Marine’s Paris Island Gets First Female Commander

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreParris Island, the South Carolina military installation that has trained thousands of young Marines, has its first female commander, Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, who took over at a change-of-command ceremony Friday.“It’s not about male or female, it’s about highly qualified officers,” Capt. Bernadette Newman told CNN Savannah affiliate WSAV. “The Marine Corps gets it right. It’s a performance-based society, and if you look at General Reynolds’ bio, she has more than enough experience to add value to this, so it is exciting.”(READ full story at CNN.com)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Watch to See Exactly How to Rescue a Massive Sea Turtle Stuck on its Back

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTourists can see some amazing sights while they’re traveling – but this one might take the cake.Steve Booker was on vacation in Cozumel, Mexico when he found a sea turtle flipped over on its back. “I set out to watch the sunrise this morning and come up on a stranded sea turtle at the beach. She must have crossed the road and fell off from above,” said Booker. “She was bleeding from her nose a little and her shell was cracked.”After setting down his phone, he pushed the turtle over onto its feet.WATCH: Bear Literally Can’t Stop Jumping For Joy After Being RescuedThe turtle then started maneuvering its way down the beach until finally, it was able to crawl back into the ocean waves.As Booker watches the turtle leave, he says: “Now this is what I call a perfect sunset.”Specialists have since remarked on the video, saying that if Booker had not rescued the turtle when he did, it most likely would have fallen prey to local predators and wildlife.(WATCH the video below)You Should Turtlley Click To Share With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

All new Specialized Diverge drops in with Future Shock, SWAT, and a ton of…

first_imgThe SWAT box is also an S-Works only stock part, which is the same exact box found on the Roubaix and Ruby. Because of that, the size of tube you can store is limited to a 700 x 28c standard Specialized road tube, and it has to be wrapped very tightly. Originally, the box was designed around their super light tubes for road use, but the gravel bikes need thicker tubes that can stretch – so the standard tube is required. Inside the SWAT box you’ll find a valve extender, co2 inflator, tire lever, and multi-tool all right out of the box. You’ll have to add your own tube and CO2 canister. The SWAT box is only included on the S-Works build, but will fit all other carbon Diverge frames (not compatible with aluminum Diverge). Photo c. Specialized/Alex QuesadaPerhaps you’ve noticed, but gravel or adventure road riding is getting pretty popular. In fact, for Specialized, it’s their fastest growing category for the brand. And while it’s not there just yet, in a few years they believe gravel will be their largest category. That means it could be bigger than pure road or any of the mountain bike categories, which is saying something. Though it’s not all that surprising – gravel bikes offer a tremendously versatile ride that can tackle anything from pavement to XC trails and anything in between. Add in the desire to get away from roads and the vehicle traffic that comes with them, and it’s easy to see why more riders are looking for the road less traveled.It’s also not much of a surprise that Specialized has an all new Diverge. Even less of a surprise if you caught the recent muscle car shenanigans with Peter Sagan. However, the bike does have a few features that may surprise you (dropper post?) and a complete package that makes for a very enjoyable ride, regardless of the road surface…Specialized Global PR Manager Sean Estes styling it out on the new Diverge. Photo c. Specialized/Alex QuesadaCompared to the original Diverge which was designed to be the bicycle equivalent of a Swiss Army knife, the new gravel focused Diverge has changed quite a bit. Gone are the Zertz inserts from the frame and fork – in favor of the Specialized Future Shock borrowed from the recent edition of the Roubaix. Like many of the new bikes from Specialized, the men’s and women’s Diverge use a shared platform with the same geometry between sizes. The size range does change however, with the men’s bikes running from 48 to 61cm (64cm on certain bikes), and the women’s running from 48 to 56cm for the carbon models and 44 to 56 on the aluminum bikes. The women’s bikes have different paint schemes, but there’s nothing that screams ‘women’s specific’. The biggest difference between a men’s and women’s Diverge comes down to crank length and the touch points with different Body Geometry saddles, bars, and stems. Specialized says that the move to a shared platform comes from the accumulation of more than 40,000 unique data sets from their partnership with Retul. Based on their findings, Specialized has moved into the camp that believes men’s and women’s specific geometries aren’t needed, and are instead “building bikes for people, not specific genders.” For the weight conscious out there, the fully loaded SWAT box (700 x 20-28 standard tube, valve extender, CO2 inflator, cartridge, muti-tool, and tire lever) measures just under a pound at 432g. If for some reason you wanted to run a completely empty SWAT box, it would add just 162g – though if it’s empty you might as well take it off. The two piece semi-clamshell design attaches with two bolts to the frame for the driveside piece, and the non-driveside part then interlocks with the latch that also serves as the storage door for the multi-tool.Photos c. Specialized/Alex Quesada Photo c. Specialized/Alex QuesadaEquipped with thru axles front and rear, the Diverge runs a 142 x 12 rear and 100 x 12 front through the entire line. You won’t find any front derailleurs on the top two builds, but every frame is front derailleur compatible with a removable braze on design. The frame is equipped with fittings for fenders, and can even take a rear rack if desired. Cable routing is internal with different options for both 1x, 2x, and mechanical or electronic drivetrains – plus stealth dropper compatibility.Photo c. Specialized/Alex QuesadaThat dropper is only found on the top of the line S-Works edition, but the 35mm Command Post XCP can be installed on any of the carbon Diverge frames. There is some flexibility to where you place the mechanical remote, but the logical place seems to be directly under the shifter so you can reach it quickly no matter the hand position. Like the Roubaix, the 20mm travel Future Shock helps isolate the impacts going through the front of the bike from the rider for increased comfort and control. Also like the Roubaix, the frame without the Future Shock cartridge is quite light – just 880g for the S-Works model in 56cm. At the highest level you’ll find a FACT 11r carbon frame with a FACT carbon fork, both with flat mount disc brakes. Complete, that means a Diverge S-Works 56cm with two bottle cages and a full SWAT box comes in at 18.52lb (8.4kg). A women’s Diverge Comp in a 56cm with no cages, SWAT, or dropper and a 2x drivetrain measured 21.01lbs, while the aluminum Diverge Comp E5 in a 54cm weighed in at 21.61lbs.One interesting frame detail is the move to a BB 386 EVO bottom bracket which was done to increase tire clearance without having to get crazy with the chain stay shaping. On the Diverge Comp, there’s even a Praxis Works BB 386 EVO bottom bracket to go with the Alba 2D crank which was a special request for this bike, though it will be available aftermarket soon. There are quite a few different versions of the Diverge from the carbon bikes with Future Shocks to E5 aluminum builds with or without the Future Shock, but all have a similar version of Specialized’ “Open Road” geometry with clearance for 700 x 42c tires. As standard equipment, all Diverge completes will ship with a 700c wheelset and tires from 30-38mm wide, with 38mm being what Specialized considers the sweet spot for this bike. On the higher end bikes, you’ll find 700 x 38c Trigger Pro 2Bliss ready folding tires.While the bike is built around the 700c wheel size, Specialized does include 650b x 47mm as the largest Road Plus tire size that is compatible, though they note that certain wheel and tire sizes drop the bottom bracket even further which could lead to pedal strikes in the right instance. That’s partly due to the 5mm lower BB of the new Diverge meant to lower the center of gravity and provide better handling. Specialized’ design team points out that cross geometry does not equal gravel geometry. You can get away with one bike for the other discipline, but the Diverge is designed to give the rider more confidence and stability while their new Crux uses ‘cross focused geometry for fast direction changes and a higher BB to aid in off camber sections of the course. While the cartridge is exactly the same with a main spring, top out spring, and a separate booster spring, the Diverge introduces a new progressive main spring (above, white wrap) that ramps up as you go through the travel whereas the Roubaix and Ruby currently use a linear spring to better absorb small road chatter. According to Specialized, the Future Shock pieces are interchangeable, meaning you could add the progressive spring to your Roubaix if you wanted to (more on that in our first ride review). Just like the other Future Shock equipped bikes, the three separate booster springs allow you to fine tune the shock’s performance. As you drop down in price, frame materials and components continue to change, but there will be aluminum bikes with the Future Shock available at the Comp E5 level above. There is also a Sport version which eliminates the Future Shock and comes stock with 700 x 30c tires as the entry point for the line.We’re waiting on the final pricing and availability list and will update this when we have it.Stay tuned for first ride impressions up soon.specialized.comlast_img read more

Vermont Technology Council launches online tool to match employers and student interns

first_imgVermont Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lawrence Miller, Commissioner of Labor Annie Noonan, and Commissioner of Economic Development Lisa Gosselin have joined leaders from the Vermont Technology Council in announcing the launch of an innovative web portal to match Vermont technology companies with open internships with students in higher education seeking experience in the field.The State of Vermont has articulated through legislation and the allocation of resources that workforce development is an integral part of economic development, and internships are a growing part of this evolving policy.”In my role as Secretary, I have significant contact with many Vermont companies whose growth is limited by the availability of a workforce with the skills and experience needed,” said Miller. “Creating solutions that address this issue is a top priority.”The new website, www.vermont.internships.com(link is external), is designed to address the workforce needs of the state’s diverse companies, in rural and urban areas alike. Offered as a free service, the dynamic, user-friendly interface consolidates exciting internship opportunities and employers creating their pipeline of new employees in one convenient location.Vermont employers can easily access the website to post new internship opportunities and browse for potential candidates, learn how to create an internship program, how to write an effective job description, find answers to legal questions about hiring interns, and more. Students worldwide can check the site for all available internships; take the “internship predictor” to help refine their search, find resume advice, and more. “At C2, internships are not only an essential recruiting tool but have also become an important part of our culture of continuous learning and mentoring where experienced employees, interns and  new graduates  learn from each other,”  said Carolyn  Edwards, CEO of Competitive Computing.We know that students rely on social media and the internet when pursuing internship opportunities and access to the most current content to guide their search is critical,” said John Evans, President of the Vermont Technology Council. “Internships are the best way for students to gain the work experience necessary to find a job after graduation. In fact, nearly 7 out of 10 internships culminate with a full time job offer after successful completion of the program.”Likewise, Vermont companies want a simple and efficient way to list internships and avail themselves of comprehensive educational tools to help build and grow thriving internship programs. Both the public and private sectors have asked for a central location to post and search for internship opportunities.C2, also known as Competitive Computing, is a Vermont-based technology services firm specializing in internet business solutions and enterprise technology infrastructure. With a focus on building strategic value, their industry-leading technology solutions are custom designed to help position their clients to compete in an increasingly fast-paced and highly connected world. For over 20 years, C2 has worked with brand-name businesses, as well as educational and governmental institutions, to deliver award-winning solutions while earning premiere status partnerships with vendors such as Microsoft, Dell, VMware and EMC. Serving clients throughout the northeast, their client list includes national and local brands. In 2013, C2 was once again recognized as one of the top 5 fastest growing tech companies in Vermont with extensive experience in IT Planning, Custom Multi-Channel Commerce, Email and Messaging Systems, Server Virtualization, Networking Solutions and 24/7 Managed Support Services. www.competitive.com(link is external)Vermont Internships is powered by Internships.com, a division of Career Arc Group. Internships.com is the same company that was selected to support the White House’s 2013 Youth Jobs+ initiative as a co-lead technology partner. Internships.com, part of CareerArc Group, is the world’s largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers and higher education together in one centralized location.  The innovative, Los Angeles-based company, named by Forbes as a “Top 10 Careers Website,” develops a wide variety of interactive, world-class tools and services to enable every student, employer, and educator to better understand and optimize internship opportunities.  For more information, please visit www.internships.com(link is external).SOURCE: COLCHESTER, Vt., Oct. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Competitive Computing; Vermont Technology Council www.vttechcouncil.org(link is external) www.vermont.internships.com(link is external)last_img read more

USAT bonds further with Athletes for a Fit Planet

first_img Related USA Triathlon (USAT) has extended its partnership with Athletes for a Fit Planet through 2010, supporting a commitment to implement programmes that preserve natural resources and protect the environment via its GoGreen initiative.An official supplier and USAT GoGreen partner for the second consecutive year, FitPlanet is a leading provider of environmental services to organisers of athletic events across North America, including multisport, running, cycling and walking events.”USA Triathlon is thrilled to be partnered with FitPlanet once again in 2010,” said USAT CEO Skip Gilbert. “Environmentally sound practices are important to our membership, and we continually strive to make our national events as sustainable and green as possible. FitPlanet has been an invaluable resource in reaching these goals, and I encourage all race directors to take the FitPlanet Pledge of Sustainability.”As a key part of this partnership, USAT has taken FitPlanet’s Pledge of Sustainability for the 2010 Age Group, Elite and Sprint National Championship in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Other event directors can follow suit and gain access to the FitPlanet Resource Center that includes an online how-to manual for ‘greening’ their event, a green business directory, access to a monthly webcast and other useful resources that enable them to cost-effectively go green.To qualify to display the Pledge of Sustainability logo on the race website, a race director must agree to implement a minimum of 9 out of 26 possible criteria. Similar to USAT’s Age Group, Elite and Sprint National Championship events, races that meet the criteria will be listed in FitPlanet’s Green Events Directory, which provides athletes with detailed information about the race including the specific criteria the event organiser has pledged to implement.The FitPlanet Green Events Directory is linked to usatriathlon.org.”FitPlanet is excited to be partnering with USAT again this year to provide both race directors and triathletes with resources and information for creating more sustainable events,” said Bruce Rayner, Chief Green Officer at Athletes for a Fit Planet. “The fact that the USAT has taken the Pledge of Sustainability for the 2010 Age Group, Elite and Sprint National Championship in Tuscaloosa this September is testament to its commitment to environmental responsibility.”www.usatriathlon.org www.afitplanet.comlast_img read more

Landice joins HITS Endurance as Official Treadmill Sponsor

first_imgHITS has announced that it has recently aligned with Landice, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of treadmills, bikes and elliptical machines. Landice will join HITS Endurance as its Official Treadmill Sponsor and will partner with the national race series to give away a Landice L7 Cardio Treadmill, valued at over US$4,000, to one lucky HITS Triathlon Series or HITS Running Festivals competitor.“Landice is proud to be a partner in support of the HITS Endurance Series,” said Dave Rainis, Vice President and Owner of Landice.“Both Landice and HITS are committed to making quality fitness available for participants of all levels. HITS has proven its ability to run world-class athletic events that are accessible and fun, and we are delighted to be part of this series that attracts seasoned and first-time athletes.”Since 1967, Landice has been engineering, assembling and testing specialty fitness equipment – and it is now one of the only manufacturers to do so in the USA.The company adds that every Landice product is built to commercial-grade standards and crafted to withstand the most demanding workout environments. While Landice is made for the needs of residential use, its training equipment is also used by commercial gyms, physical therapy and rehabilitation centres, hospitals, police and fire departments, colleges and universities, professional sports teams, and the United States Armed Forces.In addition to exclusive product discounts, Landice will offer all 2016 registered HITS athletes the chance to win a Landice L7 Cardio Treadmill, which is sold in stores for US$4,395. From this date on, when any athlete registers for any race on the remaining 2015 and 2016 HITS Endurance race calendar, they will automatically be entered to win the coveted grand prize.“Landice is a global fitness brand and giving HITS Endurance athletes the opportunity to win one of their iconic products, is extraordinary,” said HITS Endurance President and CEO Tom Struzzieri. “It’s an honour to call a business that truly values health, wellness and exercise our partner and we look forward to our athletes enjoying the benefits of this relationship.”The HITS Endurance race calendar continues on 20 September with the Omaha Marathon in Omaha, Nebraska. Thousands of athletes will take to the streets of Omaha for a flat, fast course featuring the city’s sites. Registration for the Omaha Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Friends & Family mile is open through race day.In 2013, HITS unveiled its umbrella company, HITS Endurance, which will organize all HITS Triathlon Series, as well as HITS Running Festivals. HITS Inc is a special events management company primarily focused on producing endurance sports events and hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS is dedicated to creating ‘high-quality events in desirable destinations with unmatched, professional operations’.www.HITSEndurance.comwww.OmahaMarathon.comwww.landice.com Relatedlast_img read more

Target looking to start selling beer at its Mission location

first_imgThe Target at 6100 Broadmoor in Mission is looking to begin selling beer in the coming months.At a committee meeting last week, the Mission City Council gave initial approval to the company’s application for a cereal malt beverage license, advancing it to the city council meeting next week for final approval. Assuming it is approved, Target would be able to start stocking beer and other malt beverage on its shelves. The company would have to get a license renewal every 12 months.Asked by councilman Ron Appletoft why the company hadn’t looked to sell alcoholic beverages at the Mission location until now, City Administrator Laura Smith suggested that the company had made a bigger push into the grocery items market in recent years.last_img

New Coalition To Help Bring Relief To Construction Sector That Pays Highest Corporate Tax Rate

first_imgThe chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement today in reaction to the launch of the new Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates.The association is a founding member of the new coalition, which will work to ensure that comprehensive tax reform efforts focus on lowering the effective corporate tax rates – what firms actually pay in total federal taxes.“The launch of this new coalition will help bring needed tax relief to a construction sector that currently pays the highest effective corporate tax rate of any industry type. That relief can’t come soon enough as the hard-hit construction industry pays an effective corporate tax rate of 31%, the highest level in the economy and more than double the rate some sectors pay, according to the most recent analysis by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.“Given federal officials’ repeated insistence on wanting to put in place policies to boost employment levels, it is hard to understand why our tax policies discriminate against the labor-intensive construction industry. Fortunately, members of Congress have an opportunity to address the disparity among effective rates as they undertake broader, comprehensive tax reform. These reform efforts need to focus on, and ultimately lower, the effective corporate tax rate employers actually pay, instead of the ostensible, pre-deductions, corporate rate that is so often cited.“In addition to serving as a founding member of this new coalition, the Associated General Contractors of America will continue to work with federal officials to educate them about the disproportionate tax burden imposed on construction employers and work to promote the kind of tax relief needed to encourage more growth in construction employment.”last_img read more

Video of bicycle paths of Makarska Riviera and Biokovo Nature Park presented

first_imgBiokovo Nature Park presented the bike trails of the Makarska Riviera and the Biokovo Nature Park through a new promotional video created within the project “Bike trails of the Makarska Riviera and the Biokovo Nature Park in the destination development strategy.With a recreational cycling activity, the promotional video takes you through the natural beauties of the Makarska Riviera and Biokovo, reveals beautiful beaches and cultural sights. The sun and the sea have not been enough for a long time, but in combination with an active vacation, they certainly complement each other perfectly. Introduce your guests to the facilities offered by your destination and the surrounding area.Tell them a story and give them information. Did you know how it is possible to see Italy 250 km away from Biokovo? Tell this story to guests from Italy, it will surely motivate them to visit the Biokovo Nature Park and experience a unique experience.If the guest is satisfied, you will be too, because they will return to you next year.last_img read more

New study provides evidence that art courses can improve mental wellbeing

first_imgResearchers at the University of Gloucestershire have recently evaluated data from nearly 1,300 primary care patients in South West England, finding a course of arts-on-prescription to provide a significant improvement in overall wellbeing, including in those with very complex care needs.The group’s findings have been published recently in European Journal of Public Health.“Social prescribing”, or the provision of non-medical interventions in primary care settings, has been on the rise in recent years. It is based on the knowledge that health is determined by a wide variety of factors, and these wider factors (social, emotional, and economic) cannot be remedied by medicine alone. They are a response to the biggest public health challenges we face today; mental health, loneliness, ageing, and long-term health conditions. Patients can be referred to participate in these schemes for very general reasons, like increasing overall wellbeing, self-esteem, or confidence; or for more specific reasons, like providing support during bereavement, or reducing anxiety or depression. Share on Twitter Unlike art therapy, arts-on-prescription schemes provide art courses where patients can choose to learn how to draw, paint, create mosaics, or playwright. The courses are led by local artists, and are community-based rather than being based on specific medical needs. The groups that are referred are usually quite small, with between three and ten individuals, and may be based in local surgeries or community facilities. Those who take part are then provided with materials, and a dedicated space to carry out their activities. What makes these interventions unique is that they provide the participants with anonymity from what has brought them there, eliminating a shared “elephant in the room” that is their diagnosis, or specific medical need.Well received by patients, health professionals, and arts providers alike, the benefits of art for health schemes have long been recognised as valuable. Despite this, they have still been struggling to gain traction in mainstream primary care, even with recognition from a recent inquiry report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Until recently, the evidence base for these interventions has been from studies using small groups of patients, making it difficult to draw solid conclusions from something that will ultimately involve investment from the public purse.The researchers have evaluated evidence from patients referred for arts activities through Artlift, a charity based in South West England that provides courses with local artists across the region. Through using the largest database available of patients referred through such schemes they have found that patients experience quantifiable improvements in overall wellbeing from participating in these arts courses.Diane Crone, Professor in the School of Health and Social Care at the University, said: “We’ve worked with Artlift for a long time now, and have known through some previous research how the patients feel about it. One comment that’s really stuck with me from speaking with patients was that ‘Artlift lifts your heart’. For me, this captures the personal significance of it brilliantly”.“It’s great to be able to finally provide substantial, and significant evidence from data collected over 7 years for these interventions,” she added.Even in recent years, where tightening budgets, and challenges to health commissioning have been on the increase, the evidence supports the benefits of these interventions to those who need it the most. Since beginning to provide arts-on-prescription in the region, Artlift has had to change the services it has offered, from an initial 10-week course with the possibility of multiple re-referrals, to an eight-week course with only one additional re-referral available.Despite this, the evidence shows that the benefits in improved wellbeing experienced by the patients being referred are not only still significant, but they actually seem to be greater in these shorter courses.Paul Flynn, executive director of Artlift, comments: “Artlift has been providing arts for wellbeing benefits for nine years, so the results of this research are welcome, but not surprising. We are told almost on a daily basis that the interventions have significantly improved the lives of participants who have felt better able to cope with serious life issues. We hear of people developing friendships, returning to work and even being able to repair marriages and other relationships, such is the impact that Artlift can have.”The work carried out by Professor Diane Crone and her team at the University of Gloucestershire also shows that this intervention is effective in increasing wellbeing in what is perhaps the most complicated, but increasingly important group in primary care; those with multiple health conditions. The team have been able to identify just over 200 people within the dataset that have multiple medical conditions across different categories like cancers, diabetes, pain conditions, mental health problems, and cardiovascular diseases.Professor Crone says: “These complex multiple care needs are becoming more and more common in primary care in the UK, and beyond; so understanding how they can be supported will be vital in helping to navigate the key public health issues we see today.”Whilst these findings are important for primary care providers, the researchers note that the most important message here is for health commissioners.“These non-medical interventions can potentially offer solutions to some of the most challenging issues arising in public health. While wellbeing is often viewed as something intangible, it is a critical issue that is central to supporting physical health,” Professor Crone says.Artlift executive director Paul also confirms the importance of using this important evidence to support improvements in policy: “We welcome the findings of this report and thank the University of Gloucestershire for their rigorous efforts in its production. We hope it will convince those responsible for health budgets to seriously consider arts interventions to benefit their communities – there is enough evidence now that arts are not a ‘nice to have’ but a genuinely beneficial intervention – and cost effective for the NHS.”By providing community-based arts activities, like those supported by Artlift, patients are given the tools and space to express themselves, a new skill that can be sustained well beyond the scheme itself; and they are introduced to others in their community, increasing connectedness in a society where loneliness is becoming the norm. LinkedIn Emailcenter_img Share Share on Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more