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Unsponsored elite runners to be provided with carbon-fiber shoes

first_imgThe governing body says the rules are designed “to maintain the current technology status quo” until the Tokyo Olympics.After that the Working Group on Athletic Shoes, which includes representatives from shoe manufacturers and the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, will work “to set the parameters for achieving the right balance between innovation, competitive advantage and universality and availability.”World Athletics CEO Jon Ridgeon said the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics as a result of the coronavirus pandemic had given the governing body “more time to consult with stakeholders and experts and develop amended rules that will guide the sport through until late 2021″.”We have a better understanding now of what technology is already in the market and where we need to draw the line to maintain the status quo until after the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Ridgeon said.Topics : The shoes, which are now being produced by other sportswear manufacturers, have led to accusations that they create unfair competition.World Athletics has already limited the thickness of the sole on the shoes to 40 millimeters, a rule it kept in place Tuesday.In a new initiative, track and field’s governing body said it would provide athletes with the shoes if they do not already receive them from sponsors, under a “Athletic Shoe Availability Scheme”.”The Working Group on Athletic Shoes will develop this scheme including timelines, elite athlete criteria, numbers of pairs of shoes required and method of distribution,” it said in a statement. World Athletics announced Tuesday it was creating a scheme to provide unsponsored elite runners with the same carbon-fiber versions of shoes that have revolutionized road running, in an acceptance that the technological advances are irreversible.Elite athletes wearing versions of the Nike Vaporfly, the carbon plates of which lend a propulsive sensation to every stride, have set a host of personal bests and Nike runners have practically swept the board in long-distance events — they took 31 of the 36 podium places at the six marathon majors last year.Eliud Kipchoge wore an advanced version of the shoes when the Kenyan become the first man to break the two-hour barrier for the marathon in October 2019.last_img read more

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Brisbane named one of world’s best cities to raise a family

first_imgBrisbane has been named one of the world’s best cities for families in a new study.BRISBANE has been named as one of the best cities in the world to raise a family, boasting affordable housing, high levels of safety and some of the happiest people on the planet.According to the Best Cities for Families Index of 2017, created by real estate company Homeday, Brisbane ranks 18th on the list of the world’s best cities for families.Sydney and Melbourne also made the top 20, ranking 13th and 15th respectively. Copenhagen, Denmark, has been named the best city in the world for families. Picture: iStock.Homeday managing director Steffen Wicker said a family-friendly location was a major factor for young families determining where to buy a home.“For those families trying to decide where to put down roots, they need data-led research more than ever to help them make an informed decision,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“We hope that this study will make the all-important choice of where to raise a family that bit easier for young movers.”BEST CITIES FOR FAMILIES INDEX 20171. Copenhagen, Denmark2. Oslo, Norway3. Zurich, Switzerland4. Stockholm, Sweden5. Hamburg, Germany6. Vancouver, Canada7. Basel, Switzerland8. Toronto, Canada9. Stuttgart, Germany10. Munich, Germany11. Lausanne, Switzerland12. Vienna, Austria13. Sydney, Australia14. Helsinki, Finland15. Melbourne, Australia16. Bern, Switzerland17. Montreal, Canada18. Brisbane, Australia19. Auckland, New Zealand20. Frankfurt, Germany(Source: Homeday) Brisbane has scored highly for housing, green space and cost of living in a new study. Picture: Liam Kidston.Brisbane earned an overall ranking of 7.68, scoring an 8 for housing, a 9 for green space, 6.5 for education, 8.7 for safety, 9.5 for cost of living, 8.7 for unemployment, 7 for transport and healthcare and 8.64 for general happiness.It scored poorly when it came to maternity/paternity laws and kid-friendly airports.The top five cities in the world for families, according to the study, are from Nordic countries, with Copenhagen, Denmark, leading the pack. RECORD APARTMENT RESALE IN ABIAN RAINBOWS APLENTY IN SUNSHINE STATE SLEEPY SUBURB LANDS $3M-PLUS SALE center_img Brisbane has ranked 18th on a list of the 100 best cities in the world to raise a family. Picture: Patrick Hamilton.The online real estate portal asked hundreds of home buyers what makes a city great for raising a family.Using the answers they decided to take 15 factors into account to produce the study, including measures for housing, education, safety, unemployment, kid-friendliness, healthcare and general happiness.Homeday standardised each metric out of a score of 10, so the highest-performing city in each category became the benchmark. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE last_img read more

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UK roundup: De La Rue makes CPI switch, FCA eyes BSPS advice

first_imgThe pension scheme for De La Rue, a leading producer of banknotes and security products, will switch its indexation in April in an effort to tackle its funding deficit.In a statement to the stock market this morning, the company said the trustee board of its £974.5m (€1.1bn) defined benefit (DB) scheme had decided to shift its inflation measure from the retail prices index to the consumer prices index (CPI). The latter is usually the lower measure.The move is expected to cut the scheme’s deficit by roughly £70m, the company said. At the end of March this year, the scheme had a £230m shortfall, according to De La Rue’s annual report.“Following a request from the company and a detailed legal review, the trustee concluded that CPI is currently a more suitable index for the calculation of annual increases in the scheme,” De La Rue said. “CPI is used by the UK government for public sector pensions and is increasingly being used by businesses across the UK.” Under a funding plan struck last year, De La Rue has agreed to pay more than £238m into the scheme by 2028.The BT Pension Scheme and Dairy Crest’s pension fund have both made similar moves in recent months. The UK government has voiced tentative support for allowing more schemes to make such a decision, and is expected to flesh out the idea in a white paper on DB reform in the next few months.Politicians call for abolition of ‘clawback’ optionSeven members of the Labour party have backed an early-day motion calling for the government to abolish so-called “clawback” options for some DB schemes.Members of the Midland Bank Pension Scheme – now owned by HSBC – have been campaigning for several years for the bank to scrap its clawback policy, which allows members’ benefits to be reduced by the amount they are expected to get from the state pension. Campaigners have claimed it has disproportionately affected lower earners.The early-day motion – an action used by politicians to publicise issues in the UK’s lower house of parliament – stated that the MPs were concerned that “many staff were denied the opportunity to make additional financial plans for their retirement”. The motion also said that other banks have either chosen not to apply the clawback or have withdrawn it as an option for their schemes.Regulator aims to improve advice for British Steel membersThe Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is visiting Port Talbot in Wales in an effort to help members of the British Steel Pension Scheme avoid frauds and scams.With a number of the £15bn scheme’s 125,000 members considering transferring their benefits out of the fund – rather than to the Pension Protection Fund or the new British Steel scheme – reports have emerged of poor advice practices and confusion over what options are available.Giving evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee last week, FCA director of strategy and competition Christopher Woolard said the regulator was “visiting advisers in the Swansea area and the Port Talbot area, reminding them of their requirements”.Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at the Pensions Regulator, told MPs: “We are in close contact with the [British Steel] trustees and ensuring that they are making sure that all of the information is getting out to members, to help those members spot and avoid a scam.”TPT appoints RedingtonTPT Retirement Solutions, a multi-employer DB scheme and defined contribution master trust provider, has appointed Redington as its independent investment consultant. TPT manages more than £9bn of assets and caters for 290,000 members.Cliff Speed, the provider’s CIO, said: “We believe that the strong intellectual foundations on which Redington’s strategic advisory services are built will support TPT’s ability to continue delivering a high-quality investment service for all of our schemes and the underlying members.”last_img read more

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High-flying Brisbane couple put New Farm home on the market

first_imgThis house in Moreton Street, New Farm, is listed for sale.A HIGH-FLYING Brisbane couple are selling their stunning federation home in New Farm.Records show mining boss Paul Mulder, and his socialite wife Janelle, bought the historic property in Moreton Street for $2.541 million in late 2014.They are now looking to upgrade to a larger home.Mr Mulder heads up Mayur Resources, which floated on the ASX last year, alongside chairman Rob Neale, who used to run New Hope, and rugby league legend Darren Lockyer, who is the head of “business affairs’’. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Mayur Resources boss Paul Mulder. Photo: Chris McCormack.Before starting his own mining company, Mr Mulder headed up the coal and infrastructure operations of Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting for seven yearsMrs Mulder was touted as being one of the likely cast members of the Real Housewives of Brisbane if a local version of the series was produced.She participated in a photo shoot (below) in 2016 alongside other reported ‘chosen ones” for the show, including Georgia Barclay, Dale Olsson, Nicole Tilse, Laurel Edwards and Carole Haddad. BRISBANE LEADS SURGE IN LISTINGS AS RATES HOLD The front veranda at the house.The couple’s six-bedroom, two-bathroom house, built around 1896, is one of four iconic residences of the same era that sit side-by-side in the street.Features include an inground, heated pool and shower, manicured gardens, a front veranda, polished timber floors, wrought-iron fretwork and high ceilings. INSIDE QLD’S BIGGEST HOME SALES OF 2017/18 L-R: Georgia Barclay, Janelle Mulder, Dale Olsson, Nicole Tilse, Laurel Edwards and Carole Haddad. Photo: Mark Cranitch. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoJanelle Mulder. Photo: Adam Armstrong.Mr Mulder’s mining company, Mayur, launched seven years ago and has projects in Papua New Guinea, where it is focused on industrial minerals, copper, gold, coal and power generation. $5 VILLAS SET FOR NEWEST MILLIONAIRE This house in Moreton St, New Farm, is listed for sale.It is a walk away from Merthyr Village, New Farm Park and the ferry and just minutes from the CBD and James Street.The property is being marketed by Brett Greensill of LJ Hooker New Farm.It is being sold through an ‘offers to purchase’ campaign, which closes July 9.Mr Greensill said the home would suit a family looking for a renovation project as it was ready for “the next phase of life”.center_img The front of the house in Moreton St, New Farm. This house in Moreton Street, New Farm, is listed for sale. The house has been immaculately decorated. One of the six bedrooms in the house at Moreton St, New Farm.last_img read more

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AI Leads Data-Driven Survey of Changing Underwater Habitats

first_imgA recent expedition led by Dr. Blair Thornton demonstrated how the use of autonomous robotics and artificial intelligence at sea can accelerate the exploration and study of hard to reach deep sea ecosystems, like intermittently active methane seeps.Thanks to rapid high throughput data analysis at sea, it was possible to identify biological hotspots at the Hydrate Ridge Region off the coast of Oregon, quickly enough to survey and sample them, within days following the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) imaging survey.The team aboard research vessel Falkor used a form of Artificial Intelligence, unsupervised clustering, to analyze AUV-acquired seafloor images and identify target areas for more detailed photogrammetric AUV surveys and focused interactive hotspot sampling with ROV SuBastian.This project demonstrated how modern data science can increase the efficiency of conventional research at sea, and improve the productivity of interactive seafloor exploration with the all too familiar “stumbling in the dark” mode. “Developing totally new operational workflows is risky, however, it is very relevant for applications such as seafloor monitoring, ecosystem survey and planning the installation and decommissioning of seafloor infrastructure,” said Thornton.The idea behind this Adaptive Robotics mission was not to upturn the structure of how things are done at sea, but simply to remove bottlenecks in the flow of information and data-processing using computational methods and Artificial Intelligence. The algorithms used are able to rapidly produce simple summaries of observations, and form subsequent deployment plans. This way, scientists can respond to dynamic changes in the environment and target areas that will lead to the biggest operational, scientific, or environmental management gains.More than 1.3 million seafloor images were collected and algorithmically analyzed to find biological hotspots and precisely target them for interactive sampling and observations. The initial wide-area seafloor imagery was acquired with an underwater vehicle “Ae2000f” using high-altitude 3D visual mapping cameras at underwater sites between 680 and 780 meters depth. The international team deployed multiple AUVs, developed by the University of Tokyo, which were equipped with 3D visual mapping technology developed jointly by the University of Sydney, University of Southampton, and the University of Tokyo and the Kyushu Institute of Technology as part of an international collaboration.The conversion of the initial wide area survey imagery into three dimensional seafloor maps and habitat type summaries onboard Falkor, allowed the researchers to plan the subsequent robotic deployments to perform higher resolution visual imaging, environmental and chemical surveying, and physical sampling in areas of greatest interest, particularly at the ephemeral hotspots of biological activity that intermittently form around transitory methane seeps. Nineteen AUV deployments and fifteen ROV dives were completed in total during the expedition, including several multi-vehicle operations.Thanks to rapid processing of data, a photogrammetric map of one of the best studied gas hydrate deposits was completed. This is believed to be the largest 3D color reconstruction of the seafloor, by area, in the world, measuring more than 118,000 square meters or 11.8 hectares, and covering a region of approximately 500 x 350 meters. While the average resolution of the maps obtained is 6 mm, the areas of most interest were mapped with resolution an order of magnitude higher, which would not have been possible without the ability to intelligently target the sites of interest with high resolution imaging surveys and process the large volumes of acquired data within hours of their acquisition at sea.Normally, maps like this would take several months to process and only after the completion of an expedition, at which point the science team is no longer at the site, and the habitats may have already evolved or expired. Instead, the research team was able to compose the 3D maps on board of Falkor within days of the images being acquired. The composite map was used during the expedition to plan operations, including the recovery of seafloor instruments and was invaluable for revisiting specific sites, such as active bubble plumes, making the entire operation more efficient.“It is quite amazing to see such large areas of the seafloor mapped visually, especially only days after the raw data was collected. It is not just the size of the map, but also the way we were able to use it to inform our decisions while still on site. This makes a real difference as the technology makes it possible to visualize wide areas at very high resolution, and also easily identify and target areas where we should collect data. This has not previously been possible,” said Thornton.Source: Schmidt Ocean Institutelast_img read more

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Turkey Bay, Wiggins Channel Dredging Progressing Well

first_imgThis spring City of Marco Island residents will be able to enjoy a wider and more robust section of South Beach between the Belize at Cape Marco Condominiums and Marbelle Club Condominiums, Collier County said in their latest release. The beach in that section will soon be refurbished with approximately 80,000 cubic yards of sand. The Turkey Bay, Wiggins Channel and Caxambas Pass Dredging Project is progressing well, said the county.Dredging work has been completed at Wiggins Channel and Turkey Bay. Sand dredged from Wiggins Channel and Turkey Bay was pumped to the nearshore (tidal zone) south of Barefoot Beach to help replenish eroded sand from that area.Equipment is now in the process of mobilizing to begin work next week at Caxambas Pass. Sand dredged from Caxambas Pass will be placed in the upland area (beach berm) on South Marco Beach to help replenish that area.Crews plan to work around the clock to complete the project as quickly as possible. The dredging work is required by the Department of Environmental Protection permit to be completed before sea turtle nesting season begins on May 1.The $2.35 million project is expected to be completed in spring 2020.The Board of County Commissioners awarded the contract to Florida Dredge and Dock, LLC at their November 12 meeting.Money for the project is allocated from two sources: Tourist Development funds are covering the Wiggins Channel dredge and the Caxambas Pass dredge/South Marco renourishment work; Turkey Bay dredge is funded from Vanderbilt Waterways MSTU.last_img read more

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7 Factors You Didn’t Realize Were Killing Your Sex Drive

first_img Share 274 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img HealthLifestyle 7 Factors You Didn’t Realize Were Killing Your Sex Drive by: www.msn.com – January 27, 2015 Sharing is caring! Sometimes, despite the fact that you know how mind-blowing orgasms can be, the thought of having sex just feels so…meh. Luckily, if your sex drive is tanking lately, there’s usually a reason why—meaning it’s not you, per se; it’s your habits. (And you can do something about those!) We asked women’s health specialist Jennifer Wider, M.D., for the most common reasons your sex drive might take a nose dive. Read on to see if any of these strike a chord with you.1. You Drink Too MuchEveryone knows that when guys overdo it with the alcohol, it affects their performance big time. But it turns out that when you throw back too many glasses of vino, it can have a similar effect. “Yes, alcohol can lower your inhibitions, but if you drink more than one drink, it can also decrease your sexual performance—and your libido in general,” says Wider. What’s more, booze is a depressant, and it can interfere with your sexual function—and not in a good way.2. You’re on AntidepressantsSpeaking of depression, taking antidepressants can also wreak havoc on your libido. “Studies show that up to 30 percent of people taking SSRIs—that’s selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors—can experience sexual side effects, including lowered libido, erectile dysfunction, and orgasm difficulties,” says Wider.3. You’re Popping Other Pharmies, TooAnti-depressants aren’t the only drug that can lower your libido; other everyday meds can do it, too: “Birth control, anti-histamines, decongestants, and high blood pressure medication can all interfere with a person’s sex drive,” says Wider. Ask your doctor if you suspect any of your meds may be hurting your libido.4. You Don’t Get Enough ShuteyeYou probably know that not sleeping enough can lead to weight gain and poor work performance. But unfortunately, there’s another place lack of sleep rears its ugly head: the bedroom. And it’s not just that you’re too tired to have sex, either (although that’s definitely part of it). “Getting enough sleep is vital for your body to function at 100 percent,” says Wider. “If you skimp on sleep, you may lessen your libido—and also have a harder time climaxing in bed.” Aim for seven to eight hours a night if you can.5. You’re OverweightCarrying extra pounds may decrease your sex drive and your performance in bed, says Wider. And certain medical conditions linked to obesity, like diabetes and high cholesterol, can also impact your libido. The good news? Losing weight can fix these issues. Check out our plan to drop 30 pounds in 30 days.6. You Don’t Know How Gorgeous You AreIt may sound cheesy, but it’s so true: Having a poor body image can totally mess with your sex life. “The brain-body connection plays an integral role in a person’s sexual desire and ability to perform,” says Wider. “If you have negative thoughts about your body, it can translate directly into the bedroom.” These six ways to boost your body confidence will help you feel great (in more way than one).7. You Have a Super Busy Social LifeYes, going out all the time is fun, and it’s really healthy to have a strong social network. But doing so can lead to fatigue, exhaustion, stress, and lack of intimate time with your partner—meaning sex takes a backseat. “Planning intimate time with your partner is definitely a challenge for many couples,” says Wider. So if you feel yourself saying yes to coworkers and no to your S.O., take a minute to assess your priorities and make sure you’re not spreading yourself too thin to enjoy a good romp.last_img read more

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P72,000 bail for domestic violence suspect

first_imgFerdinand Mendiola of Barangay Boulevard, Molo district was arrested inhis residence on Monday, the report added. ILOILO City – A court recommended a bail bond worth P72,000 for thetemporary liberty of a man accused of domestic violence, a police reportshowed. Police caught Mendiola on the strength of an arrest warrant the courtissued in relation to a charge filed against him for violation of Republic Act9262, or the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004.center_img Mendiola was detained in the lockup cell of the Molo municipal policestation./PNlast_img read more

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Casemiro pens new contract with Real Madrid

first_imgCasemiro has already signed a new contract with Real Madrid through to the summer of 2023, according to Marca.Advertisement The Madrid-based daily dedicated the front page of its Wednesday edition to the news that a deal has already been agreed upon, for the next three years.The report claims that the club view the Brazilian as indispensable and the agreement was concluded months ago.Casemiro’s current deal was set to expire in 2021 and a recent report in Diario Sport outlined how he is set for a huge salary boost in a new deal lasting until 2023.The Brazil international has played 3,120 minutes across 35 matches (of a possible 39) for Los Blancos this campaign – more than any other player at the club.Read Also: Messi facing a losing battle against Cristiano RonaldoThe player started in 21 successive matches between September and December, with the summer exit of Marcos Llorente to Atletico de Madrid meaning there was no natural back-up in the squad with Casemiro increasingly key for Zinedine Zidane’s side.As outlined by the report, Madrid captain Sergio Ramos also sees his deal expires in 2021 but as yet there has not been any progress on talks on a new contract – the defender earns a reported €12m per annum.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan20 Historical Things You Won’t Believe Actually HappenedBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnetslast_img read more

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Brighton boss Potter pleased by results since season resumption

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter said he was encouraged by his side’s form since the Premier League’s resumption but has warned his players not to rest on their oars in their battle for survival.Brighton, who are 15th in the standings, six points clear of the relegation zone, have picked up four points from three games since returning to action after a three-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Seagulls battled to a 2-1 victory against Arsenal and held third-placed Leicester City to a goalless draw before being beaten 3-0 by Manchester United.Potter told reporters in a news conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to bottom-side Norwich City: “If you’d offered us more than a point per game from our first three matches against that opposition, I would have snapped your hand off.“We’ve improved the gap between ourselves and the bottom three, but there’s still lots of work to be done.We’re positive and ready for the weekend. Norwich are also fighting, so we know we’ll have to be at our best.”Potter said midfielder Davy Propper, who had to be withdrawn at half time during the loss to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, is fit for Saturday’s clash. The 45-year-old said: “Propper was feeling a bit of tightness in his calf on Tuesday. Nothing serious, he should be training tomorrow.“Adam Webster has made good progress too, and we’ll wait as long as we can to make a decision on him. It looks like he could make the weekend.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Brighton & Hove AlbionCOVID-19Graham PotterPremier Leaguelast_img read more

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