Sky High but Cervélo Penalised in Tour of Qatar Opener

first_imgEdvard Boasson Hagen will wear the leader’s jersey on today’s second stage after Team Sky won the opening team time trial in its first Tour of Qatar.‘Preparation, preparation, preparation,’ was the familiar mantra from the Team Sky high-ups: “Every little detail was covered – from the warming up, examining the wind conditions, scouting the course and looking how we would handle different corners and roundabouts – basically all the different technical parts which make a difference,” said Sports Director Scott Sunderland. Those less enthralled by ‘marginal gains’ were more excited by watching Bradley Wiggins take some huge pulls at the front as the eight-man phalanx gelled to impressive effect. They covered the 8.2km circular course around West Bay Lagoon in 9’41”, an average speed of 50.809km/h.Team Sky benefited from a tailwind towards the end, although the unpredictable –yet predictably strong – wind conditions in reality did nobody any favors. Least of all Cervélo, who were penalized a minute for an unauthorized shove among team-mates. Heinrich Haussler claimed he pushed Gabriel Rasch to prevent them crashing during a big gust of wind. However, the decision to ride in a two-man formation now looks a mistake, as the judges disagreed with Haussler’s assessment and consequently the team stands little chance of making an impact in the race.Garmin Transitions recorded the same time as Cervélo, eight seconds behind Sky, but will take cold comfort in their second place  – the team won last year’s opener and its then leader, Wiggo, took the gold jersey. What a difference a year makes.Saxo Bank, in third, go into today’s stage 13 seconds behind the leaders. They’re followed by HTC Columbia (-18 seconds) and Quick Step (-20 seconds).Check back for a report on Monday’s second stage, or tune in to Eurosport or Versus for coverage in Europe or the US.last_img read more

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Men more likely to achieve targets if they are set goals

first_imgEmail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter LinkedIn Pinterestcenter_img A new study by the University of Leicester has revealed that men are more receptive to goals in the workplace than women.Using a timed addition task, research from the University’s Department of Economics examined the effect of non-binding goals – where no monetary rewards or punishments are associated with success or failure – on effort, and found:Men are more motivated by achieving goals than womenGoal-setting can generate the same effects on success as monetary incentivesHaving a goal leads to better focus and increased speed to complete a taskOne hundred and nine research participants completed a simple addition task summing up sets of five two-digit, randomly drawn numbers over five minutes in one of three groups: Share Control – no goal was givenLow goal – to achieve 10 correct answersHigh goal – to achieve 15 correct answersThey found participants within the two goal groups scored more correct answers, attempted more questions and had greater accuracy during the tests. However, there was no significant difference between the two goal groups, showing that having a goal is more important than the specific value of the goal.Research lead Samuel Smithers, PhD student from the University of Leicester’s Department of Economics explained: “The focus of this research was to determine how to motivate people. When we are given a goal, we feel a sense of purpose to achieve it; it naturally helps to focus us. The findings demonstrate that setting a goal induces higher effort.“My research found that women perform better than men in the no goal setting, but men thrive in both of the goal treatments, suggesting that men are more responsive to goals than women. I also found a 20 per cent and 35 per cent increase in correct number of additions for the medium and challenging goal groups over the control group.“This is an incredible increase in output without the need for extra monetary incentives. The increase was due to an increase in both the speed and accuracy of the participants in the goal groups.”Participants were rewarded 25p for every correct answer, but no additional monetary bonus if they achieved their goal, showing that satisfaction for achieving a goal is motivation enough for greater performance.Research supervisor Professor Sanjit Dhami added: “Samuel contributes to a growing body of literature in behavioural economics that enriches classical economics by incorporating insights from the other social sciences, mainly psychology but also biology, sociology and neuroscience.“Behavioural economics paints a richer picture of human motivations, such as responsiveness to non-monetary goals, relative to classical economics that almost exclusively explores the effect of monetary incentives.“Samuel’s research shows that gender differences in economic behaviour are important and widespread. These results will be useful for policy-makers but also for private firms. Furthermore, this research serves to highlight the cutting-edge research in behavioural economics that continues to be undertaken at the University of Leicester.”The research, which is published in Economics Letters, was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).last_img read more

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MACS appoints UAL America as agent

first_imgMACS’ Gulf Africa Line services to and from Southern Africa and its Stinnes service to and from Europe will continue to be handled in house by its offices in Houston and Savannah. Last week HLPFI reported that MACS launched a joint multipurpose service with Universal Africa Lines (UAL). The monthly service will connect Europe and East Africa. www.macship.comwww.ualalliance.comlast_img

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Remcom to Demonstrate 5G and Automotive Radar Simulations at EuMW 2019

first_imgAt the upcoming EuMW 2019 event, Remcom will be demonstrating EM simulation for end-to-end RF and wireless design, including integrated solutions for 5G and automotive radar with WaveFarer. EuMW 2019 will be a 6-day event, including 3-state-of-the-art conferences and one leading trade show featuring leading experts from around the world. The event provides access to the very latest products, research and initiatives in the microwave sector.At Stand 2050 REMCOM will be showcasing and Demonstrating the following:Integrated Solutions for 5GRemcom will be demonstrating its EM simulation software suite for complete end-to-end design of complex devices and wireless communication systems. Together, the products provide a comprehensive 5G solution, from system and antenna design through performance assessment in realistic, simulated environments, and planning for deployment in 5G networks.MIMO and Array Design5G Urban Small CellsFixed Wireless AccessIndoor Wireless ApplicationsAutomotive Radar Simulation with WaveFarerSimulation technology has advanced to meet increasingly stringent design requirements for 24 GHz and 77 GHz automotive radar sensors. Visit Remcom’s booth to learn about the integrated approach from sensor design to drive test scenarios! Click here to know more.Electrostatic Discharge Testing in XFdtdRemcom will be previewing a number of new ESD simulation features coming soon in XFdtd. Engineers will be able to utilize ESD simulator waveforms, define the dielectric strength of materials, and easily locate weaknesses in their ESD design. These new features will provide ESD engineers with a valuable tool which can be utilized to optimize ESD protection during the design phase, thus reducing ESD failures during manufacturing and warranty claims after purchase. Stop by for a demo on the upcoming features!Examples include:A 5G, 60 GHz Antenna Array for use with mmWave Wireless Virtual Reality HeadsetsDesign and Simulation of 28 GHz Beamforming System and Antenna Array for 5G Network Base StationsThroughput of a 5G New Radio FD-MIMO System in an Urban Area Using Custom Beamforming5G/4G Combined Antenna Analysis in a Smartphone using EM SimulationBeamforming for an 8×8 Planar Phased Patch Antenna Array for 5G at 28 GHzWorkshop PresentationWaveFarer: Computing Raw Radar Returns with EM SimulationThursday, October 3rd | Workshop WTh-02WaveFarer is a high-fidelity radar simulator for drive scenario modeling at frequencies up to and beyond 79 GHz. Near-field propagation and scattering methods compute raw radar returns from target objects while considering multi-path interactions from ground reflections and other structures. It enables OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to virtually test and refine sensors earlier in the design process, reducing the overhead required to build prototypes and improving installed performance. This talk will discuss how a scene is defined, the scattering phenomena that are accounted for, and the types of results available through the WaveFarer simulation tool.Click here to view Remcom’s Product Information cards for EuMW 2019.Click here to view more highlights from EuMW 2019.last_img read more

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“Star Wars” Concert Series to Land at New York City’s Lincoln Center This Fall

first_img Related Lucasfilm(NEW YORK) — It’s the the perfect warm-up for the December release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Disney has announced the Star Wars Film Concert Series, taking place at New York City’s Lincoln Center this fall.The event will feature screenings of four Star Wars films — 1977’s A New Hope, 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, 1983’s Return of the Jedi and 2015’s The Force Awakens — accompanied by The New York Philharmonic.  The orchestra will perform Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores from those films live.The concerts will be led by acclaimed conductor David Newman taking Williams’ place at the podium at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall.  Visit LincolnCenter.org for more information.Here’s the full schedule: Sept. 15, 8:00pm Concert – A New Hope (world premiere)Sept. 16, 8:00pm Concert – A New HopeSept. 26, 7:30 pm Concert – The Empire Strikes Back (world premiere)Sept. 27, 7:30pm Concert – The Empire Strikes BackSept. 28, 7:30pm Concert – The Empire Strikes BackOct. 4, 7:30pm Concert – Return of the Jedi (world premiere)Oct. 5, 7:30pm Concert – Return of the JediOct. 6, 8:00pm Concert – The Force Awakens (world premiere)Oct. 7, 8:00pm Concert – The Force AwakensThe Star Wars saga is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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