Mile 60 of the Freedom Park 24 Hour Race.It happens in every race – sometimes even in training runs. The point of reckoning, that moment when energy and motivation wane and I begin to question my reasons for continuing. Sometimes it occurs three hours into a twenty-four hour event, and sometimes at mile two in a 5km. It doesn’t seem to matter how far I’ve run or how many miles I have yet to travel – whatever the distance I have to cover, it just feels too far.I’ve been running and racing for over three quarters of my life, and until recently, I was surprised every time this feeling struck. I’d be running along, feeling pretty confident and psyched to test my fitness level, when all of a sudden the bottom would fall out. Maybe it would occur at the base of a huge hill, or possibly as I was being passed by a competitor. Suddenly, my legs would fill with lactic acid and my mind with self-doubt.It’s at that point that the reckoning begins. In the accounting world, this is when the figures are totaled — the income and the outgo are stated in dollars and at the bottom line we see the result, the profit or loss. In biblical terms, this is the day the fates of individuals are determined according to the good and evil acts of their lives.In the runner’s mind, the point of reckoning occurs at that moment when we begin to total up all of the work we have put into our training and add it to the feeling of accomplishment we will have once the race is over. On the other side of the balance sheet are our immediate discomfort – sometimes even pain – and the mental and physical strength that it will take to continue. Our minds go back and forth between the two options – call it a day or stick it out – while every fiber of our being screams to STOP NOW! Pain is the feeling of weakness leaving your body? I’m not sure…sometimes pain is just pain.I try to live my life by the directive to “be here now”, but sometimes in a race this can be a challenge. The only way I can find the fortitude to continue is by focusing on the past – how much work I’ve put into this, how much this goal means to me – and the future – how great it will feel when I finish, how disappointed I’ll be if I allow myself to quit. Usually this works and I’m able to push myself to persevere, and I’m always glad afterwards. The other thing that I’ve only recently learned is to expect this point of reckoning to arrive at some point in every event. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, and it’s not unique to me, or a sign of a bad race. In fact, sometimes it can be an opportunity for learning how deep I can dig when I need to. I haven’t quite come to the point of embracing the reckoning, but at least I’m not afraid of it any more.
by: Kim VeltenIt’s been almost a full year since Apple Pay rolled out, and after a slow start, it’s starting to go full steam ahead. Every day you are hearing reports about the few thousands of card issuers who are now on board, offering Apple Pay-compatible debit and credit cards. And despite our industry’s concerns that we would be left behind, that list includes number of credit unions.Yet with all of the virtual card payment systems, such as Google Wallet (soon to be called Android Pay), LoopPay and Softcard, the water is getting mucky and it’s becoming more difficult to determine which, if any, mobile payment system to sign up with. It’s easy to jump on the fastest train around (which happens to be Apple right now), but we want to slow down and take a look at what the two biggest — Android and Apple — actually have to offer. How do these two compare, shall we say, apples to apples? Is it worth the wait for Android Pay coming out in a couple months, or should you nab your piece of the Apple Pay pie now?Before we dive in, it must be said that despite hours of searching, we’ve come up with zip on how the integration process works, i.e., which one is the cheapest and easiest to integrate at your CU. We have learned a lot about the pros and cons of each, and when it comes down to it, which one (if both isn’t an option right now) credit unions should go for.Which is most secure?This day in age, when financial institutions are at the whim of retail hacks and are often the ones paying for the inevitable fraudulent charges, both systems offer something akin to the new EMV chip — but go one step further. They use a technology called “Tokenization” that generates a unique code for each transaction. Only that code is stored in retail chains, so no longer will card numbers or any other personal information be passed and stored in the purchase process. And the information can’t be “backhacked” or found by retracing the token’s steps. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » It’s been 19 months since Jason Peach moved from chief financial officer (CFO) to CEO of $200 million asset West Community Credit Union in O’Fallon, Mo.The longtime CUNA Councils member shares his road to leadership and how he has adapted his outlook and responsibilities as a result of that change.CU Mag: What’s the main message you give CFOs who are transitioning to CEO? Peach: Don’t be a CFO in a CEO body. I really enjoyed being the CFO. I also love the responsibility and the opportunity to lead as CEO, and that meant the job needed to be different. I needed to be different.You move to a different chair and you get a lot of freedom to be in a different place, and you have to be comfortable with that.I focus on delivering the message about our mission to our workforce and to our board, and put the focus on what we do every day instead of trying to make the financials work or figuring out the accounting rules.I don’t come in carrying that responsibility anymore. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers rejected a bill on Tuesday that would have required the three-member Suffolk Off-Track Better Corp. board to get the Brookhaven town board’s approval before the OTB builds a planned mini-casino in Medford.Seven county legislators voted for the proposal, while 10 members of the 18-member panel voted against it during a meeting in Riverhead. Opposing lawmakers said revenue and jobs that the facility would create outweigh neighbors’ fears of increased traffic and crime. Those favoring the bill said that New York State law requires host municipalities to pass resolutions supporting plans to build such facilities—but the state Gaming Commission, which regulates gambling facilities, denied that assertion.“There needs to be a local process,” said Majority Leader Robert Calarco (D-Patchogue), who proposed the bill. He noted that he is not opposed to building the facility. But he took issue with the OTB moving forward despite the Brookhaven town board having passed a nonbinding resolution opposing the Medford location.The fight comes as the Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. searches for a location for an equivalent facility—1,000 video lottery terminals (VLT), aka slot machines—after the agency bowed to public opposition and scrapped plans to build a gaming parlor in the shuttered Fortunoff in Westbury. Before the Westbury plan imploded, the Democratic minority in the GOP-controlled Nassau County Legislature had proposed a bill to replace the OTB board, but Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) refused to consider it for a vote. Calarco’s proposal stopped short of firing the Suffolk OTB board.In Suffolk, the OTB bought a 31-acre vacant lot—the site of a former movie theater—for $10 million on the Long Island Expressway service road. The agency plans to build an estimated $40-million, nearly 100,000-square-foot parlor. It is currently in the traffic-study phase and hopes to get state approval to open by next year. The facility would have one-fifth as many games as Resort World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, the only so-called racino on geographic Long Island.Last week New York State Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Smithtown) proposed a bill that would rescind authorization for Nassau and Suffolk OTBs to build such facilities—authorization that voters had granted in a 2013 referendum. Hundreds of residents also recently spoke out against the plan at a meeting held by Medford civic groups that oppose OTB’s project.“OTB has put the cart before the horse,” MaryAnn Johnston, president of the Affiliated Brookhaven Civic Organizations, wrote in a letter urging lawmakers to vote for Calarco’s bill. “OTB lacks the basic approvals to move the VLT project forward.”OTB officials maintain that they are following the law and that the issues neighbors say the gaming parlor may cause in their community would be mitigated by security measures.“We are going to do our level best to minimize any problems in any area,” said Phil Nolan, president of the Suffolk OTB, which is emerging from bankruptcy. “We are trying to be as good neighborly as we can.”Lee Park, a spokesman for the state Gaming Commission, said that the Suffolk OTB is not subject to local zoning laws since the proposed VLT facility is treated as an OTB branch under state law, not a full-fledged casino, such as those upstate that do require host municipalities to pass resolutions supporting them.Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville), a former Suffolk OTB worker, urged lawmakers to oppose Calarco’s bill. As an alternative, he proposed creating a citizens’ advisory committee on the Medford plan to ensure that their concerns are addressed.“Whether you like it or not, we’re in the casino business,” said Legis. Thomas Barraga (R-West Islip), who voted against the bill after noting that multiple Atlantic City casinos have recently closed because nearby states such as New York have begun opening their own—indicating that New Yorkers prefer gambling close to home.“The hard reality is that this is going to be built,” he said. To a mix of cheers and boos, he added: “And there’s a high probability it will be built in Medford.”
Manhattan looks for home win vs Niagara February 6, 2020 Associated Press BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Marcus Hammond is averaging 13.5 points and four rebounds to lead the charge for the Purple Eagles. James Towns is also a key contributor, accounting for 12 points per game. The Jaspers have been led by Pauly Paulicap, who is averaging 9.3 points and 6.4 rebounds.MAAC IMPROVEMENT: The Jaspers have scored 66.7 points per game against conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 60.2 per game they recorded against non-conference foes.MIGHTY MARCUS: Hammond has connected on 39.4 percent of the 104 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 8 of 22 over his last five games. He’s also converted 82.2 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Niagara is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 64 points and 7-5 when scoring at least 64.BEHIND THE ARC: Manhattan’s Samir Stewart has attempted 119 3-pointers and connected on 28.6 percent of them, and is 6 for 23 over the last three games.BALL SECURITY: The diligent Niagara offense has turned the ball over on 15.8 percent of its possessions, the 16th-best mark in Division I. 21 percent of all Manhattan possessions have resulted in a turnover (the Jaspers are ranked 291st, nationally). ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNiagara (7-14, 5-5) vs. Manhattan (9-10, 5-5)Draddy Gymnasium, Riverdale, New York; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Manhattan looks for its seventh straight win over Niagara at Draddy Gymnasium. The last victory for the Purple Eagles at Manhattan was a 60-56 win on Feb. 17, 2013.
Still, it wasn’t certain Anderson would accept the offer rather than seek a multiyear deal as a free agent.Now, Anderson gives the Dodgers three left-handed pitchers in their 2016 rotation, along with Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood. Hyun-Jin Ryu can make it four by returning healthy next season. He missed all of 2015 following shoulder labrum surgery, but is expected to be fully recovered in time for spring training.Anderson can seek his fortunes as a free agent a year from now, when the crop of free-agent starting pitchers will be comparatively weak. Washington Nationals pitcher Steven Strasburg is widely considered the best pitcher set to hit the market.Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus and Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters are the only other players who have accepted qualifying offers in the four years the qualifying offer has existed. Both players formally accepted their offers Friday.Manager search update Brett Anderson will return to the Dodgers in 2016 after the pitcher accepted a qualifying offer Friday. Anderson will receive a one-year contract worth $15.8 million guaranteed, the standard terms of this year’s qualifying offer.Second baseman Howie Kendrick and pitcher Zack Greinke were the only other players tendered a qualifying offer last Friday. Both elected free agency instead.Anderson, 27, went 10-9 with a 3.69 earned run average in a career-high 31 starts this year. The Dodgers signed Anderson to a base salary of $10 million last winter. He earned an additional $2.4 million in incentives.Due to a series of long-term injuries, Anderson averaged only 10 starts a year from 2010-14. The qualifying offer was widely viewed as a gamble on the Dodgers’ part that Anderson could remain healthy in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error According to a source, the Dodgers have whittled their list of candidates for their managerial vacancy to three. Multiple reports indicate that Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler, San Diego Padres bench coach Dave Roberts and former Padres manager Bud Black are still in the running for second interviews in the coming week.University of Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad was also among the final group of candidates until he withdrew his name Friday night.Speaking at a charity trivia contest at the Boys & Girls Club of Lincoln/Lancaster County, Erstad said he will remain in his current job, according to two people who attended the event and relayed the news via Twitter. Erstad’s wife, Jessica, is listed online as the club’s president.Erstad was the only finalist who had never coached professionally.Nine candidates are reported to have interviewed to replace Don Mattingly. Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach, third base coach Ron Roenicke, Mets bench coach Bob Geren, former Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez were the others. All would now appear to be out of the running.AlsoThe Dodgers will host approximately 300 pre-selected active-duty service members representing the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, along with veterans and their families, for batting practice at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The event is closed to the public.
Golden State went on to lose, 123-109, and now trails Toronto in the series, 2-1.It turns out the “fan” that pushed Kyle Lowry is actually part-owner Mark Stevens. What should the punishment be? #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/9ebIk4sxHU— Tim and Sid (@timandsid) June 6, 2019“There’s no place for that,” Lowry told reporters after the game. “He had no reason to touch me. He had no reason to reach over two seats and then say some vulgar language to me. There’s no place for people like that in our league.” Related News Mark Stevens is at the center of controversy during the NBA Finals.The Warriors minority owner pushed Kyle Lowry when the Raptors guard dove into the crowd early in the fourth quarter of Game 3. Stevens was then ejected from the arena. The Warriors condemned Stevens’ actions in a statement Thursday.“Mr. Stevens’ behavior last night did not reflect the high standards we hope to exemplify as an organization,” Golden State said in a statement. “We’re extremely disappointed in his actions and, along with Mr. Stevens, offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organization for this unfortunate misconduct. There is no place for such interaction between fans — or anyone — and players at an NBA game.”The league later announced Stevens had been fined $500,000 for his actions and cannot attend “NBA games and Warriors team activities for one year.”“A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard,” the NBA said in an earlier statement. “The conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league.”Lowry called for Stevens to be banned permanently.“More should be done,” Lowry told reporters, via the Washington Post. “He’s not a good look for the ownership group they have. A guy like that showing his true class, he shouldn’t be a part of our league. There’s no place for that.”Here’s what to know about Stevens:How did Mark Stevens become the Warriors’ minority owner?Stevens joined Golden State in August 2013. He purchased the shares of the team that were once held by Vivek Ranadive, who became the majority owner and chairman of the Kings earlier that summer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed publicly.“This is an incredible opportunity for me,” Stevens said in a statement at the time. “The Warriors have established themselves as a top flight organization in a very short time. The future of this team and franchise is unbelievably promising and I’m looking forward to contributing my part to help us achieve our goals.”What is Mark Stevens’ professional background?Stevens started as an associate at venture capital firm Sequoia Capital in 1989 and became a partner in 1993. He was instrumental in the firm investing in tech companies such as Google, PayPal and LinkedIn, among others, according to Forbes. LeBron James wants ‘swift action’ against Warriors part-owner who shoved Kyle Lowry Warriors injury updates: Klay Thompson to play Game 4, but Kevin Durant out NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from the Raptors’ Game 3 road win over the Warriors Stevens left Sequoia Capital and started his own firm, S-Cubed Capital, in 2012. He has also been on the USC Board of Trustees since 2001.How much is Mark Stevens worth?Stevens is worth $2.3 billion, according to Forbes. He was ranked 302 on the Forbes’ 400 list in 2018.What are Mark Stevens philanthropic efforts?Stevens and his wife, Mary, have donated more than $100 million to USC, according to the school.
Arjen Robben captained the side with Thiago Alcantara, James Rodriguez and Jerome Boateng the only other outfield players in Saturday’s line-up likely to start against Real.Both sides had their chances in a goalless first half before Bayern pulled away. “The team is in top form, regardless of who plays and in what position.“When you have a Champions League game on the horizon, it’s important to win league games like this.”With an eye on Wednesday’s blockbuster Champions League semi-final first leg at home to Real, Heynckes left out several regulars while handing 18-year-old centre-back Lars Lukas Mai his Bundesliga debut. Berlin, Germany | AFP | Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich warmed up for Real Madrid with a 3-0 win at Hanover 96 on Saturday as Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski both scored after coming off the bench.Mueller struck 12 minutes after his half-time introduction before Lewandowski doubled the lead and Sebastian Rudy added a third as coach Jupp Heynckes started a weakened team.“All in all, we played excellent football,” beamed Heynckes. After Mueller replaced Robben, the Germany international struck on 57 minutes when his first-time shot from a Juan Bernat cross deflected off Salif Sane and past goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner.Bayern’s top scorer Lewandowski added a second just six minutes after coming on himself for his 38th time this season in all competitions.Defensive midfielder Rudy capped the win a minute from time to leave Bayern 23 points clear of second-placed Schalke, who are at bottom side Cologne on Sunday.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3
An anonymous diner took a visit to Skillets diner in North Naples and left a generous tip behind for the employees.The customer was a regular but he wanted to remain anonymous. The day before the governor would force dining rooms statewide to close he left a $10,000 tip saying he wanted each employee to get $500.“He said I want each person in this restaurant to get $500. The manager distributed it to all the employees,” said Ross Edlund, the restaurant’s owner.What a great act of kindness.
Sussex teenager Joe Sullivan got into the Carris Trophy from the reserve list – and made the most of his chance with a leaderboard-topping 66 in the first round.He’s three shots clear of Gregorio De Leo of Italy and Eemil Alajarvi of Finland. Two players are tied on two-under while a group of 13 share sixth place on one-under.They include Fulford junior captain George Robson, Seb Tannum Donaldson (Buckinghamshire), Matthew Jackman (Southport & Ainsdale), James Cooper (Cumberwell Park), Curtis Knipes (Abridge), Harrison Hodgson (Rockliffe Hall) and George Raitt (Whetstone).Sullivan (Chartham Park) made his way into the lead with when he collected seven birdies and just one bogey in the hot, muggy sunshine at Fulford Golf Club, York.The 16-year-old is playing in the Carris Trophy – or the English U18 boys’ open championship – for the first time and had to bide his time to join the field. He was originally 11th on the reserve list, having entered off a handicap of 0.6.Since then he’s been cut to plus-2 with a string of sub-par rounds and he demonstrated his form today, with his best-ever score in a major competition.Sullivan’s iron play was in great shape and he gave himself lots of chances from 6ft – making most of them but leaving a couple behind. He’s spent a lot of time lately practising his putting and it paid off today over the closing holes, when he holed from 25ft and then 20ft for birdies on 15 and 16.Now he’s looking forward to tomorrow and his early tee time of 7.40am. “That’s good, I can get straight out and not think about it!” he said.Fulford’s junior captain George Robson also got in from the reserve list and also took advantage of the opportunity. He went round in 71 with a round which included a birdie on the 10th and an eagle three on the 11th.Defending champion Andrea Romano of Italy, started well with a birdie on the first but then was unable to make ground and closed with four-over 76. Tags: Carris Trophy, Joe Sullivan Image of Joe Sullivan copyright Leaderboard Photography 24 Jul 2018 Sullivan grabs his chance to lead Carris by three