Additionally, we have a setlist for the band’s second set, which featured the Grateful Dead bassist himself in tunes like “Rain and Snow”, “I Know You Rider”, “Candy Man”, and a heart-pounding “Ripple” encore.Here’s a 17-minute clip of 2nd set from Salmon’s Facebook page:Leftover Salmon with Phil Lesh @ Terrapin Crossroads 9/3/16:Set II w/ Phil Lesh: Mr. Charlie, Rain and Snow, Deep Elem, I Know You Rider, Big Railroad, Candy Man, Simple Twist of Fate, Cumberland BluesEncore: Ripple[Photo via @ramblinroseee] On Saturday night, Leftover Salmon brought their Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass show to the famed Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California. They were joined by Phil Lesh for a special “Ramble” set, after throwing down a set of original tunes for the special occasion.While the setlist for the band’s original first set has yet to surface, there are some fan-shot videos courtesy of YouTube user Paul Scott that can fill the void:
Recess is a hot topic among our elected officials. Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell recently vetoed a bill that would have mandated daily physical activity for kids in Virginia schools. Meanwhile, the state of Colorado passed a bill that requires 30 minutes of activity a day for each child.While our representatives debate the merits of recess in school, adults are increasingly becoming sold on the idea in the workplace. More companies are beginning to enforce mandatory playtime during the work day.“A couple of 10-minute recess breaks a day and a standing desk can have huge health benefits,” says Allison Kleinfelter, a health and nutrition consultant working with Hershey Company in Pennsylvania to help build physical activity into the work day. “Employees typically won’t take it upon themselves to take an activity break. But if the organization sets that time aside for activity, employees love it. And there’s plenty of evidence that shows those breaks increase productivity.”Keen Footwear has caught the recess bug, implementing 15-minute activity breaks into its work day, and creating a “recess center” with Frisbees, yoga mats, and bikes.“We’ve created an open door policy where we encourage everyone to get outside for a 15-minute break,” says Kate Lee, Keen’s director of human resources. The company helped install adult-friendly tire swings in downtown Minneapolis, and it has even started a nationwide campaign to get other companies involved.Adult recess is a key component to the new National Physical Activity Plan, a movement to fight obesity led by a variety of health organizations including the Center for Disease Control and American Heart Association. Currently, 75 percent of Americans don’t meet the plan’s goal of 150 minutes of activity each week.“We’ve engineered exercise out of our lives, particularly in the work place,” says Kleinfelter, who also serves as a consultant for the National Physical Activity Plan. “Instead of seeing exercise as something separate that you have to change your clothes for and drive to a different location to participate in, we’re trying to make it part of the work day.” The 10-Minute Recess Activity Calories BurnedStretching………………..28Walking…………………..23Jump Rope………………..91Frisbee…………………….34Ping pong…………………45 Get Up, Stand Up How much of an impact can just standing at your desk make on your overall health? A 150-pound person burns 54 more calories per hour standing at a desk instead of sitting, which adds up to 400 calories burned each day. SUP Yoga Yoga has become the go-to cross training activity for many mountain athletes, but standup paddling (SUP) is quickly catching on as a low impact workout. What happens when you combine the two? You get an innovative workout in a beautiful setting. 1 2
Lawmakers examine death penalty statute Senior EditorWhat is the best way to protect Florida’s death penalty? Prohibit judges from overriding a jury’s recommendation of life imprisonment — something that rarely happens? Or leave the law unchanged?That question confronted members of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee last month when Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, introduced SB 120 to make the override change.The bill and debate are part of the continuing fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year in Ring v. Arizona, where the Court held that juries, not judges, should impose a death penalty.That has led to concern over Florida’s law where juries make recommendations, but the final penalty is imposed by the trial judge.“I am an absolute supporter of the death penalty,” Smith, a former state attorney, told the committee. “I do have a genuine concern, a belief, that if we allow the court to override a [jury] recommendation of life, then we have a possible problem.“My proposed bill is to do one thing. In death penalty litigation, what we would do is change the statute. If the jury recommends life, I propose the judge will not have the ability to override the recommendation of life.”It would also fix a problem with jury instructions, Smith said, adding, “I believe we ought to tell the jury straight out that if you recommend life, we don’t give that great weight, we give it preclusive weight. If you recommend death, we give that great weight.”Smith brought up his bill after the committee heard Carolyn Snurkowski, who heads the attorney general’s office that handles death appeals for the state, discuss Ring v. Arizona and its effect on Florida law. The committee also heard from several speakers, some of whom said the legislature should also require a unanimous jury to impose the death penalty.At the end of the meeting, following extensive discussion, Smith decided to wait for a vote so all committee members can review relevant state and federal decisions and come to him with any questions.At one point, Sen. Steven Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, referred to the complexity: “You have a bunch of lawyers sitting here arguing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. We’re trying to dissect fine points of law and all we can give you is educated guesses.”Snurkowski told the committee that nine states were potentially affected by the Ring decision because either judges imposed the final sentence, or juries and judges together were involved. (Twenty-nine other states with the death penalty have it imposed only by unanimous jury.)Florida is distinguishable from Arizona, she said, because in Arizona the judge alone is responsible for the sentence, while in Florida the jury makes a recommendation that is considered by the judge.Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari twice in last-minute appeals for Linroy Bottoson, who was executed in December, in which Ring was raised and the Florida Supreme Court in Bottoson and one other appeal said Ring did not apply to those cases. That makes it unlikely, Snurkowski said, that Ring will be applied retroactively in Florida.While the U.S. Supreme Court has not directly considered the Florida law, that the “cert petitions were denied. . . is a good indication,” she said.Sen. J. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, pressed Snurkowski on the rulings and whether any changes could jeopardize the law.He argued that it would be illogical for the U.S. Supreme Court, after denying the cert petitions, to come back and find constitutional problems with Florida’s law.“Any change could make it unconstitutional?” he asked Snurkowski.“That’s a broad statement,” she replied.“They have not seen a problem with the death penalty statute. Any changes we make, one word, would open the door to an attack, wouldn’t it?” Villalobos said.“I’ll give you that,” Snurkowski answered.But Smith said he had a different reading of events. While the Florida Supreme Court unanimously said Ring didn’t apply to Bottoson and the other case, several justices expressed concern that it could in future cases. He noted that recently retired Justice Major Harding wrote that the concerns, which include the judicial override issue, could lead to a repeal of the death penalty law.As for the cert issues, “when a court denies cert, that is an extraordinary remedy, and that is not a ruling on the merits,” Geller said. “That merely means the court has denied consideration in those extraordinary circumstances.”He also said he was concerned that Florida law allows judges to find aggravating circumstances that can justify a death penalty without having those circumstances presented to the jury.“Florida law still appears to say in order to impose the death penalty, the judge has to find aggravating circumstances,” Geller noted. “That’s close to what the Court threw out in Ring.” S ixth Circuit Public Defender Bob Dillinger said the Florida Public Defenders Association supports the bill, but thinks it should go further and require a unanimous jury to impose the death penalty, as is the case in almost all other states. He noted that a unanimous jury is required when a minimum mandatory sentence will be imposed in a criminal case, but is not required for the most serious punishment.“We are putting the citizens and taxpayers at the risk and expense of extensive litigation and with the wrong result,” he said.Russell Smith, legislative affairs chair of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, concurred, saying Florida is the only state that does not require a unanimous jury.“Most of us who work with the death penalty agree the one thing that is most likely to be declared unconstitutional is the judicial override,” he said, adding that several federal opinions indicate the jury decision should be unanimous.Jerry Blair, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, also voiced support for the bill, although he conceded some state attorneys do not think a change is needed.“We have to balance the risk of doing nothing in light of Ring and perhaps having our entire system overturned,” Blair said, “or engaging in a wholesale rewrite, which I think is unwise.”Villalobos said, philosophically, he would prefer to impose the death penalty only with a unanimous jury, but, realistically, he’s reluctant to tamper with the law and risk a slew of new litigation.And Smith concluded that he wanted more time for committee members to read court opinions and have their questions answered. February 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Lawmakers examine death penalty statute
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I went to Penn State, along with my wife. We’re huge fans.The 1994 Penn State football team was one of the best ever. But back then, there wasn’t a playoff system. We were ranked #2, and we had to play in the Rose Bowl. Nebraska was ranked #1, and they had to play in the Orange Bowl. Both teams won their game, and Nebraska won the national championship.Was all that drama a big deal? Nope. But for Penn State fans, that season tends to come up when we gather and chew the fat about the “good ole days.”Fast forward many years later to my honeymoon.Mandy and I were in Estes Park, Colorado,just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. When travelling, I like to buy a t-shirt from the local college football team. A local suggested a sports store called “Big Red.”Upon entering, I was confused. There was nothing there but Nebraska gear. I mean, the entire store was Nebraska Cornhusker gear, and nothing more. continue reading »
I suppose we’re all weird in our own way. But, then there’s those people who take weird to the next level. There’s a great askreddit thread that asks, “What does the weird guy in your office do that creeps you out?” This is the guy you don’t want to be. Here are some of my favorites. (I’ve edited some of the harsher language…)“I put my meatball sandwich in the office refrigerator someone ate the meatballs out of the sandwich but not the sandwich. thats pretty creepy to me.” – SwanchSwabzMaybe he’s on a low carb diet.“Close talker. Really close. You back up and he follows you.” – LittleLarryThis is a highly aggressive close talker.“In my old job a guy came in ~5.30 in the morning and would beat the sh*t out of the vending machine to try to get free food.” – ZeruviIt’s always feels good to be the first one in the office, but not for this reason.“I work tech support help desk, the weird guy in our office is outwardly social and goes to the gym 3 times a week. F*ing monster.” – beefstendersI guess being the normal guy in an office full of nerds makes you the weirdo.“I am probably the weird guy in the office, to be honest. I have no idea what people might think I do that’s creepy though, but it might be the farting.” – warpusYeah that’ll do it.“Use to sit next to this guy who would eat full packets of mayonnaise at 8am. He would then turn to tell me something while his mouth of full of mayonnaise.” – AnElectricForkNo.“He will not touch food. He eats his sandwich with the baggie still wrapped around as much of it as possible. He eats bags of popcorn or chips with a spoon. He eats his bagel with a fork stabbed through it. Very strange, but also highly entertaining.” – undercanopy813Haha. At least this guy provides entertainment.“Not me, but my wife sits next to a guy who opens up oatmeal packets and throws in it his mouth along with water, making oatmeal in his mouth. He says he doesn’t have time to eat. Does the same thing with protein powder and milk.” – goode3790Who wants to wash a bowl every day?Hope you enjoyed these. For more, check out the feed. 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
Cross-border cooperation to the development of tourism and preservation of cultural and natural heritage in Slavonia
Some are fighting to maintain the status quo, while others are fighting against the status quo. This is the difference between successful and those who strive for development and others who stagnate or fail. It is easiest to say there is no money, the status quo cannot be adhered to, while those who are proactive are always looking for a solution to the problem and are actively fighting in the market, and this is also the case when we talk about attracting money from various EU funds. EU projects are there to make the best use of them for development, they all have the same opportunities, and it is up to us whether we use them or not.This is also the case with the project “EXtraordinary PLeasure of Our REGion – Common gastro, eco and recreation routes of Croatia and Serbia” (EXPLORE CRO-SRB) which is implemented with the general goal of contributing to tourism development and preservation of cultural and natural heritage of the cross-border area. expansion and integration of the tourist offer and management of cultural and natural assets of the cross-border area.The targeted cross-border area is rich in natural, historical and cultural resources that are economically underutilized due to poor tourism infrastructure, low level of marketing, lack of information exchange within the tourism industry and undiversified tourism offer, lack of communication among tourism stakeholders, poor destination management and lack of effective marketing strategy.Anita Đerek Krnjić from the Development Agency of the City of Slavonski Brod states that this project with a total value of EUR 369 thousand was financed from the Interreg IPA cross-border cooperation program Croatia-Serbia for the period 2014-2020, and is implemented from July 2017 to July 2019. implementation, an eco, gastro and recreational study of the cross-border area will be made in order to form three tourist routes of the cross-border area. “An e-cluster platform will be established, the capacities of the members of the Tourist Cluster “Slavonian Basket” and the Tourist Cluster of the Subotica Palić microregion and other actors in tourism will be strengthened through trainings on destination management, promotion and marketing, logistics in tourism, valorization of cross-border resources.”Says Krnjic.Photo: Bojan Haron MarkičevićNew cross-border tourism products will be promoted through a ten-month targeted social media marketing campaign, a presentation at trade fairs with a total of 100.000 visitors and a ten-minute promotional film on regional television. We learned more about future studies of tourist routes from the development process leader, Autumn Ricl, leaders of the Eco Route Study process, Tina Horvatina, leader of the Recreational Route Study process and Jasmine Krkić Poznić, leaders of the process of making the Gastro Route Study.Each study also consists of survey questionnaires, ie research on eko, recreational i gastro tourism, which are extremely important for the implementation and development of the project. If you care about quality and sustainable development of tourism, especially in Slavonia, take a few minutes of your time and participate in the survey.The geographical area of eastern Croatia covered by the study contains all the prerequisites for the development of quality and eco-tourism, not mass tourism, he points out. Jesenka Ricl, process leader of the Eco Route Study, adds that the rich natural and cultural heritage, natural landscapes recognized in the plains and the peculiarities of the Kopački rit and Papuk Nature Parks are a great inspiration for travelers who do not want to leave their footprints after their visit. “If the tourism sector, but also many other complementary sectors, accept changes that will affect sustainable development, energy efficiency, production of eco products and business based on the offer of “eco friendly” services then we can say with great certainty that the offer of Osijek-Baranja County, Vukovar Srijem County, Slavonski Brod County and Požega-Slavonia County to be deserved on the map of the tourist international eco route. A tourism product alone is not enough to become a respectable eco destination. Such a thing requires a “green” state of consciousness in every household, school, local government unit, factories. An eco-tourist is highly educated, often knows more about the destination than the host, and expects quality, originality and principles for the value of the money he pays.” Ricl points out.Link to the eco-tourism survey questionnaire: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Razvoj-ekoturizmaWith the study, we want to first analyze the situation on the ground in the field of recreational tourism, in eastern Croatia, he points out Tin Horvatin, head of the Recreational Route Study process, adds that the results will then be compared with strategic documents applicable to this geographical area and global trends in tourism, so that they can identify, improve and promote tourism products that will be on the recreational route. “Personally, I think that Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem can offer a lot in the field of recreational tourism, through active holidays, but also through an offer aimed at professional sports, and I hope that the Study will eventually show that.”Horvatin pointed out.Link to the survey questionnaire for recreational tourism: https://zebrica.typeform.com/to/Hek9xRPhoto: Bojan Haron MarkičevićThe third study is based on gastro tourism, and the head of the Gastro Tour Study process points out that Slavonia and Baranja as an agricultural treasury are a unique source that enables the development of gastro tourism, and tourism development becomes a tool in promoting and commercializing these same agricultural products. “Holidays are increasingly ceasing to be “sun and sea”, and more and more desire for new experiences. In the sea of today’s attractive offers of once almost unattainable exotic destinations, today’s tourist becomes oversaturated and turns to discovering destinations that nurture traditional values. Originality becomes an attraction in itself. And that is the best answer to the question of how to stand out in the offer of a guest who is oversaturated with everything? With life traditional values. And that is the basis of gastronomy – respect for culture and tradition, a healthy lifestyle, authenticity, sustainability, experience. We have never given up our traditional values, although they are sometimes neglected. The gastronomic experience we expect becomes one of the key moments when choosing a destination ” concludes Krkić Poznić.Link to the survey questionnaire for gastro tourism: https://zebrica.typeform.com/to/rf1eIl
MEETEX once again brings together Croatian providers and foreign buyers from the world of business tourism
The second edition of the Croatian Meeting Experience Summit, organized by the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals and the company Innovative Events, will be held from March 9-11 in Zagreb. MEETEX, sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, will bring together 66 Croatian providers and 70 buyers from the business tourism segment, mostly from European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Great Britain, USA). Also, foreign buyers were offered several inspection trips to get to know the destination in more detail. This is MEETEX’s cooperation with the Croatian National Tourist Board and the system of local tourist boards in order to get to know the destination better. Before MEETEX, two groups toured Istria and Kvarner as well as Zagreb, and after MEETEX, the other two groups will get to know the offer of Šibenik-Knin and Split-Dalmatia counties. In this way, foreign customers can personally see a part of the rich Croatian offer in the segment of business tourism. Source and photo: MEETEX Over 1200 business meetings were arranged over two working days. In addition to the working part of the program, the participants have at their disposal informal socializing, through which they get to know each other better and experience Zagreb and Croatia as a high-quality destination for business tourism. Croatia, as the leading congress-incentive destination in this part of Europe, certainly has something to offer to international buyers and organizers of business events, so MEETEX is becoming a traditional place for such business meetings.
The U.S. supreme court has ruled that state laws don’t apply for offshore oil workers employed on the U.S. outer continental shelf, as these are governed by federal laws.Justice statue, Image source: PixabayThe ruling was related to a claim by offshore oil worker Brian Newton who worked for Parker Drilling on drilling platforms off the coast of California from January 2013 to January 2015.Newton’s 14-day shifts involved 12 hours per day on duty and 12 hours per day on standby, during which he could not leave the platform.According to the court document, Newton was paid “well above” the California and federal minimum wages for his time on duty, but he was not paid for his standby time.He filed a class action in California state court alleging violations of several California wage-and-hour laws and related state-law claims. Among other things, Newton claimed that California’s minimum wage and overtime laws required Parker to compensate him for the time he spent on standby.The original lawsuit alleges that time during which a worker cannot leave his or her worksite, even sleeping time, is considered hours worked under California law.The parties agreed that Parker’s platforms were subject to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA).Their disagreement centered on whether the relevant California laws were “applicable and not inconsistent” with existing federal law and thus deemed to be the applicable federal law under the OCSLA.According to the court, the OCSLA gives the Federal Government complete “jurisdiction, control, and power of disposition” over the Outer Continental Shelf, while giving the States no “interest in or jurisdiction” over itJustice Thomas delivered the following opinion on behalf of the U.S. Supreme Court: “Some of Newton’s claims are premised on the adoption of California law requiring payment for all standby time.”“Because federal law already addresses this issue, California law does not provide the rule of decision on the OCS. To the extent Newton’s OCS-based claims rely on that law, they necessarily fail. Likewise, to the extent his OCS-based claims rely on the adoption of California’s minimum wage, the FLSA already provides for a minimum wage, so the state minimum wage is not adopted as federal law and does not apply on the OCS.”The court has cited federal law according to which “an employee who resides on his employer’s premises on a permanent basis or for extended periods of time is not considered as working all the time he is on the premises.”Therefore, this California law does not provide the rule of decision on the OCS, and to the extent, Newton’s OCS-based claims rely on that law, they necessarily fail, the court said.Likewise, the court said, to the extent Newton’s OCS-based claims rely on the adoption of the California minimum wage (currently $12), the FLSA [Fair Labor Standards Act] already provides for a minimum wage, so the California minimum wage does not apply.The court said: “Newton points out that the FLSA sets a minimum wage of “not less than . . . $7.25 an hour,” ibid. (emphasis added), and does not “excuse noncompliance with any Federal or State law . . . establishing a [higher] minimum wage,” But whatever the import of these provisions in an ordinary pre-emption case, they do not help Newton here, for the question under the OCSLA is whether federal law addresses the minimum wage on the OCS. It does. Therefore, the California minimum wage is not adopted as federal law and does not apply on the OCS,” the court said.“Newton’s other claims were not analyzed by the Court of Appeals, and the parties have provided little briefing on those claims. Moreover, the Court of Appeals held that Newton should be given leave to amend his complaint. Because we cannot finally resolve whether Parker was entitled to judgment on the pleadings, we vacate the judgment of the Court of Appeals, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion,” the court said.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.
Outfitting BOA Galatea with Aquila Explorer parts The BOA Galatea, also built in 2009, was delivered to SeaBird on July 25, 2019. Preparations for outfitting/rigging the Galatea as a seismic source vessel are ongoing and the vessel is expected to enter the market in early 2020 as the “Fulmar Explorer”.In light of the recent fleet renewal related acquisitions and the outfitting/rigging of BOA Galatea, the company has decided to decommission the 1981-built Aquila Explorer.As a part of this decommissioning, select seismic equipment – including compressors and winches – will be removed from the Aquila Explorer and utilized for the seismic outfitting of the BOA Galatea.The decommissioning is expected to be concluded in the third quarter of 2019 and write-down of Aquila Explorer of approximately $2.3 million will be taken in the second quarter in anticipation of the sale of the vessel.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. Seismic services player SeaBird Exploration has experienced delays in surveys in West Africa and the Americas, which will result in increased operating expenses and negatively affect earnings. In addition, SeaBird has decided to decommission one of its seismic vessels and use its parts to outfit one of the vessels recently bought from BOA.Harrier Explorer; Source: SeaBirdSeaBird said on Tuesday that a niche 3D survey in West Africa – announced on April 1 – was initially expected to be completed early in 3Q 2019 utilizing the Nordic Explorer (chartered-in project vessel), but is now estimated to be completed in the latter part of 3Q.Furthermore, a 2D survey in the Americas – announced on January 7 – was expected to be completed in the first half of 3Q 2019 utilizing the Harrier Explorer, but is now estimated to be completed in the second half of the same quarter.According to the company, these production delays and survey extensions are due to difficulties with availability and lead-time of select seismic streamer equipment parts and will result in increased operating expenses, which will negatively affect earnings in both 2Q and 3Q 2019.The Nordic Explorer or the Harrier Explorer will after completion of the current surveys start on the previously announced contract with Wintershall Dea for 2D acquisition in the Norwegian Sea. The survey has an expected duration of approximately two months, including mobilization.The 2009-built Eagle Explorer recently finished a source contract for CGG in the Gulf of Mexico and has recently started another survey for CGG West of Shetland. This survey is scheduled for completion in September.The Voyager Explorer is currently warm-stacked in Southeast Asia. SeaBird said that there are several contract leads for the vessel, predominantly for 2D exploration. However, the clients’ decision processes for exploration-related surveys in Asia appear to be generally delayed.The Osprey Explorer finished in late June a source contract in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico for an OBN project. The vessel is currently transiting to North West Europe for a source contract with expected duration of approximately two months, including mobilization.The BOA Thalassa was delivered to SeaBird on June 13, 2019. Concurrently with the delivery under the purchase agreement with BOA SBL, SeaBird also stepped into the charter party with EMGS.The charter party has a remaining firm period of about nine months and EMGS has two further six months extension options. EMGS is currently employing the Thalassa on an EM-project in South East Asia.