LifeSource Direct Announces “1 Click” Sports and Hobby Protection Accidental Expense Insurance Online

Boise, Idaho (PRWEB) November 19, 2014

LifeSource Direct, an online insurance provider, announced today the release of another innovative “1 click” online insurance product. The Sports and Hobby Protection accidental expense policy is now available on the LifeSource Direct website providing a full “quote to purchase” internet experience. In keeping with LifeSource’s direct to consumer approach, consumers can easily quote and purchase online in a quick and simple way. The “Sports and Hobby Protection” insurance product appeals to those who have very active family members or participate in recreational sports.

With fall sports in full swing and weekend warriors pushing their limits, the need for an accident policy that can be easily issued provides supplemental coverage for the uninsured or those with higher deductibles medical plans. Student athletes are pushing harder and farther, and the number of student athletes injured each year is steadily on the rise (see Journal of Athletic Training) . Statically, the University of Rochester Medical Center reported that:

Regions Hospital (MN) Provides EMS Coverage for the St. Paul Saints Minor League Baseball Team- Assisted by Aladtec

St. Paul, Minnesota (PRWEB) October 29, 2014

Take me out to the ballgame – typically doesnt end with they took me out on a gurney – but isnt it reassuring to know theres dedicated medical staff behind the scenes if something were to happen? With that said, the process of scheduling and managing an EMS team for special events can be challenging.

Some of the challenges of scheduling EMTs for minor league baseball, are the variety of game times. There are day games, night games, afternoon games, they can be during the week and/or on weekends. There’s also a whole lot of schedule changing that goes on with our EMS staff. Naturally, things come up, we try to schedule a month at a time but frequently it ends up getting stretched out to two months ahead of time. Life changes in the meantime, so employee schedule changes are to be expected too. Since we we use Aladtec – our staff can simply put in a trade request and then I can approve it or deny it with the touch of a button within the software system, explains David Radatz, EMS Specialist, Regions Hospital EMS, St. Paul, Minnesota. Or, an employee can give up a shift and qualified staff gets notified through the system that theres a shift available. Then, that open shift can be picked up by someone else through the system. I dont have to make countless phone calls trying to fill the shift – its all accomplished very efficiently through our Aladtec system – its so easy.

Radatz schedules a pool of 31 EMTs for the St. Paul Saints baseball home games that run from mid-April through the end of August. The EMTs generally dont exclusively work the Saints games, so their schedules are as varied as the baseball teams schedule. Whats nice about using Aladtec is that we EMTs can go in and submit our availability, then we can log-in to the system to see all our shifts and any available shifts. We can easily sign up for an open shift or trade shifts between ourselves as needed, says Nick Danley, EMT Basic, Regions EMS, St. Paul, MN.

Since Aladtec is available via the Internet, administrators and EMTs can access the schedule 24/7 from any computer, smartphone or mobile device.

The advantage of Aladtecs mobile web app is that it allows employees and administrators schedule access, anytime and anywhere, on our smartphone or laptop, adds Radatz. One of the things that works out really well for me is that with the Aladtec system, I get notifications on my cell phone that there’s been a change or a trade request. Frequently, I’m not at the office and I’m able to easily address the change on my phone or laptop, and take care of the schedule from wherever I am – just as easily as I can in my office.

Radatz indicates hes received quite a few emails from his employees regarding how much they like the Aladtec system. They appreciate being notified of open shifts as soon as they are available.

Theres enough people in our group that as soon as one of us cant work a shift, somebody else can pick it up right away through the Aladtec system. I think its great – very user friendly, flexible and easy to access, states Danley.

About Regions EMS: Regions Hospital EMS provides medical oversight for more than 35 ambulance services and EMS agencies in the Twin Cities East Metro area and Western Wisconsin. They employ more than 1,300 first responders, EMTs, paramedics and nurses to support the medical needs within the communities they serve.

About Aladtec: Aladtec is the proud provider of online employee scheduling and workforce management software. Over 1,300 organizations, from a variety of industries, count on Aladtec every day to help them save time and improve efficiency. For information about Aladtecs affordable industry specific options, or to try a free trial, please visit



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Invent, LAS VEGAS (PRWEB) November 11, 2014

AWS re: Lumeta Corporation announced today the availability of an hourly pricing model for its Lumeta Enterprise Situational Intelligence (ESI) software for Amazon Web Services (AWS) on AWS Marketplace. By introducing flexible billing options for ESI, Lumeta provides customers with the ability to spin services up or down as needed. Organizations can quickly and seamlessly enable network situational awareness capabilities such as network discovery, host discovery, leak path discovery and related cybersecurity anomalies without requiring upfront investment. This new paid Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for ESI is available on an hourly or an annual subscription basis (AWS usage fees apply). These new billing options build on Lumetas previously announced solution on AWS, available in a Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model.

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Comprehensive View of the Network Comprised of multiple network crawling methods including network, host, enhanced perimeter and leak path discovery, ESI uses a combination of active interrogation, passive listening and advanced profiling techniques to search everything that’s on the network (not just an IP range that is assumed to be in use by the administrator), resulting in a comprehensive, authoritative view of the entire routed infrastructure all IP connections and devices, including those previously unknown. ESI acts in real time to detect changes to the networks security.

Visibility into the Dynamic Nature of the Cloud in Real Time ESI discovers, maps and alerts about network topology changes, including transitory virtual machines (VMs), AMIs and other virtualized network functions (gateways, switch/router/firewall and forwarding devices). ESI forms a holistic view of both physical and virtual networks, providing perspective of network vulnerability from within a network data center and throughout any cloud instances.

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Flexible Billing and Reduced Capital Expenses Customers on AWS can pay just for the Lumeta services they use, lowering overall TCO. Hourly pricing models remove the need for up-front capital expenses, making Lumetas network situational awareness capabilities more accessible to the growing number of customers. With Lumetas utility billing offerings on AWS Marketplace, customers only pay for what they use spinning up or down instances as needed to optimize overall costs. Customers can choose hourly pricing or an annual subscription, or apply previously purchased licenses via the BYOL approach. The AWS Marketplace annual subscription options for ESI potentially allow CAPEX savings of up to 15 percent when compared to hourly pricing over the same 12 month period.

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 27, 2014

New formats for insurance coverage now exist from providers on a national level although some adults can be restricted when searching only in a local area. The Quotes Pros portal is now helping to present principal life insurance costs by state through the open tool at

The plans that are offered through providers this year include principal and term policy pricing to represent the most requested types to users of the search system. The tool works off of a series of entered zip codes to immediately complete a match in the system of providers ready to quote policy prices.

“Searching state by state for a short or long-term coverage plan is now one activity that will be simpler when using our portal this year,” said one Quotes Pros source.

An adult who is not currently seeking a principal plan of coverage will have access to other formats while using the search database at the website. Policies from providers specializing in guaranteed, whole and universal plans are also available to explore using the price location system.

“We’re adding new companies regularly to our database in order to present available price drops and other types of insurer incentives that are being offered nationwide,” said the source.

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The agency data that is now viewable through use of the finder tool added this year at the company can help adults entering their 40s find suitable coverage for different life issues. The term plans that are searchable require no input of medical information and do not require a medical exam.

“Rates can be different for men and women depending on different lifestyle choices and our finder can improve the ability to connect with a low cost insurer,” said a Quotes Pros rep.

The insurer rates and policy information that can be accessed while using the database system this year is not limited to only term plans. Adults who prefer to explore cash value, whole, guaranteed or short-term life insurance are provided the opportunity to price these plans when using the national tool.

“We provide one alternative during the search process for consumers who are pricing policies on a national level compared with contacting companies through phone calls,” said the rep.

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Where’s the Podcast?

Hi –

If you came to this page looking for the Short Cummings Audio presents Happily Domesticated podcast, I’m afraid you’ve arrived too late. After four-and-a-half years of production and distribution, I made the decision to shut down the show.

(To be honest, since April of 2010 it’s been re-runs, so it wasn’t too big a jump from that to a total shut down.)

For those of you confused by the first two paragraphs…a little explanation. This blog is the companion to an audio program called Happily Domesticated. That sounds really cool, but it was mostly just me reading the essays into a computer. So if you didn’t stumble across that while it was running…you didn’t miss any of the content…just my voice.

If you want to get in touch with me, post a comment below. I get notified of all of them and I’d love to hear from you.

For those of you — too many to name, but you know who you are — who contributed to the podcast experience; thank you. You made it a wonderful ride!

To those of you who still want access to the material, the essays are all here on the site for your reading pleasure. If there’s something you remember, but can’t find … let me know. I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

I’m busy with other writing projects right now and when the time is right, I’ll post information here.

With fond regards,

19 Responses to Where’s the Podcast?

  1. Cooper Coleman

    Kind of feel like I lost a friend…

  2. David Harrison

    Hi Kevin,
    Thanks for riding with my family and I to church each week over the last 4 years. We really appreciated you clean humor. We will miss it. I still have archives of a lot of your shows and we will no doubt listen to them again. It was refreshing to be able to depend on you for humor without the offensive language that a lot of the other comedy show contain.

    Bless you in your future endeavors. – The Harrison Family

  3. Thanks for the last 4 years. My blog, BDGJM, would not exist without your inspiration and mentorship. I will miss your podcasts but I know your projects will be met with success.


  4. Thanks Shane. I’m glad I could be part of your journey as a writer…and I really enjoy your blog!

  5. I’m sorry to hear this. I enjoyed listening to your stories even when they were the reruns. Any plans for any new audio projects or to someday put the audio back up? Either as an archive or even a purchasable dvd?

    • Glad you enjoyed listening. At the moment, I don’t have a place to host an archive, but I’ll give some thought to compiling them into a single disc. The files come to a little over 1 GB, so it would be easy to get ‘em all on a DVD.

  6. I’m sorry to hear this, but glad we got 200 excellent episodes and a year of reruns of some of the favorites. Can’t wait to see what’s next for the KLC media empire.

  7. Hey Kevin, sorry to see it go. Have you heard of a site called ? Maybe there’s an opportunity for them to read your stories instead. Just a thought. Be well.

  8. Hey Kevin! Sorry to see you go. You’re a big part of my podcasting experience, too. Gonna miss you.

  9. Sergey Stopkevych

    Hello Kevin. I came across your podcast series just in the end of the last year. I was so astonished by your clean, sparkling and intelligent humor, that spent two days downloading your essays, and then, for the last several months I’ve enjoyed my driving to work more than ever, shocking people around by insane happiness on my facial expression, especially in the morning. I am Ukrainian and my mother tongue is Russian. I like Russian literature very much and love powerful Russian language. It’s ways different from English, not just by words, you know. Listening to your podcast, I want to thank you for amazing language you made me feel, and, what is much more for the humor which proves that there are like-minded people all over the world despite the language they speak or country they live. I recommended your essays to all my friends who know or learn English and they were astonished as well. That’s really a pity you stopped podcasting, and the only excuse might be that the novel you are co-authoring will be an outstanding one. Good luck!

    • Thank you Sergey. Your kind words are a gift to me.

      My writing partner and I are revising the novel. (Although, my partner is a much better writer than I am.) And we will annouce it in this space when it is available.

  10. i hope you find a solution to archive the podcast somewhere (and get some money for your good work). My French students liked them.

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