Review blog – Jack Feeny Reviews http://jackfeenyreviews.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:37:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://jackfeenyreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Review blog – Jack Feeny Reviews http://jackfeenyreviews.com/ 32 32 2022 AFL Tribunal, Tom Stewart hearing, Dion Prestia bump, blog, result, news, updates, Match Review, arguments https://jackfeenyreviews.com/2022-afl-tribunal-tom-stewart-hearing-dion-prestia-bump-blog-result-news-updates-match-review-arguments/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:13:00 +0000 https://jackfeenyreviews.com/2022-afl-tribunal-tom-stewart-hearing-dion-prestia-bump-blog-result-news-updates-match-review-arguments/ Geelong defender Tom Stewart will miss the next four games, with the AFL court awarding his penalty for a bump on Richmond’s Dion Prestia. Stewart’s bump on Prestia – which was ruled out of Saturday’s game at the MCG under concussion protocols – was classified as reckless driving, severe impact and high contact, an assessment […]]]>

Geelong defender Tom Stewart will miss the next four games, with the AFL court awarding his penalty for a bump on Richmond’s Dion Prestia.

Stewart’s bump on Prestia – which was ruled out of Saturday’s game at the MCG under concussion protocols – was classified as reckless driving, severe impact and high contact, an assessment which led to a direct referral to court .

At the start of the hearing, Geelong asked for a three-week suspension while the AFL asked for a four-week ban.

Watch every AFL blockbuster game this weekend live and ad-free on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try free for 14 days >

NEW FOX FOOTY PODCAST — Failed Court of Tom Stewart, Lions and Saints in Conflict

Listen below or subscribe to apple podcasts Where Spotify

The AFL argued that Stewart’s good record and evident remorse over the incident should not affect the final penalty.

The Geelong rep spoke of Stewart’s remorse as he revealed the interception defender refused to green light a potential argument that the impact was ‘high’ rather than ‘severe’.

The Cats tried to argue that Stewart’s bump was somewhere in the middle of incidents involving Sam Reid over Nat Fyfe and Patrick Dangerfield over Jake Kelly last season, which resulted in two- and three-game bans, respectively.

On the contrary, the Cats argued that the incident was closer to Reid’s than Dangerfield’s.

After deliberating for approximately 40 minutes, the jury imposed a four-match ban.

“As I said from the start, I accept the Tribunal’s decision, I was left to their discretion,” Stewart told reporters after the hearing.

“Obviously disappointed with my actions and I had to acknowledge that as a man; Yet my immediate response was for Dion’s well-being and that of his family who had to go through this.

“As disappointed and discouraged as I am right now, it’s still not about me, it’s about Dion’s well-being and how he’s doing.”

When asked why he chose not to try to argue the impact of the drop, Stewart replied, “I own my shares.”

“I did the wrong thing…eventually what I chose to do resulted in someone being eliminated. That’s not how I play the game, it never was.

“My actions resulted in a consequence that I didn’t want to happen, so I had to deal with it.”

Why was the game not stopped for Prestia? | 02:31

Recap the court hearing in our blog below.

If you don’t see the blog, press here.

]]>
Sex, drugs and murder in Morocco [Review] — Coil World https://jackfeenyreviews.com/sex-drugs-and-murder-in-morocco-review-coil-world/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 19:30:03 +0000 https://jackfeenyreviews.com/sex-drugs-and-murder-in-morocco-review-coil-world/ Sex, drugs and murder in Morocco [Review] — Coil WorldI saw John Michael McDonagh’s “The Forgiven” at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It is an adult drama set in a beautiful resort in Morocco. Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain play a wealthy couple on the verge of divorce. They stay together for this lavish weekend party at a Moroccan villa, but accidentally […]]]> Sex, drugs and murder in Morocco [Review] — Coil World

I saw John Michael McDonagh’s “The Forgiven” at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It is an adult drama set in a beautiful resort in Morocco.

Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain play a wealthy couple on the verge of divorce. They stay together for this lavish weekend party at a Moroccan villa, but accidentally run over and kill a young Moroccan man. They put his body in their car and decide to go to their weekend party anyway. A cover-up ensues. The same goes for a lot of dancing, drugs and debauchery.

McDonagh tries to show how these white elitist types don’t really care about the dead Moroccan, until they have no choice but to face tragedy. There’s a rather odd narrative construction to McDonagh’s script, which doesn’t focus entirely on death, but rather on the indifference of the culprits and their partying henchmen.

There’s ambition in the way McDonagh approaches social commentary, he prefers to deal with character over story and, for a while, we’re hooked until we realize he’s not. There really isn’t much to grasp here. Chastain and Fiennes are brilliant as always, and it’s not really a chore to spend two hours with these good actors.

Chastain snorts coke, fucks Christopher Abbot, and encourages her “pussy” husband to hide the corpse. How can you go wrong with that? The husband remains, but complications ensue, convoluted at that.

The film obviously won’t move mountains. He has a 76% fresh note on RT, and a 67 Metacriticism score. Either way, I’d watch Chastain read the yearbook when she can’t go wrong in my books. Her character here is practically a femme fatale as she constantly keeps you guessing at what might be going on inside her insidiously amoral psyche. [B-]

A US release date has been signed for this coming Friday, both in theaters and on VOD.

]]>
Review: It’s all about germs at this Bretherton buffet restaurant https://jackfeenyreviews.com/review-its-all-about-germs-at-this-bretherton-buffet-restaurant/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://jackfeenyreviews.com/review-its-all-about-germs-at-this-bretherton-buffet-restaurant/ It’s a huge The next restaurant with outdoor seating in Blog Preston’s summer review series is The Blue Anchor in Bretherton, Leyland. Advertising Known for its buffet-style dining room, it also has a huge garden with plenty of tables well scattered among mature trees and […]]]>
It’s a huge

The next restaurant with outdoor seating in Blog Preston’s summer review series is The Blue Anchor in Bretherton, Leyland.











Advertising

Known for its buffet-style dining room, it also has a huge garden with plenty of tables well scattered among mature trees and bushes.

I took my friend Pauline to try the Sunday Rotisserie, priced at £10.95 pp, having taken care to book a table in advance as it’s very popular.

Customers order at the bar and are given tiny tickets to hand to the rotisserie staff, who then take a plate and ask what kind of meat you would like on it. The choice was shredded roast beef in sauce, roast chicken, ham, pork or turkey.

I first asked for chicken and gammon but changed my mind after I put almost a whole chicken breast on my plate. The helpful member of staff told me that if I wanted another meat later I could just come and ask for it.

The Blue Anchor buffet
NOW

In addition to the hot food there was also a salad bar offering staples such as leaves and other healthy foods, although I think I also recorded a pork pie hanging out there shuffling and trying to hide his jelly.

There are two types of customers in the buffet world. The former are those who see a sign in a restaurant that reads “One Trip Only To The Salad Bar,” not caring that there isn’t a “please” appended to the end. They take their little side dish on autopilot and drop a tiny bit of their favorite items on it while chatting with their friends about kittens and charities.

Then there are those who take this rule as a gauntlet thrown down by a capitalist society and will create a tottering structure worthy of a Dr. Seuss character in order to rebel against authority.

Popular techniques include breadstick poles supporting a wall of sliced ​​cucumbers or nachos, then stabilized with rice, pasta or couscous tamped into a concrete. Subsequent layers can be lighter ingredients such as croutons and salad leaves, as long as they are coated with Caesar dressing. RSJ celery sticks are another potential option, but there is always the danger of them being expected to eat them.

As I was there to review the food, I needed to try as many buffets as possible, but since there was a line, I panicked and started throwing stuff in like an amateur . I even forgot to use Yorkshire puddings as sauce pans, which is a particularly shameful mistake for a northerner. Although I only took a bit of everything (except mushrooms because they are hideous creatures), my plate was high enough that I tried to protect it from other diners on the way back to my table .

Fortunately, the list of dishes was displayed on a board, so I could refer to it if anything confused me. My favorites turned out to be the sweet chilli parsnips, shockingly followed by the creamed Brussels sprouts in pepper sauce… sprouts being the UK’s vegetable equivalent to the Eurovision Song Contest.

The cutout of the blue anchor
Stop, looks aren’t everything

Many chain cuts feature dried, depressed shards of meat, sparingly chipped by a sad, sweaty teenager. Customers then make their way to the parched accompaniments under a sign that reads “Help Yourself.”

Before sampling the dark array of vegetables, diners might assume the sign was written by management, but seeing the shrunken horcruxes it seems more likely it was a stern warning from a customer. dying man who had taken a razor-sharp garden pea. in the head.

Besides the invitation to return for more meat on top of all the trimmings, what stands out at Blue Anchor is the care and imagination that goes into every side dish. There are no simple boiled vegetables here. Instead, there’s seasoned Cajun cabbage, garlic and tomato potatoes, pan-seared vegetables in black bean sauce, tarragon mushrooms and broccoli, and coleslaw cheese. flower.

Even more impressive, 11 of these 16 dishes were listed on the board as vegan, along with clear information about whether an item contained gluten.

Read more: Review of vegan options in Preston

At £10.95 for an adult and £6.95 for children, who also get ice cream, Blue Anchor Meat is exceptional value. For an additional £4, diners can also have their choice of dessert.

Pauline and I opted for the strawberry pavlova, which was disappointing because it consisted of a small deli meringue with a scoop of ice cream, a small dab of cream and three strawberries cut into pieces. I don’t like ice cream and the pavlova isn’t supposed to contain any, so I regretted choosing it over the rhubarb crumble, which was homemade, so probably a much better option.

The pavolva of the blue anchor
A pavlova, allegedly. The ice cream realized it didn’t belong and tried to leave as the waiter put the plate down

I will definitely be returning to the Blue Anchor for a Sunday carvery, but next time I will forgo the meat altogether as, as well cooked as it was, the toppings were even better. In fact, any vegan missing a good Sunday dinner should consider doing the same as it’s such great value even without the meat. Don’t forget to book, the Blue Anchor is rightly popular.

Read more: See the latest news and headlines from Preston

]]>
Three Ways to Reduce Pacific Remittance Costs https://jackfeenyreviews.com/three-ways-to-reduce-pacific-remittance-costs/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 23:12:06 +0000 https://jackfeenyreviews.com/three-ways-to-reduce-pacific-remittance-costs/ The 2022 federal election has highlighted Australia’s role in the Pacific and a clear focus from new Foreign Secretary Senator Penny Wong. In her first message to the Pacific, the Minister for Foreign Affairs mentioned the importance of remittancesan essential part of the relationship between Australia and our Pacific partners. According SaverPacific data, sending money […]]]>

The 2022 federal election has highlighted Australia’s role in the Pacific and a clear focus from new Foreign Secretary Senator Penny Wong. In her first message to the Pacific, the Minister for Foreign Affairs mentioned the importance of remittancesan essential part of the relationship between Australia and our Pacific partners.

According SaverPacific data, sending money from Australia and New Zealand to the Pacific Rim has some of the highest money transfer costs in the world.

Remittances are an important part of island economies, and reducing their cost has been the focus of Australian governments of both political stripes for more than a decade, but practical action on the key issues of keeping costs high has lagged.

The costs of sending remittances to the Pacific have fallen over the past decade as new digital services have been launched in the region. Despite these gains, the costs remain worrisome and consistently high. To nearly 10.1%sending money from Australia to the Pacific (specifically, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) is significantly higher than the world average remittances (6.04%), and tripling the target amount of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Good work has already been done to reduce the cost of sending remittances to this region. ANZ and Commonwealth Banks appear to have eliminated their flat fees for interbank transfers to the Pacific.

These initiatives are commendable but do not solve the problem. Only 40% of Pacific Islanders have access to formal banking services, so eliminating fees for interbank transfers is not a one-size-fits-all solution. These banks also continue to charge a markup on their retail exchange rate – insidious hidden fees they can use to defraud their customers.

The promise of remittance and other fintech companies is that they offer more agile and customer-centric solutions to traditional banking problems. While companies such as Wise isn’t always the cheapest option, their transparent pricing model shows the true costs of sending money abroad, encouraging consumers to find the best deal possible.

More transparency in foreign currency pricing

The easiest and fastest thing you can do to reduce expensive Pacific remittances is to empower consumers. Give them the tools to search for the best deal. This means the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission needs to revise its foreign exchange best practice guidelines to improve price transparency.

Like Australian MP Andrew Leigh and British MP Behavioral Analysis Team argued, international exchange service providers should indicate both the upfront fee and any hidden markup in the retail exchange rate they offer their customers.

Equally important from the standpoint of enabling consumers to find the best deal is the expansion of Australia’s open banking regime – the Consumer Data Right (CDR). This would involve expanding commodity benchmarks to include exchange rates. This product data can then be used by authorized data holders to create meaningful, up-to-date comparison charts showing the cheapest way to send money from one country to another.

An example of how open banking could improve consumer outcomes is the remittance and financial literacy platform SaverPacificwhich provides a comprehensive comparison of remittance services across ten Pacific remittance corridors.

The website contains real-time data from money transfer operators, but an expansion of CDR’s product reference data to include bank exchange rates via an open API (application programming interface) would mean that all cross-border exchange providers are required to provide up-to-date data to authorized data holders. This would reduce the manual entries needed in the website and make the data more up-to-date.

Improve financial architecture

The Reserve Banks of Australia and New Zealand are engaged in the development of a regional electronic KYC (“know your customer”) facility, which is intended to cover the entire Pacific. Allowing digital verification would be a game-changer, as it would allow many more customers to access banking services in countries where access to personal documents might be limited or non-existent.

This the project has been announced end of 2019, with the bidding process from September 2021 by a request for information. It’s good that it’s continuing, but given the impact the lack of certainty on this issue has had on money transfer operators, it can’t happen soon enough.

A suit, risk-based collaborative approach to KYC regulations and compliance is necessary to better facilitate access to financial services, as required by Financial Action Task Force standards. A tiered risk-based KYC system can work – as it does in the African and Central American markets – with lower levels of KYC required for low-cost mobile money accounts and transfers. value, and higher levels of KYC for high-risk sectors and for traditional bank accounts, providing a full range of features.

Common regional KYC standards should be developed to support cross-border remittances and money flows. Given the complete lack of identity documents in some parts of the Pacific, reference letters from employers or local authorities should be considered the lowest common denominator required for KYC identity verification. While it’s not a perfect solution, it beats the alternative: that the unbanked go to informal remittance channels that aren’t regulated or monitored.

The Australian government – given that it is helping Telstra buy telecoms provider Digicel – should leverage this investment to facilitate the rollout of more feature phones with brand-independent mobile wallets, as well as take advantage of smartphones less expensive and no longer available. Mobile phones, which have some internet capability but are less functional than a smartphone, can provide a form of wireless account and enable mobile banking, spending and receiving money from abroad.

Tackling debanking

Governments should seek to address the issue of debanking, an uncompetitive practice where established banks stop working with innovative start-ups, often for the wrong reasons. This issue has already been brought before the Board of Financial Regulators, but any policy response should ensure that Australian banks’ risk assessments are in line with global standards, i.e. real risk is assessed on the basis of evidence and not merely assumption, and that supervisors assess the quality of institutional risk assessments, particularly when they inform debanking decisions.

Wise sought correspondent banking relationships in the Pacific, unfortunately without success. When correspondence was entered into with a particular bank operating in the South Pacific, Wise was told explicitly that the bank was “not currently considering partnering in a low-cost service model”. In other correspondence, where it was asked whether it was a matter of compliance or commercial considerations, the answer was “both”.

If the Australian government improves transparency and comparison of remittance prices, facilitates eKYC, and eliminates inappropriate debanking, it would go a long way to reducing remittance sending costs.

Download PDF

Jack Pinczewski is the Asia-Pacific government relations manager for Wise and holds stock options in Wise PLC.

Jonathan Capal is the Head of Global Programs for Saver.Global, the company that operates and develops www.saverpacific.com.

]]>
After 2-year review, FDA bans JUUL https://jackfeenyreviews.com/after-2-year-review-fda-bans-juul/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:39:15 +0000 https://jackfeenyreviews.com/after-2-year-review-fda-bans-juul/ I first hit a Juul after practicing one day in my sophomore year. My immediate reaction was “That’s weak AF, why don’t I just do a lip”. Throughout high school, the Juul became more and more prevalent. It was 2015 and in high school bathrooms across America people were selling Juul hits for $5 a […]]]>

I first hit a Juul after practicing one day in my sophomore year. My immediate reaction was “That’s weak AF, why don’t I just do a lip”. Throughout high school, the Juul became more and more prevalent. It was 2015 and in high school bathrooms across America people were selling Juul hits for $5 a pop. Juul was a staple in high school through college, just like Apple products. It looked sleek plugged into a MacBook. The outer metal shell matched the aesthetics of the whole product. What I’m trying to say is that it looked like an Apple accessory, just like the AirPods.

Nicotine delivery was the quickest and most discreet way possible. No spitting, no smell, the ability to ghost the smoke if needed. It is probably the simplest drug delivery system ever. Inhaling is even easier than swallowing, just ask your mom. There were little green or red lights that went out in everyone’s pockets on college parties. The Juuls single-handedly brought the tobacco epidemic back to America. It’s funny, no one smoked their parents, all of our grandparents smoked, and now we’re all tapping on those robots for nicotine. I dived before Juul came out because all the good athletes I knew did. So I ended up getting addicted when I was trying to quit dunking it was a whole cycle where I ended up getting a lot more nicotine Juuling. I was packing like a dip a day, maybe 2. With that Juul, you were blowing it all the time.

At the time, I had even convinced Donny to Juul instead of smoking cigarettes.

The thing is, I now know people who leave the Juul while smoking cigarettes. It’s the craziest juxtaposition but it’s crazy. The Juul was so good at getting people nicotine that people had to find a way to ration it like cigarettes. You could hit the Juul doing anything. Work, eat, drink, read, blog. There was no stopping.

Should the Juul be banned? Yes, but he should never have been allowed to go to market. The evil was there from the start. I almost believe it was a method of population reduction. We won’t see the true impacts of the Juul until we’re grandparents. It will most likely be blood cancer due to the metals inside the cartridges. I don’t think lung cancer rates will be that high personally, it’s not as harsh as cigarette smoke. (I really tried not to make an editor’s note, but when Billy pretends to be a doctor, it makes me laugh because he’s 100% positive in everything he says.)

The only thing that is bad about the Juul ban is that other Ecigs will still be available. I think all those disposable vapes are even worse than Juul because at least Juul pods are made in America! These disposables are shipped overseas using manufacturing standards that we probably find hard to believe. You are probably inhaling serious contaminants.

For those who have had a serious Juul problem try a synthetic nicotine pouch. (No free ads) that’s what I do trying to curb the urge.

]]>
Heart problems and heat: what you need to know and do https://jackfeenyreviews.com/heart-problems-and-heat-what-you-need-to-know-and-do/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:30:00 +0000 https://jackfeenyreviews.com/heart-problems-and-heat-what-you-need-to-know-and-do/ This spring, many parts of the United States experienced historic heat waves. Now summer is officially underway and experts are predicting warmer than normal temperatures across most of the country. Extreme temperatures increase health risks for people with chronic diseases, including heart problems. If you have heart disease, here’s how to stay cool and protect […]]]>

This spring, many parts of the United States experienced historic heat waves. Now summer is officially underway and experts are predicting warmer than normal temperatures across most of the country.

Extreme temperatures increase health risks for people with chronic diseases, including heart problems. If you have heart disease, here’s how to stay cool and protect yourself when temperatures rise.

How does hot weather affect the heart?

Not only does exposure to high heat increase the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but it can also take a particular toll on heart health. It stresses the cardiovascular system and makes the heart work harder. This can increase the risk of heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), and heart failure.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the interaction between high heat and cardiovascular diseases contributes to about a quarter of heat-related deaths.

And the higher the temperature, the greater the threat. A recent study in the journal Traffic look at seven-year cardiovascular mortality rate in Kuwait, where daytime temperatures can reach triple digits during the warmer months. Researchers have found a link between rising temperatures and the risk of cardiovascular death, with most occurring between temperatures of 95°F to 109°F.

“Climate change is giving us more, and unprecedented, heat that can be deadly, especially for people with heart disease,” says Dr. Aaron Bernstein, acting director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment. from Harvard TH Chan School. of Public Health.

How does the body evacuate heat?

Your body is designed to release extra heat in two main ways, each of which can affect the heart:

Radiation. When the air around you is cooler than your body, you radiate extra heat into the air. This process requires redirecting blood flow so that more of it goes to the skin.

Evaporation. The evaporation of sweat helps you cool down by drawing heat away from your skin. When the air is dry, it works well. But when it’s hot and humid, sweat stays on your skin as your body temperature rises.

When the air temperature approaches or exceeds body temperature, especially when the humidity is high, your heart has to beat faster and pump harder to help your body release heat. On a hot, humid day, your heart can pump two to four times more blood every minute compared to a cool day.

Certain medications intended to help the heart can make problems worse on hot days. For example, beta-blockers slow the heart rate and interfere with the heart’s ability to circulate blood fast enough for efficient heat exchange. Diuretics (diuretics) increase urine production and increase the risk of dehydration.

How can you protect yourself and your heart when temperatures rise?

Although exposure to high heat and heat waves affects everyone, having existing heart conditions increases the risk of heat-related illness and hospitalization. It is therefore particularly important to try to follow basic strategies to stay coolincluding these:

  • Monitor the weather forecast for heat advisories and stay indoors on those days. If it’s too hot where you live, check with your city’s health department for cooling centers and other options to help keep you cool. If you do venture outside, evenings and early mornings are often the coolest times. Rest in the shade as much as possible.
  • Outdoors, try to drink 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes. Set a timer to remind you. Never wait until you’re thirsty to drink,” says Dr. Bernstein. If you have heart failure, ask your doctor how much fluid you should drink daily, as fluids can build up and cause swelling. If you take diuretics, ask him how much you should drink in hot weather.
  • Avoid sodas or fruit juices and limit alcohol. Sodas and fruit juices can slow the passage of water from the digestive system to the bloodstream. Although research is limited, some studies have shown that excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of heatstroke in hot weather.

protect your skin. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself and increases dehydration. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, wrap-around sunglasses, and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Also, apply plenty of broad-spectrum sunscreen or UVA/UVB protection with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed skin 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every hour.

]]> Week in Review – June 19, 2022 https://jackfeenyreviews.com/week-in-review-june-19-2022/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 18:43:12 +0000 https://jackfeenyreviews.com/week-in-review-june-19-2022/ Week in Review is a collection of all the good stuff I’ve written over the past week on the internet, plus a small stack of links I’ve found interesting – usually related to endurance sports. I’ve often wondered what to do with all the freshness people write, and even though I share a lot on […]]]>

Week in Review is a collection of all the good stuff I’ve written over the past week on the internet, plus a small stack of links I’ve found interesting – usually related to endurance sports. I’ve often wondered what to do with all the freshness people write, and even though I share a lot on Twitter and Facebook, this is a better forum to send it to you all. Most of the time, these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout for all that good stuff!

So with that, let’s take action!

DCR posts from the past week:

I tried to be on vacation last week with the family. This attempt mostly worked, save all the videos I shot that I will need to complete the edit. However, a message slipped out:

Wednesday: Strava Added video support: here’s how it works!

Get ready for a flurry of stuff this week, mostly focused on extensive testing of new things/concepts.

YouTube video from last week:

Here’s what hit the hits on the You of Tube, don’t forget to subscribe to be notified of videos the second they are broadcast!


Things I found interesting around the Interwebs:

Here’s a not-so-small rundown of all the random things I stumbled upon while doing my civic duty to find the end of the internet:

1) Interview on Sports Tech and Drone Review: I’ve given many interviews over the years, but this might be one of my favorites! I think mainly because it’s so different from any other I’ve done. Much of the discussion here is about drones and sports tracking apps. But as you can see, in the chapters below, there are a ton of other topics we cover. Good times for sure!

Here are all the chapters from the video/interview above:

0:00 Introduction
00:59 What inspired you to start your blog and start reviewing sports equipment?
06:01 What are the audience differences between your sports content and your drone content?
11:59 Where do you see tracking technology going in the future?
16:07 How do you go about your drone review process?
8:42 How do you stay up to date with regulations in all the places you travel?
22:45 Do you buy all the products you review?
25:23 What made you decide to move to Amsterdam?
28:24 Do you film everything by yourself?
32:31 Have you ever come across a product so bad you didn’t review it?
36:21 What do you think happened with the Mavic 3 version?
38:10 Do you think DJI has become greedy in recent years?
45:04 How do you remember all the specs of all the different products you’re reviewing?
47:19 Can you tell us about your wind test videos?
51:07 Are you hoping for a Phantom 5?
56:03 What do you think of Remote ID in the United States?
01:05:07 What is your favorite drone?

2) Smart Surfboard Fin Collects Ocean Data: Sounds pretty cool. It’s part surfer GPS (“What did I do?”) and part environmental data collection for researchers. Sure, this stuff tends to require massive adoption to start becoming useful to researchers, but… you have to start somewhere.

3) Red Bull Cliff Diving in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower: It’s cool. It would have been cooler if I had been in town (I missed that by a few weeks). But still, amazing backdrop for it.

4) How they got these high angle shots: It’s not at all what I expected. I assumed a drone was involved, but apparently not (obtaining drone permits in Paris is incredibly difficult, but not impossible for an operation like this).

5) Peloton’s machine learning engine for training recommendations: It’s definitely on the geek side, but so are many of you. Like, it’s a complete geek-send with database structures and more. (Going through PeloBuddy)

6) Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 could have fast charging: In some ways, I think we’ll see a lot of companies stepping up on the fast-charging front in the next 12 months or so. We saw Apple make solid strides last year with the Apple Watch Series 7. We saw Garmin tackle it more recently in some Venu 2 series last year, along with other smaller brands. On the whole market, it’s still not where it needs to be, but it’s getting there.

seven) A look at how DJI turned the Mini 3 Pro into 250g: This is noteworthy mainly for the details that DJI has given on this drone when it comes to engineering decisions. Previously, they rarely described such details publicly. In some ways it’s a bit like what we see with Peloton above – once you start dominating the market, you see companies pushing the boundaries of things (software or hardware), beyond the basic engineering. Which isn’t to say that other companies aren’t either, but when I look at different market categories, there’s often a point where you’re like, “Yeah, they’ve gone from barely staying ahead of competition, to simply showing it off.”

With that, thanks for reading!

]]>
Bill sent to Governor https://jackfeenyreviews.com/bill-sent-to-governor/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 14:06:52 +0000 https://jackfeenyreviews.com/bill-sent-to-governor/ A number of pieces of legislation have been transferred to the governor’s office. The governor can sign bills or veto them. Contact the governor – You can contact Governor Reynolds through her E-mail Note: To send a letter to the governor electronically, you must use the Email system on its website. Or call his office […]]]>

A number of pieces of legislation have been transferred to the governor’s office. The governor can sign bills or veto them. Contact the governor – You can contact Governor Reynolds through her E-mail Note: To send a letter to the governor electronically, you must use the Email system on its website. Or call his office at 515-281-5211.

Update – The Governor has signed this bill: SF2378 – Changes to the Bottle Deposit Act. The Legislature passed a bill that would allow grocers, convenience stores and other stores not to repurchase empty soda, beer and liquor bottles if the retailer has a food establishment license allowing them to preparing or serving food; whether Licensee has entered into an agreement with an authorized Redemption Center to operate a Mobile Redemption System and provides adequate space, utilities and internet connection to operate the Mobile Redemption System; if the dealership’s business is in a county with a population greater than 30,000 and within 10 miles of a redemption center; or if the dealership’s place of business is in a county with a population of 30,000 or less and within 15 miles of a redemption center. Obviously, this will greatly reduce the places where you can collect your empty bottles and cans. The Sierra Club opposed this bill.

HF2412 – radon test in public schools. The Iowa legislature passed and the governor signed a bill that would require radon testing in public schools every 5 years. If radon levels are high, the school will need to take radon reduction measures. Indoor radon is the leading cause of environmental lung cancer in Iowa. Radon gas is released when uranium decomposes. Uranium is a naturally occurring chemical found in the soils and rocks of Iowa. Outdoor radon levels are low. However, radon levels can build up inside a building. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas. The only way to know if you have high radon levels is to test it. Given the high levels of radon found in the state, it makes sense to have a program for testing radon levels in schools and then initiating methods to reduce radon levels if they are high. Plus, it makes sense to repeat testing every 5 years, just to make sure radon levels stay safe. Building radon reduction systems in new school buildings also makes sense. The Sierra Club supported this bill.

SF2322 – reasonable fees for the public archives. SF2322 would reduce the excessive fees members of the public have been forced to pay for these recordings. In fact, members of the public, the media and the Sierra Club had to drop claims when the charges quoted were too high. This legislation also limits the charging of legal services for drafting or reviewing public documents. Currently, editing and editing costs can be so excessive that private citizens cannot afford to consult public documents; It’s not correct. The cost of copying the documents must be reasonable, not excessive and without profit for the agency. The governor signed the bill. The Sierra Club supported this bill.

HF2380 – increase acres for growing hemp. HF2380 increases the number of acres of hemp one person can grow from 40 acres to 320 acres. The governor signed the bill. The Sierra Club supported this bill.

HF2481 – Selection of judges for the Court of Appeal. The purpose of the Judicial Appointments Commission is to vet candidates for appeals court judgeships and then submit names to the governor, who will make a selection. This law increases the number of candidates sent to the governor from 3 to 5. This legislation is not necessary. This weakens the function of the nominating committee. This system has been a fair, merit-based process for appointing judges since 1966. It’s obvious that Republican lawmakers want to manipulate the process so they can try to get more judges they politically agree with. and philosophically. The governor signed this bill. The Sierra Club opposed this bill.

]]>
3 tips to make the customer experience more comfortable | Yelp https://jackfeenyreviews.com/3-tips-to-make-the-customer-experience-more-comfortable-yelp/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 21:59:20 +0000 https://jackfeenyreviews.com/3-tips-to-make-the-customer-experience-more-comfortable-yelp/ When a client books a massage, the last thing they want is a stressful experience. But the truth is that even just booking self-care services can be stressful. Waiting for hours on the phone to book an appointment, wondering if you’ll feel comfortable with the staff or safe enough with the company’s COVID-19 protocols – […]]]>

When a client books a massage, the last thing they want is a stressful experience. But the truth is that even just booking self-care services can be stressful. Waiting for hours on the phone to book an appointment, wondering if you’ll feel comfortable with the staff or safe enough with the company’s COVID-19 protocols – that can be enough to put a client off completely.

“During the pandemic, I really needed massages. I missed getting them,” said a Yelp reviewer Swati S. “I was trying to find a place that I felt was safe, following COVID precautions, and I wanted one in the city. I read that it was a woman-owned place, and it was LGBQT-friendly, and I’m all for supporting women-owned places. So I think looking on Yelp I found it.

The gem that Swati discovered was Nola Happiness Massage in New Orleans, an independent massage studio that focuses on massage therapy tailored to the needs of each client. Owner Sara Albie has figured out how to help her clients relax from the moment they start booking appointments.

“The number one thing we do is provide great massages and great service,” she said. “But then the second element is communicating with our customers and providing that great service in all of our communications.”

This ranges from Nola Bliss’ online reservation system to its prioritization of diversity and inclusion. Below, Sara shares lessons for streamlining the customer experience and ensuring every customer leaves feeling comfortable and satisfied.

1. Get customers in the door with a “quick and easy” experience

Great service starts long before a customer walks through your door. Between review sites like Yelp and your online presence, potential customers can thoroughly check out your business and your competitors before making a decision. By offering an intuitive and inexpensive online booking option, Sara increases the chances that they choose Nola Bliss.

“We’ve seen, especially over time, that more and more people want to book and communicate online,” Sara said. “They want a simple and fast experience. We love our online reservation system. It is so easy to use, simple and fast. They can book in at two in the morning in pajamas, which a lot of people do. And it’s also very simple, it’s very user-friendly.

2. Empower your team to do their best

While many companies overwork and overbook massage therapists, “churning and burning” through appointments, Nola Bliss stands out in the industry by offering longer shifts and longer breaks for therapists.

“They have 30-minute gaps between each client, which we’ve learned over time, really allows them to connect with their clients,” Sara said. “First of all, [they] having time with the client and feeling empowered to really tailor that massage. And they can really talk with the customer and find out what’s going on.

Making more room in her therapists’ schedules is one way Sara allows her team to do their best. Streamlining the service menu is another. Nola Bliss offers massages only – no other spa treatments – and trains therapists to customize the service to the style and intensity of their client’s choice.

Pro Tip: When a team member receives a great review on Yelp, share that positive feedback and use it to inspire your team. “We have a wall of fame in our office that has some of the great reviews that different therapists have received,” Sara said.

3. Create an environment that includes everyone

For Sara, running a business in New Orleans means her people have to be as diverse and dynamic as the city they live in. “It’s important for us to have a team that reflects the city we live in, whether it’s race, sexual orientation or religion,” she said. “We really create an inclusive environment for everyone, including customers, to feel comfortable.”

Customers pay attention to how your business fosters an inclusive environment. For example, learning that Nola Bliss is a safe space for women of color was a major draw for Swati.

“We need to support these minority-owned small businesses, whether they are [owned by] women or people of color or just minorities in another way,” Swati said. “A massage parlor like this, which is owned by a woman and caters to minorities – I was like, ‘You know what? They are thoughtful. They are conscientious. They are not only oblivious to the concerns of their other customers. So hopefully they will respect me.

It’s crucial to show that you take diversity and inclusion seriously, not only in the care you provide to clients, but also in the support you provide to your team. Consider how you model inclusivity as a leader, from employee policies to your marketing.

“We’re down south and we do a lot of couples’ massages,” Sara said. “So we still sometimes get questions from gay and lesbian couples to make sure we are welcoming and to make sure everything is okay. And we really try to convey that it’s a welcoming and comfortable environment, and we see people from all walks of life, sexual orientations and genders.

Editorial by Emily Moon and Holly Hanchey


These lessons come from an episode of Behind the review, the weekly podcast from Yelp & Entrepreneur Media. Listen below to hear Sara and Swati, or visit the episode page for more, subscribe to the show and explore other episodes.

The above information is provided for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace professional advice and may not be appropriate for your situation. Unless otherwise stated, reference to third-party links, services, or products does not constitute endorsement by Yelp.

]]>
BMW M2 CSL Prototype – Video Review https://jackfeenyreviews.com/bmw-m2-csl-prototype-video-review/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 19:11:38 +0000 https://jackfeenyreviews.com/bmw-m2-csl-prototype-video-review/ BMW M has slowly released some of its most exciting and secretive CSL models over the years, cars that were made as one-off prototypes but never got any further. In the first BMW M video we saw the E46 M3 CSL V8, the E60 M5 CSL and even an M6 CSL. However, this one shows […]]]>

BMW M has slowly released some of its most exciting and secretive CSL models over the years, cars that were made as one-off prototypes but never got any further. In the first BMW M video we saw the E46 M3 CSL V8, the E60 M5 CSL and even an M6 CSL. However, this one shows an equally interesting car that actually came closer to production – the F87 BMW M2 CSL.

The M2 CSL was an interesting car as it almost made production. It was built when BMW was moving from the original M2 to the M2 competition and the M division was planning a special version. There were two special M2s built for the board: either a BMW M2 CS or the M2 CSL. Obviously the board picked the former, which was probably the right choice as it was pretty much a perfect car. However, there will always be the question of “What if?”

As you can see in this video, the M2 CSL took a lot of inspiration from the M4 GTS, with its large wing and roll bar. This rear wing also had very unique mounting arms, which were 3D printed in a very organic shape, which provides strength and material only where needed. They look like they’re made from organic matter and that’s pretty cool, if a bit creepy.

prototype bmw m2 csl f87 830x467
Image provided for media purposes by bmw-m.com

One of the most interesting aspects of the M2 CSL is its engine. Because it was built when BMW was still switching from the standard M2 to the M2 Comp, and it was just a demo car for the board, it actually still has an old N55 engine , from the original M2. Although BMW doesn’t say it outright in this video, you can see it under the hood, especially in the recent Top Gear video.

As cool as the M2 CSL is, I think BMW made the right call by building the M2 CS instead. As with most CSL models, the M2 CSL would likely have been DCT-auto only, while the M2 CS was available with a manual. Plus, its less aggressive nature made it super usable on a day-to-day basis. It was still comfortable enough and practical enough to be a daily reader, whereas most GTS models weren’t. Still, it’s cool to see the car that could have been.

[Image provided for media use by bmw-m.com]

]]>