Almost Spring Gear Guide

first_imgSpring weather can be tricky in Southern Appalachia. Sunny skies can quickly turn into a snowy whiteout. Hikers need to be prepared for anything that Ma Nature might throw at them. Here are some ideal gear for adventures on the cusp of spring. SCARPA Neutron, $129 LS Shirt_Matagorda_CrustaceanHowler Brothers, Matagorda Tech ShirtTechnical shirts are a dime a dozen these days, but Howler Brothers has outdone themselves with the Matagorda Tech Shirt, the newest in an apparel lineup that is being heralded by industry pros and weekend warriors alike. The key to the Matagorda’s functionality is its streamlined simplicity. The design is clean and focused and the breathable nylon fabric is engineered for extreme flexibility. SonicNemo Sonic Sleeping bag, $499At, $500, this bag ain’t cheap, but if you’re looking for a toasty warm, durable sleeping bag that will last a lifetime, it’s worth the investment. The 850-fill duck down ensures balmy comfort down to it s zero-degree temperature rating. In warmer temperatures, two long gills on top of the bag unzip to vent heat. And for restless sleepers—or folks wanting to snuggle—the stretch stitching allows ample mobility inside the bag. $500. nemoequipment.com Heavyweight FleeceRefrigiWear Heavyweight Fleece, $85Looking for an affordable, durable fleece that looks snazzy on the trails or in the taproom? The RefrigiWear Fleece is soft, stretchy, and super-warm, but it’s also tough enough to handle the worst and most unexpected wintry weather. refrigiwear.com neutron-slide-1This is our pick for the best dual-purpose training and racing shoe of early 2016. The featherweight 9.7-ounce Neutron allows you to rack up the miles in comfort. A lugged sole and just enough toe protection give you the freedom to push the pace on rocky, uneven terrain and make it home with happy feet. Breathable mesh and synthetic uppers keep your feet cool in summer, while resisting wear in high-abrasion areas. This is a race-inspired but training-worthy trail shoe. Avex FreeFlow AUTOSEAL Water Bottle, $16The one-liter FreeFlow is the perfect water bottle for outdoor adventurers. It’s easy to drink out of the high-flow-rate drinkng lid, and it fits easily into the side pocket of any backpack. Our tester dropped the BPA-free plastic bottle several times on rocks and roots, and the bottle barely registered a scratch. And the cross-bolt lock prevents accidental spillage or leaking. This is our tester’s new go-to water bottle for trail adventures. FREEFLOW_1000ML_PURPLE_72614_5 TCU 2Trail Crampon Ultras, $67Most Southern Appalachian summits are still icy and slick in spring. These 18 stainless-steel spikes offer aggressive traction on any icy surface, with welded double-sided chains built to endure repeated torque and wear. The heel plate and velcro strap over the top helped ensure a snug secure fit. unnamedLeki Instructor Lite Hiking Poles, $110Leki is the industry standard for hiking poles, and the Instructor Lites don’t disappoint. With rubber fitness tips, adjustable trigger straps, an innovative patented Shark Grip releasable strap system, and 100% carbon shafts, the poles are lightweight yet durable.  The poles are easily adjustable, too, allowing multiple users to size the poles to their needs. SoftScience Terrain Cracked PU_1SoftScience Terrain UltraLyte Boot, $80Don’t want a big, clunky boot but still want ankle support and watwerproof protection? The SoftScience Terrain UltraLyte is your new favorite boot. It has all of the benefits of boots—like more high-cut protection and durability—but without the heavy, cumbersome drawbacks of traditional boots. This is the lightest, most agile, and most comfortable boot we’ve tested.Wave Catalyst PhotoMizuno Wave Catalyst, $110Aiming for a spring marathon? Hoping to notch a PR? The lightweight Catalyst is an ideal shoe for training and racing. Runner’s World named it best spring debut of 2016, and for good reason: the 9.4-ounce shoe is versatile and agile, able to handle long training runs as well as 5K races. For spring training, this shoe will deliver miles of glide. AllTerrain openmyCharge All-Terrain, $25It’s the first waterproof, temperature proof, drop proof and dust proof portable battery pack. Charge your phone or devices on big backcountry adventures without worrying about the elements.The All-Terrain is waterproof up to two meters for one hour and can withstand extreme heat and cold without losing charging capabilities. Avex Freeflow Tritan Water Bottle, $17This 34-ounce bottle is perfect for day hikes or multi-day trips in the backwoods. It’s shatterproof and BPA free, and best of all, it doesn’t leak. Toss it in your pack and never worry about leaks. 105922 Sport Headphones RedAltec Lansing Sport EarBuds, $60These waterproof buds stay securely in your ear even when you’re dripping with sweat or covered in mud. They can even go under water for lake swims or laps in the pool. With 20 hours of battery life, these Bluetooth buds are comfy and snug, and they deliver top-notch sound to power you through your next workout.last_img read more

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VINES sets up farm stand to sell produce

first_imgKyle Rittenburg, farm manager, says the youth workers are getting experience with customer service. The stand opened in June and will run through the end of October. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments started a farm stand on the corner of Tudor and Susquehanna in Downtown Binghamton. The stand is open every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the stand, customers can purchase peppers, tomatoes and other types of produce. “Also this year is a little different,” Rittenburg said. “So it’s a lot of sanitation and food safety for harvest and for selling.” VINES is selling items grown at the Urban Farm just down the street. last_img

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Pension funds recommend diversification in ILS as rates fall

first_imgVolumes will grow, not least thanks to the ongoing economic recovery, he added, but not enough to offset the amount of capital available.“Clearly there is a tragedy that could re-set rates, but given the level of capital out there that would have to be consumed, that disaster would have to be a whopper,” said Matthew Fosh, of the insurance company Novae.“There is no event in our models that would take up more than 60% of the capital available,” confirmed Ben Brookes of ILS risk analytics firm RMS Europe – who said that he would not be surprised to see the amount of peak peril risk backed by alternative sources of capital double from today’s levels of 10-15%.“I don’t think we will see a traditional rate re-set again; if we do see rates go back up meaningfully it will be from some totally unforeseen event, and perhaps something out of ILS alteogether – perhaps something in fiscal policy.”Johnson suggested a slight pick-up in rates might come as the new class of investors started to feel “a little less comfortable with the risk-reward equation”, but did not see that as an immediate risk.“We worry a lot about capacity in an asset class like this – and you certainly don’t want managers you invest with to have to hoover-up whatever comes to market,” said Craig Baker, global head of investment research at Towers Watson.“We couldn’t suddenly double our clients’ allocation, but we can still go a lot further. It depends on where rates are and what part of the market we are talking about.”Pension funds at the event agreed that while some parts of the re-insurance market looked stretched, it was important to think of ILS as a long-term strategic allocation, and recognise there was more to the opportunity than property catastrophe insurance.“ILS is an important investment class for us,” said Yoshisuke Kiguchi, CIO, Okayama Metal & Machinery Pension Fund, which currently has 9% of its $450m (€330m) fund allocated.Kiguchi made the point that ILS is part of his fund’s “long-term” portfolio, and that the nature of the asset class means that losses will usually be accompanied by a rise in the risk premium, providing a good opportunity to invest more at better rates.“This mean-reverting characteristic is important, and makes us happy to invest in this asset class in our long-term portfolio,” he explained.“We certainly recognise that there are times when you need to pull back, and the flexibility is there to do that,” said Stacy Apter, director of global benefits, financing and asset management at The Coca Cola Company, which allocates 5% to ILS for “equity-like returns with uncorrelated risk”.Apter insisted on a segregated account with Securis Investment Partners and its other ILS manager, to ensure it had the flexibility to define its mandate and its potential exposures.Coca Cola also deliberately chose two managers to diversify its risk within ILS.“One is very much focused on US catastrophe risk, while Securis is more focused on the alternative risks,” said Apter. “They are a good complement.”Espen Nordhus, co-founder of Securis Investment Partners, which organized the event, also went on to emphasize the importance of having access to the full range of ILS precisely to retain the flexibility to avoid areas where rates are under pressure.“We just put $50m into life, and that’s $50m that isn’t in Florida wind,” he said. Pension fund investors in insurance linked securities (ILS) expressed some concern over falling re-insurance rates and emphasised the importance of diversifying ILS exposure to mitigate the risks.Speaking at the inaugural Securis ILS Investor Meeting at Llloyd’s in London on 22 May, re-insurance professionals played down the risk of a significant re-set in rates – at least due to any natural catastrophe.The wall of alternative capital that has pushed rates so low over the past couple of years, from the likes of pension funds and hedge funds, will probably mean that they stay there, they said.“We see no reason for property catastrophe insurance rates to increase, for many reasons, including the availability of capital,” said Nick Johnson an insurance-sector analyst at boutique investment bank Numis Securities.last_img read more

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Awoniyi vows to make the best of Union Berlin loan spell

first_img “At Union, I want to take the next steps, play as much as possible, develop and help the team to stay in the league.” Prior to his signing, Union Berlin began their 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign with a 3-1 loss to Augsburg on Saturday. Nigeria’s Taiwo Awoniyi has vowed to make the best of his season-long loan move to Union Berlin. After failing to secure a spot in Jurgen Klopp’s team this season, Awoniyi has returned to a familiar country for regular first-team football and he is eager to show his qualities at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. “I’m looking forward to a new home and the task at Union Berlin. Mainz was my second stop in Germany after Frankfurt and last year I was able to prove myself in the Bundesliga for the first time,” Awoniyi told Union Berlin website. Loading… However, the club’s director of football Oliver Ruhnert believes Awoniyi’s signing comes as a boost for Urs Fischer’s side. “Taiwo is a highly talented player who already knows the Bundesliga,” Ruhnert said. “He has already played in several countries and will certainly be settled in our team very quickly. “With his physical robustness, his team spirit and work around the box. He should make our attacking game more flexible and further stimulate the attack.” The Berlin outfit is the seventh club the Nigeria youth international would be joining on loan having previously spent the last five years away from Merseyside. read also:Celtic linked Awoniyi nears switch to Bundesliga outfit Awoniyi joined Liverpool in 2015 but he was immediately loaned out to FSV Frankfurt for the 2015-16 season. The following campaigns, he moved to the Netherlands to join NEC Nijmegen, Belgium’s Royal Excel Mouscron and Gent before returning to Mouscron in January 2019. The 2013 Fifa U17 World Cup champion spent the 2019-20 season at Mainz 05 where he scored a goal in 12 Bundesliga appearances. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtShockingly, Some Foods We Eat Every Day Have A Bizarre Beginning2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe New Lara Croft Will Really Surprise You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoolast_img read more

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VFD respond to house fire

first_imgVersailles, IN—Versailles firefighters responded to a report of a residential structure fire on Benham Road. Upon arrival firefighters found fire and smoke venting out of one window of the home.Firefighters were able to knock down the fire quickly and contain the fire to one room of the residence. There was heat and smoke damage throughout the home, but fortunately, there were no injuries. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.last_img

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