The Best Winter Paddling Gear

first_imgWhen the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall, many paddlers choose to hang up their skirts for the season to hit the slopes or take to the trails; after all, being wet in near- or below-freezing temperatures isn’t exactly what most would consider pleasant. With the proper gear, though, you can beat those winter paddling blues and keep on boofing through the season. Check out these 10 products that will make you actually enjoy, not just survive, your next winter paddling experience.On the Water Winter Paddling Gear1. NRS WaveLite™Made from Polartec® Power Stretch® fleece, this line of base layers is perfect for cold weather paddling. Warm, stretchy, and moisture-wicking, the form fitting shirt and pant combination retains its original shape throughout years of use and abuse.Top – $74.95, Bottom – $64.95; nrs.com2. Bomber Gear Bomb Dry SuitA must-have for kayakers serious about year-round paddling, this dry suit does it all. The four-layer suit offers protection with reinforced shoulder panels and abrasion-resistant oxford nylon where you need it most. Durable gaskets and double-stitched, taped, and patched seams keep the water out while breathable Toray™ 4-ply Entrant HB fabric allows the suit to breathe when you’re busting out that hairy ferry.$899; bombergear.com3. Astral RasslerSure, it might not be the best idea, but summertime paddling means minimal footwear in my book (i.e. a pair of sandals permanently stashed in the stern). But when winter rolls around, flip flops just don’t make the cut. The Rassler is the best option for wintertime paddling, creeking, or expedition adventures. With high ankle support, shoe drainage, and a durable Cordura upper and Stealth outsole, this shoe protects and functions like none other and looks way cooler than those raunchy neoprene booties you’ve had one-too-many bootie beers out of.$119.95; astraldesigns.com4. Bomber Gear Pogie Paddling MittAlso from Bomber comes another must-have: the pogie. Made from durable, water-repellent, super-stretch neoprene, these mitts withstand the elements while offering enough insulation and protection to keep your extremities functioning. Extending just past the wrist, these pogies are easy to slide on and off if you need to push off a rock or wipe the snot from your face.$33; bombergear.com5. Buff BalaclavaGiven that the majority of your body heat can be lost through your noggin, it’s probably best to cover it up when you’re out on the water. Buff’s merino wool balaclava is perfect for wearing underneath a helmet or when you’re off the water setting up camp. For bitterly cold days (or if you’re going for the ninja look), scrunch the fabric up beneath the eyes to protect those rosy cheeks.$31; buffusa.comOff the Water Winter Paddling Gear6. Ibex Woolies 220Multi-day paddling excursions mean mindful packing. If you’re looking for a warm and durable yet lightweight base layer option to slide into when you reach camp, these Ibex Woolies are for you. Made from 18.5 micro Merino wool, these layers are naturally odor resistant and can double as paddling base layers if it’s just too darn cold to change into the frozen set you put out last night to “dry.”Top – $95, Bottom – $85; shop.ibex.com7. Stanley SS Flask Adventure While we don’t necessarily condone drinking and paddling, we know that sometimes, swims happen. When you could use a little spirit to warm your sodden soul, reach for the most rugged 8oz flask on the market.$20; shopstanley-pmi.com8. Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic JacketMore durable and water repellent than fleece alternatives, this synthetic mid-layer can withstand the elements on its own or serve as an extra layer underneath a heavier jacket. Made from ThermalQ™Elite insulation, this lightweight jacket packs down small like its goose down relatives but still provides just as much warmth.$200; mountainhardwear.com9. Big Agnes Shovelhead Hooded JacketFilled with 700+ goose down, this incredibly warm and lightweight puffy has one great attribute that sets it above the rest: water repellency. If you’re setting or packing up camp and the weather starts to turn, take comfort in knowing that your super snazzy down jacket can take a little moisture, no problem.$249.95; bigagnes.comlast_img read more

New judges on the way

first_imgNew judges on the way April 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News New judges on the way Bills in both chambers call for 110 new jurists Jan Pudlow Senior Editor The forecast looks bright that this is the year the legislature finally will create 110 new judges — just as the Florida Supreme Court requested, although it may take more than one session.HB 263, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers, sailed through the House Committee on Justice Appropriations March 29 with total approval and no debate on the cost or the need.Likewise, SB 2048, sponsored by Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, which also authorized all 110 positions, breezed through its first stop in the Senate Judiciary Committee March 23 with no debate and a unanimous vote. However, on April 4, the Judicial Appropriations Committee, which Crist chairs, accepted his amendment to reduce the number to 34. The senator hastened to assure Bar and judicial officials in the audience that the change is only the beginning of negotiations with the House.Crist emphasized that both he and the committee are committed to getting at least 55 new judgeships this year and the rest of the 110 certified no later than next year. He said the initial budget allotment given to his committee does not allow for all 110 judges.“Do not be alarmed. This is a posturing position for conference [with the House],” Crist said at the meeting. “It is the adamant position of this committee and this chair to walk out of here with 55 [new judges] and the rest funded next year.”Earlier, Crist said at the Senate Judiciary Committee, “We currently have a crisis within our judicial system, both civil and criminal. We have a shortage of judges and a backlog in both courts that is taking an extreme amount of time in order to get expedited through.“We have sat down with the courts and administrative clerks, the public defenders and the state attorneys, and with the governor’s office, and everyone in between to try to work out a solution to this problem.” Originally, both bills called for a total of 110 new judges: 67 new circuit judges, 41 new county judges and two appellate court judges in the Second and Fifth districts. The new Senate version has 20 circuit judges, 12 county judges, and the two DCA positions.The big difference is that the House version specifies that all of the judges are to be appointed, whereas the Senate proposal designates that half are to be appointed and half elected, with the appointed judges taking office January 2, 2006, and the elected judges taking office a year later.But that difference does not appear to be a deal-breaker.Both Kyle and Crist said they are upbeat this is the time to fund the new judgeships, after years of failing to respond to the Supreme Court’s certification of the overwhelming need.“We have 89 sponsors in the House. That’s over two-thirds. You can waive the rules with that. I think we will be good to go in the House. It looks like we will be good to go in the Senate,” Kyle said. “The only issue that remains unresolved is the number of appointed versus elected. But that will work out.”That matter appears already to be working itself out. Crist said the language about electing half the judges in his bill does not reflect the Senate’s philosophy, but was inserted to spark debate, and that “the direction we are leaning is appointment.”Kyle said he prefers appointing judges because he thinks “the judicial nominating commissions do a good job through the vetting process. I think we get more people, more of an opportunity of choice in selection through the appointed process. Being an elected official and having gone through many campaigns, it’s a daunting task, and a lot of people who are more qualified probably would not take that route.”With the JNC process, Kyle said, “You get a wider pool of people with diverse backgrounds, and thus more of a choice.”On the Senate side, Crist explained why it is written into his bill that half of the judges are to be elected.“We put it in the bill to open a dialog and discussion, because we knew the House wasn’t going to do it. There is a large group who feels if judges are only appointed, a Republican governor will only put Republican judges in place. That is a viable concern. The flip side of the coin is that people feel appointed judges are of better quality.. . and yet another flip side is that people feel judges are held more accountable if elected. The debate goes back and forth.”While there has been no public debate on the issue in committee meetings so far, Crist said there has been “a lot of discussion” elsewhere at the Capitol.What remains steadfast is making sure this legislative session addresses the court’s crunch of not enough judges to do the job and reversing past years of shutting out the Supreme Court’s cry for help.“We are now so very encouraged that both bills have passed through their first committee stops without opposition for these judges in both the Senate and House,” said State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner.“We don’t take a position on the question of elected versus appointed. We let that be a legislative position.. . . We’re moving along.”It’s been a long time coming.In 2000, the Supreme Court asked for 43 new trial judges, and none were approved. In 2001, the court sought 30 new circuit and 14 county judgeships, and received 16 circuit and 11 county judges. In 2002, the Supreme Court requested 49 new judgeships: 34 circuit, 13 county, and two district courts of appeal—and the legislature approved 18 circuit posts. In 2003, the court asked for 56 new positions—33 circuit, 21 county, and two DCA—and got zero. Again, last year, the legislature funded no new judges.Crist, in an interview with the News on March 29, warned that funding might be a problem for getting all the certified positions this year. “We are working to fund all 110 positions. This morning I was given an allotment, and it was not enough,” he said. “We will probably come up with appropriations to fund a portion initially, but that is not where we will end up. I really believe there is a great chance that we will fund half this year and half the next year.”Asked what guarantees there are that next year’s legislature will agree to fund the other half, Crist responded that in this two-year cycle, there will be the same leadership in both chambers next year.“And for Republican members of the legislature, it is really to their advantage to get all 110 before the governor leaves, because he gets to do the appointments. That is a real motivating factor. And right now the economic forecast looks good.” Senior Editor Gary Blankenship also contributed to this story.last_img read more

Edward Snowden Defends NSA Leaks in NBC Interview

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York NBC’s heavily teased hour-long interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden—his first with an American TV network—was not particularly revelatory, but it did provide viewers with its first extensive look at the former government contractor since his massive leak of top-secret documents exposing extensive electronic government surveillance.Snowden, in an interview with Brian Williams in Russia, where he was granted temporary asylum after his passport was revoked on his way to Latin America last year, pushed back on criticisms that his leaks damaged national security. He admitted that he was a trained spy for the CIA and NSA despite assertions from government officials that he was nothing more than a low-level hacker.Snowden’s clandestine work has been well documented. Nevertheless, NBC focused much of its promos on the 30-year-old’s admission that he worked for the United States’ most secretive agencies.“I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word in that I lived and worked undercover overseas, pretending to work in a job that I’m not and even being assigned a name that was not mine,” Snowden, sitting comfortably and seemingly unnerved by his tenuous predicament, told Williams.“Now the government might deny these things,” he said. “They might frame it in certain ways and say ‘oh, well you know he’s a low-level analyst,’ but what they’re tying to do, is they’re trying to use one position that I’ve had in a career here or there to distract from the totality of my experience, which is that I’ve worked for the Central Intelligence Agency undercover, overseas, I’ve worked for the National Security Agency undercover, overseas and I’ve worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency as lecturer at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy where I developed sources and methods for keeping our information people secure in the most hostile and dangerous environments around the world.”Snowden, who has been charged under the Espionage Act, noted how the Obama Administration has charged more people under the World War II-era law than all other past administrations combined. He said he’d prefer to return home to the United States, but does not feel the current climate is favorable to him if he is indeed prosecuted.For nearly a year, critics have called upon Snowden to return to the United States and stand up to the government’s accusations. That rhetoric continued Thursday with Secretary of State John Kerry calling on Snowden to “man up” and make his case in court.But, Snowden asserted that a public defense is not ideal given limitations for defendants in espionage act cases.Much of what Snowden and Williams discussed has already been previously disclosed, including his reasoning for joining the military following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Specifically, Snowden said, he wanted to free the oppressed people of Iraq, but later became disillusioned.“The Iraq war that I signed up for was launched on false premises,” he said.Later, Snowden defended his actions, telling Williams: “What is right is not the same as is what is legal. Sometimes to do the right thing you have to break a law.”last_img read more

Making the millennial connection starts by listening

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s taken some time, but Mountain America Credit Union thinks they have finally figured out the Millennial puzzle.In 2010, with Millennials representing less than 30% of it membership, the $6 billion credit union based in West Jordan, Utah began a more focused strategic push to reach the critical demographic.Today, Millennials account for 41% of MACU’s 600,000 members. In 2016, Millennials represented half of the credit union’s total member growth. Millennials now also make up about 70% of MACU’s workforce, with 45% of its workforce falling between the ages of 18 to 29.It’s a constant work in progress says Jeremy Nelson, VP of direct marketing at MACU. He says the credit union’s success with Millennials isn’t the result of one decision or initiative, but rather it came from a series of various strategic moves made throughout the organization over time.MACU first started by investing in research. But rather than just rely on standard surveys and typical focus groups, the credit union established advisory councils at local high schools. These young ambassadors would meet monthly to discuss banking’s pain points and how they’d like to engage with their financial institution. The credit union would also proactively seek their input on design concepts or a rewards program for Millennials. continue reading »last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Second wave in China?, on-campus cases multiply, vaccination in Britain, vaccine protest in Germany

first_imgChina showing signs of second pandemic flu waveChina appears to be entering its second wave of the novel H1N1 pandemic, said an epidemiologist at the country’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention who was quoted yesterday in China Daily. Cases are increasing rapidly, and the virus is spreading to small and medium-sized cities. China has had 26,300 known cases but just two deaths, the story said. The World Health Organization reported last week that the seasonal H3N2 flu virus was co-circulating in China with the pandemic H1N1 strain.http://english.cctv.com/20091020/103952.shtmlOct 20 China Daily storyFlu cases increase on US campusesFlu-like illnesses on college campuses rose modestly last week, with schools in the mid Atlantic region reporting increases, while those in the Midwest, Rocky Mountains, and Southwest still cited robust activity, the American College Health Association (ACHA) said today. The report for the week ending Oct 16 says infections may have already peaked in the Southeast and Northeast. The incidence of flu-like illnesses on member campuses was 20.9 per 10,000 students, 9% higher than a week earlier.Oct 21 ACHA weekly surveillance reportH1N1 vaccinations begin in BritainBritain today became the latest European country to roll out nationwide shots against H1N1 flu, beginning vaccination of front-line health care workers and high-risk hospital patients. High-risk patients in the community will begin receiving shots Oct 26, Reuters reported. Other European Union countries have already begun campaigns, including France, Italy and Sweden, with Germany expected to begin Oct. 26.http://www.reuters.com/article/governmentFilingsNews/idUSLL4304520091021Oct 21 Reuters reportGerman vaccine roll-out sparks protestA press outcry and political objections are following news that Germany’s H1N1 vaccination campaign plans to use two different formulas: Baxter’s cell culture-based Celvapan for politicians and essential workers and GlaxoSmithKline’s egg-based, adjuvanted Pandemrix for the general public. To defuse the protest, Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to receive the GSK vaccine from her private doctor, Agence France Press reported. The story said Celvapan has fewer side effects than Pandemrix.H1N1 found in Japanese swine herdPooled samples from 10 pigs on a 1,000-head swine farm near Osaka, Japan, were positive for H1N1 flu during routine surveillance, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). None of the pigs died or showed signs of illness. The farm, which raises pigs from birth to slaughter age, is under limited movement control. The finding marks the first identification of H1N1 flu in swine in Japan.Oct 21 OIE reportArgentinean report cites high rate of lung disease in H1N1 casesAn unexpectedly high rate of lower respiratory disease (8%, 166 of 2,135 patients) was found in adults with flu-like illness who were treated at a tertiary hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the H1N1 outbreak in June and July, says a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Although other pathogens were not ruled out, the authors say the finding suggests that “a unique pattern of virulence, pulmonary tropism, or both” may characterize 2009 H1N1 cases.http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/15/12/pdfs/09-1062.pdfEmerging Infectious Diseases letter reportlast_img read more

Medallion Clue #5 — July 3, 2015

first_imgToday’s Clue:The Birdman.Past Clues:Clue #4Thieving made legal.Clue #3The battle begins here.Clue #2The Court is now in session.Clue #1We began this venture in 1986Who would have thought we’d still be hereThe hunt begins…in honor of Jerry Blunk who hid the medallion for several years.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Kaizer Chiefs coach quits after Cup loss sparks crowd violence

first_imgFounded in 1970, they are the most popular and successful football club in the republic, capable of drawing 90,000 crowds for friendly matches.However, attendances have dropped alarmingly this season for most matches as the side struggled in league and cup competitions.Chiefs have traditionally preferred foreign coaches over locals and will reportedly look to Europe for a successor to Komphela.Share on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Kaizer Chiefs confirmed Sunday that coach Steve Komphela had resigned after a South African FA Cup semi-final loss in Durban triggered crowd violence.Club official Bobby Motaung told reporters: “The coach is stepping down with immediate effect. The results are not happening.“Steve has done a great job for Kaizer Chiefs but, unfortunately, if it is not meant to be, it is not meant to be.” A police spokesman said there had been two violence-related arrests and more were expected.Chiefs were fined 250,000 rand (about $20,500/17,000 euros) this week after supporters flung missiles at Komphela after a heavy league loss in Soweto this month.center_img Former South Africa captain and centre-back Komphela failed to win a trophy during three seasons in charge and his contract was due to expire this June.After the shock 2-0 FA Cup defeat by Free State Stars Saturday, some of the crowd ran amok, severely assaulting a female security guard at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Indian Ocean city.They also trashed TV cameras, audio equipment and advertising boards and burnt seats before being dispersed by police firing tear gas and stun grenades.last_img read more

Horswill, Currie lead Leafs to 5-2 win over Grand Forks

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily Sports Linden Horswill made his return to the NDCC Arena a memorable one as the Okanagan Hockey Association recruit scored his first goal as a junior sparking the Nelson Leafs to a 5-2 victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins (see more coverage on Sports Page) Saturday night.
The 16-year-old native of Nelson, called up to play with the Leafs after the team was hit with a rash of injuries, scored the opening goal of the contest before adding an assist on the final marker.Gavin Currie also had a pair of goals to lead Nelson.The Leafs opened the weekend with a 7-4 loss to Beaver Valley Friday in Fruitvale.Nelson, 11-11 on the season, built up a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes before the Bruins woke up.“I don’t think it was any more difficult that we thought,” said Leaf coach Chris Shaw. “ Grand Forks has put a pretty good team together now. They’ve acquired some pretty good players from Revelstoke and we knew they’re going to be pretty tough to play against.”Marcus Dahl and Dallon Stoddart also scored for Nelson.Darren Hogg appeared to be heading for his second shutout of the season before the Bruins scored two quick goals in the third to make it a game.Joey Cormano and Artsiom Kalashnikov replied for the Bruins.Nelson out shot Grand Forks 27-20.In Fruitvale, Dallas Calvin scored a natural hat trick to spark the Hawks to a 3-0 lead five minutes into the second period.Colton Malmsten cut the margin to 3-1 with a goal three minutes later.But Ryan Baines and Ryan Edwards scored power play markers to increase the Beaver Valley lead to 5-1.Riley Henderson scored on a Nelson power play to give the visitors some momentum entering the third.The Leafs struck for two goals three minutes into the final frame as Patrick Martens and Colton Schell, on the power play, cut the lead to 5-4.However, Justin Niminiken scored a power play goal to diffuse the Leafs.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro added an empty net marker to round out the scoring.Beaver Valley finished three-for-five on the power play while Nelson was two for six.Mike Vlanich out dueled Marcus Beesley in the nets to register the win for Beaver Valley. Shots were even at 38-38.The win was the third in three games for the Hawks over Murdoch Division rival Nelson.LEAF NOTES: Nelson’s GM Chris Shaw announced following the game that Nelson acquired Joel Stewart in a trade from the Spokane Braves. In 16 games this season the 6’1”, 190-pound winger had eight goals for 16 points. . . . Nelson was missing leading goal scorer Connor McLaughlin, called up for a northern road trip with Trail of the B.C. Hockey League. McLaughlin scored twice in the third period to spark a four-goal explosion as Trail dumped Prince George 5-3 Friday. Trail, 17-7-0-1, leads the Interior Division by five points over Salmon Arm. McLaughlin, named the game’s second star, finished with three points. He did not play in Trail’s 2-1 loss to Quesnel [email protected]last_img read more