Pack Less, Travel More

December 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSummertime ain’t over yet. If you have a late-season vacation still on the books, check out some of our favorite travel-minded pieces of gear and apparel, so you can focus less on packing and more on adventure. FOR PHOTOGRAPHERSPeak Design CapturePROMSRP: $79.95The Pros: Whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, it can be inconvenient to stop and take a picture in the outdoors. The CapturePRO aims to fix that. Quickly access your camera on a hip belt or pack strap with this multi-functioning camera attachment point. Beefy enough to handle the big boy DSLRs, this little clip will totally change the quality, and quantity, of shots you take on your next adventure.The Cons: There’s nothing comfy about swingin’ a DSLR and zoom lens on one shoulder strap. The best cameras for this clip are DSLRs with small, compact lenses, or mirrorless cameras. FOR PLAN AHEADERSGoal Zero Flip 20 RechargerMSRP: $39.99The Pros: Small and light as a feather, as far as most power for your buck, this one’s a no-brainer. A fully juiced Flip 20 can easily charge two iPhones so you can peace of mind in the backcountry, on the road, or anywhere in between. Pair it with a solar panel for totally off-the-grid power or plug it into your computer or wall outlet for a quick fill-up.The Cons: If it was drop proof up to Jess Daddio standards, this little guy would get a full blown A+. As it stands, you can break, drown, and fry these things. Maybe the next version will be totally idiot proof. FOR MINIMALISTSBedrock Cairn Adventure SandalsMSRP: $98The Pros: If you like the solid sole of other outdoorsy sandals but not the heavy weight, let me introduce you to your next favorite sandal: the Cairn. The latest version of Bedrock’s Classic sandal, the Cairn has a simple strap system that is super customizable, versatile, and secure. Unlike most flip flops and other water shoes, the Cairn has an extremely tough Vibram sole. It’s grippy on the most slippery of rocks, and you’ll hardly feel the roots on the trail. This sandal has quickly become my go-to for everyday wear, day hikes, and camp shoe (bye bye Crocs!). The cherry on the sundae is that this little do-it-all-sandal is hand-sewn right here in the USA and packaged in an equally rad box (seriously, you might consider saving it and turning it into some wall art…we wouldn’t blame you).The Cons: The company used to be based right down the street from us here in Charlottesville, Va. Now they’re soakin’ up that golden California lighting. We miss them. FOR FREQUENT FLYERSPacsafe Vibe 40L Anti-Theft Carry-On BackpackMSRP: $139.95The Pros: Travel fearlessly with this compact backpack. Ideal for short traveling stints when you don’t want to check any baggage, this backpack has plenty of storage space for clothes and other everyday necessities plus a padded laptop sleeve in case you have to stay connected. There are more anti-theft features on this backpack than you could ever dream of—puncture-resistant zips, slash-proof straps, PopNLock security clips, zipper locking mechanisms. Read up on all of the features before you travel—there’s nothing more embarrassing than being locked out of your own pack.The Cons: The shoulder straps on this pack are not adjustable enough, limiting the pack fit to those with longer torsos and broader shoulders. Short people beware.center_img FOR EVERYDAY ADVENTURERSRoyal Robbins Diablo ChillMSRP: $78The Pros: Summer tans are cool, but avoiding skin cancer is way cooler. This long-sleeve shirt provides UPF 50+ protection without looking like a dorky khaki scout expedition shirt. Soft to the touch and breathable on the back, this button-up looks more like a casual Oxford than a technical piece of apparel. Wear it on your hike, on the job, or out to dinner. It’s wrinkle resistant, so even if it’s been crammed in your pack for a week, you can still shake it out and hit the town without anyone ever knowing it hasn’t been washed in days.The Cons: It only comes in three colors, so people might start to catch on if you’re wearing them every week. FOR BACKPACKERSBig Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 mtnGLOMSRP: $499.95The Pros: Redesigned just last year, this new take on an old classic is a refreshing, albeit surprising, development in the world of lightweight backpacking. Weighing in at 2lbs 13oz, the latest version of the Copper Spur UL2 is only one ounce heavier than previous models and comes with the added luxuries of groovy mtnGLO technology and steeper walls (tall people rejoice, read “more head space”). There are two vestibules and side-access doors, well-placed interior pockets for odds and ends, and the easy setup and durability Big Agnes has always been known for.The Cons: Because the mtnGLO lights are embedded into the tent seams, if you’re not a fan of them, you’ll have to suck it up or buy an older model. FOR CYCLISTSKitsbow A/M JerseyMSRP: $195The Pros: We. Love. Wool. And you should, too. Odor-resistant, quick-drying, cool when you need it, warm when you don’t, wool is the greatest thing that ever happened for outdoor enthusiasts. This jersey is 46% Merino wool, cut with just the right amount of nylon and spandex to make this riding shirt feel and fit beautifully. The three-quarter length sleeve adds extra coverage from the sun and looks great on or off the bike. Convenient stash pockets on the back are roomy without the bulk.The Cons: Sorry guys, this one’s for the ladies. However, Kitsbow makes an entire lineup of top-of-the-line Merino men’s cyclewear, too. 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DoD Assistance Team Arrives in Haiti for Post-Hurricane Support

December 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBy By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity October 07, 2016 AMERICA PARA LOS AMERICANOS, AUN CON LAS DESGRACIAS NATURALES QUE LLEGAN AL GRAN PAIS DEL NORTE, ESA MANO AMIGA DE APOYO Y ALIANZA NO FALLA. QUE EL ETERNO SIGA BENDICIENDOLOS CON PROGRESOS Y EXITOS. U.S. military assistance is on the ground in Haiti to assist and support the Caribbean island nation with the impact felt from Hurricane Matthew on October 4th and 5th, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters on October 6th. Cook said as the team is stood up, the United States and Defense Department will coordinate needs for U.S. military assistance with interagency partners and the Haitian government, he added. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is getting regular updates, Cook said. “He and the rest of DoD are tracking the hurricane … as it threatens the U.S. East Coast,” he added, noting that the U.S. Agency for International Development sent a request for assistance, and the secretary has given approval to U.S. Southern Command to spend up to $11 million in overseas humanitarian, disaster, and civic aid funds for disaster relief. The funding includes transportation in the Caribbean, airfield support assessment and airfield operation support, he said.last_img read more

4 ways you should incorporate marketing goals into your credit union strategic planning

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgMarketing plays an essential role in any credit union strategic planning session. It’s the marketing that gets your message to the masses. Have an innovative new product or service? If nobody hears about it, nobody will care. That’s failure, and it’s not an option. If you want your credit union to lead the competition, make sure you incorporate these successful marketing techniques into your yearly strategic plan.1. Hire a Tech SpecialistIt’s not enough anymore to slip an ad insert into an envelope alongside your member’s monthly statement and drop it in the mail. According to American Banker, as far back as 2013, nearly fifty percent of all banking customers had opted to receive paperless statements. Online banking is quick. It’s convenient. And members can now perform nearly every banking task needed from the comfort of their laptop or mobile phone.The marketing trends that are a part of your credit union strategic planning today must be tech-friendly or nobody will ever hear, see or experience them. This means hiring someone who’s experienced in creating engaging Web content such as e-inserts, re-targeting campaigns, electronic surveys, electronic newsletters and more. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Stay safe on the waters during national boat safety week

December 8, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSince there a pandemic, she says its also a good idea to follow CDC guidelines. Commander Mary Kucharek says its always important to practice some general guidelines like checing the weather before you depart, knowing who has the right of way, and keeping a safe distance from other boats. The Susquenango Sail and Power Squadron usually holds boat safety classes in person, but due to the coronavirus they are on hiatus with few online classes. May 15 is wear your life jacket to work day. “It’s important that we all be mindful of the CDC recommendations for keeping our distance, for wearing masks in the marinas and boat ramp areas and to not raft up as many people like to do during the summer,” said Kucharekcenter_img JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Local organizations are saying to stay safe out on the waters as national boat safety week starts May 16. The week was created to serve as a reminder to practice safe boating techniques on all the water ways. If you want to learn more about boating classes you can visit the Susquenangos website, or you can visit the Americas Boating Club website.last_img read more

Three-parent babies are ‘genetic engineering’ and should be banned

September 27, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe technique in involves replacing faulty mitochondrial DNA in a woman’s eggs that would mean she did not pass on diseases such as muscular dystrophy. The Telegraph 6 October 2014Three parent babies created with genetic material from three people would be the result of ‘genetic engineering’ and should not be allowed, a group of scientists will say.A change in the law to allow doctors to use genetic material from a third person to avoid serious and life threatening diseases is being debated. Mitochondria are the batteries in human cells it has been argued and that the new DNA would not alter a person’s personality or appearance. In a letter seen by the Sunday Times to the Commons science and technology committee, which is holding a one-day inquiry into three parent embryos on October 22, a group of scientists said: “The safety of mitochondrial replacement therapy is not yet established sufficiently well to proceed to clinical trials.”last_img read more

Zimbabwe’s Weak Economy: Stock Exchange Starts To Feel The Heat

September 27, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgZimbabwe’s stock exchange one of the oldest on the continent has not been spared from the country’s harsh economic environment. From a peak of 78 active counters its now down to 63 and trade remains low. Farai Mwakutuya with the detailslast_img

Ibrahimovic challenges AC Milan fans: I want 70,000!

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic wants a full house tonight for his AC Milan return. AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli, meanwhile, wants to reduce the euphoria around the Swede. Ibrahimovic on target as AC Milan whitewash Rhodense 9-0 “He is not the saviour of the country and will not solve all the problems. Of course it is an advantage to have him, but he will not win the matches by himself. We have to do more,” said Pioli. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…center_img The 38 year-old striker will make his ‘second’ debut tonight against Sampdoria. “How many spectators are expected in San Siro? 60,000? Well, I want at least 70,000, otherwise I won’t play,” said the Swede.Advertisementlast_img read more

February 5, 2019 Police Blotter

September 23, 2020 0 Comments

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Oguchi named D’Tigers player of the decade

September 22, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgRelatedPosts D’Tigers star distributes COVID-19 relief materials D’Tigers’ captain hints at retirement US Basketball player to play for D’Tigers at 2021 Olympics Continental governing body, FIBA Africa, has named former D’Tigers guard, Chamberlain Oguchi, Nigeria’s best basketball player in the last decade.This was revealed in the second part of FIBA Africa’s ranking of the continent’s 10 best players of the last decade. D’Tigers captain, Ike Diogu, and Orlando Magic power forward, Al-Farouk Aminu, also made the list.The Nigerians were picked from an initial list of 55 top African players.The selection was based on their impact at club and national teams’ participation at FIBA competitions, which ran from 2010 to 2020.Oguchi stamped his status as an African great after anchoring Nigeria to their first-ever Afrobasket championship title in 2015 in Tunisia, with a performance that earned him the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.He scored 19 points in the final against a star-studded Angolan team, but his best performance at the tournament was in the semi-final, against a resilient Senegalese side. He scored eight of his 13 three-point attempts against the West African foes.The 34-year-old has proved to be a big-time player for the national team, scoring 35 points at the 2012 Olympics in a 79-73 narrow loss to France, and converting eight of his 14 three-point attempts.He also grabbed the headlines after burying seven of his 12 three-point attempts in a 96-87 defeat to Spain at the Rio Olympics in 2016.The top 10 African players of the decade are Morocco’s Abdelali Lahrichi, Senegal, and Memphis Grizzlies’ Gorgui Dieng, Tunisian stars Makram Ben Romdhane and Salah Mejri, Angolans Eduardo Mingas and Carlos Morais.Others include Ivory Coast point guard, Souleyman Diabate, and Nigerian trio: Diogu, Aminu and Oguchi. Tags: Chamberlain OguchiD’TigersFIBA Africalast_img read more

Rosicky to remain with Gunners

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Asked if he expected Rosicky to stay, Wenger replied: “Yes.” The Arsenal manager added: “We have taken up the option (of a one-year contract extension).” Arsenal are likely to strengthen the squad in the summer, with Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech a reported target. However, it remains to be seen whether the Blues will allow the veteran stopper to join one of their title rivals. The close relationship between Cech and Rosicky is also said to be a factor in any potential £10million deal. Wenger, however, insisted such issues should play no part in any transfer. “Tomas Rosicky is not involved in the transfer market at all, he will be with us next season and we do not use the players for that,” the Arsenal boss said. “Most of the time it is the players who want to join you who come in. Sometimes they might call each other, but we do not get the players to interfere with that.” Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set to stay at Arsenal next season, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The 34-year-old has been on the fringes of the squad this season, making only five starts in the Barclays Premier League. However, Wenger insisted the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker remained integral to his plans for 2015-16. Press Association Arsenal will be out to sign off from their Premier League season with a return to winning ways against West Brom on Sunday, and so take some momentum into the FA Cup final. Wenger’s men laboured through a goalless draw at home to Sunderland on Wednesday night, which was enough to keep the Mackems up and all but secured third place for the Gunners. “We have fought very hard to directly qualify for the Champions League and we want to get over the line and finish the job, which we couldn’t do on Wednesday night. We want to do it in a convincing way on Sunday,” said Wenger, whose side have not scored at home for three games. Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has been troubled a painful knee injury which could put him in a race against time to be fit for both the FA Cup final against Aston Villa on May 30 and also international duty with England in June. “Danny will go out today for the first time, we have to wait for the response to that to know if he responds in a positive way. He could be fit very quickly,” said Wenger. “There is a good chance that he will be available for England, however it is difficult to know. “But certainly if he is not available for the FA Cup final, I can’t see him being competitive enough for England.” Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was not included in the England squad named on Thursday as he continues to recover from first an inflamed groin and then hamstring problem which sidelined him since early March. “It is not impossible (to make the FA Cup final) because he starts full training today. We will see how he responds to that,” said Wenger. “The difference (in not being selected for England) is that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not played in any competition for a long time. That lack of competition takes some time to come back to a good competitive level. “I didn’t tell him (England manager Roy Hodgson) not to pick Oxlade-Chamberlain. He has looked when he played his last game and has then decided.” Wenger added: “Danny Welbeck is not out for a long time and he has nothing at all on any scan, just bone bruising on his knee, that is just the pain that will decide if he is fit or not.” last_img read more