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    Perfect Cornering Posture for the Street and Track Riding | Motorcycle Riding Techniques
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    Perfect Cornering Posture for the Street and Track Riding | Motorcycle Riding Techniques

    January 5, 2020


    How we sit on a motorcycle can make
    dramatic changes to how the bike behaves. So stick around, because we’re going to
    be talking about how to have great cornering posture for the street and the
    track. Hi I’m Dave with Canyon Chasers dot net. Today, we’re going to be talking
    about one of my favorite subjects; posture. How we sit on a motorcycle can
    really enhance how we interact with that motorcycle, and don’t worry the
    fundamentals of what we’re going to be talking about today work no matter what
    kind of bike you’re on. From a cruiser, to a tour bike, to a scooter. But first a key
    point. The more a motorcycle leans, the more traction is being used for
    cornering. So one of the great things we can do with our bodies, is use our weight
    to reduce how much that bike is leaning, thereby reducing risk. Why do racers hang
    so far off the bike? Well, the reason you hear most often is so that they can
    reduce lean angle and go faster. But there is another reason that is rarely
    brought up. One of the key reasons why professional riders sit on the
    motorcycle the way they do, is not only to reduce lean angle, but to also enhance
    how well they can see through a corner. And we would argue that, for us mere
    mortalsm enhancing our visibility through a corner is more important than reducing
    lean angle. For the street, or for the track. For a cruiser or a super bike, the
    fundamentals are effectively the same. But on the street, we travel at lower
    speeds, and since we don’t necessarily want to draw undue attention to
    ourselves on a Sunday street ride, street posture is less extreme. But since most
    of us start riding on the street before we go to the track, we’re gonna’ cover
    street posture first. Because correct street posture will translate directly
    to correct track posture. so how do we make this happen?
    Well, you’ve most likely heard, or you had your buddy tell you, that you need to get
    your butt out of the seat. And that’s true… to a point. The problem with this
    advice is that it focuses our attention on the wrong part of the body, and if
    it’s done incorrectly, it can actually compromise how well we can see through the corner. Let me explain. If one of the key things
    we’re trying to do with posture is to enhance our ability to see through a
    corner, then we want to think with our chest and shoulders. Slightly rotating our shoulders, or pointing our zipper
    through the corner, can really enhance our ability to see where we’re going. Now
    if we go back to the butt and we just slide our butt off the seat, like a lot
    of riders tend to do, it actually takes our shoulders and points them away from
    where we’re trying to go. It actually makes it harder for us to look through
    the turn. And then finally, our bum is actually really close to center mass on
    the motorcycle. Where we put our bum actually has very little impact on
    reducing lean angle of the motorcycle, compared to where we put our head and
    our shoulders. The average human head weighs about five kilos. The average
    motorcycle helmet weighs just under two kilos. So, let’s use a four kilo bowling
    ball as an illustration, with the basic understanding, that your head and helmet
    weighs just a bit less than double what our bowling ball weighs. Everyone meet
    William. -Look at the size of that boy’s heed – When we hold William close to our
    center mass, he doesn’t have much of an effect. he’s pretty easy to manage. – I’m not kidding that’s like an orange on a toothpick – But if we hold William out
    and away the farther away he gets from center of mass the harder he is to
    manage and the bigger impact he actually has. – You’re give the boy a complex.
    – Well that’s a huge noggin. – How that relates to our posture is that while yes, where we put our bum on
    the motorcycle does make a difference, where we put our head and chest and
    shoulders makes a far bigger difference relative to the rest of the motorcycle. – William! Move your head! – When we see riders that are focused on where their butt is, they’ll slide
    their butt out of the seat, but in order to stay connected to the bike, they’ll
    tend to hold onto the handlebars tighter. Which causes their head and chest to
    stay on top of the bike. Twisted away from the direction of travel. Most will
    even start counter weighting the bike, which causes the bike to actually lean
    more. That’s a lot of work for a negative impact. We want to reduce lean angle, as
    well as enhance our ability to see through the corner. So if we focus on
    where we place our head and chest, less effort will result in more gains. – Head! Move! – For Street riding it’s unnecessary to
    hang way off the bike, but little adjustments can make a big difference.
    So, when you’re riding along, start by sliding back in the seat, to leave a
    little bit of room between your pelvis and the gas tank. Slide your inside foot
    back, so that the ball of your foot is on the foot peg, or imagine you’re holding
    onto the foot peg with your toes. Slide your outside foot forward, until the heel
    of your boot catches on the peg. This helps rotate our hips towards, or
    into the turn. It also connects our outside leg to the bike, making it easier
    to hang on with our legs. Also, our inside foot is less likely to drag, and we can
    put more weight on that inside foot peg to help the bike turn. Now,
    simply put all of your weight on your inside sit bone. The easiest way to get
    all of our weight on that inside sit bone is to lean our head and chest to
    the inside of the bike. Plus, if we’ve allowed our hips to rotate, it makes it
    much easier to point the zipper through the corner enhancing our visibility through
    the turn. How much you move your upper body depends on how much you want to
    reduce lean angle, and how much you want to enhance your visibility. A lot of this
    depends on your speed, and the radius of the corner. The quicker you’re going, the
    more you should be moving your body. So, if you need to move more, drop your
    inside shoulder. Straighten your outside arm. Open your chest to the corner, and
    lean towards where you want to go. Remember to keep your head and eyes up.
    You are going to be leaning so you’ll need to look up even more to keep your
    eyes up and out. Because we are focused on our head and chest, even a little bit
    of movement can make a big improvement, to not only reduce lean angle, but also
    enhance our ability to see through the corner. You can get a sense if you’re
    doing this correctly if you start to see chicken strips on your tire again. But
    don’t think of these as chicken strips so much as your “margin for error” because,
    remember, the objective here is to reduce the bikes lean angle. It’s the exact same
    technique as the street, only we need to do more of it. Because we’re going really
    fast, we need to really get off the bik,e to really reduce lean angle. Again, slide
    back in the seat to make room, but you may need to slide back more than you do
    on the street. Slide your inside foot back; toes on the peg.
    And your outside foot goes forward. You’ll notice that your knee really gets
    locked into those scallops on the tank, really enhancing your security on the
    bike. There’s a lot of ways to think about what needs to happen next. We’re
    gonna mention the ones that we’ve found seemed to help riders the most. Make that
    upper or outer arm a straight line. Drape your upper outer arm across the tank.
    Make a straight line through the lower clip-on to your elbow. Point your inside
    elbow at the ground. Put your chin above your wrist. Kiss your inside mirror (or
    where it would be). Put your upper ribs on the lower side of the gas tank. Find one
    of these that works for you, one that helps you find a physical reference that
    you can return to and be consistent. Now, you’re likely going to notice that in
    order to do this, your bum has to be moving around on the seat. If you’re
    doing it correctly, you’re gonna find one cheek out of the seat and one cheek
    still in the seat. We still want to avoid taking our entire butt out of the seat
    because that disconnects us from the motorcycle, and we still want to maintain
    that connection. Particularly if we encounter a bump mid corner. You’ll also
    notice that your inside leg, your knee, has come out and away from the bike to
    help support the weight of your upper body, and is now in the correct position
    to potentially drag your knee. But what about your hands? Instead of holding on
    to the inside grip like this. Hold on to it like this; the way you would turn a
    doorknob. All you have to do is rotate your wrist. Less effort and more
    precision. Plus, with all that weight on your inside leg, and your outside leg
    locked into the tank, it should be a lot easier to be light on your hands. Try to
    let go with your hands and maintain the same position. This helps us stay light
    on the controls. Still holding on too tight? think about engaging your core or
    pressing down on the foot pegs with your feet. If you do it right you should
    notice the weight on your arms and hands just melting away.
    In either case for the street or the track we want to keep our spine straight.
    Not twisted or curved. If you’re struggling keeping your spine straight,
    you probably just need to slide back in the seat a little further, to make more
    room. If you’re doing everything right, when you get those track day photographs,
    you’re gonna feel just like Valentino Rossi, or Andrea Dovizioso, or Jorge
    Lorenzo… Look at that outside foot. Their spine is straight, leading with their
    head. Small changes can make a big difference. Good posture will help you stay light on the controls, help you see better through
    a corner, help the motorcycle change direction, and help reduce lean angle. All
    of which works to reduce risk. For me, personally, I really enjoy working on
    posture, and it’s something I find myself playing with almost every time I ride my
    motorcycle. We’ve added a link in the description to some great resources,
    including “Sport Riding Techniques.” This wonderful resource covers these tips and
    many others in great detail. We’ve also provided links to some credible riding
    schools where you can work on these skills with a qualified riding coach. If
    you have anything you’d like to add, or you have any questions, be sure to leave
    a comment below. We read every comment and try to respond to as many as we can.
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    dot net or our YouTube channel for more great content. Thanks so much for
    watching and ride well. – Head! Move!

    Japanese bullet train company calls halt to scary safety drill   World news
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    Japanese bullet train company calls halt to scary safety drill World news

    December 21, 2019


    Japanese bullet train company calls halt to scary safety drill World news Trainee employees forced to squat between tracks as high-speed trains passed close by Trainee employees forced to squat between tracks as high-speed trains passed close by Standing on a platform as a bullet train hurtles past at top speed can be an unnerving experience. Spare a thought, then, for the dozens of new employees of West Japan Railway forced to squat in a trough between two sets of tracks as shinkansen trains whoosh by at speeds of up to 187mph (300km/h). Future trainees can count themselves lucky after the firm agreed to halt the exercise following pressure from a rail workers’ union. Instead, from next month, employees will watch the trains pass from behind a trackside fence outdoors. The exercise – introduced in 2016 to raise safety awareness among carriage inspectors – required groups of employees, dressed in hard hats and goggles, to enter a tunnel and crouch inside a narrow maintenance ditch between two sets of tracks located a metre away on either side. The aim, according to company officials, was to give workers a greater appreciation of the force generated by trains traveling at maximum speed. JR West introduced the drill after an aluminium part fell from the outside of a bullet train and struck the body of the train as it passed through a tunnel in south-west Japan in 2015. One passenger was injured in the accident, which Investigators blamed on loose bolts and insufficient inspections. About 240 employees, manly from a nearby railyard, have taken part in the exercise. One told the Mainichi Shimbun earlier this year: “The wind pressure was enormous. I felt as if I had been pressed down from above. It was scary, and I wondered what the point of it was.” The union representing the employees described the training programme as dangerous and unnecessary, and called repeatedly for it to be halted. Local media quoted one employee as saying the experience was “horrible”, while another likened it to a “public flogging”. “Exposing employees to danger is a problem,” an official from the West Japan Railway Workers Union told the Asahi. “Workers have been forced to undergo the training programme as a sort of punishment for the accident.” Other regional firms belonging to the Japan Railway group allow trainees to observe passing bullet trains from platforms. The trains are renowned for their punctuality and safety. The shinkansen network, which runs from the southern island of Kyushu to Hokkaido in the far north, has not suffered a single fatality from accidents since it was launched in 1964.

    John Holland safety fails on Melbourne Metro
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    John Holland safety fails on Melbourne Metro

    December 17, 2019


    Chinese-owned John Holland at again
    putting profit before workers safety on Melbourne Metro. Non-compliant scaffold Inadequate access and egress Crane lift outside of loading bay. inadequate protection for workers on
    live road No hard barriers No spotter and lack of dust suppression
    in a confined space Smoko I shed being used as a first-aid
    room: no stretcher, no bed No stands for leads Damaged leads Exposed wires John Holland at it again

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    Heads up! Play it safe around Sydney’s new light rail

    December 17, 2019


    It’s open. Sydney’s new light rail is here. Keep an eye out and ear out for trams. So, look left and right. Check twice. And watch those heels, honey. And, ride straight over the tracks to avoid getting your wheels caught. If you’re driving, never queue across intersections, Heads up Sydney! Play it safe around light rail.

    RTL Aktuell: G2K Maximizes Security at German Railway Stations  – Interview: Karsten Neugebauer
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    RTL Aktuell: G2K Maximizes Security at German Railway Stations – Interview: Karsten Neugebauer

    December 4, 2019


    How safe are German railway stations? This discussion has intensified since the last 6 weeks. End of July, a man had pushed a child in front of an arriving train at Frankfurt main station. The child died. Could early warning systems prevent this? Minister of the Interior Seehofer discussed the matter today with representatives of the German Railway. The technology for it already exists. Frankfurt Central Station this morning. Commuters, travellers, trains going in and out. Only six weeks ago, an eight-year-old boy dies here because a psychologically disturbed man pushes him onto the tracks. Since then, many passengers have become insecure. When I see my grandchildren, I often think of the disaster. I now find myself staying a little more behind when a train comes in. So far, however, not much has happened at railway stations. Minister of the Interior Seehofer meets today with representatives of the German Railway to discuss new safety concepts. We will discuss how we can prevent such incidents by more video surveillance and more technical security on the platforms. The technology already exists. This safety system detects situations that are or could become dangerous. This can be suspicious behavior, such as vandalism, i.e. someone walks over a platform and kicks against the garbage cans. Or someone has been loitering on the station premises for some time. The system e.g. detects a weapon and sounds an alarm, the same with a person who has been pushed into the track bed. In fractions of a second, an emergency brake can be initiated to prevent accidents like the one in Frankfurt. I assume that we could have detected and prevented this with a probability of over 90%. The system is currently being tested. In addition, it is discussed to open platforms only after the train has stopped. Tomorrow Seehofer wants to inform about first measures.

    Hospital Track and Trace: Traceability of Infant Feeds at CHI Temple Street
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    Hospital Track and Trace: Traceability of Infant Feeds at CHI Temple Street

    November 22, 2019


    Temple Street Children’s Hospital has 135 beds We provide a service for sick vulnerable children The Special Feeds Unit provides 400 feeds a day to Wards, A&E and Outpatient Departments. We work closely with the Dieticians to ensure that every child receives the correct infant formula. So it’s really important that we follow proper procedures in the special feeds unit to ensure that the infant formula is safe for the patient to consume. The benefits of having a good traceability system is to ensure patient safety within the hospital and to track everything back to the patient. When I started here there was a batch recall and using the paper trail it was difficult to track everything back to the patient It took three days and three members of staff to go through all the paperwork. And now with our batch recall using GS1 standards we can do that within a click of a button. I really love working with the new traceability system it has significantly reduced our workload. Previously we had to handwrite all expiry
    dates and batch codes of every product that we use here whereas now with just one scan all that information is captured on the app. It also has greatly reduced the amount of
    paper we use here which is fantastic considering that we are going to move to a digital hospital in the near future. previously we had to go and check on the shelves if products were going to be out of date whereas now, we have a facility where we can view products 14 days before they are going to expire so we can reorder stock. There’s load of advantages with the new
    GS1 system. It is improving the safety of the patient and it’s making our work load easy and less stressful. It’s really good This is the freezer where we usually keep all the metabolic feeds for the patients. Before we used to have a big folder with all the diets, and we had to check the individual bottle to match the diets. But now with the GS1 app and the traceability system it is much easier because we just generate the label and doing the stock take we can match each bottle with each sticker and each diet sheet individually. The staff have really engaged in the implementation of the traceability system and they are really happy in relation to the time savings and patient safety. We in the special feeds unit are delighted with our new traceability system. We are very happy that we have more patient safety and we are really excited about the next phase.

    Apaches (1977) – [FULL VERSION]
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    Apaches (1977) – [FULL VERSION]

    November 18, 2019


    [Apaches] Danny: The entire Apache
    nation gather in the hills above the headquarters
    of the US Army in New Mexico, tired of the broken promises
    of the Great White Father, ready to face the Long Knives
    in the fort below. Kim, eight. Eight years and three quarters, she says. That means she’s eight. Sharon, nine. Apache women weren’t just squaws,
    they often fought, too. Michael, wearing a red band. He’s daft. The Apaches never wore red. Me, Geronimo, Chief of the Apaches, great warrior of the plains. Tom. Robert. –Danny: Are we ready?
    –Ready. –Ready, Chief.
    –Ready, Danny. Geronimo! I’m Geronimo! I’m cold. [All ululating] Danny: Mum and Dad
    are getting ready for the party. Veal and ham pie, my favourite. (All yelling) (Tractor approaching) Quickly! Sharon and Kim, on the other side. Down! Klutz. Well, how should we take the fort of the Long Knives? Haven’t you got any ideas? We can’t hear. What was that, Danny? –Who’s Danny?
    –Sorry, Chief. Well, what did you say? I said, “Who’s Danny?” Before that. Oh, Michael, go and tell them. –Me talk to squaws?
    –Tom, you go. –Down!
    –What? –Down!
    –Oh! Some Indians. We storm the fort. We what? What’s that? She means charge it. Right! Danny: Look out!
    The wagon train’s coming. Attack it as it enters the fort. Okay? All: Okay. (Ululating) (Simulating shooting) (All cheering) (Screams) (Indistinct chatter) (Kim, N.) Danny: Dad likes to see
    his face in his shoes. He says he could shave
    in the reflection from them. This is Mum’s favourite blouse.
    Her best one. After all, when you’re having a party,
    you want to look your best, don’t you? Sharon: Someone on ‘Swap Shop’ had feathers. Danny: What, Indian feathers? Sharon: I don’t know. Just feathers. Robert: Some girl was swapping elephants.
    She brought them along. Elephants? Real elephants? Michael: No, I saw that. They were rubber
    elephants. She was swapping them. Tom: What for? Course she was swapping.
    She was on ‘Swap Shop’, wasn’t she? For animals. Elephants are animals. Yeah, but she wanted to swap for
    glass animals ’cause she had too many elephants
    and wanted to get rid of them ’cause her mother said so. If I was her,
    I’d swap something totally different. –What?
    –I don’t know. –Stamps.
    –No. –Guns.
    –No. Action men.
    –Yeah, I’ve got loads of them. –They’re sissy’s things.
    –They’re not. –Yes, they are.
    –They’re not. You girls go all soppy on dolls. –Ha! No.
    –Prams. Oh, come on, I’m not lying around here
    all day. Let’s go outside. Hey, not so fast. Whoo! –Well?
    –Well what? What are we going to do? –How am I supposed to know?
    –Well, you brought us out here. I’m supposed to know everything, am I? Without me, you’d be lost. (Indistinct chattering) Come on! Come on to me! I’ll decide what we’re going to do and we’re definitely
    not going to play football. Coming, ready or not! Danny: Sharon! Got you! Come on, you’ve got to come
    stand in the den. Why? Because that’s the rules of the game. This is near enough. Unless you get released,
    it won’t count. –Come on!
    –All right, then. Help, everyone! I’m a prisoner. You mustn’t shout. It’s not allowed. Why not? If I don’t shout “help”,
    how do they know I’m a prisoner? You mustn’t shout “help”. Robert, Michael! I’m a prisoner. Help is coming! No shouting, I said! I’m not shouting for help. No shouting names. It’s not allowed. No shouting at all. (Softly) Tom! Tom! Robert! I’ll race you. Come on, Tom! Come on! Kick the can! Hey! Hey! (Laughs) Sucker! Come on. How’d you know where I was? –You’re thick.
    –You’re picking on me. Ah, come on. Not fair.
    That’s the second time you’ve caught me. Should be able to hide better, then,
    shouldn’t you? Robert, Michael, come on!
    I’m a prisoner. Where are you? I’m coming, I’m coming! I’m coming, I’m coming! –Come on, quick!
    –Kick the can! (Screams) Danny! Danny! (Tom Newton) Danny: The trouble with grownup parties,
    adults parties, is that they don’t seem
    to enjoy themselves. No one ever brings presents and no one gets a present
    to take home with them. That’s not what I call a party. They just eat and stand around drinking. No one plays games. Isn’t that funny? I sure hope those railroad men
    get through the pass, Sergeant. Those goddamn Apaches
    would never take the train, sir. I guess you’re right.
    Let’s get back to the fort. Okay, sir. Come on, boy. –Come on!
    –Come on! (Simulating shooting) (Ululating) Welcome back, Chief! –Sergeant, note this.
    –Yes, sir. At Fort Sumner,
    scouts are allowed to man the gate. You what? Open the gates, we’re coming in. Enter, good Chief. I’m General Cook, 9th Cavalry. But I thought we were playing Indians. That is because you are thick. You’re bonkers. Danny: All right, men? –Yes, sir.
    –Yes. How is it, Sergeant? It’s all quiet, sir. Yeah. Too quiet. I don’t like it. I want to know when we changed
    from being Apaches. Look, if there were 10 of us,
    we could be the Apaches all the time and the rest could be the cavalry
    all the time. But there’s only five of us,
    so we have to be both. But there’s only four of us. Yeah, four. –Are we ready, men?
    –Ready, Captain? Look, what about Michael and me? We’re still dressed as Indians. We didn’t know we was gonna change, did we? Nobody told us. You can be Indian scouts
    for the cavalry. Every fort has them. I know. I’ll be in disguise. A soldier in disguise
    to fool the Indians. Yeah, me too! Oh, all right. Captain, here they come! (Simulating shooting) Red savages! You yellow-bellied skunks! Gotcha, coyote! You’re all thick! Ah! They got me! Ahh! (Groans) Aah! And me, too! Ah! They’re missing me. (Simulating shooting) I’m going, Sergeant. I’m going fast. I’m gone. (Groans) (All screaming) Hey, Sharon, that was great. Oh, it was nothing. Apaches have taken Fort Sumner! Palefaces are massacred! (All shouting) (All ululating) (Indistinct chattering) This would be a great place
    for a den, this. –Oh, don’t try to change the subject.
    –What are these? They’re my grandad’s. He collects them. Well, what are they for? I don’t know.
    They used to be used on farms. –It’s his hobby.
    –Oh! Hey, what are you doing? In celebration of our victories, we will drink
    the white man’s firewater. Ha! Some hopes. Hey, this would make a great gang hut. Don’t think my grandad would let us. But you could use my Wendy house. Wendy house? I don’t fancy that. Come on, let’s have a drink. Hey, I’m not drinking that.
    We don’t know what it is. Well, just mime it.
    Like we did in the school play. –It might be poison.
    –Yeah, to kill the rats. No, it isn’t poison.
    It would look like it. Smells okay. Here, give me that. Me Geronimo! Chief of tribe. Me have many stallions! Me have many scalps! Me kill many warriors! Ew, it’s horrible! Watch it, Sharon!
    It’s gone all over my jacket. –Mime, you said.
    –I forgot. You all right, Sharon? Yeah, I think so. (Indistinct chattering) Bye! All right, see you, Sharon! See ya. (Coughs) That stuff made a right mess
    on my clothes. My mum’s gonna kill me! –Let’s have a look.
    –Crikey! (Sharon screaming) Mummy! Mummy, help! Mummy! (Screams) Mummy! Danny: I don’t see what grownups get
    out of it, except a lot of drink. And they can get that in the pub. They don’t need to come to the house
    to get it. Mind you, sometimes I like it when they all get drunk
    and dance around with you and give you money. I like that. That’s fun. You go that way, Starsk. Hutch, that way! –You see him, Hutch?
    –No, but he’s sure packing a gun. I ain’t deaf. (Cap gun firing) He’s in there, Starsk. You know something, Hutch? –What’s that?
    –I’m getting too old for these capers. Yeah. –Come on, Hutch, cover me.
    –Gotcha! Run! I’ll bet you guys think you got me, huh? Come out with your hands up, dummy! Ah, don’t make me laugh, Hutchinson. This is Starsky talking. You, too! –Right, Hutch, you rush in.
    –No, you rush in. –I’ll cover you.
    –I’ll cover you. I’ll tell you what. We’ll both go in. –And we’ll both cover each other.
    –Great idea. Hey, you guys yapping or shooting?
    Make up your minds! Don’t you worry about us, dumb-dumb. You just watch your ass. Ah, you guys are all talk. Shut up, sop-head. –Ready?
    –Ready. –One, two…
    –Three. Freeze! Robert, look out! (Screams) Danny: I think they’ve nearly
    all arrived now. Mind you, there’s always someone late,
    though, isn’t there? Just like school. I’m going to scout the land. Yes, Chief. No, you stay here and guard
    the lodge of our fathers. I’ll be gone many moons. Danny: The Apaches have fought well,
    against great odds. Our braves are few
    and the white man is many. We have no food. Winter is coming. Our people will starve. (Screams) We have been robbed of our homeland. But we shall return. We shall survive. I, Geronimo, must gather together
    our scattered people. And we shall survive. Our greatest need is food and shelter. We must have food. We must learn the ways
    of the white eyes. Feed our people his way. That much the white eyes can teach us. We shall cast aside the weapons of war. –Be careful.
    –Oh, great. Danny: This is our land. Our homeland. As long as one Apache remains,
    it shall be ours. I, Geronimo, give my word. Help! Help, I’m moving! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! (Screaming) They’re ready now. Yes. They’re ready. (Reading Psalm 103) “He remembereth that we are but dust. “The days of man are but as grass. “For he flourisheth
    as a flower of the field. “For as soon as the wind goeth over it,
    it is gone. “And the place thereof
    shall know it no more.” We therefore commit Danny’s body
    to the ground. Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. In sure and certain hope of
    the resurrection to eternal life. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Danny: My mum and dad.
    It’s a nice party. Quiet, but nice. My cousin Michael. My granny and grandad. All the family are there for the party. I wish I was. I wish I was there. Honest. What time do you think
    you’ll get home tonight?

    Why Buses Open Doors on Railroad Tracks
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    Why Buses Open Doors on Railroad Tracks

    November 17, 2019


    The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round…until
    they come to a railroad track. No that’s not part of the song. However, once that bus reaches the crossing,
    it stops and opens its door. . . Have you ever wondered why? Well let’s see? Is it to let the “Ghost Train Conductor”
    on the bus! No not really. But I looked into the bus, and it was full
    of people! Alright I’ll stop now! Before I talk about buses today, let’s briefly
    look at how far we’ve come. Before it became law, school buses didn’t
    have to open their doors at railroads. Sure, they stopped to check for an oncoming
    train. But when visibility is low, say, in fog or
    during a snowstorm, that method can prove dangerously ineffective. Everything changed in the 1930s, but the situation
    still wasn’t ideal. Originally, a student was assigned as a “lookout”
    during each ride. They’d get off the bus once it stopped and
    look both ways down the railroad crossing. This continued until it was decided, for good
    reason, that it was too big a responsibility put on these young volunteers’ shoulders. Since then, drivers have continued to open
    their doors to take a good look and listen. The change has been helpful, as bus accidents
    are rare these days. So, these days! Now you know it all comes down to safety and
    lessons learned. By opening the door AND their side window,
    a bus driver is better able to hear if a train is coming. They aren’t left to depend solely on their
    vision. And if you know much about trains, then you’re
    aware that they’re required by law to sound the horn each time they approach a crossing. Once a school bus driver knows for sure that
    the coast is clear, they close the door and cross over. Having both your vision and hearing at work
    is good, but further safety precautions are taken as well. Besides coming to a full stop 5 to 15 feet
    before the crossing (plus opening the door and window), bus drivers must turn off anything
    that creates distracting sounds, including the radio and fans. They also turn on their hazards so that a
    vehicle approaching from behind will know to stop. These rules apply to all buses in the US and
    Canada, as well as trucks carrying hazardous materials. Besides the railroad thing, I always wondered… – Why are school buses yellow? Of course, not all buses are yellow – just
    look at the ones that run as part of public transit. But school buses are always that bright sunny
    hue. In fact, it’s officially called School Bus
    Yellow! It’s the color that stands out the most
    to the human eye, day or night, peripheral vision included! The black color for the lettering was chosen
    because of how well it stands out against the yellow. Ok, makes sense, but… – Why is the roof painted white? Again, not all school buses have a white roof
    – it’s mostly newer models. But if you happen to run a school and your
    buses don’t have it, you might consider getting the fleet a new paint job! White reflects the sun’s heat better, so
    it keeps the inside of the bus 10° cooler. That’s crucial since most buses don’t
    have AC. By the way, this natural cooling is one of
    the reasons why most planes are all white too! – Why are the windows tinted? Again, it works as a natural coolant in a
    vehicle that usually doesn’t come with air conditioning. But, doesn’t white reflect sunlight and
    black absorb it? Not for windows. The dark tint blocks a lot of sunlight from
    getting in, and it retains interior heat in the winter! Win-win! – Why is the steering wheel so massive? Several reasons here: first, most buses don’t
    have power steering. This system normally helps the driver use
    less force to turn the wheels. Buses don’t have it because there’s always
    the risk that it could fail. Also, a bigger machine simply requires bigger
    parts, especially without that power steering. A tiny sedan-sized steering wheel just wouldn’t
    be able to turn those big front wheels because it wouldn’t create enough rotational movement,
    or torque. You’d have to keep turning and turning the
    steering wheel just to get the wheels to move a tiny bit. So, safety and mechanics! – Why don’t they have seatbelts? Well, that’s not always the case. In the US, it depends on the state. So far, 8 have passed laws requiring school
    buses to have seatbelts. Occasionally, individual school districts
    have the freedom to decide whether to implement them. They’re not really necessary since school
    buses are specifically designed with safety in mind. Because they’re so large and have such close
    quarters, what with all those rows and big seats, the interior serves as a sort of protective
    bubble around the kids. And there’s always the worry that seatbelts
    could slow down an emergency evacuation. Oh, I’ve only just begun. Here’s a quick flash-round of the most fascinating
    bus facts! – There are currently about 427,000 school
    buses in America alone! Alone? We should pair them up! Nah, this means they transport half the children
    in the United States (roughly 26 million). By the way, did you ride the bus or did your
    parents take you to school? Let me know down in the comments! – If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your
    own big yellow bus, you can go to eBay now and purchase one for about $3,000. – Not licensed to drive a bus? Think outside the bus! TumbleBus converts them into smaller-scale
    gymnasiums, fully equipped with mats, bars, and climbing walls! – An average school bus can reach a max of
    65 mph (although local speed limit laws for them are usually much lower!). It may not seem like much, but remember: they’re
    built with safety in mind above all else! – But that didn’t stop American Paul Stender
    from having fun! He added a Phantom fighter jet engine to a
    school bus, boosting its speed up to 366 mph! Hey, you’d never be late for school again! – The largest bus in the world is the Neoplan
    Jumbocruiser. They stopped production in 1992, but the jumbo-sized
    coach didn’t disappoint! The double-decker was almost 60 feet long,
    versus your average city bus that’s about 40 feet in length! – In other countries outside of North America,
    buses are different colors too. Obviously, you have the classic red double-deckers
    in London. Seoul categorizes its public transportation
    into 4 colors – blue, green, red, and yellow – depending on what parts of the city they
    run to and from. – The first buses were pretty much horse-drawn
    farm wagons in the late 1800s. The carriage was labeled “Public School”
    and it transported children that lived far away. (Most kids still walked to school at that
    time.) Students would sit around the outside of the
    bus, and they didn’t have any kind of protection from the elements. Eventually, in the early 1900s, the horse
    was switched out for an engine. The idea to paint them yellow came around
    the 1930s. – Today, Buses are adapting with technological
    advances. Just last year, Ontario added 13 electric
    school buses to their collection. With electric cars on the rise, school transportation
    was not to be left behind! We’ve come so far from horse-drawn carriages! What’s next? Flying buses?! Wouldn’t you love that? – According to the American School Bus Council,
    buses save an estimated $7.7 billion every year! Each school bus takes the place of 36 individual
    vehicles from the road, saving time on that morning commute. It helps parents out too. They don’t spend as much on gas, and it
    doesn’t take extra time to get to work! – Buses also help our environment. If every child in a community rode the bus
    to school, it would save more than 2 billion gallons of fuel! – They help keep school attendance numbers
    up too. One education report found that students who
    rode the bus were much less likely to miss school. Hard to skip when the bus is out there honking
    for you, eh? – There are perks to being a school bus driver! On field trips, they’re sometimes gifted
    free entrance to those destinations. Around the holidays, students and their parents
    also give little presents to the drivers too! So, kids, don’t forget to thank your driver! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
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    Why School Buses Have White Roofs
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    Why School Buses Have White Roofs

    November 10, 2019


    Ever ridden on a school bus? I’ll bet you did! The most prominent thing about them (at least
    in the U.S.) is that they’re yellow. But their roofs are usually a different color
    – white. So why is that? Let’s find out! There are, in fact, several reasons. The first one is obvious if you remember that
    not many school buses are equipped with AC. Now imagine a super-hot day right before summer
    break and a bunch of kids in a metal box on wheels. This ride would be anything but comfortable,
    right? That’s why keeping the interior temperature
    of a bus lower becomes an important issue. Why do we tend to wear light-colored clothes
    during the summer? Yup, because these colors absorb less solar
    heat, reflecting it instead. And thanks to that, you don’t feel like
    bacon in a frying pan. But the same trick works with other things
    besides clothes. The white roof of a bus makes the temperature
    inside drop an average of 10 degrees during warm seasons and only 3 to 4 degrees in wintertime. And even if a bus has AC, the white top helps
    reduce fuel consumption by 20%. That’s great, both from a financial and
    ecological point of view. But white-topped buses are also much easier
    to spot from afar by the drivers of other vehicles, which makes the trip to school safer. Besides, in the case of an emergency, a bus
    will be noticed faster by a rescue helicopter. Finally, not painting the roof the same yellow
    color as the rest of a bus is just cheaper, since the material most bus manufacturers
    use is already white. And while the iconic yellow school buses are
    common around the world (except for the color, which can vary) there are school buses that
    are anything but ordinary. Just look… Monster Truck
    The owner of this vehicle turned a vintage 1956 school bus into a real giant! The size is impressive: it’s 13 feet high,
    22 feet long, has 25-inch-rims, and weighs 19,000 pounds. Would you want to take a ride? Let me know! As you can guess, this truck doesn’t bring
    kids to school daily, but they can still get a ride. Its owner modified the bus back in 2002, and
    since that time, it’s served different purposes like being a means of transportation for a
    youth center, a school district, and a children’s hospital. Pikachu Bus
    The US chose the sunny color in 1939, creating national standards because it makes a vehicle
    highly visible on the road. However, in Japan, school buses don’t have
    a standard color. But they don’t have problems standing out
    and letting all the other drivers know that this vehicle has kids onboard. An Osaka kindergarten bus design was inspired
    by one of the most famous anime characters ever – Pikachu. Actually, using anime characters for modifying
    school buses is pretty common for this country. There, you’ll find Hello Kitty and Totoro
    Neko on the buses, plus more! Rickshaw Bus
    Imagine a metal box secured to a bike and you’ll get an idea of what a rickshaw is. This mode of transportation is still used
    for school children in different parts of India. This vehicle doesn’t provide much space;
    that’s why kids’ bags usually travel on the roof. Though the government is concerned about the
    safety of these rides and has tried to phase them out in favor of buses, rickshaws are
    still used since the drivers don’t want to lose a big part of their income. School Yellow Boat
    Getting to school in this village in the Philippines, used to be no easy feat. Kids had to wade more than 1 mile in chest-deep
    water, holding their books over their heads to reach a school in Zamboanga City. But everything changed when the Yellow Boat
    of Hope Foundation took the matter into their own hands and gifted the village community
    with a boat. Now kids arrive at school safely and dry. Later, the foundation raised funds that allowed
    communities from other areas in the Philippines to get large motorized boats, plus 120 smaller
    vessels for commuting. Topsy-turvy Bus
    This one looks as if you’re seeing double and, strictly speaking, it’s not an official
    school bus in New York. But since this radically transformed vehicle
    runs on vegetable oil, (yum!) it tours the whole country to educate kids about eco-friendly
    alternatives and explain to them how important it is to look for renewable energy sources. Bicycle Bus
    Almost 50% of the Netherlands’ population rides a bike every day to go to work. So, the government came up with the idea of
    a bus for kids ages 4 to 12 that will carry them to school the same way. This bus can fit a driver, 8 students who
    must pedal, and 3 other students who can sit on a bench in the back. The bike can go as fast as 10 miles per hour,
    and there’s also a motor installed that helps it get uphill, or when kids feel too
    tired to pedal. The company that invented them believes it’s
    a great way to both keep kids physically active, and teach them the importance of green transportation. Yeah, these buses are impressive but there
    are other weird modes of public transport that will make you say “Wow!”. For example,… The suspension monorail. This is the oldest electric elevated railway
    with hanging cars. It started operating in 1901. More than 85,000 passengers use it every day
    to get around Wuppertal in Germany. This strange railway runs a route of more
    than 8 miles at a height of about 39 feet. Moving footpath
    If you’re ever in Hong Kong, you’ll appreciate the world’s longest outdoor escalator that
    connects the city’s central district with the higher-lying residential neighborhoods. It stretches for over 2,600 feet, and allows
    you to hop on and off whenever you want, and explore the city without exhausting walks
    uphill. The whole journey will take you 20-25 minutes. The cost of this escalator comes close to
    $31.2 million. However, anyone can take a ride since it’s
    free. Maglev Train
    Shanghai boasts one of the fastest trains in the world. The Maglev – short for “magnetic levitation”
    – runs at a speed of 267 miles per hour and covers 21
    miles in only 8 minutes, making it a breeze for passengers to travel between the airport
    and downtown. Why is it so fast? Levitation magnets on the underside of the
    guideway are positioned to attract the opposite poles of magnets at the bottom of the maglev. Thanks to this, the train floats over the
    guideway. Toboggan
    A toboggan is a wicker basket attached to two wooden runners that glide on greased up
    rags. It’s one of Madeira, Portugal’s most famous
    attractions, and takes tourists for a 1-mile journey down a curvy road. The two runners, or “Carreiros”, are usually
    dressed in white and wear straw hats. They also have special, rubber-soled shoes
    that help them steer and brake the toboggan. The trip will take you around 10 minutes. Gotham Air
    In a hurry to get to JFK or Newark Airports from Manhattan island? Then take a helicopter ride! The helicopter service, Gotham Air, launched
    in 2015 and allows its clients to save tons of time. Since on-the-ground traffic is rather congested
    in the city it’ll take you up to 2 hours by car. But if you’re willing to pay from $199 to
    $219, you won’t have to worry about missing the plane – the helicopter ride will only
    last for about 6 minutes! Just a hop, skip and a jump, and hey, you’ll
    also be 200 bucks lighter! So, if you learned something new today, then
    give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other cool videos I think
    you’ll enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
    on the Bright Side of life!