Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News Business News More Cool Stuff Subscribe Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. NVdrones, a Pasadena start-up that provides cloud-based software solutions for drone fleet management, today launched its mobile application, NVDash, that promises to bring drone management into the digital age.New commercial drone regulations, titled Part 107, are effective as of today. With the new regulations many expect a massive increase in U.S. commercial drone activity. Among other rule changes, any individual can become commercially licensed by taking an FAA-approved written test. Previously a private pilot’s license was required.“We estimate up to 40% of drone businesses currently use paper and pencil to monitor their organization,” said Emerick Varga, CEO of NVdrones. “In an industry that’s pushing technological limits each and every day, drone management tools lag far behind.”The company’s founders spoke with hundreds of drone pilots before they even wrote a single line of code for the app. During their research they found customizable checklists, real-time airspace and weather information, as well as team and equipment management, are must-have’s for any drone team. Over 500 companies deploying drones have signed up for their beta program, ongoing over the past 3 months.NVdrones separates itself from the competition by also analyzing high-quality equipment performance data. Varga explains they do this by analyzing the drone’s internal “black box” sensor data. “99% of commercial drones record crucial sensor data during every flight but there are insufficient tools to make sense of the data,” Varga said. “Established drone teams already use this data to get ahead of their competitors – now we’re bringing it to the rest of the industry.”The company’s technology also utilizes the AirMap Platform for best-in-class airspace intelligence. AirMap recently made their platform of APIs and SDKs for airspace services available to the drone industry. Other AirMap partners include Intel, DJI, 3DRobotics, Aeryon Labs, and more.“We built the AirMap Platform to help innovators like NVdrones build amazing applications for drones,” said Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap. “We’re excited to see how NVdrones utilizes our SDK to help make drones part of everyday life.”Drone pilots can download the app and sign up to be a beta tester at nvdrones.com.About NVdronesFounded in 2014, NVdrones is a drone startup that creates software to manage drones efficiently and effectively. http://www.nvdrones.com/ Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Pasadena Startup Releases Drone Fleet Management Software to Synchronize Drone Teams and Businesses From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, September 5, 2016 | 11:28 am Make a comment Herbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
We always love when our favorite musicians come together for new exciting fusion. That’s why our attention piqued when we learned of Agent 3, a new project that features Soulive/Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe drummer Alan Evans, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe guitarist DJ Williams, and Rubblebucket keyboardist Darby Wolf.The trio announced their debut on YouTube, where they released the debut track “Agents From Below.” The newly formed group also announced plans to release their debut album in November, and will hit DROM in New York, NY on November 3rd (with more tour dates to follow). Additionally, a bio of the band reads “On stage, Agent 3 is a band that tours the world playing music for adoring fans….Off stage Agent 3, operating under Management, is a band of spies that surgically eliminates secret governments, terrorist groups, corrupt politicians and evil spy organizations.”Check out the band’s debut track, “Agents From Below,” streaming here.For fans of these kinds of funky collaborations, don’t miss Alan Evans’ upcoming performance at the exciting Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on October 22nd in Brooklyn, NY. Featuring over 50 musicians at three venues in one day, Evans will be featured as part of the debut performance of the All Brothers Band with Neal Evans (Soulive/Lettuce), Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), and Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band). The festival features members of The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Snarky Puppy, and so many more! Find out more by heading here.[via Jambands]
The University of Georgia, Internal Revenue Service and Georgia Department of Revenue will have four Farm and Small Business Income Tax Schools in November and December.The tax schools focus on helping the people who prepare tax returns for farms and small businesses keep up with tax changes each year.For the fourth year, UGA will also offer three Agricultural Tax Issues and Form Preparation Workshops. These are for tax preparers who have many farm clients and who attend one of the two-day tax schools.Four Georgia Sites, DatesThe tax schools are set for four Georgia sites and dates: Gainesville Nov. 16-17, Tifton Nov. 20-21, Macon Nov. 28-29 and Statesboro Dec. 12-13.Each day of classes will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. The sessions will focus on farm issues, electronic filing, new tax legislation, issues for older taxpayers, depreciation and many other farm and small business tax matters.The issues-and-forms workshops will be in Jefferson Nov. 15, Tifton Nov. 22, Macon Nov. 27 and Statesboro Dec. 12. Each begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.To learn more about the tax schools or workshops, or to preregister, call the county Extension Service office. Or call Verna Kea at (912) 386-3416.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Contrary to some bank lobbyists’ arguments, the increase in credit unions’ acquisitions of banks is “a strategic decision” – both for credit unions to grow and banks to benefit financially – according to an S&P Global articlefeaturing NAFCU’s Dan Berger and Carrie Hunt. Instead of targeting their displeasure about these acquisitions towards credit unions, bankers should reflect on the shortcomings of their industry and look to their own to understand why banks are selling to credit unions.“Credit unions want the assets, they want the bank’s customers, especially if it fits in the field of membership, they may want some branch locations,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “A credit union buying a bank, it’s always a strategic decision.”Credit unions looking to acquire a bank must make a cash offer because of the structural differences between the two institutions. Banks, on the other hand, can offer stock options when looking to acquire another bank, but as well run financial institutions, credit unions have the capacity to make competitive offers.
But the same opportunities are not available to all athletes in all sports.Athlete Jesse Owens, winner of those four glorious golds in Berlin in 1936, was denied another chance by global conflict and the discrimination the black American suffered when he returned to the US from Hitler’s Germany.In the same way, distance runner Paavo Nurmi (nine golds and three silvers between 1920 and 1928) might also have won more, had the Finn not been excluded by officials from the 10,000m in Paris for health reasons, and then banned from the 1932 Olympics for breaking the strict rules governing amateur status after once receiving travel expenses to attend a meet.There are also those who won plenty but, because of when they competed, might not have faced the most arduous of challenges.US athlete Ray Ewry overcame childhood polio and long spells confined to a wheelchair to win three golds in Paris in 1900, three again in St Louis four years later and then two more in 1908, but comparing his deeds to those of 21st Century heroes when his triumphs came in the standing long jump and standing triple jump is an inexact science at best.And what of those who mastered more than one event but could win only a solitary gold?Britain’s Daley Thompson twice proved himself the greatest decathlete in the world, first at the 1980 Moscow Games aged just 22 and then again in Los Angeles four years later, overcoming bigger and stronger rivals across 10 disciplines and two days.Not all medals are equal. Not all Olympians can race over the same distance in different styles. Only a few can compete in relays.We need more than arithmetic.The competition: Dominating across erasNurmi’s record on the track may never be matched, not least because he was running in an era before East African competition.That’s not to belittle his achievements – he had just 26 minutes to rest between winning the finals of the 1500m and 5,000m in 1924 – but it was a smaller and less diverse field than Hicham El Guerrouj would face when pulling off the same double in 2004.Then there is Carl Lewis, with his nine golds spread across four events over 12 years, seven of them coming in individual events.When the American sprinter and jumper dominated at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, the Eastern Bloc boycott decimated the fields he would face.But he had been ranked number one in the world over 100m for the previous three seasons, and had won the 100m, 4x100m and long jump at the inaugural World Championships the previous year against the best from across the globe.Those who span the eras, who maintain their superiority across Olympiads and against different generations of rivals, are deserving of their own glories: British rower Sir Steve Redgrave, with five golds in five Games; German kayaker Birgit Fischer winning eight, over six Olympic Games, despite having missed those LA Games as part of the boycott; Hungarian fencer Aladar Gerevich, who won medals in the same event six times, 28 years separating his first and final gold.The impact: Achievements that transcend sportIf not all medals are won the same way, neither do all resonate across the world to the same extent.Then there is insouciance: Czech distance runner Emil Zatopek winning the marathon, an event he had never run before, by jogging alongside flat-out favourite Jim Peters and asking if they were running fast enoughOwens is famed not only for the number of his golds but for the message they sent out, at an Olympics hijacked to promote the twisted ideals of National Socialism and Hitler’s abhorrent doctrines of Aryan supremacy.Dutch track athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen had got Owens’ autograph when she competed in Berlin as a callow 18-year-old. That she came back to the first post-war Olympics in London in 1948 to win four golds, as a mother of two, not only underplayed her athletic gifts (she was prevented from entering the high jump and long jump because athletes were allowed a maximum of four events) but did an incalculable amount to advance the cause of women’s sport.And what of Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt, who would win his first Olympic gold at the same Beijing Games where Phelps won eight?No-one had ever run like Bolt before, and no-one could dream of the times he has run. In an era beset by doping scandals, when the other four fastest men of all time have all been sanctioned for drugs offences, he has sometimes carried his sport and at other times redefined it.Bolt, like that other most charismatic of Olympians before him, Muhammad Ali, has had an impact across the world unmatched by anyone else.By the end of these Rio Games he may be up to nine golds. But that number fails to encapsulate either his brilliance or the inspiration he has wrought.The style: It’s the way that you do itIt’s not just what you win, but the style you show in winning.Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci’s fame stems not just from her tally of five golds, three silvers and a bronze, but the perfect 10s that took the teenager to those titles.Under today’s judging they would not receive the same score. What American Simone Biles can do on the beam, for example, exceeds in difficulty Comaneci’s routines but without the same numerical reward, which highlights another flaw with comparisons across the generations.But it shows how critical flair can be in informing our admiration of great Olympians.There is insouciance: Czech distance runner Emil Zatopek winning his third gold at the 1952 Olympics in the marathon, an event he had never run before, and doing so by jogging alongside flat-out favourite Jim Peters and asking the Briton whether they were running fast enough.There is guts, a determination that is almost madness – the USA’s Al Oerter, winner of discus gold at four successive Games despite a car crash that nearly killed him, replying to a doctor who told him to retire on medical grounds by saying: “This is the Olympics. You die before you quit.”And there is making the impossible seem humdrum.Bolt has shattered world records after a lunch of chicken nuggets, with his shoelaces undone, and by running the last 10 metres with his arms spread wide and a huge grin on his face. There has been no-one else like him.The legacy: Greatness that enduresTo truly care about an Olympian’s deeds, to push them ahead of so many others who have achieved so much else, we have not only to relish the moment but to let that golden glow linger.Lewis tested positive for banned substances three times before the 1988 US Olympic trials, initially being banned from the Seoul Olympics before being let off with a warning. For some, those retrospective revelations dulled the lustre of all those medals.Phelps, at his fifth Olympics, is a markedly different man to the one who left London 2012 to retire. He is more open, more sociable, clearly much happier in his skin.That may make you warm to him all the more. For the only way to settle on the greatest Olympian is to make your own choice for your own reasons. Greatness may come from public deeds, but it is secured by private affections.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was the conversation lighting up every damp corner of Olympic Park. Is Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian of all time? The US swimmer’s 21 gold medals would appear to end the argument, for no one else has even half as many. But that would be to underestimate the wonders the past 120 years have broughtThe numbers: Get your medals outIf you want to turn it into a pure numbers game, here are some of the other leading contenders for the podium: Ukrainian-born gymnast Larisa Latynina (18 medals, nine of them golds); Soviet gymnast Nikolai Andrianov (15 medals, seven golds); and moustachioed US swimmer Mark Spitz (nine golds, a silver and a bronze).