Tour of California Stage 5 and 6 Recap, Lance out of Top 5

first_imgYeah, we got a little behind in posting these…so here’s a combo recap:STAGE 6 TOP 5:1) Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana2) David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream3) Gustav Larsson (SWE), Team Saxo Bank4) Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-High Road5) Jens Voigt (GER), Team Saxo BankGENERAL CLASSIFICATION OVERALL:1) Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana2) David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream3) Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Columbia-High Road4) Jens Voigt (GER), Team Saxo Bank5) Thomas Lövkvist (SWE), Team Columbia-High RoadSTAGE 6 JERSEY WINNERS:Amgen Race Leader Jersey- Levi Leipheimer (USA), AstanaAmgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey- George Hincapie (USA), Team Columbia-High Road)Herbalife Sprint Jersey- Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-High RoadRabobank Best Young Rider Jersey- Robert Gesink (NED), RabobankCalifornia Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey- Francisco Mancebo (ESP), Rock RacingRead “more” for Stage 5 results and stories from stages 5…STAGE 5 TOP 5:1) Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-High Road2) Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step3) Pedro Horrillo (ESP), Rabobank4) Francesco Chicchi (ITA), Liquigas5) Thor Hushovd (NOR), Cevelo Test TeamGENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 5:1) Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana2) Michael Rogers (AUS), Team Comumbia-High Road3) David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Slipstream4) Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana5) Christopher Horner (USA), AstanaSTAGE 5 JERSEY WINNERS:Amgen Race Leader Jersey- Levi Leipheimer (USA), AstanaAmgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey- Mathew Crane (USA), Jelly BellyHerbalife Sprint Jersey- Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team Columbia-High RoadRabobank Best Young Rider Jersey- Robert Gesink (NED), RabobankCalifornia Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey- Francisco Mancebo (ESP), Rock RacingSTAGE 5 RECAP:Enthusiastic crowds turned out at the start of the race today in Visalia as race leaders Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana, Michael Rogers (AUS) of Team Columbia-Highroad, David Zibriskie (USA) of Garmin-Slipstream and Lance Armstrong (USA) of Astana led the peloton into Stage 5 of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Equally impressive crowds lined the streets in Paso Robles to witness the incredible sprint to the finish line that saw Mark Cavendish (GBR) of Team Columbia-Highroad take his second consecutive stage win in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Leipheimer maintained the overall lead after coming in 15th place in the longest stage of the race. Day six of the 2009 race included no King of the Mountain competitions, but two sprint competitions on a flat, fast day of racing that took the riders from Visalia to Paso Robles.Moving into second and third overall were Rogers and Zabriskie, respectively.“This was the day that I was planning on winning this year,” said Cavendish. “It was a hard day; harder than expected. It seems like they’ve replicated the Tour de France with the speed and the par course. It has been incredibly hard.”Team Columbia-Highroad again delivered Cavendish to the finish line at the front, where he sprang off the lead-out wheels to win with ease. And once again it was Quick Step’s Tom Boonen (BEL) who finished second in the stage, just ahead of Pedro Horrillo (ESP) of Rabobank.“This stage win is massively important,” added Cavendish. “Any stage in the Amgen Tour of California is big. It’s big for the team, and this one is a bit more personal because it’s close to home. Every other stage is important, but this one is a bit more personal.”Despite the apparent ease of victory for Cavendish, it was a long, hard stage for him and the rest of the field. A six-man group escaped only seven miles into the 134.3- mile route from Visalia to Paso Robles, with early attacks led by Jelly Belly’s Matthew Crane (USA), who was eventually joined by Jeff Louder (USA) of Team BMC, Robert Gunn (AUS) of Fly V Australia Powered by Successful Living, Glen Chadwick (NZL) of Rock Racing and Cameron Evans (CAN) Ouch Presented by Maxxis.Cruising through the flat San Joaquin Valley floor under sunny skies, the escapees steadily opened the gap to a maximum of eight minutes mid-way through the race, with Astana leading a steady tempo in the field. At 50 miles to go, Quick Step, Team Columbia-Highroad and Saxo Bank began sharing the load at the front, and the time differential decreased rapidly. The breakaway splintered under the pressure, with Chadwick being the last one reeled in with less than three miles to go, when Team Columbia-Highroad led Cavendish to take over.With the sun hanging high in a flawless baby blue sky in Paso Robles, all of the top riders finished in the main group, completing a long, flat stage leading into the critical Individual Time Trial in Solvang tomorrow.It’s going to be a big showdown tomorrow,” said two-time defending champion and overall leader Leipheimer. “You have the three-time World Champion Michael Rogers and Dave Zabriskie, the National Champion, so it will be special. I’m actually really looking forward to it. I feel good; I’ve felt great throughout the whole race. I feel pretty awesome about keeping the lead.”There were only two changes in the jerseys today, with Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancerâ„¢ Most Courageous Rider Jersey going to Matthew Crane (USA) of Jelly Belly Pro Cycling and the Herbalife Sprint Jersey going to Cavendish. The other jersey winners remain unchanged with Leipheimer in the Amgen Leader Jersey, Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank in the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey and Francisco Mancebo (ESP) of Rock Racing in the California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey.“The crowds today in Paso Robles were absolutely amazing,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. “It was great to see such an enthusiastic response from a new host city. We had a great race today, and the best part is, it is still anyone’s race tomorrow. Tomorrow should prove to be a critical day for the world-class cyclists and a remarkable day for the spectators who come out to see the always popular time trial.”Amgen’s celebration of cancer survivors continued today with a Breakaway Mile celebrating Paso Robles brain cancer survivor Ryelle Leverett. The Breakaway Mile is a one-mile honorary ride across the finish line to honor and their support teams. Ryelle’s support team included family and close friends, and Jon Oliner, Amgen scientific director, who plays a crucial role in developing innovative medicines to treat cancer and other serious illnesses.“The grit and determination of the cyclists is not unlike that of millions of cancer patients, caregivers and survivors The Wellness Community works for and with everyday. Ryelle Levertt is a great example of that spirit,” said Kim Thiboldeaux, president and CEO, The Wellness Community.Today’s Breakaway Mile was one of the race activities that support Amgen’s national Breakaway from Cancerâ„¢ initiative, which was created in 2005 as a complementary component to its sponsorship of the inaugural race. The Breakaway from Cancer initiative is designed to empower patients by connecting them to education, resources and hope.Breakaway from Cancer nonprofit partners play leading roles in every aspect of cancer care to help people affected by the disease. The Paso Robles Breakaway Mile called attention to The Wellness Community, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people with cancer and those who care for them. The Wellness Community-Central Coast is currently a satellite of The Wellness Community-Valley/Ventura and offers support and hope for the region’s more than 1,100 cancer patients diagnosed annually, as well as the area’s countless cancer survivors.last_img read more

Fair Wheel Bikes Part 1 – Sub 11 Pound $40,000 Road Bike

first_imgFair Wheel Bikes didn’t bring anything toooo wild this year (that, or our expectations have become too high), but in terms of shock value, the bill for the road bike above was enough to shock.The basics: It’s a Crumpton road bike for a ~215lb rider, but it is a 10lb 12oz bike built up to be strong enough for normal riding. Nick Crumpton made the stem and bonded it to the Schmolke handlebar. It’s one of the lightest frames he’s ever made at about 780g for about a 57-58 size. What’s special about this is that Nick Crumpton typically builds for feel and performance over weight, but, you know, special projects are fun.With the frame taken care of, next came the customer’s spec – he wanted everything purple and pink. That’s where Fair Wheel Bikes came in.The chain is from KMC and has their DLC finish, which can be dyed. Inner plates are all pink and roll around new KCNC spider web chainrings.Fork is the $1,800 THM Scapula with integrated front brake. That price includes the THM Fibula rear brake.Other specs include THM Clavicla cranks, Dura-Ace Di2, Recon cassette, New Ultimate seatpost, Extralite hubs, CX Ray spokes and AX Lightness carbon rims. Tires are Kufo Elite Jet, which are sub-160g…and those aren’t the lightest tires they make.Saddle is from Parts of Passion. They dyed the Kevlar pink before weaving it into the rails. Cheap, for sure.Total cost is $26,000. For the bike.He’s also getting a full carbon hard-shell case for the bike that’ll be another $22,000 to $23,000last_img read more

Burlington Electric issues ‘Defeat the Peak’ alert for today and tomorrow

first_imgBurlington Electric Department,Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department issued a peak day alert for both today and tomorrow, August 28 and 29, as part of its “Defeat the Peak” program launched last summer, encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage today and tomorrow from 3-7 pm.Burlingtonians can lend a hand by taking the following steps on what is projected to be another unusually hot summer day:Raise thermostat temperatures or turn off air conditioners after returning home from work and wait until after 7:00pm to return air conditioners to previous settings;Wait until after 7:00pm or later to use washing machines, clothing dryers, dishwashers, and other appliances;Turn off non-essential lights until 7:00pm and later; andDelay other discretionary electric consumption until after 7:00pm.Leading by example, Burlington Electric will be reducing its energy usage today and tomorrow by turning off all non-essential lights and adjusting its air conditioning usage by raising the thermostat to 75 degrees at its Pine Street facility from 3:00-7:00pm.“We’re excited about our ‘Triple Bottom Line’ approach to defeating the peak here in Burlington,” stated Paul Alexander, Burlington Electric Department interim General Manager. “What a terrific win-win-win when our community comes together to keep costs low, protect the environment, and provide immediate support to impactful community nonprofits. Defeat the Peak serves as another part of our plan to make Burlington a net zero energy city.”  Two more traditional incentives for Burlingtonians who take peak day actions include: potential reductions in utility costs that help keep electric rates low and stable; and environmental benefits that come with reduced energy demand on the regional electric grid, which decreases the need for use of polluting oil and natural gas generators around New England. A more unique and innovative incentive introduced last year by Burlington Electric based on customer input is a community reward opportunity through which a local nonprofit – in this case Heineberg Community Senior Center(link is external) today and Outright Vermont(link is external) tomorrow – will benefit from a $1,000 contribution from Burlington Electric if our customers hit the targeted amount of load reduction on a peak day.“Just as Burlington Electric is inspiring members of our community to take tangible steps that will reduce energy demand, the Heineberg Center strives to help our members feel empowered to take proactive roles in the quality of their lives,” said Beth Hammond, Executive Director of the Heineberg Community Senior Center. “We greatly appreciate that Burlington Electric reached out to us to communicate such a generous opportunity.”“Outright Vermont and Burlington Electric have something in common – we’re both working to build a safe and healthy environment for our communities,” said Dana Kaplan, Executive Director of Outright Vermont. “Thank you Burlington Electric for recognizing Outright Vermont as an organization worthy of this support.”Burlington Electric has notified customers by email blast about today’s and tomorrow’s peak day alerts. Customers can sign up for these email notifications, view a video explaining Defeat the Peak, and learn more about the program by visiting www.burlingtonelectric.com/peak(link is external).  Burlington Electric also has shared and will continue to share information about peak day alerts with the community through social media channels, including Facebook(link is external) and Twitter(link is external).last_img read more

Subaru Canada is title sponsor of 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

first_img Related Last year Subaru expanded its title sponsorship to include prestigious Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.“Subaru Canada is excited to be the exclusive title sponsor of Ironman events in Canada,” said Ted Lalka, Vice President of Marketing for Subaru Canada. “Adding Subaru to the title of the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mont Tremblant is a significant step in growing our brand within the triathlon community.”He continued, “Our passion for the sport of triathlon in Canada has evolved over two decades and we are committed to supporting healthy, active lifestyles. We salute all competitors, no matter the challenge, from Ironman triathlons to the shorter Subaru Triathlon series races.”In partnership with Rogers Sportsnet, Subaru Ironman TV will also return with a four-race television series including the Subaru Ironman Mont-Tremblant North American Championship, Subaru Ironman Canada, Subaru Ironman 70.3 World Championship and the Ironman World Championship presented by GoPro.www.ironman.comwww.subaru.ca Ironman and Subaru Canada have confirmed Subaru as the title sponsor of 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon to be held on 7 September in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.Subaru is also continuing as the title sponsor for four additional Ironman events in Canada, including the Subaru Ironman North American Championship Mont-Tremblant on 17 August; Subaru Ironman Canada on 27 July in Whistler; Subaru Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant on 22 June; and Subaru Ironman 70.3 Muskoka on 7 September.“Subaru has been committed to Ironman for more than a decade and we are proud to expand that relationship further with a title sponsorship to our 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman. “The broadening of Subaru’s sponsorship for Ironman races over the last few years has continued to affirm their dedication to promoting a healthy lifestyle.”Subaru’s involvement with Ironman triathlons in Canada dates back to the mid-1990s with Subaru Ironman Canada. This partnership grew to include the Subaru Triathlon Series and eventually races from the east to west coast with the Subaru East Coast Triathlon Series, Subaru Western Triathlon Series and the Subaru Ironman 70.3 Muskoka.last_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgLocals Ross Guignon and Olivia Sneed lost in the mixed doubles semi-finals at last year’s USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament at Homestead.USTA event returning to Homestead. Local tennis fans will once again have the chance to see some of the best young talent from around the region square off at Homestead Country Club. The United State Tennis Association announced Monday that it would again hold its US Open National Playoffs USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament at the Prairie Village club. The event will run May 28-31. In addition to the men’s and women’s singles and mixed doubles competitions that were part of the event in years past, this year’s tournament will include men’s and women’s doubles play as well. Last year’s tournament saw more than 60 players from 13 states compete, including Prairie Village native Ross Guignon, who made it to the men’s finals.Kansas Senate approves block grant school funding bill. The Kansas Senate on Monday passed the block grant bill that was narrowly approved by the House on Friday. Northeast Johnson County Sen. Kay Wolf voted in favor of the bill. Every northeast Johnson County representative in the House voted against the bill. The final vote in the Senate was 25-14. The bill will now go to Gov. Sam Brownback, who will have 10 days to approve or veto it. [Legislature sends school funding bill to governor — Topeka Capital Journal]Cedar Roe Library hours to shift April 1. Patrons at the Cedar Roe will have an hour of extra time on weekday mornings, but will have to skedaddle an hour earlier at night. As of April 1, the hours at the library Monday through Thursday will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. instead of the current 10 a.m. to 9 a.m. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It will remain closed Sunday.Bollier sits down with KCUR’s Sam Zeff for Statehouse Blend. Dist. 21 Rep. Barbara Bollier was the latest Kansas legislator to sit down with KCUR’s Sam Zeff for the station’s new Statehouse Blend podcast. In her session, Bollier discusses how she got into state politics and school funding. [Statehouse Blend — KCUR]Meadowbrook proposal cited in Huffington Post story on repurposing golf courses. F. Kaid Benfield, an expert on environmentally friendly development, used the Meadowbrook mixed-housing and park land proposal as an example of how golf courses can be reworked to create community spaces on the Huffington Post Monday. [Could Placemaking Become the New Golf? Repurposing Obsolete Courses — Huffington Post]Mission martial arts studio featured on Fox 4. Mission’s Shogun Martial Arts International was the subject of a story on self defense classes aired by Fox 4 on Monday. [FOX 4’s Mary Pulley makes appearance at local self-defense event — WDAF]The Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

Marketing to recently discharged ‘Good’ bankruptcies for boosted business

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Celeste Cook Celeste Cook is founder and President/CEO of cuStrategies, LLC, which provides strategic planning services, consulting services, and training programs to the credit union industry. She is also a keynote … Web: www.cu-strategies.com Details Credit unions have a golden opportunity to reach out and capture quality profitable loans in today’s economic landscape.  As Mark DeBellis states in his book, Reflections Through the Windshield: “Now is not the time to continuing doing what we have always done.  In the midst of change lies opportunity.  Credit unions must rethink, outthink, and innovate!”That said, your credit union is full of potential growth possibilities.  Researching and discovering creative lending and marketing strategies can spark new business simply by reaching out and trying something new, which may spark your employees’ enthusiasm, as well. One area to look at: Members who have filed bankruptcy and have been recently discharged and the potential they have for your credit union’s growth.Let’s step back for a second. Bankruptcy used to be something of a “scarlet letter” of our day – symbolically, of course. Ever since the recession, however, it’s not quite the sign of scorn it used to be – especially for those who have faced challenges in their lives such as job loss, income loss, devastating medical issues, and/or divorce.In an economy where layoffs remain pervasive, job loss and income loss are key factors that affect financial wellbeing. For example, people in communities across the nation who have never been unemployed and have never been faced with the inability to pay their debt are now experiencing this devastating reality.  Bankruptcy provides a way back to normalcy, a fresh start.  But are these fresh start consumers good for your credit union’s business? Yes, and here’s why.Folks who are repeat filers are the ones you want to avoid like warm, sticky molasses on a hot, humid summer’s day. Folks who have only filed once – who have faced a devastating event in their life such as job loss, income loss, medical, or divorce and always paid their bills prior to filing – are the new opportunities for you.Recently discharged bankruptcies may be a “good risk” for your credit union. These folks have no debt, they can’t file again for up to six years, and your credit union earns higher yields on its loans. All good things.If you decide to market to these individuals, here are some good indicators to consider in your lending guidelines that will help you identify quality profitable loan opportunities and manage your risk.Bankruptcy due to medical, divorce, job loss, or income lossAlways paid bills prior to filingLiving at the same address two-to-three years prior to filingHas the same or similar occupationHas a comparable salary or low DTI and Unsecured DTIFolks who have experienced bankruptcy are most likely not going to openly discuss their bankruptcy experience because they deem it to be a stigma and are embarrassed.  Furthermore, because some of the largest financial institutions in the nation market aggressively to these individuals, they generally don’t think to seek out their local credit union as a partner to help get them back on track.Credit unions seeking to increase quality profitable loans and minimize risks can reach out to this sector by marketing a fresh-start program to help these folks get their credit score and their credit back on track.  This new beginning means providing these folks with:Secured credit card (can offer a quick bounce back of credit score up to 50 points*)Checking with e-statementsAuto loan 80% LTV (C Paper Rate)Auto loan 100% LTV (E Paper Rate)1/4 % rate discount with payroll direct deposit into checking with e-Statements1/4  % rate discount with automatic loan payment1/2 % rate discount with payment protectionWith good payment history for12 months we will refinance auto loan at lower interest one time during the life of loan provided their credit score has improved and they have had no late pays, no additional inquiries, no new trade lines opened, and no maxed out credit cards during the previous 12 months.With this creative strategy in mind, it’s time to engage your staff to grow loans – even for recent bankruptcy filers. Author James C. Penney stated, “It is the service we are not obliged to give that customers value most.”Mention this quote to companies like Nordstrom, Costco, Apple, Amazon, In-n-Out Burger, etc., and they know this mantra very well. That philosophy is a big part of their success.Do you think a bank will loan to somebody with a bankruptcy on their record? Absolutely – and with exorbitant interest rates and fees.  But conducting your due diligence, the bankruptcy market can yield great results for your credit union. At the same time, you can offer better solutions to these folks saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest and fees over their lifetime.This point segues to turning your loan officers into proactive financial partners, such as never denying a loan again. Try deferring it. A denied loan is a lost loan opportunity for life, while a deferred loan is a future loan opportunity.  Always focus on what you can do for the member today like reviewing their credit report and pointing out where improvements can be made to avoid another financial snafu. In fact, you can steal every loan opportunity off their credit report that isn’t a credit union loan. It’s called opportunity.An ugly duckling consumer with a low credit score can very well be a beautiful swan for your credit union tomorrow with your help. And believe me, there are people out there looking for financial help to get back on the right track and rebuild their credit after a black eye such as bankruptcy.You can proactively teach them how they can manage, protect, and raise their credit score for future loan opportunities. Be a trusted financial partner.To achieve these goals of being a trusted financial partner to spot and help financially distressed consumers, you need to:Establish a marketing plan to market to this sector:  a monthly report from the credit bureaus listing all bankruptcies discharged in the last 30 daysTrain your loan officer to become financial solution partnersOffer free credit score analyses (CSAs)Offer one-on-one consultationsOffer Credit Score Management Seminars (one-hour lunch and learns) to businesses in the communitySo what are you doing differently to increase loan growth and profitability? Are you stepping out of your comfort zone and looking for new opportunities?last_img read more

YLD works to promote health and wellness

first_img April 1, 2015 Rawan Bitar Associate Editor Regular News YLD works to promote health and wellness Associate EditorSilence fell on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors meeting when a real life story came up of a lawyer in Tampa who drove to the top of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge one morning this winter, parked his car, and jumped over the ledge leaving a family without a father and husband, and a law firm without a partner. Quality of life issues and various stories about friends in distress became the main topic of discussion as YLD President Michael Orr made it his mission to do something — particularly after a 2014 YLD Membership Survey revealed 63 percent of participants struggle with balancing work and family, and 39 percent endure high stress. The YLD will be initiating for the first time in its history “The Florida Bar YLD Health & Wellness Month” in May 2015 to coincide with National Mental Health Awareness Month, which is recognized in May by the federal government.“I hope the month starts a conversation on strategies for improving lives,” Orr said. “So that young lawyers can enjoy their chosen careers for a lifetime and encourage others to join a noble profession.”In May, the young lawyers will be posting daily on social media easy mental health and wellness challenges, specific tips, video clips, and relevant articles. Daily challenges to members may include:* Take a friend to lunch.* Catch up with a nonlawyer.* Invite a senior attorney to lunch.* Schedule time to do something fun you haven’t done in too long.* Leave your desk and go get a smoothie.* Leave your desk and go get a massage.* Cook a homemade meal tonight.* Put down the reading for work and pick up some reading for fun.* Work late tonight and take tomorrow off work.* Drink those eight glasses of water.* Finish that personal project you’ve been putting off.* Exercise.* Count steps via a pedometer (FitBit, Jawbone Up, Nike Fuelband, etc.).* Practice yoga.* Hit the gym or take a new fitness class.The main platforms for communication will be Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Members are encouraged to post photos or comments related to the May initiative hashtagged with #livewell. Also, YLD affiliates will be tasked with instituting a quality of life activity, such as no alcohol permitted in conjunction with an event, and planning something fun that focuses on lawyers’ wellness or health.YLD President-elect Designate Katherine Hurst Miller of Daytona Beach said no matter how serious the level of stress, all lawyers are experiencing some challenges with work-life balance.“I don’t honestly know why [suicide] was such a topic at our board meeting, but I found it to be really powerful,” she said. “Even in the rare instance, and I think it’s probably less than 5 percent of lawyers that are struggling with something that serious. The other 95 percent of us just think, ‘I wish I were at home right now, or out in nature right now, or on vacation right now.’ We’re all struggling with work-life balance.” W hat is this health and wellness thing? Is this warm n’ fuzzy or does it get serious? Is it physical or is it mental? Is it time management?Miller said these were the board’s initial questions.“There’s a real serious side to quality of life,” Miller continued. “Mental health, desperation, and depression, and while that may affect fewer people than a simple work-life balance, it is so serious that it merits our attention.”YLD Board Member Zack Zuroweste of Clearwater helped form the YLD May Health & Wellness initiative.“We hope people will post pictures and interact with us, so that it trends all across the Internet. There are a lot of articles that are written about the practice of law and many of them describe lawyers as having a low quality of life, and I believe that is not true,” he said. “I hope that this month will highlight the fun things, the wonderful things, the positive things that lawyers do and the fact that we are social people, and that we make communities stronger.“The issue of mental health is important and it affects lawyers all across the state. Even if you’re a lawyer who doesn’t struggle with mental health issues, you likely know someone who does, or you’re affected in a case or someone else who has mental health issues,” Zuroweste said.“The purpose of this month is to bring awareness to the topic.”Miller said when talking about quality of life, the attitude from the older generation is “you’ll get through it. We’ve all been through it.”“I’m concerned that senior lawyers are going to read [this] article and think, ‘These young lawyers today are not as tough as we were,’” she said. “I hope we are as tough as they were, but something has changed.”Miller said struggling at the beginning of a career today isn’t simply a rite of passage, and although she’s not sure what today’s pressures are doing to young lawyers, there most certainly are additional or different stresses than those on lawyers of the past. This new stress could be attributed to the interconnectedness of home and office, 24/7 demands of clients and senior attorneys, global competition in the legal market, and the increased burdens of student loans, and lack of job availability.“I don’t know if it’s better or worse [today], but it’s not the same as 20 years ago,” Miller said. “There are really some areas of concern that are hard to turn off. I’m taking my computer and working on the beach — it’s sort of an unhappy phenomenon.”Miller said that for anyone whose lives have not been touched by suicide, depression, or desperation, the month may bring much-needed awareness on the table so people can help identify and assist others who may be struggling with these very serious issues.According to the YLD, the first annual Health & Wellness Month is not the end. The YLD is in the process of reaching out to other sections and committees of The Florida Bar for participation; and will also look for support and involvement from the judiciary, law schools, and the Law Student Division.Orr said he hopes senior lawyers and judges participate in helping young lawyers around them any way they can.“In the end, raising awareness is where an initiative like this must start,” he said. “Quality of life is so important to young lawyers. It merits this kind of attention.” YLD works to promote health and wellnesslast_img read more

Metromile car insurance opens office in Tempe

first_imgMetromile, a pay-per-mile car insurance company, announced it will open its third office in Tempe. The office is located at 1150 W. Washington St., near the Priest Drive and Washington light rail station.“We are really excited to be in Tempe,” said Dan Preston, CEO of Metromile. “We looked at a number of cities but were impressed with Tempe’s business and technology community and diverse talent pool. As we expand our offerings to new states and grow aggressively, we are focused on better serving our customers — Tempe is a great place to attract talent that will help us create fiercely loyal customers.”Metromile launched in 2011 and operates its headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. with more than 70 employees. The company added its second office in Boston earlier this year. The new Arizona office is 15,000 square feet and will add at least another 130 employees with a strong focus on customer service, sales and claims.Metromile offers revolutionary pay-per-mile car insurance for the modern driver. Metromile uses technology and a data-driven approach to deliver lower premiums by the mile and personalized data to help customers manage their cars more efficiently and cost-effectively. Metromile’s per-mile insurance is currently available in California, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington but is rapidly expanding to other states in 2015. In January, Metromile and Uber announced an innovative partnership to provide variably-priced, pay-per-mile auto insurance for drivers who use Uber’s rideshare platform. Metromile began offering the insurance product to Uber driver partners in California, Illinois, and Washington in February and will add more states in the coming year.Metromile will host a Hiring Fair on June 3, 2015 in Tempe.last_img read more

‘Army Of The Dead’ Films In New Mexico

first_imgStarring Dave Bautista (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Avengers: Infinity War”), Ella Purnell (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Sweetbitter”), Ana De La Reguera (“Everything, Everything,” “Goliath”), Theo Rossi (“Luke Cage,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Huma Qureshi (“Kaala,” “Viceroy’s House,” “Gangs of Wasseypur,” “Badlapur”), Omari Hardwick (“Power,” “Sorry to Bother You”), Chris D’Elia (“You,” “Man on Fire”), Hiroyuki Sanada (“Avengers: Endgame,” “Westworld,” “Minamata”), Garret Dillahunt (“Widows,” “No Country For Old Men”), Matthias Schweighöfer (“You Are Wanted,” “Resistance”), Raúl Castillo (“We The Animals,” “Vida”), Nora Arnezeder (“Maniac,” “Mozart in the Jungle”), Samantha Win (“Arrow,” “Justice League”) and Rich Cetrone. In “Army of the Dead” Snyder returns to his directorial roots, offering this zombie-adventure film. “Army of the Dead” follows a group of mercenaries who, following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. SANTA FE – New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today that the Netflix-produced feature film “Army of the Dead,” has started principal photography at Albuquerque Studios and will continue through October. The production will employ 501 New Mexico crew members, 20 New Mexico actors and 2,163 New Mexico background talent. Courtesy imagecenter_img NMFO News: “Netflix is making good on its promise, as part of the 2018 partnership with New Mexico, to bring $1 billion dollars in production to New Mexico over the next 10 years and create up to 1,000 production jobs a year,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department. “Netflix is a great partner for the State of New Mexico and we are very excited that they chose to film such a high profile project as one of their first films under the NM Partnership Agreement” The feature is directed and produced by Zack Snyder (“Watchmen,” “Man of Steel,” “300”) alongside producers Deborah Snyder (“Watchmen,” “Man of Steel,” “300”) and Wesley Coller (“Watchmen,” “Man of Steel,” “300”).last_img read more

Daily Postcard: Sunrays Behind Crane Sculpture

first_imgDaily Postcard: Sunrays fall behind the 10-foot tall crane sculpture,‘Flying Folds’ late Saturday afternoon outside the White Rock Branch Library on Sherwood Boulevard at N.M. 4. Artist Kevin Box created the sculpture for which the County hosted a public dedication ceremony Feb. 24, 2015. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comlast_img