Challenge Vichy, ETU European Long Distance Champs, changes date for 2013

first_imgFollowing the extreme heat experienced at the last two Challenge Vichy races in France, the date for the 2013 race has been changed in an attempt to provide more optimal long distance triathlon racing conditions.Initially scheduled for 18 August 2013, in cooperation with the City of Vichy, ETU and the Challenge Family, Challenge Vichy has now been rescheduled two weeks later and will take place on 1 September 2013 when Challenge Vichy will host the ETU European Long Distance Championships.“After two very hot years, where it was very hard for us to organize in good conditions, we didn’t want to start a third race with the sword of Damocles over our head!” said Challenge Vichy Race Director, Gael Mainard.“We have looked at statistics from Météo France to see what time would be the best for a race with the sun… but not in the heat. The choice fell on the last weekend of August; on average over the last 10 years, it’s 5°C cooler in this period. This should also allow us to finally have cooler water in the Lac d’Allier so it can be a wetsuit swim.”Mainard added, “This new date will also help us to secure more volunteers and also provide more accommodation options for athletes as it is out of the main French holiday period.”Registration for 2013 will open on 5 September at 14:00 CET. Those athletes who raced in 2012 will shortly receive an email detailing how they can enter at the specially reduced rate of €190.Meanwhile, this September, SPORT+ in France will begin a series of four 52 minute broadcast reports on Challenge Vichy 2012. These broadcasts will be aired by the sports broadcaster on 19 September at 10:00, 17:00 and 00:55; then on 22 September at Relatedlast_img read more

The psychology of political beliefs (or, why hard data isn’t always convincing)

first_imgThe Washington Post:When Donald Trump declared last weekend that he saw television footage of thousands of Muslims cheering from New Jersey on the day of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, fact-checkers moved quickly. The Post’s Glenn Kessler found no evidence of Trump’s claim, awarding it four Pinocchios. Others came to the conclusion.And then something odd happened. Some rejected Kessler’s analysis, often pointing to this Post article from the week after the attacks which mentioned that “law enforcement authorities [in Jersey City] detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.” Celebrations of some people on rooftops is pretty far from thousands of people who were televised celebrating — and those rooftop celebrations were not confirmed as having actually happened. The article, in other words, in no way proves that Trump was telling the truth.…“We all think of ourselves as being these rational people. We hear evidence, and we process it,” said Peter Ditto, professor of social psychology at University of California at Irvine, when we spoke by phone this week. “What’s clear from decades of social psychological research is that people’s emotions get involved in their reasoning, their motivations, their intuitions. Those shape and bias the way we process information.”Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Sandcastle Contest

first_imgThe Clamshell Foundation hosted its 27th annual Sandcastle Contest on Sunday, August 5, at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett. The event was presented in memory of Rossetti Perchik, the founder of the foundation. All donations ensure the continuation of the Clamshell Foundation’s events as well as benefit the people, programs, and projects here on the East End. Sharelast_img

European Networks go east

first_imgNEXT YEAR will see eight countries in Central and Eastern Europe joining of the European Union, along with Malta and Cyprus. With this in mind, the European Commission announced proposals on October 1 that envisage extension of the Trans-European Transport Network into Eastern Europe, so helping to cement the accession countries into the union.The TEN-T concept dates back to the ’Essen strategy’ of 1994. Then, as now, much emphasis was placed on improvements to existing rail corridors and construction of new lines – reflecting a widely-held view that huge sums of money have been spent on motorways in the last three decades, and that rail should now benefit in similar measure. However, only three of the 14 original projects have been completed. The latest TEN-T proposals are based on a study by former Transport Commissioner Karel van Miert published earlier this year (RG 9.03 p473). Additional rail routes for completion between 2010 and 2015 include extension of the Lyon – Trieste corridor east to the Ukrainian border via Ljubljana and Budapest, with a branch from Divaca to Koper; a north-south corridor from Athens to Nürnberg and Dresden via Kulata, Sofia and the Vidin – Calafat link into Romania; Budapest – Curtici – Arad – Brasov; and Gdansk – Wien via Warszawa, Katowice, Brno and Breclav, with a parallel route south from Katowice to Bratislava via Zilina and Nove Mesto nlast_img read more

MODEC, Mitsui, MOL & Marubeni to Proceed with Deepwater FPSO Charter…

first_imgMODEC, Inc.: 32.5%Mitsui & Co., Ltd.: 32.5%Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.: 20.0%Marubeni Corporation: 15.0% Image used for representational purposes only (Image Courtesy: MODEC) The FPSO will be named FPSO Anita Garibaldi MV33 and will be deployed at the Marlim field situated in the Campos Basin. The field is located approximately 150 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro, in the southeast coast of Brazil. FPSO will be moored in approximately 670 meters water depth, in the year of 2022. [Shareholders of MV33] Based on these agreements, Mitsui, MOL and Marubeni will invest in Marlim1 MV33 B.V. (“MV33”), a Dutch company established by MODEC, and the Companies will proceed with the Project jointly. MV33 has received a Letter of Intent for a long-term charter agreement for the deployment of the FPSO in October 2019 from Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), the Brazilian state oil company. The FPSO will be chartered for 25 years under this charter agreement. [Outline of the FPSO] Sea News, January 31 The Project is the eighth occasion under which the Companies have collaborated to operate FPSOs in Brazil. Oil processing capacity: 80,000 barrels per dayGas processing capacity: 248 million cubic feet per dayOil storage capacity: 1,000,000 barrelsMooring type: Spread mooring(at a water depth of approximately 670 meters) MODEC, Inc., Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. and Marubeni Corporation have agreed that Mitsui, MOL and Marubeni will invest in a long-term charter business currently promoted by MODEC for the purpose of providing a floating production, storage, and offloading system (FPSO) for use in the Marlim field off the coast of Brazil. The above four companies have entered into related agreements on 30th January 2020. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

MSU women’s basketball climbs to No. 22 in AP Poll

first_imgMississippi State’s women’s basketball team continued to climb the rankings. The Bulldogs ranked No. 22 in Monday’s AP Poll.It’s one spot higher than last week’s ranking. The Southeastern Conference had six teams in the top 25, including South Carolina at No. 1.MSU is 8-0 after wins against North Dakota State and Southeastern Louisiana last week. The Bulldogs scored at least 97 points in the two games.Mississippi State ranks fourth overall in the nation in scoring, averaging 89 points per game. The Bulldogs have scored at least 74 points in ever game this season.Two freshmen lead the scoring for MSU. Victoria Vivians averages 17.6 points per game. Morgan Williams chips in 13.5.Mississippi State hosts Louisiana Tech on Thursday at 7 p.m.last_img