Program manual – Noo More http://noomore.org/ Wed, 18 May 2022 09:25:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://noomore.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Program manual – Noo More http://noomore.org/ 32 32 Last credibility check: random manual audit https://noomore.org/last-credibility-check-random-manual-audit/ Tue, 17 May 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://noomore.org/last-credibility-check-random-manual-audit/

Was there fraud in the presidential and vice-presidential election? At least 1,800 vote counting machines (VCMs) broke down on D-Day, affecting 1.44 million voters. Comelec’s count was exceptionally fast. One hour after the close of the poll, 8:02 p.m., its transparency server recorded 20.05 million votes, or 37.96% of the votes cast (80.38% participation, or 52.81 million out of 65.7 million). registered voters).

Immediately, the votes of the two leading presidential candidates stabilized at a ratio of 68:32 and continued until the end of the count. Possible in a landslide. But also at 8:02 p.m. a flat curve emerged all the way in the tight fight between the third and fourth contenders. Same with the top two VP candidates. Highly unlikely, mathematicians cite the law of large numbers.

Given the varying bailiwicks and voter patterns by region, candidate curves are expected to fluctuate first and then flatten out in the end. Foolish to claim that pre-election polls showed such results. Elections validate polls, not the other way around.

Yet this is not evidence of fraud. At best, these are just hints.

But put aside partisan passions. Forget who won or lost. Hear what IT and election experts are saying. Voters will see that May 9 was a flawed automated election – again. As in 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019, the provisions of the Automated Electoral Systems Act (AES) were not respected.

This law provides an unbroken chain of safeguards and processes. “But there were too many gaps,” says Nelson Celis, PhD, of AES Watch. Among these were:

(1) Digital Signatures – On March 23, Celis and National Press Club President Paul Gutierrez filed suit with the Supreme Court. “Order Comelec to assign digital signatures (access codes) to the three electoral inspectors per constituency.” This was after Comelec said only those in Metro Manila, Cebu City and Davao City would be assigned access codes from the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s list. In the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, only presidents were to receive access codes, not the other two. For authentication, three digital signatures must be entered to start each of the 106,000 VCMs and transmit election results (ER). With only one signatory, any fraud can occur within the compound. The SC issued no mandamus.

(2) Monitoring Ballot Printing and SD (Secure Digital) Card Formatting – Citing pandemic restrictions, Comelec banned monitoring by party officials and election observers until 70 % of ballot papers have already been printed. Pray that the ballots will not be tampered with. A Filipino IT worker showed up at Comelec on March 22 when he was refused entry to witness the formatting of the SD card in the VCM warehouse. No action taken, Celis said.

(3) Documented results – Article 11 of the AES law requires Comelec to publish six conclusions 90 days before E-day or February 9. These are: field test and mock election; audit of AES software accuracy, functionality and security controls; review of VCM source code, forwarding router, consolidation/soliciting system; certification that the source codes are kept in escrow at the Bangko Sentral; certification that the source codes examined are those used by the equipment; and a continuity plan to avoid election failure during voting, counting or consolidation. Comelec decided not to release them until May 6, three days before E-Day, saying some findings had only been received the day before. He issued the resolution on May 11, two days after E-Day; links to results cannot be opened or viewed. No Filipino computer expert could examine it.

(4) Core, Backup and Transparency Server Source Code Review – A reputable international body must certify source codes, in this case Pro V&V of America, 90 days prior to eDay. Comelec is to release the details for review by Filipino experts as it did in 2010 with then-certifier SysTest Labs. Only then can Comelec issue a trusted version or executable file to run VCMs and servers. Comelec released a trusted version in January and revised it in February. Source code reviews continued through April. “Reviews say there were third and fourth revisions,” Celis remarks.

(5) Checking Emergencies against Transparency Server – Enclosure ER count must agree 100% with Transparency Server as all came from the same 106,000 VCM. But due to shortcomings in the above four processes, there might be variations. Watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting reported a 1.6% difference between its tally and the Comelec server. This represents 1,696 constituency VCMs or 1,356,800 votes. Could there be more, asks former DICT secretary Eliseo Rio.

(6) Random Manual Audit (RMA) – Ballots in 759 constituencies, one per district or 607,200 votes, must be manually checked against ERs. These must be chosen publicly by tambiolo after the ballot. Constituency inspectors must then begin audits, observed by party representatives, watchdogs and voters. Since 2013, the selection has taken place behind closed doors. This Comelec 2022 did it through an automated random selection program in a laptop. Celis and Rio doubt that the ARSP source code has been revised. The RMA takes place at a location in Manila. Comelec gave the field offices two to five days to send the ballot boxes. Who will transport the boxes? Are they properly sealed and padlocked? The supervisor of the RMA, watchdog of the National Citizen Movement for Free Elections, does not know the logistics firm; nor does it contain the padlock keys. “Teacher-listeners are in a bubble; they are incommunicado,” says Namfrel chairman Gus Lagman, also a former Comelec commissioner.

All of this undermines the credibility of the 2022 election.

But there is a remedy. Publicly re-select the 759 constituencies. To shorten the time, prepare a tambiolo for each region. Open the audit to the public.

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Mediabrands launches robots to perform repetitive manual tasks https://noomore.org/mediabrands-launches-robots-to-perform-repetitive-manual-tasks/ Mon, 16 May 2022 01:51:10 +0000 https://noomore.org/mediabrands-launches-robots-to-perform-repetitive-manual-tasks/

Marc Coad

Mediabrands launched the media industry’s first major automated systems transformation in more than two decades.

Using robotic technology, Transformation fully automates repetitive manual tasks in Initiative and UM, providing an enhanced career path for talent and a stronger value proposition for customers.

The transformation marks full automation of all systems and processes, firmly cementing Mediabrands in a single space ahead of its competitors and is supported by a bespoke Center of Excellence allowing agencies to leverage capacity.

Mediabrands has partnered with global software company UI Path and information and technology services company Cognizant.

Key business tasks have been automated to make processes more transparent, accurate and timely, enabling teams to add value with their strategic input and creativity and deliver a stronger value proposition to customers.

Mediabrands CEO Mark Coad: “The uncomfortable truth is that the media industry hasn’t changed the way it operates in over two decades. Our transformation offloads our people from the time-consuming and tedious tasks of day-to-day operations and frees them to do smart, creative work that drives growth.

“For those of us who have been in the media hot seat for a long time, we know that it is quite difficult to start in media agencies. By investing heavily in finding ways to remove some of the less glamorous and menial tasks from daily workloads, we give our people time to focus on learning and developing in areas that drive growth. of the company. Yes, of course, it benefits our business, but more importantly, it provides opportunities for our employees to enhance their career path and build their self-esteem.

“Staff turnover remains a major and ongoing issue in the industry and the future will be won by the group that can deliver real career value and enhanced career paths.

“If you’re working for a media agency that’s always plagued with repetitive menial tasks like uploads, TV campaign tracking and post analysis, etc., then you’re putting your career development on hold, and you’re not using not the brilliant mind you were recruited for. Our Young guns now have confirmation that Mediabrands offers an excellent career path.

Mediabrands Project Manager Geoff Clarke: “There is no doubt that the complexity of our industry continues to increase, so as an industry leader we have proactively changed what we do, to improve what we produce. It meant implementing a significant transformation to prepare our people for a new era in media.

“Robotic technology saves our team time to produce higher quality work, which has a direct ripple effect in increasing the value of individual intellectual property, the diversity of craft skills in each company and creates the opportunity to move customer relationships from a largely commodity-based agreement to a true business partnership.”

Data mined in several of Mediabrands automated solutions (BOTs) since launch has saved over 3,300 hours by automating nearly 13,000 tasks that were previously performed manually. The program is on track to deliver more than 25,000 hours saved over the next 12 months.

Clarke: “By modernizing and automating the way our media buying services are managed and registered, we are providing more efficient and faster services to our clients. Our series of BOTS is the only end-to-end solution that works on the buy/book/pay aspect of media agencies – and is the only one in the industry. This makes a major statement in the market.

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2022 Kia Stonic S Manual Review https://noomore.org/2022-kia-stonic-s-manual-review/ Fri, 13 May 2022 02:22:02 +0000 https://noomore.org/2022-kia-stonic-s-manual-review/

It may look like a rental car, but the 2022 Kia Stonic S represents strong ownership value and is one of the few lightweight SUVs to offer an affordable price tag.





  • Represents great property value with a strong warranty
  • Reliable infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • One of the few SUVs with a manual gearbox available!
  • Dull interior presentation
  • Expensive maintenance
  • Minimum storage space

After the Drive Car of the Year 2022 tests and the Best Light SUV category, it is surprising to see the list prices of entry-level SUVs. We live and breathe press releases detailing prices every day, and taken in isolation, these price increases seem interesting but not alarming.

But comparing cars in physical form next to each other is another thing. Their prices have risen dramatically across the board, even just a few years ago.

One such car that bucks the trend by staying within a normal price range is the Kia Stonic. Price from $21,990 plus road costs – or $24,690 go away by car – it is significantly more affordable than its main rivals such as the Ford Puma, Volkswagen T-Cross and Toyota Yaris Cross. The range’s flagship model, GT-Line, tops out at around $30,000, while its rivals’ flagship specs touch the $40,000 barrier.



When you add Kia’s promised seven-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and its ability to run on affordable 91-octane fuel, it becomes even more one of the best value offerings in its segment.

The car you see in the photos is the base model 2022 Kia Stonic S. It opens the range at $21,990 before road charges, or $24,690 drive-up nationwide.

In terms of specifications, Kia offers the S variant of the base model with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, rear view camera and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.



The specs list doesn’t contain much else to get excited about, but let’s see if the 2022 Kia Stonic S manual is more than the sum of its parts.

Key details 2022 Kia Stonic S
Price (MSRP) $21,990 plus road costs
Test car color Clear white
Choice Nothing
Price as tested $24,690 by car
Rivals Ford Puma | Mazda CX-3 | Hyundai Venue

Kia lines the interior of the Stonic S with cloth seats and plastic upholstery throughout. There’s little flair or fancy, though it’s a functional and comfortable space for the most part.

The cabin design is getting a bit old, having remained much the same since the car was released in 2017. As such, the styling is starting to look tired and like a generation behind. That said, the build quality seems up to par.



The seats are plush and well-constructed, with sturdy fabric covering the seats. There are black plastic strips on the door cards that make you feel like you’re driving a rental car, which looks a bit ordinary compared to the ornaments used on entry-level variants of cars such as the Ford Puma.

Although the seats themselves are comfortable, there is minimal lateral support in the corners. There’s good simple adjustability of things like the seats, steering wheel and mirrors to find a comfortable driving position.

There’s a front-row USB-A port for charging devices and running smartphone mirroring, and a 12-volt power outlet. As is normal for the light SUV segment, rear seat space is a no-frills affair. Legroom is decent, as is foot and headroom. It’s a good place to spend some decent time as an adult passenger.

Kia says trunk space is 352L. The cavity has a higher load lip, which can make it difficult to load larger items. Under the boot floor mat is a space-saving spare wheel.

2022 Kia Stonic S
Seats Five
Boot Volume 352L seats up / 1155L seats folded
Length 4140mm
Width 1760mm
Height 1500mm
Wheelbase 2580mm

Infotainment and Connectivity

For all its simplicity, the Stonic S features a neat 8.0-inch infotainment screen that runs a simple infotainment package.

For those who prefer to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, smartphone mirroring can be used by connecting a compatible phone, wirelessly for Apple, or wirelessly or via USB for Android devices. There’s a small multi-function display in the instrument cluster to show key vehicle settings and information, and the screen can display a digital speed readout. Unfortunately, the screen will not show your cruise control speed setting.

The main infotainment screen is easy to use. There are shortcuts at the bottom of the screen for key functions that make it easier to navigate between screens. We’ve rarely had bad experiences with Kia’s infotainment system, which tends to work reliably without malfunctioning or incorrect displays.

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The Kia Stonic earned five stars in its 2017 Australian New Car Assessment Program test. Interestingly, this test was performed on the Kia Rio hatchback and extrapolated to include the Kia Stonic, which shares much of its structure and safety equipment with the entry-level hatch.

The Stonic’s level of safety equipment may not achieve a full five-star rating if tested under newer and stricter protocols.

All models come standard with a suite of safety technologies, including Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Cyclist Recognition, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Follow Assist, Alert driver attention alert, main vehicle departure alert, hill start assist, speed-sensing automatic door locks, dual ISOFIX mounts, plus front, side and curtain airbags.

As noted, prices for light SUVs are higher than expected. The Kia Stonic is one of the few that stays in the $20,000-$30,000 range, with the manual Stonic S in test costing $24,690 drive-away.

That’s better than the $30,340 to $35,890 (plus road charges) you’d pay for a Ford Puma, and is more affordable than the $26,990 to $37,990 Toyota Yaris Cross.

In terms of maintenance, Kia charges you $1047 for three years or $1958 for five years. Intervals occur every 12 months or 15,000 km.



In one look 2022 Kia Stonic S
guarantee Seven years / unlimited km
Service intervals 12 months or 15,000 km
Maintenance fees $1047 (3 years), $1958 (5 years)

Although maintenance costs can be high, Kia offers one of the best warranties in the new-car market with seven-year coverage (and no distance limit for private buyers).

You can fuel the Stonic with 91 octane regular unleaded gasoline. Kia says it will return a rating of 6.0 L/100 km on a combined cycle, while our tests indicated a 7.3L/100km figure around town.

Fuel consumption Fuel Stats
Disadvantages of fuel. (claims) 6.0L/100km
Disadvantages of fuel. (for testing) 7.3L/100km
Fuel type 91 octane unleaded
Fuel tank size 45L

The entry-level Stonic S comes with a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine who sends 74kW/133Nm through the front wheels. Curiously for the new car market, where there are fewer and fewer manual gearboxes, Kia offers the Stonic with a six-speed manual transmission.

While the outings look ordinary when rolled out on the tarmac, it’s a fun car to pedal using the now-new manual gearbox. You have to time the overruns accordingly, given the lack of torque available in the gears, but you can easily time this yourself using the manual gearbox.

The engine remains silent for the most part, but a roar of the road can be heard in the cabin, especially on coarse-chip tarmac.

At just over 4m long (4140mm to be exact), the Stonic is the right size for getting around town. It’s nimble, maneuverable, and the vision out of the wagon-shaped greenhouse is excellent.



The Australian-tuned suspension tuning is comfortable for commuter service and more than capable of blunting sharp road joints and the biggest potholes.

The Stonic is even competent when heading further afield. It stays calm and flat in tight corners, and the front end is nimble and easy to handle. You wouldn’t go so far as to call it an engaging experience, but it can be a smooth and fun thing to navigate through a small set of twisty turns.

Key details 2022 Kia Stonic S
Engine 1.4 liter four-cylinder petrol
Able 74 kW at 6000 rpm
Couple 133 Nm at 4000 rpm
Reader type Front-wheel Drive
Transmission Six-speed manual
Power to weight ratio 64.0kW/t
Weight (tare) 1157kg
Turning circle 10.2m

It was a late entrant into the light SUV category, but given that it comes in a price range of its own, the Kia Stonic is a worthy addition to a hotly contested space.

It’s a handy little thing to run around, stores enough tech to keep you happy, and will cater to you and your friends without too many complaints. Don’t expect them to be too impressed with the Stonic’s spartan interior.

All in all, though, add Kia’s renowned after-sales warranty and servicing arrangement, and it starts to look like a very attractive ownership proposition.

Rating distribution

2022 Kia Stonic S Wagon

7.6/ ten

Interior Comfort & Packaging

Infotainment and Connectivity

Tom started out in the automotive industry exploiting his talents as a photographer, but quickly learned that journalists got the best out of the business. He started with CarAdvice in 2014, left in 2017 to join Bauer Media titles including Wheels and WhichCar, then returned to CarAdvice in early 2021 as it transitioned to Drive. As part of the Drive content team, Tom covers automotive news, car reviews, tips and has a particular interest in feature films. He understands that every car shopper is unique and has different requirements when it comes to buying a new car, but there’s also a loyal subset of the Drive audience who enjoy entertaining enthusiast content. Tom has a deep respect for all things automotive, regardless of model, priding himself on noticing the subtle things that make every car tick. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t learn something new in an ever-changing industry, which then gets passed on to the Drive reader base.

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Denver Manual High School to Lose JROTC Program https://noomore.org/denver-manual-high-school-to-lose-jrotc-program/ Thu, 12 May 2022 22:46:00 +0000 https://noomore.org/denver-manual-high-school-to-lose-jrotc-program/

One of Denver’s oldest and most reputable high schools is losing a program that former students say boosted their confidence and changed the trajectory of their lives.

Manual High School’s junior ROTC program will move in the fall to Northfield High, a larger school serving a wealthier community. Manual alumni said they were heartbroken at the thought of losing 1st Sgt. Eric Posey, who taught JROTC at Manual for 15 years. They describe him as a humble leader who pushed them to do better.

Posey teaches JROTC in a way that is inclusive for all students, including those with disabilities, the alumni said. Past performance reviews describe him as irreplaceable, a paragon of an Army instructor and a devoted and beloved teacher who is “at the heart of the Manual family”. When a supervisor who wasn’t supposed to evaluate Posey inserted a negative comment into a recent performance review, Posey filed a grievance — and won.

“A lot of us are so grateful that 1st Sgt. was our rock in times of turmoil,” said Ariana Villalovos, who graduated from Manual in 2016 as valedictorian and is now an educator at Aurora. is such a great support, and losing him is going to be a huge blow to the school.”

1st sergeant. Eric Posey has taught JROTC at Manual High School since 2007.

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JROTC is a joint program between the US military and the school district. The goal is to teach students values ​​such as leadership, teamwork and self-discipline. Schools ask for JROTC programs and the military decides whether to grant them or not. Instructors like Posey are retired military personnel who are certified to teach by the military but hired by schools.

Army training director for Denver Public Schools, retired Lt. Col. Kevin Black, said the district decided to move the JROTC program from Manual after Army officials had said they were unlikely to award Denver a new program for Northfield because Manual’s program was under-subscribed. They suggested Denver move the program from Manual to Northfield instead, Black said.

At least two Denver school board members, Tay Anderson and Scott Esserman, are concerned about the move. Anderson is a 2017 textbook graduate and an alumnus of the school’s JROTC program. Esserman’s daughter graduated from Manual last year.

“It doesn’t seem well thought out,” said Esserman, whose daughter didn’t compete in JROTC. “It smacks and appears and smacks of institutional racism.”

Manual’s student body is 95% black and Hispanic, and 75% of students qualify for subsidized school lunches, an indicator of poverty. In Northfield, eight miles away, 55% of students are students of color and only 31% qualify for subsidized meals.

There are other differences between the schools. Northfield is Denver’s newest comprehensive high school, having opened in 2015 with the goal of offering rigorous International Baccalaureate courses to all students. Manuel, meanwhile, opened in 1894 with a focus on teaching trades to students. Over the past few decades, his students have endured frequent curriculum changes, a traumatic school closure, and recurring leadership changes.

“That’s the kind of trauma we’re talking about trying to get rid of,” Anderson said of the JROTC decision. “People shouldn’t feel like we’re making decisions about them without them. They must feel that we are collaborating with them. This does not happen. People are legitimately hurt.

Manual is losing its JROTC program due to registration, Black said. Manual is a smaller school with about 315 students this year, compared to nearly 1,600 at Northfield. Although Manual started this year with 112 students in the JROTC program, only 57 remain.

JROTC regulations state that a high school’s program must have at least 100 students or 10% of the enrolled student population. At 57 students, the Manual program exceeds the 10% threshold.

But Black said 57 students weren’t enough for a thriving program in which juniors and seniors mentored sophomores and freshmen, nor did the program have enough students to field competitive teams. in JROTC events such as Color Guard and Air Rifle. Denver’s other 10 public school JROTC programs all have more than 100 students enrolled, Black said.

“We don’t reach as many students [at Manual] like we could if we were in a program as big as Northfield,” Black said. “Without students to participate, then the program collapses.”

Manual director Joe Glover said he agreed with the recommendation to move the JROTC program, but stressed that it was not his decision.

“I don’t want to lose anything at Manual that adds value to our students,” Glover said. “But given the current enrollment and current status of the JROTC program and the ability to serve more students in the district, it seemed like the best decision for all of the students.”

Posey disagrees that his schedule falls short. Manual has repeatedly earned the highest accreditation rating a JROTC program can receive, including this year.

Instead, Posey said he believed the move was retaliatory for him challenging his 2019-20 performance rating. Although his direct supervisor rated him “excellent,” Black’s predecessor as the Army’s Director of Training for Denver Public Schools wrote that Posey was “not an elite performer. “. In a meeting, the former manager told Posey it was because the Manual team “never wins” JROTC competitions, according to a referee’s decision.

The arbitrator ruled in favor of Posey, who, as a Denver Public Schools instructor, is a member of the teachers’ union. According to a memorandum of understanding between JROTC instructors and the district, the former Army training director was not authorized to evaluate Posey. Furthermore, the arbitrator concluded that the director’s comment was not justified.

The former principal appeared to be “attempting to unilaterally import unnecessary military standards into a civilian high school,” the arbitrator wrote, which was “totally inappropriate” and inconsistent with JROTC’s educational mission.

Posey said he repeatedly clashed with supervisors because he didn’t treat students like soldiers. If a student comes to class in a bad mood, Posey tries to get to the root of the behavior rather than demanding a change: Are they tired? Upset about something at home?

“We are not the army. We’re more like a civics class,” Posey said. “When I insisted on saying, ‘We all want kids. Every kid deserves an opportunity,’ sometimes I get pushed back on that.

“It’s not about winning [JROTC competitions],” he added. “It’s about giving students the opportunity to participate. The real learning comes from their participation.

Darell Burton said that without Posey he would not have graduated from Manual. When he joined JROTC, Burton said he often skipped school or left early. Posey made sure Burton went to class – and when he struggled with Shakespeare in English class, Posey helped him figure it out and motivated him to write the essay that helped him pass .

“No matter what happens, he always looks to the positive side,” Burton said.

Danielle Nicholas joined JROTC her second year because it was one of two electives that fit her schedule and she didn’t want to take music lessons. She didn’t expect to like JROTC, but she said Posey’s mentorship changed that — and her attitude toward school.

“He wasn’t there to put me down,” Nicholas said. “He was there to pick me up, give me advice, let me know how life was, that I needed to go to school and that I needed to finish.”

Benito Zamora remembers Posey as a stable influence during a tumultuous time at Manual. Zamora was among the first group of students to attend Manual after it reopened in 2007. He said he was a defiant freshman who excelled in class but “didn’t care enough about it.” Posey understood that and motivated him to become a leader, Zamora said.

“He was teaching us about life and how to treat people,” Zamora said. “He is very humble but respectful. Even though I tried to push his buttons, he never really got on with it.

Former students and community members said they hoped Denver Public Schools and JROTC would reconsider the decision to move the program from Manual to Northfield. Posey, who is one of Manual’s longest-serving teachers, hopes so too. He could apply for the instructor job at Northfield, but since winning his grievance he says his supervisor put him on a ‘performance improvement plan’ which lowered his chances of getting a job. to be hired.

“I’m going to swing,” Posey said.

“It’s wrong on every level, and our kids don’t deserve it.”

Melanie Asmar is a senior reporter for Chalkbeat Colorado, covering Denver Public Schools. Contact Melanie at masmar@chalkbeat.org.

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Memorial Day mattress sales: what to expect this month https://noomore.org/memorial-day-mattress-sales-what-to-expect-this-month/ Tue, 10 May 2022 21:37:12 +0000 https://noomore.org/memorial-day-mattress-sales-what-to-expect-this-month/

With Memorial Day fast approaching, it’s a good time to start thinking about mattress shopping because we’re likely to see some great deals. If you haven’t shopped this Memorial Day yet, we’ve got a nice little guide below, so let’s take a look at when it starts, where the deals are, and what to consider before you hop into bed with your new mattress. .

When do Memorial Day mattress sales start?

Memorial Day is an annual day of remembrance for military personnel who have died in the line of duty. It falls on the last Monday in May, which this year will be May 30. As such, many bids will take place on this day, as it is the main public holiday and bid day.

That being said, it’s a long holiday weekend that begins the Friday before Memorial Day, and retailers tend to take advantage of it and start deals early. This means that while the main deals are likely to be on May 30, don’t be surprised to see deals from May 27 or to kick off the long weekend. It’s also possible that we’ll also see deals in the week leading up to Memorial Day, although Sure Bet has the best deals starting Friday and ending Monday or Tuesday night.

Where are the best Memorial Day mattress deals?

If you’ve checked out our article on mattress deals, you might know some of the places you can get mattresses. The truth is that most mattress manufacturers tend to sell their products directly to customers, so almost any mattress site is likely to have a deal going.

For example, Nectar has a great memory foam mattress, as does Layla Sleep, and we’ll likely see sales of those two. DreamCloud and Tempur-Pedic are slightly more upscale, the latter tending to focus a bit more on the health benefits of a good mattress, and are also generally the most expensive of the bunch, so dealing with them will be Great . Beyond that you have places like Bear Mattress, Casper, Cocoon By Sealy, GhostBed, HelixSleep, Leesa, Saatva, and Tuft & Needle. All of these individual manufacturers are likely to have deals in the works, and it might be a good idea to look at them individually to see if there are any mattresses you particularly like.

Of course, there are also online stores that sell a variety of mattresses, such as Sleepopolis or Mattress Firm. Both of these sites are mattress aggregators, so rather than going to each individual site, you can probably find most of the brands you see online there. Now, we can’t tell if they’re going to have any deals on specific brands, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for these big sites and the individual sites of any mattress retailer you like. .

Beyond that, there are also the two major physical stores that sell mattresses: Walmart and Best Buy. Both of these sites usually have great deals throughout the year, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see great mattress deals there as well. Also, one of the great benefits of going with Walmart or Best Buy is that you may already have a membership card or rewards program with either, which you can use toward a purchase. or earn points on your mattress purchase for later. One thing we will warn you about, however, is that you may not see all of the mattresses on these sites, especially the higher end ones, so again it’s worth keeping an eye out for the individual sites of the mattress retailers you love.

If you prefer an online retailer, then Wayfair is another one to watch. Since it specializes in furniture, you’ll likely not only find the mattress you like, but also a great deal on a frame, so you can get a double upgrade. We also can’t discount Amazon either, given that they’re one of the biggest retailers on the planet, although again the selection may vary, and that entirely depends on whether you have your eye on a specific mattress. Ultimately, it doesn’t hurt to look at what’s available, especially if you want something more budget-oriented.

Should you buy a mattress on Memorial Day 2022?

While Memorial Day tends to be the best for electronics, that doesn’t mean you won’t find great sales on mattresses, too. There really never is a better time to sell mattresses; they tend to happen throughout the year, so if you find a sale you like, go for it.

That being said, it is important to have a good idea of ​​what you want from your mattresses and which mattresses to choose. In fact, we interviewed a doctor and developed the best mattresses for a good night’s sleep, which covers a variety of mattress types and a more specific dive on all-natural latex mattresses for those in need. You might also want to check out the best boxed mattress brands for that extra convenience if you don’t want to deal with the normal hassle of buying a mattress, and if you’re environmentally conscious, we have also a list of the best ecological mattresses. Finally, if you’re a side sleeper, consider yourself lucky because we’ve also reviewed some of the best mattresses for side sleeping, so you can dive into that if you feel like it!

Once you have a good idea of ​​brand, firmness, type of mattress, and even internal materials, it’s a good idea to set a budget. Deals have this weird way of making us lose our financial sense, so budgeting will keep you on track and allow you to make a purchase you’ll absolutely love, rather than staring at your empty wallet with regret.

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]]> Fashion helps national parks stay open and functional https://noomore.org/fashion-helps-national-parks-stay-open-and-functional/ Sat, 07 May 2022 14:00:40 +0000 https://noomore.org/fashion-helps-national-parks-stay-open-and-functional/

If the isolation imposed by the pandemic has done anything, it has pushed more people outside. According to internal statistics, the National Park Service welcomed 297 million visitors in 2021, an increase of 60 million visits, or a 25% increase from 2020. The relaxation of COVID-19 protocols has allowed facilities park more open, and the outdoors called people. who are stuck inside.

While this is a positive increase in revenue for National Parks, the numbers are now approaching the 2014-2015 run to the NPS Centennial in 2016, increased utilization and continued labor shortages. make it difficult to maintain park conditions and programs. With a backlog of over a billion dollars in needed repairs, the National Park Service needs additional help to preserve and maintain some of our most sacred destinations. Fortunately, non-profit groups have filled the void to maintain these national parks and ensure their present and future existence. And as well as encouraging volunteers and youth participation, the result includes some pretty sweet fashion.

Parks project.

Since 2014, the non-profit organization Parks Project has implemented a three-pillar approach to preserving these natural treasures: fundraising, facilitating and participating in grassroots volunteer efforts, and supporting efforts to engage local people. young people in national parks.

Collaborative projects with artists, designers, parks and outdoor organizations have resulted in stylish, high-quality colorblock fleece jackets, cozy mushroom print beanies and park-inspired merchandise to show off your favorite national park. Revenue from merchandise sales and charitable donations has grown from a thousand dollars in 2014 to cross the $2,000,000 mark in 2021. Each purchase not only funds Parks Project donations to park maintenance nationally, but it also funnels money into Junior Ranger programs, heritage education, trail maintenance, habitat protection, and more.

“We’re taking a very wholesome approach through financial contributions, physical effort, and a change of mind,” Parks Project co-founder Keith Eshelman said in an interview. “It may be a bit under the radar, but education and advocacy is an important part of it and, in the long run, should have the biggest impact.”

Inspiration struck Eshelman in 2014 while planning a hike in Big Sur with her daughter, Beverley. Seeking to take full advantage of paternity leave, Eshelman traveled to Big Sur to take a hike he had done many times as a Bay Area native. However, the trail he usually walked was closed.

“That was my moment years ago: I realized it might not be available for my daughter, so it quickly led me to volunteering and doing some trail work. It’s spawned a whole deep dive into education and an effort to bring in people who also have that passion and physically support them for volunteer work,” Eshelman said.

This spawned projects across California and soon in the United States. Eshelman and co-founder Sevag Kazanci took an entrepreneurial approach to Parks Project. It started with birthing an idea, connecting with national and state parks on specific projects and the assistance they were looking for, then getting out into the field to physically help and asking for help with a tireless spirit.

“Unless you get into the trenches, you don’t know how you’re going to get there,” Eshelman said. “That’s one of the benefits of bootstrapping: being able to decide how we’re going to make the product, design the product, how we market it, and how we manage the relationships.”

A model, seen from behind, wears a "For a good time, call Parks," Parks Project t-shirt watching ducks in a pond.
Parks project.

Through the efforts of a staff that has grown from two to 22 over the past eight years, Parks Project has been able to spark love for these outdoor spaces through specific project-based work, instead of just cutting a check. to parks.

“That’s why we have a variety of park projects and why this organization is so unique,” Eshelman said. “We physically go to the parks and ask what they need.”

This means helping the Yellowstone Cougar Conservation Program by taking a wildlife documentary video, removing non-native species from Yosemite Valley, and instituting Parks Projects’ first junior ranger program in Zion National Park.

“Investing in the next generation is so huge,” Eshelman said. “That’s what Gen Z is asking for: how to roll up our sleeves and cultivate a call to action.”

While getting people to answer that call may take time, it pays off in positive and often funky ways. It took organizers three years to apply, but they were finally able to connect with the Grateful Dead on a line in partnership with the Sierra Club.

This year, Parks Project is expanding its presence in the Pacific Northwest with the addition of new athletic apparel options celebrating the centennial anniversary of Oregon State Parks, along with Madewell apparel and l artist Sabrena Khadija.

As these products sell online, Park Projects will continue to encourage boots in the field and engage a future generation in the best way possible: by getting involved and making things work.

“There’s no playbook. If there was, everyone would be doing it,” Eshelman said. “It all comes down to your unique mission: does it resonate? Do people connect with it? How do you distribute this and get the message across?”

In every way possible, Parks Project plans to continue to rally the voices, enthusiasm, and participation of younger generations to foster a growing audience interested in preserving America’s awe-inspiring natural beauty today and for future generations.

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]]> Using AI to Evolve Manual Handling Safety in the Workplace and Maximize Engagement https://noomore.org/using-ai-to-evolve-manual-handling-safety-in-the-workplace-and-maximize-engagement/ Fri, 06 May 2022 22:02:22 +0000 https://noomore.org/using-ai-to-evolve-manual-handling-safety-in-the-workplace-and-maximize-engagement/

Customized technology allows workers to monitor and learn about the safety of their own movements on the job, at all times, giving them the necessary training to prevent injuries.

Before the likes of AI and wearable tech, no, that wasn’t possible.

Typically, once a new beginner has completed manual handling training and has been recognized as trained for the job, they are on their own until their next scheduled training. It can last up to a year! What about all the time in between?

Even for a seasoned worker, how can you be in all places at once, monitoring and ensuring manual handling safety is being followed? How does your worker even know? We are not always aware of how we move during the day.

Also, spotting “one” unsafe posture will not cause injury, how could you spot incorrect or unsafe posture that has been repeated many times or even for months?

Along the same lines, there is no denying the direct relationship between safety and productivity. All ultra-time-driven companies that squeeze production from their employees are aware of the strain and ripple effect on the entire organization in the event of injury or lack of commitment.

Soter Analytics, one of the world’s leading developers of safety technologies, specializes in developing AI-powered safety products to enhance worker engagement, increase staff retention and safely maximize productivity. The personalized nature of their technology allows workers to monitor and learn about the safety of their own movements on the job, at all times, giving them the necessary training to prevent injuries.

Soter technology is individualized and was designed for workers, not organizations. However, the side effect of workers using the products brings proven results to companies, increasing commitment and culture of safety and decreasing lost time injuries by reducing injuries by up to 55%. The data collected can be used by both workers and management, promoting camaraderie and common purpose, increasing morale and trust, helping to break down silos between management and those in the field.

Two Technologies – One Scalable Solution Made Easy

Soter Analytics’ two flagship products are making a huge dent in the injury prevention space worldwide. Soter’s wearable device and vision processing technology, SoterTask, two AI-powered solutions, work in symbiosis, providing the individualized security required for maximum impact.

The technology forges a formalized process for workers with objective data to monitor, coach and support each employee in complying with manual handling activities. Enable to help all seasoned workers or newcomers across a range of locations and roles and covering any chosen period at the same time.

So how do these technologies work?

First, the Soter device is used by workers to collect data and make them aware of safe movement postures that prompt behavior change.

SoterTask is then brought in second to dig deeper into any high-risk, behavior-change-resistant tasks — as seen in wearable device data.

  1. The Soter device is a small, portable matchbox that clips onto any existing gear worn by the worker, usually for about 12-20 days. It can be attached to a shirt collar, a helmet or a helmet for example. The smart device learns the worker through intelligent machine learning algorithms and provides real-time biofeedback when in an unsafe posture. Just like most custom wearables, data is collected and available through a user-friendly app for improvement tracking and data visuals.
  2. SoterTask is a vision processing technology that provides additional information about the movement behavior of tasks. A video of any task being performed is all that is needed and once processed, a detailed highlighted overlay and report shows at-risk areas in the body for improvement requirements.

The two solutions:

  • Are scalable and can be easily distributed across dispersed locations and sites
  • Giving workers the one-on-one training they need to move around safely – around the workplace, limiting downtime and providing real work activities to generate improvement practices
  • Encourage permanent behavior change using scientifically proven biofeedback awareness indicators
  • Encourage and involve workers in their safety by promoting ownership and increasing safety culture

Using leading metrics to measure engagement

The technology and data collected makes it easy to assess the strengths and weaknesses of security efforts to contribute to future success.

  • Collecting quality datasets enables implementation of long-term improvements to manage injury risk
  • Self-reported improvement by workers performing the program and engagement with self-directed learning via biofeedback and in-app hands-on tutorials
  • Recognition of potentially hazardous tasks being performed and proactive worker requests to use Soter and/or SoterTask devices to capture the risk profile before an injury occurs
  • Workers proactively make changes to adopt protective behaviors and safer postures by learning about their own risks
  • Existing injury management resources are moving into the preventative and early intervention space and changing the risk level of roles based on injury reduction data

Bob Chapman often states in his truly human leadership style: “Each of your workers is someone’s precious child”. Much like giving a child a sense of agency, Soter creates its technology to give workers powerful, individualized tools to learn how they move, understand the risks of their job, and personalize their safety. And the by-product? They feel more in control of themselves and of influence over the people and spaces around them.

The result is a real return on investment, boosting engagement and productivity by targeting absenteeism and turnover due to accidents on the job. Temporary workers take ownership of their safety, which gives them a more efficient and productive workplace.

About Soter Analytics

Soter Analytics is a global safety technology company that produces AI-based wearable and vision processing solutions that reduce the risk of ergonomic injuries in the workplace. Soter solutions are widely used in logistics, manufacturing, healthcare and other industries, helping large companies prevent up to 55% of back and shoulder musculoskeletal injuries.

To see how Soter Analytics can help you improve safety behaviors, engage employees and prevent workplace ergonomic injuries, simply visit the website and book a personalized demo!

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IRS seeks to ditch manual mail processes https://noomore.org/irs-seeks-to-ditch-manual-mail-processes/ Thu, 05 May 2022 17:14:13 +0000 https://noomore.org/irs-seeks-to-ditch-manual-mail-processes/

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To eliminate manual cleaning, Pune Municipal Corporation uses robots – Punekar News https://noomore.org/to-eliminate-manual-cleaning-pune-municipal-corporation-uses-robots-punekar-news/ Wed, 04 May 2022 12:35:22 +0000 https://noomore.org/to-eliminate-manual-cleaning-pune-municipal-corporation-uses-robots-punekar-news/

Pune, 4th May: The Pune Municipal Corporation has introduced three advanced robots named “Bandicoot” to clean and maintain the manholes in the city safely without workers entering the manholes. This initiative is in line with the vision of Pune Smart City to bring more safety in the maintenance of the manholes of the city by using advanced technologies.

Manual cleaning requires humans to enter manholes and physically clean them and this practice has claimed the lives of many workers. To solve this challenge, PMC now uses robots to clean the sewers. This initiative provides safer and dignified employment opportunities for sanitation workers as robot operators with training and rehabilitation programs. The Bandicoot robot user interface is designed for manual scavengers, which is interactive. , and friendly, and would also offer a dignified work profile for these workers.

The Bandicoot robot is the world’s first manhole cleaning robot developed under the initiative “MakeInIndia” and “Swachh Bharat” by the national award-winning start-up – Genrobotics. The Bandicoot robot comes with a human-like robotic arm and various sensors that help the robot perform the cleaning action more efficiently. These robots are also equipped with 4 special IP68 waterproof cameras to clean manholes more accurately and efficiently even in low light conditions.

City Commissioner Vikram Kumar launched the Bandicoot robots on May 2, 22 at the Pune MC office. Other dignitaries like CEO of Pune Smart City, Dr. Sanjay Kolte IAS, Additional Commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation, Dr. Kunal Khemnar IAS, MLA Shri Sunil Tingre, Member of Hadapsar Vidhan Sabha, Engineer in Chief Sri. Shrinivas Kandul, CKO Pune Smart City Shri.Annirudha Shahpure and Superintendent Drainage Service Engineer Santosh Tandale attended the event.

Bandicoot robotic technology is the winner of the AMRUT Tech Challenge award as a promising innovative solution for sanitation by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. This technology has also been exported to other countries to improve safety in confined spaces such as sewer manholes, refinery pits, etc.

How does a Bandicoot robot work?

Bandicoot robots can perform all actions a human can perform inside the manhole and can clean manholes more efficiently than a human using the most advanced technologies like robotics and AI. It is also equipped with toxic gas sensors, which help operators know about the presence of toxic gases inside manholes, as it is one of the most common causes of manhole accidents.

Bandicoot can converge its diameter by using its legs to enter the unseen depths of the manholes and after entering the manholes it will use its legs to move around and gain stability inside the manhole while extracting solid waste. Its specially designed robotic arm performs multiple operations such as shoveling, grabbing and pulling waste even from the corners of the manhole, which helps liquid waste flow naturally into the sewer system. This procedure is more effective in cleaning manholes than any other conventional process. cleaning methodologies.

The robot has specially designed night vision, water and sewer cameras so that the depth and darkness of the looks are no longer a threat. After collecting all the trash using its robotic arm from every corner, its smart bucket system will collect the trash and remove it from the manhole. These robots can be electrically powered by direct electricity, generators or batteries.

The robot has simple control functions, which make it easy for sanitation workers to handle, and it also comes with a built-in training aid that helps these workers learn the operation through symbolic graphical representations. The operator can operate the robot with one key control and it’s as easy as playing a mobile phone game. Bandicoot can also be used for manhole inspection. In addition to an awareness program on the harmful effects of manual emptying, medical examinations and the distribution of PPE kits will also be carried out during the project to psychologically prepare the sanitation workers to be the operators of the robot. This will create a socio-economic impact on sanitation workers and it can provide a better and dignified way of life for the hand picker community.

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Explore the most amazing caves in the United States https://noomore.org/explore-the-most-amazing-caves-in-the-united-states/ Mon, 02 May 2022 12:00:52 +0000 https://noomore.org/explore-the-most-amazing-caves-in-the-united-states/

It’s easy to assume you have to travel overseas to see the world’s most amazing natural wonders. Luckily for travelers, that’s not true at all. Americans can visit some of the best beachesbest parksand the best caves on the planet without a passport.

If you’re ready to go deeper and explore some of America’s most hidden natural wonders, here are eight of the most incredible caves in the country.

The largest: Mammoth Cave

Mammoth National Park, Kentucky

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Let’s not bury the lede here. If you’re looking to tick off a major cave-related bucket list item, head to Kentucky. The state is home to Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system in the world, made up of over 400 miles of surveyed passageways, and plenty more to explore. Budding cavers can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site on a variety of free self-guided tours, but it’s worth splurging on the paid tours which offer far more exciting exploration opportunities. The six-hour Wild Cave Tour is a solid bet that takes visitors through more than eight kilometers of passages with a good mix of rock climbing, belly crawling and squeezing through impossibly tight tunnels. Claustrophobes need not apply.

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The most musical: the caves of Luray

Luray, Virginia

Inside the Luray Caves in Luray, Virginia.
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Nestled in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is one of the most visited cave systems in the country, with over 500,000 visitors a year. Luray Caverns isn’t the biggest, toughest or most spectacular, but it does have the unique Stalacpipe organ. This one, the largest musical instrument in the world, relies on electronically controlled rubber mallets to “play” the stalactites in the cave. The notes echo through more than three acres of the cave with hauntingly beautiful sound.

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The most vertical: Moaning Cavern

Vallecito, California

Inside Moaning Cavern in Vallecito, California.
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If a typical guided cave tour isn’t enough to get you out of bed in the morning, Moaning Cavern might be what you’re looking for. The centerpiece of this commercial cave is a towering vertical chamber that is officially California’s largest public cave. It’s so tall, in fact, that the entire Statue of Liberty could fit on it. The best part is that visitors can abseil the 165 feet to the bottom. Less adventurous travelers are advised to walk all the way via a spiral staircase. A 2.5-hour in-depth tour explores the depths of the cave system through unique rock formations with charming names such as Birth Canal, Meat Grinder and Pancake Squeeze. Historians will appreciate that the cavern is also home to some of the oldest remains ever discovered in North America.

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Craziest: Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Inside Carlsbad Caverns at Carlsbad Caverns State Park in New Mexico.
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No “best of” list of American caves would be complete without a mention of the Carlsbad Caverns. Buried beneath the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico, this 250 million year old underground system has more than 300 limestone caves. There’s plenty to see here, including the 14-acre cave’s flagship Great Hall, as well as other natural creations shaped by sulfuric acid that dissolved the surrounding limestone over millions of years. The most fascinating feature of the cave occurs from May to October every year. During these months, the Bat Flight program offers visitors a mass exodus of more than 400,000 Brazilian free-tailed bats that escape daily from caves at sunset in search of dinner. It’s a spectacular photo shoot!

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Windiest: Wind Cave National Park

Hot Springs, South Dakota

Inside the cave at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.
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Nestled in southwestern South Dakota is one of America’s most fascinating caves. Wind Cave National Park – so named for the constant wind that whistles at its entrance – is one of the oldest and least visited national parks in the country. It is also one of the longest caves in the world with an intricate underground network of caverns stretching over 230 km. To cave nerds, it’s particularly noteworthy for its unique “box” formations that cover the ceiling with an eerie cobweb-like network of calcite.

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The most adventurous: the natural caves of the bridge

San Antonio, TX

The Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio, Texas.
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Everything in Texas needs to be bigger. With that in mind, it’s fitting that San Antonio is home to Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest trading caverns in the United States. Here, visitors can experience a 14-foot soda straw stalactite (again, the largest of its kind in the country). During the summer, millions of bats come out of the cave every night to look for food. The spectacular exhibit alone is reason enough to visit the caverns. Several guided tour options are available. Particularly adventurous explorers should opt to visit the Hidden Passages, however. Highlights include rappelling 160 feet down a 22-inch-wide shaft, then belly-crawling through a legitimate wilderness cave nearly 300 feet below the surface.

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Wettest: Craighead Caverns

Sweetwater, TN

The Lost Sea underground waterfall at Craighead Caverns in Sweetwater, Tennessee.
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Huge underground lake looks like either the world’s most incredible bucket list destination or the setting of an underground horror movie straight to Netflix (to see Lowering). It depends on your imagination. Either way, Craighead Caverns is worth a visit. This Tennessee cave system is home to Lost Sea, the largest non-subglacial underground lake in the world, as well as an underground waterfall and more than 50% of the anthodites (also called “cave flowers”). Book a place on the Wild Lost Sea Cave Tour to explore it all on a once-in-a-lifetime night caving expedition. They even give you a free sewing patch!

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Laziest: Fantasy caves

Springfield, Missouri

Inside Fantasy Caverns in Springfield, Missouri.
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For those who enjoy caving but hate the physical activity usually required, there is Fantastic Caverns. This Springfield, Missouri attraction is the only guided end-to-end cave tour in North America. Visitors relax aboard a jeep-pulled tram for a one-kilometre ride. It should be noted, however, that this is not to flatter ‘lazy Americans’, but rather to protect the pristine state of the cave’s fragile, age-old formations.

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In light of the ongoing pandemic, it’s a good idea to check each cave’s official websites to confirm their respective opening hours and safety protocols. If you want more ideas for a more adventurous vacation, check out our Big Sur guide, our Wyoming travel guide, our Oaxaca (Mexico) travel guide, and our Iceland travel guide. Long live safe and happy travel!

The cover photo was taken by Yinan Chen, under a Creative Commons license, and made available by Wikimedia.

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