Child dies after getting hit by truck while trying to board school bus

first_imgWTVA(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — A child has died after he was hit by a pickup truck as he was about to board a school bus on a Mississippi highway.Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green identified the child as 9-year-old Dalen Thomas.Authorities in Lee County are investigating the incident that occurred on Highway 370 at around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to ABC Mississippi affiliate WTVA.Thomas was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he later died, according to Green.ABC News has reached out to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, but they did not return a request for comment.State troopers said Thomas was a student at Baldwyn Elementary School, according to WTVA. When they arrived at the scene it appeared the driver of a westbound Toyota pickup truck struck the child as he was crossing the road to get onto the school bus, according to WTVA. The driver has been cooperating with authorities.“The bus was properly stopped when a truck hit the student,” Baldwyn School District Assistant Superintendent Raymond Craven told WTVA. “We are asking for prayers for the family and for the school.”“We are working with law enforcement to investigate the accident. The safety of our students will always be the number one concern,” Baldwyn School District Superintendent Jason McKay told WTVA.ABC News reached out to Baldwyn Elementary School, but they did not respond to a request for comment.Four other students were on the school bus at the time of the incident, Mississippi Highway Patrol told WTVA. The school district made arrangements to get the other four students to school after the accident. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Assistant Professor

first_imgPosition: Assistant ProfessorTucson, AZPosition Highlights:The Honors College and Biosphere 2, in collaboration with theBiosystems Engineering Department, at the University of Arizona,invites applicants for a career-track faculty (non-tenure eligible)position in the core Honors Interdisciplinary faculty within theDepartment of Biosystems Engineering.  This position will havea particular emphasis on developing courses, unique experiences,and teaching in the expanding Honors College Environmental GrandChallenges (EGC) thematic area. This position will be a jointappointment between the Honors College and Biosystems Engineeringwith a majority appointment in the Department of BiosystemsEngineering.  Biosphere 2, the Department of BiosystemsEngineering, and the Honors College share in the mission ofsupporting the generation of knowledge integral to our future earthresilience.  This is truly an interdisciplinary endeavor inwhich the experiential education of our next generation ofscientists, engineers, economists, social scientists, and humaniststowards this just cause is imperative.As a minority-serving institution, we encourage individuals fromunderrepresented communities to apply.Partnering Units:Biosphere 2 is a world-class research, engineering, andeducation facility contributing to the University of Arizona’smission and excellence in environmental science knowledge,generation, and dissemination. Biosphere 2 allows for uniquescience at scales relevant to understanding Earth and its future inthe multiple research ecosystems under glass, which provide aunique control and measurement capacity. As a publicly accessibleengineering and science facility, Biosphere 2 communicates theimportance of STEM online and with 100,000 annual public visitorsand thousands of K-12 students and educators.The Biosystems Engineering department is uniquely positioned inboth the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and theCollege of Engineering (COE). The department offers two-degreeprograms: an engineering degree, Biosystems Engineering, and anon-engineering degree, Biosystems Analytics & Technology.The Honors College is home to a diverse group of remarkablestudents who come from all over the world and study across allmajors but have one thing in common – a motivation to use theirtalents for interdisciplinary problem-solving. Honors facultymembers are a crucial component in guiding exploratory learning andbuilding our tight-knit honors community.The University of Arizona is not only a world-class researchinstitute but a leader in providing research experiences to ourtalented undergraduate population.  This is a shared valueamongst Honors, Biosystems Engineering, and the Biosphere 2.Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and visioninsurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paidvacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reductionfor the employee and qualified family members; state and optionalretirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities;and more!The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovativework‐life programs. For more information about working at theUniversity of Arizona and relocations services,please clickhere.Duties & Responsibilities:The EGC thematic area is a collaboration with UArizona Biosphere2 and other units on campus, as well as with community and globalpartners. The track comprises an interdisciplinary approach tounderstanding and solving global grand challenges, intended toprovide knowledge and theory based in the sciences, engineering,social sciences, and the humanities for high-ability studentsinterested in improving the quality of life for current and futuregenerations. The duties and responsibilities of this faculty memberwill beLead and instruct in a new Honors interdisciplinary minorprogram being developed titled Future Earth Resilience.  Thisminor is focused on the idea that the human economy is nestedwithin the global ecosystem and is both 1) reliant on naturalsystems as the ultimate source of all resources and 2) is theprocess by which resources and provisioning systems are maintainedand/or allocated. Provide unique opportunities to engage students in creative,design-thinking approaches that align Earth systems realities witheconomic efficiencies to support an equitable quality of life forall our planet’s inhabitants.Establish and create the Honors course offerings and pathwaywithin Biosystems Engineering that both support the Honorsinterdisciplinary minor, but also support and recruit majors toBiosystems Engineering.Teach multiple courses per year. Possible courses includeteaching an introduction and/or capstone course for the new minor,development of residential multi-day experiences at Biosphere 2(including week-long Alternative Spring Break offerings), teachingadvanced electives appropriate for the theme, teaching smallgeneral education courses for the Honors College, Honors sectionsof courses in the Biosystems Engineering degree path, and assistingwith the coordination of the project-based and/or capstone EGCexperiences.Assist with the coordination of Environmental Grand Challengesthematic area, and the valuable connections to Biosphere 2 andother relevant units.Coordinate the new Honors interdisciplinary minor, Future EarthResilience, and part of their teaching assignment(s) will be toinstruct courses for this program.  Collaborate with both units to better define what Honors meanswithin the Biosystems Engineering curriculum and to work withfaculty to develop Honors sections of key courses.As a faculty member in Biosystems Engineering and the HonorsCollege, the individual selected must have experience and expertisewith inquiry and evidence-based instructional practices such asactive and collaborative learning, and the integration of researchas well as modern approaches to assessment and engaged learning. The position includes avenues for promotion to Associate or FullProfessor, non-tenure eligible.Additional duties may be assigned.Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in a STEMfieldPreferred Qualifications:The successful candidate willHold a Ph.D. in a field that is well-suited to understandingand tackling global environmental challenges. Background andinterests should focus on earth and environmental science,environmental and social justice, and related areasA strong record of interdisciplinary and innovativeteachingPrevious experience working with diverse and underrepresentedcommunitiesPrevious success in collaborative interdisciplinary practice,research, or teachingPrevious teaching experience both in-person and onlineAdministrative and research experienceDocuments needed to Apply:Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One AdditionalDocumentApplicants should send a CV, the names of three references (inthe additional document slot), and a cover letter describing howthe candidate’s experience fits with the Environmental GrandChallenges thematic area, the new minor degree program, andemphasis areas in biosystems engineering.Diversity Statement:At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climatebecause we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives isvital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complexproblems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As aHispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into actionby seeking individuals who have experience and expertise workingwith diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because weseek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences,we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants andemployees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, nationalorigin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genderidentity, or genetic information. As an Employer of NationalService, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, andother national service programs and others who will help us advanceour Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a universitythat values students, staff, and faculty engagement in addressingissues of diversity and inclusiveness.Target Hire Date: 8/1/2021Click here to apply: read more


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Britain and France urge EU’s help on migrants

first_imgAs migrants in Calais continue to make nightly bids to enter the Channel tunnel, the U.K.’s Home Secretary Theresa May and her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve have urged other EU countries to help address the problem, according to a BBC report.Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, May said the situation was a “global crisis” and that it should be “a priority at both a European and international level.”“Many of those in Calais and attempting to cross the Channel have made their way there through Italy, Greece or other countries,” she said. The Home Office has also said that support could end for failed asylum-seekers, to discourage illegal migration. They suggested that the long-term solution to the problem would be to persuade would-be migrants hoping for a better life in Europe that “our streets are not paved with gold.”According to the report, extra security measures at the French border were agreed upon in a phone call between Prime Minister David Cameron and President François Hollande on Friday.These include: Extra private security guards, funded by the UK, to boost an existing 200-strong team; an increased presence of French police on the borders throughout the summer; additional fencing, funded by the U.K., to be installed around the Eurotunnel perimeter, with higher boundaries and extra layers where necessary; and a large metal barrier to protect Eurotunnel platforms. Also extra CCTV, infra-red detectors and floodlighting will be added to secure key segments of the perimeter fence.Thousands of migrants have attempted to access the tunnel in the last week, resulting in the death of one man, believed to be Sudanese.There are further delays to passenger services on the U.K. side of the tunnel today and freight services are delayed from France, the report said. Also On POLITICO The Calais blame game By Pierre Briançon FORUM 5 takeaways on Calais By Tunku Varadarajan Opinion Migrants, hysteria and Fortress Britain By Mary Ann Sieghartlast_img read more

Cops To Pass Out Doritos Instead Of Tickets At Seattle Hempfest

first_imgWith the state of Washington legalizing the use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21, this year’s Hempfest in Seattle will be a cause for celebration, with thousands of pot smokers now able to legally imbibe in marijuana in plain sight. Obviously, there will be many new changes to this year’s festival to correspond with the new laws, but the biggest may be with the city’s police force.Instead of doling out handcuffs and fines this year, the Seattle Police Department will be handing out Doritos to pot smokers who may be feeling a little hungry. Sgt. Sean Whitcomb told the NY Post, “It’s meant to be ironic. The idea of police passing out Doritos at a festival that celebrates pot, we’re sure, is going to generate some buzz.”Each bag will have a label attached to it, urging users to check out a website which provides some information about Seattle’s new laws. While marijuana is still illegal under federal law, in Seattle, adults may possess up to an ounce of marijuana; however, they may not sell, gift, or smoke it in public.last_img read more

Fourteen awarded fellowships to further artistic development

first_imgThe Office for the Arts (OfA) at Harvard and the Office of Career Services (OCS) recently announced the 2007-08 recipients of the Artist Development Fellowship. This program supports the artistic development of students demonstrating unusual accomplishment and/or evidence of significant artistic promise.The Council on the Arts, a standing committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, awarded 14 fellowships for the 2007-08 academic year. Council on the Arts members at the time of selection were Julie Buckler (chair), professor of Slavic languages and literatures and director of graduate studies; Elizabeth Bergmann, director, OfA dance program; S. Allen Counter, director, Harvard Foundation; Deborah Foster, senior lecturer in folklore and mythology; Jorie Graham, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory; Cathleen McCormick, program director, OfA; Jack Megan, director, OfA; Nancy Mitchnick, Rudolf Arnheim Lecturer on Studio Arts, Visual and Environmental Studies; Robb Moss, Rudolf Arnheim Lecturer on Filmmaking and director of undergraduate studies; Robert J. Orchard, managing director, Loeb Drama Center, and the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.); Carol Oja, William Powell Mason Lecturer on Music; Marcus Stern, associate director, A.R.T. and the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training; and John Stewart, senior preceptor in music.THE 2007-08 ARTIST DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTSAlexander Berman ’10 has been awarded a fellowship for a documentary of the Kamchatka peninsula in Siberia from the perspective of the rangers of Kronotsky Park. Berman, a Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) concentrator, has worked on several documentaries, including “Russians,” in which he followed experimental director Arkady Prauding and his production of the play “Russians in Chicago,” in St. Petersburg. Berman plans to pursue a career in filmmaking.Malcolm Campbell ’10 has been awarded a fellowship to study jazz piano with legendary faculty and world-class musicians at the Aspen Jazz Snowmass Summer Workshop in Aspen, Colo., and the Stanford Jazz Residency in California. Campbell is a chemistry and physics concentrator. He is a 2006 recipient of an Outstanding Musicianship Award from New York City’s Essentially Ellington Festival, as well as a 2005 and 2006 Outstanding Soloist Award recipient from Boston’s Berklee Jazz Festival. Campbell plans to pursue a career in jazz performance and composition upon graduation.Kristy Carpenter ’10 has been awarded a fellowship for the creation of a photography book depicting Bronson, Mich. Through this project, Carpenter aims to capture the essence of rural life in the Midwest and preserve the changing aspects of the particular town in which she grew up. Carpenter, a VES concentrator, is currently photo editor for Harvard Yearbook Publications. She hopes to purse a career in photography and design.Lisandra (Lia) Costiner ’08 has been awarded a fellowship for the full-time pursuit and development of a painting practice, in addition to the continuation of her senior art project, in which she explores the subject of animal hybrids through the use of traditional painting media. A VES concentrator, Costiner (who is fluent in Romanian and French) founded an international volunteer program through the United Planet Organization in Boston to assist a Romanian orphanage. She plans to pursue a career in painting or art conservation.Giancarlo Garcia ’08 has been awarded a fellowship to study clarinet performance with Sabine Meyer in Lubeck, Germany. A physics concentrator and principal clarinetist of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra since 2004, Garcia has performed in esteemed summer music festivals such as Banff Music Centre, Brevard Music Center, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He hopes to attend graduate school at a major conservatory, audition for orchestral positions, and pursue a career as a freelance clarinetist upon graduating from Harvard.Emily Kaplan ’08-09 has been awarded a fellowship to write and illustrate a book for children. As part of this endeavor, Kaplan plans to take a course on illustrating children’s books at the Rhode Island School of Design. A social anthropology concentrator, Kaplan has taken several courses in the VES and English departments, including courses in hybrid drawing, figure drawing, and fiction writing. After graduation, Kaplan hopes to become a first-grade teacher and professor of early childhood education, as well as a writer and illustrator.Roland Lamb ’08 has been awarded a fellowship to create an installation that will deconstruct and suspend a working automobile and render its parts into texts. A self-published jazz musician and the founder and director of Art Night: A Forum for Art and Ideas, Lamb was awarded several grants for his research project “Imprisoned by Nothing: Binary Technologies of Representation and Comparative Philosophy,” including an Asia Center Summer Research Grant, a Center for European Studies Summer Research Grant, and a Dean’s Research Award. A comparative literature concentrator, Lamb plans to study cross-cultural comparative philosophy upon graduation, as well as continue his practice as an artist.Eden McDowell ’08, a VES concentrator, has been awarded a fellowship to continue her study and exploration of two series of paintings, one of which she hopes to expand into a public art installation. McDowell will travel to various states to follow large planned protests as part of her project. She has taken courses on learned drafting, traditional modeling, and 3-D computer modeling, and her artwork was selected for student shows at the Carpenter Center in 2007 and 2004. McDowell hopes to pursue a career in visual arts, and is also interested in teaching environmental art.Merritt Moore ’10 has been awarded a fellowship to spend a year studying dance with the Zurich Ballet Co. A physics concentrator, Moore performs with the Harvard Ballet Company and has performed principal roles in “Apollo” by Balanchine and “Sinatra Suites” by Twyla Tharp, as well as a solo by Trey MacIntyre. Moore plans to incorporate her dance experiences with research in physics.Daniel Pecci ’09 has been awarded a fellowship for attendance at three major international theater festivals, including Avignon in France, Holland Festival in the Netherlands, and Edinburgh in Scotland, under the guidance of Gideon Lester and the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.). An English and American literature and language concentrator, Pecci has acted in, written, and directed several plays during his time at Harvard. He serves on the board of President Drew Faust’s Task Force on the Arts as well as on the executive board of the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club. A winner of the 2006 Phyllis Anderson Prize for Playwrighting, Pecci plans to pursue a career in theater as an actor, writer, and director.James Powers ’08 has been awarded a fellowship to continue a series of paintings of industrial scenes in Boston and agricultural landscapes in Minnesota. Powers is the current vice president of the Harvard Lampoon and has illustrated covers and contents for such on-campus publications as the Harvard Lampoon, Harvard Cinematic Review, Harvard Salient, and The Harvard Crimson. A government concentrator with a secondary field in VES, Powers also received a commission to execute three paintings of Longfellow Bridge in 2007.Timothy Reckart ’09 has been awarded a fellowship to participate in a summer internship at a commercial stop-motion animation studio. A history and literature concentrator, Reckart has written, directed, and animated several short films, and has interned with Aardman Animations in Bristol, United Kingdom. Reckart is an editor and writer for Harvard Cinematic Review, and plans to pursue work in stop-motion animation after graduation.David Rice ’10 has been awarded a fellowship for the development of a Web-based multimedia project called The Gloaming, which seeks to combine writing, animation, music, and computer programming to artfully represent and explore a brain’s thought processes. Rice has worked in Tokyo with Oscar-nominated animator Koji Yamamura, and Rice’s animated film, “Nettalk,” was an official selection at the Sitges International Film Festival in Sitges, Spain, in the summer of 2007. This film will be shown at both the Melbourne and Auckland film festivals this spring. At Harvard Rice is pursuing a special concentration. After graduation, he hopes to work for a magazine or small film studio while continuing his own creative writing and filmmaking.Mimi Yu ’08 has been awarded a fellowship to participate in two major string competitions — the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition and the Naumberg Foundation International Violoncello Competition in memory of Mstislav Rostropovich. Yu was the winner of the Taiwan National Cello Competition and performed the Schumann cello concerto in Kaohsiung Concert Hall at the age of 14. In 2005, Yu was selected by Yo-Yo Ma to perform with the Silk Road Project Ensemble at Sanders Theatre. An economics concentrator, member of the Brattle Street Chamber Players, and director for Winthrop Music Society, Yu plans to perform cello professionally after graduation.The OfA supports student engagement in the arts and serves the University in its commitment to the arts. Through its programs and services, the OfA fosters student art-making, connects students with accomplished artists, integrates the arts into University life, and partners with local, national, and international constituencies. By supporting the development of students as artists and cultural stewards, the OfA works to enrich society and shape communities in which the arts are a vital part of life. The OCS supports all students and alumni of Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in exploring and making effective career and educational choices. OCS also supports a limited number of Division of Continuing Education students.last_img read more

Adopt-a-Family Program Helps Fallen Providers’ Loved Ones

first_imgMisrepresentedA Fire Department of New York (FDNY) provider has threatened to sue an advertising agency over a doctored photo that makes it appear as if he responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11. The caption on the ad states in large, bold letters, “I was there.” The problem? He wasn’t. Robert Keiley, who joined FDNY as a firefighter in 2004, also works part-time as a model. A year ago, he posed as a firefighter holding a helmet, for what he thought would be a fire-prevention ad. The final ad, however, which was made for Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern (a law firm specializing in 9/11 lawsuits), features Keiley holding a picture of the World Trade Center in ruins–not the helmet.The ad agency, Barker/DZP, wanted to make the heroes of 9/11 aware that the Zadroga Act received funding and was available for Ground Zero workers. Although the agency had legal rights to release the photo of Keiley in any way it chose, the company representatives should have considered how this image would hurt the real heroes who represented FDNY that fateful day.Even a decade later, the emotions that surround the events of 9/11 should not be taken lightly. We give a thumbs down to Barker/DZP for its lack of sensitivity. JEMSThis article originally appeared in May 2011 JEMS as “Last Word: The Ups & Downs of EMS.” Honoring FamiliesThe National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS) has developed a unique way for EMS agencies to give a gift from their pockets and their hearts: They can sponsor a family to attend the memorial service in Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 25. The service recognizes the contribution and dedication of EMS providers who have died in the line of duty. Forty-three providers will be recognized this year, and many families do not have the financial resources to attend. A $1,000 sponsorship from EMS agencies, manufacturers or private individuals can help a family attend the service. The funds will help organizers provide hotel accommodations, meals and miscellaneous expenses for the surviving spouses, children or parents of those being recognized. The NEMSMS will notify the family of the available resources and identity of the sponsor. In addition, if your agency chooses to send a representative or honor guard to recognize a particular honoree, specific responsibilities will be assigned to your delegate to assist that sponsored family on site.To sponsor a family, contact NEMSMS President Kevin Dillard by mail at 1170 Inter­national Pkwy., Fredericksburg, Va., 22406-1126, via e-mail at [email protected] or online at commends NEMSMS for developing this heartwarming sponsorship program and congratulates those who show their support. Always on DutyAn off-duty EMT was honored by the American Red Cross (ARC) at its sixth annual Heroes Breakfast in Springfield, Ill., for saving the life of a 6-year-old boy. Brenda McAllister, an Atlanta EMT with Mount Hope-Funks Grove Fire Department, thinks she was just doing her job while off duty at her son’s baseball game. During the game, Ethan Vose was hit in the chest by a baseball bat, causing his heart to stop. McAllister was the first to start resuscitative efforts. She performed CPR for two minutes, resuscitating him before paramedics arrived and, ultimately, saved his life. She may not consider herself a hero because she’s trained to help people, but she was definitely the right person at the right place at the right time.We give a thumbs up to McAllister for her efforts to save Ethan. We also applaud the ARC for celebrating everyday heroes in the public safety community, so their hard work and dedication don’t go unnoticed.center_img Safety Takes a Back seatApparently, several private ambulance companies in the Philadelphia area weren’t aware their ambulances were not licensed taxis. Four ambulance operators were indicted after a two-year investigation revealed extensive video footage showing patients sitting in the front seats of ambulances and strolling to and from the units on their own, without assistance from providers. These agencies give EMS a bad name. We give them all a thumbs down for their unethical practices and a thumbs up to the feds and local media for bringing the operators to justice.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s lecture series focuses on prayer in the face of violence

first_imgIn a world full of genocide, hunger, pain and suffering, it is sometimes hard for Christians to turn to prayer. However, Boston College assistant professor of theology Dr. Andrew Prevot spoke about the usefulness of prayer in the face of violence in his lecture, “Christian Prayer in a Violent World,” on Thursday.Prevot used examples such as the story of Job, Christian compliance with the Holocaust and congressmen’s responses to the Parkland shootings as failures of prayer — and the prayers of refugees, slaves and leaders of righteous movements as successes. Testimony, music and poetry demonstrate the usefulness of prayer in the face of great violence and tragedy, he said.The lecture mainly focused on one simple question.“What good might Christian prayer do in such a contest in such a world?” Prevot asked.Prevot started by advocating the counterpoint to his argument — listing ways that Christian prayer seems to fail in a violent world.“Given the violence of the world, it might seem to us that Christian prayer is not a very promising way to respond,” he said.One of the ways Prevot described prayer’s futility against violence was the feeling of rejection from God that comes from unanswered prayers.“Praying to response to violence only adds insult to injury,” Prevot said.The second way that he described prayer as escalating violence was through the belief that God is on the side of the perpetrators.“There may be a way of looking at prayer as a way to comfort those doing the violence,” Prevot said.The third way that prayer can be compliant in violence was, according to Prevot, as an excuse for inaction. He highlighted this through the trend of responding to national episodes of gun violence with the phrase “thoughts and prayers.”“This appeal to thoughts and prayers is only helping people to create a more violent world, and doing nothing to prevent it,” Prevot said.Prevot described the ways that prayer can be utilized incorrectly, and in extension, can become a contribution to violence, rather than a solution. The main incorrect usage he described was idol worship, or worshiping a false God. He used former President George W. Bush’s statements on his decisions on the Iraq War happening through prayer as an example.“Is [the Iraq war] the result of [President George W. Bush’s] prayer life?” Prevot challenged. “What kind of God is he worshipping? It is really difficult for us to be sure that we are praying to the true and living God and not just some figment of our imagination. That is just serving our own agenda or selfish needs.”Prevot also discussed how prayer positively affects the world through comfort and inspiration.“Prayer has played a crucial role in the formation of some heroically nonviolent people,” he said. “ … Prayer can prepare one to be a powerful witness to Christ and active servant to his kingdom. Without it, would we have the Catholic Worker’s movement? Would we have the Civil Rights Movement? I’m not really sure.”Prevot believes that prayer is not only a comfort for some, but also a necessity.“The freedom to decide not to pray is really a luxury,” Prevot said. “Many people of this world have nowhere to turn but prayer when they are dealing with the daily tragedies of their lives.”He suggested a raw form of prayer that lacks reservation, especially when someone is praying in response to violence.“In words, silence or screams, with fear, sadness or anger — no decorum is required and no emotion is off limits for prayer to be a place of free expression of whatever feeling you have in this violent world.”Prevot finished by offering a distinct list of ways to pray in order to avoid the mistakes in prayer he mentioned at the beginning of the lecture.“How do we pray in this violent world? … We listen to the cries of the poor and vulnerable … Never use prayer as an excuse not to act. Instead, use it to prepare yourself for action.” Prevot said.Prevot recognized that prayer can seem pointless when faced with the violence of today’s world, but he also added that through the right kind of prayer, violence can be decreased — creating a more peaceful and loving world.“Constancy in this sort of prayer is, I believe, that promises, path toward a less violent world.”Tags: christian prayer in a violent world, Parkland Shooting, prayer, violencelast_img read more

TDF2015 Tech: Movistar Canyon & Garmin Cannondale team bikes

first_imgIt’s subtle, but the bikes are actually a dark blue that matches the bus, which is color-matched by the Lizardskins bar tape. As cool as it was at Eurobike, it’ll probably be a ways off before we see anyone racing Canyon’s full suspension road bike concept.Even the Power2Max meters were color matched.The Speedmax bikes got the full disc Bora Ultra TT carbon rear wheel.Nairo Quintana opted for the lowest mounting position for the arm rests and covered them with non-stock foam material cut to shape.Compare his (left) to the stock Canyon pads on the right.The TT bikes used both brake lever and bar end shifters for the SuperRecord EPS groups.GARMIN CANNONDALEGarmin Cannondale’s back up bikes used up all the bright green paint……leaving the “A” bikes to use the standard team colorway on the all-new SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod bikes. They were pulling on a mix of Mavic wheel/tire systems, with some opting for a bit deeper rim in the rear. The rest of the spec was Fizik saddles, FSA cockpit and Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with Hollowgram SiSL2 cranks. Packed up for transport are the Kurt Kinetic trainers and Camelbak water bottles.POC took care of the helmets.The Slice was on hand for the TT stages. Given the unusually hot weather Europe was, um, enjoying for the start of the tour, the team’s custom sublimated and extremely lightweight Castelli Climbers Jerseys were a smart choice. The Movistar team had a fleet of Canyon’s latest Ultimate CF SLX road bikes (though not their most expensive model), all decked out with Campagnolo’s finest and Power2Max power meters. Fizik, Lizardskins and Continental Tires made up the rest of the build, alongside Canyon’s housebrand bar, stem and seatposts.Further down the line was their Aeroad aero road bike and its integrated one-piece bar/stem, and the Speedmax was there for the TT stages…last_img read more

Hack: Drop 6 Grams From New SRAM Red Cassette – And Why You Shouldn’t…

first_imgHere at Bikerumor, we like to make lemonade from lemons. And, in the process of testing things, we have more than our fair share of opportunities to quench our thirst.Above is the main cluster of a new SRAM Red cassette broken down to it’s three components. Hopefully, you’ll never see your own cassette in such a state. But, as, um, “luck” would have it, certain things were stuck on a freehub body and before long hammers and flat head screwdrivers got involved. This is the result.Here’s where we started squeezing lemons… Before we get started, let me say this: What we did here is not recommended by SRAM and not something we recommend you do. Take it for what it’s worth, the real value here is knowing that should your own Red cassette explode, you can put it back together. It’s not a goner. That’s very comforting considering the street price for one of these is about $340!The main cluster consists of a back plate that doubles as the largest cog, a one-piece machined cog cluster for the 2nd through 9th gears, and the inner sleeve. The back plate and cog cluster are pressed together with high pressure, but there’s no bonding agent. The sleeve rests between them and is captured by ridges to it won’t move out of center. It does slide laterally slightly, and we’ll explain why in a sec.The cog cluster has evenly spaced tabs that slot into holes on the backplate (click image to see it larger). One hole/tab combo is larger, which keeps gears lined up properly. To press them together, I used an adjustable wrench and carefully yet strongly pressed the pieces back together, working around the perimeter evenly. However, I intentionally left the inner sleeve out…and saved 6 grams:Then I put it back on the bike and went for a 27 mile ride. And it worked flawlessly. Shifting was as crisp and precise as usual, and there was no rattling around. The interface between the smallest cog and the cluster ensures that it sits in center line with the freehub body:Note the little ridge on the inside edge of the small cog. The cluster rests on that for support. Once the lock ring is on and tight, the cassette has no play. All this begs the question: Is the sleeve like an appendix, there but unnecessary?According to SRAM, no. It is in fact a functional and important part of the cassette. Here’s what Frank Schmidt, one of SRAM’s drivetrain engineers, had to say:We need the ‘tube’ as we call it, because on the broken-up structure of the cassette there is no other good spot for a decent logo.No, seriously it is an important part of the structural concept. Driver bodies of the various hub makers are not very consistent in regard to length and lockring thread depth. So tightening the lockring without the tube would uncontrollably compress the cassette cluster and aluminum cog until the lockring bottoms out. This would result in more or less dishing of the aluminum cog and also all steel cogs messing up the total stack height and also the distance between each of the cogs. Also it would create undesired axial stresses in the structure. And it would be likely that the lockring gets loose in use. With the tube the compression is 100% controlled and independent of hub variation.So yes, it is necessary.The cluster and the biggest cog are pressed together. This is being done with high pressure and precise distance control. It is definitely not recommended to open that connection for cleaning (or to take the tube out to save 5gr). Reassembly without proper equipment will likely cause wrong distances, wrong orientation and/or damage to the cog. Also the connection will be much weaker after disassembly. The tube is just put inside before pressing on the cog. There is actually a small gap between the parts, when the cassette is not mounted. This will disappear to achieve a controlled compression under lockring force.So, should you do this? Honestly, no, and definitely not if it means trying to disassemble a perfectly good Red cassette just to do so. That said, here we are with a long term test bike with this cassette, so we’ll put some miles on it and see what happens. We always hope for the best, of course, but at the very least, it’s nice to know you could reassemble this fine piece of machined metal if things go south the next time you’re wrestling it off a chewed up freehub body.last_img read more