern novels represent the characteristics of humanity?If you were tasked with answering it, what would your first step be? Would you scribble down your thoughts — or would you Google it?Terry Heick, a former English teacher in Kentucky, had a surprising revelation when his eighth- and ninth-grade students quickly turned to Google.“What they would do is they would start Googling the question, ‘How does a novel represent humanity?’ ” Heick says. “That was a real eye-opener to me.”For those of us who grew up with search engines, especially Google, at our fingertips — looking at all of you millennials and post-millennials — this might seem intuitive. We grew up having our questions instantly answered as long as we had access to the Internet.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Witnesses confuse innocent and guilty suspects with ‘unfair’ lineups, psychology research shows

first_imgPinterest Share LinkedIn Share on Facebook Emailcenter_img Police lineups in which distinctive individual marks or features are not altered can impair witnesses’ ability to distinguish between innocent and guilty suspects, according to new research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.The research, conducted by a team of psychology researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK, builds on existing eyewitness identification studies suggesting that so-called “unfair lineups,” in which the police suspect stands out, make witnesses more willing to identify that suspect.“Worse still, it could impair their ability to distinguish between guilty and innocent suspects and distort their ability to judge the trustworthiness of their identification decision,” says Melissa Colloff, lead author on the study. Share on Twitter In contrast to film and TV depictions in which a witness views a police lineup via a one-way mirror, lineups today typically involve the witness looking at and evaluating digital photos. Using digital images gives the police the ability to disguise distinguishing features.Colloff and colleagues examined the three methods currently used by English police forces to manipulate digital images in order to counteract the effect of any distinguishing marks such as black eyes, eyeglasses, and beards. In an online experiment with almost 9,000 participants, the researchers compared the three techniques – pixelating part of the face, hiding part of the face, or manipulating the photos so they contain the same feature (e.g., adding a beard) – with digital lineups that were not manipulated.Participants watched a brief video of a crime and were told to pay attention as they would be asked questions about it later. Afterward, they completed several distractor tasks that were unrelated to the study. They were then presented with a lineup composed of two rows of three photos and were told that the culprit may or may not be present in the lineup.The participants were asked to select one of the photos in the lineup as the culprit or choose the option labelled “not present.” Finally, they rated how confident they were in making their identification (1 = completely uncertain, 100 = completely certain).The results showed that participants were more willing to identify the suspect when they viewed a lineup in which the suspect alone had a distinguishing feature compared with the altered lineups.More importantly, they were less able to distinguish between actual guilty suspects and innocent suspects (i.e., those who shared the culprit’s distinctive feature) when they viewed lineups that had not been altered compared with altered lineups.“When the suspect was the only person with the distinctive feature, this actually made people more likely to confuse who was guilty and who was innocent,” Colloff explains. “That’s because they weren’t really using their memory of the culprit’s face, they were just picking the only plausible option – the only one with the scar that they remembered from the crime video – and this made it difficult for people to tell the difference between the real culprit and an innocent suspect who had a similar feature.”The results indicated that the three fair lineup techniques currently used by police were equally effective.“This research has crucial implications for the police–it suggests there are multiple ways in which police officers can fairly accommodate distinctive suspects in lineups,” concludes study co-author Kimberley Wade.last_img read more

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Psilocybin combined with psychological support might correct pessimism biases in depression

first_imgPinterest Share on Facebook Email Share LinkedIncenter_img The psychedelic drug psilocybin could help alleviate depression by causing people to have a less pessimistic outlook on life, according to preliminary research published in Frontiers in Psychology.Previous research has found that depression is associated with unrealistic negative predictions of future life events. Scientists from the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London were interested in whether psilocybin — the main psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms — could reduce these pessimism biases.In their study, 15 participants with treatment-resistant depression were administered psilocybin in two dosing sessions. Psychological support was provided before, during, and after each session. Share on Twitter The participants — along with group of matched, untreated non-depressed controls — completed measures of depression and predictions of future life events before and after the psilocybin sessions.Before the treatment, the depressed participants predicted they would experience an roughly equal number of undesirable events and desirable events in the future. The non-depressed participants, on the other hand, predicted they would experience more desirable events than undesirable events.But treatment with psilocybin appeared to alter the depressed participants’ predictions of future life events. After the psilocybin sessions, depressed participants expected more desirable than undesirable life events to occur, which was in turn associated with a reduction in depressive symptoms.“Before treatment with psilocybin, patients were excessively and unrealistically pessimistic when predicting the occurrence of future life events — and this pessimism was significantly correlated with the severity of their depressive symptoms. One week after treatment, the patients’ pessimism was alleviated and their depressive symptoms greatly improved; moreover, the magnitude of change in both variables was related – such that as their depression improved, so did their ability to accurately forecast their future,” the researchers explained.“No such bias nor change in forecasting was seen in a matched control group assessed over an equivalent time period. Taken together, these findings indicate that the psychologically supportive administration of psilocybin remediates negative cognitive biases characteristic of severe depression – enabling individuals to forecast their futures more accurately, unfettered by unrealistic pessimism.”The findings are promising, but need to be replicated with a larger sample of participants, the researchers noted.The study, “More Realistic Forecasting of Future Life Events After Psilocybin for Treatment-Resistant Depression“, was authored by Taylor Lyons and Robin Lester Carhart-Harris.last_img read more

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Letter To The Editor: Elated To Vote For Bernstein

first_imgBy JAMES RICKMANLos Alamos I’m pleased to share my elation after voting for Christine Bernstein for Los Alamos School Board, District 3.I think it’s fantastic that an actual educator is running for a seat on the local Board of Education. Both of my parents were teachers—and excellent ones at that, based on the recollections of their former pupils—and I remember them talking often about administrators and policy makers who knew little about the realities they faced, yet who held the purse strings and the power to make meaningful changes on behalf of students and educators.Electing a teacher to the board should provide some deeply needed pragmatism and legitimacy to discussions that affect the educational direction of our community. This is why I was pleased to vote for Christine Bernstein.I suppose one thing most people can agree upon during these deeply divided times is that the déjà vu politics of career politicians is doing nothing to improve the fabric of our society. Electing new voices to political bodies at all levels is the best chance we have for creating positive change to an imperfect system.As I was leaving the polling place, I realized one other neat fact: Christine Bernstein’s name rhymes with itself. I couldn’t think of anything that her opponent’s name rhymes with, except perhaps “trans fats,” which should be avoided. The universe sometimes gives us affirmation in strange ways. Please vote for Christine Bernstein for the Los Alamos School Board, District 3.last_img read more

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World’s biggest vacuum insulated tank installed at Woikoski plant.

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Hydrogenics instals largest electrolyser of its kind

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Samsung Heavy Names Evergreen’s Latest L-Type Duo

first_img[mappress]Press Release, January 22, 2014 Samsung Heavy Industries yesterday held a naming ceremony for Evergreen Line’s latest duo of L-type vessels.The two containerships are 334.8 meters in length, 45.8 meters wide, have 948 reefer plugs and a draft of 14.2 meters. Each can cruise at speeds up to 24.5 knots.EVER LIVELY, the sixteenth in a series of Evergreen Line’s L-type containerships was christened by Bronson Hsieh, the Evergreen Group’s Second Vice Group Chairman. The official rope-cutting of the new 8,452-TEU vessel was performed by Ms. Ching-fen Cheng, Executive Vice President of Central Reinsurance Corporation.On the same day, Vice Group Chairman Marcel Chang presided at the naming ceremony of EVER LENIENT, the seventeenth vessel in the series. The rope-cutting on this occasion was conducted by Mrs. Connie Chang, wife of Mr. Chang.EVER LIVELY and EVER LENIENT are owned by Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd respectively.Both will be delivered in February and join Evergreen Line’s Far East – Middle East route.last_img read more

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