Bilbao baggings: the ultimate picnic road trip

It’s no surprise that a region with so many Michelin-starred restaurants is also home to world-class food producers. Time to fill up the picnic basket for a Basque country food odyssey

Price aside, eating at a one of the Basque country’s many Michelin-starred restaurants and sitting on a sea wall with a picnic have more in common than you’d imagine. The region’s greatest chefs – including Eneko Atxa, Elena Arzak, Andoni Luis Aduriz of Mugaritz, and Victor Arguinzoniz of Asador Etxebarri – all say the fertile land and seas, fresh produce, independent artisans (cheesemakers, winemakers, bakers), plus a culture with food at its heart, make for a transcendent gastronomic experience. It’s this holistic convergence that made Bilbao the destination of choice for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants event this summer.

You’ll remember a meal in one of the Basque country’s restaurants for a lifetime. But visit the region’s artisan producers yourself and you’ll get the ultimate picnic – and a lot more euros left in your pocket. I set off on my epicurean treasure hunt from Bilbao, visiting shops, food producers, and wine and beer makers, to enjoy the tastiest treats and finest drink in the most scenic picnic locations.

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Take a national parks road trip this summer

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The United States is home to so many amazing national parks. The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite – they’re all filled with natural wonders that are worth checking out. Getting around to seeing all of these can be difficult though. When you can only take a week or two off at a time, you want to make the most of every opportunity. Fortunately, by going on a national parks road trip, you can explore more than a few of America’s best sights without having to miss out.

Why a road trip?

There’s so much to see in the United States, a lot of which we’ll never have time for in our lives. If we could spend our free time traveling instead of working or studying, then we gladly would. Unfortunately, we wouldn’t get very far on vacation without money to fund everything.

By going on a road trip, you’re allowing yourself a chance to see more of the world without taking too much time away from your life at home. While you don’t always get to spend as long as you’d probably like to at each location, it’s still enough to see the wonders that each place has to offer. Plus, exploring America’s national parks on a road trip is much more exciting than simply flying out to visit somewhere. You’re likely to have a more memorable experience being out on the road with friends or family, and come away with a greater sense of accomplishment too.

Where exactly should you go on a road trip, though?

The Grand Circle

This road trip will take you through the states of Arizona, Nevada and Utah, focusing primarily on the latter as you explore national parks like Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon. Across the space of two weeks, you’ll drive through much of Utah, with stops in Arizona for the all-important visit to the Grand Canyon. If you’re able to, you can stretch the road trip across a longer timeframe so that you can enjoy all that these places have to offer. Likewise, you can also shorten it to just one week, giving yourself enough time to see the national parks mentioned here, as well as Zion Canyon and Kaibab.

It’s recommended that you start somewhere like Las Vegas, although you could also begin in Salt Lake City or Phoenix. By opting for the former, you’ll also give yourself a chance to enjoy a day or two in Nevada’s famed Sin City.

Yellowstone & Arches

If you want a bit of variety with your road trip, why not give the Yellowstone & Arches road trip a try? You’ll explore a good number of states, including Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho, as you move from the Arches National Park to the Dinosaur National Monument. The biggest attraction on this route is Yellowstone National Park, home to the United States’ largest supervolcano. The presence of the Yellowstone Caldera has resulted in many attractive geothermal features, such as the Old Faithful geyser and Grand Prismatic Spring that many visitors love to see.

Yosemite & Big Sur

For an experience around California, this is the road trip to try out. It’ll take you to Yosemite National Park, home to a landscape sculpted by ancient glaciers where every corner is perfect for a photo. Yosemite Valley, Nevada Falls and the Cathedral Range are all places of interest here, so you’ll want to stick around long enough to get a good look at the national park. There are plenty more places to see on this road trip, though, including Sequoia Canyon, Point Reyes and Big Sur. If you want to spend a day relaxing by the coast during your travels, the latter will give you somewhere to chill out.

Everyone needs to go on vacation at some point, especially when things at home are stressing you out. Road trips might not offer you the chance to completely shut off from the world, but they’ll give you an experience you won’t soon forget.

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Want a Life on the Open Road? Here’s What It’s Like to Be a Truck Driver


Cindy George never planned to be a truck driver.

She was finishing up her bachelor’s degree in computer science technology when she met Danny, who’d recently begun a job as a long-haul trucker.

Cindy had driven trucks on her family farm since she was 16, but it wasn’t until she started splitting her time between studying in the computer lab and riding along with Danny that she had a revelation.

“About the time I graduated, I got the idea in my head that if I became a computer programmer, I would be stuck down in a basement somewhere while life was going on around outside,” Cindy says. “And the opposite of that is the truck, where the world goes past your windshield. You have a different view every day.”

That was 29 years ago. Danny, 53, and Cindy, 51, have now been married 25 years, and last year they earned $ 175,000 as a truck-driving team.

The Georges are the kind of success story the trucking industry might want to add to its recruiting arsenal — there’s an estimated shortage of more than 50,000 drivers, according to the American Trucking Association. With an aging workforce, the industry is losing drivers to retirement and has struggled to replace them with a new generation of truckers.  

If you’ve dreamed about ditching the office — and that micromanager of a boss — for the open road, there are a few things you need to know before making trucking your career track.

Truck Driver Shortage, Reason #1: Pay

Although there’s a shortage of truck drivers, the pay rate has not reflected the increased demand.

On average, local drivers make $ 21.69 per hour while long-distance truckers make $ 22.22 per hour, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But if you adjust for inflation, the pay rates haven’t changed much in the last decade.

The George’s, who’ve reached the top of their pay scale, estimate that 17% of their income last year came from bonuses for meeting monthly mileage goals, earning additional certifications and serving as mentors to younger drivers.

Shyanta Mathis, who drove a truck for seven years and is now a recruiter for ProDrivers in South Carolina, says one of the reasons she left the driver’s seat wasn’t the need for a bigger paycheck but for steadier income.

Finding that can be difficult when you’re at the mercy of the weather, a truck’s mechanical issues and customers’ schedules.

“The check would be $ 900 and then the next week your check would be $ 600,” Mathis says. “Even though I may make a little less now… at least I don’t have to guess what my paycheck is going to be.”

Truck Driver Shortage, Reason #2: Lifestyle

Cindy and Danny George pose in the cab of their truck.
Cindy and Danny George pose in the cab of their truck. Photo by Scott Lee

Although driving a big rig on the open road may sound romantic, the reality is that long stretches away from loved ones, difficult weather conditions and demanding schedules mean the trucking life can be stressful and a lot of hard work.

Mathis describes the demands of driving in the mountains during harsh winter conditions and having to pull over at each incline to attach chains to the tires — all 18 of them. The need to find safe areas to park at night when she drove alone intensified her anxiety.

Although short-haul drivers may not have to be away from home for long periods, they deal with lower pay and the monotony of driving the same routes every day.

Tony Hobart, 46, of Ocala, Florida, has been a short-distance driver for three years. He started working for a company six months ago, making $ 13 per hour. He now makes $ 15 per hour, plus time-and-a-half because he drives 60 hours per week.

“It’s less stress,” Hobart says. “For short haulers, it’s a solid job, but it’s very boring.”

Few people consider trucking to be glamorous, so it ends up being a job of last resort, according to Justin Harness, senior vice president of dedicated operations for US XPress.

It’s not a job that people want to do, necessarily,” Harness says. “It’s either a stopgap… or people try it when they’re of legal driving age and they realize it’s not a lifestyle they want to subscribe to long term.

“It is not an easy job.”

Benefits of Being a Truck Driver

So what is it that gets people behind the wheel?

Mathis says that truck driving may not be easy, but it’s important, which gives drivers a purpose beyond the paycheck.

“A lot of drivers feel good just knowing that they are contributing to bringing consumer goods to people’s homes,” Mathis says.

Harness agrees that his drivers feel a sense of accomplishment by building relationships with their customers.

“They enjoy the freedom of being out on the road… and they have a lot of freedom in whether they are able to do a good job or not,” Harness says. “The ones that are very successful take a lot of pride in that.”

And even though the trucking industry may not pay as much as some people think it should, the salary and bonuses can really add up to a decent income for someone just entering the workforce.  

There are some great opportunities to make some really good money for 21-, 22-, 23-, 24-, 25-year-olds coming into this industry with no experience,” Harness says.

Mathis prefers her new job as a recruiter but admits there are aspects of truck driving she misses.

“Before I got in the truck, I had never seen anything past North Carolina and South Carolina,” she says. “Now I’ve been to Oregon, Idaho — all these beautiful places.”

The Georges say that mandatory rest periods for long-haul truckers help them plan stops along their routes for running, hiking and cycling.

“If you’re opportunistic and know where you can stop, you might find a nice bike trail next to a rest stop,” says Danny, a third-generation truck driver.

Plus, that idealistic notion of the seeing the world still rings true for the couple.

“We got into the profession because we wanted an adventure,” Danny says. “It’s 29 years later, and I still can’t believe we get paid to do this — it is an absolute blast.”

How to Become a Truck Driver

Cindy and Danny George pose in front of the Danny & Cindy George Wheat Ridge TA Travel Center, a truck stop that was named in their honor, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Cindy and Danny George Photo by Lori Knutsen for U.S. Xpress, Inc.

Before you buy a trucker’s hat and a pair of fuzzy dice, you’ll need a few things, including your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates licensing for safety and training, but you’ll need to obtain the license through your state Department of Motor Vehicles.

And you can’t simply walk into the DMV and sign up for an exam. You’ll need to attend a truck driving school to prepare for passing the skills and knowledge tests.

Specialized schools and local colleges offer courses that can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the type of certifications you want to get.  

Also be prepared to take the Department of Transportation physical, which you must pass to receive a two-year license.

Oh, and if you’re planning to hit the road with your significant other, the Georges recommend you learn how to get along in a space the size of a walk-in closet.

“Read a couple books about relationships,” Danny suggests. Cindy adds with a laugh, “I have my own personal comedian in the truck with me… humor helps a lot.”

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Data journalist Alex Mahadevan contributed to this article.

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The MLB released its official 2019 schedule on Wednesday, with the Yankees opening their season at home in 2019 against the Baltimore Orioles on March 28. The Mets open the same day and begin the season with a two-city road trip in Washington D.C. and Miami.

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An alternative road trip in County Kerry, Ireland

Spinning off south-west Ireland’s famous tourist route, there’s a less-visited crock of Kerry gold amid the islands, peaks and cliffs of the Skellig Ring

The 180km Ring of Kerry drive in south-west Ireland is justly famous – with stunning panoramas of bays, inlets, lakes and mountains, and views to the Unesco world heritage site (and location of the latest Star Wars film) of Skellig Michael island (pictured above), 12km off the tip of the Iveragh peninsula. But there is a lesser-known alternative, that is original, eye-opening, and avoids the tour buses that clog the Ring’s roads, especially in summer.

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British Columbia road trip: the art of getting lost

This epic Canadian landscape is best enjoyed on a meandering, unplanned overland tour – in a Jeep with a bed on the roof
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The best road trips have few set plans. They’re about the thrill of discovery, of not knowing what comes next. Forget detailed itineraries that look like a shopping list. As Kerouac said: “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling under the stars.” That’s my kind of road trip.

This is why I was so excited to find out about overlanding, defined as self-reliant adventure travel, usually in 4×4 vehicles, where the journey is as important as the highlights visited along the way, and the emphasis is on exploration and the freedom of the back roads. It’s been big in Africa for years, but a new company, Hastings Overland, has just launched the concept in western Canada.

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Our tipsters drive through Transylvania bear country and the bayous of Louisiana, stargaze in Chile and enjoy the solitude of Siberia

This is a wonderfully underrated road-trip destination. From Bucharest, take Road 1 towards the Carpathian mountains, to the well-preserved medieval towns of Braşov and Sighişoara. On the way, you’ll often be surrounded by dense, dark woodland and craggy peaks, where there are bears and wolves, and pass the time spotting castles and horse and carts. In Zărneşti, we stayed at Pensiunea Hora cu Brazi (doubles from £28 room only) near Piatra Craiului national park and enjoyed a slower pace of life, sitting in the farm’s garden and enjoying the homemade and traditional food, wine and spirits.
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7 essentials for a great road trip

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The season for road tripping is upon us and there’s no better time than the hot summer days to grab a friend, or two and hit those long, endless windy roads. There is something so liberating about taking a road trip. It gives you an opportunity to explore the country (whether you decide to go local or travel abroad) from a different side and perspective. On a road trip you get to see the sides of the country that you would have never been able to otherwise. It’s also about taking some time for yourself and your thoughts, just because you are traveling with another person, it doesn’t mean there has to be talking 24/7. As much as a road trip can seem like a spontaneous adventure to embark on, it does take some planning before you hit that road. So if you are planning to embark on a nice long road trip any time soon, don’t forget to bring along and pack these essential items.

Audio books

Road trips can be a long and journey, and so you might find it more interesting to listen to some audio books instead of the radio while you’re in the driver’s seat. Moreover, it you called shotgun and you’re not driving, reading while in motion can make you feel nauseous, so it could be a great alternative.

Snacks

Preferably healthy ones. One of the greatest things about going on a road trip is that you don’t always know when your next stop for freshening up will be (unless you’re using a special app for that). In case you get hungry or just craving some sweets, you’ll have those snacks ready right by your side.

Baby wipes

Once you use those baby wipes, you really won’t understand where they have been your entire life. Baby wipes are useful for pretty much everything. From cleaning your seat, to making you feel like you just washed your hands. Trust us, you would probably want to take more than one pack of baby wipes. You’ll thank us later.

Spare car keys

Do yourself a favor and take along another pair of keys, especially when traveling with kids. The last thing you want to happen is getting licked outside your car. Always make sure you carry those spare kids in your bag every time you leave the vehicle.

Games

While smartphones and other devices that can be held with your hands are nice, there’s nothing like working your creative juices while driving through the country. Put aside those digital devices and you will realize how nice it could be to connect with the people around you by even playing ‘stupid’ car games. You have travel bingo, cards, word games and counting games.


Cash for those road tolls

It might sound like an obvious tip, but you don’t want to get stuck without any cash when you hit a toll road. They can really pop out of nowhere and you don’t always know what their fares will be. Just stock your front drawer with some coins and you’ll be good and ready to go.

First Aid kit

Just like you won’t forget your portable phone charger, that’s how you should treat a first aid kit. It contains all the basic essentials in case of a small scratch or a bigger emergency. You can get those ready-to-go kits at AAA and it will seriously be a lifesaver.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: Morgan McMichaels’ Road To ‘All Stars 3’

As fans count down to the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 on January 25,  FANDOM takes a closer look at the nine queens competing for the coveted crown.

Name: Morgan McMichaels
Real Name: Thomas White
Age: 36
Hometown: Loch Lomond, Scotland, UK
Season: 2
Finished: 8th place

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Stripper Challenge

Morgan got a head start on the competition during Season 2 when she won the main challenge of the first episode. Tasked with putting on a show for a bunch of men at a strip club, Morgan used being one of the “pretty girls” to her advantage. Her skills at working the crowd, not to mention her ability to do an upside-down split on the stripper pole, helped land her the top spot of the season premiere.

Morgan vs Mystique

Every season needs a good feud and Morgan’s fight with Mystique Summers Madison was one of the first to enter the Drag Race Feud Hall of Fame. (And it gave us the infamous line, “Bitch, I’m from Chicago!”) Morgan has a sharp tongue and isn’t afraid to speak her mind — something that should make for good TV during All Stars 3 — so there were plenty of moments where she brought the drama, including the scene from Untucked below.

“Two of Hearts” Lip Sync

Being in the bottom two provided Morgan with an opportunity to show off her epic performance skills and she took full advantage during a lip sync to Stacey Q’s  “Two of Hearts.” While her opponent, Sonique, showed off some impressive gymnastic skills all over the runway, Morgan proved you could stay in one spot and still steal the show.


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Morgan is a staple of the Southern California drag scene, performing nightly in San Diego, Long Beach, and LA. New fans may recognize her from her recent social media feud with Season 2 winner Tyra Sanchez, who posted on Twitter last year that Morgan was dead. Between her performance skills and her take-no-prisoners attitude, can Morgan snag a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame next to her drag mother, All Stars Season 1 winner Chad Michaels?

Check out FANDOM’s coverage of the other All Stars 3 queens below.

Aja
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Chi Chi DeVayne
Kennedy Davenport
Milk
Shangela
Thorgy Thor
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: Milk’s Road to ‘All Stars 3’

As fans count down to the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 on January 25,  FANDOM takes a closer look at the nine queens competing for the coveted crown.

Name: Milk
Real Name: Daniel Donigan
Age: 29
Hometown: Syracuse, New York
Season: 6
Finished: 9th place

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Bearded Queen

Milk got a lot of criticism from the other queens when she chose to wear a beard on the runway, but RuPaul clearly liked what she saw. The next season featured an entire mainstage challenge that required the contestants to sissy that walk with facial hair. The quirky queen was doing “weird” before it was chic.

“Workroom Ru” Look

Season 6 featured a runway challenge that required the queens to recreate their favorite Mama Ru looks from her decades-spanning career. But jaws truly dropped when Milk appeared as “Workroom Ru,” complete with bald head and his signature suit. Not all the judges were happy with the boy drag, but it left the strongest impression of the episode.

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Milk worked at a Marc Jacobs store before her time on Drag Race, but the fashion designer promoted her to a model for the brand in 2016. And that was just the start of the queen’s modeling career. Last year, Milk became the new face of Madonna’s MDNA skin care line. With even more time in the fashion industry under her belt, we can’t wait to see what shocking looks the dairy queen brings to the All Stars runway.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: BenDeLaCreme’s Road To ‘All Stars 3’

As fans count down to the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 on January 25, FANDOM looks at the nine queens competing for the coveted crown.

Name: BenDeLaCreme
Real Name: Benjamin Putnam
Age: 35
Home City: Seattle, Washington
Season: 6
Finished: 5th/Miss Congeniality

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Shade: The Rusical

When it was time for the season’s musical number, DeLa received high praise for her role as an evil temptress — or as Bianca Del Rio put it, “a man with one eye.” The kooky queen served Phantom of the Opera realness as she urged Courtney Act’s ingenue character to drink from her evil fish-oil potion.


Snatch Game

Viewers were confused when Ben chose Maggie Smith as her Snatch Game character, especially after she confessed to RuPaul in the workroom that she didn’t even know how to do an English accent. But it turned out her worries were unwarranted, as she stole the show with her quick wit and hilarious quips, which ultimately won her the challenge.

Her Looks

DeLa’s “terminally delightful” personality made her a fan favorite, but it was her runway looks that made her a true contender for the crown. She won the season’s first main challenge thanks to her Golden Girls-inspired look and stunned the judges when she entered the runway dressed as a fly.


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Since being crowned Miss Congeniality at the end of Season 6, BenDeLaCreme has been performing her solo cabaret shows all across the country. The campy queen also served as the narrator for the dark comedy web series Capitol Hill, starring alongside Waxie Moon and fellow Seattle sister Jinkx Monsoon. DeLa reportedly turned down the opportunity to appear on All Stars 2, saying she didn’t like the way producers manipulated relationships between the queens. Luckily for fans, she clearly had a change of heart.

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Best road trips in Maine

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If you’re anything like us, the idea of taking a road trip will be something you’ve given a lot of thought to. There’s something about hitting the open road and having a more stripped back travel experience that appeals to a lot of people. Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are so many amazing areas of our country to explore already, without having to get on a plane and fly somewhere new.

One of the finest places to visit is the state of Maine, popularized in almost all Stephen King novels. As the largest state in New England, this place is stunningly beautiful and full of lots breathtaking scenery, not to mention a mesmerizing blend of color, architecture, and geography. If you’re serious about taking a road trip in Maine, we’ve come up with a list of some of the best options for you.

Coastal Route 1

Seen as perhaps the ultimate road trip route in the whole of Maine, Coastal Route 1 is popular with summer tourists looking for some truly stunning natural beauty. It runs for 300 miles, between New Hampshire and Canada, and takes you through loads of lovely, quaint seaside towns. Maine is a rural enough state as it is, but this is the best trip to take if you really want to get up close and personal with that natural beauty.

Golden Road

This 96-mile road through the woodlands of Maine has to be one of the most scenic road trips in the world. You will cross pristine lakes, epic camping grounds, and majestic waterfalls – all making you feel like you’re half a world away from home. If you like a more physical and down-to-Earth vacation experience, this is the one we would recommend going for. The Golden Road is a favorite among visitors to the area, and it’s easy to see why.

Million Dollar View Scenic Byway

The clue is pretty much in the name with this one, and you need to discover it as soon as possible. Taking you on a stunning route, the road rises along the side of Peekaboo Mountain (yes, it’s really called that). On a clear day, to the East, you’ll be able to see the Canadian province of New Brunswick swirling away across the horizon. There are plenty of lookout points here, as well as great places to enjoy the views.

Grafton Notch Byway

If you are a water-junkie, this is definitely the route for you, as it winds its way all along the Bear River. Through valleys and canyons, you will go, taking in some of the sights and sounds of Maine that you’ve never experienced before. Route 26 will take you through Grafton Notch State Park where you will find countless photo opportunities, and some of the most charming surroundings you’ve ever seen.

These are just a few of the highly recommended road trips to take when you’re in Maine. We can certainly see the appeal, and we understand why so many people have fallen in love with New England. If you are looking for some of the best road trips in Maine, you should do your homework beforehand – but, we definitely think one of these would be the ideal way to go.

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Taos, New Mexico: a road trip of highs and pueblos

Snowboarders love the unpisted gullies of Taos, in New Mexico. Off the slopes, the region’s adobe villages offer an insight into Native American culture and a chance to support local communities, as our writer discovers on a road trip

In the biting cold of the dark, incense-scented St Jerome chapel, tour guide Francisco Velarde, or “Flying Hawk” in his native Tiwa language, is explaining his people’s history to a small audience of tourists huddled in pews in their ski jackets. His ancestors, the “red willow people”, have lived here in Taos Pueblo for 1,000 years, he says, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the US; an unusually successful revolt made them the only tribe to never be displaced on to a reservation. It’s a fascinating history, especially from the mouth of this passionate, streetwise student, part of Native American hiphop group Po.10.Cee, which has 27 albums to its name.

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To celebrate the launch of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance, we ask art collector Joe Shlesinger how he stays comfortable on the road.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Landon & Matt’s 2017 NASCAR Christmas Presents: That time an ambulance caused calamity on pit road

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The Perfect African American Road Trip

Holiday time means time to hit the road, something that isn’t a necessarily stressful thing for African Americans according to a new report.

For black America, the perfect road trip lasts for six hours, was one of the findings from research conducted by Chevrolet and Harris Poll. Many African Americans also said that they had fond memories of road trips taken with their families as children. In fact, 99% of African American parents said they enjoyed road trips.

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Some other interesting tidbits about African American road trip preferences:

 

  • 86% said their favorite way to pass time during car travel is by listening to music with their family.
  • 81% said talking was a good way to pass time.
  • 52% preferred watching or listening to a movie or TV show to pass time.

Almost all of the survey respondents said that spending time with family was their favorite part of a road trip. Next was exploring and stopping at attractions along the way, and many stated that just “unplugging from daily life” is what made road trips so fun.

African Americans also like to travel in style—those surveyed preferred conducting their road trips in an SUV—with many preferring a large SUV with three rows. Parents also emphasized the importance of in-vehicle technology such as infotainment systems and in-vehicle Wi-Fi—features becoming more commonplace in automobiles.

By the way, the survey also revealed that Moms are more stressed about keeping kids busy and entertained during a road trip than Dads. Maybe that’s because 75% of those surveyed said Dads did the driving; only 31% of Moms drive.

Parents also bring plenty of electronic toys. Families bring along an average of 6.6 devices on family road trips, (yes, we don’t know what .6 of a device is, either).

 

 

 

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The Road to $1.5 Trillion in Black Buying Power and Dispelling a Common Myth

Black buying power currently stands at over $ 1.1 trillion and is on the road to hit about $ 1.5 trillion by 2021. This collective buying power means that nearly $ 2 trillion will be flowing through black America annually very soon, making us the centerpiece for various researchers, marketers, advertisers, and other campaigns designed to influence black spending patterns.

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But the question is, with so much buying power, can we as African Americans influence and direct said spending ourselves? Do we have the power directly, indirectly, and strategically to determine where that money flows and if so, could directing that flow help rebuild the black community?

 

Road to More Buying Power and Influence

 

The data comes from a recent Nielsen study that also reports that African American households earning $ 75,000 or more per year are a fast-growing segment that will have more influence going forward than ever before.

Within the next 45 years, by around 2060, black America might be represented by 75 million in the U.S., holding about 20% of the U.S. population. In terms of black-owned businesses, that number sits anywhere from 2.5 million to 3 million enterprises and is projected to grow in larger numbers going forward.

All of this data points to the trend that African Americans will be very important contributors to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) along with the creation and sustainability of U.S. jobs.

The Myth of the “Six-Hour Black Dollar”

 

While black spending power increases, how that money is best put to use to rebuild the black community is always in question. For example, there has been a lot of informal discussion about how long a dollar remains in the black community. Some claims have been a dollar lasts no longer from one to six hours before it leaves.

While such information has been widely circulated, analyzed, and discussed, researchers from Howard University have looked into the claims and could not properly substantiate the statistics. Howard University analyzed credible data and research tracking sources, such as The Federal Reserve, Bureau of Labor Statistics, SBA, and even other reports from Nielsen, and none of these sources track how often money circulates within a particular community.

There are suggestions that the rumors of the quickly-circulating black dollar originated in the book, Talking Dollars and Making Sense: A Wealth Building Guide for African-Americans.” Howard University reports that they reached out to the book’s author, Brooke Stephens, for further comment and she was unable to provide where she obtained her information other than citing a six-month study of which she could not actually provide.

Yet, there is hard research being done on the issue of how the vast spending power of African Americans can be used to help communities of color.  The Empowerment Experiment was conducted as a research project via a foundation set up by a black, middle-class Chicago couple, who partnered with Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management’s Levy Entrepreneurship Center for the study.

The Empowerment Experiment shed great insight into economic trends of black people.  For example, it showed that less than around 3% of the current black buying power is spent in black-owned enterprises and if black America were to redirect just about 10% of total black spending to black-owned enterprises, that could translate into the creation of about 1 million jobs centered around communities of color.

—Additional reporting by Alfred Edmond, Jr. 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

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Things to plan for your road trip

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Taking a road trip is a rite of passage for any young (or old!) person, and the best way of ensuring you have one of the greatest coming-of-age experiences. Road trips are an excellent way of getting out on the open road and exploring the great outdoors, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your back. But, in order to get the best possible experience, you need to make sure you plan adequately for your road trip.

There are a lot of great things you will need to do to have an unforgettable road trip experience. A lot of the time it takes the right people, the right attitude, and the right preparation, and you can really have an amazing time if you tick all these boxes. This is the perfect experience and one that can be shared by friends and family members alike. Get a load of these sensational road trip planning tips that you definitely need to make use of.

Plan your route

The most important part of the road trip process is making sure you plan your route. Now, this is a delicate thing because you have to get the right balance. You need to have some idea of where you’re going, so don’t make it up as you go. But, you also need to make sure you have a degree of spontaneity because that’s truly what makes a road trip great. You’ve got to make sure you do a bit of planning, so you know where you’re going, but, also, make sure you leave some stuff to the moment. Trust us, if you find that balance then you’ll have a road trip to remember!

Pack supplies

Supplies are a crucial part of having a successful road trip, and you have to make sure you stock up accordingly. There are plenty of things you will need for a road trip, and you need to ensure you don’t miss anything. Bear in mind that it might take a while for you to get to a store or a place that has supplies while you’re on the open road. So, make sure you pack a first aid kit and a map so you can plot your route. You’ll need the relevant electronics (phones) and charging cables. Not to mention plenty of water and snacks for everyone who is coming on the trip.

Budget

It’s actually pretty important to budget for your road trip as it’s going to cost you. And there are bound to be unforeseen costs as well (such is life)! Budget for supplies at the start of the trip, and gas when you fill up the car, but also make sure you account for the fact that there are likely to be other costs you’re going to face. These could include replacing lost items, car repairs, buying clothing, or an impromptu stop at a new restaurant. Making sure you have the right budget is essential for improving and enjoying the road trip more.

Make sure the car is in working order

The most important member of a road trip entourage is the vehicle, without question. Your car is going to have to dig deep and do more work than it has ever done before in its life. And, you need to make sure it is in full working order. That means getting it serviced before you embark on the trip, and ensuring that everything is fine. We can’t stress enough how important this is – the last thing you want is for your car to break down in the middle of the trip.

A road trip can be a fun, adventurous, and exciting time for everyone, and is a great way to travel with a difference. But, to avoid the obvious pitfalls of road trips, you need to make sure you plan and execute your properly. The best way of doing that is to make sure you follow some of the advice we’ve offered above. Happy road tripping!

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‘World of Tanks’ and ‘Crossy Road’ Developers Get Behind Loot Box Regulation

At PAX Aus, a panel about microtransactions had to deal with some hairy (but respectful) questions from the audience.

Matt Hall, co-creator of Crossy Road was present, as well as executive publishing producer at Wargaming Artem Safronov, and Zynga‘s principal data scientist Luke Dicken.

Loot boxes dominated the discussion throughout. Matt Hall mentioned while he wasn’t completely against considering “whales” (large spenders, sometimes uncontrollably so) in a game’s design, Crossy Road was intentionally made to eliminate whale behaviour.

Every character is $ 1, so there isn’t really any way to overspend.

But the toughest questions came during the audience Q&A. The first of which was about how developers could identify players who spend too much, and prevent the game from being a loot box simulator.

“Obviously with Crossy Road being a game that’s played by kids as well, that’s super important to us,” said Hall. “With Crossy Road, we banned all ads for anything that looks like a casino, you’re not allowed to see those ads in our game. And we’ll shut down any providers who do it.

“For me, 10% of the population is going to be addicted to gambling. We don’t want to expose those people to it.”

He then acknowledged that some government intervention on loot boxes might be necessary.

“I think possibly government legislation would help in this case. Let people know per country what should and shouldn’t be allowed. And they’ve done it in China.”


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“I think it’s coming,” concurred Artem Safronov. “And it’s a natural evolution as well. We’ve seen some games being banned in certain countries because it really is very close to gambling. And so far away from what a game should be.

“But it’s how you build it into your game design. And if you start building it into the core of your game design, then you’re getting into very dangerous territory I think.”

The audience clearly wanted to stay on the topic, as more questions along the same lines came in. Matt Hall was happy to talk about it some more.

“At Hipster Whale we’re not data scientists, like the most we know is that Skinner boxes help people play longer,” he continued. “The most detestable thing I find in video games is the slot machine simulators that sit atop the charts in Australia, because they are made by the same people who make gambling machines.

“But you can say okay, we’re going to make the odds here — where people can’t win money — really good. And when they take their skills to the casino, their life savings go away.

“I absolutely agree with you that government legislation needs to come. And I’m interested in having that dialogue with anyone who wants to talk with me.

“But those are just my battle lines that I’m drawing. Other people, like my uncle, says if people want to gamble away their life savings then good luck to them. But I don’t take that approach because I know some people absolutely can’t help themselves.”

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When I was a child growing up in North Carolina about an hour away from the Blue Ridge Parkway, nothing made my blood run cold like a grown up saying, “Oh, what a fine day to go up to the parkway and see the leaves changing color.”

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Storify: Lonely Planet’s epic road trip

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There’s nothing like a road trip – exploring the world on four wheels, windows down, wind in your hair and an epic playlist cranked up to full volume…

Because we’re all about practising what we preach, last month a group of intrepid Lonely Planet staffers hit the road, travelling the length of the UK in a Tesla Model S to experience a road trip like no other, inspired by our latest release: Epic Drives of the World

Here’s how we got on.

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On the Road With ‘Shark Tank’ 2017: Meet the CEO of Better Weekdays

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On the last stop of the 2017 nationwide Shark Tank Diversity Tour, the casting team for ABC’s Shark Tank visited the National Urban League Conference in St. Louis. Entrepreneurs pitched their businesses at the annual Small Business Matters Summit.

Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships sat down with Chris Motley, founder and CEO of Better Weekdays; a mobile job matching platform that helps universities improve and measure job placement outcomes of its graduates.

 

Brandon Andrews: What do you want to be when you grow up? How does Better Weekdays help students answer this question?  

Chris Motley: What I wanted to be changed when I was exposed to more and more things. It started off as a drug dealer, then cop, then lawyer, then Wall Street trader, now entrepreneur. The point is that my association to what I could do to be successful changed. When Better Weekdays is successful, I will invest in entrepreneurial companies that want to build off of our platform.

We help students answer this question by aggregating jobs, internships, mentors, and continuous learning opportunities in a single application that has been curated and personalized to each student based on their coursework, interests and strengths. The job search shouldn’t be a search because people are only aware of what they are exposed to.

 

Andrews: Why are you passionate about personalizing career pathways?

Motley: Many people don’t know what they don’t know. They can’t be what they haven’t seen. This lack of visibility, awareness, and access holds many people back from a fulfilling life. I grew up on the South Side of Chicago and my mom was 13 when I was born.

Despite being a single mother—both she and my grandmother knew that it was important for me to be in situations (whether the church, school, or various community organizations) where I would have visibility and awareness of opportunities, and access to resources to help me seize them. That took me from a very rough neighborhood to boarding school, Columbia University, Goldman Sachs, building a manufacturing company in Africa, to founding a technology company. I want to make it easier for college kids—especially the most underrepresented—to have visibility and access to opportunity.  It changes lives.

 

Andrews: How does Better Weekdays work? How do students, career advisers, and employees connect on the platform?

Motley: We aggregate corporate content (jobs, internships, career articles) and categorize it with attributes that are aligned to the company’s desired skills and workplace culture.  We then connect it to the implied skills and values of college students and deliver content in an FB/Instagram-like user experience. The more they interact, the more precise we are with our recommendations.

The result: We build diverse talent pipelines for companies at the click of a button, thereby reducing cost per hire. Despite having 1.5 billion users, FB didn’t get into the dating app business. We think that this is because that is not the intent of a person when they use Facebook. This gave rise to Match, Tinder, Bumble, and all the others. We believe that a new platform is needed that speaks to one’s intention of discovering their career paths.  We want everyone “checking the whether.”

The Whether by Better Weekdays Screenshot (The Whether by Better Weekdays. Image: Courtesy of Better Weekdays)

 

Andrews: Why do you believe this is the best approach for employers and student job seekers?

Motley: Well, we’ve learned that students want a casual way to discover career opportunities because it is a very intimidating process, which is why they wait until the last minute. Second, they all want to know the same attributes about a company but value them differently and want to know at different points in time; attributes such as corporate culture, a ‘day in the life,’ innovation, community engagement, career trajectory, etc.

Currently, career fairs and static corporate career sites can’t communicate these things in a personalized way and are altogether misaligned with how we discover anything. What’s interesting is that companies create this type of content each day, but it hasn’t been aggregated, standardized for easy consumption, and targeted to the most relevant individuals.

 

 

Andrews: What does the opportunity to appear on Season 9 of Shark Tank mean to you?

Motley: In a word, everything; I’ve sacrificed so much for this vision. I’ve spent my entire 401(k), sold my car, my condo, borrowed money from my grandmother, and convinced key team members to work without a salary for months while I figured out how to raise the money to build the technology. I “burned the ships.” Appearing on Shark Tank provides an opportunity for people around the country to be aware of a product that can change their lives, and provides me the opportunity to meet very successful individuals that can help us make the vision a reality (and make money).

The Whether by Better Weekdays mobile app (The Whether by Better Weekdays Mobile App. Image: Courtesy of Better Weekdays)

 

Andrews: How do you plan to grow Better Weekdays in 2017?  

Motley:  First, we recognized that college is a “Better Weekday” so we rebranded our product and named it “The Whether” so it can be used in everyday language. We will partner with chambers of commerce in regions throughout the country and create an affiliate model with them where we will share 10% of subscription revenue with their corporate members. Every region cares about attracting and retaining talent to their region.

Second, we will partner with the United Negro College Fund and the schools they support to help HBCUs connect their students with internships and full-time jobs. Third, we will provide discounts to companies who promote “the whether” and the applicants that they didn’t extend an offer to. Everyone wins.

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Places that you have to visit during a US road trip

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If you live in America or want to travel the world for a bit, there is nothing more exhilarating than a good ol’ American road trip. Grab your mates or grab your partner, grab your car (the more vintage, the better) fill the tank up with gas and let the road take you to your next destination. You can explore the deepest corners of the country, visit some of the most popular attractions and really see what the land of Stars and Stripes is all about. Nevertheless, the best part about an American road trip is exploring some of the hidden gems the country has to offer. So check out these 5 places you have to visit during your US road trip.

The Grand Canyon – Arizona/Nevada

Okay, so it’s not actually a hidden gem. In fact, it’s actually a really, really big tourist attraction. However, no American road trip is complete without at least a little stop off in Arizona or Nevada to check out the Grand Canyon. Although you’ve probably seen pictures of it before, nothing compares to seeing this incredible sight for your very eyes (and it looks a lot bigger in real life). If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even stop off and kayak along the rivers or white water raft through the water and rocks. It’s well worth a visit.

Big Sur – California

Have you ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac? Then a trip to Big Sur has to be on the cards. This destination is perfect for the road tripper, as the 90-mile stretch along the coast is the perfect place to put your car into cruise control and take in the incredible surroundings. You can check out the redwood forests, park up on the edge of the Pacific Ocean or just coast through. Nevertheless, it is a sight everyone needs to experience at least once.

Mount Rainier National Park – Washington

If you find yourself driving near Washington, a stop-off at the Mount Rainier National Park would be one of the best decisions you could make. Of course, you’ll want to take in the views from far away to start with. The Mount Rainier National Park winds its way around this active volcano (keep an eye out for spewing lava. Just kidding) and features impressive meadows, forests, lakes and more to check out. You could go for a walk, take a boat around the lakes, or just take the perfect picture in this serene spot.

Hamilton Pool Preserve, Dripping Springs – Texas

After being on the road for a while, you’ll probably want a good wash – and if you take a trip to Texas, you’ll find the best watering hole there is. The Hamilton Pool Preserve is a one-of-a-kind natural pool that lies in a limestone cave. The pool is sourced by a natural spring and is popular with the locals who fancy a dip or a swim. You can cool off underneath the 50-foot waterfall, or you could just relax in the mineral-laced waters.

Monument Valley – Utah/Arizona

Let’s be honest; there’s going to be a couple of times during your US road trip when you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. But what if you could be in the middle of nowhere and see some of the most iconic views in US history? Bonus. Monument Valley is located in Utah/Arizona and is definitely something you need to check out – even if it’s while you’re trying to find your way back to Florida.

You just have to check out these places on your American road trip! There are so many beautiful spots to see in America, but if you can plan your route so that you can visit these places, it will be well worth it – even if it involves a detour!

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Amazing routes for road tripping in Canada

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If you’ve never been to Canada – well, what are you doing?! Book your tickets right now! Canada is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, but with so much ground to cover it can be easy to miss some of the hidden gems. However, one of the best ways to see the real Canada is to embark on the ultimate Canadian road trip. Throughout this country, there are numerous incredible and amazing road tripping routes you can choose from. Check out some of the best:

The Icefields Parkway – Alberta

One of the most amazing aspects of Canada is that it is a country with so many different elements – there are forests, there are beaches, there are rainforests, there are big cities, there are mountains, and there are even glaciers! The Icefields Parkway road tripping route is the best way to see the slightly colder side to Canada, so remember to pack your wooly hat and scarf. The Icefields Parkway route will take you around three days to drive the 232 km route, but if you want to really take it in, it’ll take a little longer. Why not stretch it out to a week? Because you just have to stop off at various points through the Rocky Mountains, the Banff National Park and the Jasper National Park to check out the snow capped landscape, get a glimpse at the Glaciers and camp overnight to stargaze at one of the best stargazing viewpoints in the world.

Vancouver to Tofino – British Columbia

The Vancouver to Tofino road trip starts off a little differently to the rest, as you’ll need to board a ferry before you can go anywhere! Once you’ve made your way over to Vancouver Island, it’s super easy to travel the 207 km road from Nanaimo to Tofino. The route will take you past the MacMillan Provincial Park (which you definitely need to visit, their fir trees are legendary), and you’ll follow the Pacific Rim Highway. Once you get to Tofino, it would only be polite to stop off at Long Beach and ride their famous waves. Road trip and surfing? We’re spoiling you.

The Cabot Trail – Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is known for its breathtaking scenery, and The Cabot Trail shows off some its best assets – especially along the coast! This trail takes you 298 km around the top of the Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, which gives you immense views over the Atlantic Ocean as you wind your way along the coastal roads (and keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins). If you’re planning on driving The Cabot Trail, the best time to do this is in the fall, as your trip through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park will be filled with trees in brilliant hues of oranges, red, browns, and greens. Just make sure you keep an eye out for moose! Those guys just love to roam at the side of these roads.

Montreal to the Gaspe Peninsula – Quebec

The Montreal to the Gaspe Peninsula road trip route is the perfect route for nature and history lovers. The trip will take you around seven days to complete but will give you ample time to check out the heritage sites, old villages, and old monuments (the Citadelle of Quebec is a must-see) in Montreal before heading further towards Gaspe. Gaspe is a firm favorite of Canadian locals, who flock to this area overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence to go out on fishing trips, whale watching boats or just set up camp in Bonaventure Island to witness the incredible gannets and 300 other species of birds.

Regina to Saskatoon – Saskatchewan

If you’re looking to put your foot down and drive the open road (you know, without exceeding the speed limit) the Regina to Saskatoon road tripping route is one of the flattest routes in the country and will take you through the Western parts of Canada. You start your road trip in Regina, where you can witness the Royal Canadian Mounted Police parade, then head your way towards Moose Jaw to check out where criminals bootlegged their booze in the Prohibition era, and then drive further west where you reach the open road, flanked with colorful Western-style barns and ranches.

Canada is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, with stunning landscapes that make you feel as though you’re in the pages of an epic fantasy novel. It is teeming with nature and wildlife, but is also one of the more inhospitable countries due to its freezing temperatures in the winter. Taking a roadtrip in Canada will be one it’s guaranteed you’ll never forget.

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Rascal Flatts were in a giving mood during a week that sorely needed it, performing as part of the Bobby Bones Show's ongoing "Joy Week" and then visiting Good Morning America to perform for the show's "Day of Giving" for hurricane and flood relief. On Bones' show, the trio has some fun with Shenandoah's "Church on Cumberland Road," bringing along a band for the in-studio

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Driving the Most Seductive Road in the World

When I was a child growing up in North Carolina about an hour away from the Blue Ridge Parkway, nothing made my blood run cold like a grown up saying, “Oh, what a fine day to go up to the parkway and see the leaves changing color.”

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Woman Endures 11-Minute Cavity Search by Police on Side of Road

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A woman is suing the Harris County Sheriff’s Office over a roadside cavity search that resulted in her feeling violated and humiliated.

Charnesia Corley says she still feels the pain of what happened that night, and she’s hoping that dashcam footage from the incident from two years ago proves her case.

“I feel like I was raped.”

According to Corley, Harris County deputies pulled her over for running a red light. When another officer approached her car, she says he smelled marijuana, according to Click 2 Houston.

Corley was handcuffed as she was patted down by a female officer. The officer then removed her pants and performed what she referred to as an invasive and humiliated strip search.

“She tells me, ‘Just bend over.’ I hesitate …She shines light on me …She proceeds to stick her fingers toward my vaginal area …I immediately pop up (and say), ‘Ma’am what are you doing?’” Corley told the news outlet.

Newly released dashcam footage showed Corley on the ground naked from the waist down with her legs pinned for more than 10 minutes as two female deputies searched her.

“She grabs me by handcuffs, slams me on the ground, puts her knee in my back … shoves her fingers up inside of me,” Corley said.

She was charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana as a result of the incident, but the charges were later dropped.

District Attorney Devon Anderson indicted the two officers for oppression, but last week, the office, now led by Kim Ogg, announced the case had been moved to a second grand jury. As a result, the deputies were no-billed, and the charges were dismissed.

“We discovered new, and significant, evidence that we believed had to be presented to grand jury,” Natasha Sinclair, with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said.

In a statement Monday evening, Harris County Sheriff’ Ed Gonzalez said:

“I understand and respect the community’s concerns regarding the parking lot search of a female suspect during a June 2015 traffic stop. I want to be emphatically clear that today’s Harris County Sheriff’s Office is fully committed to ensuring that every resident of our community is treated with dignity and respect, even if they are suspected of committing a crime. We hold the public’s trust as sacred, and we will always strive to be worthy of that trust.”

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UK road trip: northern England from coast to coast

Crossing three national parks and the Pennines, it goes without saying that this one-week route is a stunner, from Scarborough all the way to the Lake District
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It’s worth getting up early in Scarborough: this is the east coast and dawn can be spectacular. The town spreads around two broad bays with a promontory in between, topped by the castle – Brontë fans will want to go up there via St Mary’s churchyard, where Anne is buried. South Bay is the earlier settlement: the harbour is a joy to explore and early birds who have an appetite should not miss the Harbour View Café, aka “the tea shack”, which serves superb fish and chips from 6am till lunchtime, largely for the homecoming fishermen.

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UK road trip: the Anglo-Scottish border

There’s so much dramatic scenery and history on this week-long itinerary that crisscrosses between Scotland and England several times, taking in castles, beaches and wildlife
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The Anglo-Scottish border is a place of wild beauty, with a rich, poetic and bloody history. This is the land of the reivers, fierce clans of brigands who, from the 13th century until the Union of the Crowns in 1603, were to this region what the Apaches were to the US-Mexican frontier. Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum has an excellent permanent exhibition about them.

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The Hard Road of Jorah Mormont on ‘Game of Thrones’

Jorah Mormont is one of the most tragic and noble characters in the entirety of Game of Thrones. He has been loyal to Daenerys Targaryen longer than any of her other subjects, but that loyalty and love have come at great cost.

Though he started off as a spy for Varys, Jorah began to see what a great leader Daenerys was becoming. He pledged himself to her completely and developed a strong love for his Queen. Unfortunately, Daenerys discovered his spying and banished him from her service.

In order to get back in Daenerys’s good graces, Jorah kidnapped Tyrion Lannister in order to present him as a gift. While passing through the ruins of Old Valyria, the two were attacked by a group of Stone Men. These mutated humans carry the infectious disease known as Greyscale, an affliction that turns the host into a raving lunatic. Jorah contracted the disease while he was fending off the attackers.

After presenting Tyrion to Daenerys, Jorah confessed his love to his Queen and begged to be brought back to her side. Daenerys ordered him to find a cure for his disease and then return to her. Jorah made his way to the Citadel where the most educated maesters might be able to help him.

While there, he crossed paths with Samwell Tarly. Although Archmaester Ebrose did not want to operate on Jorah, Samwell took it upon himself to try and save Jorah’s life. Sam succeeded and Jorah is now on his way back to his Queen.

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On the Road With ‘Shark Tank’ 2017: Meet the CEO of myFinancialAnswers

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For the eighth stop of the nationwide Shark Tank Diversity Tour, the casting team for ABC’s Shark Tank visited Philadelphia, where entrepreneurs pitched their businesses at Cheyney University’s Center City Campus. Here, Brandon Andrews sat down with Ben Pitts, founder and CEO of myFinancialAnswers; a new financial planning technology platform.

The future is uncertain, but no matter what the future holds, being stable financially will help. How does myFinancialAnswers help users prepare for the future?

Ben Pitts: We started the company because most people have a tough time understanding what “being stable financially” really means. Personal finance encompasses a host of issues including short-term issues like paying bills and longer-term issues like saving for retirement. And there are countless issues in between like buying larger homes, paying for kids to go to college, and paying down credit card debt. myFinancialAnswers allows people to organize all of those issues into one place, measure the inherent trade-offs of those decisions, prioritize action steps, and make informed decisions. I think of what we offer as a financial road map. And just like on a road trip, if the unexpected happens, myFinancialAnswers will help you consider your detour options and get back on track.

(Ben Pitts, CEO, myFinancialAnswers. Image: Aaron Houston NJBIZ)

Why do you want to help people create financial plans? What’s the myFinancialAnswers story?

BP: I moved from ultra-high net worth wealth management at Goldman Sachs to helping mass affluent Americans at Cypress Financial Planning, another company I co-own.  myFinancialAnswers, for me, was the natural next step. I wanted to make sure everyday Americans could get help. Until that point, I had spent my time helping wealthy and well-off Americans make better financial decisions. It became clear to me that the financial services industry lacked quality options for hard working Americans. People like my parents—my Dad a New Jersey State employee for 30 years and my Mom an executive assistant at the church I grew up in—didn’t have great options.

So one day I decided to build the technology and business model that would allow us to focus on everyday Americans. That’s what we’re doing today.

 

myFinancialAnswers financial planning platform nest egg dashboard

 

How does myFinancialAnswers work? How can I get my finance questions answered?  

BP: myFinancialAnswers is a subscription-based service. So people don’t need $ 1 million or $ 500,000 in investments to get our help. If you have a question about personal finances you can sign up at www.myfinancialanswers.com with an email address and password. It will take you about 30 minutes to get through our set up where you tell us about your financial situation—you even have the option to connect all of your financial accounts to keep the financial plan updated daily. Once you finish the set-up process you’ll get a list of recommendations that range from purchasing adequate life insurance and contributing more to retirement accounts to paying down credit card debt and refinancing your home.  Most people will want to sign up for a subscription that includes one-on-one time with one of our financial planners so they can help you prioritize the recommendations. Once you pay for that subscription you can book time to speak with the planner by phone and screen share within the application. You can even maintain a relationship with the same financial planner if you wish and speak with them each year so they can help you stay on track.

 

Why do you believe this is the best approach to help families plan for their financial future?   

BP: Personal finance is complex and requires real attention. Most of us lack the time, skills, and/or interest required to manage our financial matters well. We’re big believers that people need a little help to get and stay on track; myFinancialAnswers is a fiduciary, which means we are legally obligated to act in the customers’ best interest so our customers can rest assured we’re not trying to take advantage of them. Many, many people have been taken advantage of by financial institutions set up to sell them expensive products and we’ve built a business model purposely to avoid doing business that way. Plus, we’ve got a team that just cares about people and is passionate about financial wellness so I believe it’s a winning combination.

 

What’s your No. 1 piece of financial advice?   

BP: We’re all unique and blanket financial advice is rarely helpful. So I think my No. 1 advice is to be like Nike and “just do it. “ Take the time to think about your financial situation. Whether you spend time doing your own research, get help from a family member, or decide to work with a firm like myFinancialAnswers, just get started. Personal finance is one of those things that is easier to get right the earlier you start and that means, if you haven’t already, you should stop avoiding it. Figure out how to take actionable next steps to get a little bit better tomorrow than you are today.

myFinancialAnswers financial planning platform what if analysis dashboard (What If Analysis. Image: myFinancialAnswers)

 

 

You pitched at our Philly Shark Tank casting call. What does the opportunity be appear on Season 9 of Shark Tank mean to you?

BP: The hardest part about building a financial services company is getting enough exposure. The industry is dominated by large Wall Street companies, banks, and insurance companies. Shark Tank provides a platform for smaller, newer companies that are delivering great products into the market to compete with much larger companies.

From another point of view, Shark Tank represents much of what is great in America.  Things may not always be fair depending on where you grew up or who your parents are, but entrepreneurship, just like Shark Tank as well as the companies it debuts, reveal what’s possible for all of us. So whether I’m watching the show from my living room with my wife or one day pitching the Sharks, I appreciate Shark Tank for what it represents.

 

How do you plan to grow myFinancialAnswers in 2017?

BP: We’ve decided to focus much of our effort on building relationships with employers and the 401(k) advisers and employee benefit brokers that service them. For us, we don’t have the marketing budget of a huge Wall Street firm to attract consumers with Super Bowl commercials or radio advertising. Working with and through small- and mid-sized employers allows us the opportunity to offer our services to 50, 100, 500 employees at a time.

It also allows us to help employers accomplish their strategic goals. Employee financial wellness is at the top of the list for many HR executives and is a huge trend right now. Employees have more responsibility than ever as companies have moved from pension plans to 401(k)s and from traditional health plans to high-deductible plans. Our platform provides the proactive financial engagement and high-tech, high-touch financial coaching employees need to stay ahead.

 

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On the Road With ‘Shark Tank’ 2017: Meet the CEO of The Startup Admin

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For the ninth stop of the nationwide Shark Tank Diversity Tour, the casting team for ABC’s Shark Tank visited Oakland, California, where entrepreneurs pitched their businesses at the Kapor Center for Social Impact.

While at the Kapor Center, Brandon Andrews sat down with La Donna Higgins, founder and CEO of The Startup Admin (TSA); a new way for startup founders to get the professional services they need to grow their businesses.

The Startup Admin (The Startup Admin CEO, La Donna Higgins. Image: The Startup Admin)

 

 

Every business needs a good team. What’s the Startup Admin story?

 

La Donna Higgins: Before starting The Startup Admin I was a career executive assistant. I’ve supported Paul Marciano, owner of Guess Inc., Jeff Bonforte, SVP of Communication Products at Yahoo Inc., and Matthew Brezina, co-founder of Xobni and Sincerely.

I joined Xobni in 2007 as an executive assistant, office manager, HR manager, bookkeeper, and event planner. Within my first six months of being at Xobni, I was asked to prepare due diligence for Microsoft. During this process it became clear to me how many processes were not in place. Finding documents took longer than necessary because there wasn’t anyone managing where things should be kept or if the documents existed.

I began to create working procedures for every task that needed to be done. I started to implement policies and procedures and found I had a lot of free time on my hands. I began to answer questions from other founders on things like “Who do I use for payroll?”, “What insurance plan would be good for our team?” or “Can you recommend a vendor to deliver lunch to us?”

In the beginning, I was providing consulting services free of charge. Then a company reached out to me and asked if I could setup their new startup with everything they needed and they were willing to pay me. I did this for a few startups then one day Jeff Bonforte, who was the CEO at Xobni, said to me “if you could teach others how to run startups the way you do, it would be a goldmine.” This is when the light bulb went off and I started to work on my own startup, The Startup Admin!

 

Why is this the right solution for entrepreneurs?

 

Higgins: The Startup Admin is the right solution for entrepreneurs because there is a race against time to get your product or service to market. Having an admin who can take on all of your administrative tasks and create a compliant infrastructure for your business is a huge asset. Some administrative tasks are not the best use of a founder’s time, however, getting these tasks done could lead to the success of your business.

In the beginning of starting a business, the entrepreneur might not know exactly what they need from an admin; they know more that they just need help with all the moving pieces. Our admins are trained on all things “startups.” From Human Resources and creating that perfect onboarding package to due diligence and company wind down. Our admins are armed with a how-to manual to efficiently create policies, procedures, and systems to help a business scale.

 

 

Startups have—perhaps—never been more popular. How is The Startup Admin keeping pace with the rate of new business formation?

 

Higgins: The Startup Admin is keeping our admins trained on the latest technology to improve how we work. One of our goals is to save startups resources to help them stretch their runway and build a successful business. We are constantly working with startups as beta testers for companies creating productivity tools, accounting software, HR solutions, and many other tools.

We are always hiring and training new admins to meet the demand on new business formation.

How does The Startup Admin work? How do entrepreneurs get an admin on their team?

 

Higgins: Once a potential client reaches out to us, we schedule an intake call or meeting with the client. We gather information about the company such as employee size and anticipated growth, funding, current systems and vendors, pain points and immediate needs. Once we have identified what is needed, we create a job description and it is sent out to our admin queue.

We then vet the admins to find a group whose experience and background closely matches the needs and direction of the company. For example, one of our clients who is in the kitchen construction business was looking for a bookkeeper. We partnered them with an admin who had 15 years of experience doing project management in construction for hospitals. This admin was able to double the company’s revenue in three months!

After we select a group of admins to present to the client, we schedule interviews which can be in person, by phone, or via Skype. Although we can verify each admin has the skills, training, and ongoing support of TSA, culture fit is also key to a successful partnership. So we ask the client to be a part of the selection process.

Once the clients selects an admin to work with, they are connected to start working together. There are no minimum usage requirements for the client. Our clients average 30-80 hours per month with their admin. The client is able to scale up or back when needed.

Once connected to the client, the admin is provided with an electronic folder with forms, systems, and policies to implement, to help them get started. One of the requirements of our admin is for them to create “Working Procedures” for the company they are supporting. This is a how-to manual on every tasks they are responsible for completing.

The startup admin reviews this ongoing working document to make suggestions on how the admin should complete tasks, what vendors should be put in place, and what workflows would help the business operate most efficiently.

Our team checks in with the admin and client after the first two weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, and one year. We want to make sure the admin is being successful in their assignment and the client is receiving the highest level of support.

As popular as startups are, self-employment may be just as popular. Tell us about the admins you work with. Where do you find them? Are you hiring?

 

Higgins: We work with Admins who come from a wide background of experience. Some are coming from startups that have been acquired or have gone out of business. Some are coming from corporate businesses, and some are looking to break into the startup world and need experience or a foot in the door.

We look for admins who can shift gears quickly and take on whatever tasks are needed to keep the ship moving forward. Our admins not only have your typical admin experience, but marketing, finance, project management, business development, web design, etc.

We find our admins through job fairs and postings, startup events, and pitches we give. Many come from referrals from the companies we support. We are always hiring.

You pitched at our Oakland Shark Tank casting call. What does the opportunity be appear on Season 9 of Shark Tank mean to you?

 

Higgins: The opportunity to appear on Shark Tank Season 9 would bring national exposure to our services and the need for every startup to work with an experienced admin to catapult their business forward. This is also an opportunity to create strategic partnerships with the Sharks themselves. Investors should require every company they invest in to have a sound business structure, not just a great product. A lot of times investors are thinking about how they will make money on top of their investment, but not thinking about who will manage their money while the founders are busy getting their product to market and building a sound team. Shark Tank is the perfect platform for The Startup Admin because it shows the other side of startup success or failure.

Richard Branson is the Shark I am most interested in pitching to. He understands and advocates for executive assistants. He attributes some of his success to having a strong support team that allows him to focus on higher priorities. I believe The Startup Admin will resonate with him and his own success as an entrepreneur.

(Sir Richard Branson. Image: Wikimedia/Richard Burdett)

 

How do you plan to grow The Startup Admin in 2017? What’s next for your business?

 

Higgins: I plan to launch The Startup Admin in new markets and demographics. New York, Austin, and the Midwest are huge markets we would like to build a presence in. Receiving funding will allow us to build our internal teams in these areas and launch our services within one to three months. I would like to focus on building strategic partnerships with VC’s, angel investors, and startup incubators.

I have also launched my second company, The Startup Admin Co-Munity workspace in Oakland. This co-working space is geared toward underserved entrepreneurs to work as a collective to learn what is needed to launch and grow a successful company. Along with the workspace, we provide the services of The Startup Admin to every member.

I have also recently incorporated another company, Experienced Admin Solutions, that will serve larger companies with full-time placements of experienced admins. I am passionate about the supportive roles admins play in the success of businesses. From my personal experience as an admin I have created multiple business ventures that support the success of entrepreneurs. While it was never my plan to be an entrepreneur, I have now become an example to many on how to turn your passion into a thriving business.

In 2017, Values Partnerships is leading a nationwide casting tour for ABC’s Shark Tank. This casting tour is focused on giving diverse entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their businesses and appear on the show’s ninth season. In addition to having the opportunity to audition for Shark Tank, Values Partnerships has also held discussions on access to capital, offered pitch prep sessions, and shared entrepreneurship resources with entrepreneurs from around the country, all throughout the Shark Tank Diversity Tour.

To apply to audition for the ninth season of Shark Tank and find out more information on the Shark Tank Diversity Tour, visit www.sharktankdiversitytour.com.

 

 

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