Skeeter Beater

first_img In the time-honored tradition of long-haul truckers and cheapskates road tripping across the United States, the backseat of my car has long served as an ad hoc bed for covert slumber away from home and on an adventure. Pull over, crack the windows, grab a fleece jacket for your pillow, and goodnight.Employed carefully — and legally — sleeping in a car makes a lot of sense for a quick night’s rest at a mountain trailhead before a climb or in a campground when you pull in too late to erect a tent. Drive a truck or a van and you can unfurl pads and blankets in back to convert your Ford into a makeshift motorhome.Timco Industries LLC of St. Louis Mo., makes a product to “turn your vehicle into a tent in seconds.” Essentially square sheets of netting with magnets stitched on the edges, the Skeeter Beater window screens attach on a car’s exterior to create instant screened window openings.Made of polyester no see-um mesh, the Skeeter Beaters can keep out mosquitoes, gnats and other bugs.In my test, the magnets snapped tight to the car’s metal and held the screen in place with no gaps. Strong wind might move the Skeeter Beaters, though in a windy setting gnats and mosquitoes — not to mention in-car ventilation — won’t be an issue.In the past, lack of ventilation often hampered my nights sleeping in a car on reclined bucket seats. But with the Skeeter Beaters air flows freely through the mesh-covered open windows, granting easy warm-weather slumber.Since they attach around the windows on the edge of a door, you can go in and out of a vehicle without removing the screens.The company (www.theskeeterbeater.com) sells the Skeeter Beater for about $30 a pair. They come in several colors and eight sizes to fit dozens of vehicles, from a Chevy Suburban to a Ford Focus.(Stephen Regenold writes a daily blog on outdoors gear at www.gearjunkie.com.)last_img read more

Leadership will impact employee experience now more than ever

first_imgCan managers build connections with employees, manage performance, communicate messages and give recognition remotely?  Are there differences in how teams or departments work that could allow for unique return-to-work plans?  How we return our people to our offices and branches will be one of the most important employee engagement activities this year. Not only will our re-entry impact the bottom line, it will also impact our engagement survey scores, employees’ decisions to stay or look for other opportunities, and how they share their experience with members and prospective hires. So, as leaders, are we ready to challenge our personal working preferences to ensure the best employee experience? Here are a few questions to consider:Have employees been successful at home, and can they continue to work from their home offices?  Have managers set clear expectations and understand how employees are performing both in and out of the office?center_img Can everyone participate in return to in-office decisions? As leaders, we need to assess our current beliefs, understand the true state, and then take action.  Time is passing quickly, so here are a few actions you can take:  Come from a place of empathy: Start by acknowledging that COVID-19 has been and is a shared experience for us all. Acknowledge that each employee is unique and psychological safety comfort levels will vary.Engage employees in the solution: Invite employees into the return-to-work conversation. Create an exercise for departments to revisit team deliverables and goals,  and reprioritize as needed. Then, talk to each of your employees to understand any unique working or scheduling needs. Be clear that this process will involve compromises, and the goal is to find the best solution for the employee and to ensure team deliverables can still be met. Communicate the why: Make sure shared goals and values are not forgotten in this process. Remind employees of why their work matters. If having employees in an office/branch is needed, be clear about why, and make sure they know how you are keeping them safe. Communicate often and make sure there is a ‘source of truth’ where employees can get the information they need.  Create or revisit remote working resources: With a long-term mindset, look at your work from home policies and practices and re-evaluate how managers and employees will connect for 1:1s, dispersed team meetings, etc.  Don’t be afraid to do the right thing: In the absence of a playbook, put humanity first— listen and find solutions in partnership with employees. An A/B schedule can ensure you have a response if someone complains, but being inclusive will drive employee engagement. Don’t let your personal preferences and beliefs interfere with one of the biggest employee-impacting decisions to date. When you engage employees in the process and solution, they’ll feel an increased commitment to the credit union, their team and your members. Now more than ever, we must live out our mission of “people helping people.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chary Krout For over 25 years, Chary has dedicated her career to coming alongside credit union employees and leaders, helping them solve problems, and creating better workplaces for everyone.  Chary believes in … Web: https://www.cultivateresults.com Detailslast_img read more

Binghamton man arrested following two armed robberies

first_imgHe also is charged with one count of robbery in the 2nd degree in connection with another armed robbery that happened on March 15 at the Speedway gas station at 63 Main Street. BINGHAMTON (WBNG)- Binghamton Police have arrested a man who allegedly committed two armed robberies at two separate gas stations. Pruitt is being held for arraignment. Binghamton Police arrested 34 year old Lucas Pruitt of Binghamton on Wednesday morning. Pruitt is charged with one count of robbery in the 2nd degree in connection with an armed robbery that happened at the Kwik Fill gas station at 263 Main Street on March 9. last_img

Migrant Families Were Confused When U.S. Expelled Children Into Mexico

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – The transfer was contrary to both U.S. policy and an outstanding diplomatic agreement with Mexico, which do not allow children from other countries who are traveling without adult guardians to be expelled into Mexico. But it is now becoming clear that a number of children have been improperly expelled after the Trump administration shut down the border to most asylum applicants because of the coronavirus pandemic.Since The New York Times reported last week on an internal email that warned border authorities about the improper transfers, Ms. Acuña, who asked that her sister be identified by her first name to avoid immigration repercussions, is one of several Central Americans who have come forward saying they were anxious and confused after their children and young relatives were sent without any adult to accompany them into a country that is not their own. Lawyers from KIND, an immigrant advocacy organization, said that they knew of several Central American children who were expelled into Mexico and that some of them were still in custody there. And the Young Center, another such group, confirmed it had appealed to American authorities in two additional cases — two Salvadoran girls, ages 11 and 15, who were expelled into Mexico and eventually allowed into the United States after legal interventions.“We shouldn’t be encountering these kids at all,” said Jennifer Nagda, policy director for the group. “We have no idea how many cases there are because we’re getting them through word of mouth.”Some parents have had to wait days or weeks to find out that their children had been sent without their knowledge to Mexico.Lenis Manzanarez Suazo, a Honduran who has also been waiting in Matamoros for the American border to reopen, said she watched as American immigration authorities walked her 7-year-old daughter, Samantha Manzanarez, into the United States on Sept. 23. She waited for news, assuming that the girl would be reunited with relatives in Florida. Just weeks after Esther crossed into the United States, a Honduran woman named Paola walked with her 5-year-old son Nahum to the edge of the international bridge that leads into the United States. (She also asked that she and her son be identified by their first names for fear of retaliation from American immigration authorities.)The two had been living for months in a shelter in Matamoros, Mexico, waiting for the border to reopen so they could pursue American asylum petitions. But Paola said she had reached her wit’s end about the conditions they had been living in, and the fact that her son had not been to school in more than a year. She decided to send Nahum to the United States, hoping American authorities would allow him to join his grandfather and uncles in Los Angeles.She said she walked the boy to the bridge on Sept. 5 and watched U.S. immigration officials usher him into the American port of entry. Scared that something might go wrong, she said, she stood on the bridge waiting for news. But after about five hours, she was dismayed to see a Mexican government van drive past her with Nahum inside. Eva Acuña spoke with her teenage sister Esther by phone early on the morning of Aug. 15, about an hour before Esther planned to enter the United States near the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez and ask for asylum — the end of a long journey from Esther’s home in El Salvador.Ms. Acuña, a legal permanent resident in the United States, expected to hear next from American immigration authorities about her sister’s status. But instead, about eight hours later, she received a call from the authorities in Mexico. Instead of taking her sister into custody, the U.S. Border Patrol had delivered the girl back to Mexico, where she was in a children’s shelter.- Advertisement – A U.S. Border Patrol official raised alarms about the practice in the internal email that came to light last week. Brian Hastings, chief of the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector, confirmed the practice had been occurring, and said border agents had been directed to contact the Mexican consular office each time an unaccompanied child who was not Mexican was expelled.Five people have told The Times that their children or young relatives were expelled into Mexico after entering the United States, in violation of the agreement between the two countries.center_img Mexican officials declined to provide her, as well as Paola, with documentation showing that her child had been improperly expelled by the United States into Mexican custody.A.B., a 17-year-old from El Salvador who asked to be identified by his initials because he did not want to face retaliation in his pending asylum case, said he crossed the border near El Paso on July 14 but was expelled back to Mexico and held in a shelter there for two weeks.The American officer who processed his case, he said, told him that if he had tried to cross the border before the pandemic, he would have had more success. “We’re sending you back to Mexico,” he said the official told him. “Maybe next time.”Ms. Acuña’s sister Esther, who is 15, was transferred to a second shelter after being sent back to Mexico, then a third. She was eventually allowed into the United States after American lawyers, working in concert with the Salvadoran consulate, successfully argued that the expulsion had violated both U.S. policy and the diplomatic agreement.She arrived at a U.S.-operated children’s shelter in Arizona on Oct. 23, about two months after she had been sent back to Mexico.Eventually, Ms. Acuña said, the family hopes she can be released to family members in Houston. But when that will be, no one knows. “We waited for a call from a family member or something for three, four days,” Ms. Manzanarez Suazo said. “I was nervous. A week passed and still nothing.”Finally, about eight days later, Ms. Manzanarez Suazo sought help from an immigrant advocacy organization called Every Last One that contacted the Mexican child welfare agency on a hunch that Samantha had been expelled. The hunch was correct. Samantha was in one of the agency’s shelters. Working with American lawyers, Paola contacted Mexico’s child welfare agency and learned that her son had been sent back into its custody. She pleaded to see him, but three days went by before she was allowed to pick him up.Shipping young people back and forth between foreign governments is a sensitive matter, in part because of the bureaucratic red tape that can lead to delays in their release, even in cases like Paola’s, when the child’s parent is waiting in the same country.It is unclear how many non-Mexican children have been expelled into Mexico, because both the American and Mexican governments have declined to provide data on the number of cases. U.S. government officials have cited a legal challenge against some of the expulsions that have occurred under the pandemic to explain why they cannot elaborate further. In a tweet on Friday, a spokesman for the Mexican secretary of foreign affairs said that “at the moment” it had no record of minors entering Mexico without accompanying relatives.“The Mexican government, along with civil society and multilateral organizations, will continue with due investigations,” the statement said. In some cases, including Esther’s, there were no other family members in Mexico to aid the children. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump succeeding in  making America great

first_imgThe 30,000 emails Mrs. Clinton erased were not about her yoga classes or her mother’s funeral. They were about money she was taking for the fake Clinton Foundation. You know from people all over the world who thought they could buy favors from her when she became president. That’s someone who enriched themselves at the expense of the American people. Donald Trump is a billionaire; he’s donating his salary he gets as president. He could make a lot more money not being president. As far as not being qualified, Obama set the bar as the least qualified person to ever be president. He started the war on cops, attempted to destroy the greatest healthcare system in the world, added as much to the national debt as all the presidents before him, made race relations the worst they have been in 50 years. And the things he considers great accomplishments of his, he had to lie to get them done. For example, Obamacare, the Iranian agreement and don’t forget how he lied about Benghazi to protect his reelection.Cynthia, our economy is growing, unemployment is down, we have re-established ourselves as the world’s lone superpower as opposed to “leading from behind.” What a joke. Face it, Trump is making America great again.Dave EdwardsHalfmoon Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re May 30 letter, “Trump supporters must be voted out”: Ms. Cynthia Swanson’s claims are false and very hypocritical.There is no evidence that President Trump colluded with Russia. None. The only candidate who colluded with Russia in the last election was Mrs. Clinton. The fake dossier she paid for was written with Russian help.center_img More from The Daily Gazette:Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Man Utd boss Solskjaer counting on derby classic

first_img United are unbeaten in nine games, following Thursday’s 3-0 FA Cup win at Derby, and will now look to boost their Champions League qualification prospects when City visit Old Trafford on Sunday.Advertisement Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is counting on a derby classic against Manchester City on Sunday. Solskjaer said: “They will feel confident. They have hit form, they are playing well. They have just been to the Bernabeu, winning there as well, and won the cup final. Read Also:Solskjaer frustrated over scheduling ahead of Manchester derby “So I am sure they will play their game, we will play our game, and hopefully it will be a good one. Let’s hope it will be a 4-3, like we have seen before. There have been many classics. We will do what we can to make it a classic.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindMeet The Happiest Shiba Inu On Instagram!Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Dazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The WorldA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To Leave14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more