Scientific Fact: Bikes and beer are fun together. At this point in history, there’s no disputing this statement. Trust me—I’ve done extensive research on the matter.What isn’t fun is transporting that beer on your bike. Have you ever tried to balance a sixer on your handlebars? This is what passes for “transportation issues” in my line of work.Etsy is full of hip ways to affix your beer to your bike. There are growler pouches, six pack holders, this thing that straps a tall boy to your handlebars. My favorite is a plastic box that fits on a rear rack that holds a dozen cans. I also found a bottle cage that fits a full 32-ounce growler.The problem with Etsy is that none of those hipster artists will deliver their growler cages or six pack holders deep into the woods at a moment’s notice. It doesn’t sound like a big deal until you’re half way through a brutally long, all day mountain bike ride, standing in front of a gas station with a fresh six pack of beer and having no way to get it to your backcountry campsite.That’s the predicament I found myself in recently. I took a mid-bikepacking detour to a gas station to buy a sixer to enjoy later in the ride. My backpack was full of gear. I thought about ditching some of the food from my pack to make room for the beer (after all, it’s all calories, right?) but then my wife’s voice popped into my head with her near-constant warning of “make good choices,” so I put the PBJ’s and Ramen back in the pack. One of those recycled bike tube six-pack pouches would’ve been perfect, but we’ve already discussed Etsy’s lack of immediate gratification. Stupid internet.Luckily, I was using a Revelate Designs Pika Seat Bag, which keeps a lot of weight off my back on overnight bikepacking trips. An added bonus of this kind of bag, is that it gives you a fairly rigid, flat platform to work with. I dug some rope out of my pack and, voila: impromptu six-pack holder.That night, I enjoyed a few beers deep in the middle of the backcountry. Beer that was transported by two wheels and some half-ass ingenuity, which is the sweetest beer you can drink. Was that beer warm and shaken all to hell? Absolutely. Next step in the evolution of bike/beer transport — a cooler that keeps cans cold and suspended in some sort of shock-absorbing jelly. And that cooler should fit on the back of a seat post. Get to work you Etsy hipster artists.
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PHOOZY Donates More Than $25,000 in Protective Device Capsules to Healthcare Workers, Laboratory Workers, and First Responders
Additionally, PHOOZY just launched a new giveback program; for every purchase on PHOOZY.com, the company will donate an Apollo Series Thermal Capsule to doctors, nurses and other hospital staffers, as well as police, fire and medic teams in communities across the nation. PHOOZY is providing a sitewide discount of 20% during this program. “Our phones are the go-to device for quick, pertinent medical information and our primary mode of communication,” said Dr. Charles Barrett, “PHOOZY capsules allow us to have our phone shielded from contamination, providing added protection which gives us the confidence to use our phones in the hospital. We are very grateful to PHOOZY for providing our staff with their products during this difficult time.” About PHOOZY:PHOOZY empowers technology users to pursue their passions and epic adventures without worry of environmental limitations. PHOOZY products provide thermal, drop and float protection for smartphones, tablets, laptops and accessories. PHOOZY is dedicated to inspiring its customers to live an active lifestyle fueled by their passions and thirst for adventure without limitations. PHOOZY products are available at REI, Amazon, local outdoor / snow / surf shops, and other leading retailers throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. PHOOZY is donating 600 capsules to teams in Georgia, South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, and Charlotte, North Carolina where PHOOZY is based. The brand is looking to outfit even more facilities with their phone capsules and is inviting members of the public to fill out this form to recommend a facility in need. “Our laboratory staff is working day in and day out to help ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19. Cell phones are such a huge magnet for microorganisms, that one more line of defense in this battle cannot be underestimated,” commented Colin Rogers, CEO Ipsum Diagnostics, FDA EUA COVID-19 Approved laboratory. “Keeping everyone virus free, and assisting in settling the nerves of our staff during these anxious times cannot be understated. We are extremely thankful to the folks at PHOOZY for providing these products to our lab staff.” PHOOZY, maker of protective capsules for phones, tablets and laptops, is donating more than $25,000 in products to healthcare workers, laboratory workers, and first responders across the nation. The capsules will offer extra protection for their devices by reducing exposure to viruses, germs and bacteria and will help keep them cleaner and safer in the environments where they work. To learn more, go to PHOOZY.com/GiveBack. “We are honored to be able to step in and help during this Coronavirus pandemic,” said Co-owner and CEO of PHOOZY Kevin Conway. “Over the past week we’ve received several inquiries from workers looking to keep their devices clean and protected during this critical time. We are happy to donate products to those serving on the front lines of this pandemic.”
Bush proposes hold-the-line court budget
Bush proposes hold-the-line court budget Bush proposes hold-the-line court budget Mark D. Killian Managing EditorGov. Jeb Bush’s 2002-2003 spending plan for the state court system by and large maintains the status quo as he recommended only a slightly more than $25,000 decrease in court system funding.Coming on the heels of a special session in which lawmakers trimmed $1 billion from the current budget — 1.3 percent of the court’s budget — Bush’s overall $48.7 billion spending plan for next fiscal year is just one percent above what the state is expected to spend this year.And while the Supreme Court has certified a need for 49 new judges — two on the district courts of appeal and 47 for the trial courts — the Governor’s budget provides no funding for any new judges. The budget, however, does include $1.7 million in annualized funds to pay for the remaining six months lapsed salaries and benefits, and recurring expenses associated with the 26 new judgeships created a year ago.The Bush budget also contains no pay raises, but court system workers would be eligible for state employee performance bonuses from a pool of $56 million Bush would like to set aside for that purpose.The Bush budget also calls for trimming approximately 3,000 jobs from the state payroll, 15 of which will come from the state court system. But those court job reductions come as no surprise to the courts as they were the result of the recent special session.The only new spending for the court contemplated in the Governor’s budget are a $175,000 increase to help the Judicial Qualifications Commission with its workload; $67,540 for a building rental increase for the Second District Court of Appeal branch office; and $2,380 for a building rental increase for the JQC.“It is a responsible budget during times of economic uncertainties, where we’re focused on priorities,” Bush said.Lisa Goodner, deputy state courts administrator, said the courts this year submitted a “very modest” budget request and is pleased the Governor chose to recommend the new funding to help aleviate some of the JQC’s workload issues and the rent increases. “That does not seem like a big issue, but it is to us.”Goodner also is hopeful the legislature will take a hard look at some of the other priorities the court has identified, such as the need for new judges.“The court articulated the need but also understands these are some pretty tough economic times,” Goodner said. “So we will have to see where that one goes and a lot is dependant on what type of dollars the legislature finds that it has to work with after the estimating conference in February.”Goodner also said the court system has some building maintenance issues that need to be addressed to keep the facilities in good repair and hopes to secure some additional money for court education projects.Goodner said the Senate also asked the courts to identify any cuts made in the special session that need to be considered for restoration.“We took a pretty substantial cut in the Supreme Court Law Library, we would like for the legislature to restore a portion of that money,” Goodner said. “Plus, they eliminated funding for the Justice Teaching Institute and we ask them to reconsider refunding that.” State Court System Overall, last year the court system got $277,081,498, which funded 2,967 positions. This year the court asked for 3,111 positions and $298.9 million. The Bush budget provides 2,952 positions and $277,056,065. That’s a decrease of $25,433 and 15 positions.division, the Supreme Court has requested an increase from 220 positions and $19.4 million to 227 positions and $22.4 million. The governor recommends 214 positions and $19.2 million.The five district courts of appeal asked for 436 positions and $36.9 million. This year the DCAs operated with 434 positions and $35.5 million. The governor has recommended 434 positions and $35.3 million, or a reduction of $214,567.The trial courts asked for 2,445 positions and $230.5 million, up from 2,310 positions and $205.4 million. Bush has requested 2,301 positions and $214.3 million.Goodner said the trial courts identified the need for 71 new positions, including drug court coordinators in the Third and Sixth circuits – the only two circuits now without drug court coordinators. The trial courts also put in requests for more general masters and staff attorneys to assist trial judges hearing capital cases, as well as other administrative positions, she said.In support of the major crime initiatives Gov. Bush has signed into law — including the 10-20-Life and the Three-Strikes laws — the executive budget also recommends $301.3 million and 5,532 positions for the 20 elected state attorneys. The state attorneys have requested 5,873 positions and $339.5 million. That’s up from 5,521 positions and $295.3 million this year. Public Defenders The executive budget recommends $138.7 million and 2,450 employees for the 20 elected public defenders, a $3.3 million increase, but the same number of employees as this year. The public defenders asked for 3,047 positions and $174.8 million.The executive budget also provides $12.7 million and 181 positions for public defenders in each of the five appellate districts. This year they received $12.2 million, That’s the same amount of funding as this year, with 181 positions. The public defenders appellate division asked for $15.4 million and 218 positions.The executive budget provides $8.9 million and 98 positions to continue the post-conviction representation of capital cases, provided by the three Capital Collateral Regional Counsels. The proposal is up from $8.7 million the CCRCs are operating with this year. The CCRCs requested 127 positions and $12.6 million.The executive budget calls for a $179,711 increase in funding for the Judicial Qualifications Commission, for a total budget of $933,235. The JQC asked for $938,008. February 1, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News
Are you open to the possibilities of open banking and APIs?
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Get retroactive with your sanctions screening
In their efforts to remain compliant—and profitable—modern financial institutions have adopted real-time sanctions screening as a battle-tested best practice. However, regulatory bodies update their watch lists quite frequently. For instance, OFAC updated its SDN list 75 times in 2016. Each update adds or removes prohibited parties to the list—and additional risk for financial institutions that don’t update and rescreen their clients and vendors in a timely manner. This increased risk necessitates retroactive screening, which allows institutions to screen continuously against newer versions of watch lists. Here are the two top challenges your financial institution could face when attempting to keep sanctions screening processes updated and relevant—as well as ways you can rise to meet them: Challenge #1: Scaling Up Scale is an important factor when considering your financial institution’s risk. Every customer or vendor, in addition to each transaction, exponentially increases the number of records that must be maintained. Thousands of customers could generate millions upon millions of records—all of which are subject to an ever-changing set of regulatory expectations and watch lists.To maintain compliance, your financial institution must have an automated sanctions screening solution in place that can handle millions of queries per day, along with batch screens (the automated process whereby a large set of names is grouped together into a single file and screened in one process). This solution must have the capability to rescreen against all relevant sanctions lists as they are updated. Challenge #2: Reducing False Positives While the prior challenge primarily involves preventing interactions with prohibited individuals or organizations, false positives pose a different kind of risk. False positives represent cases in which a legitimate customer or vendor is mistakenly flagged as a prohibited entity, temporarily blocking a transaction and requiring human intervention to rectify the issue. False positives mainly occur when the individual’s name is very similar to a name on a restricted party list. For example, your customer John Smith’s online account application might be flagged if your platform matches his name with a suspected money launderer also named John Smith. Your sanctions analysts must then review and disqualify that match, which causes delays in the customer experience. While false positives may not carry the regulatory risks that screening failures do, they have the potential to disrupt operations and, even worse, negatively affect the overall customer experience. The Solution: Automate Retroactive Screening Across All Lines of Businesses When it comes to screening and rescreening against watch lists, automation across all lines of business and transaction types is ideal. Manual screening takes far too much time and poses an immense operational burden. The sheer scale of modern-day institutions necessitates automation and batch screening to keep up, particularly as a financial institution grows and expands its offerings. For a deeper dive into the various challenges that sanctions screening presents, read CSI’s white paper, Sanctions Compliance: Automating Retroactive Screening. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rosalie Griebel Rosalie Griebel serves as director of product management for CSI Regulatory Compliance Group. In her role, Rosalie oversees the strategic development of CSI’s various regulatory compliance solutions. Web: www.csiweb.com Details
Amazon Alexa Care Hub update helps in caring for family members
– Advertisement – Amazon Alexa is introducing a new feature called Care Hub, designed to make help people to care for aging family members.The company said it has been hearing from customers for years about using Alexa’s voice assistant to monitor aging relatives, who are increasingly looking to stay in their residences rather than move to a nursing home. The shift has created a more than $30 billion market for assistive technology, according to the Consumer Technology Association.- Advertisement – Amazon has been looking into the aging space for years, at one point discussing a potential collaboration with AARP, a lobbying group that represents the interests of people over 50. Reid acknowledged that it’s “day one” for Amazon moving into the space, and that there’s a lot more the company can do to help seniors age in place.Reid said the company has been working on the product for about 18 months, but it has taken on a new importance given that so many people are staying at home with Covid-19 and unable to see their relatives in person. The company has been beta testing the product with Amazon employees and their own loved ones in the past few months, before opening it up to its broader population of users. As of Wednesday, customers with an Alexa voice assistant can link their account to an aging loved one’s Alexa account. If the family member accepts the invitation, their caregiver can send alerts and view their relative’s activity feed. That feed is more of a high-level summary that includes basic information such as lights being used in the home rather than a way to spy on parents.There’s also an emergency contact feature where the loved one can simply say “Alexa, call for help.” Alexa will then send an immediate push notification to the caregiver.“Once that connection is established, the care recipient doesn’t need to do anything and can go about their day as normal,” said Toni Reid, vice president of Alexa Experiences and Echo Devices. “What the caregiver gets is some peace of mind.”- Advertisement –
Zagreb and Kiev are again connected by a direct airline
After the constant news about the cancellation of airlines to Croatia, finally one positive news. Zagreb and Kiev became connected by a direct airline through an airline Windrose which from October 4, 2020 to March 24, 2021 twice a week (Wednesdays and Sundays) connects Kiev and Zagreb. It is the largest Ukrainian charter company with its headquarters in Kiev and the home airport Boryspil, and on the mentioned line it will operate an Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft with a capacity of 48 seats. – Today’s new air bridge that connects us is not the beginning but a confirmation of the friendship between the two countries. The airline established today contributes to easier arrival of tourists, but also to economic cooperation, investments and presentation of the best that Ukraine and Croatia have to offer. I hope that the good occupancy on this route will result in the decision to establish additional new direct flights between Ukraine and Croatia and thus even better connectivity., pointed out the Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac. According to data from the eVisitor system, more and more guests from Ukraine visit Croatia every year. Namely, since 2016, when the eVisitor system was used until the end of 2019, there has been a double-digit annual growth in tourist arrivals and overnight stays from Ukraine. Thus, in 2019, Croatia was visited by about 140.000 tourists from Ukraine who realized about 838.000 overnight stays, which compared to 2016 represented an increase of 111 percent in arrivals and 90 percent in overnight stays. In 2020, Croatia has so far been visited by about 75.000 tourists from Ukraine who realized 487.000 overnight stays, or 56 percent of arrivals and 60 percent of overnight stays realized in the same period last year. During 2019, guests from Ukraine mostly stayed in hotels and private accommodation, while when it comes to destinations, they spent the most nights in Poreč, Makarska, Brela, Rovinj and Baška Voda. Photo: Zagreb Airport – Despite the global coronary virus pandemic and the overall reduction in tourist traffic in 2020, investments in the promotion of Croatia as a top tourist destination on the Ukrainian market have paid off. Charter flights from Kiev to Pula, Split and Dubrovnik, which operated this summer, have significantly increased the number of arrivals of Ukrainian tourists in Croatia, he said Rajko Ružička, Director of the Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Russia, adding that a number of Ukrainian tourists arrived in Croatia this year by road.
Centre takes to the stage
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Mike Yardley: Cynical cannabis referendum from a Government that’s soft on crime
NZ Herald 19 December 2018Family First Comment: Well said, Mike. “Would legalisation improve the health, well-being and productivity of New Zealand? No, it would not. How could it?”#SayNopeToDopeSo we’ve got a date for a referendum on dope: election day 2020.It will be binding and its timing looks like a canny ploy by Labour and the Greens to mobilise the young, the bums and the wayward to get off the couch and actually vote.Maybe I’m too cynical, but is the cannabis referendum actually being used as bait to try to woo them to the ballot box (and win their party vote too?)There are many pros and cons to legalising cannabis. I accept that. But the bottom line for me is this: would legalisation improve the health, well-being and productivity of New Zealand? No, it would not. How could it?So why legalise it? Why capitulate to the cannabis crowd, just because a few other countries have? Why surrender?Why would we want to throw even more fuel on the fire of our mental health crisis, particularly among our youth? Why add to the scrapheap of wasted lives? I have seen its insidious effects on far too many people I care about. Stolen potential. Broken lives.But there’s a broader theme unfolding here, that spells political danger for the Government. They could cook their own goose.Andrew Little’s happy-clappy Justice Summit set the tone. Look at the firestorm over the Rouxle Le Roux sentence. The mood music is growing louder.This Government is perceived as soft on crime and dysfunction. They want to empty the jails.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12179476&ref=twitterMike Hosking: Stupid, naive drug move bungle of yearNZ Herald 20 December 2018 Were we asleep or does no one care?The headline the Government wanted you to hear was the one about cracking down on peddlers and producers of drugs.Stuart Nash and David Clark, with their best earnest faces on, talked of the scourge of drugs and how they were coming after the bad guys.“Has making drugs a criminal activity worked? No, not overtly successfully, which of course is the government’s argument.But it’s no less successful than domestic violence or dangerous driving, are we making those health issues as well?Part of a government’s role is a top down approach to behaviour expectation, agendas, outlooks, aspirations, and intent for the entire country.If it looks loose at the top, it fast becomes a slippery slope.A society’s success is based at least in part by what is not tolerated, what is not acceptable.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12179487&ref=twitterKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Judge rules the Ward family can sue racer Tony Stewart
Canandaigua, N.Y. — U.S. District Court judge David Hurd has ruled the family of Kevin Ward Jr. can pursue claims against retired NASCAR champ Tony Stewart in connection with a fatal crash in 2014.Ward Jr. died after being struck by a car driven by Stewart during caution laps at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Ward got out of his car and was walking in caution traffic after he and Stewart had been involved in a mishap laps before. A toxicology report later showed Ward Jr. had marijuana in his system.The decision says the Empire Super Sprints series is considered a recreational activity under New York law, so waivers signed by drivers and car owners are not enforceable.Stewart asked the court to dismiss the case because Ward Jr. knew the risks and pain, suffering and pre-impact terror claims are baseless because Ward Jr. was under the influence of drugs.