Review: thinking out of the box with FoodCell

first_imgThe FoodCell from new UK start-up FlowCell is an innovative nutrition storage unit, or ‘bento box’ for triathlon, time trials and those simply seeking nutrition storage for a day’s riding. The company recently bagged an angel investor to help get the product off the ground, and a new Kickstarter campaign is currently under way for sourcing the final funding for FoodCell’s first production run.With the aim of hitting a new £20,000 Kickstarter crowdfunding target, FlowCell will then produce its first batch of FoodCell units. We were fortunate enough to get hold of a pre-production model and have been putting it through its paces in recent weeks.Essentially, the FoodCell unit is a ‘bento box’, nutrition carrier that sits on a bike’s top tube. The packaging of the product has a premium, professional feel; and the unit itself is well-designed – fitting to the top tube either by velcro straps or two (M5) bolts for those framesets containing bolts in the top-tube.Using it out on the road, it is apparent that there are a number of USPs to the FoodCell product:First, it has a slider opening that gives easy access to all nutrition whilst riding (either in an aero tuck or standard riding position). This easy access opening also means that nutrition wrappers are less fiddly to put back into the unit. So, time penalties for littering (accidental or otherwise) can be avoided.Second, there are claimed aero dynamic benefits (more on this below).Third, once the entire storage unit is attached to the top tube, either by bolts or velcro closures, the main FoodCell unit itself is detachable. This is a handy feature for popping nutrition onto the bike just before a race gets under way; and it also allows the main unit to be cleaned separately. Getting aeroIn terms of aero credentials, we didn’t test the unit in a wind tunnel and simply took it out on the road to get a feel for its usability. So, we asked the guys at FoodCell to give a bit more clarity on any aero benefits from using the nutrition carrier.FlowCell developer and company founder Mark Tallon said, “In the real word, most athletes have a rounded stem and may have their brake/gear cables still coming out of the top tube. As such we wanted to be truthful with our consumers right from the beginning. So we have done our CFD [computational fluid dynamics] work with the FoodCell where it sits directly behind the stem (optimum position as reported by most companies) but also 4cm, 6cm, and 8cm back to represent the vast majority of bike set-ups out there.He continued, “In addition, not every athlete is flying along at 40-45kph, another value thrown out there when people talk about the drag values of their product. A reason for this is simply because the higher the speed the greater the drag; so you can demonstrate bigger effects (x percent saving in time over y distance).“We want to represent not only the top end athlete but also the age groupers who do not necessarily fly along at over 40kph, i.e. those that also sit at 30kph or less (the vast majority). So, we also carried out CFD work at 30, 35 and 40kph.”Mark added, “Over a 40km ride when the FoodCell is next to the stem you save time; and as you move further away from the stem so that more air hits it dead-on then you get additional drag resulting in a maximum loss of around 13 seconds. Over an IRONMAN against the stem you save circa 11 seconds (meaning FoodCell can be a negative drag option for those that can have it against the stem), with a maximum loss of about 50-60 seconds over speeds ranging from 30-40kph when the FoodCell is 8cm (circa 3 inches).“We are currently working on some alternate dimple patterning and some other size options that again will further reduce any drag; but, in real life, the effect of pretty much all aerodynamic designed food carriers will not impact total race time in any negative manner.”The key take-out, as underlined by the FoodCell team, is that, in a race environment, given all the variables of athletes siting up to take bottles of fluid or moving out of their tribars, and therefore out of the aero position, ‘FoodCell will not significantly impact your performance over an iron distance event.’ The main advantage offered by FoodCell is an easy-opening and thus an ability to remain aero whilst removing and consuming food from the nutrition carrier. This can decrease the hassle that athletes may experience in trying to get access to food during a race. In itself, this should be a big plus in maintaining performance during a long bike leg, and helping to optimise nutritional strategies on race day. Relatedcenter_img In summary, the FoodCell is an impressive product that features a ‘why didn’t we think of that’ closure system. The slider that gives access to the nutrition storage is easy to open whilst on the road, in an aero tuck or a regular riding position. Overall, the pre-production model that we received had a real quality feel, with nice packaging too.The detachable main unit is handy for cleaning. It also means that an athlete’s nutrition can simply be popped into place at the start of a race, for example during an early morning triathlon when bikes are typically left overnight in transition.Founded by nutritional biochemist and age group triathlete Dr Mark Tallon, FlowCell is dedicated to engineering effective solutions for endurance athletes. The UK FlowCell team are currently designing a selection of premium quality products for cyclists and triathletes to ‘ensure fuelling is delivered in an functional as well as aerodynamic format’. FoodCell is the first of three products that ‘relies on high quality materials and leading edge designs that have been tested in both lab and real world conditions to ensure all products are only of the highest specifications’.www.flowcell.co.uklast_img read more

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Study finds link between waking-life musical activities and musical dreams

first_imgShare Do you ever remember your dreams?  Chances are that if you do remember them, they are the ones that seem most realistic.  Many people report dreaming about things that they encounter daily.  Such is the case for musicians from all walks of life who report dreams that involve music or inspire lyrics.Recalling dreams is not a new phenomenon.  In fact, most people can recall a portion of what they dream.  Some people even go so far as to maintain a sleep diary — writing down everything that they remember upon awakening.  Research has found dream recall for people involved in athletic and post-traumatic events. Now, a new study has found that people who engage in musical activities are more likely to have dreams about music.In Marh, 2016, the American Psychological Association’s journal Dreaming published research by Lukas Vogelsang and his colleagues. The research proposed that participating in musical activities while awake would result in more dreams about music.  The research was based on the continuity hypothesis (Domhoff, 2003; Schredl, 2003) which purports that waking-life activities are incorporated into dreams. Share on Facebook Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Email Share on Twitter An example of someone whose music was inspired by a dream is Paul McCartney.  He reported that the lyrics to his song “Yesterday” were completely recalled from a dream.  This is an example of how people take their waking-life with them when they go to sleep.  Vogelsang’s research looks at examples from research participants that points to potential reasons music may be incorporated into dreams.The study included 144 participants who were divided into four groups–psychology students, music students, choir members and a rest group.  Each participant provided demographic information and completed a questionnaire which outlined their exposure to music.  Specifically, they were asked about the amount of time that they spent engaged in music both actively and passively.  For most participants, passive engagement included doing something while listening to music.Results indicated that, on average, participants were involved with music in their waking-life for about four to five hours per day.  This time was split up even further with about eighty-two minutes of practice, 111 minutes of passive listening and 42 minutes of active listening.  On average, participants reported their first training with music at six years of age.  When responding to questions about the frequency of dreaming about music, most participants reported that they had at least monthly dreams regarding music.  It was noted that the group reporting the fewest dreams related to music was the psychology group.“The main findings of the study indicate that the amount of time invested inmusical activities during the day is directly related to the estimated percentage ofmusic dreams,” Vogelsang and his colleagues wrote.The limitations of the study include the fact that participants knew that researchers were looking for specific information about dreams involving music.  This may have biased results towards more dreams involving music.The results of the research supports the findings from the continuity hypothesis.  People are more likely to dream about what they experience on a daily basis.  Specifically for this study, the more time spent actively engaged in music, the higher the percentage of dreams involving music.  This could mean dreams about music in general or even future music and lyrics.  This study also teases at the possibility that musicians will make their next big hit while sleeping.Engaged in music activities? You should get a good night’s rest so that they can use your sleep time to dream about the music or your first/next big hit.last_img read more

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People with low self-esteem tend to seek support in ways that backfire, study finds

first_imgShare on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Pinterest People with low self-esteem are more likely to seek support from an intimate partner in a manner that tends to backfire, according to new research in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.“We were interested in studying social support seeking because a large body of research demonstrates that social support has important consequences for mental, physical, and relational well-being, but only a few studies had previously examined the determinants of how people seek social support,” said study author Brian P. Don of Clackamas Community College.“By drawing on self-esteem to understand the roots of support seeking behavior, this study makes an important advancement in understanding why people are sometimes unsuccessful in their attempts to seek support from intimate partners.”center_img LinkedIn Email The researchers were particularly interested in a phenomenon known as indirect support seeking — meaning sulking, whining, fidgeting, and/or displaying sadness to elicit support. People are believed to engage in this type of indirect communication because they fear being rejected.In two studies, with 176 couples in total, the researchers found that those with lower self-esteem were more likely to engage in indirect support seeking. This type of support seeking was, in turn, associated with a greater chance of a partner responding with criticism, blame, or disapproval.Those with low self-esteem — but not those with high self-esteem — also viewed their partner as less responsive to their needs when they responded negatively to their support seeking.“People with low self-esteem tend to seek support in ways that actually hinder their partner’s ability to provide support, which in turn has detrimental consequences for how support seekers feel about the relationship,” Don told PsyPost. “Theoretically, this occurs because people who are low in self-esteem tend to be wary of social rejection, but this fear of rejection ironically results in behaviors that tend to elicit the very rejection that people who are low in self-esteem fear.”“One caveat is that, although the pattern of findings was consistent across both studies, the results did not fully replicate for all of the paths we tested. Thus, future work should look to continue to replicate these findings,” Don added. “Given that support seeking is a relatively unexplored area, there are many questions still left to be tested, like how the support provider’s self-esteem may play a role in this process.”The study, “Low Self-Esteem Predicts Indirect Support Seeking and Its Relationship Consequences in Intimate Relationships“, was authored by Brian P. Don, Yuthika U. Girme, and Matthew D. Hammond.last_img read more

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Culture and Sports – centre-stage at CARICOM Heads Meeting

first_img You may be interested in… Feb 25, 2015 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… “Caribbean nations must capitalise on our phenominal cultural and creative output, so much of which is attributable to our rich ethnic mix and the variety of indigenous folklore and innate skills. The creative industries offer the larger Caribbean feasible options to leapfrog into high growth areas of the global economy by showcasing to the world its distinctive cultural content,” the former Prime Minister told the Meeting. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, The Bahamas, Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson  (r) presenting a gift of publications on Bahamian culture and sports to the Most Honorable P.J Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, after the opening session of the Twenty-Sixth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of  CARICOM Heads of Government. Sharing in the moment are the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Chairman of CARICOM and  Prime Minister of The Bahamas and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador  Irwin LaRocque. Mr. Patterson, on the invitation of the CARICOM Chairman, made a special presentation to the Inter-Sessional Meeting on Thursday on “Leveraging CARICOM’s Human, Cultural and Natural Assets for the Economic Development of the Community”. Barbados Prime Minister for CARICOM Inter-sessional Meeting Former Jamaica PM urges new development pathways for RegionFormer Prime Minister of Jamaica Hon. P.J. Patterson said there was an urgent need for CARICOM Member States to discover new development pathways that encourage creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development. Mr. Patterson was giving a presentation to Regional Leaders at the two-day 26th Intersessional…February 27, 2015In “Anguilla”CARICOM places emphasis on sports tourism, cultural industriesCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have decided to place emphasis on developing their cultural and creative industries and sports sectors to boost their economies. The announcement was made at the closing press conference of the two-day 26th Intersessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government on Friday afternoon by Chairman…February 28, 2015In “Anguilla”CARICOM Heads to meet US President in JamaicaCARICOM Heads of Government will hold discussions with US President Barack Obama on Thursday, 9 April 2015, during  a State Visit by the President to Jamaica. Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in making the announcement in Parliament Tuesday, said the discussions will focus on issues…March 18, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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As they look to shun the organisers for the fourth seed ranking

first_imgTennis BY JOHN PANGKATANA Abigail Tere Apisah has been nothing short of ruthless. The woman from Morobe and Central provinces has been dispatching all her rivals at the Apia Park tennis court in the singles in merciless fashion. And our PNG flag bearer has every reason to be in a boisterous mood after the organizers put Team PNG as the fourth seed, this is despite them dominating in 2015 by winning the women’s singles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles and women’s team event.” “I can’t believe we are seeded fourth. They put New Caledonia and Samoa as the top seeded teams. “This has also played into our hands to want to prove a point without any pressure on us. “The positive thing is that we are a tight group, and it’s just great that we have maintained our ladies team from 2015. “In fact it has made us mentally stronger over the past week to prove a point.” Abigail said. Abigail said as far as the level of competition goes, she said the depth of stronger players has improved from all countries. “Olsem na mi no nap isi long ol (which is why I can’t afford to be easy on them).” So far they have knocked off the women’s team event with the gold medal and are in poll position to tick off the women’s doubles, mixed doubles and blue ribbon women’s singles. Team manager Barbra Stubbings said whilst all the players at the top level are all good friends as part of the Oceania team…this is not the time to be mates. “Abigail can’t afford to give her opponents a chance, as they are just waiting to pounce on her if she drops her guard. “As per the seedings we are not the most popular country, so we have to give it to them to maintain our (PNG) and Abigail’s status quo as the top ladies player in the region.” Stubbings said that Abigail is the number one ranked player in the Oceania region and her niece Violet Apisah would have to be a close second. “This has all the countries on the edge to deny us, but I am confident our girls have a level head on their shoulders to do the job.” With the way the draw has been made, both Abigail and Violet may meet in the gold medal play-off. She said in the ladies doubles, Abigail and Violet are on track, as are Abigail and her son Mathew Stubbings in the mixed doubles. As of Wednesday night, Mathew was the only PNG player left in the men’s singles race.last_img read more

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Girls soccer roundup: WMC, Whitehall and Ludington advance to district finals

first_imgShares Share Fox Sports Go Displayed poorly $0.00 Other Not relevant ENDS IN (7802) DEAL OF THE DAY Share Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Other Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller 50PC Disposable Face MàSc/Mack Anti-Dust … Report a problem This item is… Bestseller × Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. (34271) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN ENDS IN Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Not relevant Bestseller × FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Bestseller × × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY LocalSportsJournal.comThe Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team used balanced scoring to defeat Ravenna 3-1 on Thursday in a Division 4 district semifinal contest.The Warriors received scoring from Anna Systema, Claudia Kingma and Madisynn Pearce with assists from Emily Rosema and Natalie Riksen.The Bulldogs lone goal was scored by Schuyler Wetzig which was assisted by Alexys Shimmel.The Warriors will face North Muskegon in a Division 4 district final contest on Friday.WHITEHALL 4, FREMONT 0- The Vikings shutout Fremont to advance to the Division 3 district finals. Whitehall led 1-0 at the half and extended the lead in the second half to pull away. Rileigh Thommen led the Vikings with two goals while Ellie Stevens and Camryn Evans each added a goal. The Vikings will face Tri-County for a district championship on Saturday.LUDINGTON 3, BENZIE CENTRAL 0- Behind Bre Mesyar’s two goals, the Orioles flew past Benzie Central to advance to the Division 3 district finals. Kendall Biggs also added a goal while Allie May chipped in with an assist. Ludington’s goalkeeper Allison Janowiak picked up the shutout in net with two saves. Ludington will face Big Rapids Saturday for the district title. Inappropriate / Offensive The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extr… ENDS IN × $0.00 Inappropriate / Offensive $37.99 ENDS IN ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $15.29$17.99 Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive × (2) Not relevant (117) Mail Inappropriate / Offensive Bestseller Bestsellercenter_img DEAL OF THE DAY The League Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. NBC Sports Bestseller Not relevant Ads by Amazon Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Other ENDS IN (822) Inappropriate / Offensive $49.95 $0.00 Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN × (17612) Other Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Shop Now Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $14.99$18.00 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly (31628) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Twelve Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other $9.99 Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant Displayed poorly MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bra… Inappropriate / Offensive Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other × Report a problem This item is… (657) Ads by Amazonlast_img read more

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Bailey leads GCC to 2nd two-day title

first_imgBernard Bailey’s maiden 10-wicket match haul spurred Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) to their second Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/Noble House Seafoods two-day second division title after drawing their match against Police Sports Club but taking first innings points at GCC on Sunday. Police made 107 in their first innings and GCC resuming on 80-3 on day two managed a 37-run lead as they were bowled out for 144 in 69.2 overs. Police then accelerated their second innings to declare on 151-9 in 30.3 overs, setting GCC 102 to win since Police were penalised 12 runs for missing the pace bowling rate by two overs. GCC finished on 88-3 to draw the game. Ronaldo Ali-Mohammed and Yeudister Persaud finished as the leading run getters in the two groups with Ali-Mohammed being awarded the Most Valuable Player of the group stage while Nkosie Barker finished with the most wickets.Manager at Noble House Seafoods, Richard Jodah said the company was dedicated to the development of youths and cricket while President of the GCA, Roger Harper spoke at length of the keen competition but warned the players on the thin line when it comes to exuberance and aggression, noting that there were instances that went against the spirit of the game.Georgetown Cricket Club were crowned the GCA Noble House Seafoods Second division two-day champions. (Romario Samaroo photo)GCC established the lead just 10 overs into the day but Hemchand Persaud broke the 43-run partnership between Ali-Mohammed and Timothy McAlmont with Ali-Mohammed departing for 33 from 85 balls. Persaud struck the very next ball, removing Joshua Wade for a first ball duck. Zachary Jodah was watchful in his innings, not bothered by what was happening amongst the busy Police in the field, facing 43 deliveries for just one run before falling to off spinner, Pernell London.Stephon Wilson also fell without scoring as GCC quickly lost their last few wickets with McAlmont top scoring with 42 from 99 balls.London was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-3 with Persaud and Jason Heyliger taking two wickets each. Police raced to clear their deficit before lunch, going in at 70 with Reginald Rodrigues putting on a 41-run stand for the opening wicket with Paul Tyndall. Rodrigues was later dismissed by Bailey before Savory was snapped up by Ali-Mohammed but the match was at a virtual stalemate with the field spread to the boundary for over an hour as the two seamers operated for 15 overs each. In the back end of the innings, Police lost their way with three run outs while Wilson pulled off a spectacular low diving catch coming in from mid off as Police only found solace in Tyndall who finished unbeaten on 73 from 92 balls. Bailey added to his six wickets in the first innings to take 4-84, finishing with 10-120 while Ali-Mohammed collected 2-60 before the declaration.Bailey said fast bowlers had to work extra hard on the wicket but all he did was put the ball in the right areas with his plans being to just keep a consistent line. He noted that Police batted patiently making it extra hard for the bowlers.GCC were rocked in their chase for an outright win with Heyliger picking up three quick wickets but Ali-Mohammed’s unbeaten knock of 26 was enough to see the game to the end and he walked away with the $100,000 first prize. Khemraj Jaikaran, skipper of GCC said all credit should go to the Police for playing a good game, noting that the youngsters in the team really won it for them with some exceptional fielding and excellent bowling, especially from Bailey.Keston Harcourt who captains Police said they lost the game in the first innings and would have felt comfortable had they posted 170-odd. Harcourt expressed his unhappiness with some of the decisions, noting that in his opinion there was a lot of indiscipline from the players but nevertheless congratulated GCC.last_img read more

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AP sources: Owners approve sale of Marlins to Jeter group

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — The woebegone Miami Marlins are Derek Jeter’s problem now. In this Sept. 28, 2014, file photo, New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter speaks to the media after the last baseball game of his career, against the Boston Red Sox, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) Major league owners on Wednesday approved the sale of the team by Jeffrey Loria to an investment group led by Jeter and Bruce Sherman, two people familiar with the vote said. The people confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the approval had not been announced.One of the people said the vote was unanimous, with 75 percent approval needed.A signed $1.2 billion agreement was submitted to Major League Baseball last month to sell the Marlins to a group led by Sherman, a venture capitalist who will be the controlling owner. Jeter, the former New York Yankees captain, plans to be a limited partner in charge of the business and baseball operations.The closing on the sale is expected within a few days.The Marlins have endured another disappointing year and are assured of their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the majors. They’ll sit out the playoffs for the 14th year in a row, the longest streak in the National League.They’re also likely to finish last in the NL in attendance for the 12th time in the past 13 years, creating revenue constraints that may lead to a payroll purge in Jeter’s first offseason as an owner.Among players who might be shopped is major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton, whose salary will nearly double next year to $25 million in the fourth season of his record $325 million, 13-year contract.The transition to new ownership has already begun, with four well-known Marlins executives told last week they won’t be retained. They were special assistant to the president Jeff Conine, who goes by the nickname Mr. Marlin, and three special assistants to the owner — Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, and former manager Jack McKeon, who led the Marlins to the 2003 World Series championship.Team president David Samson is not expected to be retained. Manager Don Mattingly is a former teammate of Jeter’s and may return.Loria, 76, became widely unpopular because of his frugal ownership and the public financing that helped build the five-year-old Marlins Park. He bought the franchise for $158.5 million in 2002 from John Henry, part of the Boston Red Sox ownership group that has celebrated three World Series titles.“Part of the deal is acknowledging when it’s time to pass the baton to the next generation, and wish them well in taking things to the next level,” Loria said in a statement. “With that in mind, I can’t think of anyone better suited than Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. They are true baseball people, as well as true gentlemen. I have every confidence in their ability as the next stewards of the Miami Marlins to take us to new heights.”Jeter, who lives in Tampa, was a 14-time All-Star shortstop who retired in 2014 after 20 seasons with the Yankees. He has no front-office experience but has long talked of his desire to own a team.Sherman spent much of his financial career in New York and has a home in Naples, Florida. Minority owners are expected to include NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, who will have a small stake.Loria’s decision to sell the team became public in February, and Jeter’s interest surfaced in April. The Jeter-Sherman group beat out two other groups that pursued the team in the final weeks of negotiations.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Winelast_img read more

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