Review | Mountain Hardwear’s new Micro Thermostatic Hybrid Jacket

first_imgI’m not a prepper by any means. I have a close relative who has generators, canned food, guns and ammo stashed at a cabin in the mountains of West Virginia just in case the shit hits the fan (according to him, the apocalypse could be started by anything from zombies to democratic socialism). But I take a slightly different approach to planning for the future. Basically, I don’t plan. Ask anyone who’s ever been on an adventure with me and they’ll tell you, I’m generally not prepared. I’ve been caught deep in the backcountry on long rides without tubes; been stuck in the wilderness in the middle of the night without food or a headlamp. In short, I’m an idiot who basically relies on good fortune and the kindness of strangers. I’m more likely to have a beer stashed in my backpack than a knife or waterproof matches.The first step to recovery is recognizing you have a problem.My lack of preparedness is a problem that I’m trying to address. Enter Mountain Hardwear’s new Micro Thermostatic Hybrid Jacket. This is a super-light, super-packable jacket with just a hint of Thermal Q. Elite insulation to maximize warmth to weight ratio. Technically, this is a midlayer designed to be worn beneath a shell, but it’s so light, I’ve started throwing it in the bottom of my pack every time I walk into the woods. What’s more, the jacket is so damn comfortable, I actually want to wear it. The thing feels like the silky edging on a baby’s blanket. You know what I’m talking about? I throw it on if the slightest breeze kicks up, just because. It’s so comfy and, dare I say, fashionable, I end up wearing the Micro Thermostatic Hybrid around town. Show me any other emergency jacket you’d feel comfortable wearing to the coffee shop?I wish it were waterproof, but then it wouldn’t be so light and comfortable. Sigh. I guess we have to make compromises in life.Luckily, I haven’t had to pull the jacket out in a legit emergency situation, but it’s comforting to know that it’s there, in the bottom of my pack if the shit ever hits the fan. Probably wouldn’t do much against a zombie attack, or democratic socialism for that matter. But I guess I’m more worried about hypothermia anyway.Mountain Hardwear; $155last_img read more

Spring clean your website

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Websites are a fickle beast. Try to do too much, and it’s bad, but do too little and that’s no good either. So, what makes a good website? It’s a delicate balance of functionality, usability and design all tailored to your user’s experience.What’s often lost in the thrill of new technology, trends and design is user interface. We’re missing the forest for the trees. You need to look into whether or not your website functions the way your member base needs it to. Your fancy site with all its new features is deemed useless if visitors, new or returning, can’t find what they need, so they bounce and visit a competitor. When laying out your website, revisit a tried and true method: KISS.The first way to do accomplish this is to make sure it’s functional. While this seems obvious, it is an aspect that is often overlooked. Keep the pertinent information above the fold. Yes, I know this is a journalism term, but it’s applicable digitally as well. No one wants to dig for the information they need, unless they’re on a marathon Facebook stalking kick. People don’t have the time, or the desire to scroll all the way past Kingdom Come to find what they’re looking for. Your homepage is valuable real estate. Put your most popular links, promotions, and news right where people see them. For example, at the beginning of the year we did a website audit for Latitude 32 and noticed that they lacked a link to their news and promotions page on the homepage. You only had access to the promo by clicking a banner. This is no bueno. To remedy this, we added a quick link to improve user access and overall functionality.I’d also advise keeping your menu in a neat little widget on the top right or left side. (I’m no coding expert, this is just where I gravitate when I visit a site.) Just as distracting and detrimental to function as the lack of relevant information is an overload of graphics. If you have a gazillion blinking banners covering every corner of your site, your message is being diluted. I, for one, have a short attention span online, so if I’m seeing different blinking messages when I scan your homepage, I’m going elsewhere. Minimalism is key. Once you have the “what” portion covered on your site, you can move to the usability and design aspects, which work in tandem for a full user experience. continue reading »last_img read more

All Seasons Sportsmen Expo canceled

first_imgThe event typically holds several outdoor and sportsmen-focused vendors along with seminars and workshops at the Delaware County fairgrounds. In a Facebook post, the organizers say that due to the coronavirus pandemic they have to cancel this years event originally scheduled for May 30th. Organizers say if you have made a payment to the Walton Chamber of Commerce for sponsorship, or to be a vendor, you will receive a refund check soon. WALTON (WBNG)- The 3rd annual All Seasons Sportsmen Expo in Walton has been canceled for this year. They say that if anyone has any questions, to message the Expo or send them an email at: read more

A shop with Vukovar delicacies and souvenirs opened in Dubrovnik

first_imgIn the newly opened sales and presentation space, in one place through products and through the arrangement of the space itself, Vukovar and what Vukovar offers are promoted. It is an incredible opportunity to present and offer the best of Vukovar in a place of rich tourism. The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, emphasized that Dubrovnik and Vukovar are old city friends who shared a similar destiny in the war, but also a completely different post-war development, and that he is therefore happier that the two cities cooperate in this way. The products of Vukovar producers, gathered in the cooperative “Vrhunsko vukovarsko”, have found their place on the shelves of a special store in Dubrovnik, and this Vukovar-friendly city is the first in Croatia where customers are offered top-quality domestic products from the Vukovar region. With the cooperation of the City of Dubrovnik and the City of Vukovar, business premises in the very heart of Dubrovnik were ceded to Vukovar, through the “Blaga djela” foundation there. The Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities donated 234 thousand kunas to the cooperative “Vrhunsko vukovarsko” for the works of interior design and furnishing of business premises. “I am very happy and thank the City of Dubrovnik for this cooperation. Dubrovnik is our first city – a friend in independent Croatia, and our cooperation in various fields has lasted for many years. This connects blue and green Croatia. It is an incredible opportunity for businessmen from the area of ​​Vukovar and its surroundings to unite, present and offer the best of Vukovar in a place of rich tourism, in a beautiful and busy Dubrovnik location. We are giving our producers a more than fair opportunity to position themselves on a truly strong Dubrovnik market whose needs are great, and thus also contribute to strengthening the recognition and promotion of Vukovar. This is truly a huge step forward and we hope that over the years we will reach a level that will meet the needs of the sea market, but also that we will complete the offer of Vukovar with products from Dubrovnik. That would then be a beautifully told story”, Concluded the Mayor of Vukovar Ivan Penava, thanks to the fact that not much time passed from the idea of ​​opening a store of Slavonian products to the realization. The rich offer includes a number of local, Vukovar products – honey and various honey products, gingerbread and pralines, jams and marmalades, cured meat products, various cheeses, chokeberries, wines, brandies and liqueurs, sunflower oils, flour and the like. The range of top products also includes souvenirs from Vukovar. “We want to open stores in Zagreb, Istria, expand and show that Slavonia has top quality products”, Concluded Barić.center_img “The plan is to expand Vukovar’s offer with additional products, because Vukovar really has a lot to offer to domestic customers in Croatia and tourists when it comes to quality products. The goal is to create quality and recognizability of products from Vukovar, and the separate business unit of the cooperative “Vrhunsko Vukovarsko” will certainly greatly contribute to the development, well-being and improvement of Vukovar businessmen, especially since in a world destination like Dubrovnik, many Slavonian products will be available. guests from all over the world”, Said Vedran Barić, manager of the cooperative Vrhunsko vukovarsko, adding that the people of Dubrovnik are most interested in forest honey and acacia honey, dried meat products, salsa, cold sunflower oils, goat cheese and wine. As of today, the space of about fifty square meters in Marojice Kaboge Street, right next to Stradun in a busy Dubrovnik location, unites the best from Vukovar. By cutting the ribbon in the heart of Dubrovnik, among the old walls, on July 25, the store of the Vrhunsko vukovarsko cooperative was opened, called “Vrhunsko vukovarsko – Vukovarska kuća”, which unites all Dubrovnik citizens and visitors to the city of Dubrovnik, offering the best offer from Vukovar. Cooperative “Vrhunsko vukovarsko” was founded in September 2018, and brings together 26 cooperative producers from Vukovar and the surrounding area. The cooperative contributes to the more successful promotion of the city with autochthonous and recognizable products for the city, and places products with the “Vrhunsko vukovarsko” quality label on the local market, but also on the market of the whole of Croatia. Source / photo: City of Vukovarlast_img read more

Ex-MEPC boss Tuckey takes top post with Fuller Peiser

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Banora Point home has a backyard with a nature reserve and a view from the top

first_img7 Westwood St Banora PointWith a nature reserve over the back fence the property is described by McGrath Coolangatta and Tweed agents Chris and Kelly Holt as a tranquil retreat. The mother-of-two said the access to the nature reserve is a house down and is very popular for the family.“There is a concrete staircase that leads into the reserve and there is a creek in there which the kids love to play in.” The four-bedroom contemporary home is located in the Sanctuary Park estate and is poised on a 635sq m block and has an open floor plan that creates a seamless flow out onto the timber deck. 7 Westwood St Banora Point“The kids have the downstairs to themselves.“Jerard and I really didn’t look at too many homes when we wanted to buy because we were very certain of moving into this particular estate, it is close to schools and shops and the kids could make friends in the area.” Westwood St Banora Point“We love the views from the top deck,” Mrs Robinson said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe couple bought the home four years to raise their two children and said they were attracted to the open plan living but were sold on the family friendly neighbourhood. “This house was definitely one for the family, there are separate outdoor entertaining spaces so I can have a coffee in peace and the kids can have their own space to play.center_img 7 Westwood St Banora PointTHIS Banora Point home commands the street with a modern facade and a well-manicured garden but the backyard is all decked-out for entertaining. Three timber decks and an in-ground swimming pool create the perfect setting for a Sunday barbecue at 7 Westwood St, according to homeowners Kristin and Jerard Robinson. last_img read more

Italian MUn sleepers arrive this month

first_imgSeeking to offer customers hotel train service, Italian State Railways will take delivery of the first of 20 Type MUn air-conditioned sleeping cars from Costamasnaga at the end of this month (PP 5.96 p5). Destined for international operation at up to 200 km/h, each car can accommodate up to 23 passengers in seven conventional compartments with 1 to 3 bunks and a single ’suite’ compartment with a double bed. Each compartment has an adjoining private bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet; the closed-circuit system on each car carries almost 2000litres of water, which is purified to drinking standards by ultra violet equipment.With the compartments prepared for overnight use, each passenger has an individual reading light, an alarm clock and an intercom to call the car attendant. The suite has a video player, equipped with remote control and headphones. At one end of the car is the attendant’s office, incorporating a reception desk, galley with fridge, microwave oven and storage space for food service trolleys and a bunk. The reception area has a sofa and small table; like the corridor and suite, it is lit by fibre-optic ’stars’ which form part of the design strategy to create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere for overnight journeys. Security features include in-car CCTV, control of end and side doors (normally locked at night) by the attendant, and security locks and spy holes on the sliding cabin doors. Fire detection is fitted, and care has been taken to select fire-resistant construction materials that do not produce smoke or toxic fumes easily.Power for the car’s electrical equipment is supplied by an RIC-type static converter with a maximum output of 65 kVA, fed by the train’s high-voltage supply when hauled by an electric loco. On-board equipment runs off the converter’s 380V 50Hz AC output, including a charger for the car’s 24V batteries which power low-voltage circuits. An underfloor diesel generator set provides power when the car is detached from the train supply or operating on a non-electrified route. oCAPTION: The MUn’s double-bedded suite compartment will be marketed as ’Super Luxe’ classlast_img read more

Cross-border activity fuels 18% rise in Belgian pension assets

first_imgSource: FSMA, IPE Assets under management at Belgian pension funds grew by 18% last year, largely as a result of asset transfers from foreign pension scheme providers, according to the Belgian financial services regulator.At the end of 2017, the total balance sheet of Belgian pension funds stood at €35.1bn, up from €29.8bn the year before, according to FSMA.The regulator attributed the “significant” increase mainly to asset transfers from foreign pension funds under EU cross-border pension rules. Announcing its annual statistical overview, it said IORPs exercising cross-border pension activities – by way of managing foreign pension plans – had seen their combined balance sheet grow to €8.9bn.There were 201 pension funds in Belgium at the end of last year, two more than in 2016. Membership grew by 4% to reach just over 1.7m, with almost a quarter of this increase at pension funds with cross-border activity. One of the main aims of the new European pension fund directive, IORP II, is to increase cross-border activity. In the Netherlands, however, there are concerns that pension transfers to its neighbour are at least in part motivated by the appeal of more lenient regulation.FSMA also reported that Belgian pension funds invested around three-quarters of their assets in mutual funds, principally equity and bond funds. They invested 11% of their assets directly in bonds and 9% in equities.In 2017, these investments returned 5.3%, the supervisor said.Belgian pension funds’ coverage ratio fell slightly to 124%, due to low interest rates, it added.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Students over-estimate late pregnancies – study

first_imgOneNews 23 October 2014University students in New Zealand don’t realise how much fertility declines in women as they age and over-estimate the success of fertility treatments such as IVF, a new study shows.The study by University of Auckland fifth-year medical student Nathanael Lucas questioned 683 University of Auckland students about their knowledge and expectations around fertility.The questions were based on an Israeli study in 2011 that looked at ‘the fertility myth’ and Israeli students’ knowledge about age-related fertility decline and late pregnancies.Although New Zealand students correctly identified that fertility declines with age, they over-estimated the rates of pregnancy for both spontaneous and IVF pregnancies.The study also showed that while students were aware of some of the fertility treatments available, they over-estimated their effectiveness.University students are the most likely group to postpone parenthood, yet several international studies have shown that they over-estimate their fertility. read more

Drunken man stabs coworker

first_imgFrom what police investigators have gathered, Sacari and Escote had a heated argument while having drinks around 7:45 p.m. on May 16, prompting the latter to attack the former. But it was not immediately established what triggered the altercation. ILOILO City – A 47-year-old construction worker was stabbed by a drunken coworker in Barangay Tambal, Janiuay, Iloilo. The suspect was identified as the 27-year-old Bryan Escote of Bogasong, Antique. The suspect fled but was arrested by the Janiuay police hours later. He was now detained and charged./PN Allan Sacari of Bago City, Negros Occidental was currently recuperating at the Janiuay District Hospital. He sustained stab wounds on the left shoulder.last_img read more