Levis Motorcycles comes back to life with the V6 Café Racer

The 2018 V6 Café Racer is the first Levis motorcycle to be produced in 80 years
The 2018 V6 Café Racer is the first Levis motorcycle to be produced in 80 years (Credit: Levis)

The last time Levis introduced a new motorcycle was in 1938, three years before it would shut down. Eighty years later, the Levis logo is resurfacing on the V6 Café Racer, a brand new motorcycle built around a modular racing car motor, a host of bespoke parts and a price tag for the very few.

Levis Motorcycles stands among the pioneers of the British motorcycle industry, and was active from 1911 until 1941. The Birmingham, UK, company built its name on a series of small-capacity two-strokes that would bring several victories at the Isle of Man Lightweight TT in the early 1920s. In 1928 Levis developed its first four-stroke, successfully venturing in off-road racing, until World War II put a premature end to its story.

The Levis brand remained dormant until 2014, when its rights were acquired by David Redshaw, who dreamt of reviving it. In 2017 he met with Phil Bevan, a businessman who had recently bought Connaught Competition Engines, a UK company that made a compact two-liter V10 motor for GT Racing cars.

This engine was built on a modular design that allowed for easy production of V8, V6, V4 and even V2 variants, and Bevan had already been looking for a suitable motorcycle to host it. He promptly bought the brand’s rights from Redshaw and together they set up the Levis Motorcycle Company in July 2017, with new headquarters in Swaffham and a clear plan in their minds.

The 1.2-liter V6 motor of the 2018 Levis Café Racer will produce around 120 hp in...

For the Café Racer they developed a 1,200-cc V6 version of Connaught’s liquid-cooled engine, mounted longitudinally on the frame, producing some 120 hp (89.5 kW) and plenty of torque – Levis calculates something around 120 Nm (88.5 lb-ft). A supercharged version of the V6 is also in Levis’ plans.

Power is transmitted via a six-speed gearbox with an overdrive sixth, developed by Levis to accommodate several future models.

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When major disasters happen, many reportedly foresee them in dreams

When major disasters happen, many reportedly foresee them in dreams

A sixth sense seems to kick in when disaster strikes
By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times

Reports of precognition and other kinds of extrasensory perception are common around major events in human history, the ones that really resound through the collective psyche—the world wars, 9/11, natural disasters.

Oftentimes the visions foretelling the future disaster come in dreams; other times phenomena can manifest while the person is awake at the exact time the event occurs.

It seems soldiers were able to send telepathic messages from the battlefield to their loved ones during World War I.

French astronomer and author Camille Flammarion collected accounts during World War I of seemingly precognitive or telepathic phenomena. He wrote in his book, “Death and Its Mystery” (1921): “I received a great number of letters telling of telepathic transmissions sent from the battlefields.”

One of the examples he gave was that of “Madame D.” She was worried about her husband away at war because she hadn’t heard from him in a long time. She finally received a letter from him on August 25, 1914, putting her mind at ease.

Later that day, at precisely 3 p.m. while she was listening to her sister play the piano, she suddenly stood up, uttered a terrible cry, and fainted. When revived, she said she had seen horrible slaughter on the battlefield and watched her husband fall dead.

As it turns out, her husband was killed at 3 p.m. on Aug. 25.

She collapsed with a vision of her husband dying on the battlefield at the precise time of his death.

Flammarion wrote: “Objections might be raised. In the course of continuous warfare it is not surprising that a young woman who worshiped her husband should have feared for his safety. The worth of the facts related does not lie in this intuition, but in the precise coincidence of the day and of the hour with the moment of the catastrophe, a catastrophe which happened on the exact day when this poor woman had attained peace of mind.”

The strength of the vision and shock also sets this case apart from vague dreams or intuitions, Flammarion said.

He had already written in the past about similar cases: “One of them even indicated death on a date differing from that given by the army bureaus; a date which, when verified, was found to be exact. The official date was not.”

It is common for people to feel the distress of a loved one at a distance—this is called simulpathity.

Dr. Bernard Beitman, a Yale-educated psychiatrist who studies coincidences, calls this kind of experience simulpathity—feeling the distress of a loved one at a distance. He started studying coincidences because of a personal simulpathity experience.

One day he inexplicably felt himself choking. He wasn’t eating anything at the time, there seemed to be no reason for the sensation. He later found out that at the exact time he felt himself choking, his father had died by choking. He has found many others with similar experiences.

In the days and weeks leading up to 9/11, many people reportedly had precognitive dreams or sensed a pending disaster.

A monument at the site of the World Trade Center towers.

On September 9, 2001, 29-year-old Andrew Bailey woke up screaming. He had a nightmare that the Grim Reaper had come for him.

“Andrew always told me he would die before he was 30,” his wife, Miosotys Fernandez, told the Birmingham Mail. Bailey died in the World Trade Center two days after his Grim Reaper dream.

When his wife later looked in his cupboard, she was shocked. “All of his things were laid out in there, his wallet, credit cards, and watch—items he would normally have taken with him to work,’’ she said. ‘‘It was as if he knew he was leaving me that morning and never coming back.”

Bonnie McEneaney, whose husband also died in the 9/11 attack, recalled a similar experience. She spoke to many other families affected by the attack and found precognition to have been a common experience. She published a book titled “Messages: Signs, Visits and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11” about this phenomenon.

As September approached, her husband became tense and was sure he was going to die soon.

Her husband, Eamon McEneaney, had always told her he would die young, that he wouldn’t survive long past the year 2000. In the weeks before 9/11 he was more tense, she said in an article she wrote for the Daily Mail. He talked about the possibility of another attack on the World Trade Center (the North Tower had been bombed in 1993).

He told her, “You’d better start applying more discipline to the children because when I’m gone you’re going to have a hard time.”

“Taken singly, many of these things could be dismissed as coincidence or a side-effect of immense grief, but the fact that so many 9/11 families were experiencing similar phenomena made it all more difficult to dismiss,” she wrote.

The American Society for Psychical Research is collecting accounts of dreams and premonitions about 9/11, though it has not yet published any findings.

Many people reported precognitive dreams about a mining disaster in Wales that killed more than 100 school children.

Rescue workers at the scene of the wrecked Pantglas Junior School at Aberfan, South Wales, where a coal tip collapsed killing over 190 children and their teachers. (Keystone/Getty Images)
Inhabitants of the Welsh mining village of Aberfan attend the mass funeral for children and adults who perished when a landslide engulfed the junior school. (George Freston/Getty Images)

In the 1960s, British psychiatrist Dr. J.C. Barker collected accounts of dreams that seemed to predict the famous Aberfan disaster. A coal mine collapsed in the Welsh village of Aberfan, killing more than 100 school children.

Barker requested through the media that people contact him if they had dreamed about the disaster beforehand. He received 76 accounts, 24 of which he was able to corroborate.

In the dream, a woman saw an avalanche of coal tumbling down the mountain.

Rescue workers clearing debris and sludge on Oct. 22, 1966, near the wrecked Pantglas Junior School at Aberfan, South Wales, where a coal tip collapsed killing many children. (Keystone/Getty Images)

For example, the dream with the strongest evidence for precognition was that of a 47-year-old woman from Plymouth, England. In the dream, she saw an avalanche of coal tumbling down the mountain. She knew it was in Wales. At the bottom of the mountain was a boy who looked scared, but she saw that he was rescued. The boy stood near a rescue worker with a strange pointed hat.

After the disaster, a British newscast showed this boy and the same rescue worker with the unusual hat. Barker spoke to several of the woman’s acquaintances whom she had told about the dream before the mine collapsed. They confirmed she had told them the details before it happened.

A 17-year scientific study measured the telekinetic power of global consciousness during major events.

The Global Consciousness Project, led by Dr. Roger Nelson, set out in 1998 to test the hypothesis that heightened global emotion during major events has a physical impact. The ability to physically impact things with your mind is called telekinesis.

Here’s how he tested global telekinetic power during worldwide events: Previous experiments at Princeton University had suggested that the human mind can have a physical impact on random number generators. These generators are like electronic coin flippers. There’s a 50 percent chance of either heads or tails. If a person focuses her mind on tails and tails comes up 80 percent of the time (above what chance alone would dictate), it could mean her mind telekinetically made it happen. That’s a simplified illustration of how it works.

The idea of the Global Consciousness Project was to set up random number generators and, over the course of many years, see if they deviated from chance during major events. They did.

Nelson wrote in a Global Consciousness Project (GCP) blog post announcing the results last year: “The result is a definite confirmation of the general hypothesis … that great events on the world stage which bring people together in shared thoughts and synchronized emotions will be correlated with changes in the behavior of our network of random sources.”

We shouldn’t blame ourselves if we intuitively know something bad will happen but we don’t prevent it.

Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Julia Mossbridge studies precognitive dreams. She said that sometimes when she gives talks on the subject someone in the audience who has lost a child will become upset and say, “You’re saying I should have known or I could have known and I could have prevented it.”

That’s not the case. The premonitions are often unclear and it’s understandable if people think their dreams are just dreams.

“Do you know how bad memory is?” Mossbridge said. “Memory is already bad, but this is weaker than memory. This precognition stuff, most people are not even aware that they have some aspect of this. It’s like blaming yourself if you can’t run a four-minute mile.”

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Fort Union National Monument News Release

Release Date:  April 18, 2018

Contact:    Lorenzo Vigil,, 505-425-8025 X 226

Fort Union Volunteer Wins Prestigious Award                          

Watrous, NM: Fort Union National Monument volunteer Mitch Barker has taken home the prestigious National Park Service regional George and Helen Hartzog Award. Each year the award goes to a national park volunteer “who gives of his or her skills, talents, and time beyond the normal call of duty.”

Fort Union volunteer – Mitch Barker

Mitch has volunteered once a week the past four years at the Fort Union library. In that time, Mitch has reorganized and streamlined the monument’s library. His improvements include better-protected paper records and improved storage of small and fragile pamphlets. He organized some of the monument’s files into searchable, online databases.

Mitch’s work has made it easier for the park staff to answer visitor inquiries about the soldiers that served at Fort Union and other questions about the history of the fort. The monument library is open to the public by appointment and Mitch spends some of his time at the monument helping the public with research inquiries.

“Fort Union has one of the finest libraries in the National Park system, and Mitch Barker’s hard work has made a big contribution to the quality of our library,” said Monument Superintendent Charles Strickfaden. “I am especially proud that Mitch took it upon himself to learn the ins and outs of the computer system used by the Park Service library network.”

Mitch is a retired media affairs officer in the office of the assistant administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration for Public Affairs.

He lives in Ojitos Frios Ranches subdivision near Romeroville. He has been making the 75-mile round trip to the monument once a week for more than four years. In that time, Mitch has volunteered about 1,300 hours at the monument, which is equivalent to more than five months of full-time work.

Using a value of volunteer labor of about $24 per hour (as calculated by the Independent Sector), Mitch’s contribution to the monument has been worth about $31,200.

When asked to explain why he is volunteering, Mitch replied, “From the time I was kid, the National Park Service has enriched my life, I learned about our country’s history, wildlife, geology, and much else.

“Sometimes free, sometimes for a few dollars, getting into a park or a historical site is one of the best bargains you can find,” Mitch said. Now I’m paying back a little of what I’ve gained over my lifetime.”

Mitch competed against volunteers from almost 80 other national parks in the western part of the country, including such icons as Grand Canyon National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Tetons National Park. The George and Helen Hartzog Award is named after the former director of the National Park Service and his wife. During his tenure, Hartzog established the national parks’ volunteer program.

Lorenzo Vigil, Chief of Interpretation & Operations, Fort Union National Monument, PO Box 127, Watrous, NM 87753, Ph: 505-425-8025 Xtn. 226 voice, Fax: 505-454-9272, Email:

Fort Union National Monument, 3115 SR 161, Watrous, NM 87753

Goldman Sachs asks in biotech research report: ‘Is curing patients a sustainable business model?’

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Goldman Sachs analysts attempted to address a touchy subject for biotech companies, especially those involved in the pioneering “gene therapy” treatment: cures could be bad for business in the long run.

“Is curing patients a sustainable business model?” analysts ask in an April 10 report entitled “The Genome Revolution.”

“The potential to deliver ‘one shot cures’ is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically-engineered cell therapy and gene editing. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies,” analyst Salveen Richter wrote in the note to clients Tuesday. “While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow.”

Richter cited Gilead Sciences’ treatments for hepatitis C, which achieved cure rates of more than 90 percent. The company’s U.S. sales for these hepatitis C treatments peaked at $12.5 billion in 2015, but have been falling ever since. Goldman estimates the U.S. sales for these treatments will be less than $4 billion this year, according to a table in the report.

“GILD is a case in point, where the success of its hepatitis C franchise has gradually exhausted the available pool of treatable patients,” the analyst wrote. “In the case of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C, curing existing patients also decreases the number of carriers able to transmit the virus to new patients, thus the incident pool also declines … Where an incident pool remains stable (eg, in cancer) the potential for a cure poses less risk to the sustainability of a franchise.”

The analyst didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The report suggested three potential solutions for biotech firms:

“Solution 1: Address large markets: Hemophilia is a $9-10bn WW market (hemophilia A, B), growing at ~6-7% annually.”

“Solution 2: Address disorders with high incidence: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) affects the cells (neurons) in the spinal cord, impacting the ability to walk, eat, or breathe.”

“Solution 3: Constant innovation and portfolio expansion: There are hundreds of inherited retinal diseases (genetics forms of blindness) … Pace of innovation will also play a role as future programs can offset the declining revenue trajectory of prior assets.”


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