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MACS Training Event registration opens – Indie Garage

The Mobile Air Climate Systems Association (MACS) invites aftermarket service professionals to Nashville, TN for its 43rd annual Training Event and Trade Show.

The event is located at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, February 2-4, 2023.

Registration is now open at the MACS website at or by phone at 215-631-7020.

“The Mobile Air Climate Systems Association (MACS) is pleased to return to Nashville, TN for our 2023 training event and conference. The 2023 program is full of new and innovative training with a look to the future of electric vehicle service combined with the latest on servicing passenger, heavy-duty and off-road vehicle thermal management systems,” remarked Peter Coll, MACS president and chief operating officer.

“Attendees can participate in networking events, Trade Show exhibits, service training and new engagement from OE’s and Tier 1 suppliers. The 2023 MACS Training Event and Trade Show offers new opportunities for all participants to learn, make new connections and see the latest innovations from the world’s best suppliers.”

MACS Training Event provides a forum that joins all industry segments and professionals together to foster growth and expand knowledge. By facilitating relationships industry-wide, MACS allows industry professionals to easily attain the information they need to solve their customer’s vehicle A/C problems.

Over three days, attendees can learn from thirty-one speakers and participate in 41-hours of mobile A/C training. Presentations will feature service and repair knowledge for automotive, light-duty trucks, heavy-duty and off-road trucks, and electric vehicles. Six social events provide important networking time to create and grow relationships.

MACS holds the only mobile A/C product specific Trade Show in the United States.

MACS annual golf tournament will take place on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, on the links of the scenic and historic Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, TN near the one-time home of America’s 7th President Andrew Jackson.

Complete details are available on the MACS website at

A complete downloadable program is also available.

About MACS

Since 1981, the MACS has been the advocate for service and repair owners, distributors, manufacturers, and educators making their living in the total vehicle climate and thermal management industry.
MACS empowers members to grow their businesses and delivers tangible member benefits through industry advocacy with government regulators and by providing accurate, unbiased training information, training products, training curriculum, and money-saving affinity member services. MACS has assisted more than 1.2 million technicians to comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment.

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Training programme to manage sports events, tournaments held

Training programme to manage sports events, tournaments held

Muscat: A training programme was organised in managing sports events and tournaments by the Ministry of Education, represented by the Directorate-General of Administrative Affairs – Department of Training and Rehabilitation, in cooperation with the Omani School Sports Federation and the Ocean Institute.

The training programme kicked-off on Sunday morning, and will continue until Thursday at Al Amal Club.

The implementation of this training programme comes in light of the increase in the number of events organised annually by the sports committees in the educational governorates, which reach nearly 100 sports events in all governorates and require organising by specialists in managing events.

The programme targets 34 employees of the Office of the Omani School Sports Federation and the educational governorates to provide them with effective management skills and accurate planning.

Participants in the programme will obtain the necessary qualification to work in the management of sports events, through several themes, including methods of organising, evaluating, and managing sports events, financial and accounting management of sports events, management of sponsorship, financiers, designers, suppliers, stakeholders and the public, and attracting, managing and training employees and volunteers to work in sporting events, marketing sports events, and managing risks related to sports events.

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How to ride an ultra-distance cycling challenge: training, fuelling and riding tips for events over 200km

How to ride an ultra-distance cycling challenge: training, fuelling and riding tips for events over 200km

The legendary world of ultra cycling – typically defined as endurance challenges of 200 to 300km or longer – is often seen as the preserve of super-fit semi-pro athletes and extreme amateur racers. However, with the right training and mindset, any amateur cyclist can conquer an ultra.

The annual sportive calendar is now studded with epic one-day ultra events, while the World Ultracycling Association also oversees a calendar of ultra events worldwide.

Because ultra challenges are even longer than the Queen stages of the Tour de France, every heroic finisher is guaranteed lifelong cycling kudos.

Neil Kelsall, 52, from Surrey, began road cycling in 2010, but after completing a few cycling jaunts to the Alps and the Pyrenees, and a 150km sportive in Yorkshire in 2019, he tackled his first ultra – the Mallorca 312 – last October.

“I had dabbled with road cycling but never really committed,” admits Kelsall. “But I was due to take my son Tom – who has learning difficulties and Type 1 diabetes – to Mallorca for a Special Olympics training camp, and the 312 was moved from April to the Sunday we were there. So with three months’ notice, I decided to give it a go, knowing I might not make the 14-hour cut-off time. I did it in around 11 hours and it opened my eyes to what’s possible.”

Liane Jackson, 39, a member of Kingston Wheelers in London, bought her first road bike in 2015, but she has swiftly upgraded her goals from the 46-mile Ride London sportive in 2017, via the 135km Étape du Tour and 150km Étape Morocco in 2019, to the 296km Dragon Ride this year.

“When I did the 46-miler, it sounded super-far, and I thought ‘how can people ride hundreds of miles?’” she laughs. “But when I finished it in two and a half hours, I thought: ‘I can do 100 miles’. Then I just increased my distances over time. A lot of this is psychological. When you’re fit and loving it, even big distances don’t feel so far.”

How to train for ultra distances

When training for an ultra event, you should increase your mileage slowly over time.
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According to coach Richard Rollinson of CPT Cycling, who trained Neil Kelsall and other riders for their first ultra events, the secret is to build up your mileage slowly. “Start small at the beginning of your base training and remind yourself that your fitness now is not where it will be at the time of the event,” he says.

“Increase your training volume gradually and progressively each month,” Rollinson adds. The general advice is to up your volume by 10 per cent each week.

Gary Hand of Espresso Cycle Coaching says new ultra-riders will benefit from working in blocks.

Although it’s possible to take a more casual approach for a standard sportive, preparing for an ultra requires more planning and recovery. “Structure your riding with three weeks on, one week easy,” he suggests.

“Then at the end of your easy week, when you are fresh, do a large endurance hit with one big day ride. Don’t be scared to test yourself with a ride of 130 per cent of the distance of the longest ride you have done in the past eight weeks.”

A safe way to build up your endurance rides is to do loops of a set course around your area, so you always have an escape route. “If you’ve been over-ambitious, you’re never far from home,” adds Hand.

Pacing for ultra-distance cycling

Your weekend rides should get closer to the length of your ultra.
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What pace you sustain on your endurance rides will depend on your fitness, but Rollinson suggests you should strive to develop Zone 3 power (76 to 87 per cent functional threshold power, or moderate intensity) up to around two hours, Zone 2 power (56 to 75 per cent FTP, or easy to moderate intensity) up to around six hours, and Zone 1 power (under 55 per cent FTP, or recovery pace) on any longer rides.

“As amateur cyclists, we get obsessed with FTP – the power you can sustain for an hour – but that’s not right for an ultra,” says Kelsall.

“Richard wanted to train my endurance engine to sustain a lesser power but for a longer time. That means more time in the saddle, not smashing myself for an hour.”

Because ultras are much longer than traditional sportives, your big weekend rides should eventually nudge as close as possible to the distance of the event, to avoid any shock on race day.

“If you only have seven hours to train each week, build up your longest ride to 80 to 90 per cent of your expected finish time,” advises Rollinson. “But if you have more time, build your longest training ride to the same finishing time as your goal.”

One of the big challenges is keeping these long training rides fun. “I’ve seen people who train hard then take weeks off because they get fed up,” admits Jackson.

“So I went out training with my club and I did social rides. Go somewhere interesting, like the Peak District, to enjoy the scenery. Even when I use Zwift, I have Netflix on.”

Tempo rides and ‘sweet spot’ training will help you hold the pace of a group or conquer climbs.
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You will also benefit from shorter, sharper sessions, but make sure they are tailored carefully to your challenge. “Specifically targeting intensity is essential in balancing the most effective training for your ultra-distance event,” says Rollinson.

“So if your event has multiple climbs, look at how long it may take you to complete the climbs and train to the likely duration and power. This is normally around ‘tempo’ (Zone 3) or ‘sweet spot’ (Zone 4, or 88 to 94 per cent FTP).”

Deliberately mixing up your pace on shorter midweek road or turbo training sessions can help to simulate the complex dynamics of an ultra event. After all, longer distances mean more changes in pace and geographical surprises.

“I did lots of rolling tempo rides, where I alternated between periods of Zone 3 or Zone 2 power, followed by a spurt towards ‘sweet spot’, and then back down into tempo pace, not recovery pace,” says Kelsall.

This will prepare you for holding the pace of a group, catching up the riders in front or conquering a climb.

You also need to boost your muscle strength to handle the brutal physicality of an ultra. “Muscular endurance, accompanied with tendon and muscular strength, are key factors for an ultra-cyclist,” insists Hand.

Jackson did midweek gym and yoga sessions, but strength-building low-cadence drills will also help. “Add over-geared accelerations into an evening workout,” suggests Hand.

“Do 30 minutes at 76 to 89 per cent of your FTP, at 80 to 90rpm. But on every fifth minute add a 20-second acceleration at 120 to 150 per cent of your FTP, at 60 to 75rpm. Progress this to 60-second accelerations and aim for two to three blocks in total.”

Simply working out how to fit all of these sessions into a busy week is a big enough challenge in itself. The secret is to work with, not against, your work schedule.

“You have to take it seriously, but there is a balance: I’m not a professional,” says Jackson.

“Now a lot of people have the luxury of working from home, which helps. But I would go to the gym before or after work; do a couple of hill sessions on a Wattbike or laps of Richmond Park midweek; and then do bigger sessions at the weekend: a two-hour recovery ride on Saturday, and a long, hilly hard ride for four to five hours on Sunday.”

How to fuel for ultra-distance rides

Mentally break down long rides into shorter chunks to tick off.
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However hard you train, it’s impossible to finish an ultra without a smart nutritional strategy. Nutritionist Will Girling of EF Pro Cycling says it’s essential to carb-load the day before your ultra.

“Current research suggests you can carb load in just one day, and you should aim for 10g of carbs per kg of bodyweight to achieve maximal glycogen storage,” he explains.

“So a 70kg rider needs 700g of carbs. But go for a big breakfast and lunch, rather than leaving it all for dinner, or you will wake up feeling bloated. But more carbs doesn’t mean more food. Aim for density over volume. So for breakfast have porridge, but add some syrup and a banana, with a glass of orange juice on the side, rather than just eating more oats.”

Sports nutritionist Craig Watson says energy-torching ultra riders must learn to think differently about food.

“Doing an ultra means you are an athlete, not the general public, so when you see Government guidelines saying don’t eat white versions of food, that doesn’t really apply, as a lot of people find white bread, white rice and white pasta easier on the stomach when you’re carb loading,” he explains.

“Cakes and sweets have their place on race day, too.”

On the day of the event, fuel up with a breakfast that’s high in carbs for energy, but low in fat and fibre, which can slow digestion.

“A good breakfast will have 2 to 2.4g of carbs per kg of your bodyweight, so around 140g of carbs for a 70kg rider,” says Girling. “Oats, rice or rice pudding are easy to digest. A banana with maple syrup or honey, or bread and jam, are light too.”

Kelsall found brown toast with peanut butter, banana and honey particularly effective.

Make sure you stay hydrated and pay particular attention to your body’s warning signs.
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To stay fuelled during a 200 to 300km ultra, Girling recommends a mix of liquid, semi-solids in the form of gels, and solid foods.

His suggested solid snacks include bananas, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Squares, Soreen malt loaves and Alpen Light bars. “You are looking for fast-digesting, high-GI food,” he says.

“And you need 90g of carbs per hour to maintain exercise performance.”

This should include making sure you get plenty of ‘real’ food into your body.

“In an ultra-distance event, you will not get away with just bars and gels like you would in shorter events, so eat plenty of real food such as sandwiches,” advises Rollinson.

Although you can’t carry 11 hours’ worth of food, Kelsall insists it’s best to be as self-sufficient as possible.

“I started with five to six drinks sachets to put into my bottles, so my pockets were bulging, but there might be a queue for the feed station, or they might not have what you need,” he warns.

“And not eating properly is the worst thing for ultra riders. According to my power meter, I burned just shy of 8,000 calories.”

Your hydration strategy for an ultra should be similar to that for a normal sportive. “You want at least a bottle an hour, with 20 to 30g of carbs in a 500ml bottle, and some sodium to improve hydration – around 200 to 400mg of sodium ideally,” explains Girling.

But on an ultra, you need to pay more attention to your body’s warning signs. “Check for white salt marks on your jersey, which suggests you need more salt, and monitor the colour of your urine to check for dehydration,” adds Watson. “Wrinkly or dry lips are also signs of dehydration.”

Ultra-distance mind games

Mentally break down long rides into shorter chunks to tick off.
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Ultra challenges are full of surprises, but checking your kit in advance is the best way to minimise problems. “Make sure that you or your local bike shop have given your bike a check over,” says Rollinson.

Jackson recommends you get all your kit ready the night before, and Hand suggests checking the weather to ensure you get your clothing choices correct: an ultra ride is hard enough without getting unnecessarily hot, wet or cold.

When you begin the race, stick to a sensible pacing strategy. “My coach Richard worked out that my average target power should be 200 watts for the first few hours and if I stuck to that I would have the stamina to finish,” says Kelsall.

And remember to preserve energy whenever you can. “Save your legs on the downhills,” suggests Hand. “Turn the pedals when you are riding 20mph downhill and you may gain 2mph, but that’s not a huge benefit for the effort.”

Don’t pedal on downhills to save your energy for the uphills.
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During an ultra, you’ll endure plenty of stress and self-doubt, so it helps to chop the ride up into manageable segments.

“For a 300km ride, break it into six different 50km checkpoints,” suggests Hand. Kelsall says this really helped him in Majorca: “Ultra events are hard to get your head around, so I gave myself milestones: to get to that monastery, to reach the top of the gorge, to finish this climb.” Use whatever mind games keep you focused.

“My Garmin 830 has a hill profile, so you can see when the pain is coming up and when you might get a recovery,” says Jackson.

But remember that on any ultra, you’ll feel a surge of fear, whether it’s during those nervous first training rides, or on race day. But this fear should be regarded as your fuel. “You need the right amount of fear for an ultra,” adds Kelsall.

“If I’d been complacent, I wouldn’t have put pressure on myself to keep going. If you fear the target a little bit, that’s what’ll make you succeed.”

Five of the best long-distance bike rides

The Dragon Ride is one of the most challenging sportives in the UK.

There are many ultra-distance events dotted throughout the year, and around the world, but here are five of the best.

The Way of the Roses (273km)

The Way of the Roses is a beautiful coast-to-coast route that sees riders dash from Morecambe to Bridlington via York and Lancaster. Riding west to east means you should enjoy a tailwind for most of the ride.

Dragon Ride: Dragon Devil (296km)

The savage Dragon Devil route of the Dragon Ride, in the mountainous region of the Brecon Beacons, is one of the most challenging one-day sportives in the UK, at 296km with 4,614m of ascent. It takes place annually on 19 June.

Granfondo Milano-Sanremo (296km)

The Granfondo Milano-Sanremo takes place on 5 June. Follow in the tyre marks of the pros by completing the lion’s share of the historic Milan–San Remo course, taking in the Liguria coastline and famous climbs such as the Poggio and Cipressa.

Mallorca 312 (312km)

The Mallorca 312 takes place annually in April. A (hopefully) sun-soaked spring challenge in the cycling mecca of Mallorca, this ultra will see you join 8,000 other riders on closed, signposted roads in the beautiful Serra de Tramuntana mountains.

Team Joe Barr 200 (320km)

The Team Joe Barr 200 is a gruelling long-distance ride that takes place in May and is a World Ultra-Cycling Association event. It takes you through the beautiful rural landscapes of Ireland and Northern Ireland and you can tackle it solo or in a team of two.

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Posted August 4, 2022 | 3:55 PM

Weekly ECC newsletter contains upcoming business workshops, special events, and resources

Interested in starting a business, brushing up on a skill, or just networking with other business professionals? Hillsborough County’s Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC) is the place to be. Centrally located at 2101 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, 33605 (free parking at 2109 E. 11th Ave.), the ECC provides entrepreneurs and small businesses of all types easy access to business service providers, resources, mentorship, and specialty training through more than 80 business and community partners.

No membership is necessary to take advantage of the free and low-cost services available through the ECC and its service partners. And staying up to date on what is happening is as easy as subscribing to the weekly ECC events newsletter. Each Tuesday, more than 12,000 subscribers get an ad-free snapshot of in-person, hybrid, and virtual training opportunities and events, upcoming presenters, and special programming.

Still want to keep up-to-date old-school style? Check out the Hillsborough County Business Workshops and Training Calendar available online.

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Workforce Planning launches new Sudbury-area training, event calendar  

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While the number of job vacancies continues to increase in this area, Workforce Planning for Sudbury and Manitoulin says those looking for work or a career change are often unsure where to go to upgrade their skills, or to find out who is hosting a job or career fair.

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Staff at the Sudbury-based not-for-profit organization hope to make things easier with the launch of a new job-related training and event calendar on their website, located at

“We are very excited to make this one-stop resource available to those who are looking for training and new job opportunities, and to organizations that are offering training or hosting these events,” Reggie Caverson, executive director at Workforce Planning for Sudbury and Manitoulin, said in a release.

“In many cases, returning to school full time just isn’t an option so we are seeing greater interest in short-term courses or training to improve job skills and prospects for the future.”

Caverson noted that in the past, it has been hard to find information on what is being offered in the community, when it is being held, eligibility, whether it is virtual or in-person and if there is a cost. Sometimes, she said, a job fair notice is posted at a local business and if job-seekers don’t go there, they miss the opportunity to attend.

It has also been the case where the same type of event or training for the same job seeker is being held at the same time, which Caverson said has happened more than once over the last few years.

The workforce planning board hopes the new calendar will help minimize duplication and at the same time, increase awareness and participation.

“Any organization that is offering job-related training, short courses, webinars and events such as a career fair is free to go to our website to submit their information which will then be vetted by our office before being posted,” Caverson added.

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She said the new calendar will complement the Jobs in Sudbury-Manitoulin job board at and the other tools and resources available on the website.

Since the launch of its job board last May, the workforce planning board has seen a steady increase in the number of jobs being posted online, including work-at-home opportunities.

“In our local area, we have gone from an average of 3,000 new jobs being posted online each month to over 5,000 in the last two months,” Caverson said.

She feels this is a reflection of labour shortages in the area is experiencing and that the new training and event calendar is another important resource to boost employment skills and support those who are looking for work or a career change.

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WHO/Europe training course for prison health-care workers: innovation in NCD policy and action

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May 2022 online training course

The WHO European Regional Office for Europe, in collaboration with the Yale School of Medicine, has developed an online training course to empower and enhance professional development of national counterparts and clinicians working with prisons and other detention facilities.

The online course will give its participants the knowledge and innovative tools to:

  • review the latest evidence on the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCD) such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity and overweight, cancer, respiratory diseases, and mental health disorders; and their risk factors;
  • implement successful NCD practices in a prison context;
  • develop further advocacy strategies; and
  • train their peers to deliver the WHO-recommended interventions.

Level and demands

The course is aimed at health professionals specializing in prison environments from any of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region. Professionals from other regions are also welcome to express their interest in participating.

The training is free of charge for all selected participants.

Course timeline and composition:

The course starts on 10 May 2022 and ends on 24 June 2022.

It will consist of several modules and include educational videos, webinars, practical workshops, and participant activities.

Application deadline:

Please send your expression of interest to participate in the course to Filipa Alves da Costa ( by 5 May 2022. All participants will be notified on further course details by 9 May 2022.


All participants receive a digital certificate after successfully completing the course.

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Highland Games training day invitation as summer events return following Covid-19 restrictions

Highland Games training day invitation as summer events return following Covid-19 restrictions

Highland Games training day invitation as summer events return following Covid-19 restrictions

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Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training for Supervisors

Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training for Supervisors

All supervisors in Ontario must complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program within one week of performing work as a supervisor. This is required by Ontario Regulation 297/13 “Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training” made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”). This 1-hour training session fulfills that requirement.

In this session you will learn about:

  • The duties of employers and supervisors under the OHSA.
  • The duties and rights of workers under the OHSA.
  • The concept of the Internal Responsibility System in relation to the duties of workplace stakeholders.
  • The powers and functions of health and safety representatives and joint health and safety committees under the OHSA.
  • The roles of the Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in occupational health and safety.
  • How to recognize, assess, control and evaluate workplace hazards.


This training does not replace any sector specific, hazard specific, or competency specific training.

For details on our Worker OHS Awareness training session please visit here.


This program will be conducted as a live webinar and will not be recorded


1 hour


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (ET) Program


Managers, supervisors, OHS professionals, in-house legal counsel and business owners


This session costs $95 + HST per registrant
A secured online payment link will follow after registration


  • Registration fees are not refundable. A credit may be issued in certain circumstances
  • No credits will be issued for no shows
  • No credits will be issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before a course
  • Participants can request a one-time deferral and the credit must be used before the end of the calendar year. Requests for a deferral must be made 24 hours prior to the start of the course. If the course is only offered once that year, the credit can be applied to another OHS course within that same calendar year
  • In the event that Fasken cancels a course, the participant can choose either a credit or a refund for the course amount