Somewhere around grade school, the realization sunk in that when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, they expected a single answer. One of my greatest struggles remains how to experience all the cool stuff in this world. Now when people ask me what I do, sometimes I just say that I’m a dabbler.It’s easier than explaining my non-linear career path from lawyer to middle-school-librarian to sea kayak guide to ski instructor back to a lawyer, which evolved into a real estate investor and writer. No matter how many careers I try on, there will be some jobs I never get to experience.Take servicing bikes.A few months ago I watched Joe Driver from Sycamore Cycles build my Yeti. A smile spanned my face, as my bike materialized before my eyes. For me, seeing someone connecting pieces into my bike was as far from my personal skill set as a street performer juggling a butcher knife, a metal bat and a butternut squash. That day I got the closest I’d ever come to knowing what it’s like to work in a bike shop and mess around with bikes, so I decided to sit down with Joe and get the scoop on working at Sycamore Cycles.Our conversation went like this:So rumor has it that you sometimes ride in jeans. Is that true or just Brevard bike lore?If it’s below fifty, I wear jeans. Skinny jeans are better than tights. The day I interviewed for Sycamore, we rode out in Pisgah. I was in the parking lot with Art, another employee at Sycamore, and Wes, the owner, and Art looked over at me, “You ready to go, you’re wearing jeans?” I said yep. Art and Wes just sort of shrugged and exchanged a skeptical look.They hired me anyway.So what was that job interview like?We went for a ride in Pisgah, Cove Creek, Daniel’s Ridge and Cat Gap. On the way there I was nervous about keeping up or riding like crap. We didn’t talk business at all, just talked about riding. It was the weirdest and best interview I’ve ever been on. I was pinned the whole time. After the ride we went to dinner. It was instant click with all the guys, everyone I work with is great and now we’re like a family.Were you worried about what to order?Hell yeah, I didn’t know whether to get a beer or not. Then Wes ordered one so it was easy.How did you find out about Brevard? I kept hearing about the riding here. Last fall I came for a long weekend and we arrived in the dark. The next morning we rode. It was love at first light. Everything was closed by the time we finished riding. After that weekend of riding Pisgah, I wanted to figure out how to live here. I didn’t go to downtown Brevard. I didn’t know about the waterfalls. I hadn’t even heart about Dupont. It’s been one amazing discovery after another.How long have you been biking?Five years ago my best friend, Seth, said we should buy bikes.I was reluctant because whatever I do, I’m all in. Seth convinced me and we each spent a thousand bucks. After three rides I was officially hooked.The next thing I know I have a five thousand dollar bike, I started racing, and I was working at a bike shop.I knew there are better bikes so I needed one. I told myself that I have so much fun on an entry -level bike, how much more fun could I have on a better bike.When did you know you’d like to work on a bike?I’m pretty mechanically inclined so I can work on anything. I started with simple stuff – adjusting gear, headsets, brakes, and changing flat tires. From there went from selling slash service to primary service. Now I mostly just wrench.I like fixing stuff whether it’s a bike or working with hands, figuring stuff out, making it work.What’s your least favorite part about the job?I don’t like to be greasy. The guys tease me because I wash my hands like twenty times a day.What’s your favorite part?Developing relationships with guys who work there. I like going to work, and end up going there even on my days off. When you walk into the store, someone wants to know where you went, everyone cares about each other and customers.I love working at Sycamore, I guess you could say I’ve got a lot of brand pride.Are there any upcoming races that you’re training for?This weekend some guys from Sycamore are going to 12 hours of Tsali, an endurance mountain bike race with a four-person team. We’ll each take turns riding the loop. It’s a great to be able to race together.Then ORAMM – Off Road Assault of Mount Mitchell – is July 31st. It’s 60 miles, 10,500 feet of climbing That’s been on my bucket list for a while and I’m excited about it. I know it’s going to hurt. What tips do you have for beginners just starting to ride?Just start showing up – check out local mountain bike rides and look for group rides in your area. From there, challenge yourself, try new places and new things.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A nonprofit government accountability group launched a website this week that encourages the public to help rate the accessibility of local municipalities and school districts across New York State.Reclaim New York, the group spearheading the effort, issued an open invitation for concerned citizens to help evaluate more than 2,000 government entities, including counties, cities, towns, villages and school districts on Long Island. Organizers call it the Online Transparency Index.“Now, every New Yorker can get involved and show whether their local government is open and transparent, or operating in the shadows,” said Brandon Muir, executive director of Reclaim New York.The group made news last year when it requested spending records from more than 200 municipalities, agencies and districts on LI in order to create a Local Government Spending Database that tracks how the entities use taxpayer funds. The group took those that refused to to comply with records requests court, where some of the efforts to get the documents released are still pending.The two databases are part of the nonprofit’s New York Transparency Project. The latest effort empowers approved users to measure the openness of municipalities and districts on up to 29 indicators, such as whether they properly publicize scheduled meetings in advance, if they proactively post records online and how easy it is to find officials’ contact information, among other factors. The results, once processed by website administrators, will result in percent grades for each entity. As of this story, only a few of the agencies have been graded.The effort is similar, but unrelated to a recently released Long Island Open Records Report Card, a 16-month joint project between the Long Island Press and the Press Club of Long Island, which issued percent and letter grades to nearly 200 Nassau and Suffolk county agencies as well as towns, cities and villages, but not school districts. In that project, agencies and municipalities were graded on their responsiveness to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests. The cumulative grade for the region was a ‘C.’Both the report card and the Reclaim New York project were released Monday at the start of Sunshine Week, an annual national initiative highlighting the importance of access to public records.
SBC’s Year In Review: September’s big betting news December 27, 2019 Skrill launches ‘Knect’ next-level rewards programme November 22, 2019 Share Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Paysafe hires former Barclays UK platform lead Sujit Unni as new CTO February 14, 2020 Global payments and e-merchant services provider Paysafe Group has stated its corporate intent to lead transactional services within the liberalised US sports betting market in 2019 and beyond.Yesterday at the ICE London 2019 conference, Paysafe leadership announced the launch of its industry-specific ‘single point API’, which will deliver a unified payment platform/solution for all igaming/betting incumbents.Launching its new vertical, Paysafe states that it will deliver the most comprehensive and secure global payments solution for all industry incumbents, utilising the scale of its flagship Paysafe processing systems capacity, further supported by its digital wallets Skrill and NETELLER and online prepaid solution Paysafecard.Targeting future growth, within the saturated igaming/gambling space for payment processing incumbents, Paysafe leadership is clear that its ‘new horizons’ lie stateside post-PASPA.Having commissioned sports betting consumer research in 2018, Paysafe details that 23% of US betting consumers consider ‘the availability of payment methods as a key differentiator’, with a further ‘42% of bettors surveyed’ stating that they would use a different payment method for wagering transactional services.Karim Ahmad – Paysafe GroupAt a technical level, Karim Ahmad – Paysafe Chief Product Officer details the advantages that a single-point API would deliver to multiple stakeholders.Ahmad underlines streamlined checkout experiences, deeper reporting on financial transactions across user verticals, higher product customisation and atomisation of transactional processes.“Players want payment options which are seamless and secure, and which they don’t notice. Whether it’s traditional payments, digital alternatives or future innovations, it needs to be effortless. Paysafe has over 20 years’ experience in the payments industry and has spent a number of years partnering with leading businesses in the iGaming space, helping them to operate and scale at speed. Our solutions are established and widely recognised in this sector and cover the broadest range of payment methods, which is why Paysafe is now the unquestioned partner of choice for the iGaming industry”
Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | FIFA president Gianni Infantino built momentum towards expanding the World Cup Friday as some powerbrokers appeared to back the move, while sceptics will have to be convinced before a final call in January.Growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams topped the agenda at this week’s FIFA Council meeting.The powerful 36-member panel weighed proposals for a 40-team competition with eight groups of five teams, or 10 groups of four.A 48-team format, favoured by Infantino, would see the 16 group winners of a qualifying round automatically book a place in the tournament, while an additional 32 teams would compete in a new pre-tournament play-off.From the play-off, 16 nations would then move on to the World Cup itself.FIFA said the council would make a final decision at a meeting on January 9 and 10 .But there were signs Infantino was winning the necessary support.“The trend (in the council) is towards a larger format,” Belgian council member Michel D’Hooghe said, adding that the allocation of entries among the confederations remained a source of debate.A council member, who requested anonymity, said the newly crowned head of European football, Aleksander Ceferin, was in favour of a larger tournament.Critics have voiced concern that a bigger competition would dilute the quality of World Cup play and add new fixtures to football’s already packed calendar.According to the source, some council members were uneasy about the 48-team format but said Infantino “strongly pushed” for it.Infantino was elected to succeed the disgraced Sepp Blatter as FIFA’s chief in February, with a pledge to grow football globally even as the sport’s governing body reeled from an unprecedented set of corruption scandals.On Friday the 46-year-old Swiss-Italian national insisted that any decision to expand the World Cup would be made solely with a view to grow the game.“The decision on expansion is not a financial or political decision. It has to be a sporting decision. We’ll have to decide what is best for football,” he said. Share on: WhatsApp The council on Thursday backed plans to allow countries to co-host the World Cup to ease the immense financial burden of organising the tournament.Bidding for the 2026 World Cup is due to open in the summer of 2017, but a rotational policy will preclude the previous two host confederations — Europe in 2018 and Asia in 2022 — from staging the tournament.Israel/Palestine tensions The Palestine Football Association had hoped FIFA brass would get tough on Israel this week over six clubs based in settlements in the occupied West Bank.Palestinian leaders called on FIFA to either expel the clubs in settlements, which are illegal under international law, or relocate them within Israel’s recognised borders.But the council put off making a decision on the thorny issue, as the head of FIFA’s monitoring mission for the dispute, South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale, said he was unable to finalise his full report.Infantino told journalists he would travel to the region, “when it will be meaningful to go, when there is something that is moving in the right way.”Sexwale is due to deliver his report in November at a meeting expected to include both Israeli and Palestinian representatives.Infantino urged both sides “to come with an open mind, and a constructive attitude.”“We are not a political organisation. We are not here to find political solutions. We are hear to talk football,” he said.Israel’s ever-tense ties with the Muslim world also forced FIFA to reassign its next congress, after Kuala Lumpur withdrew as host because Malaysia’s government said it would not grant visas to Israeli officials.The council picked Bahrain’s capital Manama to host the upcoming congress, scheduled for May 11.
Arsenal stunned. PHOTO via @premierleagueSheffield, United Kingdom | AFP | Unai Emery claimed Arsenal were unlucky to suffer a shock 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United as Lys Mousset condemned the Gunners to their latest away-day flop on Monday.Emery’s side are without an away Premier League win since the opening weekend of the season after failing to rise to the challenge posed by fired up United at Bramall Lane.French forward Mousset, making his first Premier League start for United, punished poor Arsenal defending in the first half to score his second goal since signing from Bournemouth.That was enough to send Arsenal crashing to just their second defeat of the season, ending an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions.The north Londoners sit fifth in the league after a powder-puff performance that showed Emery’s rebuilding job is still a work in progress.But Emery insisted Arsenal deserved at least a draw and criticised the failure to give a penalty for a foul on Sokratis.“We didn’t deserve to lose. We can speak about two key moments, one is the goal and the other is a clear penalty with Sokratis. With VAR, the foul should have been reviewed, but we have to accept it,” Emery said after Arsenal’s winless run in the city of Sheffield extended to 26 years.“We had more chances than them. If we scored one goal then we could have controlled better.”Asked if Arsenal have a mental block in away games, Emery said: “We prepare for the matches the same home and away and think to win.“We deserved more but they are a very strong defensive team.”Under Emery, Arsenal have kept just two clean sheets in 24 away league matches and once again they wilted too easily in a hostile environment.“We conceded a lot of corners in the first half and they scored the goal. It can happen. Above all, we have to improve by not allowing balls like that,” Emery said.“We are playing some young players who are taking experience but the most important thing is to win.”This was a signature win for the Blades after last season’s promotion and they sit proudly in ninth place, just three points behind Arsenal. With the Bramall Lane crowd in full voice, a bruising clash got off to a contentious start when Sokratis appealed in vain for a penalty after having his shirt tugged by John Egan.Emery’s men should have taken the lead when Sead Kolasinac curled a perfect low cross towards Nicolas Pepe in the six-yard box, but the unmarked Ivory Coast winger completely miscued his shot.– Pepe struggles –It was the latest in a growing list of disappointing displays from Pepe, who has struggled to make an impact since his club record move from Lille in the close-season.United made the most of that escape as Arsenal’s long-running set-piece issues resurfaced in the 30th minute.Oliver Norwood’s corner reached Jack O’Connell at the far post and he rose above Matteo Guendouzi to head down to Mousset, who poked home from virtually on the line after Granit Xhaka failed to react to the danger.Damningly, Arsenal have conceded 22 league goals from set plays since the start of last season, with only Watford (25) and Everton (24) allowing more.Xhaka almost conjured an equaliser with a dipping long-range effort that Dean Henderson pushed away at full stretch.Mesut Ozil was once again left out of the Arsenal squad and, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang anonymous, Emery sent on Dani Ceballos, but he shot weakly at Henderson from Bukayo Saka’s cross.Alexandre Lacazette came on with 22 minutes left for his first appearance since suffering the ankle problem that had ruled the Arsenal striker out since the start of September.For all their territorial dominance in the closing stages, Arsenal lacked composure in the final third.Pepe curled just wide and Kolasinac headed over as the visitors’ frailties were laid bare.Share on: WhatsApp
A rare celestial event involving the Sun and the planet Mercury will take place in the skies over the United States on Monday.According to NASA, Mercury will pass directly between the Sun and Earth, causing Mercury’s shadow to obscure part of the Sun.The effect will seem like that of a solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth. However, solar eclipse glasses will not work on Monday, since only a small portion of the Sun will be blocked.Still, more than 60 astronomical groups across the country plan to host viewing parties for the public. A telescope with a solar filter will allow people to witness what is called the “transit.”It is projected to begin around 7:35 a.m. Eastern time on Monday and will last over five hours. The western half of the country will experience the transit for a few hours after sunrise.Mercury’s next transit will not be visible until the year 2032.A list of viewing parties is available by searching here.
Police have issued an ultimatum to protesters they’ve now surrounded at the city’s Polytechnic University.Protesters who spent days trying to keep police from getting into the campus are now desperately trying to get out.Police used tear gas and rubber bullets on a surging crowd. The U.S. is condemning what the Trump administration calls the unjustified use of force against pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong.A senior official Sunday said China needs to protect the semi-autonomous city’s freedom and that both sides need to refrain from further violence.The official also said the White House wants both sides to engage in constructive dialogue.The threat of violence continues to escalate in Hong Kong as police sealed off a university and protestors armed themselves with bows and arrows.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to an incident where a 42-boat crashed into a jetty early Tuesday morning.Authorities said the vessel hit the jetty near Port Everglades just after midnight at Hollywood’s John Lloyd State Park.Four people were taken to the hospital with injuries. One woman was ejected from the vessel and suffered serious injuries.All four people were rushed to the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.Officials are still investigating what caused the boat to crash.
In a marathon 13-hour session on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, the Senate formally adopted rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.Now, with the rules set, Democrat impeachment managers are delivering their opening statements.
Still looking for a place to take in the big game tonight? Check out these watch parties and deals:Broward:W Fort Lauderdale401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; (954) 414-8300 or Marriott.com and Eventbrite.comThe hotel’s Living Room Lounge will kick off its free 6 p.m. watch party with beer samples from Wynwood’s Concrete Beach Brewery, $35 bucket specials, $6 drafts and football-themed bites from chef Stephen Starr as game day action plays on nearby jumbo screens.Royal Pig Pub350 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; (954) 617-7447 or RoyalPigPub.comThis gastropub will broadcast the game on all 31 of its TVs. They are offering a burger, French fries and a beer for $10, along with bottomless Grey Goose cocktails for $27.97 starting at 5 p.m. There also will be Bud Light seltzer samples from 6:30 to 8 p.m.Township219 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; (954) 338-4070 or TownshipFTL.comEnjoy $5 Grey Goose and $5 Cazadores cocktails, 5-for-$19 buckets of Bud Light and Bud Light Seltzer and 20 percent off sharables and pretzels. There will also be cornhole, ping-pong and Jenga on the patio and a 96-inch projector screen showing the game.Legends Tavern and Grille10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach; (754) 220-8932 or LegendsTavernAndGrille.comGet 75-cent wings, $3 Bud Light drafts and $4 High Noon hard seltzers, plus restaurant raffles throughout the day for Legends-branded gift cards and a 55-inch 4K TV.American Social721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; (954) 764-7005 or AmericanSocialBar.comWatch the game on 15 TV screens. They will also feature $15 beer buckets, $6 smoked chicken wings and $4-$6 shots of select liquors.Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar4040 Galt Ocean Drive # B1-A, Fort Lauderdale (behind Ocean Manor Beach Resort); (954) 566-7500 or BambooBeachTikiBar.comMmeet wide receiver Andre “Bad Moon” Rison (1997-99 with the Chiefs), who will be appearing with NBA legend Dennis Rodman during Bamboo’s all-day watch party. The party will also feature $25 Bud and Bud Light buckets, along with 13 flat screen TVs and two projectors blasting the big game.The Wharf Fort Lauderdale20 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; (954) 372-7606 or WharfFTL.comTwo giant screens, and DJs spinning during commercial breaks. RSVP via: Eventbrite.com.Palm Beach:Deck 84840 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach; (561) 665-8484 or Deck84.comThe eatery will serve half-off drinks at the bar and high tops during the game, plus pre-game live music from 2 to 5:30 p.m.Batch Gastropub14813 Lyons Road, Delray Beach; (561) 877-0000 or BatchGastropub.comEnjoy $15 unlimited boneless wings, $4 Bud Light drafts and $5-for-$20 buckets of select domestics.Renegades Country Bar and Grill600 Village Blvd., West Palm BeachAll-you-can-eat-and-drink for $50. Upgrade to call drinks for $65 (not including gratuity). The game will be shown on Renegade’s 50 flat screens and seven giant projectors. RSVP via Eventbrite.com.West Palm Brewery and Wine Vault332 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; (561) 619-8813 or WestPalmBeer.com$10 one-topping Neapolitan-style pizzas (normally $13-$17), $4 pints of dry-hopped blonde ale and $4 12-ounce pours of red saison.The Butcher Shop Beer Garden and Grill209 6th Street, West Palm Beach; (561) 812-2336 or ButcherShopBeerGarden.comThe Butcher Shop will salute the Chiefs during its 2 p.m. tailgate party, dishing out Kansas City-style smoked ribs and wings, smoked brisket and pulled pork sliders, $5 wells and 5-for-$15 beer buckets. During the watch party, kicking off at 5 p.m., specials will include $5 quarter rack of ribs and $10 smoked wings.850 WFTL reminds you to party responsibly. Enjoy the game!