OK, so the name (or at least the first half), was one of the worst kept secrets in pro-cycling. Nevertheless, the official unveiling in Luxembourg this evening of the state-sponsored team built around Andy and Fränk Schleck, and confirmation of Trek’s headline sponsor role, was exciting.Check the video above for some hype from the bike sponsors (and also Specialized’s HTC videos, too) for a taste of the action. This effort from Trek may be predictable (if only because, since Cervélo’s Beyond The Peloton, it seems to be de rigueur to make a series of behind-the-scenes documentaries) but saliva-inducing none the less.Full team details are here: they make pretty exciting reading.And, finally, click below for a peek at the kit, which has been receiving a slating on the internet, but which – aside from the depressing blue/black trend predominating in the peloton – is actually fairly tasteful, IMHO. Though shouldn’t it be more like this? Let us know your thoughts…Daniele Bennati. Source: Velochrono.fr Brice Feillu. Source: Velochrono.fr
Wired:I’ve got a weak spot for pulp fiction, especially when it involves a mysterious twist. I like unironic thrillers and mediocre Agatha Christie imitations. Basically, I like any kind of fiction that lets me forget for vast stretches of time that I’m sitting in an airport terminal.I read these books in an unusual way: I begin with the last five pages, seeking out the final twist first. The twist won’t make sense at this point, but that doesn’t matter — I enjoy reading the story with the grand finale in mind. (Hell, I even cheated with Harry Potter.)I’ve always assumed that this reading style is a perverse personal habit, a symptom of a flawed literary intelligence. It turns out, though, that I was just ahead of the curve, because spoilers don’t spoil anything. In fact, a new study suggests that spoilers can actually increase our enjoyment of literature. Although we’ve long assumed that the suspense makes the story — we keep on reading because we don’t know what happens next — this new research suggests that the tension actually detracts from our enjoyment.Read the whole story: Wired More of our Members in the Media >
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A Greenport woman arrived home on Wednesday, November 7, only to find a strange man standing in her living room, Southold Town Police reported. The startled woman called police but the man was in no hurry. When police arrived, he was standing outside.Anthony Chance, 38, of East Marion was standing in front of the house and allegedly admitted that he had gone inside the house without permission.The victim noticed her checkbook and $200 were missing, she told police. A subsequent search turned up the items in Chance’s possession, police said. That was good enough for a felony count of burglary in the second degree.In other news, John Tuthill of Greenport was arrested on Monday, November 5, for driving while intoxicated. Southold Town Police said he was spotted driving across double lines at about 8:15 AM on Route 25 in Jamesport. He did not fare well when police initiated routine sobriety tests.Mynor Depazjavier of Cutchogue was arrested for DWI in the wee hours of Saturday morning, November 3, on Route 48 in Peconic, police said.Southold FireA fire on Jasmine Lane in Southold injured two people, one seriously.A woman was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Centerafter suffering burns from a fire that sparked in her Southold home onOctober 31.The fire started shortly after 11 AM and firefighters from the Southold, Greenport, and Cutchogue fire departments all responded to the scene.One cat perished but two others made it out, though they have yet to be recovered.Teens Still MissingRiverhead Town Police are asking the public’s help as investigators continue to search for two teenaged girls missing from Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch since October 27. Independent/RTPDRiverhead Town Police are asking the public’s help as investigators continue to search for two teenaged girls missing from Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch since October 27.Police said Desiray Meislohn, 14, and Erika Swanson, 16, left the ranch’s facility on Sound Avenue in Riverhead on their own and no foul play is suspected. Teens living at the facility have left on their own accord in the past. Police are urging anyone withinformation to call 631-727-4500. Calls will be kept email@example.com Share
On Saturday, April 13, Sag Harbor will turn into a running course for a cause. At the ninth annual Katy’s Courage 5K, sneakers will be hitting the pavement to honor and remember a 12-year-old who stole the community’s hearts, Katy Stewart, who died of a rare pediatric liver cancer.“We look forward to the 5K every year,” said Brigid Collins, Katy’s mother. “This race is such a great way to kick off the spring season and see our community come together. We love seeing all the talented athletes and new faces year after year. It’s so heart-warming to see our friends, family, and supporters in attendance and coming together to support our cause. It’s a great course.” Runners of all levels — and ages — are encouraged to participate, from competitive to casual.Katy’s Courage is a not-for-profit organization that supports education, children bereavement counseling, and pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.Partial proceeds from this year’s event will go towards college scholarships for seniors at Pierson and East Hampton High School. In addition, money raised will fund Katy’s Kids at the Children’s Museum of the East End. Katy’s Kids is a dedicated group providing a healing environment for kids and their families who have recently lost a loved one to cancer. The open sessions take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month.Katy’s father, Jim Stewart, also looks forward to the event ever year. “After being inside all winter, it’s great to get out and see all our supporters, friends, and families participate in this heart-shaped 5K. We deeply appreciate all the camaraderie and love shown for a cause close to our hearts that honors the memory of our little girl, Katy.”Registration and check-in takes place from 7 to 8:15 AM, with the race beginning at 8:30 AM. The race will head north from 21 West Water Street before making a right onto Main Street and another right onto Glover Street. A run through the Redwood section will finish back on Water Street.“Most recently, we made a contribution in support of an initiative at Memorial Sloan Kettering designed to help fund a DNA sequencer and the genomic profiling it drives, helping patients get the earliest and most precise treatment possible. Each of these initiatives is in need of dollars to positively affect our community, and we continue to see first-hand the way in which they make a wonderful difference for the children and families who receive assistance from them. We look forward to seeing everyone at the race!” Stewart concluded.Visit www.katyscourage.org for race sign-up or to make a firstname.lastname@example.org Share
Third-party logistics provider Damco has started operating the first international standard warehouse and Container Freight Station (CFS) facility in Myanmar.This brand-new 4,000 square metre facility is C-TPAT compliant, located within 15 kilometres from Yangon ports and major industrial locations.It is suitable for import/export activities for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), consumer electronics, apparels, components, machinery and project cargo.“Damco is the first global logistics company in Myanmar. After acquiring an operating license in 2013 and opening a new office in Yangon, we have strengthened our position in Myanmar by being the first international logistics company in the country to start offering own-operated CFS/warehousing services,” said Kiattichai Pitpreecha, managing director of the Thailand, Malaysia & Myanmar cluster.According to Damco, since international sanctions were lifted in 2012, Myanmar has established itself as a new frontier market, with potential to become a major sourcing country and consumer market in the near future.The country’s strategic location between three drivers of global economic growth – China, India and Southeast Asia – makes it one of the most unique emerging markets in Asia.“Emerging markets have always been one of Damco’s focus areas and core strengths, with many of our key customers sourcing their products from or operating in these markets. These customers can now rely on Damco as their logistics partner in Myanmar. They will benefit from the same service quality for cargo shipped out of Myanmar as any other country in which we operate,” said Kiattichai Pitpreecha.[mappress]June 25, 2014
The demolition team had just two nights to remove the concrete supports and the railway track beneath the bridge was shut to traffic for two days. The 300-tonne capacity Liebherr mobile cranes were positioned on both sides of a railway track approximately 8 m below the bridge. The cranes’ attachment equipment was secured to each half of the 80-tonne concrete supports, which measured 2 m in height, before work began to cut the supports in the centre and at the abutments using a diamond-tipped wall saw. The crane drivers then had to work with precision to ensure that the freely suspended sections of the support, measuring around 15 m in length, did not tilt. The project was made more challenging due to adverse weather conditions, including sub-zero temperatures and thick fog at the site. According to Liebherr, Sommer-Kranverleih from Bremen and Autokrane-Spallek from Ibbenbüren, Germany, have fleets that comprise of approximately a dozen cranes each, all of which have been supplied by the Liebherr plant in Ehingen. www.liebherr.com www.sommer-kranverleih.de www.autokrane-spallek.de
Lungile Nqophiso Elton Louw wrote Die Aasvoël. Lungile Nqophiso Afrikaans radio comedy drama, Die Aasvoël, part of Artscape’s New Voices programme, will premiere on Saturday August 29, at 5pm, on Radio Sonder Grense (RSG).Written by Elton Louw, the two-hander stars Denver Vraagom alongside Andre Samuels and begins with a burglar breaking into a well-to-do house only to discover someone is at home. What transpires is a comedic take on humanity, how much we have in common and what could happen if we are in the wrong place at the wrong time.The New Voices radio partnership aims to bring financial relief to artists and scriptwriters of this year’s programme in the absence of live theatre due to the pandemic.It also serves as a platform to showcase their talent while entertaining South Africans with emerging productions aimed at redressing socio-economic challenges through the arts.Tune into Die Aasvoël on RSG 100-104FM or www.rsg.co.zaMeanwhile, IsiXhosa radio drama Ekugqibeleni by Lungile Nqophiso will broadcast on MFM 92.6 on Sunday August 30, at 1pm.Loosely translated as “finally”, Ekugqibeleni features actors Anele Mpenze, Lwando Xwayi, Siviwe Daniso Nondindwa and Yamkela Nqweniso and starts with a baby being found on a rubbish dump. It explores the consequences for the person finding the baby and how love, respect, forgiveness and dignity work together to display our humanity.The show can also be live streamed here on Tuesday September 1 and Thursday September 3, at noon and 6pm. 1 of 2
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Chairman of the Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Andy Ferguson said;“It’s great to see our Council investing in a supply of these portable ashtrays. Whilst officers will be out and about looking for litterers we will also be out educating the public and giving away these stubbies. I would urge you all to do all you can to avoid a fine of £80 and dispose of your cigarette ends appropriately.”Vice Chairman Councillor John Martin added;“Cigarette ends lying on pavements looks awful outside pubs, restaurants, schools and supermarkets to name a few. I’m pleased to see officers will be using a mix of highly visible and plain clothed operations to catch litterers in the act this December. Do not fall foul of the law and dispose of your cigarette end legally and safely.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Safety Team will be out in force this month to target irresponsible litterers who throw their cigarette ends away.The fine for this offence is £80 – quite a hit just 2 and a bit weeks until Christmas. That £80 could buy a few presents, a shed load of pigs in blankets or provide you with a good start for the Boxing Day sales! Our officers will be out in uniform and in plain clothes throughout December and will be targeting hotspots in towns and villages across Dumfries and Galloway.Officers will be carrying ‘stubbies’ on their patrols to hand out to members of the public who are enjoying their cigarette. These portable ashtrays can be placed in a pocket, wallet or hand bag and can be used to safely dispose of a cigarette and then emptied into a larger ashtray or bin at a later date. These will be free to anyone who wishes to have one – if you see an officer in your town or village approach tem and ask them for a stubbie – it could save you £80!