first_imgNational governing body USA Triathlon (USAT) aims ‘to provide the resources required for all in the triathlon community to reach their full potential.’ The organization believes that for many athletes, a USAT Certified Coach is a key enabler.A USAT Coach will not only help athletes get faster but more importantly can help the enjoyment of the sport even more, whilst aiming to reremain injury-free. In order to be a USAT Certified Coach, a coach first needs to be one of approximately 450 people that are selected from thousands of applicants every year. These coaches are chosen for specific triathlon coaching aptitude and experience, and coaching and triathlon community goals.Accordingly, a coach can only become certified by gaining admission to the selective program and then attending a two-day class and then passing a comprehensive exam. USAT Coaches are uniquely and highly qualified to:Analyze swim stroke and find the missing pieces to help triathletes become more efficient swimmers and thrive in open waterHelp achieve running breakthroughs off the bike through revised training to generate physical adaptations that can be leveraged on race dayHelp generate added power on the bike without compromising the runPerhaps more important, USAT Certified Coaches are adept at helping athletes holistically; not only solving the puzzle of training for all three sports, but also injury prevention, optimizing training and race-day nutrition, managing the often overlooked transition skills, mental preparation, and last but not least, recovery.Moreover, USAT Certified Coaches are held to the highest safety standards. All USA Triathlon Certified Coaches must pass a criminal background screening, complete the USOC’s Safe Sport program, have current CPR, attend an in-person certification course and pass an exam.In addition, every USAT Certified Coach must complete a comprehensive re-certification process every two years including earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs,) passing a criminal background screening, providing service to the sport, and being Safe Sport compliant.www.usatriathlon.org Relatedlast_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Importance of Tabletop Exercisesby. Mark KomnikA tabletop exercise is an exercise designed to test the theoretical ability of a group to respond to a situation.  In a tabletop exercise, a hypothetical disaster scenario, such as a fire, major weather event, or pandemic, is provided by the facilitator, and the participants “act out” their reactions by following their business continuity plans and discussing the necessary steps to be taken as if the event was actually happening.  Executive attendance is a must, and at least one representative from each functional area of the credit union should also attend.  The facilitator may add additional challenges based on developments as they occur, and may also force decisions to cover responses with the steps already in place today.  It minimizes the risk of deviation into planning.  Next to a full scale, live-action exercise, tabletops are a “necessary evil” and one of the best tools in a credit union’s Business Continuity Program (BCP).One of my co-workers showed me her favorite quote by Confucius – “I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I do and I understand.”  She likes to show this in her introduction presentation when facilitating an exercise, as it is very applicable to the purpose of tabletops.  What Confucius is expressing is that we have to experience something ourselves in order to really understand it.  A tabletop exercise does just that.  It promotes cooperative thinking and allows staff to work together when practicing their response plans.  Exercising your program on a regular basis will better prepare your credit union for WHEN an actual event occurs.But acting through a disaster scenario is only half of the exercise. While it’s a best practice to debrief after an exercise to discuss the lessons learned during the tabletop exercise, the true value of the exercise is finding the weak areas or missing steps (gaps) in your incident response plans.  These gaps should be documented during the exercise and developed into “next action steps” for plan improvement.  Each gap you identify, address, and correct will only make your response plans and BCP stronger.In addition to being used by credit unions to test disaster readiness, tabletop exercises can also be utilized by schools and even families so that people know what to do during a crisis situation.   Schools may hold tabletop exercises for teachers to prepare them in the event of a school lock-down or a family may hold an exercise so they are familiar with where to go or what to do in the event of a tornado or evacuation. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgMap indicating the location of the road closures, the racing route and warning areas. Contact board@triatomics.org with any concerns. Courtesy/LATMCMap indicating the location of the road closures, the racing route and warning areas. Contact board@triatomics.org with any concerns. Courtesy/LATMCLos Alamos Triatomics Multisport Club News:Dear White Rock Residents,The Atomic Man Duathlon (run/bike/run) is taking place at 8 a.m. to approximately noon Saturday, Sept. 21. The County has issued the organizers (Los Alamos Triatomics Multisport Club) a permit to close Grand Canyon Drive between Sherwood Boulevard and Canada Way. This closure will be in effect from about 7 a.m. (to allow for setup) to about noon or when the last racer comes through.During this time residents of Balboa Drive and Alhambra Drive will have LIMITED ACCESS to Grand Canyon Drive. Volunteers will be on hand to guide local traffic in and out but drivers may have to wait until the racers clear the area.An alternative is to park outside the closure area if they want to easily leave the race venue by vehicle. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and will try to address concerns of the neighborhood residents to the extent possible.Additionally, there will be bike racers up and down Grand Canyon between Pinon Elementary School and N.M. 4 with traffic control officers stopping traffic to let the bicyclists through. Also, runners will be racing along Sherwood Boulevard, Piedra Loop and La Senda Drive. We request residents of all these neighborhoods to exercise extra caution while traveling on these streets or exiting from any side streets.Note: Anyone interested in racing, today is the final day for online signups at (http://www.newmexicosportsonline.com/events/details?id=67989). Paper registration can be done 4:30-6:30 p.m. today at Pinon Park or before 7:30 a.m. on race day Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgBy Rep. Christine ChandlerHouse Dist. 43Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Sandoval countiesAs my first year as your New Mexico State Representative ends, I welcome this opportunity to review the year’s accomplishments, activities and on-going challenges. The 2019 legislative session was noteworthy for its exceptional productivity and results. After a decade of inertia, the legislature with a cadre of new representatives and our new Governor committed to positive change. A focused and strategic legislative effort achieved much: a public education moonshot marked by meaningful funding increases for K-12 programs, strong environmental initiatives that support a transition to greener and diverse energy sources, tax reforms that gave a tax cut to nearly 70 percent of New Mexico’s families, and economic and agricultural initiatives that positioned the state for a more prosperous future.The work is just beginning.In the 2020 session we will be building on last year’s achievements. We remain focused on our public education system. For too long we have been at the bottom of educational outcomes and child welfare.  Although last year was a good start, additional positive educational reforms will be the foundation for economic prosperity by preparing a workforce that can support economic diversification and growth.Stabilizing revenue sources and supporting a more equitable tax base will be a priority this session.  Targeted tax reforms that lower the GRT rate and that address dozens of special interest tax loopholes will alleviate the tax burden on many small New Mexico businesses and make New Mexico a more attractive venue for businesses to locate.Our behavioral health system is woefully inadequate, and that inadequacy results in thousands of unnecessary incarcerations. We must re-build our behavioral health system with the aim of ensuring that all who need these services have access to them. Prioritizing behavioral health care over incarceration for non-violent crimes is key to overcoming the cycle of recidivism that plagues so many communities.Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. We, as a state, must remain committed to developing an ambitious clean energy portfolio with measures that encourage and incentivize clean energy sources. The Energy Transition Act was a start, but more must be done to achieve our clean energy goals.On a personal note, I thank my constituents of District 43 for contacting me and attending the coffees and town halls that I hosted throughout the year. I appreciate the many emails I received and value the opinions and information you share.  District 43 (Los Alamos, and parts of Santa Fe, Sandoval, Rio Arriba counties) is very diverse.  Consequently, the needs and priorities of its residents vary widely. Being a state representative requires me to understand and balance competing values and interests. I will continue to work at listening and look to you to help me calibrate that balance. Happy New Year! I wish you good health and good cheer.Editor’s note: Rep. Chandler will be hosting a constituent coffee 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at Pig+Fig (Wine Room) in White Rock. All are welcome to attend for an informal discussion of the issues.last_img read more

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first_imgYourMechanic, a national mobile car repair network, has named Anthony Rodio as president and CEO. Rodio will oversee the YourMechanic team in Mountain View, California, and its expanding nationwide network of mobile mechanics to deliver a best-in-class customer experience and drive growth in new markets.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“I am excited to join the team at YourMechanic to be a part of this exceptionally novel and promising business,” said Rodio. “YourMechanic is building a modern auto service brand that will redefine the way in which maintenance and repair services are delivered, discovered and booked.”YourMechanic was founded in 2012 and offers more than 600 repair, maintenance and diagnostic services by appointment seven days a week. The company’s mobile mechanics are active in more than 2,900 cities across the U.S., including the 50 largest metropolitan areas.Rodio brings decades of consumer e-commerce expertise to YourMechanic, with vast executive-level experience in launching and scaling new businesses across all operating functions. Prior to joining YourMechanic, he served as CEO of Redbeacon. Under his leadership, The Home Depot acquired Redbeacon in 2012. He also served as vice president of Silicon Valley Operations at The Home Depot.AdvertisementHe has held leadership roles with top consumer brands, including executive vice president and chief operating officer of Support.com, vice president of product management at Sidestep Inc. (acquired by Kayak), vice president of marketing at Stubhub.com (acquired by eBay) and senior director of MSN Brand and Communications at Microsoft. He also served as general manager of Amazon.com zShops, brand manager of Procter and Gamble and as account executive of acquisitions at Bank of America.“We are thrilled to welcome Anthony to YourMechanic,” said Lee Senderov, vice president and general manager, North America. “His expertise with world-renowned consumer brands complements our engineering and operations capabilities at YourMechanic. Together, we are on a path to bring simplicity and convenience to car repair to disrupt a $80 billion industry.”Rodio currently serves as an adviser and investor for Tripping.com, and as an adviser for both Finrise and GetMyBoat.  He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University, a Master of Science degree from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon. He is an Ironman athlete, endurance cyclist, marathon runner and active in his community as a Little League and National Junior Basketball board member.last_img read more

first_imgImagine a young couple . . . their night started out at a wonderful restaurant, where they enjoyed margaritas, a great dinner . . . lots of laughter and talk that could best be described as sexy.Now they’re at her apartment. In the background music is playing and Diana Krall is softly singing:“You go to my headAnd you linger like a haunting refrainAnd I find you spinning round in my brainLike the bubbles in a glass of champagneYou go to my headLike a sip of sparkling burgundy brewAnd I find the very mention of youLike the kicker in a julep or two.”The young woman is beautiful. She’s stretched out in her bed. Naked. Waiting for her lover.Her arms aren’t stretched out to receive him because she is staring at her cell phone.He is trying to take off his pants and is hopping up and down because it’s hard to be that sexually excited and take off one’s pants with one hand. His other hand is holding his cell phone to his ear.Finally, he is approaching the bed. He’s visibly excited. He puts his knee on the bed and . . .SHE: Wait, wait, I’m reading a text from Ashley. She and Samantha are shopping for shoes and they ran into Brittany, who looks awful. Why does that make me so happy?SHE: What’s wrong?HE: Mets had the bases loaded with nobody out and they didn’t score.SHE: Well, you be careful with your cell phone — last time we were in bed you scratched me with it right on my tattoo and I was afraid I would get blood poisoning.HE: Well, if we’re talking about cell phones, last time we were in bed you hit me on the ear with your phone when you turned over in your sleep.SHE: Wait . . . wait . . . you’ve got to hold it for just one second to see this. This is the vegan kale and Brussels sprouts pizza my friend Wendy just Instagrammed to me.HE: What’s that funny look on your face? What’s wrong?SHE: I’m trying to remember if I remembered to take my Adderall . . .DON’T LAUGH! We’re all as addicted to our cell phones as these two would-be-lovers.Spend a minute on any street corner and watch the march of the walking dead.Watch as they cross the street against traffic lights with their eyes glued to their cell phones.Do you know what’s going on in their nearly empty heads?“That two-ton speeding car going 50 miles an hour coming at me can’t hurt me. Can’t they see I’m on my phone? Don’t they know I can’t stop watching this adorable YouTube video of two kittens playing with a ball of cotton yarn? Don’t they know how important I am? Let them stop for me.”The other day I saw a bike nut on Fifth Avenue weaving in and out of heavy traffic, looking down and texting on his phone.On the sidewalk, those of us who have the good sense not to look at our phones while walking are dodging to get out of the way of selfish idiots who have their heads down, looking at their phones and about to crash into anyone who is walking toward them.This happened in less than a minute last week on Lexington Avenue between 61st and 62nd Streets:I had to dodge a beefy moron who was coming at me with his head in his cell phone, and just when I got past him I had to dance out of the way of a tattooed young woman who was screaming and cursing at her mother on her phone. All I heard her say was, “You’re a f^%$^#. No wonder Daddy left you . . .”And then came a young mother on her phone as she was crossing the street against the light. She was pushing a baby carriage and a truck that would have crushed her baby jammed on his brakes inches away from her. The woman never noticed the sound of the brakes. Then she headed right toward me. I dodged her, but if she had hit me, she would have given me a dirty look for failing to get out of her way when she was having an important conversation with her best friend about her husband refusing to pick up his dirty underwear from wherever he dropped it on the floor.Don’t snicker.You and I are probably as guilty and addicted to our cell phones as the rest of the population.What makes me laugh is that last week Apple and Google — who started it all and have turned us all into CELL PHONE ZOMBIES — have announced new apps to limit the unhealthy overuse of cell phones.That’s like the inventor of dynamite coming out against war.Ooops! Wait a minute . . . After inventing dynamite, which is responsible for millions of deaths, Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, had the chutzpah to become the “Benefactor of the Nobel Prize for Peace.”Prediction: In the future, the cell phone will kill more people than dynamite.If you wish to comment on “Jerry’s Ink” please send your message to jerry@dfjp.com. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgIn Mariupol, Blue Water’s team of stevedores, port captains and project forwarders yesterday handled the transhipment of the project cargo aboard two river barges for onwards transportation through the Russian river system to the Caspian Sea.The physical transhipment process is expected to take 2-3 days, after which the barges will begin their journey towards the landlocked Caspian Sea passing through 18 locks on the way.While the barges have been chartered by Blue Water Shipping in Moscow, the company noted that its set-up of owned offices in the Caspian area and its access to in-house resources such as own stevedores and engineers are the main reasons for it to be able to successfully handle this type of out-of-gauge shipment in the region.www.bws.dklast_img read more

first_img“Panama has always been a strategically important location, and of course the expansion of the Panama Canal is set to change world trade patterns and open up the area to new markets,” said Richard Gayton, regional director, Americas.Lopez is a chief engineer with superintendency, class surveying and extensive marine casualty experience, as well as experience carrying out loss prevention assignments and project cargo warranty inspections. Richard Gayton www.braemarsa.comlast_img