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The 2007 Antarctic ozone hole

first_imgThe 2007 Antarctic ozone hole is reviewed from a variety of perspectives, making use of various Australian data and analyses. The 2007 ozone hole was relatively modest, particularly in comparison to that of 2006, due in part to a disturbance to the polar vortex in early September that led to an influx of ozone-rich air. Ozone depiction was still severe however in the lower stratosphere. The long-term outlook for recovery is described, with Antarctic ozone currently forecast to return to 1980 levels around the period 2055-2080.last_img

Postmigratory body condition and ovarian steroid production predict breeding decisions by female gray-headed albatrosses

first_imgCarryover effects have been documented in many migratory bird species, but we know little about the physiological mechanisms that mediate those effects. Here we show that the energetic, endocrine, and aerobic characteristics of postmigratory female gray-headed albatrosses (Thalassarche chrysostoma) can affect their decision to breed. All females in this study, whether breeding or not, were secreting ovarian steroids when they arrived at the breeding colony at Bird Island, South Georgia, which suggests that all were responding to seasonal cues. However, deferring, nonbreeding birds were characterized by a steroid profile of high progesterone (P4) and low testosterone (T), whereas breeding birds showed the opposite pattern. Deferring birds also had low body mass, hematocrit, and hemoglobin. These results suggest that postmigratory condition can influence patterns of ovarian steroidogenesis and that the maintenance of high P4 without subsequent conversion to T favors breeding deferral. Whereas breeding females normally convert P4 to T, which is a key deterministic step toward 17β-estradiol synthesis, vitellogenesis, and follicle development, deferring females did not make this conversion and instead maintained high levels of P4, perhaps due to inhibition of the hydroxylase-lyase enzyme complex, thus rendering them infertile for the current season. Results are discussed within the context of the biennial breeding system of this species, and comparisons with other biennially and annually breeding albatrosses are made.last_img read more

UK: RN Submarine Museum Remembers Falklands

first_img Training & Education View post tag: submarine UK: RN Submarine Museum Remembers Falklands Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: RN Submarine Museum Remembers Falklands View post tag: Naval View post tag: Falklands View post tag: Museum The RN Submarine Museum has created an exhibition highlighting personal memories of submariners who served in the South Atlantic three decades ago.Falklands 30 – War Patrols was officially opened by the chairman of the museum, Vice Admiral Sir Time McClement – 30 years to the day after he was second-in-command of HMS Conqueror as the hunter-killer sank the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano, one element of a pincer movement which British commanders saw as a deadly threat to the Royal Navy task group.Before a brief description of that clash, in which more than 320 Argentine sailors died, Vice Admiral McClement presented the prized Dolphins badge – the international emblem of the submarine fraternity – to LSA David Slater of HMS Trenchant.LSA Slater recently transferred from the Surface Fleet – or went from being a ‘skimmer’ to a ‘deep’ – and his Executive Officer, Lt Cdr Jeff Fillimore, explained the process whereby a sailor must learn the submarine and its systems inside out before he can “join a very exclusive club”.The junior rate then received his Dolphins in a glass of rum – the rum must be drained in one and the badge caught between the teeth.A number of veterans from the Conflict were also at the museum to see their contributions in the exhibition, which was put together by photographic archivist Debbie Corner under the direction of museum curator Bob Mealings, who said: “We have captured those personal memories that highlight what made the submarine patrols during the Falklands Conflict so different.”Among the memories shared are the hurried arrangements to leave the UK (by Lynne McClement, wife of the Vice Admiral), and the curse of excess rice pudding – that from a young AB on board HMS Spartan named Mark Lister who today commands Trident missile submarine HMS Vigilant.Others at the opening who contributed included Lt Cdr Frank Muscroft, former Marine Engineer Officer on board diesel boat HMS Onyx, which was tasked to finally sink the burnt-out shell of RFA Sir Galahad as a war grave, and his shipmate Brandon Hannon, who in 1982 was a 19-year-old radio operator.The other submarines involved were HM submarines Splendid, Courageous and Valiant.Falklands 30 – War Patrols, which is included in the normal admission prices, runs until November 4.Two Falklands-related talks are being staged as part of the Third Thursday series in aid of the Saving HMS Alliance Appeal.On May 17 Vice Admiral McClement will examine HMS Conqueror’s 90-day Falklands patrol, while on June 21 Cdr Jeff Tall, former Director of the museum, will consider ‘The Falklands War – a close run thing’.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 04, 2012; Image: royalnavycenter_img View post tag: RN View post tag: Navy View post tag: Remembers May 4, 2012 View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

The Vanderburgh County Fair is July 23 thru July 29th.

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Sheriff’s Office asks that fairgoers respect marked boundaries and warning signs. Please keep an eye on small children and don’t permit them to become separated from the group. The Sheriff’s Office tent will be passing out wristbands for small children to wear that will allow deputies or firefighters to call a missing parent on their cellphone.Last year’s fair resulted in a few minor cuts and scrapes, mostly related to trips and falls. The hot weather did cause a few people to overexert themselves. This year’s forecast calls for a high of 90 degrees. Fairgoers are reminded to stay hydrated and avoid direct sunlight for extended periods.Thunderstorms are forcasted for this year’s fair, please be aware of the dangers of lightning. Pay attention to the fair’s public address system for warnings and instructions. The safest place to be in a lightning storm is inside your car with the windows closed or inside a structure. Do not stand under a tree or touch any conductive surfaces (e.g. leaning against a building or sitting on grandstand bleachers).Many of the events at the 4H Fair feature off-highway vehicles that are not equipped with mufflers. The sound can easily exceed 115 decibels. At this level, hearing damage can result in less than 30 minutes of exposure. Fairgoers who are planning on attending events at the 4H arena are reminded to bring adequate hearing protection for themselves and their children.A contingent of Sheriff’s deputies and Scott Township Fire Department firefighters and paramedics will be present throughout the fairgrounds to address any security or safety concerns. The Indiana State Police will be providing traffic control on US 41.General Fair Rules:Firearms are not permitted.Coolers and backpacks are subject to inspection.No glass containers are permitted.The sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed.No fireworks are permitted.Skateboards or roller skates are prohibited.All livestock must remain in designated areas.Animals (excluding service animals) not registered for an event or function are not permitted.Parking is only allowed in designated areas.Please follow the instructions of 4H fair staff members.Click Here for a schedule of fair events. The Vanderburgh County Fair is coming to the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center on July 23rd thru July 29th.  The fair offers so many things for young and old alike to enjoy from 4-H projects, livestock, talent shows, antique tractors, rides, great food and nightly entertainment in the grandstand at an affordable price for families to enjoy. These are just a few of the things that you can experience at the 2017 Vanderburgh County Fair.ADMISSION INFO:Single Admission: $8.00Season Pass: $25.00Children 9 and under are free.Tickets may be purchased and picked up at:The 4-H Center officeAll Schnucks stores,4H Extension Office in DarmstadtPrices include all entertainment*.last_img read more

Pimps Of Joytime Bring Their ‘Janxta Funk’ To The Aggie In Colorado [Video]

first_imgBrooklyn’s Pimps of Joytime have been making their rounds out West, and made a stop in Fort Collins, CO at The Aggie Theatre on Saturday night for what turned out to be a proper funky dance party. After an opening set from local Colorado act Colony Funk, the Pimps opened their set with “Funky Brooklyn”, letting all in attendance know exactly where they hail from. The Meters-inspired number “Heart Is Wild” is definitely a throwback to another time and deserves multiple listens if you like that dirty soul-funk.The group, consisting of Brian J (vocals/guitar), Mayteana Morales (vocals/percussion), Kim Dawson (vocals/percussion), David Bailis (bass/sampler), and John Staten (drums) certainly know how to bring the funk, but also bring along hints of pop, electronic dance music sensibilities, as well as Latin and afro-beat influences that elevate their music and allow them to cross genres while appealing to a wider audience. “Janxta Funk” featured a solid percussion jam in the middle of the song that saw the entire band in sync with one another (check out video below).A Funky Conversation With The Pimps Of Joytime On Music, Brooklyn & More“Keep That Music Playin’” has a downtempo beat, samples and super sleek, sexy vocals from Brian J, Morales, and Dawson that could easily find itself being grooved to in any dance club around the country. And just as easily as the Pimps bring that dance club vibe, they can deliver that 70’s funk a la Earth, Wind, and Fire on a number like “Body Party” from 2015’s Jukestone Paradise, featuring some sweet falsetto and harmonies. When you have three more-than-capable singers on stage, it helps the music transcend to another level, and this group proves that sentiment.Pimps of Joytime have a chemistry that is made up of individual talent, funk, infectious dance grooves, excellent vocals, and plenty of sex and swagger that not many groups in the jam and funk scenes display. It is rather refreshing, to be honest, and I’m not going to lie and say I don’t like it. Because I do….I like it a lot.If you are in the Denver area this week, PoJ are scheduled to open for Galactic, along with BoomBox this Thursday, July 14th at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.Setlist: Pimps of Joytime at The Aggie Theatre , Fort Collins, CO – 7/9/16Set: Funky Brooklyn, Heart is Wild, Long Ride, Blues Wit U, Everywhere I Go, Janxta Funk, Keep That Music Playin’, Cut Off, Street Sound, Jack Stackin’, Body Party, ZydecoEncore: Dank Jankylast_img read more

Bernard Boutin, 88, former president of Saint Michael’s College and Burlington Savings Bank

first_imgThe obituary notice follows: Bernard L. BoutinMeredith. NH—–Bernard L. Boutin, 88, of 77 Barnard Ridge Road, Meredith died at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia, NH on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. Mr. Boutin was born July 2, 1923 in Belmont, N.H., the son of Joseph L. and Annie E. (LaFlam) Boutin.  He was a longtime resident of  the Lakes Region  and had attended the Belmont  public schools and was Senior Class Valedictorian.  He attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C. from 1942-1943 and  graduated  Ph. B (Cum Laude) and Valedictorian from St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont in 1945.  In 1963, he received an honorary degree, LLD,  from St. Michael’s College.  He received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, N.H. in 1969 and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Plymouth State College of the University of New Hampshire in 1970.  Mr. Boutin was a partner of the Boutin Real Estate Company from 1945-1963, President and Treasurer of the Boutin Insurance Agency, Inc. from 1945-1963 and Partner of the Busy Corner Store from 1956-1959.Mr. Boutin served two terms as Mayor, City of Laconia, from 1955-1959.  He was the Democratic Nominee for Governor of New Hampshire in 1958 and 1960 and was in charge of the John F. Kennedy Campaign for President in the 1960 NH Primary.  From 1956-1960 he was a member of the Democratic National Committee.  Mr. Boutin was appointed by President Kennedy as Deputy Administrator, General Services Administration, Jan. 1961 to November 1961 and then was appointed by President Kennedy as Administrator, General Services Administration, Washington, D.C., Nov. 1961 to December 1964. In 1964, he was co-coordinator of Johnson for President for New England States and New York.  From 1964-1965, Mr. Boutin was Executive Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.  In 1964, he was co-chair, with Gregory Peck,  of one of the Presidential Inaugural Balls, Washington, D.C.  In 1965 & 1966, President Johnson appointed Mr. Boutin as Deputy Director, The Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, D.C. and then appointed Mr. Boutin as Administrator, Small Business Administration, Washington, D.C. from 1966-1967.From 1967-1969, Mr. Boutin was Director, Corporate Information Services and member of the President’s staff of Sanders Associates, Inc., Nashua, N.H. and was consultant to the company from 1969-1976.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Indian Head National Bank, Nashua, N.H. from 1967-1969, a member-at-large of the, National Advisory Council, Small Business Administration in 1968 & 1969 as well as a member of the Resources Panel (consultant) of the American Bankers Association. He was also a member of the N.H. Coordinating Board of  Advanced Education and Accreditation and Chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education in 1968 and 1969. Mr. Boutin was a Representative to the Board of Governors, Catholic University of America  from 1968-1973.  From 1970-1975,he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Vermont  Federal Savings & Loan and from 1972-1974 he was a member of the Vermont Commission on Higher Education Facilities.   Mr. Boutin was on the Board of Directors, National Council of Independent Colleges and Universities from 1970-1974.From 1970-1972, Mr. Boutin was on the Board of Directors of HI-G Inc., Windsor Locks, Connecticut and was on the Board of Directors of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corp. from 1969-1974.  He was a member of the National Highway Safety Advisory Committee, U. S. Dept. of Transportation in 1969 & 1970, appointed by  President  Johnson.Mr. Boutin was President of St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont from March 1969 to November 1974.   He was Executive Vice President of the Burlington Savings Bank from May 1975 to August 1976, President of the Burlington Savings Bank, Burlington, Vermont, from August 1976 to October 1980 and on the Board of Directors, First Deposit National Bank of San Francisco from September 1991 to January 1994.Mr. Boutin served on several committees including The First Lady’s Committee for a More Beautiful Capital, The President’s Committee for Equal Employment Opportunity, the Cabinet Committee on the National Stockpile, The President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, The President’s ad hoc Committee on Disposal of Surplus Federal Land, the President’s ad hoc Committee on the Architecture for Federal Buildings and Government Office Space, the President’s Advisory Council on the Arts, the President’s Committee on Rural Poverty and the Vermont Private Schools Study Committee.Mr. Boutin had been a Minister of the Eucharist since 1983 and in 1992, he was named by Pope John-Paul  a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.Mr. Boutin was a former member, Board of Directors, of the Hillsborough County Community Action Committee, a former director of the American Standards Association, NYC, Past President of the New Hampshire Municipal Association, former chairman of the Laconia Airport Authority, former National Director and State President of St. Michael’s College Alumni Association, former Vice president of the Laconia Chamber of Commerce, former director of both the Laconia and Burlington Rotary Clubs, a former trustee of Laconia Hospital, past Exalted Ruler of the Laconia Lodge of Elks #876, former member of the Government Advisory Council and American Management Association, a former member of the American Society for Public Administration, a former trustee of St. Michael’s College, a former member of the International Platform Association, former director of the Nashua Chamber of Commerce, consultant, National Council of Catholic Men, 1967-1975, former member of the Fanny Allen Hospital Associates, Board of Governors, The Medical Center Hospital of Vermont from 1973-1980, Trustee, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont 1975-1980, Treasurer, 1977-1980, Chairman and Director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program Advisory Council, 1975-1978, member of the Board of Rice Memorial High School from 1976-1978, member of the Ethan Allen Club, Burlington, Vermont   from 1975-1980, trustee of the Vermont Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc., 1976-80 and a former member of the Finance Committee, Trinity College, Burlington, Vermont.Mr. Boutin was the recipient of many awards including the Award of Excellence for Outstanding and Meritorious Service to the Home Building Industry of America by the Crestline Manufacturing Company in 1966, Top Performer Award in the Field of Housing, House and Home Magazine, in 1966, Outstanding Service as Administrator of General Services Administration, Contracting Plaster and Lather International Association in 1965, Certificate of Appreciation, Mississippi Conference NAACP in 1965, Distinguished Service Medal, General Services Administration, 1964, Commendation, the President’s Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped in 1964, Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Government, The Catholic University of America in 1963, the Award for Outstanding Achievement, St. Michael’s College Alumni Association, 1959, the Certificate of Commendation, the National Guard, 1957, the Policyholders Good Citizenship Award, the Mutual Trust Life Ins .Co. in 1969 and the Eastern USA Outstanding Service Award, the National Council of Independent Colleges and Universities  1974, the Delta Epsilon Sigma and National Honor Society.  In 2002, Mr. Boutin was inaugurated into the first class of the Saint Michael’s College Academic  Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Alice M. (Boucher) Boutin, of  Meredith; six sons, Edmund J. and LindaAnne Boutin of Chester, N.H., Joseph L. and Dale  Boutin of Burlington, Vermont, Louis B. and Carole Boutin of Bedford, N.H., John P. Winooski, Vermont, Paul R. Judy Boutin of Colchester, Vermont and Bernard L. and Gay Boutin II of Fremont, N.H.; five daughters, Bernadette  A. and Bruce Fischer of Colchester, Vermont, Michelle A. and Dennis Lamper of Meredith, N.H., Marie J. Boutin of South Burlington, Vermont, Elizabeth J. and John McGrath of Manchester, Vermont and Suzanne T.  Boutin of Rochester, N.H.; twenty-three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and four nephews and two nieces.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Boutin was predeceased by two sisters, June Fitzpatrick and Lorraine Morin.  Calling hours will be held at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services on 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H. on Monday, August 29 from 4-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Tuesday August 30 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 300 NH Route 25, Meredith, NH by the Very Reverend  Dennis J.  Audet, V.F., Pastor of the Church. Burial will be at the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield St., Laconia, N.H. at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Boutin Family Scholarship Fund at Saint Michael College or to the Building Fund at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements.  For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com(link is external). Bernard Boutin passed away in Laconia, New Hampshire, on the evening of August 24, 2011.  He was born in Laconia on July 2, and died peacefully after a short illness during which his family was constantly with him.            Mr. Boutin was a well known New Hampshire native and was prominent in national affairs throughout the 1960’s.  He was a valedictorian graduate of Saint Michael’s College, Class of 1945 and Mayor of Laconia from 1955 to 1959. In 1958 and 1960 Mr. Boutin was New Hampshire’s Democratic nominee for Governor. In 1959 and 1960, he was heavily involved in the primary and general election campaign of President John F. Kennedy, with whom he had a close relationship.             Shortly after President Kennedy’s election, Mr. Boutin was named Deputy Administrator of the General Services Administration, one of the largest federal agencies, and became its administrator from 1961 until 1964.  After leaving the government for a short period, President Johnson appointed Mr. Boutin to be Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, a newly created federal agency, and then as Administrator of the Small Business Administration.  One of Mr. Boutin’s proudest accomplishments was the redesign and reconstruction of Lafayette Square across from the White House, a project that he worked personally with the President and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.  Among other positions, Mr. Boutin also served on the President’s Advisory Council on the Arts and the First Lady’s Committee for a More Beautiful Capitol.            Mr. Boutin’s career also included the Presidency of Saint Michael’s College from 1969 to 1974, a period where he is credited with stabilizing the college financially, bringing it to co-education and building its endowment.  Boutin retired in 1980 after serving as CEO of Vermont’s largest bank.  He was active after his retirement as an outside Director of several publicly held corporations.             Outside of his professional career, Mr. Boutin devoted his life to service.  He served on boards of medical facilities, educational institutions, business development organizations, and Catholic charities and committees.  Mr. Boutin was also an advocate for the handicapped and for the preservation of historic sites and the reclamation of surplus federal lands.            Boutin is survived by his 11 children and by his loving wife Alice (Boucher) to whom he was married for 67 years.  last_img read more

Autumn Gear Guide

first_imgFall Favorites, Gear for Every Autumn AdventureBy Jedd Ferris, Jack Murray, and Chase LyneWhatever your sport of choice, raise your game this fall with one of these new field-tested favorites.run1. Merrell Bare AccessSkittish about making the move to minimalism? Merrell’s Bare Access is made to help make the transition to natural running form. Like most barefoot running shoes, it has an even zero-drop platform from the ball of your foot to the heel, but some added cushioning (8 millimeters) offers a slight buffer for getting used to pavement pounding with less protection. $90; merrell.com 2. Icebreaker Tracer ShortThe Tracer is as soft as your old favorite gym shorts. The culprit is cozy merino wool, which fortunately for sweat-heavy runners features plenty of technical defense, including natural moisture management and odor-controlling properties that kept our tester surprisingly dry down low during an eight-mile late summer jaunt. $70; icebreaker.com ride3. Turner Bicycles SultanThe Turner Sultan is a 29er dual suspension trail bike with 125mm of front and rear travel. The aluminum frame is hand built around a DW link rear suspension system that makes for an efficient ride. Plus attention to detail on features like the post-mount disc brakes, threaded zerk grease fittings, and seat dropper cable routing set this bike apart from other similar models. On climbs the DW link suspension keeps the rear end planted, while on the way down the slack angles and 125mm help you stay ahead of your riding pals. Unfortunately, such a good ride comes at a price. $2,495 (frame), $5,229 (expert build); turnerbikes.com 4. Cannondale Ryker HelmetThe Ryker is a well-vented lightweight helmet that will keep your head straight during long days of singletrack cranking. The soft pads inside the polycarbonate shell are made with wicking material so sweat gets put in its place, and the small adjustment dial in the back proved reliable during our test for a quickly adjusted comfortable fit. $80; cannondale.com hike5. Mountain Hardwear Wanderin 32 PackThe Wanderin is all about sweat relief on Appalachian overnights. The innovative breathable suspension system puts a mesh wall and ample room between your back and the bulk of the pack. Add some sleekly designed ventilated shoulder straps, and this pack proved to reduce much of the annoying friction dampness that comes with increased trail mileage. Another feature we liked was the built-in rain cover in the nicely sized lower pocket. $185; mountainhardwear.com 6. Big Agnes Zirkel SL 20The Zirkel SL is a broad-cut mummy bag that features the serious softness of 800-fill goose down. The backcountry comfort is only enhanced by the built-in sleeping pad sleeve—stitched into the top half of the bag in order to work with a range of pad sizes. On chillier nights, another key feature is the no-draft collar, which cradles your neck to keep out cold air. $399.99; bigagnes.com7. Salewa Firetail GTX As light as a trail runner but built to be tougher for technical trails, the Firetail will have you reevaluating your hiking footwear choices. It’s nice and light up top, while the sticky sole means the Firetail can take a hit and hold its grip on rocky trails. Our tester lauded it as a burly trail prowler that earns comfort points for the customizable foot beds. $150; salewa.us8. The North Face Phoenix 3 TentThe Phoenix 3 is designed to keep water out without the expected extra weight of most three-season, three-person tents. It utilizes TNF’s innovative DryWall fabric, so a simple single-wall design with built-in vestibules keeps moisture at bay without the need for a second layer. Our testers loved the simple two-pole pitch and the minimal weight to carry for such a big tent (4 lbs. 13 oz.). $389; thenorthface.com9. Osprey Farpoint 40This compact bag ensures carry-on compliance on most flights and converts from a handbag to a backpack in a flash. Best of all, it carries like a premium backcountry backpack, with padded, low-profile shoulder straps and a snug hip belt. The lightweight frame provides flexible load support through the woods, and the padded handles provide comfy carry through the airport. $149. osprey.com10. Ex Officio Chica Cool HoodieWith its comfy, moisture-wicking, odor-resistant fabric, this pullover hoodie is styled for versatility whether you’re taking a hike or taking it easy. $45. exofficio.comfall weather gearpaddle11. LiquidLogic Remix XP10 If you’re the boater who loves lengthy flatwater exploration but also occasionally gets a wild hair and likes to paddle a class II-III stretch, this is the boat for you. Specifically made to bridge the gap between the swells and the serene, the Remix XP10 has a design that extends from the roots of Liquid Logic’s pioneering whitewater boats, but the extended waterline and skeg enable the XP to smoothly cruise the flats. Plus, a dry storage compartment in the back holds plenty of gear for extended overnight trips. $999; liquidlogickayaks.com12. Astral CaminoIf you find too much PFD to be a nuisance, the Camino is a sleek and safe alternative. Made in the Blue Ridge by Asheville-based Astral, it’s a unisex, extremely lightweight float jacket that’s designed to offer maximum air flow on mild whitewater trips or longer touring jaunts. $115; astralbuoyancy.com13. Astral BrewerBorn on the banks of the Green River Narrows, the Brewer is a hometown paddle shoe built with Blue Ridge paddlers in mind. The super-grippy rubber sole provides claw-like traction on wet, mossy rocks, which makes scouting and portaging a lot less dicey. The shoes handle well in the cockpit, with drainage holes and tough Cordura uppers. They’re equally popular at the post-river hangout. Lightweight and minimalist at 214 grams, the breathable shoe was already dry by the time we left the river and arrived at the bar. $100. astralbuoyancy.comfish14. Fishpond Tumbleweed Chest PackThe fly fishing vest is sooo 2011; get with it and get a chest pack. The Tumbleweed is a versatile, lightweight option that can be used as a chest, lumbar, or sling pack. One large pocket holds fly boxes and essentials, while a zip-down pocket holds a removable foam pad for extra fly storage. This pack also has enough little pockets and loops for all your tools and integrates with a larger backpack, so it’s perfect for a hands-free day on the water. $60; fishpondusa.com15. Redington Pursuit OutfitWith the Pursuit series, Redington set out to make a quality fast action rod at an affordable price. They succeeded. The Pursuit is ready to fish right out of the box with rod, reel, line, and leader and its smooth action is comparable to rods twice, or even thrice, its modest price. This outfit comes in all shapes and sizes and is a perfect rod for the novice fly fisherman or as a backup rod. The Pursuit’s affordability and ease of use would also make a great gift for a niece, nephew, or girlfriend you are trying to convince fishing is cool. $179; redington.com16. Tenkara USA 12’ IwanaTenkara fishing has taken off in the U.S. over the past year, and our Blue Ridge streams and wild brook trout are exactly what these rods are made for. With its medium flex and 12 feet of length, the Iwana is a great all-around rod. This rod telescopes to 20 inches, so adding it to your usual backpacking gear is a no-brainer, and with limited moving parts, you don’t have to worry about your reel exploding on the water. Plus, a 12-inch trout will feel like a 20-incher when fighting it on a Tenkara. $160; tenkarausa.comlast_img read more

Tips for building lasting financial relationships with millennials

first_imgThe words “lasting” and “Millennial Generation” don’t typically seem to go together. Most people’s false stereotypes of the Millennials include they are over-praised whiners, kids who jump from fad to fad, and a group that is more concerned about technology connection than personal interaction.However, according to a recent e-book from Credit Union Student Choice, financial institutions can successfully connect and build relationships with Gen. Y. Offering more than just theory and a bunch of statistics most people already know, Millennials: How Credit Unions Can Build, Strengthen and Maintain Lasting Relationships provides practical tips and suggestions for reaching this key demographic. And at 38 pages in e-book format you can quickly review the pertinent points.In all honesty, it is one of the best resources I’ve read in many years on a topic (reaching the Millennial Generation) near and dear to almost every financial institution. It has many answers to questions credit unions and banks are asking when it comes to reaching Gen. Y. Like, “who are these people,” “how do they really like to be treated,” and “what changes should financial institutions make to connect with them?” continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Broome County Sheriff investigating Westover burglaries

first_imgThe sheriff’s office ask those with information about the suspect or with the burglaries to call 607-778-2053. In a Facebook post, the sheriff’s office uploaded a video of a suspect walking on an unidentified road in the Westover area around 3:10 a.m. Thursday morning. WESTOVER (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with identifying a suspect they say is involved with two burglaries.last_img

Town of Union stabbing suspect indicted on murder charges

first_imgFour others were also charged with felonies in the investigation. Regarding the indictment, District Attorney Michael Korchak said: BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A Johnson City man was indicted on multiple felony charges, including murder, in Broome County Court Tuesday. Casteline was arrested in an an investigation into a deadly stabbing in the town of Union that left 22-year-old Q-Quan Richardson dead. Murder in the 2nd degree, a class A1 felonyCriminal possession of a weapon, in the 3rd degree, a class D felonyTampering with physical evidence, a class E felony According to a news release from Broome County District Attorney Michael A. Korchak’s Office, 20-year-old Caleb A. Casteline was indicted on the following charges: “According to the indictment, the defendant, on Aug. 26, 2020, with intent to cause the death of Q-Quan Richardson, did cause the death of Richardson by stabbing him with a knife multiple times. The indictment further alleges the defendant did conceal evidentiary items, in an effort to prevent law enforcements’ discovery of said evidence.”last_img read more