USA Triathlon by the numbers

first_imgUSA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 510,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grass-roots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).www.usatriathlon.org National governing body USA Triathlon (USAT) has released data on how 2013 added up when it came to the numbers of participating athletes, coaches, race directors, clubs and more.From results submitted through to 18 December 2013, there were 517,150 finishers at USA Triathlon sanctioned events in 20134,327 events were sanctioned by USA Triathlon in 2013In 2013, USA Triathlon officials oversaw 655 races covering 276,171 participants and gave out 5,857 penalties7,964 athletes competed in USAT’s own National Championship events (Age Group, Duathlon, Collegiate, Youth & Junior)1,133 age-group athletes were on Team USA in 2013115 age-group medals were achieved at ITU World Championships, including 43 gold, 35 silver and 37 bronze604 Certified Race Directors80% growth rate for USA Triathlon’s webinar offerings from 2012 to 2013, in which the organization offered 90 webinars1,050 USA Triathlon registered clubs in 20131,551,902 — training miles (weighted) logged by 121 clubs and 3,053 athletes in a three-month period for the 2012-2013 USA Triathlon National Challenge Competition410 new USA Triathlon Certified Coaches (Level I, Level II, Level II Endurance and Youth & Junior) in 20132,961 Certified Coaches at all levels3 x ITU World Triathlon Series victories by Gwen Jorgensen, who in April became the first US woman to top the podium with her victory at Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego Relatedlast_img read more

‘Tidings of Joy’ — Village Presbyterian’s 20th annual Christmas production addresses ‘loneliness’ created by pandemic

first_imgThe pews of Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village are empty, but the church still has messages of hope, peace and joy to offer this Christmas season.During an unprecedented and isolating holiday season marked by a global pandemic, the church at 6641 Mission Rd. will still present the 20th anniversary of its “Tidings of Joy” concert. But instead of a live event, Village Pres’ choir, along with local nonprofit Literacy KC, is teaming up to perform for a live-streamed film that will continue the annual holiday tradition in a safer way.“There was a dream that emerged of doing something to meet the moment, to acknowledge the loneliness, separation, vacancy of the church, and inspire people by directly addressing that, and doing something that would capture our imaginations and inspire us to persevere,” said Will Breytspraak, music director at the church.The free 30-minute film will be available to view at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, at any of the following links:villagepres.org/onlineyoutube.com/villagechurchmusicfacebook.com/villagechurchmusicProduced by filmmaker Jack McClain of Kansas City, Kan.-based Circle M Films, the film features Village Presbyterian carolers, members of Literacy KC, singers and Prairie Village residents Judy and Bob Bliss, and their son, Metropolitan Opera tenor Ben Bliss, among other guests.The film tells the story of a curious boy, who enters the empty Village Church sanctuary, thinking he’s hearing Christmas music. Awed at the beauty, but disappointed at the silence and emptiness, he feels he has to do something. Through the course of the film, he and other carolers come together — in a safe, masked-up, physically distanced way — to spread goodwill and cheer in the community.Literacy KC members also share reflections on the season and community during the course of the film.Breytspraak said he hopes to impart the following message to viewers:“You’re not alone. We can be together if we can tune into the love and community in our hearts, even if we’re not physically together this year. And this transcends Village Presbyterian Church. This is about community; it’s a story through our community. This year, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ is not coming into the church; it’s coming into the hearts and homes of the whole community.”Below is the movie trailer.last_img read more

Compare your ‘leadership brand’ to your CU’s culture

first_imgIs it congruent or running counter to culture?by: Lisa HochgrafA corporate brand is the three or four words people consistently think of when they think of that company. A public figure’s brand is the three or four words people think of when they think of that person. In turn, a leader’s brand is … you got it … the three or four words people think of when they think of that leader.That’s how Professor Kathleen O’Connor, Ph.D., explained leadership brand in “Leadership Brand and Shadow,” a new blended learning course now in progress through a partnership between CUES and Cornell University. Blended learning is designed to maximize educational value, while minimizing travel and time away from work.Knowing your own leadership brand can help you decide if it is congruent with your credit union’s culture, or if you are running against the current, O’Connor said. Knowing your strengths that support your brand can help you make career decisions. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Look into my pupils: Pupil mimicry may lead to increased trust

first_imgPinterest Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter People often mimic each other’s facial expressions or postures without even knowing it, but new research shows that they also mimic the size of each other’s pupils, which can lead to increased trust. The findings, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, reveal that participants who mimicked the dilated pupils of a partner were more likely to trust that partner in an investment game, but only when the partner was part of the same ethnic group.“People generally underestimate the importance of pupils, despite the fact that we look into them each day. The pupil provides a rich source of social information — we can force a smile, but we can’t force our pupils to dilate or constrict,” says psychological scientist Mariska Kret of Leiden University, lead author on the study. “Our findings show that humans synchronize their pupil size with others and this behavior — over which we have no voluntary control — influences social decisions.”In previous work, Kret and colleagues found that humans and chimpanzees synchronized their pupil size specifically with members of their own species. The researchers hypothesized that pupil mimicry might be important for the establishment of a bond of trust between two individuals. Dilated pupils are typically perceived as a sign of safety, suggesting that mimicry of another person’s dilated pupils may lead to a sense of mutual trust. Constricted pupils, on the other hand, tend to be perceived as a sign of threat — thus, the researchers did not expect that mimicry of constricted pupils would be associated with trust.center_img Email Kret and colleagues Agneta Fischer and Carsten De Dreu of the University of Amsterdam recruited 61 Dutch university students to participate in an investment game. The students were told that, for each trial, they would see a short video clip of their partner and would then have to decide whether to transfer 5 Euros or 0 Euros to that partner. The clip was actually a manipulated image of a pair of eyes, programmed to show pupils that either dilated, constricted, or remained static over a period of 4 seconds.The participants were told that their investment would be tripled and their partner would then choose what portion of the money (if any) to give back to the participant. Thus, the participant had to make a quick decision about whether they should trust the partner and invest the 5 Euros, in the hope of seeing a greater return. In reality, all of the partners’ choices were determined and randomly assigned by the researchers.As expected, the results showed that participants were more likely to trust partners whose pupils had dilated, especially when the eyes indicated a happy expression.And data captured by eyetracking technology showed that the participants tended to mimic their partners’ pupils, whether they were dilating or constricting.Most importantly, mimicking a partner’s dilating pupils was associated with the decision to invest money — but only when the partner’s eyes had a Western European appearance.According to the researchers, these findings suggest that group membership plays an important role in how we interpret pupil signals. In this study, participants were more likely to trust partners with dilated pupils when they belonged to the same group (Western European descent) than when they didn’t belong to the same group (Asian descent).“The results of the current study further confirm the important role for the human eye in what people love and fear,” the researchers write. “More specifically, pupil mimicry is useful in social interactions in which extending trust and detecting untrustworthiness in others go hand in hand, and it benefits in-group interactions, survival, and prosperity.” LinkedInlast_img read more

Beef producer adds testing for non-O157 E coli strains

first_img Beef Products, Inc. (BPI), based in Dakota Dunes, S.D., said in a press release that now that test methods have been developed for the six strains, it will include them in its test-and-hold program. It said the beef products will be sold or used for raw ground beef only if tests show no contamination for E coli O157:H7 and the additional E coli strains. Meat producers are bracing for future federal monitoring of the strains, according to an earlier report. “While this additional testing will add significantly to the cost of BPI’s current hold and test program, our decision to voluntarily start this testing is consistent with our overall commitment to food safety and quality,” he said. Currently E coliO157:H7 is the only strain classified by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an adulterant in ground beef, but other strains, known as “the big six,” have emerged as food safety threats in recent years. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists sixnon-O157 Shiga-toxin producing E coli (STEC) strains that are pathogenic for humans: O26, O111, O103, O121, O45, and O145. The agency says O26, O11, and O103 are the non-O157 strains that most commonly cause illness in the United States. Jul 15, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – A South Dakota beef company yesterday announced that it would become the first processor to incorporate testing for six lesser-known pathogenic Escherichia coli strains into its food safety program. Nov 2, 2010, CIDRAP News Scan Jul 14 Marler Blog post US Rep Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who has often worked on food safety legislation, yesterday commended BPI for its decision to test for the six additional E coli strains. “Beef Products, Inc. is the world’s largest producer of lean beef products and has taken a leading step in protecting American consumers from Shiga toxin-producing E coli,” she said in a press release. “We know that these types of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E coli are dangerous, causing over 100,000 illnesses every year in the United States.” Food safety advocates have repeatedly pushed the USDA to classify pathogenic non-O157 strains as adulterants and test for them. The USDA is considering whether to regulate the six strains in beef products and has made progress on validating new tests to detect them. A rule to regulate the strains is under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).center_img Bill Marler, a foodborne illness attorney based in Seattle, said in his blog yesterday that the Obama administration, the USDA, and the OMB have run out of excuses for not declaring the six E coli strains as adulterants. “It is good to see that someone (BPI and others) in the meat industry have risen to the challenge,” he wrote. In October 2009 Marler filed a petition asking the federal government to classify the six additional E coli strains as adulterants. Jul 14 Beef Products, Inc. press release BPI said in its press release that new tests can detect the strain and that a sufficient supply of testing kits is now available. See also: Craig Letch, director of quality assurance for BPI, said in the statement, “The recent situation in Europe convinced us that it was time to add tests for these other potentially harmful pathogens now. “Europe’s outbreak, centered in Germany with a cluster in France, is linked to fenugreek sprout seeds thought to be contaminated with the rare E coli O104:H4 strain. CDC information on E coli O157 and other STEC strainslast_img read more

CARICOM Heads Meeting a success – Chairman

first_img May 7, 2020 Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister of Barbados, Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, has deemed the just-concluded 36th CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting, held in Barbados from July 2 to 4, a success.“Generally speaking, I think we had a successful conference. As I said in my opening address on Thursday evening, there will always be things that the Caribbean Community has not yet been able to do, and there will always be things that we have already done that it can be argued that we can do better. But, in the context of the realities we now face, I am satisfied, and I think the consensus of the conference was, at its close, that we had a successful CARICOM conference,” Mr. Stuart emphasised. More:  BGIS Story CARICOM Leaders prepare for Hurricanes amid COVID-19… Jul 2, 2020 You may be interested in… Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Apr 15, 2020center_img CARICOM Heads Meet Friday – Handover of Chairmanship to… STATEMENT – Tenth Special Emergency Meeting of the… Press Release re: Ninth Special Emergency Meeting of the… Aug 18, 2020 CSME review comments by March 31[su_pullquote align=”right”]”I made the point during our presentation to the conference that the CSME is not a destination, it’s a journey, and there will always be work to do. What we want to ensure is that we have a regional integration movement that is alive, and that we’re responding appropriately…February 20, 2017In “Barbados”‘We cannot relax our goal of perfecting Regional integration’ – Incoming CARICOM ChairmanChairman of the Conference of the CARICOM Heads of Government the Rt. Hon Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados said that the goal of perfecting regional integration must remain paramount for the Caribbean Community. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 36th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of…July 3, 2015In “Anguilla”PMs Barrow, Stuart advocate strongly for stock-takingCARICOM leaders have called for stock-taking to determine what was working well for the integration movement so that those elements could be retained and improved, while discarding those components that were hindering the Community. As they addressed the Twenty-Seventh Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government which opened…February 17, 2016In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Los Alamos Toppers Top Albuquerque Chargers 10-9

first_imgThe Topper softball team traveled Saturday to Albuquerque to play the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. The Toppers jumped out to a 8-0 lead by the fifth inning and the Chargers mounted a run, which brought the score to 9-9 by the sixth inning. The Toppers rallied to score the winning run in the seventh inning. The Toppers batting was the deciding factor with two home runs, one by Katie Wimer, pictured celebrating as she rounds first on her way home as the third batter in the first inning, which set the mood for a run at the plate scoring five runs in the second inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comSavana Luster was the winning pitcher in Saturday’s game against the Chargers. She kept the Chargers at bay until the sixth inning when she took a break and Katie Wimer finished the inning. Wimer came back in the seventh inning to wrap up the win. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Catcher Dailynn Rodriguez catches a pitch from Katie Wimer as the batter takes a swing and a miss in the first inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comKatrina Sanchez connects for a double in the second inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comKatrina Sanchez slides in under the tag for the third run in the second inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comDailynn Rodriguez takes a high-five from Coach Randy Burditt as she rounds third after hitting the second home run of the game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comRiley Hernandez gets under the ball near the fence for the first out in the sixth inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comSavanna Lester tries to slide under the tag at home plate but was called out in the seventh inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Linde announces sponsorship package

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Modified Atmosphere Packaging: A breath of fresh air for 21st century shoppers

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Cut to the quick

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