Want the lightweight and responsive ride of carbon fiber rims but don’t wanna shell out a year’s worth of your cycling allowance?Reynold’s new R2 road wheels offer both a clincher and tubular 32mm deep rim in full carbon for just $1,000 per set. They’re’ built with the same hub as their Solitude wheels but in Silver. R2 tubulars are 1142g, clinchers are 1486g. They use traditional J-bend spokes, so repairs should be fairly economical, too. What do you give up for this price? Looks like the rims miss out on their CTg brake track that helps reduce temperature build up, but they still come with their CryoBlue brake pads. They’re aimed at enthusiast riders that want an upgrade in the ballpark price of high end alloy wheels.Hit more for a closeup of the clincher rim and a pic of the now-available deeper RZR92, which claims to be the fastest wheel ever tested… The RZR92 made its preproduction debut at Interbike last year, and now it’s finally avaiable. Reynolds says the wheel has tested faster than any other wheel. During a 40K TT at giving a 22.8 second advantage over a competitor using 81mm front/disc rear wheels and a whopping 41.0 seconds over the poor schmuck using 81mm front/rear wheels. How fast you need to be going to realized these gains? Faster than you or I probably ride. They’re designed with time trials and triathletes in mind.
Continuing its summer of endurance sport programming, Channel 4 will screen the AJ Bell London Triathlon on Saturday 29 July at 07:05 GMT and Ch4 +1 at 08:05. The London Triathlon TV highlights show is presented by Anna Woolhouse and Rachel Stringer.Billed as ‘the world’s biggest triathlon’ with 13,000 triathletes, the London Triathlon attracts celebrities from entertainment and sport – bringing some added glamour to a weekend of competition. With the streets of London providing a backdrop to the action, the elite race is seen as a coveted title on the UK triathlon calendar.Having established a close partnership with Channel 4 television, Dream Team Television is one of the UK’s leading production companies specialising in multisport, adventure, athletics and motorsport programming. The company has an international reputation for producing some of the highest quality programmes in these specialist areas.Other Dream Team produced programmes on Channel 4 for June and July include:Tenerife Blue Trail – 5 AugustGigantes de Piedra – 5 AugustUnited Airlines UK Challenge – 12 AugustTriathlonguard Long Course Weekend – 19 AugustAndorra Ultra Trail – 26 AugustOutlaw Triathlon – 2 Septemberwww.dreamteamtv.co.ukwww.channel4.comlivetotri.co.uk/london-triathlon Related
Outstanding Lighting Design, Madison ColeOutstanding Scenic DesignStarted in 2003, the Blue Star Awards are the Kansas City metro area’s most prestigious program for recognizing high school musical theatre performance. Winners will be announced at this year’s Blue Star Awards Ceremony on May 19 at Starlight Theatre. The Addams Family’s lighting and scenery earned it two Blue Star nominations.SM North’s theatre department caught some eyes, this year.The Blue Star Awards committee last week informed SM North that it had earned a school-record eight nominations for two productions staged this year, The Fantasticks and The Addams Family. The nominations include two among the top categories, Cassie Diebold for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for her portrayal of Luisa in The Fantasticks; and Outstanding Overall Production for The Fantasticks.The nominees are:For The FantasticksOutstanding Actress in a Lead Role, Cassie Diebold as LuisaOutstanding Actress in a Featured Role, Kori Martiny as HenryOutstanding Actor in a Featured Role, Grant Cole as MortimerOutstanding Lighting Design, Grant ColeOutstanding Technical Crew, Lighting Crew (Madison Cole, Tiffany Roberts, Merissa Caravello)Outstanding Overall ProductionThe Addams Family
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. James Robert LayI came across a recent article that shared the “dirty little secret about electronic newsletters.” The author attempted to demonstrate how ineffective e-newsletters are, which puzzled me as credit unions and community banks continue to work towards operation in a humanized digital economy.From my perspective, it appeared as if the author was stating electronic newsletters were ineffective and a waste of marketing dollars.I strongly disagree with him.Taking some time to reflect upon this article, it became clear that the issue of newsletters is not a matter of digital or print delivery. It’s about the content used within.Newsletter (Both Print and Digitial) are About ContentWhen we audit a credit union’s or community bank’s digital marketing ecosystem, the majority of newsletter content, both print and electronic, provides no real value to the reader.The content of many newsletters are poorly written articles that have been typically outsourced and written for the masses by a third party company. These ultimately provide no insight, inspiration or value to the reader. Many newsletters at best are advertorial pieces and oftentimes, credit unions and community banks try to fill in the dead space with the current promotions. continue reading »
Share on Facebook Meanwhile, the developers of websites and phone apps all exploit human behavioral tendencies, designing their products and sites in ways that attract our gaze – and retain it. Writing for Aeon, Michael Schulson points out:Developers have staked their futures on methods to cultivate habits in users, in order to win as much of that attention as possible.Given the Internet’s omnipresence and its various trappings, is it even possible to rein in our growing Internet consumption, which often comes at the expense of work, family or relationships?Psychological research on persuasion and self-control suggests some possible strategies.Tricks for clicksIt’s important to realize some of the tricks that Internet writers and web developers use to grab our attention.The strange number 22 in the headline is an example of the “pique” technique. Lists are usually round numbers (think of Letterman’s Top 10 lists or the Fortune 500). Unusual numbers draw our attention because they break this pattern. In a classic study, the social psychologist Anthony Pratkanis and colleagues found that passersby were almost 60 percent more likely to give money to panhandlers asking for US$0.37 compared to those who were asking for a quarter.People in the study also asked more questions of the panhandlers who requested strange amounts, compared to those who begged for a quarter. The same thing happened when I saw the headline. In this case, the skepticism that caused me to ask the question “How cute could they possibly be?” backfired: it made me more likely to click the link.An attention pique (such as asking for $0.37 or calling out photo #11) triggers us to halt whatever we’re doing and reorient to the puzzle. Questions demand answers. This tendency has been dubbed by psychologists as the rhetorical question effect, or the tendency for rhetorical questions to prompt us to dig deeper into an issue.These tricks exploit built-in features of our minds that otherwise serve us well. It’s clearly advantageous that unexpected stimuli capture our attention and engage us in a search for explanation: it might stop us from getting hit by a car, or alert us to sudden and suspicious changes to the balance in our bank account.So it wouldn’t make sense to turn off that kind of vigilance system or teach ourselves to ignore it when it sounds an alarm.Binding ourselves to the mastContent on the net isn’t only designed to grab our attention; some of it is specifically built to keep us coming back for more: notifications when someone replies to a posts, or power rankings based on up-votes. These cues trigger the reward system in our brains because they’ve become associated with the potent reinforcer of social approval.Not surprisingly, Internet use is often framed in the language of addiction. Psychologists have even identified Problematic Internet Use as a growing concern.So what can we do?Like Odysseus’ strategy for resisting the temptation of the sirens, perhaps the best trick is to commit ourselves to a different course of action in advance – with force, if necessary.Odysseus had his men tie him to the mast of their ship until they were out of the sirens’ range. This is an example of “precommitment,” a self-control strategy that involves imposing a condition on some aspect of your behavior in advance. For example, an MIT study showed that paid proofreaders made fewer errors and turned in their work earlier when they chose to space out their deadlines (e.g., complete one assignment per week for a month), compared to when they had the same amount of time to work, but had only one deadline at the end of a month.The modern-day equivalent of what Odysseus did is to use technology to figuratively bind oneself to the mast. Software packages such as Cold Turkey or the appropriately named SelfControl allow you to block yourself out from certain websites, or prevent yourself from signing onto your email account for a prespecified period of time.Research supports the reasoning behind these programs: the idea that we often know what’s best for our future selves – at least, when it comes to getting work done and staying free of distraction.Coming out with your commitmentIf you really must win a game of chicken, the best way is to accelerate to top speed, remove the steering wheel and brake from your car, and throw them out the window – all in view of your opponent.In a less dramatic fashion, precommitments can be much more effective when they’re announced in public. Researchers have found that people who publicly commit to a desired course of action such as recycling or being sociable are more likely to follow through than people who keep their intentions private. We are deeply social creatures with a fundamental need to belong, and publicly declaring a plan puts one’s reputation at stake. Between the social pressure to live up to expectations and any internal sanctions we self-impose, public precommitment can be a powerful two-pronged attack against self-control failure.More and more, scientists who study self-control are starting to see tools such as precommitment and software that blocks out websites not as “hacks” that circumvent the system but instead as integral pieces in the self-control puzzle.For example, a recent study tracked the everyday lives of a large sample of people on a moment-by-moment basis, asking them questions about their goals, temptations and abilities to resist them.Contrary to expectations, the people who were generally good at self-control (measured with a reliable questionnaire) were not the best at resisting temptations when the temptation presented itself. In fact, they were generally pretty bad at it.The key is that self-control and resisting temptation are not the same thing. Odysseus had one, but not the other.Instead, good self-control was characterized by the ability to avoid temptations in the first place. We often think of self-control as the ability to white-knuckle our way through temptation, but studies such as this one indicate that self-control can also be as simple as planning ahead to avoid those traps.The next time you need to get something done, consider precommitting to avoiding the Internet altogether. Like Odysseus, realize that if you find yourself facing temptation directly, the battle may already be lost.By Elliot Berkman, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of OregonThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Pinterest Email “22 of the Cutest Baby Animals,” the headline said. “You won’t believe number 11!”Despite an impending deadline – not to mention my skepticism (how cute could they possibly be?) – I clicked on the story. I’m only human, after all. Yet this failure in self-regulation cost me at least half an hour of good work time – as have other clickbait headlines, bizarre images on my Twitter feed or arguments on Facebook.The insidious, distracting suck of the Internet has become seemingly inescapable. Calling us from our pockets, lurking behind work documents, it’s merely a click away. Studies have shown that each day we spend, on average, five and a half hours on digital media, and glance at our phones 221 times. Share LinkedIn Share on Twitter
This stage of the project includes the introduction of feed gas into Train 3 of the liquefaction export facility, the precursor for the production of LNG.“Congratulations to everyone on the Cameron LNG project team for their continued commitment to the project delivery and high-quality standards as we work toward completion of Train 3,” said Mark Coscio, McDermott’s Senior Vice-President for North, Central and South America.“Their hard work and strong safety performance have propelled us to the final train of the project, and we look forward to keeping this momentum through completion.”McDermott and Chiyoda have delivered engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for the project since it began.The project includes three liquefaction trains with a projected export capacity of more than 12 million tonnes per annum of LNG, or approximately 1.7 billion cubic feet per day.Cameron LNG Train 3 is on track to reach initial LNG production in the second quarter of 2020.
Three people died and two are still missing after a dredger sank off the coast of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Wednesday night, local authorities said Thursday.Ten people were aboard the boat, “Hairun 18,” when the accident happened at 10:53 p.m. off the coast of Beihai City, according to the Beihai maritime rescue center.Five of them were saved at about 1 a.m. on Thursday. Three bodies were found in the morning.Rescuers are still searching for the two missing. The cause of the sinking is under investigation.[mappress]Source: china.org, June 27, 2013
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The Court of Appeal today opened the way for potentially millions of claims against airlines that have run late services.A judgment handed down in Huzar v Jet2.com found that the claimant’s flight delay was caused by technical problems that could not be defined as ‘extraordinary circumstances’.Ron Huzar was delayed for 27 hours flying from Manchester to Malaga after a wiring defect was found in the aircraft.Huzar represented himself in a £350 compensation claim at Stockport County Court last June but lost in the first instance. North-west firm Bott & Co successfully appealed on his behalf at Manchester County Court in October before His Honour Judge Platts.The airline appealed, arguing the technical defect that caused the delay constituted an extraordinary circumstance within the meaning of regulations and, as such, no compensation was due.Following a hearing last month, Lord Justice Elias said that for an event to be ‘out of the ordinary’ it must ‘stem from events which, by their nature or origin, are not inherent in the normal exercise of the activity of the air carrier concerned’.If the cause of the technical problem, he added, was one ‘inherent in the normal exercise of the activity of the air carrier concerned’ then it necessarily followed that it is also within the control of the carrier and thus not extraordinary.Experts estimate around 30% of all delays are due to technical problems, so millions of customers potentially have a greater chance of succeeding in a compensation claim.A spokesman for Bott & Co said: ‘The judgment in this case is binding on all county courts in England and Wales and it therefore opens the floodgates for passengers to finally recover compensation if their flight has been cancelled or delayed due to technical problems – at least in the vast majority of cases.’He added that in Huzar’s case the cause of the technical problem was simply wear and tear and the court quite rightly took a ‘commonsense approach’ to say it was not extraordinary.David Bott, senior partner at Bott & Co, said: ‘Rather than fulfilling its mandatory obligations under the regulations, the airline instead chose to instruct four barristers and two sets of solicitors over three court hearings – in order to defend a claim worth approximately £350.‘The airline in this case has long insisted that it wanted clarity on this point of law.‘The Court of Appeal has today delivered that clarity and I sincerely hope that the days of airlines refusing their passengers rights to financial redress with defences such as frayed carpets and broken toilets as extraordinary circumstances are behind us.’
Meanwhile ‘public nuisance’ type incidents, generally relating to people reporting those they believe are failing to adhere to physical distancing guidance, have more than doubled and now account for around a fifth of all incidents. Noise incidents have also increased significantly, anecdotally related to the increased time which people are believed to be spending in their home address.DCC Taylor said: “These early indications suggest that there are fewer crimes committed on the streets and in our town and city centres because the overwhelming majority of people are stepping forward to do their part to protect the NHS and save lives.“I would like to thank people for their continued co-operation and support as Police Scotland carries out our role in supporting the national effort to make the changes needed to combat the spread of coronavirus.” The provisional management information, which may be subject to adjustment, suggests that breach of the peace has fallen by over 50% while possession of drugs is down by around a fifth. Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said: “The significant changes that everyone is having to adjust to are undoubtedly having an effect on the nature and level of demand on policing.“While decreases in assaults and housebreaking are to be welcomed, this information covers a relatively short period of time and care must be taken to avoid assumptions about trends.“We are seeing, for example, a slight decrease in domestic abuse incidents but are acutely aware this may not reflect what is happening behind closed doors and we know that people don’t always report abuse immediately.“For some, this period of physical distancing and isolation may expose them to a greater risk of abuse, harm and neglect.“We have been using our social media channels to highlight our concern and raise awareness in communities. We want people to feel safe and we want to prevent harm by identifying people who may be at risk, and putting in place measures that will help keep them safe.“There will be no change to how we respond to child protection issues. Protecting children and reducing harm remains a priority for Police Scotland.” DCC Taylor added: “It could be months or years before we have a clear picture of the effect that physical distancing requirements have had on some crime categories in Scotland.“What I want to emphasise is that we remain committed to making sure that every one of Scotland’s citizens is looked after.“Our primary responsibility is to prevent crime. We strive to leave victims of crime feeling safe and we will continue to make sure that those who are living alone, the elderly, the vulnerable are given full protection. If you need the help of the police, please contact us.” Fraud, however, has increased by over 10% and there is some evidence that criminals are specifically exploiting the coronavirus public health emergency to commit offences. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInRecorded crime has fallen by around a quarter since measures to support physical distancing came into effect, early indications suggest.Serious assaults have reduced by around 40% while common assault has fallen by just over a quarter between Tuesday, 24 March, and Sunday, 19 April, 2020, when compared to the same time last year. Housebreakings are down around 30%.