first_imgRelatedMinistry and JET Launch Education Campaign to Keep Resort Towns Clean RelatedManufacturers Urged to Make Good Use of Tourism Linkages Event Advertisements The tourism sector continues to experience steady growth in arrivals, with final figures for the 2014 calendar year indicating a 3.6 per cent over the similar period in 2013.Making the disclosure, Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, told a special media briefing at the western office of the Prime Minister in Montego Bay, today (February 5), that the country welcomed more than 2 million stopover visitors during last year, which is unprecedented.“This surpassed the 2 million we did in 2013. Between January and December 2014, we welcomed 2,080,181stopover visitors, which represents an increase of 3.6 per cent over the 2,008,004 stop over visitors recorded for 2013,” he said.The Minister said overall, Jamaica welcomed over 71,000 more visitors during 2014, than in 2013.He added that major contributors to Jamaica’s arrival growth were increased arrivals from the source markets, with stopover arrivals out of Europe growing by 10.7 per cent; arrivals from Canada moved up by 5.2 per cent; the United States increased by 2 per cent, with Western US showing a 5.4 per cent increase and an additional 5.6 per cent from the Southern United States; and a 9.2 per cent increase from the Asian market.Turning to arrivals in the cruise shipping sector, Minister McNeill announced that for the year, Jamaica recorded a 12.5 per cent growth over 2013.“In 2014, the island welcomed 1,423, 797 cruise visitors, which represents an increase of 12.5 per cent over 2013. In other words, Jamaica welcomed over 158,000 more cruise ship visitors in 2014 than we did in 2013,” he said.“So, in total, Jamaica welcomed some 3.5 million visitors to the island in 2014,” the Minister added.The Minister informed that for December 2014, the first month of the current Winter Tourist season, arrivals recorded an increase of 5.9 per cent over 2013, with 213,129, and that cruise ship was also up 12.6 per cent.Turning to earnings from the tourism sector, Dr. McNeill reported that Jamaica raked in some US$2.2 billion between January and December 2014, which translates to a 5.8 per cent increase over the similar period in 2013.The Minister also pointed out that preliminary arrival figures for January 2015 are very promising and from all indications, Jamaica should experience a very strong (rest of) the winter season, and that things are shaping up for the summer. RelatedArrivals Up for Winter Tourist Season Tourist Arrivals Increased by 3.6 % In 2014 TourismFebruary 5, 2015Written by: Marlon Tinglingcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Tourist Arrivals Increased by 3.6 % In 2014JIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Tourism, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill. Story HighlightsThe tourism sector continues to experience steady growth in arrivals, with final figures for the 2014 calendar year indicating a 3.6 per cent over the similar period in 2013.Making the disclosure, Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, told a special media briefing at the western office of the Prime Minister in Montego Bay, today (February 5), that the country welcomed more than 2 million stopover visitors during last year, which is unprecedented.The Minister said overall, Jamaica welcomed over 71,000 more visitors during 2014, than in 2013.last_img read more

first_imgThe Sinn Féin leadership will meet with the British Prime Minister later. Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill will meet with Theresa May with Brexit on the agenda.The restoration of power sharing in the north and legacy issues will also be on the agenda. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – June 20, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleDDF Irish Open Public Information EveningNext articleULSTER FINAL PREVIEW – Declan Bonner News Highland Sinn Féin leadership to meet with British Prime Minister later Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

first_imgThe bottom bracket area is big. Real big.The frame uses a standard 68mm bottom bracket shell. Surprisingly, Storck’s current lineup uses 68mm BB shells all the way up until their top of the line, $8,550 Fascenario 0.7 IS frameset, which uses a BB90 setup for Storck’s PowerArms crankset.  Even without the almost common BB30, you’d have to be a clydes crusher to feel any flex out of the Absolutist’s frame.Up front, the Absolutist 1.0 comes with Storck’s Stiletto Aero fork (approx. 360g).  The ultrawide legs provide solid tracking and virtually no fore-aft flex.  Even over rough sections and small (ie. shallow) potholes or torn pavement, you can hit them at speed and barely see the axle move backward.They’re fairly thick throughout, tapering wider as you move up the legs, too, which I’m guessing will keep them in UCI 3:1 compliance, though we didn’t measure.HOW’S IT RIDE?TYLER’S REVIEW: (6’2″, 178lbs)As I mentioned in the intro, my first ride on this bike was only planned to go up to rent a movie, but I ended up riding about 21 – 22 miles just because the bike rode so well.  On another ride, I covered about 38 miles in what seemed like 30…I was actually surprised when I mapped the ride on Google afterward. It had seemed like such a short ride, which means the bike is either crazy fast or such a joy to ride that time flew by.  I say both.As tested, it had a very long 130mm stem, which led to some neck and lower back strain on rides longer than 90 minutes.  A shorter stem would have helped a lot, as would a shallow-drop handlebar. Getting in the drops put me way too low, which was exacerbated by the long stem. Overall, the bike did feel just a bit small under me. Not so much that I couldn’t ride it well, but a 60cm option would be nice.Despite the oversized tubes and simply massive stays, the bike never beat me up.  In fact, I didn’t note any harshness throughout the test period.  Given that the cockpit is aluminum, no vibration damping or bump softening was coming from the seatpost, stem or handlebar, which makes the comfortable ride that much more impressive.In corners, the bike is very stable and predictable, which inspires confidence.  Sit up with hands off the bar and the bike rolls along in a straight path (which isn’t always the case with bikes that have a racier geometry), and handling never felt twitchy. It never felt slow, either, striking a great balance that rewards all types of riding.  That’s German engineering for you.The Absolutist can sprint, race and handle long rides with aplomb. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a high performance bike that, save for a few fit modifications, is ride- and race-ready out of the box.DANIEL’S REVIEW: (6’0″, 167lbs)After Tyler’s test rides, the Stork Absolutist 1.0 was set up a little large for me. After swapping the stem to a 100mm and playing with seat positions I was definitely more comfortable.The component spec on the bike was pretty straightforward base performance stuff.  It’s a sexy looking bike with the gloss carbon and blue decals, but it’s sort of a sleeper.  This is one of those bikes that doesn’t necessarily jump out at you with any overblown features or attributes, it’s just a solid ride.The only issue I had was a total blowout of the rear tire during some parking deck sprints. It sounded like a shotgun and about made me jump off the bike!I really can’t cite any major accolades or drawbacks. It’s a comfortable, affordable bike from a brand known for high performance, lightweight frames. I would have no problem doing long rides and races on this bike.BIKERUMOR RATING:The funny thing is, neither of us can pinpoint any one particular thing that stood out that made the bike such a great ride.  Well, perhaps the fork…it’s amazingly stiff and tracks like it’s on rails.  The Absolutist corners well, pedals efficiently, goes fast and somehow doesn’t beat you up over gravelly, winter-worn country roads.  The fact that team kitted hammerheads on the group ride will keep checking it out is pure bonus, and the frame is worth upgrading as your talent and/or budget grows. Overall it’s just a really great bike to ride, and ultimately, isn’t that what we’re looking for? We give the Storck Absolutist 1.0 a solid 4.5 Thumbs Up!RANDOM NOTES ABOUT PRICING AND SIZINGAt this price point, the Absolutist is a fair deal for the frameset given that it’s from a mid-sized builder.  For about $750 more you can get the 70g lighter Absolutist 0.9, but for that cost difference you can drop more weight via smart component selection.  You’re getting a great fork and a great frame, and it’s hard to put a price on the “exclusivity” of riding something that few if any of your buddies have.For a bike spec’d like this, $4,000 is a bit on the high side for a Rival-equipped bike, especially when compared to bikes from big brands like Trek or Specialized that spec a lot of house-brand components and wheels. Bang-for-buck, it’s already spec’d with Ritchey WCS cockpit bits, which are fairly light, so you could upgrade to the Mavic Ksyrium SL wheelset (or any other 1,4XXg wheelset) and save about 280g – 300g (2/3lb) over the Equipes.  Like the frame, you’re paying a bit more for name brand spec throughout and the fact that it’s coming from a mid-sized company.  In the end, our hunch is you’d be happy having spent a bit more on the Storck, and we all know you’re going to try to beat up your local shop on the price anyway.So, what would make it better?  Well, for me, a few more options at the tall end of the sizing spectrum.  Jumping from a 59cm to a 63cm could leave a range of riders out of luck, myself (Tyler) included. BIKERUMOR REVIEW: The Storck Absolutist debuted in 2009 as a “budget” frame from the German manufacturer known for its ultralightweight, high performance road bikes.The Absolutist comes in two frame models, the 0.9 and the 1.0, which follow the Storck numberclature by referring to their claimed frame weights: 980 and 1050 grams respectively.  The Vanderkitten women’s professional cycling team races on the Absolutist 0.9, and the 1.0 is the same basic bike, it’s just a slightly different carbon layup.  The 1.0 we reviewed has a $2,250 MSRP for the frameset (frame, Storck’s Stiletto fork and tapered inset headset).  Our test bike was built up with full SRAM Rival, Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels, Michelin Pro tires and a Ritchey WCS bar, stem and seatpost with a Fizik saddle, which is a packaged offered through Hawley for $3,999.We rode this bike for several months, logging more than a few hundred highly enjoyable miles on it and coming away very, very impressed.  Although several riders threw their legs over it, Daniel and I put most of the saddle time on the Storck, and like too many of the bikes we get to review here, neither of us wanted to send it back.  In fact, after pulling it out of the box and building it up, I rolled up to Blockbuster to grab a flick and ended up doing a 20 mile ride…it was just that nice.  Read on for the full review…WHAT’S IT WEIGH?We mentioned the spec our test bike came with at the intro, so the next logical question is “what does it weigh?”For a $4,000 bicycle with a frame of this quality, 17lbs is pretty good.  The Absolutist 1.0 is shown on Storck’s U.S. website with Ultegra and Schwalbe tires (all else the same) and is listed at 16.67lbs but sells for more.These weights are for our size 59cm test bike.  Here are all available sizes and frame dimensions:FRAME DETAILS:One of the high points of Storck’s frames is how efficient they are.  Even at the bottom of their hierarchy, the Absolutist would keep sprinters happy.  They accomplish this with their proprietary carbon construction methods, some of which you can see in this video and post.  The outwardly visible result is oversized downtubes, tapered headtubes, a stiff monostay seatstay and massive chainstays. Starting at the front, the headtube has a bulbous shape that hides a tapered 1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″ steerer tube and flows flows into the large diameter top- and downtubes.  Storck’s frames use size-specific tube shapes and sizing, so each frame is tailored to the size and (averaged) weight rider it’ll fit.Shifter cables run down the massive round downtube.Rear brake cable runs under the top tube, and cables are managed by brushed aluminum guides.Moving back, the junction of the top tube and seat tube is oversized, which flows into the massive mono stay above the rear wheel.This area is also a good spot to show the UD (unidirectional) carbon fiber layup of the monococque design.  It’s reeeeal pretty in the sunlight.Both the seat- and chainstays are shaped and thick.  Every bit of power goes into forward motion on this bike, but surprisingly, it wasn’t harsh even on less than perfect roads.At the business end of the stays is Storck’s trademark rear sliding dropouts, and on this frame they’re full carbon with metal inserts where the hub and skewer make contact.  At first, the rear entry takes a little getting used to (insert juvenile joke here) when changing wheels out.  Marcus Storck says the design pulls the wheel into the frame as you pedal, which means it requires less clamp force from the skewer, thus putting less pressure on the bearings.The chainstays are oversized, shapely and very tall:last_img read more

first_imgEmail Share on Twitter Share on Facebook As the 2016 election cycle heats up, so does another topic for debate: Which political party has the greater sense of self-control?In a new study, “The self-control consequences of political ideology,” that appears today in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, conservatives showed a greater aptitude for certain aspects of self-control, performing better on tasks that test persistence and attention regulation.At the same time, liberals appear to exhibit greater self-control when confronted with the idea that free will exerts a negative impact on success. LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Share “This study is an attempt to take a contemporary approach to the classic picture of how liberals and conservatives explain behavior and the consequences of those explanations for self-control,” said lead author Josh Clarkson, an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati who is a former student of Edward Hirt, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Hirt is also an author on the study.The behavior of political conservatives is often seen as reflecting a Protestant work ethic, according to the authors, through which people are more likely to attribute success to personal perseverance and hard work versus external factors beyond one’s control, such as birth or rank in society.“If you believe that you’re responsible for your own actions, or the outcome of your own actions, you’re actually better able to engage in self-control, which would suggest conservatives should demonstrate a greater capacity for self-control,” Clarkson said.To test their hypothesis, the researchers administered a questionnaire to discern whether participants endorsed or disagreed with statements reflecting a belief in free will. Statements included comments such as “people have complete control over decisions they make,” “people can overcome obstacles if they truly want to,” and “criminals are responsible for the bad things they do.”Not only did the questionnaire results closely correspond to the political ideologies of the participants, but people who most strongly agreed with the statements performed better at certain self-control tasks.The first task used to measure self-control is known as the “Stroop task,” which requires participants to resist the urge to name a word on a colored background rather than simply saying the name of the color, which requires a degree of self-regulation to stifle the incorrect response. The second, an anagram test, gave participants seven letters and unlimited time to make as many English words as they could with the letters, which measures persistence despite boredom or fatigue.Both tests are considered “seminal indices of self-control,” according to Clarkson, although the skills required to perform each are different.“So it is not simply a matter of conservatives being more efficient or liberals being overly analytical,” he said.In their performance on both tasks, however, conservatives outpaced their liberal counterparts. At the same time, both groups were shown to have similar levels of motivation and effort.Despite a seemingly clear distinction, Hirt said the study does not lend itself to blanket statements about conservatives versus liberals’ capacity for self-control.This statement is due in part to the results of a third test designed to explore a more complex relationship between political ideology and self-control: the idea that a belief in free will might inhibit success or lead to negative outcomes.“If you’re struggling with a certain task — whether your job, maintaining a diet or budgeting your expenses — who are you going to blame for your struggles?” Hirt said. “Anyone who feels they are responsible for their own outcomes, that sense of responsibility you take on could lead to greater guilt and inability to rebound.”To test performance under this scenario, a group of study participants was told that the belief in free will has been shown to be detrimental to self-control by causing feelings of frustration, anger or anxiety that inhibit concentration. Under these circumstances, the effects were reversed. Liberals outperformed conservatives, suggesting that a belief in free will can undermine self-control under certain conditions.“If you can get people to believe that free will is bad for self-control, conservatives no longer show an advantage in self-control performance,” Clarkson said.In these experiments, the researchers aimed to navigate a gap in understanding about how two powerful forces in American life — one related to political ideology, one to self-control — interact.“We really view this work as a launching pad to ask about mechanisms driving self-control, when liberals might exhibit better self-control, when conservatives excel, and what are the nuances,” Hirt said. “You can’t get to the nuances, however, if you don’t have a place to start.”Additional authors on the paper are John Chambers of Saint Louis University; Ashley S. Otto and Frank R. Kardes of the University of Cincinnati; and Christopher Leone of the University of North Florida.last_img read more

first_imgThe first-place Akron RubberDucks (35-15) hosted the second-place Altoona Curve (28-21) on Tuesday night at Canal Park.Akron snapped a two-game losing streak with an 11-4 blowout, thanks to great starting pitching and an offense that was clicking all game long.LHP Shawn Morimando (8-0, 1.65) took the mound for Akron, entering play leading the Eastern League in wins and ERA.Highly-touted Indians’ prospect Clint Frazier was activated from the 7-day disabled list.The outfielder got the start at designated hitter, batting third in the lineup.Frazier entered play with a .313 batting average (2nd in the Eastern League,) leading the league in doubles with 17.Morimando did not have his best stuff early on, allowing two runs in his first three innings of work. One of the runs was earned, while the other was attributed to a fielding error.The southpaw settled down from that point onward, not allowing a run in his next three innings of work.Akron’s offense struck early and often, as right fielder Jordan Smith doubled and homered in his first two trips to the plate.The RubberDucks put five runs on the board in less than four innings, thanks in large part to center fielder Todd Hankins, who drove in three runs with a double and a sac fly, sending Altoona’s right-handed starting pitcher David Whitehead to the showers after just 3.1 innings of work.The Curve made a pitching change, inserting right-handed reliever Edgar Santana to face Frazier with one out in the bottom of the fourth, and the first-round draft pick slapped a single to left, driving in his 22nd run of the season to make it 6-2.Neither side could plate a run for the next two innings, as Frazier had a golden opportunity to blow the game open, but struck out with the bases loaded.Morimando’s night would end after six innings of work and Altoona quickly cut into the deficit, making it 6-3 after a triple and a sac fly off of right-handed reliever Robbie Aviles.Aviles would bounce back and keep it a three-run game heading into the seventh inning stretch. The RubberDucks responded in the bottom half of the seventh, as second baseman Ivan Castillo drove in shortstop Eric Stamets with a fielder’s choice RBI to make it 7-3.Frazier stepped up to the plate in another great RBI situation with runners at first and second and two down. He drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases for power hitting first baseman Nellie Rodriguez. Right-handed relief pitcher Jhondaniel Medina’s rough seventh inning continued, as he walked the power hitter with the bases loaded, giving Akron an 8-3 lead.The Curve went to right-handed reliever Montana DuRapau to try to put the fire out, having to face catcher Eric Hasse, who was the only RubberDuck without a hit up to that point.Hasse pulled a bases-clearing double to left, driving in three runs to make it an 11-3 game.Mercifully, the inning ended after Akron put a five-spot on the board to remove all likelihood of a comeback.Altoona would tack on a run after a lead-off triple in the top of the eighth, making it 11-4. The Akron onslaught would continue in the bottom of the eighth, as the RubberDucks loaded the bases, but right-handed reliever Jonathan Schwind left the runners stranded.Left-handed reliever Nick Maronde worked a scoreless ninth inning to shut the door and seal the 11-4 victory.Morimando improves to 9-0 with the win and his ERA on the season falls to 1.63.Frazier finished the night 1-for-4 with an RBI single and a walk, scoring one run. He struck out twice, ending the night with a .311 batting average on the season.Stamets went 3-for-4 on the night with two doubles and a single. Hankins and Smith each finished the night with two hits. The RubberDucks piled up 13 hits and seven different players drove in runs on the night.Whitehead falls to 2-5 with the loss and his ERA drops to 6.28 on the season.Also of note for Altoona, St. Edward’s High School graduate Stetson Allie went 2-for-4 in the game with an RBI double and an infield single.The RubberDucks improve to 36-15 on the season, stretching their lead over Altoona in the standings to 7.5 games. Akron and Altoona are back at it again on Wednesday night at 6:35 PM in the second of a three-game set. Related TopicsAkron RubberDucksAltoona CurveClint FrazierShawn Morimando Matt Medleycenter_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

first_imgAfter watching his team concede from two set-pieces in their 3-2 loss to Scotland on Tuesday in their final international friendly before their opening FIFA Women’s World Cup game, Reggae Girlz head coach Hue Menzies was left disappointed with the team’s organisation during dead-ball situations. Menzies, however, noted that despite the result, he was pleased that they were able to work on certain aspects of their game, which they had set out to address. He noted that besides getting the Girlz acquainted with the World Cup environment, the focus for the game was to stay disciplined in defence and look for opportunities to counter, and he thought they were excellent in that regard. However, he believes that they should have done better on set-pieces and said the coaching staff must take responsibility for the poor organisation displayed by the team on both set-piece goals that they conceded. “It’s a game that we wanted to simulate conditions at the World Cup. They had 18,000 people that was the main thing. We wanted to make sure we were in an environment that there were not too many Jamaicans as we have to play with those things (at the World Cup)” he said. “We wanted to see if we could maintain our discipline defensively and get some counters (attacks) off it. We didn’t really play. We just tried to work on something specific and we scored two goals off it, so we are pleased with that part of it,” Menzies outlined. Set-piece concerns “But I was disappointed with the set-pieces because we practised those things and people just missed their assignments. We had some mismarking in the box on the corner kick because ‘Bunny’ (Khadija Shaw) wasn’t there and she (Shaw) has a (marking) assignment. She was off the field at the time when they scored that goal, and we the coaches will take full responsibility for that. It was miscommunication, we just couldn’t get the information in time. But that’s why we play these games,” he reasoned. “Also, we just didn’t keep the ball as much. We didn’t do a good job of that, and it is going to take some more practice. But at the end of the day, a 3-2 result at Hampden Park in front of 18,000 people is not a bad result,” he added. Menzies said the aim now is to get the players to their best physical and mental state ahead of their first game against Brazil on June 9 in Grenoble, France. “We are going to start focus on Brazil. We started watching some films. Scotland beat them one-zero.We watched that game already so we are now going to flip it towards Brazil and then go through and get the mindset ready for Brazil,” he said. At Hampden Park, Shaw put the Jamaicans in front after 15 minutes, but strikes from Caroline Weir and Erin Cuthbert sent the hosts ahead and into the half-time break with a 2-1 advantage. Although Shaw made it 2-2 in the 49th minute, Sophie Howard headed home from a corner to give Scotland the 3-2 win. Jamaica will also face Italy and Australia in Group C at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.last_img read more

first_imgABC(NEW YORK) — The Wendy Williams Show is the latest talk show to cancel live audience tapings due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The show released a statement via Instagram reading, “Wendy values her co-host and their daily participation, but in light of the current health climate, The Wendy Williams Show will not have a live studio audience until further notice. We will continue to produce a daily live talk show & look forward to welcoming the studio audience back when the time is right.”Wendy’s production staff filled in as her co-hosts during yesterday’s episode — the ones who weren’t in the control room or answering phones. “We don’t have much going on around here but we do have each other. These are people who support me and this entire production everyday,” Wendy Williams said in a clip from the show posted on Instagram.The View, Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, Live with Kelly and Ryan in New York, and game shows such as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune that tape in Los Angeles, have also opted out of having live audiences due to the outbreak.Copyright © 2020, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more