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Confessions of a Middle Aged Roadie: Saddle Up With ISM!

first_imgDuring my four years on a road bike, the second most popular question offered to me by non-riders, right after “How do you wear those tights?” is “How can you stand riding for hours on those uncomfortable looking seats.”Both are legitimate questions, though I tend to not give much thought to the first one, choosing instead to respond with “No, I don’t wear tights. I wear the required uniform,” the great quote from Emilio Estevez’s character in The Breakfast Club.Spend a few miles, or a few hours, on a road bike and you will quickly realize that serious attention needs to be paid to the comfort of your bum. The wrong saddle can ruin the shortest ride, while the right one lets the miles easily roll by.The choices, I have learned, are tremendous, with saddles in all shapes and sizes promising comfort and performance. The guys and ladies I ride with often regularly chat up different saddles, and I have found that there are few bike components more often tinkered with or swapped around than where one rests one’s backside.I wanted to find something a bit more comfortable for my bike, so I am spending some time working my way through a series of saddles. I am putting each saddle through the wringer, with each one under me during my regular routine of long rides, short rides, and trainer sessions.  My quest for coziness began with a PL 1.1 by ISM, which I have been riding for the last number of months.The BackstoryISM saddles found their origin back in 1997, when Florida-based cyclist Steve Toll returned home after another trying time in the saddle. Like all cyclists, Toll was in search of more comfort on the bike, and his sketches for what would become an ISM saddle were revolutionary. The design featured a less is more theory, with the nose of the saddle – which often puts the most pressure on a rider’s nether region – missing.The FitBest case scenario for finding a bike saddle is taking your bike to a shop, having a proper fit, and testing out bunches of saddles until you find just the right one. For me, that wasn’t an option. Time in my schedule and a lack of bike shops in my area precluded that. With ISM, I was able to narrow down my choices by considering usage and firmness, along with some help from the folks at the company. While not a perfect or exact science, it worked pretty well, as the PL 1.1 fit me just fine.The HookFor me, the look was the hook. The stock saddle on my Specialized was traditional in form and function. My first look at an ISM saddle blew me away. The cavity in the saddle and the absent front end looked like it had to be more comfortable than anything I had ridden to that point. And it was. I have spent many, many hours on this saddle, both on the road and on the trainer.Miles LaterI have spent a couple thousand miles on my ISM saddle and it is very, very comfortable, particularly when I am out on the road. It is just firm enough for my liking and the design is perfect for relieving pressure exactly where I don’t want there to be pressure. Trainer time is a slightly different story, as I tend to feel more of a rub on the inside of my thighs while I am spinning, but that certainly was no deal breaker when it came to using this saddle. My longest ride of the year, a 52-mile race back in the fall, was a breeze, with no discomfort downstairs, even as I was climbing to the finish line.If you are looking for saddle comfort, whether you are out for an easy cruise or are planning on long rides, I highly suggest you check out these ISM saddles. These guys are proving that flouting convention works. Your backside will thank you.For a look at the full product line from ISM, along with reviews and testimonials, be sure to check out their website.last_img read more

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Board rejects multidisciplinary practices

first_imgBoard rejects multidisciplinary practices New York opposes MDPs, but favors finding ways “to allow lawyers to function alongside other professionals, essentially in an affiliation or side-by-side arrangement that could include sharing expenses but not fees.” The Bar will establish a special commission to study the evolution of the legal practice in light of accelerating social and economic changes. The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar currently protect client interests and should not be amended to allow splitting legal fees with nonlawyers or nonlawyers to own part of a law firm — both seen as necessary for establishing MDPs. Board rejects multidisciplinary practices Associate Editor A resolution declaring multidisciplinary practices go against the core values of the legal profession, including undivided loyalty to the client, has been passed by the Board of Governors. The board, at its June 2 meeting in Naples, also forwarded its MDP findings to the ABA with a recommendation not to change its Model Rules of Professional Conduct to allow MDPs. The board also approved instructions for its representatives in the ABA House of Delegates at July’s ABA Annual Meeting and passed a proposed rule clarifying lawyers’ responsibilities when they engage in ancillary businesses. The action culminates more than two years of Bar study and debate on multidisciplinary practices and ancillary businesses. But Board member Richard Gilbert, co-chair of the Special Committee on MDP/Ancillary Business, warned the votes are only the beginning of the Bar’s involvement with multidisciplinary practices. “In some fashion, some entity needs to be appointed to monitor what is going on, what other states are doing and what other professions are doing,” Gilbert said. “Some ongoing effort needs to be done to keep this issue alive and in our clear focus.” Bar President Edith Osman said the special committee would continue to watch the issue for now, with President-elect Herman Russomanno appointing a successor panel after he is sworn in as president later this month. The approved resolution was reviewed and recommended by the special committee. It was acting on the board’s instruction from its April meeting where governors voted 44-1 that MDPs by their nature violate the core values of the profession, including that a lawyer’s primary loyalty is to the client. The board also found Bar rules prohibiting fee splitting and nonlawyer ownership of a law firm were important to protect the independent professional judgment of lawyers. The resolution made eight points, including that core values encompass undivided loyalty to the client, exercising competent independent judgment for the client, keeping client confidences inviolate and avoiding conflicts of interest with the client. “Multidisciplinary practice is inherently inconsistent with the core values of the legal profession,” the resolution said in point two. Other points include: The Bar will provide guidance to lawyers wishing to engage in ancillary businesses. The Bar will oppose any attempt by the ABA to change its Model Rules of Professional Conduct that would compromise the profession’s core values. That would include allowing fee splitting with nonlawyers or nonlawyer ownership interest in a law firm. The Bar should vigorously enforce its rules. center_img Colorado would allow MDPs, but with provisions guaranteeing lawyers preserve their independent professional judgment. That state, Gilbert said, would have nonlawyer partners in an MDP sign agreements promising not to interfere with lawyers’ professional judgment, and limitations also would be disclosed to clients. Gilbert said he also agreed with a recommendation from the New York bar. “At some point I think it would be appropriate to define what legal services are so that the area of nonlegal services under the ancillary business rule does not expand to compromise what we do, and that is the practice of law,” he said. The profession’s core values are essential to the proper functioning of the court system. Arizona concluded that MDPs already exist and proposed regulations, including that clients be informed of limitations on lawyers practicing in MDPs. June 15, 2000 Gary Blankenship Associate Editor Regular News The board approved the resolution. The ancillary business rule gives lawyers guidance on what is expected when they offer nonlegal services to clients. The rule is based on a similar measure in Pennsylvania and still must go to the Florida Supreme Court for review. It provides if the ancillary services cannot be separated from legal services, then the lawyer is bound by all Bar ethical rules when providing the ancillary services. If it is distinct, lawyers will remain bound by Bar rules unless it is specifically disclosed to clients that the ancillary services are not legal services and do not receive protections afforded by the attorney-client relationship. That motion also was passed. The board actually took three votes pertaining to the ABA, which has had a special commission studying MDPs for more than a year. At last year’s ABA Annual Meeting, the commission recommended changing the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to allow MDPs. But the House of Delegates approved a Florida Bar motion not to allow MDPs until there was a showing they would benefit clients and not compromise the attorney-client privilege and relationship. One board vote forwarded its MDP recommendation to the House of Delegates. The second instructed its House delegates to oppose the ABA commission’s recommendation to postpone debate on the issue from the July Annual Meeting until the February Midyear Meeting. The third authorized the Bar’s delegates to work on a common position with delegates from several other states — notably New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio and California — in opposing MDPs in the House of Delegates. Board member John Hume initially objected to the third proposal because the special committee used the word “compromise” in its recommendation and he said it was wrong for the Bar to even hint it would compromise after taking a strong anti-MDP position. The wording of the motion was changed to authorize delegates to work with other states that opposed MDPs on a joint position, which President-elect Designate Terry Russell said would improve the chances of defeating MDPs. Besides those actions, Gilbert updated the board on national developments on MDPs. Those include that the ABA commission has changed its recommendation to allowing only MDPs that are controlled by lawyers, with ethical concerns deferred to the ABA’s ethics committee and regulatory issues deferred to the states. Noting the Board of Governors’ position opposes that and the commission was asked to come up with empirical evidence MDPs would not damage clients, Gilbert said, “They don’t believe they can get empirical evidence. They want to change the system and then see what happens when the change is implemented.” Three other state bars have also taken positions, he said, including: last_img read more

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LIE High-speed Chase Ends in Crash, DWI Arrest

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York David Thompson (SCPD)An alleged drunk driver traveling at 100 mph took Suffolk County police on a high-speed chase early Thursday morning, which ended when the man slammed into a tractor-trailer in Nassau County, police said.David Thompson, 32, of Far Rockaway, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and speeding.The high-speed pursuit began just before midnight Thursday when highway patrol officers at Route 111 on the Long Island Expressway saw Thompson’s vehicle traveling at speeds of 100 mph or more, police said. Officers followed and attempted a traffic stop but Thompson refused, police said, and continued driving west on the expressway into Nassau.Nassau County police joined in on the pursuit and also attempted a traffic stop, but Thompson never stopped, police said.He eventually approached the construction zone at Exit 43, which is closed. Thompson decided to take the service road but spotted traffic and tried to re-enter the LIE before crashing into the tractor-trailer and a Suffolk patrol car, police said.Thompson, who suffered a minor injury to his hand, was the only one injured in the crash.last_img read more

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Nonprofit Conference Gives Charities Tips to Navigate Rough Patches

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hundreds of attendees in the nonprofit sector will be on hand to hear from experts and network during the ninth annual Investors Bank Not-For-Profit Conference on Long Island next month.Titled “How To Manage In Turbulent Times,” the event will feature Keynote Speaker Ed Henry, President And CEO of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, who will discuss competitive pressures and a global economy.“Providing resources for nonprofit organizations is a large part of who we are as a bank,” says Jennifer Smith, the Community Development Officer at Investors Bank. “The conference is an opportunity for us to reach out to community organizations within the bank’s footprint in New York and New Jersey and help with networking opportunities and access to experts in fundraising, development and nonprofit tax law.”The goal for this year’s Investors’ Bank Conference is to motivate and inspire not-for profit professionals as they work together to help their clients amid the continuing trend of increased demand and decreased donations that makes their work so difficult and critical.“The conferences have both grown in size and the programs have evolved as well,” Smith says. “Raising funds just gets harder every year. Social media has also dramatically changed how nonprofits reach out to potential volunteers and donors. We’ve tried to incorporate these changes into our programming.”The speakers will provide guidance and case studies on how nonprofits can think strategically about what is central to achieving their vision.“We want to thank the Long Island Press and Queens Courier, as well as the Queens Chamber of Commerce, for your help with planning this free resource for nonprofits in Long Island and Queens.”The Investors Bank Not-for-profit Conference will be held 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 11 at The Inn at New Hyde Park, which is located at 214 Jericho Tpke. In New Hyde Park. The event is free of charge but registration is required. To register, visit: myinvestorsbank.com/nynfp or contact Jennifer L. Smith at 718-330-3830 or jlsmith@ investorsbank.comFrom left to right: David Rottkamp, Terrie Magro, Eric Alexander and Rhonda Klch.SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:8:30 am – 9:30 am: Registration and breakfast9:30 am – 9:45 am: Opening remarks from Investors Bank9:45 am – 10:15 am: Keynote presentation from Ed Henry10:15 am – 10:30 am: Q&A10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break10:45 am – 11:30 am: Panel Discussion with Rhoda Klch of First Equity, Terrie Margoof The Magro Foundation and Eric Alexandar of Vision Long Island11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Expert Session: Tax Reform with David Rottkamp of Grassi & Co.12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Closing Remarks and RaffleMore speakers to be announcedlast_img read more

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How a new brand transformed a retail branch

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Branding touches everything. Your people and your products. Your boardroom and your break room. Your mission and your marketing. And especially your branches.Inspire Federal Credit Union offers an excellent example of a credit union where branding touched everything—and eventually its branches. Inspire recently completed a state of the art branch renovation (see pictures below) and is the first credit union in its area to offer this type of facility.The new branch features two 60-inch, high definition television screens, brand new “teller pods” that allow for tellers to connect more easily with members and a technology center that allows Inspire FCU’s financial experts to sit down with members and show them the credit union’s technology. Of course, the new branch also offers a renovated coffee station (members love free coffee!) that even features a special charging area for mobile devices.“We wanted to design the branch to meet the vision of how we want to serve our members going into the future,” said Inspire FCU’s CEO Jim Merrill. continue reading »last_img read more

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Deputies arrest suspect for taking $155,000 from place of employment

first_imgThe sheriff’s office says 43-year-old Amy L. Grant of New Berlin was charged with grand larceny in the 2nd degree, scheme to defraud in the 1st degree, and falsifying business records in the 1st degree. All are felonies. They say Grant stole over $155,000 from her place of employment. The name of the business she worked for was not released. Grant is scheduled to appear in court at a later date. The time of the scheduling was not released.center_img TOWN OF COLUMBUS (WBNG) — The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office says one person has been arrested into an embezzlement investigation in the town of Columbus.last_img read more

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Offices: On the churn

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First passengers exit quarantined Japan ship

first_imgThe first passengers began leaving a quarantined cruise ship off Japan’s coast on Friday to finish their isolation in government-designated lodging after testing negative for the new coronavirus.Japan’s government has given passengers aged 80 or older in poor health or confined to windowless inner cabins on the Diamond Princess the chance to move from the ship to accommodation on land.But only those who test negative for the virus that has so far infected more than 200 people on board the ship have the option to move. The first of them departed the massive cruise ship on Friday afternoon, travelling in buses with blacked out windows.At the wheel, one driver was dressed in a head-to-toe white protective suit, complete with goggles and mask.A government official said 11 people had left, but declined to say whether more would depart Friday or offer further details.The move comes a day after the number of infections diagnosed on the ship rose to 218. Topics :center_img Senior health ministry official Gaku Hashimoto boarded the ship Friday morning to announce that all passengers “who are considered to be high risk in general health” would now be tested for the virus.”Those who test positive will be transferred to the hospital. Those who test negative will — at the request of the individual — disembark and be transferred to accommodation provided by the government,” he said in a statement in English read out by the ship’s captain in a public broadcast.”We are aware that many people are worried and concerned about the situation. However, to improve the situation as much as possible, the government is making its best efforts,” the statement said.There were more than 3,700 people on the ship when it arrived off the Japanese coast last week, but those diagnosed with the virus have been taken off the boat, along with some people suffering other health conditions requiring medical attention.Ten of those hospitalized are now in serious condition, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said on Friday.Excluding the cases on the ship, and an infected quarantine officer, Japanese authorities have so far diagnosed 33 people with the newly named COVID-19.The newly diagnosed cases include a woman in her 80s whose positive test result emerged after she died in hospital.The woman was reportedly the mother-in-law of a taxi driver in Tokyo who has also been diagnosed with the virus.A doctor in Wakayama prefecture and a patient treated in the hospital where the doctor worked have also been diagnosed.Officials in the region said they were still not sure if the doctor had infected the patient.”It is difficult to trace the route of the infection”, governor Yoshinobu Nisaka told reporters.He said officials were asking people in the area “to report suspicious cases of pneumonia so that we can immediately conduct tests”.The hospital has been closed to visitors and medical staff are now being tested for the virus, Nisaka added.Despite the new infections, government officials sought to play down concerns about the spread of the virus in Japan.”There is not enough epidemiological evidence to suggest that the epidemic is spreading inside Japan,” government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters.”We will keep collecting epidemiological information including on the routes of infection.”The Diamond Princess has been quarantined off Japan since early February after it emerged a former passenger who got off the boat in Hong Kong had tested positive for the virus.The quarantine is due to end on Feb. 19 and those on the ship have been mostly confined to their cabins and asked to wear masks and keep their distance from other passengers during brief outings on open deck.Crew on board have expressed concern that their conditions — including shared cabins, bathrooms and workspaces — put them at greater risk of contracting the virus.On Friday afternoon, the crew distributed iPhones to passengers on board, with the captain saying the handsets had been sent by the Japanese government.”We are distributing iPhones to all staterooms, loaded with an application… [that] will help you to get medical support. Full instructions will be distributed together with the phones,” he said.last_img read more

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Unai Emery says he’s ‘really happy’ with Mesut Ozil ahead of Sheffield United clash

first_imgEmery praised Ozil ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)Despite their differences, Emery singled Ozil out for praise ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Bramall Lane on Monday evening.‘I am speaking every day with Raul [Sanllehi], Edu and with the players,’ the Spaniard said.‘Our work is more important than our words and really now I am very happy at the club.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I am really happy with the players. The last two, three, four weeks, every player – and Mesut Ozil – is working very well.‘This is why we can be positive and we can think we are going to do something important this year.‘I was speaking with Raul and this is the same idea when he is speaking with me.’ Unai Emery says he’s ‘really happy’ with Mesut Ozil ahead of Sheffield United clash Advertisement Emery reserved special praise for Ozil before the Bramall Lane clash (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Ozil ‘needs to look at himself’ over his ’embarrassing’ situation in north London.‘It’s embarrassing for the football club that he is not featuring for Arsenal,’ the former defender told talkSPORT.‘He has to take a look at himself. It can’t be everybody else’s fault.‘I don’t care what he’s earning to play for the club it’s an honour to play and while you are there you make your mark.‘At the moment is he setting a good example in training? As a senior player I would make sure that the youngsters would follow on.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I would graft, I would work, give everything I could. I would be collective and help the group around me.‘I wouldn’t be talking about me. He’s looking about and saying I’m not playing now so don’t blame me.‘Well, no! It’s about the collective it’s not about you. How do we get you in the team now to get you back in the group. That’s the next step for Ozil now. The opportunity is there.‘I don’t see him saying anywhere he is desperate to play. For me, the oxygen every weekend was to be in that team and I would bust a gut and I want to see that from Ozil.’MORE: England star Jonny Bairstow reacts after his Hundred team sign Ashes rivals Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc Advertisementcenter_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 21 Oct 2019 11:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Mesut Ozil has only made one Premier League appearance for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has praised Mesut Ozil ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Sheffield United, and claims his whole squad, without exception, have impressed him in recent weeks.Though Ozil is Arsenal’s top earner on wages of £350,000-a-week, he has been left out of Emery’s three most recent matchday squads against Manchester United, Standard Liege and Bournemouth.In total, the German playmaker has missed over 100 games since joining Arsenal in 2013 for a combination of tactical reasons, illness and injury.Recent reports claim that Emery has reached the end of his tether with Ozil and will let the ex-Real Madrid star leave on loan in the January transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, the midfielder hit back at these rumours by insisting that he plans to remain with the Gunners until his contract expires in 2021. In same interview, Ozil admitted that he and Arsenal’s manager do not always see eye-to-eye.last_img read more

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Civil detention planned

first_imgOtago Daily Times 15 March 2012The Government will introduce tough new measures this year aimed at keeping at-risk offenders from the community, after calls from concerned groups yesterday. The imminent release of a Dunedin recidivist child abuser prompted groups to ask whether Justice Minister Judith Collins would honour her pledge to detain those offenders at greatest risk of reoffending. Ms Collins confirmed to the Otago Daily Times the Government would honour its pre-election pledge and introduce civil detention orders. “The Government is concerned about the release of high-risk offenders into the community; that is why we are in the process of developing civil detention orders.” This week it was revealed Graeme Murray Purvis (47), of Dunedin, who has served three and a-half years at an undisclosed prison location, has a statutory release date of Saturday, March 17. He was jailed for three years in 2009 for possessing, making and distributing images of child sexual abuse and rape, and attempting to sexually groom a vulnerable teenage girl. Purvis has been assessed as being a medium-high risk under the automated sexual recidivism scale, and has turned down rehabilitation to address his offending.After confirmation of his release, Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie called on Ms Collins to honour a pre-election pledge of introducing civil detention orders. “The justice system owes it to the public that offenders are only released when the safety of families can be assured. As there is no guarantee in this case, and with the rejection of any rehabilitative work by the offender, we should not take the risk.”http://www.odt.co.nz/news/politics/201441/civil-detention-plannedNational rush to keep worst sex offenders in jailSunday Star Times 8 April 2012http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/6709849/National-rush-to-keep-worst-sex-offenders-in-jaillast_img read more