Thousands of Students Are Cheered By These Photos of an Optimistic Cloud Formation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhether it was divine intervention or just a serendipitous signal from the sky, an anxious Chinese college student was given the perfect sign of encouragement earlier this month.The student had been studying for her exams in Shaoguan, Guangdong when she saw a cloud that was shaped like a thumbs up.“I had been feeling very low, and after I saw the cloud I became much happier,” the student told Chinese video platform Pear. “I was so excited.” Since the unidentified student shared the photo to social media, it has been shared thousands of times.LOOK: Passengers Surprised With Train Full of Flowers – and Their Reactions Are Bloomin’ BeautifulThe cloud’s similarity to a social media “Like” button prompted one user to say: “You photographed the ‘Like’ cloud, so it means you will do well on your exam!”Another enthusiastic commenter said: “Even the universe is encouraging you!”A third Weibo user, who is also a university candidate, said: “I feel confident about my exam too after seeing the pictures.”Perhaps the cloud’s formation was just a sweet coincidence, but it has apparently done a fine job of encouraging internet users to do their best.Encourage Your Friends By Sharing The ‘Like’ Cloud To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Mavic Debuts Cosmic Carbone 40 Clinchers, Promises Best Ever Braking Performance

first_imgExternal rim width at the brake track is 19mm, which is admittedly narrower than what’s trending. But, Vestal says they were going for lightweight and that added width didn’t add anything to the performance that they didn’t feel they were already getting.The included Yksion GripLink front and PowerLink rear tires weigh 190g each. They are 120tpi 700x23c, but Mavic admits they run a bit narrow even though the inside air volume runs pretty close to a true 23. They’re a dual compound with softer rubber on the shoulders, and a generally harder mix on the rear tire. We’ve ridden them and they’re pretty darn nice.And, yes, we asked about running them Road Tubeless: “It’s an airtight tire bed, but we don’t have a valve that would fit. Officially, no, and we wouldn’t recommend it but people have found ways to do it. At the moment, Mavic is not working on road tubeless.”And now for our feature presentation… From a lineup standpoint, it fills the small gap between their 30mm deep Cosmic Elite and the 52mm Cosmic Carbone wheels. It also becomes their second wheelset to use a rounded NACA airfoil shape, following the recently introduced Cosmic CXR 80 and shaped in the Geneva wind tunnel to excel in a broad range of wind angles. But, none of that answers the question: What makes them special?“It’s just different,” says Mavic’s PR rep Zack Vestal. “The rim itself is quite light, much lighter than the CC SLR, and because it doesn’t require a rim strip, it’s ultimately lighter than competing wheels that do have a drilled rim bed. So, you get better aerodynamics thanks to the rounded profile and super low inertia with no compromise in stiffness. We feel all of this makes the ride characteristics better than anything else out there.”Key features of the new wheelset include:Aluminum spoke bed insertions are threaded with Mavic’s proprietary FORE process, eliminating the need to reinforce the outer carbon section while evenly distributing the spoke tension load. This also means easier service.Lightweight one-piece aluminum tire bed and bead hook insert offers enhanced structural resistance to tire air pressure and brake heat buildup while also creating a precise, ERTRO-compliant bead hook.New TgMAX dual resin technology uses 2 types of resin, each with its own glass transition temperature [Tg], plus a specific heat treatment/molding process to increase the Tg of the entire system. The primary challenge with carbon clinchers has always been heat management. Under hard or prolonged braking, temperatures can soar well above 400ºF, enough to potentially soften the resin in the sidewalls. With 100+ psi pushing against the sidewalls, that could mean anything from rim deformation (ruined rim) to a complete blowout (ruined you). It’s one of the reasons so much attention is paid to resin formulation, pad compounds and the like.All the major players have addressed this in their own way in order to provide riders with a full carbon clincher. The notable exceptions were Mavic and American Classic, which have kept their all-carbon rims limited to tubular options. Until now.The new Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40 Clincher uses a new construction process to provide a quasi-full carbon clincher. But, with wheelset weights almost identical to the slightly deeper (and Exalith-tracked) Cosmic Carbone SLR and still above full carbon clinchers from, say, ENVE, what makes them special?center_img There’s also a special surface treatment on the brake track to improve braking efficiency in both wet and dry conditions.“We developed a complex surface treatment process which enables us to achieve braking distances which are half the braking distances of current carbon wheels,” said Michel Davoine, Mavic Development Engineering Manager. “All these processes that we developed to obtain this high performance rim took a lot of time. Development lasted more than three years with a full team of engineers,” added Davoine.Vestal says it’s a process they’re keeping close to the chest, but that “it feels coarse, almost raw, but also super hard. It’s a little bit abrasive. I think you’ll see a little faster brake pad wear than with other wheels, but the brake bite is pretty shocking. They stop really well. It’s also extremely tough and wear resistant, it should last longer than alloy rims. Plus, these won’t get the glaze or debris coating that alloy rims can.”The nice thing is they’re recommending commonly available SwissStop Yellow pads, which are included with the wheels.Another unique feature is the foam core. Vestal says this is to ensure precision placement of the alloy parts and the carbon layup during assembly. “When you assemble the aluminum tire and spoke bed inserts, the foam ensures good tolerances from the top to the spoke bed, which lets them do thinner sidewalls. That means less material, which means less weight. It’s pretty firm, but super light.”Put it all together and you have a lightweight package that has “added radial impact resistance thanks to the isotropic nature of aluminum” with an aero profile designed to work as well in crosswinds and straight on.SPECS:1545g (670g front/875g rear)2085g for complete Wheel-Tire System.40mm deep profile carbon rimCarbon hub shells with aerodynamic aluminum flanges; QRM+ adjustable preload bearings; aluminum axlesBladed/butted stainless steel spokes with external, integrated alloy nipples16 radially laced in front; 20 laced radially non-drive/ 1-cross driveIncludes GripLink clincher front  / PowerLink clincher rear tiresUSA Price: $2,750USA Availability: June 1Includes brake pads, skewers, hub tool, wheel bags, tires and tubeslast_img read more

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Chevron Marine Lubricants Publishes New White Paper – Methanol and Marine…

first_imgChevron Marine Lubricants, a leading lubrication solutions provider for alternatively fueled vessels and one of the largest suppliers of marine lubricants in the world, today has released the first in a series of new white papers focusing on innovations and developments impacting the fast-changing shipping industry.“Methanol and Marine Lubricants in a Lower Sulphur, Lower Emissions Future” explores the use of methanol bunkers, and how Chevron’s Taro® Special cylinder lubricants and DOT.FAST® service play a critical role in the successful operation of M/T Mari Jone and M/T Mari Boyle, two of the world’s first ocean-going methanol dual-fuel ships.The white paper has been produced in consultation with:Vancouver, Canada-based Methanex Corporation, whose Waterfront Shipping subsidiary are co-owners and charterers of the vessels.Private ship manager and investment group Marinvest Shipping AB, who are also co-owners of the vessels.MAN Diesel & Turbo who produced the ME-LGI methanol dual-fuel two stroke engines for M/T Mari Jone and M/T Mari Boyle.“The reality of a lower sulphur, lower emissions future for shipping is already here. ECA and IMO 2020 regulations mean that in addition to the shifting use trends of traditional marine fuels, shipowners and operators are increasingly turning to the use of alternative marine fuels to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing legislative and operational landscape,” says Ian Thurloway, Chevron Marine Lubricants Brand and Marketing Manager.Chevron is a leader in providing complete and reliable lubrication solutions for the all types of alternatively fueled vessels. Its full range of Taro® cylinder lubricants, from the low 25 BN Taro® Special HT LF to the new 140 BN Taro® Special HT Ultra, provide solutions for the complex operating requirements of today, and tomorrow.Alongside the use of Chevron’s Taro® cylinder lubricants, Chevron’s DOT.FAST® service is used to optimise engine lubrication and manage feedrates. DOT.FAST® provides both onboard and onshore analysis of drip oil giving an accurate measurement of total iron wear, including corrosive wear. Combining both a drip oil analyzer for iron wear and a BN tester, it is the best such service in the market today.Methanol is just one of a range of exciting alternative fuels that, along with LNG, LPG, and ethane among others, are set to play an increasingly important role in the future of shipping.As an industry leader with one of the best supply networks in the industry and a full range of products to meet the diverse range of needs of today and tomorrow, Chevron is committed to providing reliable solutions for the marine fuels of the future.Sea News, December 14 Author: Priyanka Ann Sainilast_img read more

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Dominican graduates at top of class from Monroe College

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! EducationNewsTertiary Dominican graduates at top of class from Monroe College by: – August 28, 2017 Sharecenter_img Tweet Jacinta B. PeterJacinta B. Peter, age 22 from Loubiere, graduated from Monroe College, New Rochelle top of her class. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA; with straight A’s in all of her classes, she graduated with her associate and bachelor degree from the School of Criminal Justice. She was one out of two students to receive the “Outstanding Academic Achievement Award” which was a result from hard work and determination (for both degrees). Jacinta also received an award for “Student of the Semester” in her first semester at Monroe. Although many obstacles stood in her way, her dedication and hard-work paved the way to success. 492 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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City talks Open Carry, elections

first_img RelatedOnline Only: Open carry gun law meeting scheduledBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The public is invited to attend a meeting in Laguna Vista to hear the latest information on the new Texas Open Carry law which becomes effective Jan. 1. Laguna Vista Police Chief Tony David is hosting an informational meeting to answer citizen questions about…December 31, 2015In “News”Commission questions marathon preparationsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] South Padre Island City Manager Bill DiLibero visited the Port Isabel City Commission Tuesday to discuss ongoing preparations for the Run SPI Marathon, a Boston Marathon qualifying event which will take place on Friday, November 13. The marathon is scheduled to begin in…August 28, 2015In “News”Tensions rise at City meetingCity Secretary issue leads to divided discussion over salaries By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Even before the meeting could be called to order, a debate was already being waged inside the Port Isabel City Commission meeting room Monday. Earlier that afternoon, Interim City Manager Jared Hockema informed City…October 16, 2015In “News” By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] Port Isabel City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to prohibit the open carry of handguns during City meetings.The Commission deliberated the issue in the wake of state legislation which went into effect on Jan. 1 of this year which allows for the open carry of handguns. The law requires that handgun owners have a conceal carry license (CCL) in order to carry openly. Under the law, open carry can be prohibited by the placement of very specific signage. But, as City Manager Jared Hockema explained to the Commission, public entities cannot prohibit the carry of a firearm entirely.“If you were to pass this resolution, we would prohibit them, but only during meetings,” Hockema stressed. He added that residents have shared concerns about feeling unsafe.For Hockema, however, one pressing concern is a provision within the law that makes it difficult for law enforcement officers to determine whether or not a person is a licensed carrier.“You know that the law says you have to be licensed to wear it,” Hockema said to a resident who asked about the law. “But, there’s no way for us to ask them,” he said.“The problem is the officers don’t have a mechanism to (ask),” Hockema said.“Is there anyone in the audience that is not receptive to this?” asked Mayor Pro tem Martin C. Cantu.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

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Last SoCal pack station under new ownership

first_img“One of the traditions was that Bill and Lila made the place a community center where people could come and visit,” said Sue, who has been living at the station since early May. “We wanted to return to that tradition of caring for people and caring for the animals.” In fact, Thursday around 5 p.m., four cabin owners were sitting on the porch of the station, drinking cold beverages and socializing, Sue mentioned. The station owners are organizing a rededication party for July 8 and 9 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Deb Burgess said the two-day event is free and will include live bluegrass, country and rock music, storytellers, a chili cookoff and booths in which the artists among cabin owners can sell their work. The 82 cabins in the Chantry Flat area range in cost from about $25,000 to $50,000, Sue noted. She said prices stay low because owners often have to walk more than an hour just to get to their cabins. “We have a huge range of people from survivalists to artists to people who just want solitude,” she said. “A lot of the cabins have been handed down for three generations – people just won’t let go of them.” And for good reason, says cabin owner Beth Farajian. She and her husband, Arlen, have owned their cabin since 1978, and she said their three sons practically grew up there. “It’s like stepping out of time and space,” she said. “You live in the city, you come up here, and, if you only spend one night up here, you feel like you’ve been on an extended vacation. You come back refreshed and ready to start all over again.” While life in the wilderness is enjoyable for the pack station owners and workers, it certainly isn’t easy. It is Sue’s job to oversee the day-to-day operation of the pack station, including running the store, making sure it is stocked and cleaned and troubleshooting with the animals, Sue said. Her daughter and another station employee handle packing everything from propane tanks to building materials to food and water onto the animals to take to and from the cabins. “A real crisis here is when animals hurt themselves, not being 10 minutes late leaving with the pack train,” she said. “It’s a matter of realizing that you are stepping back in time, so things happen slower.” Those interested in learning more about the Adams’ Pack Station and the surrounding cabins are invited to call the station at (626) 447-7356. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 70-year-old pack station is a key component in caring for the 80-plus cabins that sit just above Sierra Madre and Arcadia. Cabin owners are not permitted to live full-time in the tiny historic buildings, which lack modern plumbing and electricity. Each cabin has an outhouse, and propane is used to cook meals. Recently, the pack station has been struggling due to road closures in the area. But Sue, 68, said she and Deb, 48, who has a home in Lakewood, are determined to revitalize the station and bring it back to its roots. To begin with, the women are rededicating the building formerly known as the We Um Attaxxum Pack Station in honor of its original owners, Bill and Lila Adams. Bill died in September 2004 at the age of 84, and Lila now lives with the couple’s daughter in Oklahoma. • Photo Gallery: 07/01: Adams’ Pack Station SIERRA MADRE – The only pack station left in Southern California has new owners, one of whom is now a tenant. Mother-and-daughter team Sue and Deb Burgess closed escrow on the Adams’ Pack Station in the Chantry Flat area of Angeles National Forest on April 1, according to Sue. The building cost them $200,000 and was purchased under the auspices of their privately owned Burcon Outfitters Inc. Sue now lives at the pack station, and Deb comes every few days to help pack up the horses, mules and donkeys that carry food, water and propane to cabin owners. last_img read more

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