Stretching the boundaries with new latex-free policyOn 2 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. With incidences of allergic reactions to latex gloves continuing to troublemany organisations, research by Nottingham Trent University has allowed theinstitution to develop a latex-free policy for all employees, by Nia Harris andJames Roper The use of latex gloves provides a challenge for many occupational healthprofessionals because of the incidence of latex allergies with continuous use.Many organisations have been forced to compromise between financial restraints,pressures from staff suffering latex-related problems and the unrivalledprotection offered by latex products. However, Nottingham Trent University has been able to develop a latex-freepolicy for use across the institution, following careful consideration of theoptions available. Literature search Before developing the policy, a literature search was carried out to gainsupport and guidance about the best approach to take. The available literaturedoes provide a solid basis to work from when compiling a policy. The majority of published articles on the subject concentrate on reductionof latex use within healthcare settings. Although the focus of the two leadingMedline and the Cinahl databases (see links) involves healthcare environments,evidence available on both these sources was useful in providing a basis forthe aims of the policy. The main concern was whether latex gloves should becompletely removed or their use limited by introducing strict regulations. Latex has, and continues to be used widely in healthcare environments forseveral reasons. Christopher Packham1 states that natural rubber latex offers ahigh level of biological protection that other types of glove cannot match, hasgood stretch qualities and is reasonably priced. This high level of protectionindicates that the total removal of latex from healthcare settings is notappropriate. Many institutions have attempted to create ‘latex-safeenvironments’ by reducing glove use to powder-free varieties and providingalternatives for sensitive staff. Research papers by Bowyer2 and Brehler3 assess the implications of latexhypersensitivity on the healthcare environment and give examples of reducinglatex use in healthcare. Almost all literature available on the subject ofmanaging hypersensitivity states how latex is uniquely invaluable inmaintaining adequate biological protection in order to meet requiredlegislation, such as the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations 19924.Gathering data The next stage of the process was an enquiry to determine what types of glovewere being used and for what purpose the university staff used them. This task could have proved difficult as the institution has 2,519employees. To gather as big a response as possible, a specific ‘glove usequestionnaire’ was designed, which consisted of closed questions, thusrestricting responses to just the information that was required. The questions put to the user requested the type of gloves used in theirparticular area to be specified, asked what tasks they were required for andthe frequency of use. The questionnaire also asked the respondent to state the company from whichthe gloves were purchased (as the use of more expensive gloves would have adifferent economic impact on each department involved) and whether studentswere required to put on the gloves to complete certain tasks. This question wasimportant as the university had a duty of care towards its students underhealth and safety legislation. Because students did not receive services fromoccupational health but used an onsite surgery when seeking health advice, thismeant very little information was available regarding students with possibleallergies. To minimise repetitive responses, the questionnaire was sent by e-mail tothe principal technician in each university department. This producedcomprehensive and concise overviews of glove use. In total, 13 out of 15questionnaires sent out were returned within the time specified. Although theother two were returned after the time date set, these were from departmentsthat did not use protective gloves. Developing the policy A large variety of gloves were shown to be in use at the university – almostall were made from latex. Only one department offered nitrile gloves as analternative. The tasks for which gloves were required were also extremely varied, rangingfrom using specific chemical-grade nitrile gloves for chemical handling to theuse of powdered latex gloves for handling pottery products. There were only twoinstances where the use of gloves to protect against biological products wasevident. These were in the provision of first aid facilities and were withinthe Occupational Health Department itself. The lack of biological risk throughout the organisation prompted the nextstage of developing the policy. The decision was made that all single-use latexprotective gloves should be replaced with a suitable alternative, thusminimising the risk of hypersensitivity among staff. Following the survey, a decision was made to include all types of protectiveglove into the policy – chemical strength gloves and textile gloves, forexample, with the aim of creating an equal level of health and safety acrossall departments. The classification of glove suppliers and their products wasalso to be specified to ensure the risks of incorrect glove choice wereminimised. The main area of concern for the development of safe glove use was inchemical laboratories and in art and design areas, as these were thedepartments that required the greatest levels of glove use. However, they requiredvery different approaches. Gloves are used in art and design departments to protect users from paintsand pottery dust. Some areas also use textile dyes on a regular basis. As noneof these activities expose users to biological risk, latex gloves were notrequired. The material used to replace latex in this area was nitrile becausethese gloves offer high levels of chemical impermeability5. The rationale for using different gloves in the chemical laboratories wasdue to many of the strong chemicals interacting with latex. The solution was toensure the effective use of chemical labelling as the safety precautions onmany simply states ‘use appropriate gloves when handling this product’. As aresult many staff were using the first gloves that came to hand, regardless oftheir suitability. This meant that, for every area using gloves on a regularbasis, a mass staff education programme was required. Education programme To plan how to educate the many staff working in areas of high glove use,advice was gathered from a variety of sources. Several glove companies were contacted for the most up-to-date productinformation. Visits from representatives were arranged, to enlighten staff fromthe departments that would be most affected by a policy change. These meetingswere extremely important as they began to shape the methods that would be usedto inform all staff and students of the potential dangers of incorrect gloveuse. Many glove manufacturers were able to supply guidelines detailing thetypes of glove suitable for handing different chemicals. Another invaluable source of advice came from other occupational healthdepartments who were contacted about reviews of glove use carried out at theirinstitutions. By using some of the advice from these sources, Nottingham TrentUniversity was able to draw up an education scheme that provided advice on themethods that would be most suited to the working environment of each givendepartment. Following consultations with staff from all departments, it became apparentthat formal teaching sessions on the subject of glove use and skin care wouldbe inappropriate, as most staff would only be present during term time, soformal training days would remove staff from the college when their help insupervising students was most needed. Therefore, as an initial point of contact, it was decided to set up a postercampaign to display information from glove manufacturers, relating only to thechemicals actually used in any specific location. In addition to the practicalinformation, the displays were strategically located around the campus. The displays focused on skin care and how to spot potential problemsassociated with prolonged glove use; and contact details for the occupationalhealth service were reinforced, along with information sources to use whenstaff found it necessary to carry out risk assessments on chemicals thatrequired glove use. To ensure staff adhered to the new requirements, trials took place usinggloves from a variety of sources to help determine which products were mostfavoured. Stock supplies of gloves were reduced, with stock maintained inproportion with the gloves’ required levels of use. And more posters weredisplayed in the storage areas to act as reminders to staff about the selectionof gloves. Following the implementation of the poster campaign, the types of glovepreferred by the staff were assessed. Staff and students in the art and design areas were found to be more contentwith powder-free, nitrile gloves. Because the laboratory staff used many typesof glove, comments on their comfort and ease of use were requested. The staff involved stated how, with the changes to the risk assessingprocess, glove choice had become much more simple and all gloves used werefound to be comfortable to wear, with no skin irritation problems beingreported to the occupational health department. Conclusion The implementation of a policy controlling the use of different types ofprotective gloves has been very successful. In the initial period prior toresearching and implementing the new policy, several types of glove and severaldifferent suppliers were being used. Once the policy had been implemented,along with the poster campaign, glove use had become much more controlled. The risk of hypersensitivity had been reduced by making available only thecorrect type of gloves for the particular use. The staff working in the areasof most prevalent glove use were more aware of the potential dangers ofincorrect usage, such as exposure to chemicals or the development ofglove-related skin problems. Overall, the development of the policy has created a more equal level ofsafety in each area of the university. References 1. Packham C (2000) Technical Bulletin No.6: Thoughts on Latex Allergy, EnvirodermServices – www.enviroderm.co.uk 2. Bowyer R (1999) The implications of latex allergy in healthcare settings.Journal of Clinical Nursing, 8(2) 139-143 3. Brehler R (2001) Natural Rubber Latex Allergy: A Problem ofInterdisciplinary Concern. Archives of Internal Medicine, 161(8) 1057-1064 4. Health and Safety Executive (1992) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)Regulations 1992. London, HMSO 5. Korniewicz, Denise M (2002) Performance of latex and non latex medicalexamination gloves during simulated use. American Journal of Infection Control30 (2) 133-138 Acknowledgements: – Graham Ayers, sales representative, Bestglove Ltd – Eileen Black, occupational health specialist, Astrazeneca R+D Charnwood,Leics – Jane Braithwaite, senior technician, Life Sciences, Nottingham TrentUniversity James Roper is a student nurse at the University of Nottingham. NiaHarris BmedSci (Hons), DipOSH, is a RGN occupational health specialist, atNottingham Trent University [email protected]@ntu.ac.ukwww.medline.comwww.cinahl.comThelaw surrounding occupational health is incorporated in a number of generalduties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 etc, and in variousregulations made under this Act, such as the Control of Substances Hazardous toHealth (COSHH) Regulations 1999. The PPE Regulations (5) advise that everyemployer shall ensure that where the presence of more than one risk to healthor safety makes it necessary for an employee to use simultaneously more thanone item of personal protective equipment, such equipment is ‘compatible andcontinuous to be effective against the risk or risks in question’. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Although the mechanics and qualitative dynamics of grounded ice sheets and ice shelves are fairly well understood, this is not true for the transition between the two. In consequence, the existence and nature of any grounding line instability have yet to be established. Further problems are understanding how uncertainties in input parameters affect results, and obtaining optimal techniques for parameter inference using ice-sheet models.
March 30, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games.Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021. That is almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.This year’s games were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8. Associated Press Written by Tags: Olympics/Tokyo Olympics
View post tag: 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Chafee Gets Ready for Talisman Sabre 2015 View post tag: Asia-Pacific June 25, 2015 The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) paid a visit to Brisbane, Australia, in preparation for exercise Talisman Sabre 2015, June 19-24.Chafee Sailors experienced the rich culture of the area with various tours of local historic locations and regional attractions provided by the ship’s morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) association.Chafee is on deployment with the George Washington Strike Group in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and will participate in the biennial military training exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 in Australia, July 4-19.[mappress mapid=”16328″]Image: US Navy Authorities View post tag: Navy USS Chafee Gets Ready for Talisman Sabre 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS Chafee View post tag: TALISMAN SABRE View post tag: News by topic Share this article
University College is launching a new programme to increase the number of UK students from disadvantaged backgrounds who attend the college.The new scheme, called the Univ Opportunity Programme, involves committing extra undergraduate to students from less privileged backgrounds, as well as introducing a free summer bridging course.The programme comes after Univ was revealed as the fourth worst performing Oxford colleges for state school acceptance in December, with 48.3 per cent of acceptances from the state sector.As of this October, the college is to increase its undergraduate intake by 10 per cent with new places only available to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The applicants, however, will still be selected in the usual way according to the usual academic criteria.The projects aims to ensure that “very deserving students of high potential who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, but who might otherwise miss out on a place at Oxford due to the sheer number of applications” have the chance to study at the university.Students who are identified in the University’s contextual data system as having attended a low-performing school and as living in a place of relative socio-economic deprivation will be eligible for the new places. Those who have been in care for more than three months will also be eligible.In addition to this, They must be predicted to achieve the standard conditional offer for the course to which they have applied.Students from these backgrounds are currently under-represented in the Oxford student body and so should be a priority for widening access, according to the university.Applicants will follow the usual process and all eligible applicants, including those who initially applied to another college but are pooled to Univ, will be considered across all subjects offered by the college.Univ will also offer targeted academic support through a four week bridging programme the summer before prospective students start their degree, which aims to ease applicants’ transition from school to high-level university study.The bridging programme will consist of subject-specific tuition, exploration of academic material, and the development of key academic skills to ensure students “hit the ground running” when they start in Michaelmas term.The college will offer a £500 grant to each student who attends the course to ensure they can live in Oxford during the programme, as well as free accommodation and food.Master of University College, Sir Ivor Crewe, commented, “We’ve developed a scheme which promotes widening participation and which works within the University’s current admissions process and competitive standards. It takes students who have already shown exceptional ability and potential, and then through an intensive bridging programme gives them that extra boost which other students already benefit from because of their school and family background. In offering new places, we’re not reducing anyone else’s chances of gaining a place at Univ – we’re creating a new opportunity for new students.”Oxford University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, said, “I am delighted to welcome Univ’s creative new initiative to bring to Oxford more smart students from disadvantaged backgrounds and to provide them with an innovative bridging programme to help ensure that they thrive here.”
PEAK is a band that’s quickly on the rise. Given that the group only came together in mid-2016, their resume is impressive, quickly gaining fame after an ongoing residency at New York City’s American Beauty and an extensive Northeast tour. With wild improvisation fused into their genre-bending blend of rock, funk, and jazz, PEAK’s live band—featuring Jeremy Hilliard (lead vocals, guitar), Eric Thachuk (bass), Otis Williams (vocals, keys), and John Venezia (drums, vocals)—has established itself as a band to keep an eye on.With Hilliard at the project’s helm and serving as the band’s primary songwriter, the group is in good hands and sure to keep growing and refining its high-energy sound—some may be familiar with Hilliard from the past project he fronted, Turbine, which performed at huge nationally renowned events like Bonnaroo, Gathering Of The Vibes, moe.down, and many others. However, while PEAK is known for their exceptional live shows, the group has also begun to gain a reputation for their talented songwriting in its own right, as evidenced by their recently released debut album, Electric Bouquet.As Hilliard explained to Live For Live Music, the PEAK frontman and songwriter is a more lyric-driven writer, particularly in contrast to other music acts that join him in the improvisational rock scene. He took the time to explain a little bit more to us about the creation of Electric Bouquet:A phrase that keeps coming back to me is “songwriting is a contact sport.” I think it means that I love songs that have a certain really special quality to them and that when I’ve got one in my sights, a tiger by the toe to mix metaphors, I will wrestle with it for days, weeks, months, and sometimes years until I can pin it down. And I lose the battle more often than not. Each song on Electric Bouquet is a victory from those contests of will.My primary concern as a songwriter is how good a song is. Is it undeniably good? Style, to me, for better or worse, is secondary. That said, after I have a collection of songs that work together in some way musically and thematically and that meet my standards in terms of quality, I do my best to find how it all fits together stylistically. I’ve got it down to the dark, modern indie electro-funk; some plain good old Americana songwriting; and the occasional heavy riff to get the led out, as it were. However, this album was not the lone product of Hilliard. Rather, he was eager to note that the role his bandmates and the album’s producer, Dave Brandwein of Turkuaz, played in shaping Electric Bouquet to become what it is. He continued:Dave Brandwein as producer really helped in honing the stylistic vision. He also had an idea for the hi-fi yet warm vibe of the record from the get-go. Eric Thachuk on bass was crucial in helping flesh out some of the harmony and riffs to the songs, as well as carving out the perfect low end. He was also essential in helping program and construct a modern atmosphere. Otis Williams brought a wall of textures that form the sonic landscape. From his harmonic choices in the jams to the wide array of sounds he wrings out of the organ, not to mention all the synths that populate the songs, his sound is all over the record. Dale Paddyfote provided the funk foundation and the great harmonies you hear.Listen to PEAK’s brand-new album, Electric Bouquet, below, and read on to hear Live For Live Music’s thoughts on this captivating collection of tunes. Electric Bouquet starts off strong with “Barometric Pressure (Here Comes The Rain)”. The song’s perky, staccato beginning showcases some razor-sharp production, which gives each instrument a strong place in the mix. The tune itself has an infectious head-bobbing beat, complimented by swirling guitar and lush keyboard fills that make for a solid backdrop before and after the song’s spacey breakdowns. Next, “Win Some, Lose Some” settles into a more traditional groove, still bringing some welcome originality to the proceedings as well as spotlighting the crisp drumming of the album’s drummer, Dale Paddyfote, whose pulsating beats lift the energy on the next song, “Imaginary Lines.”Tracks like “Falling Backwards Through Time” show that PEAK is not afraid to slow things down and embrace their psychedelic side. Similarly, the song serves as a welcome respite for a moment from the hard-charging and propulsive tunes around it. But, like all moments of rest, it’s quickly over, and tracks like “On The Grind” and its monolithic guitar lines and chorus beg for expansive stage renditions. PEAK isn’t afraid to adapt genres to their sound, with “Funk And Tonic” showing the band’s ability to merge soul and progressive sensibilities with impressive ease. Clearly, Hilliard is most comfortable on the cutting edge of prog-styled guitar, like on “Feel Like Moving”, though across the entirety of Electric Bouquet, he shows his range, especially on the bluesy “Ballad Of Wiley Jones.”Closing out the disc with the country-tinged “Mama’s Got A Lot Of Love” cements Electric Bouquet as a far-reaching album that actually manages to nail each part of the sonic spectrum the band visits. It’s rare to see a band with clear strengths be so willing to experiment with their formula, and PEAK will win listeners who are willing to join them on this musical exodus easily. When the album ends, the real question is how soon can they get back into the studio and resume this multi-faceted assault on the edges of their sound? It’s rare that an album leaves listeners so intrigued about a band’s future, and Electric Bouquet speaks volumes for a bright future for PEAK.Keep an eye out for more from PEAK in the future, as they’re certainly a band on the rise. For more information about the band, head to the group’s website here.Check out pro-shot footage from their recent performance at NYC’s DROM:
On April 5, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released an alert on tech-support themed telephone scams. They suggest:Don’t give control of your computer to anyone who calls you offering to “fix” your computer.Never give out or confirm your financial or sensitive information to anyone who contacts you.Getting pressure to act immediately? That’s a sure sign of a scam. Hang up.If you have concerns, contact your security software company directly. Use contact information you know is right, not what the caller gives you.As we noted here for our customers last year, we have set up a form through which you can report when someone pretending to be from Dell tries to trick you into giving up private information or downloading software to your computer. We now also have a phone number you can call (8am-5pm Central) to report these scams to us: 866-453-1742. If you have already filled out the form, there is no need to call. It is simply an alternate way to deliver the same information to us. This information is securely sent directly to our team that investigates these issues.Increasingly, we are hearing that the phone scammers appear to have Dell-centric information, such as service tags, but we have no indication that customer information used in the scams has been obtained through an external attack.That doesn’t mean we are dismissing the issue. We have assembled a team of experts that span Dell’s security, information technology, customer support, privacy, legal and communications organizations to focus on it. And, we are evaluating our internal physical and technical security measures to determine if there are additional efforts that would further ensure our customer data is secure.We also investigate every customer complaint received, when there is sufficient information to investigate, and we are actively working with both local and national law enforcement agencies and other corporations experiencing similar challenges to pursue action against those who seek to defraud our customers.You can help us by continuing to report information such as the phone number used to contact you, any information they know about your Dell system, and the name of any program they want you to download. Although you may not hear directly from our Security team, they will use the information to investigate and track down the parties responsible.The information our customers are already providing through the form at dell.com/reportphonescams has directly led to our ability to shut down fraudulent web sites that are used by both phone and email scammers to appear as if they are from Dell.Let me reiterate, that the safest thing you can do if you suspect a caller is fraudulent is to hang up. While Dell does offer some services that will proactively assist you with support issues should you opt into them, we do not make unsolicited calls asking to charge you to fix an unreported issue.But, if you have information that could help us stop this, I urge you to share it at dell.com/reportphonescams. And share that link or this post with your friends and family, so that they will know what to do if they get one of these calls.I thank you for your assistance, and commit to you that stopping these scammers is a top priority at the highest levels of our organization.Image by Martin Cathrae via Creative Commons [Editor’s Note: As mentioned above, we are working with several law enforcement agencies on this issue and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center has asked us to encourage recipients of phone scam calls to file complaints with them, in addition to reporting Dell-related calls to us. To do so, visit: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx] Photos of telephone scam suspects in black hoods being deported from Kenya to China recently made headlines and cast quite a dramatic image for a problem that is affecting more and more of us all each day.
THE DIRT is a weekly look at some of the most pressing outdoor news issues from around the Blue Ridge and Beyond.26-Mile Loop Trail Nears CompletionThe proposed Fonta Flora loop trail in North Carolina’s Burke County is one step closer to completion after a bill supporting the project was ratified in the N.C. Senate. According to a report in the Morganton News Herald “the bill says the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources would support and encourage establishing trail segments on state park lands and on lands of other federal, state, local, and private landowners.” When finished the trail will wrap around Lake James, starting at Harris Whisnant Road and ending at the Bridgewater trailhead.Multiple Shark Attacks on North Carolina CoastTwo North Carolina teens suffered severe injuries including loss of limbs after being attacked by sharks while swimming on the same North Carolina beach. The attacks occurred on Oak Island, a beach on the state’s southernmost coast. Though shark attacks are extremely rare in North Carolina, the recent incidents took place only ninety minutes apart. The beach was subsequently shut down and evacuated. Read more here.Ultra Runner Scott Jurek Reaches Halfway Point of Appalachian TrailScott Jurek, who embarked on a quest to set the Appalachian Trail speed record back late May, has now passed the halfway point of the 3,000 plus mile foot path. According to Jurek’s Facebook page, he also completed the ‘The Four State Challenge’, traveling through Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania all in one day. Juke’s recent success comes on the heels of a torn quadricep sustained in the Smoky Mountains. Follow his journey here.
From September 19 to 27, Richmond’s population will triple in size as cycling fans from around the world crowd the city for the UCI Road World Championships. The event is a milestone not just for Richmond but the United States as well—the last Worlds to be held on U.S. soil was nearly 30 years ago at the 1986 event in Colorado Springs.“That was before I was born,” says Team Cannondale-Garmin rider Ben King, a contender for Team U.S.A. “It’s a good opportunity for Richmond and especially good opportunity for me. I’m a very proud Virginian.”For King, who grew up riding the back roads surrounding Charlottesville, this year’s Worlds will literally be in his backyard. It’s a welcome change for King, who’s used to flying halfway around the world or across the country to get to any of the cycling industry’s premier races.“Most of my European teammates and colleagues in the sport have been to California and Utah and Colorado, but the East Coast hasn’t had a big race for years. Richmond is putting itself on the map of cycling history.”“We’re all kinda looking forward to the fact that we don’t have to deal with the jet lag and the things we normally deal with over in Europe, like do I need to bring my own French press? Do I need to bring my own coffee? Do they even drink coffee? What about creamer?”That’s Andrea Dvorak, a Crozet, Va., local and rider for Team Exergy TWENTY12. Both Dvorak and King have home turf advantage going for them, and with impressive racing resumes to back it up, these two cyclists have high chances of representing their teams at the very least, if not their country, too.More Than Just a RaceThough Richmond prevailed in the bidding process over candidate hosts like Muscat, Oman, and Quebec City, Canada, the city has some big shoes to fill. As the host for 2015 Worlds, Richmond will join the company of notable cities like Copenhagen, Florence, Melbourne, and Salzburg where cycling is as popular as football is in the States. So how will Richmond’s Worlds compare?“I think Richmond is going to stack up very well and far better than anyone realizes,” says Tim Miller, an avid cyclist, former road racer, and Richmond native. As Chief Operating Officer for Richmond 2015 Inc., the official organizing committee for Worlds, Miller has been involved with the event planning since the city placed its bid five years ago. “The Worlds event is not just about the bike race and we’re not building an event that’s just about the bike racing fans.”Between daily live entertainment, kid-friendly activities, VIP party zones, and chances for the public to run or ride like the pros in “Conquer the Cobbles,” Miller says there will be plenty of ways for spectators to occupy their time in Richmond. What’s more, the region’s burgeoning craft beer and food scene is sure to satisfy even the most exquisite of palates.“In a lot of ways we have a great blank canvas to work with here,” says Lee Kallman, vice president of marketing and development for Richmond 2015. “People all over the world are coming with their plane ticket and hotel reservation, but they couldn’t tell you where Richmond is on the map. They are going to come here with, at worst, a neutral expectation, and we’re gonna just blow them away.”Since age 16, King has raced all over the world, and he even spends half of the season training in Tuscany, Italy. But there is no place like home.“This is my favorite place to train,” he says. “It’s beautiful, first of all, and there are so many roads to explore that I can train 30-hour weeks and never ride on the same roads.”“You can ride for six hours and [not] go through a stop light or a stop sign,” Dvorak adds. “The only thing that stands in your way might be a cow that’s gotten loose.”International competitors likely won’t encounter any cows on the course, but they will face a technical 10-mile circuit (which elite men will have to ride 16 times, elite women eight) with sharp switchbacks and two steep climbs just two miles from the finish. Fast, furious, and contained completely within downtown Richmond proper, the 2015 Worlds course will be one for the spectators.“It’ll definitely be a game of who has the best team plan and who can execute that plan the best on that day,” says Dvorak. “It’s a chess match of which nation has the best strategy.”Until then, Dvorak spends as much time in the saddle as she can, training with her Miller School students and Brazilian Worlds cyclists Marcio Oliveira and Pedro Martins. Though King did not return to this year’s Tour de France, he has been busy racing at the Tour de Suisse, the Tour of Austria, and the Vuelta a España and performs maintenance training in between travels to prepare for Worlds.Here’s to Team U.S.A. saying “Checkmate, World!” Josh Lopez Photography
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A New York City firefighter from Floral Park was killed while battling a five-alarm blaze in Manhattan, officials said.Michael R. Davidson of Engine Company 69, a 15-year veteran of the FDNY, died after suffering critical injuries after being separated from colleagues while operating the hoseline to fight a fire in the basement of a five-story building on Nicholas Avenue in Harlem around 11 p.m. Thursday, officials said. He was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he died early Friday morning.“Firefighter Davidson bravely battled many fires and responded to countless calls for help from New Yorkers throughout his 15 years of dedicated service,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “Our department and our entire city mourn this tragic loss of a very brave Firefighter.”.Davidson, who was appointed as a firefighter in May 2003, was cited for bravery and life-saving actions on four different occasions. He is the 1,150th FDNY member to die in the line-of-duty.His death comes eight days after the deaths of Lt. Christopher J. Raguso and Fire Marshal Christopher T. “Tripp” Zanetis, two of four members of the Westhampton Beach-based 106th Rescue Wing that died in an American military helicopter crash in Iraq.Davidson is survived by his wife, Eileen, and their four children; three daughters, ages 7, 3, and 1 and a son, age 6. He is the son of retired FDNY firefighter Robert Davidson, who served for 26 years, mostly in the same firehouse as his son, and the brother of FDNY firefighter Eric Davidson, an 11-year veteran, of Engine Company 88 in the Bronx.Funeral arrangements are pending.