USA Triathlon and ROLA extend Silver-Level sponsorship

first_img Related Cequent Performance Products, the makers of ROLA bike carriers, has extended its commitment to USA Triathlon as a Silver-Level Sponsor throughout 2011.Through this agreement, USA Triathlon (USAT) annual members can take advantage of a 20% discount on ROLA bike carriers by visiting RolaProducts.com.A leader in the bike-transport industry and the official bike carrier of USA Triathlon, ROLA will also supply bike carriers for the USA Triathlon National Team Program. Additionally, this agreement includes giveaways of ROLA products through various USA Triathlon promotions and at 2011 USA Triathlon National Championship events.Designed with stylish function and originating in Australia, ROLA products have ‘outback tested’ toughness. ROLA offers several different bike carrier models: ‘Traditional, sport, mountain, racing, men’s and women’s – no matter the type or style, ROLA can carry it.’ROLA bike carriers are designed to fit any vehicle and feature easy-on, easy-off functionality. Soft rubber cradles protect the bike frame, and the tilt feature permits easy trunk access and unloading of equipment. Available in 2-, 3- and 4-bike options, several models fit both 1-1/4″ and 2″ receiver hitches.ROLA also offers a variety of roof racks, cargo baskets and hitch-mounted carriers. ROLA is so confident in its products it guarantees the product will be free from defects in material or workmanship for five years from the date of retail purchase.www.usatriathlon.orgwww.RolaProducts.comlast_img read more

Study finds: Some memories are more vulnerable to dementia than others

first_imgEmail PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author Muireann Irish of the University of Sydney. Read his explanation of the research below:PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?Irish: Autobiographical memory, to me, is one of the most fascinating expressions of human cognition. A large part of my research program seeks to understand how we mentally travel back in subjective time to relive evocative and personally defining events from our past, and to clarify the brain regions that must be functional to support this complex process. Loss of autobiographical memory represents a hallmark feature of many dementia syndromes, yet it remains unclear whether all memories suffer the same fate with advancing disease severity. Longitudinal studies exploring how personally relevant memories are affected over time in dementia are scarce, although such approaches are crucial to provide a comprehensive picture of the dementia trajectory. We sought to investigate how autobiographical memory potentially changes as different dementia syndromes unfold over time, and to elucidate the neural substrates of these changes.What should the average person take away from your study?Our study reveals that not all personal memories are created equal. While some memories seem vulnerable to decay, others appear relatively resilient in the face of worsening cognitive decline. Moreover, different dementia subtypes display distinct profiles of memory loss over time. Importantly, we demonstrated that recent memories, those experienced within the previous year, are much more vulnerable with disease progression in frontotemporal dementia and that this loss of recent memory is associated with the spread of atrophy into a region called the posterior cingulate cortex. This region has previously been associated with the encoding and retrieval of recently experienced events in healthy individuals, and as such, our findings dovetail nicely with the existing literature.A somewhat surprising finding was our observation of equivalent performance across baseline and follow-up assessment periods in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. We had predicted that autobiographical memory would gradually decline over time in these patients, yet no significant differences were observed. Our neuroimaging analyses revealed the increasing involvement of brain regions known to support semantic memory or general knowledge over time in this group. We tentatively interpret this finding as reflecting the retrieval of memories that have become more semantic or fact-like with the passing of time. This process, known as semanticization, is typically observed for older memories from the distant past, and can account for the well-documented finding of relatively intact retrieval of memories from one’s childhood and early adulthood in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?While our findings are interesting, one limitation is that the time between baseline and follow-up assessments for this study was only one year. This was important to ensure that patients could continue to participate in the study, but it also means that we do not have a clear picture of how memories potentially decline over longer durations of time. From a practical point of view, it will be essential to clarify what mechanisms facilitate the successful retrieval of autobiographical memories in dementia, in order to inform the development of reminiscence programs and targeted interventions. Our findings, while preliminary, suggest that it may be possible to target memories that have become ‘semanticized’ in certain dementia types to promote a connection to the past.Is there anything else you would like to add?Our autobiographical memories are central to our sense of personal identity and continuity across subjective time. Understanding how the loss of these memories impacts the individual in terms of their sense of identity and their ability to engage meaningfully with others is crucial for improving dementia care. Our study demonstrates that there exists a store of autobiographical memories that remain relatively intact in certain dementia syndromes until well into the more moderate stages of the disease. Devising novel means to bolster the retrieval of such memories will be an important next step.In addition to Irish, the study “Evolution of autobiographical memory impairments in Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia – A longitudinal neuroimaging study” was also co-authored by Ramon Landin-Romero, Annu Mothakunne, Siddharth Ramanan, Sharpley Hsieh, John R. Hodges, and Olivier Piguet. Pinterest Share on Twitter LinkedIncenter_img New research indicates that some autobiographical memories are more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than others.The study examined 11 patients with a clinical diagnosis of probable Alzheimer’s disease and 13 patients with frontotemporal dementia. Another 23 healthy older adults were recruited as controls. Repeated testing and brain imaging revealed that more recent autobiographical memories became more vulnerable to loss as frontotemporal dementia became more severe. Among the patients with Alzheimer’s disease, on the other hand, the ability to recall autobiographical memories did not appear to worsen overall as the disease progressed.The study also uncovered that changes in autobiographical memory retrieval were associated with different regions of the brain in Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. The findings were published March 10, 2017, in the journal Neuropsychologia. Share Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Politics for new presidential aspirants

first_imgWith the elimination of the presidential candidacy of the PPP’s Bharrat Jagdeo in the 2020 elections, the process for that party to name a successor has begun. It has already thrown the media into a tizzy of speculation as to who will be that person. Over in the PNC, while there has been no exogenous event like a CCJ ruling to remove the PNC’s incumbent President, David Granger, from consideration, a three-way race between three senior functionaries for the PNC’s Chairmanship suggests that Old Man Time may have whispered into Granger’s ear.While the discussion – such as it has been – has centred on the relative “youthfulness” or “experience” of the candidates, I would like to suggest that we have been presented with the opportunity to introduce a criterion that few would deny is necessary for a candidate from either side to be an effective president: a realistic and credible approach to address the ethnic insecurities in our country.Across the globe, ethnic conflict has mushroomed to become the dominant political confrontation – often spilling over into violent confrontations. While many of these ethnic conflicts have an economic nexus, the intensity and persistence of the struggles indicate that there is something more fuelling these disputes. Man needs to be “somebody”, and this imperative unleashes drives that go to the heart of ethnic conflict. Presidential candidates cannot just exploit the psychological aspects of political behaviour.Luckily, our new politicians have jettisoned “class” as the aggregator of our “objective” interests, as was the wont of the Jagan and Burnham generation. Class fails to satisfy the affective emotional need of Man to belong to a wider collectivity, and in Guyana is subsumed in ethnicity, which, being simultaneously instrumental and expressive, accomplishes both tasks.A person’s conception of self is formed, to a large extent, by the socialisation provided by his primary (read ethnic) contacts during his early years, as he attempts to satisfy the basic needs of affection and belonging. Psychologists tell us of the processes of externalisation, projection and displacement that the child deploys to both define himself and, just as importantly, others. He projects and displaces much of what his group considers negative onto members of groups defined as “the other”. Thus, by the time the individual enters the wider world of economic and wider societal concerns as a young adult, the new influences are much more diffuse, with the class and other roles typically not as intense as the ethnic one.On the other hand, his ethnic group is the home — the womb — to which he can always return, and from which he cannot be turned away. It is the only social grouping that accepts him for what he is, and not for what he does.The need for self-esteem and self-worth in the individual is integrally connected with the esteem and worth of the group from which he comes, and is reflected in the recognition, attention, prestige and status the group has “earned”. If this is denied one’s group, the negative self-esteem results in the individual feeling debased, abandoned, and basically unwanted.This reflection of the group’s ethnic identity in the individual’s identity has several consequences. The potential rage generated from these feelings if the individual or group is violated may be internally or externally directed. If it is felt that the ethnic group’s interest is threatened, the individual can be motivated to defend it at almost any cost, since to him it is also literally a matter of his own survival. It is for this reason that ethnic conflicts are so intense.For the alienated group, active violence is seen as a defence of life: as Menachem Begin, once “terrorist” and later P.M. of Israel, said, “We fight, therefore we are.”The political implications of the psychological aspects of ethnic conflict are several, but they all demand that our ethnic groups be treated equally. Firstly, the depth of the connection between the individual and his group must be accepted, and not dismissed by some “one-love” utopian exhortation. Economic justice alone is not going to solve the problem. The role of the Chief Executive, for instance, is a powerful symbol of group-worth in any society; any political solution must address the psychological need.Additionally, Governmental policies on the whole must openly discuss the group-impact of their implementation: presidential candidates should promote the use of Ethnic Impact Statements in Guyana.last_img read more

Muniafu back as Simbas target Senegal win

first_imgHe will partner with skiper Wilson Kopondo in the second row while George Nyambua drops to the bench as Oliver Mang’eni remains unavailable for this fixture.Leo Seje retains his place at inside center, maintaining his midfield partnership with David Ambunya as Paarwater maintains a largely unchanged side that will be out to register a second win on the trot in this encounter that kicks off at 2.00pm.Meanwhile, Senegal are expected to arrive in Nairobi on Thursday night.The team currently sits fifth on the six team log with a single point obtained in the 16-17 home loss to Uganda on Saturday 1 July 2017.  They later fell to a 95-0 loss away to Namibia last weekend.Key players for the Senegalese include the veteran Steve Sargos,  Folliot Aldric who leads their team’s scoring with 22 points in this tournament coming off 2 conversions and 6 penalties, Moussa Barry and Traore Saido.Simbas squad:15.Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Leo Seje, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Isaac Adimo, 9. Samson Onsomu, 1. Moses Amusala, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 5. Simon Muniafu, 6. Eric Kereh, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Joshua ChisangaReplacements16. Philip Ikambili, 17.Oscar Simiyu, 18. Curtis Lilako, 19. George Nyambua, 20. Martin Owila, 21. Lyle Asiligwa, 22. Kenny Andola, 23. Dennis Muhanji.Management: Jerome Paarwater (Head Coach), Dominique Habimana (Forwards Coach), Charles Ngovi (Backs Coach), Richard Ochieng (S&C Coach), Chris Makachia (Physio), Simiyu Wangila (Team Manager).-By Kenya Rugby Union Website–0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya’s Samson Muniafu evades an attempted tackle by Germany’s Ben Ellerman in an international test match at the RFUEA ground on May 27, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – Kenya Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater has recalled Simon Muniafu to the starting line-up as he unveiled the team that will face Senegal in their third round Africa Gold Cup match on Saturday at the RFUEA Grounds.The Impala Saracens lock missed last weekend’s 100-10 demolition over Tunisia after sustaining a knock in the team’s Gold Cup opener against Uganda three weeks ago.last_img read more