UCI and Discovery partner on UCI Track Cycling World League

first_imgFollowing the creation of a new circuit for track cycling by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) on 26 September 2019, the UCI and Discovery are launching a new UCI Track Cycling World League. This is set to debut in the 2021-2022 season.Under the agreement, signed at the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot in Berlin, Germany, the management, TV production and distribution of the new UCI series will be entrusted to Global Cycling Network (GCN).This will be in collaboration with Eurosport’s dedicated event promotion division, Eurosport Events, for an initial term of eight years. The partnership will ensure international exposure for the new UCI Track Cycling World League via Discovery channels and platforms including Eurosport, the number one sports destination in Europe, and GCN, billed as ‘the world’s number one cycling media brand’.In a release, UCI noted that… ‘The new UCI circuit has a short, dynamic and attractive format that is perfectly suited to the needs of TV and the expectations of viewers. It aims to make track cycling more accessible and to open it up to new audiences who enjoy the spectacle of high-quality sport.’The competition programme for the new UCI league features four events for men and women: individual sprint, keirin, elimination race and Scratch race. The inaugural season will run from November 2021 to February 2022, following the 2021 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, and will comprise a target of six rounds, each running for around two hours.The nine best-placed riders in sprint and keirin as well as all medallists of bunch races at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships will gain selection for the UCI Track Cycling World League.Participants will wear jerseys inspired by their national flags, while the newly crowned UCI World Champions will sport their new rainbow jerseys for the occasion.As of 2021, the UCI International Track Cycling Calendar will be structured around the following major competitions:The UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup, comprised of three rounds held between March and September;The UCI Track Cycling World Championships, held in October, after the UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup;The new UCI Track Cycling World League, which will run from November to February.UCI President David Lappartient said “I am thrilled and delighted that Discovery will be by our side to help launch and promote our new UCI Track Cycling World League. Their expertise and recognised know-how in the fields of organisation and TV production and broadcasting will contribute significantly to the development and popular appeal of track cycling.“With this new UCI circuit, the discipline will have a packed and attractive annual calendar that offers variety and will meet the expectations of new audiences while also appealing to existing cycling fans. Along with our new partner, we will grow the appeal of track cycling beyond the Olympic Games, where it has been on the programme since the very first Games of the modern era, in 1896.”President, Eurosport and Global Sports Rights & Sports Marketing Solutions, Andrew Georgiou, said “We are excited to deepen our longstanding relationship with the UCI and go even further to grow the sport across Europe. Eurosport Events is an increasingly important strategic offer within our business, affording rights-holders the opportunity to build and strengthen their event portfolios globally.“The partnership with the UCI demonstrates what the scale and expertise of the wider Discovery family can offer partners in sport, providing both highly localised content to the widest variety of audiences as well as offering unrivalled expertise, analysis and storytelling from the best experts.Combining this strength in cycling with Eurosport Events’ promotional know-how and the global scale of Discovery’s channels and platforms, including Eurosport and GCN, we are confident we will build the UCI Track Cycling World League into a huge success. As Home of the Olympics in Europe, Discovery and Eurosport look forward to continuing to champion the riders who will be the stars of the velodrome all the way to Paris 2024.”www.uci.orgwww.eurosport.comwww.playsportsnetwork.com Relatedlast_img read more

Disc golf course design to be considered as possible step to bring more families to Nall Park

first_imgA player hits one of the baskets at the Rosedale disc golf course over the weekend.A design for a disc golf course at Nall Park is expected to be presented to the parks committee in Roeland Park this summer. The course designer who is putting the drawings together believes disc golf will bring more visitors to the park, especially families.Scott Reek designs courses, plans disc golf events and sells equipment from Dynamic Discs at 47th and Mission Road. One of the destination courses in Kansas City is just to the north at Rosedale Park in Kansas City, Kan. “Kansas City is a mecca for disc golf,” Reek said. “Rosedale is one of the busiest courses.”The Nall Park layout will be designed for a different crowd than Rosedale, Reek said. Rosedale has two 18-hole courses, including one that winds through woodland, and attracts serious players. “Rosedale will be jam-packed (on weekends),” Reek said. “Nall is designed for people who don’t want to deal with that.”“Nall will see some major traffic,” Reek said, just because of its proximity to Rosedale.A potential disc golf course at Nall Park would be “designed to bring families” to the park, he said. Reek said he is finished with preliminary drawings. Nall Park will only accommodate a nine-hole course covering 10 acres. At Rosedale the baskets are about 300 feet apart, but at Nall that would be reduced to 200 feet.Reek believes the design at Nall would make it good for beginners, young families and clinics. The design would not conflict with the playground area, shelter or walking trail.Councilor Becky Fast, who has been advocating for city investment and maintenance in Nall Park, said the discussion of possible disc golf at the park should begin at the August committee meeting. The city has also had interest expressed in a mountain bike course at the park.last_img read more

Nureva Microphone Mist Patents Announced

first_imgNureva announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued three new patents for the Nureva Microphone Mist technology platform. Patents numbered 10,063,987 and 10,397,726 describe the ability to focus sound signals in a shared 3D space and patent 10,387,108 describes the use of sound source positional information to derive automatic gain control output parameters. These patents disclose the ability of the Nureva Microphone Mist technology to create and monitor thousands of virtual microphones in a 3D space and manage gain control of those microphones by determining the precise sound source location in relation to the microphone array. They are the latest addition to the company’s active and growing intellectual property portfolio, which gives the company substantial runway for the development of new products and product enhancements.These inventions are central to the Nureva Microphone Mist technology platform and represent a significant advancement beyond traditional technologies like beamforming and omnidirectional microphones. Those technologies leave dead zones where people struggle to be heard — an issue made worse when people are moving around the room. Microphone Mist technology enables true full-room audio pickup by filling a room with thousands of virtual microphones, creating a pickup point near every person in the room no matter where they move or which direction they face. The technology’s advanced system processing capability, which can handle 15,000 MIPS (millions of instructions per second), allows Nureva’s audio conferencing systems to process sound from all virtual microphones in real time and focus microphone pickup on the best audio signal — creating a natural listening experience for remote meeting participants. This innovation reflects Nureva’s strategy of leveraging its intellectual property to create products that break new ground in helping teams collaborate more effectively. Visit the patents page on Nureva’s website for a full list of patents.See related  Nureva’s Audio Conferencing Systems Now Certified for Barco ClickShare ConferenceHere is a video demonstration of the Nureva HDL300 Audio Conferencing System (with Microphone Mist) from InfoComm 2019.Here are more tech details on Microphone Mist.last_img read more

Study: Few states advance ethics guidelines for pandemics

first_imgSep 26, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – Few US states have addressed ethical issues surrounding pandemic flu preparedness in recent years, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.Also, the study authors found, states that have tackled the issues have focused rather narrowly, typically on allocating scarce hospital resources, while virtually ignoring such issues as community engagement surrounding isolation and quarantine plans.And having high-level support for ethical issues was key in including them in preparedness plans.Researchers James C. Thomas, PhD, MPH, and Siobhan Young, MPH, from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina in 2010 scoured plans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia on flu.gov and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Web site. They searched headings and subheadings for “ethics” and other relevant keywords. They also searched state health department Web sites for ethics-related material.If a state did have recommendations on ethics preparedness, the researchers followed up with phone calls to gather more specifics.They were assessing progress made after a 2007 survey by Thomas and colleagues, reported in the same journal, found states wanting in the area of ethics and pandemic preparedness. Their current study was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The new study found that six states—Iowa, Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee—had their own guidelines for ethical decision making, and three others referred visitors to CDC guidelines: Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.In addition, four states’ Web sites linked to presentations on ethics and pandemic flu: Iowa, Idaho, Minnesota, and North Carolina. Idaho’s site linked to North Carolina’s presentation, and the Minnesota health department’s site linked to materials on the pandemic flu Web site of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.The researchers also noted that only 1 of 21 recent state-sponsored pandemic flu summits had an ethics discussion on the agenda—that of North Carolina.Thomas and Young also assessed progress after the Indiana State Department of Health and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) convened a national meeting in July 2008 on pandemic flu ethics, which resulted in a list of key issues and steps states should take.They found that seven states made recommendations to further develop ethics-related policies or capacities following this summit. Of these, six states—Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, and South Carolina—created a task force to make recommendations. The most common recommendations made were related to allocating scarce resources in hospitals.The seventh state, California, listed eight legal and ethical recommendations but had not acted on implementing them and had not designated anyone to follow through on them.In the other six states, task force recommendations were being acted upon.In Minnesota and New York, state health department were reviewing the recommendations, while officials in North and South Carolina were working with medical and hospital boards to implement them.In Indiana, meanwhile, the state health department was nearly finished implementing 1 of 15 recommendations.And after Iowa’s task force developed an ethical framework, the state’s epidemiologists were trained in the new policies and then conducted half-day regional workshops for hospital administrators and public health professionals. They also provided follow-up support, such as help in creating ethics panels.The authors found that the key factor in promoting progress on ethics steps was “unambiguous”: support from the top. The main barrier to progress in California, they said, was “a lack of appreciation for, or priority given to, public health ethics among those receiving the recommendations.”In contrast, the authors said that strong cultures of community involvement in Iowa and corporate citizenship in Minnesota fostered advancement on these issues.The authors conclude, “The sense of urgency for pandemic influenza preparation, including ethical considerations, seems to have passed,” but warn, “In a pandemic of highly pathogenic influenza, there will be little time to sort out complicated issues such as the particular values or needs of minority populations.”They recommend as long-term solutions more teaching of ethics in schools of public health and incorporating ethics into health departments’ criteria of accreditation.They also encourage national organizations like the CDC and ASTHO to disseminate best ethics-related practices, coach state health departments on implementing best practices, and help in identifying gaps and addressing, with funds and expertise, how to fill those gaps with comprehensive guidelines.Thomas JC, Young S. Wake me up when there’s a crisis: progress on state pandemic influenza ethics preparedness. Am J Public Health 2011 (published online Sep 22) [Abstract]last_img read more

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Tchenguiz buys first UK commercial property for two years

first_imgRainlodge, ultimately owned by the Tchenguiz family trust and advised by Tchenguiz’s Consensus Business Group, has bought a student hall in Leeds for £10.6m from Unite, reflecting a net initial yield of 5.7%.Tchenguiz last bought a UK property in June 2006. Tchenguiz told Property Week that he was now interested in buying UK property with long dated income again.‘Properties with long cash flows have different dynamics, and they are actually starting to look cheap. Properties with occupational risk may not yet be cheap enough.‘We’re also looking at corporate sale and leasebacks, which are looking good value, but the credit is hard to find at the moment and we’re looking at ways to acess credit.’Bernard Berman, director of Consensus Capital said: ‘This transaction highlights our ability to continue to use our innovative approach to property and shows that we still have confidence in the property sector whilst others are being limited by the current economic conditions.’Consensus was advised by Steadman Brierley. The deal was part of a wider £48m sale and leaseback by Unite. Morley’s Lime Property Fund has exchanged contracts to buy a portfolio of three student accommodation blocks, totalling 800 bed spaces, for £36.9m. The deal reflects a net initial yield of 5.7%. The blocks are all subject to long-term agreements to the local universities in Coventry, Portsmouth and London.last_img read more

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Martin County – Successful Deployment of New Artificial Reefs

first_imgWith the creation of several new artificial reefs deployed over the last three weeks, Martin County has grown its Artificial Reef Program, adding new sites for fisherman and divers to explore offshore.Approximately 3,000 tons of concrete material was deployed in the waters off southern Martin County, south of the St. Lucie Inlet, including 400 tons of concrete material donated by Florida Power & Light’s St. Lucie Plant to help create these reefs.Each new patch reef is made up of approximately 500 tons of material. The materials were transported by barge by McCulley Marine Services to deployment sites offshore. Most of the concrete pieces were provided by local contractors and include large culverts, concrete poles and thick concrete slabs.An agreement with Florida Power & Light ensures a steady stream of concrete poles will come to the program. The concrete pieces are collected at the Martin County transfer station by the Utilities Department as part of a recycling effort to free up valuable space in landfills. Tipping fees are waived for drop off of future artificial reef material. These deployments are partially funded by a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.To date, over 95 artificial reefs have been created and have become popular spots for fishermen and divers. Each reef offers a bounty of rich aquatic life, some creating ideal locales for saltwater anglers and recreational divers while others provide habitat for protection of the fishery.[mappress]Press Release, August 21, 2014last_img read more

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