20th edition: 2016 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup features semi-finals format

first_img Related The ITU World Cup season continues this weekend with the sixth stop of the ten-part ITU World Cup calendar arriving to the iconic Hungarian town of Tiszaujvaros. The northern Hungarian town returns as a host on 9-10 July, making it one of the longest running World Cup venues in ITU history. Part of a week-long party, the race is seen as a favourite for many top athletes.For this year’s 20th anniversary of the Tiszaujvaros ITU World Cup, the race will maintain its semi-finals and finals format, with three semi-finals for the men and two for the female triathletes taking place on Saturday, with the finals to be held on Sunday.Women’s elite raceFor the first semi-final, 22 athletes will be on the pontoon for the three lap 750m swim course, before taking their bikes for a two-lap 20km flat bike. The 5km run is also going to be fast and flat, with a course designed for the whole town to get behind the athletes.The top 14 athletes in each semi-final will qualify for the final, to be held on Sunday, with another two places awarded to the next two best times.Men’s elite raceIn the men’s race, the top 9 athletes in each semi-final will qualify for the final, to be held on Sunday, with another three places awarded to the next three best times.Now in its 20th year, Tiszaujvaros is just two hours from Budapest and thanks to its status as the second longest running ITU event, is known as the triathlon capital of Hungary. ITU adds that the World Cup has one of the best atmospheres of any on the ITU calendar, and is a summer tradition in Tiszaujvaros, as the event has a festival like atmosphere.www.tvkmalitriatlon.huwww.triathlon.orglast_img read more

Rizzardi teaches in China

first_imgRizzardi teaches in China November 1, 2015 Regular News ST. THOMAS LAW PROFESSOR Keith Rizzardi traveled to Beijing this summer at the invitation of the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), to teach in a variety of disciplines, including environmental law, criminal procedure, legal ethics, lawyering skills, global governance, and human rights, as a part of the CUPL Summer School Program. In his environmental law class, Rizzardi noted that the cultural differences between China and the United States were very evident not only because of the language barriers, but also due to restricted access to media and tools that Westerners take for granted, such as Google and Facebook. In the area of environmental negotiation, Rizzardi said the law students quickly drew certain connections because of the air pollution all around them, overcame the language barriers, and understood that the concepts of mutual gains – from the best alternative to a negotiated agreement to the tools for dealing with an angry public – transcended the cultural divisions between East and West. “Simply by breathing the Beijing air, I smelled the significance of teaching environmental law in China,” Rizzardi said. “Many of the students I taught will move on to important positions within the Chinese government. I realized that I was educating the change agents of the future.”last_img read more

Inside the lab using mind-changing psychology experiments to solve the Israel-Palestine conflict

first_img— To read a man’s mind, first you have to outline his skull. As the man lay still, staring blankly up at a screen, researchers crossed wires over his body and taped sensors to his temples. Yoav (a pseudonym, as he asked to remain anonymous), a 28-year-old political science student at Bar Ilan University in Israel, was paid 110 shekels (around $30) for his time, and didn’t know he was about to become part of an experiment attempting to change his mind about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It’s rare for psychologists to even create real-world experiments in geopolitical conflicts. Betsy Paluck at Princeton University, who won a MacArthur “genius” grant following her work using radio to promote reconciliation in Rwanda, is one of just a handful conducting such experiments. Separately, few academic psychologists use the results from their research to help shape policy; Stanford University psychology professor Greg Walton, who has done considerable work on the best resources and messages in schools to help children learn is a rare example. Combined, then, Halperin’s focus conducting experiments within a conflict setting, and his work applying the results outside of academia, make his efforts unique. Read the whole story: Quartz More of our Members in the Media > Last November, I watched a psychologist use a digital pen to draw the circumference of a man’s head. The coordinates of his brain were quickly mapped, pinpointing the precise areas within his skull that process emotions. Behind him, a massive magnetic mind-reader—a neuroimaging device called a magnetoencephalography, or MEG—emerged from the wall, funneling into an oversized white helmet. It took two scientists to slowly maneuver the apparatus into position around his head.last_img read more

Men who buy sex have much in common with sexually coercive men

first_imgShare Pinterest Share on Facebook “It’s like she’s not really there.” – Study participant who bought sexMen who buy sex have less empathy for women in prostitution than men who don’t buy sex, according to a study published online Aug. 31 in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. The research, co-authored by UCLA professor Neil Malamuth, also found that men who buy sex are more likely to report having committed rape and other aggressive sexual acts.The study of 101 men in the Boston area who buy sex and 101 men who do not indicates that sex buyers’ perspectives are similar to those of sexually coercive men. Emailcenter_img LinkedIn Share on Twitter “Our findings indicate that men who buy sex share certain key characteristics with men who are at risk for committing sexual aggression,” said Malamuth, a professor of communications studies and psychology. “Both groups tend to have a preference for impersonal sex, a fear of rejection by women, a history of having committed sexually aggressive acts and a hostile masculine self-identification. Those who buy sex, on average, have less empathy for women in prostitution and view them as intrinsically different from other women.”In other studies, a lower level of empathy among men has been associated with sexual aggression toward women.Whether prostitution is a job or sexual abuse has long been debated. The new findings support the view that prostitution is more like sexual abuse.“We hope this research will lead to a rejection of the myth that sex buyers are simply sexually frustrated nice guys,” said Melissa Farley, the study’s lead author and executive director of Prostitution Research and Education, a San Francisco-based nonprofit.Had the study found no differences between the views of men who buy sex and those who don’t, it might have given credence to those who advocate legalizing and regulating prostitution, said Farley, an expert on prostitution and human trafficking.“However, given the significant levels of sexually aggressive attitudes and behavior found in sex buyers, a more progressive legal policy would be like that seen in Sweden and Norway, where prostitution is understood as a predatory crime against economically and ethnically marginalized women,” she said. “The Nordic model arrests sex buyers but decriminalizes those in prostitution and provides them with exit services.”One man who bought sex and was interviewed for the study compared the transaction to disposing of a coffee cup after he had finished drinking from it. “When you’re done, you throw it out,” he said.Another said of women in prostitution, “I think a lot of times they feel degraded. I mean, the ones I know have no self-confidence, so they feel less than a person, and more like a commodity.”Malamuth said the study confirmed the predictive ability of many of the risk factors for sexual aggression he has studied for the past 35 years. His Confluence Model characterizes men who are at higher risk for committing sexual aggression. It emphasizes several key risk factors, including antisocial behavior, a preference for impersonal sex, treating sex more as a sport than as part of an intimate relationship, and “hostile masculinity,” which includes traits such as a narcissistic personality, hostility toward women and a desire to have power over women.The men in the study were relatively knowledgeable about coercion and sex trafficking, and about many of the reasons that women entered prostitution.The researchers screened more than 1,200 men to reach two groups of men who were similar in age, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The men were guaranteed anonymity and each was interviewed for about two hours. The study was funded by Hunt Alternatives, a private foundation.last_img read more

Dyslexia linked to shorter memory trace of previous stimuli

first_imgShare “While dyslexics are mainly diagnosed according to their reading difficulty, they also differ from non-dyslexics in performing simple perceptual tasks, such as tone-frequency discrimination,” says first author Sagi Jaffe-Dax.“Our lab previously found that this is due to ‘poor anchoring’, where dyslexics have an inefficient integration of information from recent stimuli, collected as implicit memory. This memory typically forms ‘anchors’ that provide specific predictions that clarify noisy stimuli, and we wanted to see why this is not the case in dyslexics,” says Ahissar.In the current study, the team gave 60 native Hebrew speakers, including 30 dyslexics and 30 non-dyslexics, frequency discrimination and oral reading tasks. During the frequency-discrimination task, participants were asked to compare two tones in each trial. All participants’ responses were affected, or biased, by implicit memory of previous stimuli. Both groups were affected in similar ways by very recent stimuli, but dyslexics were less affected by earlier stimuli.“This suggests that implicit memory decays faster among dyslexics,” says Jaffe-Dax. “We decided to test this hypothesis by increasing the length of time between consecutive stimuli and measuring how it affects behavioral biases and neural responses from the auditory cortex, a section of the brain that processes sound.“Participants with dyslexia showed a faster decay of implicit memory on both measures. This also affected their oral reading rate, which decreased faster as a result of the time interval between reading the same nonword – a group of letters that looks or sounds like a word – numerous times.”The team concludes that dyslexics’ faster recovery from stimuli can account for their longer reading times, as it causes less reliable predictions for both simple and complex stimuli.Co-author Orr Frenkel explains: “The formation of adequate predictions is crucial for becoming an expert in general, and an expert reader in particular. Achieving this depends on matching printed words with predictions based on previous encounters with related words, but such predictions are less accurate in dyslexics.“However, while shorter implicit memory means they are unable to yield efficient predictions, it may be advantageous with unexpected stimuli, such as novel events in a sequence of predictable, familiar events. Further studies will be needed if we are to establish whether this is indeed the case.” Email Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Researchers have provided new insight into the brain mechanisms underlying a condition that causes reading and writing difficulties.Humans have a type of long-term memory (called ‘implicit memory’) that means we respond less to stimuli as they are repeated over time, in a process called neural adaptation. But the new research suggests that dyslexics recover faster than non-dyslexics from their responses to stimuli such as sounds and written words, leading to their perceptual and reading difficulties. The discovery could pave the way for earlier diagnosis and intervention of the condition.Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that affects one in every 10 to 20 people in the UK alone, impacting their ability to read and spell words but not affecting their general intelligence. Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, led by Professor Merav Ahissar of the Psychology Department and The Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, decided to carry out a number of experiments with dyslexics and non-dyslexics to shine new light on the mechanisms behind this condition.last_img read more

CPV Manufacturing counterfeit alert

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GSS releases white paper

first_imgIn the paper GSS discusses what an incubator is, why CO2 needs to be measured and what the requirements for a CO2 sensor are.The paper also highlights the role GGS’ SprintIR-6S and ExplorlR-W CO2 sensors can play to address applications where high measurement rate, responsiveness and long-term accuracy are parament. “Suitable for CO2 incubators and a variety of other life science applications, they come with several options that allow the sensor to be optimised for the installation,” the paper reads.GSS’ full white paper can be accessed here.last_img read more

Israel’s ex-PM begins jail term for bribery

first_imgFormer Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has begun a 19-month jail sentence, becoming the first former PM to go to prison.Olmert was handed a six-year sentence in 2014 after being convicted of bribery charges relating to his time as Mayor of Jerusalem.The sentence was reduced to 18 months in December 2015, but an extra month was added last week for obstruction of justice.Olmert was Israel’s Prime Minister from 2006 to 2009.In March 2014 he was found guilty of accepting, while he was Mayor of Jerusalem, a $129,000 bribe from developers of one real estate project and a $15,000 bribe in connection with another.The Supreme Court however subsequently cleared him of the charge of accepting the $129,000 bribe and reduced his sentence to 18 months.On 10 February, the court rejected key part of a plea bargain and added one month on to Olmert’s sentence after he admitted attempting to persuade his former secretary not to testify against him.The Supreme Court is yet to rule on an appeal by Olmert against an eight-month prison sentence he was handed last year after being convicted of fraud and breach of trust for accepting illegal payments from an American businessman.He will serve the sentence at Maasiyahu prison in the central Israeli town of Ramle.last_img read more

St. Vincent de Paul drive benefits Farmington Schools families

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington Public Schools and St. Vincent de Paul have partnered again to collect clothing and shoe donations that will ultimately benefit district families in need.Large bins have been placed at the Farmington Public Schools Schulman Administration Building, 32500 Shiawassee in Farmington. After the drive ends on Sunday, October 21, St. Vincent de Paul provides the school district with gift cards to its store in Keego Harbor, which are then distributed to Farmington Public Schools families.Donation slips can be found within the self-serve donation bins. Large items cannot be accepted at this location. If you have a large item to donate, please call 1-877-788-4623 or visit svdpdet.org to schedule a pick up.St Vincent de Paul helps more than 300,000 people each year by providing food, shelter, utility assistance and more to those in need. The charity’s dental clinic, summer camp, thrift stores and donation centers, and nutrition center support long term strategic efforts to eliminate poverty and suffering in the community. Reported bylast_img read more

PFL: Bedic’s lone goal powers Kaya vs Global

first_imgKaya had early chances on the goal early courtesy of Connor Tacagni, Arnel Amita Masanari Omura and Bedic but all their attempts were blocked by the tight defense of Casas.The Iloilo-based team continued to attack the defense of Casas just before the halftime break with close-range attempts from Tacagni, Eric Giganto and Miguel Tanton, but could not find its way to the goal.Global also had opportunities to score in the second half but Kaya’s reserve goalkeeper Zach Banzon was on point to block the shots. Kaya finally scored one in the 86th minute when Bedic caught Casas’ defense down.“We are happy to end the league on a high note. I am also glad with the performance of our players, including those who rarely played. This is a good preparation for the Cup conference,” said Kaya head coach Noel Marcaida.This was Kaya’s fourth win in five encounters with fellow Visayas squad Global this conference./PN Jovin Bedic (right) scored in the 86th minute and handed Kaya FC Iloilo the victory as they solidified their No. 2 standing in the 2018 Philippines Football League. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN MANILA – Kaya Iloilo ended its campaign in the 2018 Philippines Football League on a winning note.Jovin Bedic came up with a game-winning goal for Kaya to escape with a 1-0 victory over Global Cebu during their match on Saturday.The Ilonggo struck one over the defense of Global’s goalkeeper Louie Casas with just four minutes remaining at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.Kaya finished the season on second place with 49 points on 15 wins, four draws and six losses while Global got stuck on last place with 5 points on one win, two draw and 20 losses.last_img read more