Spring Head-to-Toe from Columbia Sportswear

first_imgColumbia means a lot of things to a lot of different people, from skiers to anglers to backpackers and travelers worldwide. But for springtime in the Blue Ridge, it’s a brand I continually turn to for waterproof, bug-proof, breathable apparel and footwear.Their motto is “Trying Stuff since 1938,” and while simple, it’s a statement not only about the innovation but also the humility with which the company approaches the outdoor market, in an effort to make the outdoors accessible to everyone, and bringing technical products to the market that help people enjoy being outside.  This Spring, Columbia is incorporating its Omni-Freeze ZERO, Omni-Wick EVAP, Insect Blocker and Omni-Shade proprietary technologies across several styles for a head-to-toe kit ideal for southeastern climes. image015The Zero Rules SL gives you a wicking, breathable technical tee for hiking and trail running for under $40, when you can easily spend twice that, and it’s jam packed with features. In a nutshell, the Omni-Freeze ZERO cools the surrounding fabric when it becomes wet, the Omni-Shade UPF 30 blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays, antimicrobial helps reduce the stink factor, and Omni-Wick pulls moisture away from the body and enables perspiration to evaporate more quickly.For hikes, pair it with the Insect Blocker Cargo Pants ($80), also a technical, breathable material but impregnated with Columbia’s Insect Blocker technology to keep ticks and mosquitoes at bay. Throw the Insect Blocker Mesh Jacket ($90) in your pack — and leave it there — for when it gets buggy but you’re too hot to put more clothes on, and don’t want to cover yourself in bug spray.Columbia’s trail shoes are also a shocking value for the money, although these days they compete right up against other top shelf brands; and with the company’s OutDry (a waterproofing technology out of Italy they snatched up lock, stock and barrel two seasons ago for use exclusively in shoes, gloves – and packs in the Mountain Hardwear brand), they are even more competitive. image021The new-for-spring Conspiracy Razor OutDry ($110) are lightweight, waterproof, nimble and soft; while being lugged, welded, and reinforced for performance and durability.Finally, for less than $100 ($99.99 in men’s and women’s), add the new EvaPOURation rain jacket to your kit. It’s a full-featured jacket with pit zips, hood, and simple (versatile) styling that blends Columbia’s Omni-Tech, Omni-Wick Evap, and Omni-Shield tech for a completely waterproof breathable shell.(Click here for an explanation of all of Columbia’s apparel technologies.) col spr 14 imageslast_img read more

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Berger to Congress: It’s time to help credit unions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger urged the leaders of Congress to protect the credit union tax exemption in 2015 in a letter Tuesday detailing the association’s top legislative priorities for the year.“As we have communicated to Congress before, the cumulative benefit credit unions provide the greater U.S. economy totals over $17 billion a year, according to an independent study released by NAFCU in February of last year,” Berger wrote. “This far outpaces the cost of the credit union tax exemption and any potential revenue that would be raised by eliminating the exemption.”Berger also listed regulatory relief, capital reform, data security, housing finance reform, member business lending, modernizing field-of-membership requirements and patent reform as issues NAFCU will push for legislative responses to in 2015. Berger’s letter and, in particular, his call for regulatory relief for credit unions, was reported on by The Hill.Also this week, the association put out a list of regulatory and legislative priorities for 2015, as approved by the association’s board of directors. The list of top priorities is featured in a special, two-page NAFCU UPDATE. continue reading »last_img read more

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Secure your network like your business depends on it . . . because it does

first_imgThere are 25 million small businesses in the United States, 87% of them recognize they are at risk for a cyber-attack. Yet 83% of those businesses admit they don’t have the capabilities to manage them.   We all think that it can’t happen to us, but the reality is, that it most certainly will.  Unfortunately, most of the small to mid-sized businesses that get attacked wont be prepared, and a lot won’t be able to recover.The fact of the matter is, we have never relied on technology to do business more than we do now, as a result we’ve never been more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.So, what can you do as a SMB owner?Stop and ReviewCEO’s ask your team, and your partners to stop and review all the changes that you’ve made over the last few weeks. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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A new calendar of Croatian holidays and commemorations has been confirmed in Parliament

first_imgIf someone was looking forward to having more non-working days a year, they will unfortunately be disappointed. There is no increase in the number of working days, but it is still a total of 13 non-working days. Below you can check out what that calendar will look like next year. It is now up to you to prepare interesting offers and motives for coming, in order to attract citizens to visit your tourist destination as part of an extended weekend. Last month, the Government of the Republic of Croatia sent amendments to the Holidays Act to a public consultation. The said proposal was approved by the Croatian Parliament today. According to the proposal, Statehood Day should again be celebrated on May 30, and the current Independence Day, October 8, should be a commemorative and working day in the future. Croats are known for combining holidays with extended weekends. According to the proposal, almost all holidays fall during the week, so we can certainly count on the fact that this year, fortunately for all tourism workers, it will be popular to combine holidays for an extended weekend. Source / photo: Government of the Republic of Croatia; Pixabaylast_img read more

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Photo of the Day: East Anglia ONE Transition Pieces on Happy Ride

first_imgBelfast Harbour has published a photo showing the heavy lift vessel Happy River arriving at the port with 12 transition pieces for the 714MW East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.Source: Belfast Harbour (Credits to S. Wilson)The 140 meter-long vessel departed from Lamprell’s premises in Dubai and is currently in Harland and Wolff’s (H&W) building dock at Belfast in Ireland.The first shipment of partly-assembled jacket foundations arrived in Belfast from Dubai earlier this month.ScottishPower Renewables, the developer of the wind farm, awarded Lamprell with a contract to manufacture and supply 60 jacket foundations and accompanying piles back in November 2016, while the remaining 42 jacket foundations for the 102-turbine project are being delivered by Spanish joint venture between Navantia and Windar.The 102 Siemens 7MW turbines, located 43km offshore Suffolk in the UK, are expected to be fully commissioned in 2020.last_img read more

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Headphone-wearing Mourinho scouts Tottenham’s UCL opponents against Bayern

first_img Loading… Jose Mourinho was in the crowd to scout Champions League opponents RB Leipzig as they took on Bayern Munich. The Spurs boss was disguised in a black baseball cap, scarf and a jacket with white iPhone headphones in as he took in the Allianz Arena. Jose Mourinho was spotted in the stands as RB Leipzig took on Bayern Munich in a German table-topper Going into the game, Leipzig were just a point behind Hans-Dieter Flick’s side and a win would see them leapfrog the defending champions. Mourinho appeared to keep a low profile in the Allianz Arena crowd Read Also: Bundesliga: Leipzig hold leaders Bayern to stay point behind But Mourinho seemed more concerned about making sure he kept an eye on Leipzig, who Spurs face in 10 days’ time in North London. Timo Werner has been among the most sought-after stars in German football. And the 23-year-old striker has been having a breakthrough season not dissimilar to Harry Kane’s in 2014-15. Werner has had 25 goals in all competitions for his club and will surely be a player Mourinho wants his defenders to keep one eye on. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Things About Ancient Egypt That We Don’t Yet Know6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesIncredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow Spurs’ players are currently soaking up some sunshine during their winter break after it was shortened, due to their FA Cup replay win over Southampton. But not boss Mourinho, 57, who is hoping for a big victory against Julian Nagelsmann’s side in the last-16 of Europe’s premier competition. He would have witnessed a gigantic banner reading ‘F*** RB’ in one end behind the goal ahead of kick-off. And he would have witnessed an impressive RB Leipzig side, who have been giving serial Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich a serious run for their money in Germany’s top tier.last_img read more

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Frederick conquers Stock Cars at 141 opener

first_imgBy Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (April 16) – Kyle Frederick exited the pit area following opening night at 141 Speedway as the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car point leader.Frederick used all the tack in the track to put his no. 50F ride solidly up front in a feature that ran cau­tion-free.  Frederick put his racer on cruise control early as a great battle ensued behind him for second.Shawn Havel flew to the front of pack to challenge the leader. The duo ran side by side early but Havel could not maintain the pace. Frederick ran down lapped traffic and took his time getting through.Frederick picked up the win in comfortable fashion. John Heinz ran down Havel and finished second later in the contest. Defending champion Brett Wenzel finished fourth with Troy Muench fifth.On the first lap of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, Robby Thiel flipped his car in turn three. Track officials decided to call the rest of the evening’s events for drivers’ safety.Saturday nIght, April 30 will be the Red, White and Blue series opener.  Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win. If not already vote eligible, the winner becomes a candidate for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nation­als fueled by Casey’s.last_img read more

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Another fireman’s festival makes decision to end

first_imgSunman, IN—The Sunman Firemen’s Festival has elected to discontinue the event according to their Facebook page.  The fire department noted that several factors contributed to this decision that includes conflicting activities on the same dates as the festival, reduced attendance and worker availability, and the costs of festival games, entertainment, food, beverages, and fees have risen significantly over the years, requiring higher pricing for games and meals.Despite discontinuing the festival, the Fire Department plans to continue its annual Fish Dinner. It will be held on March 6 at the Sunman American Legion.last_img read more

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Secretary of State Connie Lawson introduces online absentee ballot application

first_imgStatewide— The portal at www.IndianaVoters.com has been upgraded to allow voters to request an absentee ballot directly from the website. Previously, voters could only request an absentee ballot by mail, email, or fax. Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced this change as part of ongoing efforts by her office and the Indiana Election Division to make it easier for Hoosiers to vote in the June 2 Primary Election.Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot for the June 2 Primary. To vote absentee-by-mail, voters who qualify must complete an absentee-by-mail application. These are available online at www.IndianaVoters.com. Voters may also submit their request by mail, email, or fax. The application must be completed and received by the county election board or the Indiana Election Division by May 21, 2020.After an application has been received, the voter will be mailed a Primary Election ballot. The voter must then complete the ballot, and return it to the county election board by 12:00 p.m. (local time) on Election Day, June 2, 2020.last_img read more

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Newcastle considering options after failed buyout

first_img(BBC) – Newcastle United say they are “considering all relevant options” after claiming the Premier League did not act “appropriately” in its handling of a failed takeover by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium.In July the group, which included Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund PIF, said it had backed out of the deal.The league wanted clarification of the links between PIF and the Saudi state.But yesterday, Newcastle said the Premier League had rejected the bid.“(Owner) Mike Ashley understands fans’ frustrations,” the club said, adding the rejection had been based on the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test.The consortium, which also included PCP Capital Partners and Reuben Brothers, had agreed a £300M deal to buy the club from Ashley in April.In a statement, Newcastle added: “The club and its owners do not accept that Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and the Premier League have acted appropriately in relation to this matter and will be considering all relevant options available to them.“This conclusion has been reached despite the club providing the Premier League with overwhelming evidence and legal opinions that PIF is independent and autonomous of the Saudi Arabian government.”BBC Sport has contacted the Premier League for comment.Speaking to BBC Sport earlier yesterday, Masters said he had “sympathy” for Magpies fans because of the lack of information they received.“I think there is a reasonable expectation on all the parties involved for confidentiality, I think that’s what we were trying to respect,” said Masters.Masters also said the Premier League would “look again” at the “issues and specifics” of its owners’ and directors’ test.last_img read more

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