Get in shape for low tournaments

Get the edge of the competition

Spring is just around the corner and getting in shape for the bottom fishing tournaments is a number one priority if you want to compete on a higher level.

Mark Davis discovered this years ago before most fishermen thought about health, nutrition, sleep, and fitness training related to low-fishing.

Getting the right amount of sleep is essential to achieve the edge of the competition. He prepares you mentally and physically for the challenge posed by the sports tournament.

Being able to find and catch a boundary of the bass is essential, but in order to do so consistently, it must be in good physical condition. Good nutrition, diet and physical conditioning play a fundamental role in maintaining a higher level in repeated tournaments that require a lot of driving and harsh conditions.

Denny Brauer noticed the importance of this after several serious and later problems that almost ended his professional career. Starting well with the right nutrition and conditioning programs will make the tournament much simpler. You can concentrate on getting off under a wide range of conditions more easily when you do not have to worry about doing it back or losing your concentration due to poor eating habits and lack of sleep.

Delaware Nutrition and Fitness is now helping tournament fishermen learn to get and stay in shape by providing tips and tactics in forums and diet programs and exercises that will help you achieve the advantage of competitors. The owner has been a tournament fisherman and a low guide for 40 years and is the Big Bass World Champ and the NAFC's famous fisherman, so he knows it's important and keep fit.

Source by Steven Vonbrandt

Bouldering in Bishop, California

I was breathing heavily and my palms were sweating. I moved my hands and feet up the rock the way the muscles in my body remembered to, and I didn’t dare look down. I told myself I had to make it… and when I finally made it to the top, a massive wave of relief washed over me… And that, my dear friends, was the story of how I climbed my first V0 highball.

There was no grace, there was no finesse, and I’m sure I could have climbed (what is considered the easiest bouldering grade in climbing) with a little more elegance, but Ms. Never-Doing-a-Highball finally did her first highball.

Location: Bishop, California

Coordinates: 37.3635° N, 118.3951° W

Elevation: 4200ft

Type of Climbing: Boulder, Sport, Trad

Geology: Volcanic Tuff, Quartz Monzonite

Known for: Premier Highball Bouldering

Prime Season: Nov-April

Star Rating (out of 5): 5*

It was 4 months into our relationship when David and I went on our first weeklong road trip together. I, for one, believed it was a relationship survival test masquerading as a climbing trip, but what better way to learn if your boyfriend is the one for you than to be enclosed together in a metal box on wheels for 20 hours? Thankfully, the relationship came out alive, and 20 long hours later, we made it to the land of skin-splitting highballs.

The actual town of Bishop is quite big, and the residents and visitors consist of not only climbers, but of other outdoor enthusiasts alike. The locals are blessed to have the popular bakery known as Erick Schat’s Bakkerÿ famous for their original Sheepherder Bread®. For us, their chili-cheese bread was a great way to refuel our bodies after a hard session of climbing rock, although I’m sure many high-performing athletes would have disagreed…

For $2 USD a night, we stayed in “the Pit” campground. Our accommodation unit was David’s Green Honda Element, commonly known as “the Hulk”. The back of the SUV was converted cleverly as our sleeping space, cushioning the hard plastic ground using one tattered, sad-looking Madrock crash pad.

During the week that we were there, we had a simple routine. I called it, the “Routine of the Valley People”… (for no apparent reason other than it sounded pretty frickin’ awesome). The days would always begin with the sweet light of nature’s alarm clock, the sun. After having an easy breakfast of yogurt and cereal, we would clean up, pack up the crash pads, and head straight into town for our first stop. We needed our daily boost of caffeine and our “go-to” was Looney Bean, a coffee shop just off the main road. There, we would update on our social media sites and write back home to let our family and friends we were still alive.

After our morning duties, we went out to play!

There were three main boulder areas that David was most familiar with:

1) The Buttermilks (his favourite)

2) The Happy Boulders

3) The Sad Boulders (my favourite)

On our first day, we hit up the Happy’s. It was pretty overcast that afternoon but the conditions were good. Warmer days made it harder to climb as a result of less friction; cooler days were favourable. The Happy’s was where I climbed my first highball. I wasn’t entirely keen at first, but when one is in the land of highballs, one must climb a highball…

After our first day of preparing ourselves up for the week ahead, we headed back into town and grabbed some essentials, namely food and toothbrushes. Our meals weren’t too extravagant, but they sure beat a lot of other campers’ meals. (That happens quite often when your boyfriend is an amazing chef, even with the most limited of resources.)

On the consecutive days, we would mainly climb at the Milks. This climbing venue is quite possibly the most well known if not most popular area in Bishop. It is home to some of the hardest routes in the world such as the Mandala V12 and Evilution V11 in the milks.

A unique feature of the Milks includes the highballs, which could reach up to 5-stories high at the peak. While highball climbs are ones I stay shy of, it’s breathtaking and awe-inspiring to watch other climbers push their mental game.

During our entire stay, we had two rest days. One was spent at a natural hot spring at a slightly secret location (in which I will only reveal the whereabouts in exchange for your favourite secret location… or “the Google”); the other rest day was spent in a secluded stretch of brush and weeds where we basked in the sun, played around, and drank beers. We also had a game of “pull body hairs out with tweezers”, but it got old real quick.

On some nights, we had big bonfires and invited our neighbours over for beers. One particular night, I pulled out my ukulele and our neighbor Yve brought over her Mandolin. Together, we jammed over the dancing flame and into the night. It’s pretty wild yet clear how one place can bring so many people of different avenues together.

Bishop, hands down, has been one of my favourite climbing playgrounds. It is a land where desert plains are dusted with sand-coloured boulders resembling colossal eggs; where the view from the top is strikingly different yet immensely magical all the same. Bishop, we will see you again some day.

Sales tax in the United States – Variation with States

All states in the United States, except Oregon, Montana, Hawaii, Delaware, Alaska, New Hampshire, apply sales taxes to their citizens for each purchase made by them. The amount that is applied varies according to the state. Some states enter the local sales tax, along with the state sales tax. This sum of the local sales tax to the state sales tax makes it extremely high in some states. For example, the state of New York imposes a state tax of 4 percent, but in the city of New York, due to the addition of local sales, the figure rises to an amazing 8.375 percent .

The variation of the state tax on citizens by the respective states is not only due to the percentage, but also to goods subject to taxes. Some states enter the tax on all commodities, while some states prefer to exempt food products that are not prepared and medications. In the state of Pennsylvania, wear and clothing are exempt from being engraved. Once considered a better and fairer system in the system of state income tax, as people belonging to the lower economic class that is bought and paid according to their affordability. In other words, they bought things they could afford. Most states are charging both forms of sales tax along with the imposed state tax. The state of Delaware has often tried to approve the sales tax legislation, but was defeated due to the imposed state income tax.

The problem that arises with the sales tax application in the United States is that of deduction of the federal income tax. The sales tax is legally allowed to deduct from the federal income tax, but can only be used by people who detail it. Of course, your deductions should exceed standard deductions, in any other case, you can not classify them. Therefore, unless you own the house that still pays interest for your home, it will be very difficult to detail. Let's consider the case of a married couple the standard deduction when presented jointly is $ 10,300. Therefore, the detailed deduction of the couple must be higher than the standard deduction to claim the deductions. In retrospect, it is fair to say that the tax system in the United States is not balanced.

What would be a just solution to the dilemma of the sales tax? Removal of sales tax is the answer to the problem? It would also be better if there is some type of credit for the federal return that allows people to claim, regardless of whether they are detailed or not

Source by Abhishek Agarwal

Large Settlements Show California Businesses Need to Be More Aware of Meal Break Laws

Recently, the city of Los Angeles finalized a $ 26-million legal settlement for claims that they prohibited naps and placed other restrictions on the city's trash truck drivers' meal break periods. And this week, Fedex settled a class action lawsuit for $ 2.1 million in response to claims these laws had been violated.

When a city as large as Los Angeles and a company as big as FedEx have trouble following the law, it's important to carefully consider the way meal and rest breaks are handled in your workplace. There are several different aspects of California business law that employers and employees should be aware of including: what constitutes a proper meal break, waivers, exceptions to the general rule, and filing a fee complaint.

In general, California employers must provide employees who work more than five hours in a shift with a meal period.

In California the requirements are that the employee be relieved of all duty, the employee relinquishes control over the employees activities, the break must last for 30 consecutive minutes, and the employee is not discouraged from taking the break. Also important is the timing: in a normal 8 hour shift, the meal period must be provided before the sixth hour of work.

Note: A common problem occurs when meal period is interrupted by phone calls from other employees, managers or supervisors asking for their assistance. This Violates California labor law since the employee does not get 30 consecutive minutes.

A meal break waiver is only allowed in limited circumstances. Employers and employees may mutually agree to waive a meal break it the employee's shift is six hours or less. Although it's not required it is recommended to document the waiver in writing every time a meal period is waived.

Remember: If the employee works 6 or more they must be provided a meal break even if they have signed a waiver.

In very limited circumstances in California, an employee and employee can agree to receive on-duty meal breaks. The employer and employee must have a signed agreement that the employee can revoke at any time, the employee must get a chance to eat while on-duty, and 'the nature of the work' must prevent the employee from being relieved of all duty. Whatever 'nature of the work' prevails the employee from being relieved of all duty is determined by looking at the type of work, the availability of other employees to provide coverage, and whether the product or service will be destroyed or damaged by the 30 minute break.

Important: Consult with an employment attorney before deciding to conduct on-duty meal breaks. The courts and labor commission scrutinize these arrangements.

In California, if an employee pays their meal break rights have been violated they can file a fee claim with the State Labor Commissioner's Office in addition to the United States Department of Labor. They may file a civil action on behalf of himself or herself as well as others who are simply located.

Note: Careful consideration should be used when deciding to file a case in the California Superior Court or filing an administrative complaint. There are advantages and disadvantages to either approach.