The latest technical apparel will keep you warm and dry when you are out playing in the wild.1. Westcomb ApocWestcomb pioneered the use of Polartec’s new waterproof/breathable NeoShell fabric in this light-but-very-protective shell that worked well for everything from resort skiing to alpine climbing. While Polartec is best known as a “soft” shell company, NeoShell is a hard shell fabric and it proved worthy when we tested it in rainy conditions in the Italian Dolomites.$480; westcomb.com2. Patagonia Primo Jacket and PantPatagonia used three-layer Gore Performance Shell and an innovative, 100-percent recycled nylon to craft a bomber shell that can survive all the buffeting of riding the lifts yet breathes when out in the backcountry. It became our go-to choice for a do-it-all shell. We put it to the test everywhere from cat skiing in Alaska to huffing laps on Berthoud Pass.$499 jacket, $399 pant; patagonia.com3. Powderhorn Corbet X-PressPowderhorn has mastered the art of the functional puffy. The Corbet X-Press is made for going hard in cold temps. A nylon Airtastic shell breathes while shucking off squalls and antimicrobial X-Static insulation keeps things cozy without picking up that ski-bum stank.$250; powderhornworld.com4. Spyder Eiger Jacket and Norwand PantChris Davenport wears this outfit ski mountaineering—good enough for us. Stretch nylon and a waterproof/breathable membrane round out the tech.$450 jacket, $375 pant; spyder.com5. Freeride Systems AnteroMade in Colorado, this native shell—a hybrid made from Polartec—handles the grind of backcountry laps thanks to stretchy breathability.$249; freeridesystems.com6. Mammut FelsturmThis athletic shell features Gore’s new Active Shell fabric, which provides light three-layer protection and even more breathability than standard Gore-Tex. While it might be a tad light for heavy-duty resort use, it’s the ticket for backcountry skinning or nordic touring.$450; mammut.ch7. Eddie Bauer Hangfire HoodieBill Belichick would be proud of this performance stretchy fleece hoodie that’s ideal for everything from walking the dogs in the winter to hiking for turns in the backcountry.$99; eddiebauer.com8. ArcTeryx TrinoIdeal for nordic skiing and other hard-charging winter activities this shell combines Gore Windstopper and stretchy Altasaris fabric in strategic locations to keep up with high-aerobic activities.$199; arcteryx.com9. Outdoor Research StormboundA jacket designed for the crazy temperature flip-flops of the sidecountry, the Stormbound relies on a light, waterproof Pertex shell with baffled down for warmth when it’s windy without overheating on the slogs.$399; outdoorresearch.com10. Loki Myth (jacket not pictured)Here’s a “soft” shell with all the functionality of a hard shell—thanks to a waterproof/breathable core that insulates it from the worst of mountain weather. But the deal breaker for changeable weather is Loki’s integrated mitts and neck warmer, built right into the jacket.$239; lokiusa.com
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Dispatches from Iraq January 15, 2005 Regular News Dispatches from Iraq Combat swimming in Mortaritaville Capt. Greg Weiss Chief, Military Justice, Iraq True to form the U.S. Army is an alphabet soup of acronyms. A few acronyms in the form of TCNs (Third Country Nationals) and LNs (Local Nationals) have been in the forefront of my mind in the past few days. Philippine TCNs staff the gym, pool, barber shop, and laundry. Pakistani TCNs staff the dining facility, the other barber shop, and the Post Exchange, and Iraqi LNs work as interpreters, gate guards, janitors and do much manual labor. I have no idea of the basis of the division of labor. American contractors manage and staff many operational shops, such as the fire department, flight line ground operations, machine, electrical, automotive, and carpentry shops, and support many of the radar and computer systems. Interestingly, the American contractors here, which I estimate are at least 15 percent of Anaconda’s total population, are issued body armor and Kevlar helmets, while most TCNs and LNs are not (or at least they never seem to have them).I have benefited greatly from the TCN services on post. The men and women who staff the pool are a particularly gregarious bunch, always eager to practice their English after greeting you with a warm smile. They recognize most of the soldiers who use the pool regularly for exercise and meet you with a kickboard and pull-buoy while looking for an empty lane. They also allow you to finish your current lap when the incoming indirect fire air siren sounds and the pool must be cleared.The pool staff is great about clearing out a lane for lap swimmers in order to to avoid “combat swimming.” The pool always has two lanes set aside for lap swimming, and at times the entire pool is divided into six lanes. Regardless of the setup there are always soldiers lounging in the shallow end of the lap lanes using the floating lane lines as a pool recliner. In addition, if you know soldiers, you know that the diving board is a launching pad for a constant stream of 18-year-olds performing cannonballs and jack-knives in the deep end. Avoiding cannonballs while trying to swim laps is akin to a naval battle scene from “Master and Commander.” The Philippine TCNs will kick the cannonballers and lane-loungers out of at least one lap lane when someone who regularly swims laps shows up, which is pretty considerate.A few days ago a mortar attack killed three Philippine TCNs in their sleeping trailer. I had never even considered the safety of the TCNs when the air siren sounded previously, which is pretty damn inconsiderate. I have become fairly immune to the daily sound of the air siren, save the “rigor” of putting on my flack jacket and Kevlar and seeking shelter in the nearest hardened building. Incidentally LSA Anaconda has earned the nickname “Mortaritaville” throughout the theater because of the frequency of the indirect fire attacks. When a soldier in my section does not check in immediately after the “all clear” is sounded, I become concerned for their safety; however, no one in my unit has yet been injured by a mortar or rocket attack. My threshold of worry subsequent to the first few after I arrived at LSA Anaconda has increased dramatically. Regardless, when I was told of the three deaths I felt terrible.The great majority of the TCN staff is here to quadruple their wages for six to 12 months and return home. One of the pool staff told me that he will save enough money in his 12 months here to open his own gym back in the Philippines and operate it without a profit for three years upon his return. He was not a victim of the attack. Nor was anyone I recognize from the pool or gym missing. I assume that the victims were from the laundry because apparently several of the laundry staff quit immediately following the attack. I will not describe the level of frustration I experienced when some of my soldiers related to me their level of frustration at being subject to greater turn around time for their laundry. We Americans are here with a sense of service to country, or at least most of us are, but the foreign workers are here for employment. Would any rational human not consider quitting a job where one of the occupational hazards was death by mortar fire?Ironically, I went to the TCN-run barbershop just after that attack in anticipation of a visit by the commanding general to my office tomorrow. The Pakistani barbers produce a good result, but the haircut process itself is a painful adventure. First, there is always at least an hour — and at times up to a few hours — wait. No appointments, just first come, first served. You pay penance in the flimsy plastic chairs that line the hot barbershop, clutching a roughly cut wooden square containing a handwritten markered number, listening to blasted 1980s power ballads while flipping through either a two-week old Stars and Stripes or a current J.C. Whitney Auto Parts catalogue.Once you are absolved from the waiting limbo, you approach the next available barber and engage what has become a regular communication ritual for me. After the barber suits you up with the paper collar and cape, he offers you the full extent of his English vocabulary: “Skin?” I have rarely heard another English word spoken by the barbershop staff. Those who attempt to explain a particular style beyond skin tight end up disappointed when they receive the same haircut as everyone else. Actually there are two types of haircuts, fully shaved off (Army and Marines) or skin tight on the sides with a little hair on the top (Air Force or American contractor.) I generally opt for, or more realistically am given, the latter. After they shave the sides and trim the top, the barber pulls out a BBQ grill brush, the kind with the tightly packed metal bristles, and brutally brushes out the cut hair that has become intermixed with the remaining hair. It’s not really a BBQ grill brush, but it’s the plastic version. Finally, the barber raises up his hands one at a time, as though he is at a karate brick-breaking demonstration, and whacks you solidly between the neck and shoulder. As with all of the times I have had my hair cut at Anaconda, I completed the experience sweaty, stinging, and late.A few days later I had to travel to Baghdad for a court martial in an aggravated assault case, but all convoys to Baghdad were cancelled. All of the rotary wing flights to Baghdad were full because the convoys were cancelled. Of course none of this makes a difference to the judge, who comes to Iraq for a week every six weeks and rates his own helicopter as a full colonel, so I had to get to Baghdad. I was down to my last and only option to commute to Victory Base: serve as a shooter on a fuel truck to a base a few hours south of Baghdad, then go back north up to Victory Base as a shooter on a different KBR truck, all the day before the court martial. I had planned to take a Military Police Staff Sergeant and third-year law student, Alex Straub, with me as my bailiff and confinee escort, but I could not force him to go on the KBR trucks. I gave him the option of not going when I found out that my last option was going to be realized, and he matter-of-factly responded, “Sir, if you’re going, I’m going. I can’t let my officer go outside the wire without his NCO.” He’s a good man. Just as we were about to depart on the rolling bull’s eyes even that convoy was cancelled. Fortunately my paralegal talked us onto a flight the morning of the court martial.In my case the accused, the victim, and a few other soldiers had engaged in a lighthearted discussion outside of the unit’s sleeping tents at Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) after a long day of work. I can only assume that these soldiers had been drinking alcohol in violation of General Order #1, which prohibits the “sale, possession, manufacture, or consumption of alcohol” in theater. The discussion became a marketplace for racial jokes, which is not terribly uncommon in the Army. I am neither advocating nor judging the conversation, but rather relaying the facts. This type of discussion took place commonly in this unit throughout their deployment, with the participation of almost all, if not all, of the members of the unit. Soldiers of all races in the unit both made and were made the subject of these jokes, and during this particular conversation the victim made a joke that offended the accused. Soon after the discussion ended the soldiers departed for the evening.At around 2330 hours the victim entered his sleeping tent and eventually went to sleep. Several hours later, at around 0230 hours, the accused snuck into victim’s sleeping tent to find the victim. . . . (Continued in the February 1 News. ) In civilian life, Capt. Greg Weiss is an associate with Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, Mccoy, Graham, and Ford in West Palm Beach, who was mobilized from a reserve component for duty in Iraq. Capt. Weiss has agreed to share his wartime experiences with his fellow Florida Bar members through the News .
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ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Senate passed the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Friday, following House passage of the bill earlier this week. The bill passed by a 84-13 margin, which is enough to override a threatened veto from President Donald Trump, as the House also passed by more than a two-thirds majority.The bill contains CUNA-supported language to eliminate redundancies, unnecessary burdens and create opportunities for efficiencies within the Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering statutory framework. It also includes a study to review the current thresholds for Currency Transaction and Suspicious Activity reporting.The final bill does not contain a provision related to leases on military bases CUNA, Leagues and the Defense Credit Union Council fought to exclude what would have expanded an exemption for certain cost waivers for financial institution branches on military installations. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »
“I cannot rule out a broader lockdown,” North-Rhine Westphalia’s premier Armin Laschet told German television ZDF on Sunday.Outbreaks in recent weeks have occurred in nursing homes, hospitals, institutions for asylum seekers and refugees, in meat processing plants and logistics companies, among seasonal harvest workers and in connection with religious events, RKI said.The 2.88 rate is a jump from 1.06 on Friday, based on RKI’s moving 4-day average data, which reflects infection rates one to two weeks ago.Based on a 7-day average, infection rates have risen to 2.03, RKI said, adding that an accurate reading for long-term patterns will take a couple of days.The spike in infections is mainly related to local outbreaks including in North Rhine-Westphalia, RKI said. North-Rhine Westphalia was one of the regions most vocal about urging Merkel to ease lockdown restrictions.A high 7-day incidence rate was observed in the towns of Guetersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. Further outbreaks were detected in the cities of Magdeburg, in Saxony Anhalt and the Berlin district of Neukoelln, RKI said.In total, Germany has reported 189,822 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 8,882 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, RKI said.In an interview published on Sunday, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that the economy had passed the worst of the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak and was now expected to recover gradually. Topics : Germany’s coronavirus reproduction rate jumped to 2.88 on Sunday, up from 1.79 a day earlier, health authorities said, a rate showing infections are rising above the level needed to contain the disease over the longer term.The rise brings with it the possibility of renewed restrictions on activity in Europe’s largest economy – a blow to a country that so far had widely been seen as successful in curbing the coronavirus spread and keeping the death toll relatively low.To keep the pandemic under control, Germany needs the reproduction rate to drop below one. The rate of 2.88, published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health, means that out of 100 people who contract the virus, a further 288 people will get infected. Chancellor Angela Merkel had favored maintaining lockdown measures for longer but gradually eased restrictions in recent weeks following pressure from regional politicians to reboot the economy.Already, the country is grappling to get people to adhere to isolation rules in places where they have been imposed. Over the weekend, authorities in Goettingen needed riot police to enforce quarantine measures.In North-Rhine Westphalia, more than 1,300 people working at a slaugterhouse in Guetersloh tested positive for coronavirus, up from 803 infections on Friday.As a result, North-Rhine Westphalia has put 7,000 people under quarantine and closed kindergartens and schools close to the abattoir.
Royal IHC has held a steel cutting ceremony for the 2,300m³ Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger LESSE.The event took place at IHC’s partner yard, the MTG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna (Bulgaria) earlier this week.The newbuild was ordered by Baggerbedrijf de Boer – Dutch Dredging last May.The vessel is the third project, built in cooperation and by order of Royal IHC for Dutch Dredging, following the previous success of TSHDs ALBATROS and MAHURY.According to the shipyard, the vessel – being built under the class of Bureau Veritas – will be 80m long with a breadth of 15m.The next milestone for this vessel will be the keel laying ceremony in January 2018.
“After the second goal they scored two in a few minutes and it is hard to recover from that. In every press conference for the last few months you have said that the Premier League is done and I always said ‘no, it is still to be done’.“We will defend our position game by game.”Oxlade-Chamberlain said Liverpool knew they could beat the runaway Premier League leaders if they were at their best.“We know they like to play from the back and are good at it and we thrive when teams do that,” he said.“The second half when we went on a bit of a rampage for five or 10 minutes. The manager keeps telling me to shoot so I had a go and it went in.”Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted the Premier League title race is not over after his side slipped to a dramatic 4-3 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early strike was cancelled out by Leroy Sane’s goal shortly before half-time but three goals in nine scintillating minutes from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah stunned City.Guardiola’s team threatened an astonishing comeback with late goals for Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan but Liverpool held on for a famous win.“Congratulations to Liverpool for the victory,” said Guardiola. “The game was in our hands at 1-1 but our finishing was not good and then it went suddenly to 4-1.“You have to be stable when you concede a goal and we were not solid enough. You have to live this kind of situation in the season.“The reality is we lose the game, we have a week to recover and prepare for the Newcastle game. All credit to the opponent, we know how difficult it is against a Jurgen Klopp team, so aggressive, at Anfield too. We did a good performance apart from a few minutes.
RUMSON – The annual Albert E. Martin Jr. Hoops For Horizons Basketball Tournament concluded another successful event Saturday at Rumson Country Day School.The tournament’s purpose is to raise money for the Horizons Student Enrichment Program at RCDS, which supports educational opportunities for local children living in lower income circumstances.“We wanted it for kids from kindergarten to eighth grade and put them in a six-week summer program,” said Hilary DiPiero. a member of the Board of Advisors. “The children also learn to swim so we are partnered with the Red Bank YMCA. We have children from all over the county.”The tournament, a 3-on-3 affair, named in memory of Albert Martin, Jr, a Red Bank Regional basketball player who died during a scrimmage two years ago.— By Jim Hintelmann
By John Burton |RED BANK – Borough Councilman Michael Whelan sees a way to offer modest relief from traffic congestion and offer visitors a ride around the downtown.He wants the Scooter Dudes to handle it.Whelan said he’s been in talks with the operators of the newly formed company, Scooter Dudes, to allow them to operate in the borough’s downtown area for a proposed 90-day trial period.The company would use its small, jitney- style vehicle (think a larger version of a golf cart), that can hold up to six passengers, to transport people around to various stops in the commercial and arts district.“It’s kind of a modern, cool idea,” Whelan said.The thought is people could use some of the available valet parking in the district or other remote parking locations and then take this cart to be chauffeured from a restaurant to, say, the Two River Theater or the Count Basie Theatre to catch a performance. Or the reverse, allowing people to travel from the theaters or other entertainment venues for a nightcap or dessert, without worrying about having to again jump into the car to try to get a highly sought-after parking space closer to the destination.“It’s a fun way to experience the downtown,” Whelan said.Marc Feaster, a Shrewsbury resident, is co- owner of Scooter Dudes, which has taken ownership of two vehicles in the last couple of weeks. This spring, Feaster and his family traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, for his daughter’s college graduation. “And we happened to jump into one.” The cart played music while it took the family around “and we thought it was really cool,” Feaster said.He and a business partner saw an opportunity and “we thought it would be kind of a fun thing.”“They’re cute and fun little vehicles and I think it’ll really help,” the downtown, said James Scavone, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, the management and advocacy organization for the commercial Special Improvement District.Whelan will be offering a resolution at the next Borough Council meeting on Sept. 13 seeking support to allow for a trial period for the service. This can be done at no cost to the borough. “He’s buying them, insuring them, he’s providing all the workers,” Whelan said of Feaster’s efforts. “We’re not doing anything other than allowing him to operate.”Scooter Dudes would operate initially during peak hours, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.During the trial period, Feaster doesn’t plan on charging riders; he hopes to underwrite the operation through advertising by local businesses on the LED board on the vehicles and inside on customized digital tablets.If the program continues, “At some point the patrons will have to pay something,” Feaster said. And while the price hasn’t been determined, “It’ll be less expensive than an Uber,” he added.Scavone, Whelan and other borough officials are currently working on establishing a proposed route for the vehicles and “working out the kinks,” Whelan said. And should it be approved by the governing body, Feaster hopes to have it up and running by late September.
“This is Santa Anita Park, the enormous, legendary, Art Deco key lime pie of a racetrack, where Seabiscuit and armies of other racehorses ‘crossed the finish line to infamy,’ according to the track’s promotional materials. You are invigorated from staring at the life-size statue of Seabiscuit in the center of the walking ring. And your senses are filled with the scent of hot dogs and horse flesh and the Winner Circle ladies’ Channel No. 5, all combining into an elixir of bliss beneath a brilliantly blue southern California sky.“…We walk through hallways festooned with framed vintage pictures of the great horses and movie stars, from Marlene Dietrich to Fred Astaire, who frequented Santa Anita; we turn a corner and go through more doors, including one labeled TACK ROOM KEEP OUT. Brackpool punches numbers into a keypad to the left of the door and another door opens…”Feature by Mark Seal Photography by Spencer LowellVia Centurion Magazine