first_imgMountain biking always struck me as a spring, summer, or fall sport. The short daylight hours of winter and colder temperatures make it difficult to squeeze in trail bike rides in the winter. After picking up the sport of cyclocross this fall, I decided that I would take the plunge into the world of night riding. It took me a few weeks of thinking and talking about night riding before I decided I was ready to commit. A couple of months ago I purchased a relatively expensive bike light. I also decided to purchase a couple of Cree XML T-6 bike lights based on the recommendation of a friend. After using both the expensive light and the Cree, the Cree bike lights have exceeded my expectations, especially given the price point.Based on my shopping experience and anecdotal evidence, quality bike lights are notoriously expensive. When spending that much on an electronic device, however, I expect it to do more than simply act as a flashlight.  One thing that makes the Cree bike lights such an attractive option to the novice night rider is that they are a not cost prohibitive barrier to night riding. With Cree, you can test the waters of night riding without making a huge investment. The Cree lights claim to have 1,600 lumens, have three settings, high, medium and strobe. I have not tested the lumen output to verify this claim, but suffice it to say, this light is bright. The Cree lights are rechargeable and a full charge last about 4 to 5 hours, which is pretty similar for much more expensive options. The lights easily mount to a helmet or your handlebars and come with accessories for mounting. I suggest you buy a pair of Cree bike lights, one for your helmet and one for your handlebars and get out and explore the trails after dark. Adventure awaits.MSRP $29.99last_img read more

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At $2.4 billion/180,000-member Citadel Federal Credit Union, Exton, Pa., Michael Schnably, senior vice president, uses three stats to measure auto lending success:total loan dollars;income from the loan portfolio; andmember satisfaction or Net Promoter Score.“We also garner feedback regularly from selected member transactions and quarterly from a more formal member survey,” he says.Response time or loan turnaround at the dealer are other factors some CUs measure, along with success in new member growth and cross-selling opportunities. Drew Egan, president/chief operating officer for CU Solutions Group, a CUES Supplier member in Livonia, Mich., sees CUs tracking increased website activity, campaign landing page hits, started or completed loan applications, closed loans as well as increased call volumes and foot traffic in the branches. continue reading »last_img read more

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first_imgCDCWashington D.C. — A disease has spread to areas it normally hasn’t been, the American Heart Association is warning.The disease, mostly found in Central and South America, has become more common worldwide, American Heart Association officials said. Health officials have noted for years that it affects an estimated 300,000 U.S. residents or more.Chagas disease, a cause of heart failure, stroke and sudden death, results from a parasite transmitted by “kissing bugs,” a committee stated in a medical journal Aug. 20.“Kissing bugs” get their nickname because they like to bite people on their faces.Doctors say the next time you’re out in a wooded area or on the patio, you should be on alert.But it isn’t the bite itself you should be concerned about, according to Dr. Robert Springer.“So while they’re biting you, ‘kissing’ you in the middle of the night, they also happen to be defecating there,” Springer said. “You wake up the next morning, you’re wiping the sleep out of your eye and you’ve just moved infected excrement into your eye and into your mouth mucous membrane. Then you become infected.”The excrement contains the parasite that causes the virus. The symptoms include swelling of the eye or area where the parasite entered the body. It can also be associated with fever and headaches, but in extreme cases, Chagas disease can be deadly.The disease can also be passed through contaminated food or drink, from pregnant mothers to their babies and through blood transfusions and organ transplants, the American Heart Association notes.The above map shows where “kissing bugs” have been reported across the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“Worst-case scenario is a chronic infection that can involve the heart,” Springer said. “It can involve the intestines and especially in the heart. It can cause large enlargement of the heart and heart failure and other heart troubles, including rhythm disturbances.”“Kissing bugs” infest adobe houses in Central and Southern America, according to the American Heart Association. They are found across much of the U.S., but most indoor structures, built with plastered walls and sealed entryways, prevent insect invasion, and “kissing bugs” rarely infest indoor areas of houses.Not all “kissing bugs” are infected with the parasite that causes Chagas disease.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the majority of the current cases are travel-related, meaning the person got the illness while traveling out of the country.Medications can cure infections caught early, the American Heart Association also notes.(Associated Press)last_img read more

first_img Oshoala who has won the championship multiple times with the Super Falcons stressed further that CAF has also failed to build on the success of 2016 of the edition which was hosted by Cameroon. “It’s when you invest in something that you want to get a return, like in 2016 tournament, there was a full stadium in Cameroon and everyone came out to support women’s football, which is unusual.” “And I think that was our chance to build on it, Women’s football is getting attention and then four years later, CAF decided to cancel the tournament is really sad,” Oshoala said. Oshoala concluded that women’s football is not getting the needed attention from CAF and all the national Federations to thrive and it is one of the reasons they are struggling to market the women’s tournament to various investors. read also:Oshoala makes Primera Iberdola Team of the Season ” I don’t think women’s football is getting the attention it needed from CAF and Federations, because if it was the Afcon that was canceled, then various Federation would have come all out to condemn the decision, but it was the AWCON, I don’t think any Federation has come out to release a statement against the decision,” she told FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Super Falcons forward, Asisat Oshoala, has condemned the decision of the Confederations of African Football ( CAF) to cancel the 2020 African women’s championship. The 25-year-old Barcelona forward told in an exclusive interview that the decisions are evidence that the African football governing is not prioritizing the development of the women’s football on the continent, like their male counterparts. CAF confirmed the cancelation of the 2020 AWCON on June 30th due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Oshoala, however, did not hide her disappointment, before branding the decision as a huge setback for women’s football on the continent. “The cancelation of the AWCON didn’t meet me well, as a player I really felt bad because that’s the only big tournament we have on the continent,” She told “This tournament holds every two years and to my surprise, as at March they are still struggling to get host nation and all.” “Then coming out to say other tournaments have been postponed, while the AWCON has been canceled is actually not fair on the players.” “They should have come up with reasonable explanations, but I believe they don’t have any excuse to cancel the tournament because they have two years to prepare.” She said. Loading… center_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets6 Secret Origin Stories Of Modern FoodsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has tested positive for coronavirus. Arteta confirmed this himself on the website of the football club. The development has subsequently prompted the Premier League to announce an emergency meeting for Friday to discuss future fixtures. So also have Arsenal closed their training ground as a result of Arteta’s condition, with Gunners players and club staff who had recent contact with the Spaniard now forced to self-isolate. Arteta said on Thursday: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. “I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” Confirming Arteta’s statement, Arsenal said: “Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive Covid-19 result this evening. “Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. “We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff.” The club is now making efforts to trace those who may have had contact with Arteta. The Club’s Managing Director, Vinai Venkatesham, said: “The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is. “Our thoughts are with Mikel who is disappointed but in good spirits. We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.” The Premier League said: “In light of Arsenal’s announcement tonight confirming that their first-team coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League will convene an emergency club meeting tomorrow morning regarding future fixtures.”Tags: ArsenalCoronavirusMikel ArtetaPremier LeagueVinai Venkateshamlast_img read more

first_imgTottenham have announced Romania defender Vlad Chiriches is to join Serie A club Napoli for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old moved to north London from Steaua Bucharest for a reported fee of 9.5million euros in August 2013 but struggled to cement a regular first-team spot at White Hart Lane and will now be moved on. Tottenham said on their official website: “We have reached agreement with Napoli for the transfer of Vlad Chiriches. We wish Vlad every success for the future.” Chiriches made just 43 appearances across his two seasons, 27 of which came in the Premier League. He signed off in ignominious fashion in his final match with the club after being red-carded in the 3-0 defeat at Stoke on May 9. With Spurs signing Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid, Chiriches, who has 32 caps for Romania, was likely to fall further down the pecking order at Spurs. Chiriches is the second defender to leave the club this summer after Younes Kaboul signed for Premier League rivals Sunderland earlier this month. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgTHE anti-doping tribunal to hear West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell’s case is set to deliver its verdict on January 31.The independent tribunal is looking into whether he breached the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) code by being negligent about filing his whereabouts three times between January and July 2015. If he is found guilty, Russell faces the danger of being banned for two years.According to the WADA code, if an athlete misses three tests in a 12-month period, it amounts to a failed dope test.The charge was pressed by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) last March. JADCO said Russell had been negligent about filing his whereabouts despite several reminders over phone, email and through written letters. Still Russell failed to file his whereabouts on January 1, July 1 and July 25, 2015.In his defence, Russell told the tribunal that he had not been properly trained to file the whereabouts. And considering he was busy fulfilling various cricket commitments he had authorised his agent and travel agent to file his whereabouts on his behalf.The three-member tribunal, comprising Hugh Faulkner, Dr Marjorie Vassell and Dixeth Palmer, a former Jamaica cricketer, was due to deliver the verdict in December. But no reasons were offered by the tribunal in public behind the delay.The delayed verdict has kept not just Russell, but also various T20 franchises waiting in anticipation.Although not contracted with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Russell is one of the most valuable players in the various Twenty20 domestic leagues across the world.Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL), Sydney Thunder (Big Bash League), Islamabad United (PSL), Nottinghamshire Outlaws (NatWest T20 Blast) and Jamaica Tallawahs (Caribbean Premier League) are some of the teams he has represented, and he has been the most valuable player for more than one team and tournament.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

first_imgBy Phil McNultyJACK Charlton, who has died aged 85, will always be remembered as one of the group of 11 England players who won the World Cup against West Germany in 1966.And yet there was so much more to the rounded, wonderful career of one of football’s legendary characters – as a player with Leeds United, manager at club and international level and also as one of the first generation of television pundits, going on to enjoy a long and distinguished career in broadcasting.Playing alongside younger brother Bobby, the Ashington-born centre-half was the late developer who went on to the greatest glory with his country.The man simply known as ‘Big Jack’, of great football stock as a cousin of Newcastle United legend ‘Wor Jackie’ Milburn, also won the game’s major club honours as part of Don Revie’s Leeds United side and was a fine manager with the likes of Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle before his wonderful spell in charge of the Republic of Ireland.Charlton’s spiky, outspoken nature was allied to a genuine, humorous, honest personality which ensured him iconic status not just as an Englishman but also as an honorary Irishman.The giant Charlton, nicknamed ‘the Giraffe’ because of his long neck and the stature that made him the scourge of forwards and goalkeepers alike – almost inventing the ploy of standing in front of keepers at corners – had a slow-burning playing career.And rather like his great Leeds central defensive partner Norman Hunter, who also sadly died recently, his no-nonsense approach often disguised the great ability he had as a footballer.Charlton’s career, if not exactly going nowhere, was lacking in direction until he fell under the guidance of Revie, who was able to harness the more maverick nature of his personality with his talent to make him an essential element of a wonderful side, going on to make a record 773 appearances for Leeds over a 23-year period as a player.He also scored 96 goals for the club, making him ninth on their list of all-time scorers.Revie brought together a group of young players and experienced hands such as Charlton alongside the likes of Hunter, Billy Bremner, Peter Lorimer and shrewd signings such as the veteran Bobby Collins and John Giles, signed from Manchester United for a paltry £33 000.After gaining promotion to the former First Division in 1964, Charlton helped Leeds reach the 1965 FA Cup final, where they lost to Liverpool, but success was just around the corner and after another losing final, the brutal two-game affair against Chelsea in 1970, they finally won the coveted trophy by beating Arsenal in 1972.The Holy Grail, the league title, was won in 1968-69, and there was silverware elsewhere such as the League Cup in 1968 and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (the forerunner of the UEFA Cup and Europa League) in 1967-68 and 1970-71.Charlton was never bound by the usual conventions, making him an even more colourful presence in the game.He once courted trouble with the authorities by revealing he had “a little black book” of players he intended to, shall we say, meet again on the pitch, if they had ever crossed him – one of whom was believed to be former Everton hard man Johnny Morrissey, a tough Scouser who even his ruthless team-mate Giles suggested was an adversary best avoided.The great Leeds team, and this was a great team, was somewhat overshadowed by their reputation for a physical approach, and should have won more than the honours that came their way – but his presence ensured Charlton still became one of the most decorated players of his era.It was with England, however, that Charlton wrote his name indelibly into the history books. And, like his development at Leeds, his emergence as an international came later in his career.Charlton had turned 29 when he made his England debut in a 2-2 draw with Scotland at Wembley in April 1965.He was so surprised at his call-up he subsequently asked manager Sir Alf Ramsey why he had picked him. Charlton revealed Ramsey’s deadpan response was: “I pick the best team for my pattern of play, Jack – I don’t always pick the best players.”It was a team that became champions of the world on July 30 the following year, with one of the enduring images of England’s 4-2 win after extra time against West Germany a picture of Charlton sinking to his knees, overcome by emotion, before embracing his tearful brother Bobby.“People say to me ‘was that the most memorable day of your life?’ and I say ‘not really’ because unlike our kid (brother Bobby) and Bobby Moore, I hadn’t been with them for years and years aiming for this,” Charlton told Desert Island Discs in 1996. “I’d just come in, done it and gone. The most joy as a player was winning the league championship with Leeds at Liverpool.”Charlton, who won the Footballer-of-the-Year award in 1967, went on to win 35 caps for England, the last of which came in a 1-0 win over Czechoslovakia in a group game at the 1970 Mexico World Cup in June 1970, aged 35.Following his retirement from playing at Leeds, Charlton was appointed manager of Middlesbrough in May 1973, his character proving more suited to the job than his quieter and more reserved brother, who had an undistinguished spell in charge of Preston North End.Legend has it he declined to be interviewed, simply handing the Middlesbrough board a list of what his responsibilities would be and warning any interference on the playing side would not be tolerated.Charlton was an instant success, winning promotion to the First Division with a top-class Middlesbrough side boasting a host of very fine players such as Graeme Souness, Willie Maddren, David Armstrong and many others.He stayed at Middlesbrough for four years before moving on to Sheffield Wednesday, during which time he took the Owls from the bottom of the old Third Division to promotion, reaching the FA Cup semi-final in 1983, only for defeat to soon be followed by his departure.Charlton had a short spell back at Middlesbrough as caretaker before taking over at Newcastle in June 1984 but it was unproductive and he left in 1985 – before what many consider to be the crowning glory of his managerial career.He had applied for the England job when his old boss Revie resigned in 1976 but never received a reply – instead he was appointed manager of the Republic of Ireland in February 1986.What followed was a glorious thrill ride that provided a thousand tales of Charlton’s eccentric approach (although he was perhaps wily enough to use some of that to cover up an incredibly shrewd tactical mind and superb knowledge) and a period of success that still brings a warm glow to Ireland whenever it is recalled.Charlton made good use of eligibility rules to build a formidable side with players born outside the Republic of Ireland, such as central defender Mick McCarthy and forwards Tony Cascarino and John Aldridge among others.The first sign of things to come was delivered at the 1988 European Championship when, despite losing world-class players such as Mark Lawrenson after his retirement through injury, Charlton’s side beat Bobby Robson’s England 1-0 in a group game.Ireland just failed to make it out of the group but Charlton master-minded a run to the quarter-finals of the Italia 90 World Cup, qualifying from a group that included England and The Netherlands, both games drawn 1-1, before a win on penalties over Romania and then a narrow 1-0 defeat against hosts Italy in the last eight. 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