Rolling Thunder Revue: Bob Dylan Bandmate David Mansfield Reminisces On The Notorious Tour [Interview]

first_imgI eagerly watched Martin Scorsese’s new “documentary” Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, as soon as it debuted on Netflix. It’s an incredible movie, featuring footage from the legendary, always intriguing 1975–1976 Rolling Thunder Revue tour. It’s a bit frustrating at times—because the concert footage is so great that it makes you want more. The tour came on the heels of the release of Bob Dylan‘s Blood on the Tracks, one of my top-10 albums of all time, but we only hear one song from it: a stunning, raw take on “Simple Twist of Fate”. Isn’t there a single version of “Tangled Up In Blue” in the can? And there’s a whole fictional narrative running through the movie that I found first confusing and then silly. But who cares? The backstage footage and concert clips are incredible.To get a better idea of Scorsese’s new film and some contextual information surrounding the tour, read a great review here via NPR.It was also amazing to see my friend and Maplewood neighbor David Mansfield onstage as a teenager. So, I started emailing him questions. His answers are below, shared with his permission.Alan Paul: How did you and T Bone Burnett end up in the Rolling Thunder band? Bob had access to anyone, including Mick Ronson playing lead.David Mansfield: We ended up in the band because of Bobby Neuwirth, who had a gig at The Other End in July 1975 and flew his friend T Bone into town to play with him. All kinds of famous musicians (like Ronson) were sitting in. I sat in with the band because my girlfriend had heard they might want a fiddle player. She dragged me down there—that night I joined the “band,” which really was the genesis for the Rolling Thunder Revue.AP: How old were you? DM: 18 at that time, 19 by the time the tour started.AP: That must have been a bit intimidating. How much did you just keep your head down and play music?DM: Everyone on the tour treated me with affection and respect. There was no need to keep my head down.AP: How accessible was Bob to you and everyone? DM: I doubt he ever said more than a few words to me during that first tour, but again, I was a 19-year-old kid. I think he was fairly accessible to his peers.AP: The concert footage is spectacular. I hope they just release a concert film at some point. I want more music! DM: So do I!AP: The movie gives the feeling of the band being thrown together, but it sounds terrific. How much rehearsing was there actually?DM: A good amount. We had rehearsals at SIR and then more rehearsing up in New England before the first show. By the end, they were pretty much dress rehearsals, fully staged.AP: Your comments on Allen Ginsburg in the film are spot-on. I interviewed him when I was a cute 19-year-old and he invited me to his room afterward to read poetry. When I politely declined, he just leaned over and kissed me.DM: Allen was the gentlest and sweetest of souls. He always behaved with nothing but kindness toward me.AP: You’ve done a lot of work with T Bone. Is this where it started?DM: Yes. We were bandmates in the Rolling Thunder Revue and continued to be for many years, first with the Alpha Band and later with T Bone’s solo records.AP: Did you continue to play with anyone else from Rolling Thunder?DM: Steven Soles was also in the Alpha Band, which came together after the Rolling Thunder Revue. Before that,  I was part of a post-tour band with Ronson, McGuinn, Stoner, and Wyeth. We rehearsed for a while but it never really jelled, so instead we made a Roger McGuinn record called Cardiff Rose together, and then went our separate ways.AP: Did you ever play with Bob again after this your?DM: Yes. There was a second Rolling Thunder Revue tour the next year and also in 1978 (touring behind Street-Legal, which I played on).AP: Did you or any other musicians see any of this footage over the years?DM: Only the footage that was in Renaldo and Clara.AP: Also, what are your memories of the performance at Clinton Correctional Facility in front of Hurricane? DM: I don’t remember much, though I don’t think the inmates were all that interested in the show, at least not in parts of it.Alan Paul is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band and the upcoming Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan.The new Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Revue film is available to stream now on Netflix. Watch a trailer for the film and a few assorted clips below:Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story – Official Trailer[Video: Netflix]Bob Dylan – “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” – Rolling Thunder Revue[Video: Netflix]Martin Scorsese on Inspirations For Making Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story[Video: Netflix]last_img read more

STROKE Systems & Forensic Scientist at Fire-Rescue Med 2009

first_imgSTROKE SystemsGet stroke patients to the right hospital–fastIn 1995, a major study backed by the National Institutes of Health confirmed that IV thrombolytics (or tPA) may have a positive effect on the outcomes of many victims of stroke, the third leading cause of death and number-one cause of adult disability in the U.S. But 13 years later, only an estimated 4% of eligible stroke patients in the U.S. are getting these “clotbusters.” To improve that figure, the National Association of EMS Physicians advised in 2007: “EMS systems and medical directors should develop local/regional strategies for treating, triaging and transporting patients with acute stroke symptoms, including the identification of centers … capable of treating acute stroke patients and [determining] the criteria for identifying the patients who should be transported to stroke centers.”Now, many states are heeding that advice, creating statewide networks of stroke centers and training EMS practitioners to identify patients who need immediate transport to a stroke center.When the National Council of State EMS Medical Directors met in Tacoma, Wash., this fall, Utah’s medical director, Peter Taillac, MD, led a discussion on statewide stroke system development. Some states represented at the meeting have no stroke systems, and some have regionalized systems in only large urban areas. But just about every state seems to be working on some sort of plan.“For the past two years, Florida has required transport to one of 101 primary stroke centers or 11 comprehensive stroke centers,” says Florida EMS Medical Director Joe Nelson, MD. Many Florida stroke patients are transported by air to cut down on time to definitive treatment, most to comprehensive stroke centers, including some airlifted “from the primary stroke centers to comprehensive stroke centers for additional treatment options,” he says.Utah also uses a similar “hub-and-spoke” model with four comprehensive stroke centers at the hub and other hospitals acting as “stroke receiving centers.” Physicians at a remote stroke receiving center “can consider starting tPA in consultation with a comprehensive stroke center,” Taillac says. “The key is getting a CT scan performed and then interpreted by a radiologist or neurologist–perhaps via telemedicine.”The CT scan is crucial to weed out the 15% of patients having hemorrhagic strokes because thrombolytics could prove fatal to such patients. It’s that fear that keeps many physicians from giving a clotbuster to any stroke patient. But a recent study of lawsuits related to stroke and thrombolytics found 83% of the settlements against physicians involved a failure to give a clotbuster and only 17% involved an injury from tPA (Liang BA, Zivin JA: “Empirical characteristics of litigation involving tissue plasminogen activator and ischemic stroke.” Annals of Emergency Medicine. 52[2]:160—4, 2008).“It is quite clear that the risk of withholding [thrombolytics] from patients with acute stroke greatly exceeds the risk of giving it,” says Patrick Leyden, MD, director of the University of California, San Diego/Veterans Administration Stroke Center. “A well-run stroke center should be giving thrombolytics to 15—20% of all stroke patients.”Time is of the essence in identifying and transporting stroke patients, because only patients with ischemic (or clot-based) strokes who have had symptoms for three hours or less currently get tPA in the U.S. But that window could widen.A significant new European study of 831 stroke patients found an IV thrombolytic “administered between three and 4.5 hours after the onset of symptoms significantly improved clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke.” (Hacke W, Kaste M, Bluhmki E, et al: “Thrombolysis with Alteplase 3 to 4.5 hours after ischemic stroke.” New England Journal of Medicine. 359:1314—1329, 2008.)“The implication is that now is the time to start diverting patients to [hospitals] with a system in place to rapidly treat stroke patients with tPA,” Leyden says. “America has been behind the world in making this happen.” –Mannie GarzaSee Noted Forensic Scientist at Fire-Rescue Med 2009Dr. Henry Lee, a forensic scientist involved with many high-profile investigations, will be the sole presenter for an entire half-day at the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) EMS conference, Fire-Rescue Med, in Las Vegas in May. Lee, chief emeritus of the Connecticut State Police and founder and professor of the forensic science program at the University of New Haven, worked on investigations involving O.J. Simpson, JonBenet Ramsey, Laci Peterson, the 1993 suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster and the reinvestigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.Lee is an expert in forensic science, forensic serology, blood-spatter analysis, crime scene investigation, crime scene profiling, crime scene reconstruction, fingerprints, imprints and general physical evidence.On May 6, the final day of Fire-Rescue Med, Lee will present two one-hour general sessions in the morning and will then answer questions at a special lunch session, which will be limited to 100 attendees.In the first session, “Lessons Learned from High-Profile Cases,” Lee will talk about the problems, pitfalls and significance of high-profile case investigations. During the second, “Sharing My Life Experience,” he’ll use stories from his experiences to “leave attendees with important lessons to think about when arriving on any scene.”According to Lee, it’s important for first responders to be aware of their impact on crime scenes, particularly because the popularity of such shows as CSI has influenced how juries make their decisions. “Over the years, we’ve learned the scene gives evidence,” he says. “Contamination of the scene may interfere with investigation and ultimately the outcome. First arrivals [should] learn how to correctly preserve and document [the scene] and, if necessary, collect evidence.”At Fire-Rescue Med 2009, the IAFC EMS Section will offer two additional days of sessions by EMS leaders, plus two days of pre-conference seminars May 2—6 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino. For more information, go to www.iafc.org. –Ann-Marie LindstromAdvisory Council Offers First Advice to NHTSANHTSA created the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) this year to advise the agency on EMS concerns and got its first advice in October. The NEMSAC wants NHTSA to:> Ask the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to act on the Institute of Medicine recommendation to “convene a multidisciplinary ad hoc work group “¦ to evaluate the reimbursement of EMS and make recommendations regarding inclusion of readiness costs and permitting payment without transport”; > Draft a document by the end of January outlining a vision for “an EMS culture of safety” to better protect patients and personnel and suggest strategies and action steps to make such a culture a reality; and>Work with other “federal partners” on a joint project to create national guidelines to help field providers determine the most appropriate mode of transport (e.g., ground, air, ALS, BLS) for a particular patient.“These issues are of such paramount importance to EMS as a whole that we had to take a stand,” says NEMSAC Chair Dia Gainor, Idaho’s EMS director.NHTSA EMS Chief Drew Dawson enthusiastically accepted the NEMSAC suggestions. He committed to talking with CMS officials about the recommendation to form the ad hoc work group on reimbursement. He also said the recommendation to have NHTSA lead in creating an EMS culture of safety “is a great idea,” and noted that a joint NHTSA/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project on air-medical triage would be “the next logical phase in the CDC triage scheme.” NEMSAC Finance Committee Chair Kurt Krumperman, MS, (Rural/Metro’s vice president for government affairs until Oct. 1, when he joined the faculty of University of Maryland, Baltimore County) says, “We proposed that NEMSAC work on developing an EMS cost-of-readiness model and the finance committee was tasked to do that.” The finance committee will also conduct “a scientific literature review to see what has been done to demonstrate downstream health-care system cost savings that result from EMS interventions in the prehospital environment,” he says. “This may help us strengthen the argument on the value of EMS.”In late October, Gainor and Dawson invited 26 non-NEMSAC members to join the advisory council’s five committees. For a list of participants, visit www.jems.com. –MGNew Members Join National Advisory Council CommitteesThe National EMS Advisory Council added 20 new non-NEMSAC members to its five committees in November. NEMSAC Chair Dia Gainor appointed the new members based on recommendations from other NEMSAC members and “with the concurrence of the NHTSA Office of EMS.” The new committee members are not Advisory Council members, but may participate in all NEMSAC meetings (as well as in committee meetings), although they can’t vote on full-council recommendations and must pay their own expenses for attending those meetings. Here are the new committee members: (Committee chairs aren’t new but are full NEMSAC members.)Safety (Jeff Lindsey, PhD, chair): Bruce Evans, North Las Vegas (Nev.) Fire Department; Daniel Patterson, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Nadine Levick, MD, Objective Safety; Ron Thackery, JD, American Medical Response; and Brian McGuire, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Systems (Kyle Gorman, MBA, EMT-P, chair): Paul Sirbaugh, DO, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston; Drexdal Pratt, North Carolina EMS director; and David Engler, Nebraska Professional Fire Fighters.Finance (Kurt Krumperman, MS, chair): Graham Nichol, MD, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle; Terry Mullins, Arizona EMS director; Troy Hagen, Ada County (Idaho) EMS; and Brenda Staffan, Rural/Metro Corp.Analysis, Oversight and Research (Ritu Sahni, MD, chair): Peter Dayan, MD, New York Presbyterian Hospital; Brooke Lerner, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin; Dana Selover, MD, Oregon Patient Safety Commission; and Michael Schnyder, New Hampshire EMS data manager.Education and Workforce (Kevin Staley, MPA, chair): Carol Cunningham, MD, Ohio EMS medical director; John Becknell, publisher, Best Practices in Emergency Services; Steven Krug, MD, Chicago Children’s Hospital; and Gloria Murawsky Akuna, Milwaukee Fire Department.Gainor said the individuals “were chosen because of their demonstrated expertise in areas germane to committee work.” She said, “They’ll serve at a minimum through the rest of this NEMSAC term.” That term lasts until January 2010. Although the committees meet primarily via teleconference, NEMSAC meets face to face four times a year, with the next meeting scheduled for January. For more information,visit www.ems.gov and click on NEMSAC on the pull-down menu under EMS System.PROBONO>Off-Duty Conduct: Only your business?If you post a picture of yourself using illegal substances on your public MySpace or Facebook page, can your EMS agency legally fire or discipline you? Probably–the law typically allows your agency to protect its professional reputation in the community.What if you’re “moonlighting,” and your supervisor is concerned about how little sleep you’re getting? The agency could establish a policy requiring you to report to work well-rested, and could counsel or discipline you if there are objective signs you’re too tired to function safely. Many states also allow employers to limit moonlighting. EMS agencies have a legitimate interest to ensure you don’t pose a risk to yourself or others, especially while on a call. Employees often think their employer has no jurisdiction over their off-the-clock conduct. But EMS employers do generally have an interest in regulating certain off-duty behavior when there’s a legitimate work-related reason for doing so. And courts will typically allow such regulation when the activity puts the EMS agency in legal or financial jeopardy or may adversely affect its reputation or the safety of others. For example, employers have a legitimate interest in taking action against EMS staff for illegal off-duty behavior, especially if the conduct can affect job performance. Private employers generally have more leeway in disciplining employees for off-duty conduct. But municipal employers can regulate and even prohibit certain off-duty activities because there’s a legitimate interest in reducing fatigue, limiting litigation and lessening liability. The EMS employer should be extra careful when taking adverse action for off-duty conduct, and that action should be based on specific violations of department policy or “codes of conduct” whenever possible. Employees should make sure they’re fully aware of the rules and expectations of the employer and ask questions if they’re not sure what they mean. The key for EMS agencies to avoid problems is to set the expectations up front. Communicate the policy or code of conduct to everyone, and always follow the principles of “due process” and fairness before taking adverse action.1. Ammon v. City of Coatesville, 1987 U.S. Dist. LEPro Bono is written by attorneys Doug Wolfberg and Steve Wirth of Page , Wolfberg & Wirth LLC, a national EMS-industry law firm. Visit the firm’s Web site at www.pwwemslaw.com for more EMS law information. Quick TakesNo More Diversions in MassachusettsBeginning in 2009, hospitals in Massachusetts won’t be allowed to turn away ambulances because their emergency departments are overcrowded. The Mass. Department of Public Health (MDPH) says ambulance services “may honor diversion requests” only when a hospital is closed to all patients due to an internal emergency. The MDPH advised hospitals to “adjust to this change” by examining their internal hospital systems to “ensure maximally efficient patient flow.” Selling False SecurityFor the past few years, many people have entered an in-case-of-emergency (ICE) number into their cell phones to allow emergency personnel to quickly reach a family member or friend. More recently, several vendors began marketing services that allow people to put their allergies, prescriptions, blood type and other such information on their cell phones. The problem: Most EMS responders don’t turn on patient cells to search for such information. “It’s not our practice to look on someone’s cell phone,” Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) spokesman Capt. Armando Hogan recently told the Los Angeles Times. The LAFD cautioned on its Web site: “ICE is not something that paramedics rush to look for the instant they arrive at an emergency.”Anthrax Meds by MailIf the U.S. suffers an anthrax attack, watch your mailbox for antibiotics. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced in October that local letter carriers could get kits with small amounts of antibiotics to protect themselves and their families against anthrax. These antibiotics would help protect letter carriers who volunteer to deliver antibiotics if “the Postal Service was called upon to deliver the same life-saving antibiotics directly to homes across their community where people may have been exposed to the bacterium that causes anthrax.” HHS said the Postal Service has already pilot tested such a plan in Seattle, Philadelphia and Boston. Also in October, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opened the door to voluntary anthrax vaccination for first responders, revising an eight-year-old recommendation against that step.NAEMT Has New OfficersThe National Association of EMTs installed new officers at its annual elections in Las Vegas Oct. 14: President Patrick F. Moore, President-Elect Connie Meyer, Treasurer Richard Ellis, Secretary Donald W. Walsh, and Immediate Past President Jerry Johnston.Serious gaming for your ComputerA new computer game, “Zero Hour: America’s Medic,” uses simulated mass-casualty scenarios in a virtual environment to prepare EMS responders for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) events. It focuses on CBRNE detection, triage and prehospital treatment, information collection and threat recognition, and information sharing and collaboration.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) gave the National EMS Preparedness Initiative (NEMSPI) at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C., $1.2 million to create the game. According to Gregg Lord, associate director of the GWU Homeland Security Policy Institute, NEMSPI contracted with a private company, Virtual Heroes, to build the game and recruited EMTs, paramedics and first responders nationwide for the project’s steering committee.“I think this is a tremendous tool for people to learn what we’d want to know during a large-scale event. There are not a lot of chances to practice triage, so we have them “˜touch’ a lot of patients,” Lord says.“Players must deal with chaos, panic, large volumes of patients and needs that far exceed available resources,” the NEMSPI Web site states. “Each time EMS providers play the game, they’ll have different resources to work with, different scene hazards to deal with, different patients to treat and different resources they can call on.” The game is designed to be completed in six hours (for six continuing education credits). Although Zero Hour is aimed at paramedics, it’s also appropriate for EMTs and first responders. “We decided to make it ALS and assume BLS providers would learn something along the way,” Lord says. “We’re also getting a lot of interest from the gaming world, and we assume there will be a significant number of people paying for it initially who aren’t EMS providers.”Anyone using a Windows platform can download the game for $14.95 at www.nemspi.com and play it as many times as they like. –MGlast_img read more

International Race Community Loses Legendary Medical Chief

first_imgLONDON (AP) – Sid Watkins, the former Formula One medical chief who was credited with saving the lives of several race drivers, has died. He was 84. F1 team officials and Watkins’ family said the English neurosurgeon died Wednesday. Watkins was at the forefront of F1 safety for 26 years, serving as the series’ medical delegate from 1978 to 2004. As a trackside doctor, he was credited with helping save the lives of several drivers after heavy crashes. They included two-time F1 champion Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello. Watkins tended to Ayrton Senna after his fatal crash at Imola in 1994. McLaren chairman Ron Dennis says “it’s probably fair to say he did more than anyone, over many years, to make Formula One as safe as it is today.” Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.last_img read more

Scientists Target Cancer With Light Particles

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNew Zealand scientists have developed tiny “light” particles that can seek out and destroy cancer cells.Victoria University synthetic chemist Richard Tilley said researchers had established the tools to detect cancer when it was at the stage of a single diseased cell – well ahead of some MRI scans which cannot identify tumors until they are about 2.5 centimetres wide.The lit particles can be attached to cancer drugs, which could treat the disease in a targeted way.(Continue reading in the New Zealand Herald)Photo by National Cancer Institute, CC license, via WikipediaAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Quebec Premier Charest to speak at Vermont Chamber Business & Industry EXPO May 24

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber Business & Industry EXPO is excited to announce that Quebec Premier Jean Charest will be speaking at the EXPO Business Luncheon on Thursday, May 24. Premier Charest will speak to business leaders about the economic relationship between Vermont and Quebec in his speech, Québec and Vermont: a Shared Vision for Economic Competitiveness and Collaboration. â Premier Charest is a great addition to the impressive line-up of EXPO speakers,’said Vermont Chamber President, Betsy Bishop. â We are happy to host him and his topic is especially relevant to the business leaders who attend EXPO, many of whom do business across the border in Quebec.â  Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will also be speaking at the luncheon. â Vermont and Quebec have a long history of working together,’says Shumlin. â I am pleased to have Premier Charest join me at EXPO and look forward to continuing our efforts to encourage collaboration between businesses from both sides of the border.’   For more information about EXPO speakers, seminars, awards, and for how to register visit www.vtexpo.com(link is external). Photo: Premier Charest and Governor Douglas in Quebec, 2010.Vermont Chamber 5.16.2012last_img read more

Solar-powered sight – POC Solar Switch glasses feature electrochromic LCD lens

first_imgPOC has introduced a host of new innovations and updates for its autumn 2019 and 2020 cycling collections. According to the Swedish company, this includes a world-first in eyewear – Solar Switch.POC notes that Solar Switch represents a first for eyewear as the glasses use an electrochromic LCD lens. This can instantly change tint based on light conditions, and the feature is powered solely by the sun.POC CEO, Jonas Sjögren, said “I am extremely proud to present the Solar Switch. Our safety mission drives our innovation and product development; and the Solar Switch is a clear embodiment of our approach. To be able to develop a world-first pair of sunglasses, that can change between lens tints automatically and instantaneously, powered solely by the sun, and all wrapped in the lightweight performance Aspire frame, is truly inspiring.”POC adds that the Solar-Switch lens, which will provide a darker tint in sunnier conditions and instantly become lighter in shadow or cloud conditions, can significantly improve vision, safety and performance in changing weather, light conditions or environments, such as descending through mountain tunnels.The Solar-Switch changes tints (between levels 3-4) instantaneously and ‘automatically ensuring a rider never need remove their hands from the bike, take their glasses off at speed or even think about what or how they see.’ Uniquely it has been developed to be powered only by the sun’s solar power, needing no battery or charging ‘so it will always be there, sustainable and reliable.’A leading manufacturer of helmets, eyewear, body armour, apparel and accessories, POC was founded in 2005 in Sweden, with a mission to ‘protect lives and reduce the consequences of accidents for athletes and anyone inspired to be one’. It has received over 60 international awards for technology, innovation and design, including the prestigious Bike industry ‘Brand of the Year’ award.In a release, POC noted a number of other products also being released for 2019-20:The W’s Ultimate VPDs bib shorts – set a new benchmark for what female riders should consider in cycling performance and function, featuring a brand new and highly innovative suspender design, the bibs will confine poor performance and awkward, rushed nature breaks to the history books.A brand new child-specific range of POCito cycling products, including a brand new helmet, the Omne POCito SPIN, children specific back, knee and elbow protection and new apparel.Transit – developed specifically to make more of those everyday moments, the Transit collection supports a state of mind, there to stimulate the senses, inspire travel and enhance the downtime.The brand new Ultra Collection – highly engineered and precise apparel for adventures off the beaten path, which have fused the best of POC’s off and on-road experience and insight to develop a collection that will open up your two-wheeled world.Commenting on the W’s Ultimate Bib shorts, POC CEO Jonas Sjögren, continued “We are proud of our Swedish heritage and values, especially the belief in equality across all spheres of life. For far too long, however, we have witnessed the ridiculousness of female cyclists having to venture further from the roadside just to take a nature break, or opt for bib shorts that represent a performance compromise.“We were fed up with this imbalance, female riders need bibs that perform for racing, have aero advantages, class leading comfort, as well as the functionality and speed on nature stops – so we decided to make them, the ‘Ultimate’ VPDs bib short.”W’s Ultimate VPDs bib shorts are billed as the benchmark for women’s bib shorts. POC adds that.. ‘Women’s bib shorts have often featured good design, comfort or fit, but they have never combined unique silicone chamois technology forged on aerodynamically advanced compression fabrics, all combined seamlessly together with a new unique design that provides female riders with the ultimate speed, flexibility and comfort for essential mid-ride/race toilet breaks.’The brand new and advanced strap design helps to create a bib with compression on the bike and flexibility, which means they can be pulled down during stops without needing to remove the suspenders. Created by, and with, female riders the design has been ‘rigorously tested’. This includes” precise leg length, suspender design, seem layout, compression, aerodynamics, chamois design and functionality during stops and racing.POC will present the complete autumn 2019 and new 2020 collection at Eurobike from 4-7 September – Hall B3 – booth 402.www.pocsports.com Relatedlast_img read more

New XTA MX36 Console Switching System Aimed at Managing Audio at Live Events and Festivals

first_imgXTA’s new MX36 Console is a DSP-enabled speaker switching system for live events. The dual-rack MX36 can accommodate as many as nine consoles via 36 inputs across analog, AES and Dante networks. Inputs are arranged in sets of four to support standard left, right, front-fill and sub feeds from each individual console. All AES inputs have sample-rate conversion and there is one set of four outputs, available simultaneously across analog, AES and Dante networks, with clock output sync available on AES.All switching takes place in the digital domain with soft crossfades, primarily to switch up to three consoles, each with up to three levels of redundancy. The primary and secondary sources may be selected depending on the availability of support on each console — so AES or Dante, or even just analog — and the MX36 constantly monitors signal integrity thus, will auto-select the selected highest priority secondary source seamlessly should the primary fail. If failover with redundancy is not required, the MX36 can handle up to nine consoles, accommodating three each on Analog, AES and Dante. Furthermore, the Dante buss allows for units to operate in either cascade or parallel modes to extend the input set sizes or number of consoles that may be simultaneously switched.In addition to the quad channel sets for the consoles, there is a mono mic preamp for announcements. This has selectable routing, as well as clarity filtering in DSP and switchable 48-volt phantom power. A stereo line input for background music is also available, again with “sweetening” filtering, selectable routing and fully balanced rear XLR inputs, plus an unbalanced 3.5mm jack front panel input. Just as important as the extensive switching and automatic routing capabilities, the MX36 also has full headphone monitoring of every line individually, including redundancy channels, and is visualized on extended PFL style metering.All of this is fully user-configurable via front panel controls. XTA says there’s no way for the device to be tampered with remotely, and once settings are locked down, the engineer can step away, safe in the knowledge that the MX36 will keep the music playing, backed up with dual redundant power supplies.For details and specs on XTA’s new MX36, visit here.last_img read more

Thank millennials for your free checking account

first_imgby: Lucy Mueller Just as quietly and mysteriously as it began, America’s antipathy for millennials disappeared.After years of trend pieces about “Generation Broke,” Gen Y has risen above its festering reputation. Why? Quite simply, millennials are better with their money than you are. They save fastidiously, contribute to their 401(k)s and think things like “Am I going to be house poor?” — which isn’t exactly groundbreaking but also isn’t something a lot of Americans concerned themselves with a decade ago.With all the buzz about what millennials are in the process of changing forever — the wine industry, for one, the work place, the Republican party — it’s no wonder that this generation has already left its mark on consumer banking.Most people are wrong about millennials’ biggest contribution to the financial space. They assume it’s a dip in mortgage originations or the popularization of mobile banking.Both are true — but there’s one banking product that millennials have actually saved from the brink of extinction, without even realizing it: the free checking account.It doesn’t look exactly the same as it did five years ago. You probably won’t be writing checks or visiting a branch to deposit cash. But if you’re OK moving most of your checking online, you’ll likely be able to avoid fees completely.Why the Free Checking Account Disappeared in the First PlaceDon’t get too excited; free checking accounts are still relatively rare at national banks, and have been for half a decade. Back in 2009, 76 percent of all noninterest checking accounts were free; these days, that number is closer to 38 percent, according to The Associated Press.This is because, in the year following the financial crisis, the federal government started to regulate one of the biggest cash cows for national banks: fees. For the first time, banks were limited in how often they could charge overdraft fees and how much they could penalize merchants for debit and credit card transactions. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Anthrax suit settlement, norovirus in UK oysters, mosquitoes and tularemia

first_img AP report: US to pay $2.5 million to widow of anthrax victimThe US government, without admitting any fault, has agreed to pay $2.5 million to the widow and family of a Florida photo editor who died in the 2001 anthrax letter attacks, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The story said the AP obtained a document saying that Maureen Stevens will drop all other claims stemming from the death of her husband, Robert Stevens. She had filed a lawsuit in 2003 asserting that the government failed to stop someone at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Maryland from creating the Bacillus anthracis preparation that killed five people and sickened 17 others. The settlement names Stevens and her three grown children and says that attorneys’ fees of no more than 25% will be paid out of the $2.5 million, according to the story. Robert Stevens, who died Oct 5, 2001, worked for American Media Inc. in Boca Raton, Fla., publisher of three tabloid newspapers. The FBI concluded in 2008 that the anthrax attacks were perpetrated solely by USAMRIID scientist Bruce Ivins, who committed suicide as the agency was preparing to accuse him. Controversy over the FBI’s conclusion in the case has persisted, with some scientists questioning certain of the agency’s scientific findings. The AP story said lawsuits brought by other victims of the 2001 attacks have been dismissed, but at least one is still in the appeals stage.Nov 29 AP story Nov 29, 2011 Mosquito onslaught may predict tularemia cases in northern forestsHigh levels of mosquitoes in tularemia-endemic boreal forests may lead to outbreaks of tularemia in people, according to a research team from Sweden. The investigators analyzed data from 1981 through 2007, during which 370 people in Dalarna County, Sweden, contracted the disease, which is caused by the Francisella tularensis bacterium. Of the cases, 94% occurred during seven summer outbreaks, and disease transmission was concentrated along area rivers. The researchers found mosquito abundance to be correlated with the annual number of human cases, with predicted peaks in mosquito populations in late summer consistently preceding the median onset of human tularemia.Nov 28 J Infect Dis abstractcenter_img UK reports high prevalence of norovirus in oystersThree quarters of oysters from UK growing beds tested positive for norovirus, though half of those had low levels of the pathogen, according to a report today from the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA). The health impact of these findings, however, is difficult to assess because available technology cannot differentiate between infectious and noninfectious norovirus material within oysters, the agency said in a press release. Researchers in this first-of-its-kind UK study also found a marked seasonality to norovirus levels, with 90.0% of samples taken between October and March testing positive, compared with 62.4% of those taken between April and September. The annual average was 76.2%, but 52.1% of those samples were below the limit of quantification (less than 100 copies/gram), whereas 1.4% of the positive samples measured greater than 10,000 copies per gram. Andrew Wadge, FSA chief scientist, said in the release, “Though oysters are traditionally eaten raw, people should be aware of the risks involved in eating them in this way. The Agency advises that older people, pregnant women, very young children, and people who are unwell should avoid eating raw or lightly cooked shellfish.”Nov 29 FSA press releaseNov 29 FSA report summary, with link to full reportlast_img read more

Chart 56: COVID-19 In New Mexico May 9

first_imgStatewide counts. Shown are the cumulative numbers of tests, diagnoses, recoveries and deaths in New Mexico. Created by Eli Ben-Naim Daily diagnoses in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos counties.Created by Eli Ben-Naimlast_img