first_imgRoad biking terrifies me and not for the reasons that it should. I know I should be worried about traffic and careless drivers, but it’s those long downhills that keep me on the edge of my saddle. They scare me to death. The speeds are so high, and road bike tires are so skinny…I can’t help but imagine the worst case scenario every time I’m in the midst of a long, fluid descent. Did I clamp my axle down when I changed my tire? What if I hit a patch of gravel or sand at this speed? What if a squirrel darts in front of my wheel? What if I come around a blind corner and hit a bear? What if the yellow paint in the center of the road is wet? What if it starts raining? I’m scared of a lot of things, ranging from the mundane (planes) to the ridiculous (planes falling from the sky and landing on me while I’m walking my dog), but eating shit on a road bike descent is at the top of my nightmare list. I’m perfectly willing to charge full speed down singletrack on a mountain bike, but put me on pavement with skinny road tires and V-brakes and I practically crawl down the mountain. My worst fears came to fruition on a ride this week. I was white-knuckled surviving a three-mile stretch of speedy downhill that drops into downtown Asheville, cruising at a cautious 25 mph (some bikers take the mountain at twice that speed) when a wasp flies inside my jersey and starts stinging me repeatedly. Classic man versus nature scenario here, and it was such a random act violence that I had never bothered to worry about the situation before. The first sting hurt like a mother—right on my chest—but then he started buzzing around and stinging me more. Meanwhile, I have to hold it together because if I panic, I’ll lose control of the bike and end up skidding my face down the asphalt at 25 mph. So, I squeezed the shit out of my weak V-brakes, grimacing through the pain until I could pull over to the side of the road and flush the wasp out. Little bastard stung me again on his way out of my shirt. Naturally, I headed straight for the bar after the ordeal and ordered Innertube, a lager from Asheville’s Burial Beer Company. Burial is best known for its artisanal take on saisons and IPAs, but Innertube is a straight forward, summertime, lager. Clean, crisp, no gimmicks…it’s like drinking a Coors except, you know, better. I pounded the beer quickly and ordered another, and another, my hands shaking a little less with each can. The bright side is I get to add another “worst case scenario” to my list of phobias. Thanks nature!last_img read more


first_imgNotices: JNCs & The Florida Bar September 1, 2002 Regular News U.S. 11th Circuit to amend its rules Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2071(b), notice is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.A copy of the proposed amendments may be obtained on and after August 5, 2002, from the 11th Circuit’s Internet Web site at www.ca11.uscourts.gov. A copy may also be obtained without charge from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303, phone: (404) 335-6100.Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the clerk at the above address by September 5. Department of Health notes statute change The Department of Health calls Florida attorneys’ attention to recent statutory changes with regard to notifying the department of the intent to file a medical malpractice claim.Section 766.106(2) previously required a claimant to provide to the Department of Health presuit notice of their intent to initiate litigation for medical practice claims, if the prospective defendant was a health care provider licensed under F.S. chapters 458, 459, 460, 461, or 466.Revisions in the law during the 2000 legislative session have eliminated that requirement.“Now a claimant merely needs to provide a copy of the complaint to the department following initiation of a suit and service of the complaint upon the defendant,” according to Lucy Schneider, the department’s assistant general counsel. Board to fill workers’ comp JNC vacancy The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancy:• Statewide Nominating Commission for Compensation Claims Judges: One attorney from the territorial jurisdiction of the Fifth DCA (which encompasses the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and 18th circuits) to serve an interim vacancy commencing immediately and expiring July 1, 2003. All applicants must be members of the Bar who are engaged in the practice of law. No attorney who appears before any judge of compensation claims more than four times a year is eligible to serve on the commission, pursuant to §440.45(2)(b). Commissioners are also not eligible for state judicial vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following the expiration of their term. Commissioners are subject to Florida financial disclosure laws. Meetings and deliberations are open to the public.Persons interested in applying for the JNC vacancy should contact The Florida Bar at (850)561-5600, ext. 6802, to obtain the proper application form. Applications may also be obtained by writing the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.Completed applications must be received no later than the close of business Tuesday, September 17. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. Abreu applies for Florida Bar readmission Roberto E. Abreu of Miami, who was disbarred in 1991 for misappropriating client funds, mishandling a trust account, and failing to respond to a subpeona duces tecum issued by the 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, has submitted an application to the Board of Bar Examiners for Bar readmission.The examiners will conduct a public hearing on Abreu’s application and all members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Abreu, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for Bar readmission.Those who want to be notified of the time and place of the hearing should submit a written request to Kathryn E. Ressel, executive director of the Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750. Baron petitions for Florida Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Keith Douglas Baron has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Baron was suspended from the practice of law for two years by a Supreme Court order dated June 8, 2000, for filing indigency pleadings and accepting court payments on behalf of clients who were not indigent. The Supreme Court also entered an order on or about August 30, 2001, imposing a second two-year suspension to run concurrently with the first based on Baron’s continued practice of law after being suspended.Anyone having knowledge bearing upon Baron’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Joel M. Klaits, assistant staff counsel, The Florida Bar, 5900 N. Andrews Ave., Suite 835, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, telephone (954) 772-2245.last_img read more


first_imgA recent article in Fortune starts with a terrific and compelling statement: how to fix a $400 billion image problem.Wow. The image problem in question belongs to the new F – 35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon’s newest entry in combat aircraft. Beset by problems such as years behind schedule, billions over budget, technical setbacks and, apparently, being outfought in air combat tests by the very jet it is supposed to replace, the F – 35 has a slew of brand issues. An Air Force general spoke about the troubled brand image of the aircraft in terms all too familiar to many credit union professionals, using language like “perception problem,” “information gap,” and “… getting out there and telling the story is part of what we need to continue to do.”Besides “fixing the glitches,” what is the military’s response to this branding problem? Roadtrip!That’s right – the Pentagon plans to take the F – 35 aircraft on a series of public airshows throughout the spring and summer. The strategy is to get the aircraft in front of as many people as possible, wow them with its capabilities and hope for an uptick in public sentiment and support. Whether or not that works remains to be seen.Many credit unions can relate to the issue of “perception problems” when it comes to their brands. If your credit union brand was in trouble and you decided to take it on a public relations roadtrip, what things would you want to communicate to the public?Obviously, you would want them to know that your brand is authentic. Your members and potential members must rest assured that the brand promise you make is the service and experience they will receive every time they interact with you.You must also ensure that your board, executive management team and staff are brand delivery channels and are all on the same page when it comes to the brand and support it fully. If the people at the top don’t support the brand, why should anybody else? The answer: they won’t.You would want them to know your brand is worth the premium they pay for it. Nobody wants to feel like they’re getting the short end of the stick when it comes to a business relationship. Your brand must wow members at all times in order to reassure them that they are in the right place for the right service at the right time in their lives. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing them to the competition.Lastly, your tour must assure the credit union brand resonates with members. In this case, resonating means fully empathizing with your members, understanding the lives they live, the financial challenges they face and the solutions they want and need.And the solution here is not product-focused. Don’t spin your wheels (or burn your jets) thinking internally about your specific products and services. Rather, think in terms of what the members need. They want a new car. They want a home mortgage. They want a checking account that won’t fee them to death. Sure, you provide the products to fill those needs. But think about the member’s perspective. Looking at your credit union from their viewpoint will help you better sharpen the edge on your brand’s resonance.Of course, credit unions don’t have the luxury of a full-blitz summer goodwill tour, wrapped up inside the super-coolness of an air show. But what you can do now is think about your brand, before it reaches the troubled phase, and tweak it as needed until it reaches maximum performance. Or, as Maverick and Goose might say: does your brand feel the need — the need for speed? 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Detailslast_img read more


first_img continue reading » A Sound Credit Union employee who allegedly discriminated against a black Muslim woman that ignited a social media firestorm is no longer with the Tacoma, Wash-based cooperative.The $1.4 billion Sound CU posted its announcement on Facebook Monday night, but it did not say whether the employee resigned or was fired.On May 5, Jamela Mohamed recorded a discrimination incident at the credit union’s Kent branch, which drew hundreds of thousands of comments from outraged Facebook users. Many of them demanded that the employee involved be fired immediately, in part, because of the way she angrily confronted Mohamed, threatened to call police and followed her out to the credit union’s parking lot.Mohamed said she was discriminated against because she was asked to remove her headpiece, but her video showed at least two men in the branch who were wearing baseball caps. It’s unknown whether they removed their hats when they were served by tellers or were asked by tellers to comply with the credit union’s policy of not wearing hoods, hats or sunglasses for “safety reasons.” 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgNAFCU’s concerns about the negative impact of the current expected credit loss (CECL) standard on credit unions – including increasing the cost of credit to consumers, constraining the amount of credit available and limiting credit unions’ abilities to make loans in the mortgage and personal loan spaces – were directly cited by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., during Thursday’s House Financial Services Committee hearing.In response, NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood said the agency is aware of the concerns and acknowledges that implementation of the standard will be difficult for smaller credit unions to manage. He also said the NCUA plans to seek more assistance from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to address these issues.Luetkemeyer has been a vocal critic of CECL and introduced legislation last Congress to force FASB to halt the standard’s implementation and study its economic impacts. He asked the panel of financial regulators testifying if they would support efforts to “stop and study” CECL; Hood indicated the NCUA would be supportive of that. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgA couple of students work with Sharkan to take care of the garden boxes. Students are growing tomatoes, pumpkins, and more. “Students are planting, or weeding, or taking care of the boxes, I love to watch them get dirty, have fun, and get in there with their elbows,” said Sharkan. “[I love] when they’re pulling up vegetables asking if it’s ripe or not.” “As families come pick up school food, they’re able to pick up zucchinis, tomatoes, whatever we have growing currently,” said Liz Sharkan, a school counselor at Weeks. “This is the definition of thinking outside the box,” said fourth grader Finn Williams. At Weeks Elementary School, families can add a little extra to those meals by picking up fresh, free produce grown right next to the playground. For Finn Williams, he has loved gardening and hopes to grow other foods, like corn. center_img Not only does the project help families with fresh food, it also teaches children some important outdoor skills. “The things I grow can be used to make all sorts of useful stuff,” said Williams. WINDSOR (WBNG) — The Windsor Central School District says they have provided about 180,000 meals to students during the pandemic. Each grade has their own gardening box and students will continue to care for it when school starts in a few weeks.last_img read more


first_imgDue to the consequences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) enabled tourist communities to finance current operations and settle short-term liabilities through the “Working Capital” lending program implemented through commercial banks.  For loans with a repayment period of 5 years or less, it is possible to grant a grace period of up to 1 year, and for loans up to 6 years, a grace period of 2 years is granted. The fixed interest rate for short-term and short-term revolving loans is 2,00% per annum, while for long-term loans 3,50% per annum. Find out more details about the terms of lending through HBOR HEREcenter_img Attachment: HBOR / Download the full text of the program “CURRENT ASSETS” / / / HBOR INTEREST-FREE LOANS SECURED FOR ENTREPRENEURS IN THE TOURIST SECTORlast_img read more


first_imgMichael “Mick” Doohan, the GP500 era MotoGP legend, has stated that the Mandalika circuit would stand out from other circuits because in terms of design and layout, the circuit had a more modern run-off.The Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), which manages the Mandalika circuit, has stated that all preparations in regards to quality and safety standards set by the International Motorcycling Federation will finish by year-end.In accordance with the timeline, the road asphalting was begun in January and is expected to be finished by the end of this year, before the circuit is tested by riders prior to the race, the ITDC reported.The ITDC also opened ticket reservations for the Mandalika MotoGP on Jan. 20. Approximately 4,000 of 10,000 tickets were sold in the first order period.“The [Mandalika] MotoGP will be held for three days, which are the testing day, the qualifications and the finals, from Friday to Sunday,” ITDC corporate secretary Miranti Rendranti told Kompas recently. (syk)Topics : Marquez added that he and his team members had a lot of fans in Indonesia, so he was glad to have the chance to race in Mandalika as he knew the racing community in the country had been waiting for quite some time.Repsol Honda Team manager Alberto Puig admitted he was also excited to see the Mandalika circuit, which he said he believed would be a fun place to race.“From what I hear, this circuit will have some fun facilities. This will be an exciting race series in Indonesia,” Puig said.MotoGP management has uploaded a short video on its official social media account, showing a 3D illustration of the Mandalika street circuit with coastal views. MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez and his Repsol Honda Team warmly welcomed Indonesia’s plan to host one of MotoGP’s series next year, which is to be held on the newly built Mandalika street circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.In a promotional visit for his Repsol Honda Team to Indonesia on Tuesday, Marquez expressed his excitement about Indonesia hosting the MotoGP race.“Now we have Malaysia and Thailand, then Indonesia. We have come here many times and this is not the first time we have made a presentation in Indonesia,” Marquez said, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more


first_imgThe health ministry said on Tuesday that 92 people had died so far from coronavirus, one of the highest death tolls outside China where the epidemic originated late last year. It said 2,922 people had been infected with the disease.Among those infected is first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri, the IranWire news site reported, citing an “informed source”. There was no immediate confirmation from officials.Several Iranian officials have come down with coronavirus and one senior official died from an infection on Monday.The Islamic Republic has cancelled Friday prayers in all provincial capitals this week because of the coronavirus outbreak, state television reported on Wednesday. Coronavirus has spread to almost all of Iran’s provinces but the country will get through the outbreak with a “minimum” number of deaths, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday.”This disease is a widespread disease,” he said during a Cabinet meeting, according to the official presidency website.”It has reached almost all our provinces and in one sense it’s a global disease.” Rouhani said Iran would get through the outbreak with a minimum number of deaths and in the shortest period of time thanks to the skills of its doctors and nurses.He took a jab at an American offer to help with the outbreak without mentioning the United States directly.Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States had offered to help Iran with the outbreak.”They’ve appeared with a mask of sympathy that ‘we also want to help the people of Iran’,” Rouhani said. “If you are really telling the truth, then lift sanctions from medicine.”President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from a multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran in 2018 and reimposed sanctions which have hammered Iran’s economy.US officials have said that the sanctions do not target medicine for Iran, a point Iranian officials dispute.Video aired on state television of Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting showed Rouhani and ministers in a larger room than the usual venue for the weekly gathering.IranWire reported that Jahangiri was quarantined last week after a government meeting on combating coronavirus that was attended by several ministers and senior officials.Separately, Bahrain on Wednesday reported three new coronavirus cases, raising its total number to 52.Oman also reported three new cases – two Iranians and one Omani, raising its total number to 15, according to the Omani health ministry. All three cases were related to travel to Iran, the ministry said.And the Dubai Health Authority reported on Wednesday that a 16-year-old student had tested positive for coronavirus, raising the total number of cases in the United Arab Emirates to 28.Several countries in the Gulf region have reported coronavirus infections in individuals who had traveled to Iran.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgMesut Ozil is yet to feature for Arsenal this season (Arsenal/Getty)Mikel Arteta disagrees with Arsene Wenger’s claim that Mesut Ozil is being ‘wasted’ at Arsenal.Ozil is yet to feature for the Gunners this season, while the club’s hierarchy have reportedly held negotiations which would release the midfielder from his contract before the end of the campaign.Earlier this week, Wenger admitted he was unhappy to see Ozil’s situation at Arsenal and believes the midfielder still has a lot to offer to Arteta’s side.‘I feel it is a waste for him,’ Wenger said when asked about Ozil’s situation.ADVERTISEMENT‘Firstly because he’s in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘And it’s a waste for the club as well because he’s a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass.’ Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 15 Oct 2020 1:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link511Shares Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil is being wasted at Arsenal (AFP via Getty Images)But when asked about Wenger’s assessment, Arteta said: ‘I think you have to try to find a way to fit every player with their own qualities.‘This is our job and this is our responsibility with all the players we have to manage.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalOzil was also left out of Arsenal’s squad for their upcoming Europa League campaign and Arteta admits it was a ‘difficult decision’ to omit the 32-year-old.‘Well he wasn’t the only one who’s not in the squad,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘It was a really difficult decision for me to make because to leave players out of the squad at that level where they know they cannot get involved is really tough.‘I don’t like it at all but the decision has to be made because we have a limit on foreign players and unfortunately we have to make that decision.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta responds to Arsene Wenger claiming Mesut Ozil is ‘wasted’ at Arsenal Commentlast_img read more