Originally a mid-level steel road race bike for the Italian company in the 1970s, Bianchi is bringing back the Sprint as a reasonably priced modern carbon road bike. The spirit of the new bike remains the same, providing a high-quality road bike suitable for cyclists just getting into road racing as much as for riders just looking to have fun on the bike – and now it comes with either rim or disc brakes.Bianchi Sprint Disc carbon road race bikeSlotting into Bianchi’s road race line-up, the new Sprint is as aero focused as the Oltre, or even the more affordable Aria, nor is it a lightweight like the Specialissima (which also brought back a classic Bianchi name.)Instead, the Sprint is something in between, a do-it-all road race bike that takes some lessons from Bianchi’s full aero bikes. The bike is meant to offer affordable performance, but appears to still be made in Italy like the higher-end Bianchis.GeometryThe UCI-approved monocoque carbon frame does get race-ready geometry, with the essentially the same head angles and stack & reach figures as the top-tier Specialissima. That should make for a reactive bike ready for your local racing circuit, and of course the finish line Sprint.Chainstays are a bit longer to make way for 28mm tire clearance on the rim brake version, and up to 32mm tires in the disc brake bike. That also works to add stability to the otherwise snappy front end, making for a bike that can still perform well in longer distance amateur events as well as gran fondos.While Bianchi talks of “pared back aesthetics” on the Sprint which comes in either black or classic celeste, this could win the prize for the most number of times the brand name is written on the bike.From tip to tail, the fork blades, toptube, downtube & chainstays all are covered with a low-contrast repetitive graphic of the Bianchi text logo for a subtle patterning. It isn’t offensive, but it is omnipresent.Tech DetailsThe new Sprint gets a full carbon, tapered steerer fork within its aero profile front end.The Sprint features full internal cable routing, compatible with mechanical & electronic groupsets, a pressfit BB86 bottom bracket, and a braze-on front derailleur.A wedge-style clamp on the top of the toptube secures the round 27.2mm seatpost. The frame also gets carbon dropouts with metal contact plates.The rim brake bike of course sticks with QRs, and the disc version gets flat mount calipers & 12mm thru-axles.The disc brake bike comes in seven sizes (47-61cm), and will be offered with 105, Ultegra, or with the new Force eTap AXS 12-speed. The rim brake bike is available in eight sizes from 44-61cm, and in two complete builds with either Shimano 105 or Ultegra, starting from 2000€.Bianchi.com
The Theatre World Awards board of directors has announced that actor Hampton Fluker will receive the 11th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater at the 75th Annual Theatre World Awards. Fluker will be honored for his Broadway-debut turn as George Deever in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of All My Sons. The Theatre World Awards ceremony will be held at the Neil Simon Theatre on June 3 at 7:00pm.The Dorothy Loudon Award honors an outstanding performance in a Broadway or off-Broadway production. In addition to his turn in All My Sons, Fluker has been seen onstage in Too Heavy for Your Pocket and Esai’s Table, with screen appearances including Shades of Blue, The Code, Blue Bloods and The Good Wife.The Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence is chosen by the trustees of The Dorothy Loudon Foundation; Lionel Larner, executive director; together with recommendations from the Theatre World Awards committee. Past recipients include Ben Edelman, Katrina Lenk, Nicholas Barasch, Leanne Cope, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jonny Orsini, Susan Pourfar, Seth Numrich, Bobby Steggert and Susan Louise O’Connor.As previously announced, 2019 Theatre World Award recipients for outstanding Broadway or off-Broadway debut performance include Gbenga Akinnagbe, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sophia Anne Caruso, Paddy Considine, James Davis, Micaela Diamond, Bonnie Milligan, Simone Missick, Jeremy Pope, Colton Ryan, Stephanie Styles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Related Shows Star Files All My Sons Show Closed This production ended its run on June 30, 2019 View Comments Hampton Fluker
ZAMST, a leader in high-performance sports protective equipment, is renewing its partnership with elite long distance runner Amy Cragg Hastings. Zamst has supported Hastings with icing and bracing products over the past year and looks forward to continuing to help her remain strong and injury free as she trains into an important Olympic year.“Amy is one of the world’s best long distance runners and is a favourite for making the 2016 Olympic Team,” said Bryan Smeltzer, General Manager for Zamst US.He continued, “Zamst sports bracing and support products provide a superior level of protection and injury prevention for runners. We are excited to support Amy’s needs and to continue creating products that allow our athletes to break through barriers and excel in their athletic careers.”Hastings is known for her fierceness and determination across multiple distances. After barely missing qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Team in the Marathon (where she finished a heart-breaking 4th place), she went on to dominate her competitors a few months later at the Track & Field Olympic Trials, snagging the National Title (and her Olympic berth) in the 10,000m.The 10-time NCAA All-American from ASU also competed at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow in the 10,000m and is the 8th fastest American in the Marathon, owning a 2:27:03 personal best at the distance. Amy is a new addition to Coach Schumacher’s group in Portland, Oregon and is training alongside fellow Olympian Shalane Flanagan.At the start of a very important year, Hasting’s focus is to stay healthy and maintain consistent training.Zamst has been supporting the run community for over 20 years and has a long heritage of providing solutions for run specific injuries or prevention needs. Zamst’s injury prevention products such as mobile compression + ice braces and the AT-1, Achilles Tendinitis product, are positioned as being ideal for runners thanks to Achilles support, compression and circulation benefits.The AT-1 incorporates a lightweight fabrication with Heel Lock Technology to keep the heel in a neutral position and prevents it from inward (Pronation) or outward (Supination) rotation, which has been instrumental in supporting Hastings during workouts and races.“Over the years I have overcome many injuries, including Achilles Tendinitis and Plantar Fasciitis, said Hastings. “Zamst develops innovative and lightweight products that offer support without limiting my range of motion. Their AT-1 in particular have helped me recover faster so that I can better prepare for my next workout.”Recently, Hastings cruised to a 1:12:42 Half-Marathon in San Antonio, Texas alongside her teammate Shalane Flanagan. On 13 February 2016, Amy will vie for her second Olympic team spot in the Marathon at the US Olympic Trials to be held in Los Angeles. She will also compete at the Outdoor Track & Field Olympic trials in July 2016.Other athletes on the “Z-Team” that have recently renewed their contracts with Zamst include NBA MVP Stephen Curry, NFL Linebacker Von Miller, 2x CrossFit World Champion Annie Thorisdottir, 3x NHL All-Star Ryan Getzlaf and Everest Mountaineer Melissa Arnot.ZAMST is a leading brand of sports support and protective equipment, used by professionals worldwide for over 20 years. ZAMST offers a full line of premium injury prevention and protection sports bracing and supports products.ZAMST is a division of the NIPPON SIGMAX, which is based in Tokyo, Japan, with privately-held, wholly owned subsidiary corporations, SIGMAX AMERICA (Newport Beach, California), SIGMAX EUROPE (Annecy, France), and SIGMAX CHINA (Shanghai, PRC).www.zamst.us Related
Lexy Ramler heads to NCAA Championships as lone Minnesota qualifierRamler earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors at the 2018 Big Ten championships.Ellen Schmidt, Daily File PhotoFreshman Lexy Ramler competes on the balance beam at the regional NCAA gymnastics championship on Saturday, April 7. Erik NelsonApril 19, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFreshman Lexy Ramler was anxious heading into her first NCAA Regionals on April 7.“When I get nervous, you have to breathe through it and focus in on what you need to do,” Ramler said. Her nerves, however, didn’t get in the way of her performance.She qualified for the NCAA championships in the regionals for the all-around, as the only Minnesota gymnast to qualify this season. The freshman heads to St. Louis this weekend after earning a score of 39.500 in the all-around at the Minneapolis regional.On Tuesday, Ramler worked out at Peik Gymnasium on campus before leaving for St. Louis. She said, heading into the championships, she is going to focus on having fun.“I normally perform better,” Ramler said about focusing on enjoying events. “I’ve noticed that if I think about it too much, I get nervous and stuff gets shaky.” The NCAA championships won’t be Ramler’s first high-stakes competition. Ramler has not only performed in the Big Ten and NCAA regionals, but she also won two Junior Olympic gold medals. In 2016, Ramler was the all-around champion at the L’international Gymnix Challenge. Marlene Ramler, her mother, said she has worked hard to get to this point in her career.“She’s worked for years training as an elite [gymnast],” Marlene Ramler said. “That level of training puts you in these environments that she’s currently in. These aren’t new environments, per se.”Ramler looks to become the Gophers’ first NCAA champion since Marie Roethlisberger won gold on bars in 1990. Roethlisberger is Minnesota’s only NCAA champion. Minnesota’s failure to qualify for the NCAA championships this year made it the second consecutive season it has missed the cut. The Gophers last competed at the NCAAs in 2016, finishing 12th overall.Head coach Jenny Hansen said Ramler has adjusted well to college gymnastics so far.“[Ramler] has learned a lot about what it takes … to be as good as she wants every single weekend,” Hansen said. “That’s a learning process for freshmen.”Ramler finished first in the all-around in Minnesota’s first five meets. She won eight all-around titles this season.Besides all-around, Ramler’s highest average score this season was on vault. Her average score was 9.838.Hansen said Ramler does well in high-pressure situations.“She enjoys those environments,” Hansen said. “She tries to put herself in those positions, so when it comes time to compete in those big meets, it feels like she’s done it before and has been there before.The NCAA championships will be on Friday and Saturday at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis. Marlene Ramler said she will be attending her daughter’s first NCAA championships and looks forward to seeing her compete.“It’s exciting for her to be on that podium. She should feel comfortable,” Marlene Ramler said. “We’re excited to see her. It’s a new venue.”
Futurity: Being able to delay gratification—often considered a predictor of a child’s future success—is as much a question of environment as innate ability, a new study shows.For the past four decades, the “marshmallow test” has served as a classic experimental measure of children’s self-control: will a preschooler eat one of the fluffy white treats now or hold out for two later?Children who experienced reliable interactions immediately before the marshmallow task waited on average four times longer—12 versus three minutes—than youngsters in similar but unreliable situations.Read the whole story: Futurity More of our Members in the Media >
Pinterest Memory conformityAs Dr Thorley explains, “In 2003, 29 people witnessed the murder of the Swedish foreign minister, Anna Lindh, in a shopping mall. Afterwards these co-witnesses discussed the murder. During these discussions, one incorrectly stated that the murderer wore a camouflage-patterned jacket.“Several of the witnesses then included this incorrect information in their subsequent police statements. Consequently, the police wasted time and resources looking for someone in a camouflage-pattern jacket. Photographic evidence later revealed the murderer had worn a grey hooded sweatshirt”.Last year, Dr Thorley conducted the first study examining whether memory conformity can result in eyewitnesses blaming an innocent bystander for a crime. In that earlier study, participant eyewitnesses watched a crime video and then read a statement from a co-witness about the crime that incorrect blamed an innocent bystander for it. Just over 40% of participants who read this statement also blame the innocent bystander. This specific form of memory conformity became known as blame conformity.Blame conformityIn his most recent research, published in the latest issue of Psychology, Crime, and Law, Dr Thorley conducted two studies examining whether or not eyewitnesses are more likely to engage in blame conformity when incorrect information about a crime comes from a high-confidence, compared to a low-confidence, co-witness and when the eyewitnesses themselves are low, compared to high, in self-confidence.In both experiments participant eyewitnesses watched a video of a bag theft. They then read a co-witness statement about the theft. For some of these participants, the co-witness incorrectly stated an innocent bystander was the thief. The participant eyewitnesses were then asked who committed the theft.ConfidenceIn the first experiment, the incorrect co-witness expressed high or low confidence in her assertion that the innocent bystander was the thief. Participant eyewitnesses who read the incorrect statement by the high-confidence co-witness were at greater risk of engaging in blame conformity by also blaming the innocent bystander for the crime.In the second experiment, participants’ own self-confidence was assessed. Those who were lower self-confidence were more likely to engage in blame conformity by also blaming the innocent bystander for the crime.Interestingly, when participant eyewitnesses engaged in blame conformity in both experiments were asked how confident they were that the innocent bystander was the thief, they only expressed moderate levels of confidence. This suggests they had an awareness that their responses were potentially incorrect but engaged in blame conformity regardless.Eyewitness susceptibilityThis is the first research to examine whether or not co-witness confidence and own self-confidence can predict susceptibility to blame conformity. The findings suggest both play an important role in the effect.Dr Thorley specialises in teaching people about human memory, memory and law, research methods, and statistics. As part of his ongoing research Dr Thorley has lectured to a range of different audiences including undergraduate students, fellow academics, medical professionals, and senior police officers LinkedIn Share on Facebook New University of Liverpool research has found that co-witnesses to a crime can contaminate each other’s memory of who committed it, but that the likelihood of this contamination occurring depends upon their confidence.The research, conducted by Dr Craig Thorley from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, was inspired by real-life incidents where co-witnesses have discussed a crime, one has made a mistake during these discussions, and the others have then included this mistake in their subsequent police statements.This effect is known as memory conformity and it has the potential to derail police investigations. Share Share on Twitter Email
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Ensuring a reliable supply of oxygen during the Covid-19 crisis is proving challenging due to the rising demand from healthcare services across the world desperate to have the life-saving gas for ventilators and masks.Global manufacturer of advanced gas process systems Oxair said it can turn orders around for ready-to-use oxygen PSA units in about eight to ten weeks for the Asia Pacific (APAC) and African regions from its facilities in Australia and India, depending on local lockdown laws and travel restrictions.These are high quality, robust medical devices designed to last and deliver consistent, high purity oxygen on tap to hospitals and healthcare facilities even in the remotest locations around the world.According to Oxair, medical facilities are often forced to rely on outsourcing this life-giving gas, with failing supplies a potential catastrophe for hospitals, not to mention the problems associated with the storage, handling and removal of traditional oxygen cylinders.Oxair said PSA oxygen offers better patient care with a permanent flow of high-quality oxygen – in this case a plug and play system with output pressure of four bars and a flow rate of 160 litres per minute, capable of piping oxygen around the hospital to every department as needed. The system delivers constant oxygen of 94-95% purity through PSA filtration, a unique process that separates oxygen from compressed air.The gas is then conditioned and filtered before being stored in a buffer tank to be used directly by the end user on demand.David Cheeseman of Oxair explained, “We are ready to step up supplies and prepared to do whatever is necessary to help healthcare services during the current coronavirus crisis – and beyond – by providing this life-saving oxygen equipment wherever it is needed.” “The design of these PSA systems as ‘plug-and-play’ means that they are literally ready to start working as soon as they are delivered and plugged in – with voltage adapted to the country of delivery.”“So hospitals can rely on technology which is tried and tested over many years, coupled with almost instant access to vital oxygen supplies.”
Significant increases for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Harbor Maintenance Tax operations and maintenance activities and construction budgets have been added to the proposed USD 1.01 trillion Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 hammered out in the U.S. Congress late Tuesday.The increases also include the Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants program.According to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), even though the Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery) grants program will drop to USD 500 million compared with fiscal 2014’s USD 600 million mark, funding is still significantly higher than the House-proposed mark of USD 100 million.AAPA said it and its members have worked hard with its coalition partners and Congressional members this year for the increase in EPA’s DERA grants funding from USD 20 million to USD 30 million, and for the 10 percent increase in funding for the Corps’ HMT O&M activities.The funding bill agreement also provides a 24 percent increase in the Corps’ fiscal 2015 coastal navigation construction budget over fiscal 2014 (an increase from USD 155 million to USD 192 million) in recognition of the need to modernize and expand America’s deep-draft navigation channels.With regard to the Corps’ HMT O&M budget, AAPA recognizes WRRDA’s June 2014 enactment came in the midst of the ongoing appropriations process, “but we’re pleased that Congress plans to significantly increase funding above the $915 million requested by the Administration,” said AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle.He further noted that, in the appropriations bill agreement, Congress will provide USD 1.1 billion in funding in fiscal 2015, representing a 10 percent increase over the landmark USD 1 billion appropriated last year. AAPA estimates that about USD 20 million should go for expanded uses at donor ports this year, as authorized under WRRDA.“The association is looking ahead to President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request and for Congress to hit the HMT target that was established in WRRDA, which would provide 69 percent of the USD 1.9 billion estimated to be collected in 2015 HMT revenues,” he said.All federal agencies and departments will receive an appropriation through the end of the fiscal year except the Department of Homeland Security, which manages the Port Security Grants (PSG) program.The DHS received a short-term continuing resolution through Feb. 27 due to the disagreement between Congress and the president over his new immigration initiative. Although AAPA believes the PSG program will continue to be funded at USD 100 million for fiscal 2015, the final amount will remain uncertain until after DHS’ continuing resolution expires.“As Congress and the Administration grapple with the multiple goals of reducing the nation’s deficit while growing jobs and the economy, federal investments in ports and connecting infrastructure will continue to be an essential, effective utilization of limited resources paying dividends through increased trade, jobs and over USD 200 billion in tax revenues,” said Mr. Nagle.
Image: ShellThe Hague-based LNG giant Shell has entered into a deal to sell its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) business in Hong Kong and Macau to DCC Energy.The conditional sale is worth about of $150.3 million.“This sale supports Shell’s strategic commitment to focus downstream activities on areas where we can be most competitive,” John Abbott, Shell Downstream Director, said in a statement.“This is one of the last of our wholly owned LPG businesses and this sale is another step in Shell’s ongoing portfolio optimisation strategy to deliver $30 billion of divestments between 2016 and 2018,” Abbott added.As part of the sale, Shell will be entering into a long-term brand license agreement with DCC Energy that will ensure the Shell brand remains visible across the LPG business in Hong Kong and Macau.All local Shell LPG employees affected will be given an option to transition to DCC Energy, according to the company.The sale is expected to conclude in the first quarter of the next year, subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals.