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Gear On The Go: May 2018 | Live Outside and Play

first_imgBackpacking season has finally arrived! We have lived a month of #vanlife, and we’re remembering everything we love to hate, and hate to love about it—putting up mosquito nets every time we stop, falling asleep to crickets, showering irregularly, and brushing our teeth to sunrises, to name a few. It’s time to get out from our mobile metal walls and sleep in the backcountry. Here are just a few items that we use to help us with our backcountry adventures in Gear On The Go: May 2018.Mountain House Homestyle Turkey Dinner Casserole:Introducing your favorite holiday-style meal without the mess and hassle. New for 2018 in the extensive lineup of Mountain House freeze-dried meals is the Homestyle Turkey Dinner Casserole. When we’re in the backcountry food is always a morale booster. After a long day on the trail, being able to enjoy some warm comfort food makes sleeping under the stars a little sweeter. In true Thanksgiving fashion, you’ll enjoy a combination of turkey, stuffing, harvest vegetables, and familiar Thanksgiving spices in a savory broth. With 14 grams of protein and two servings, you can bet that you’ll be full and ready to go on the next day’s adventure. Mountain House is known for having the longest proven shelf life in the business. Mountain House guarantees that the taste of the meal will keep up to 25 years on the shelf. Their meals are freeze-dried as opposed to dehydrated. This allows them to be lighter weight and have a longer shelf life. Keep some on hand in case of an emergency. Just add hot water to the pouch, let it sit, and dig in!Lowe Alpine Aeon 35:Simply put: this pack has everything we want, and nothing we don’t. In an age of ultra-technical, expensive packs that never fit quite right comes a breath of fresh air. The Aeon 35 pack from Lowe Alpine is just what we’ve been looking for. It’s part of a new, light-weight, and versatile range of backpacks from Lowe Alpine. While the Aeon comes in a few different sizes we usually stick to the 35-liter version. When your home is on wheels, it’s important that you only carry the gear you need. We use this pack because it’s so versatile. Quick over-nighter or weekend trip in the backcountry? This pack fits the bill. Day hike where all you need is some water and an extra layer? The Aeon can easily sinch down and pretend it’s a smaller pack without feeling and looking ridiculous. The Aeon comes with Lowe Alpines MultiLock ice axe, helmet, and pole attachment as well as their Tipgrip trecking pole attachments. This pack is great because it’s built extremely well and even more importantly; it’s not over-built. Lowe Alpine’s AirContour back system is simple, lightweight, and easy to adjust. Gone are the days of spending an hour adjusting your pack to get it to fit right. The Aeon doesn’t have a metal frame so the pack can be folded down to fit inside another bag if you’re traveling. The hip belt and shoulder straps do an excellent job balancing weight without being bulky and obtrusive. The lightweight and unique design of the shoulder straps allow them to contour to your body ensuring a comfortable fit and even weight distribution. The Aeon 35 comes in both men’s and women’s specific versions.LEKI Micro Vario Carbon Lady:These Women’s specific trekking poles from LEKI are absolute featherweights. Weighing in at just under 7.5 ounces these are one of the lightest sets of poles with the smallest pack size that we’ve ever used. The Micro Vario is LEKI’s answer to the growing folding pole category. They collapse down in a second with the push of just one button. They are designed and engineered specifically for a woman with smaller grips, shorter straps, and overall smaller dimensions to fit smaller woman’s packs. The Micro Vario is fully adjustable from 100cm to 120cm and will fit just about everyone. They are crafted with 100% carbon to ensure lightweight durability. It may sound silly, but when you put these poles on, it sort of feels like you’re strapping into a sports car. But that sports car is going to take you to the top of a mountain. The edgeless Aergon Thermo Foam Grips offer maximum comfort at a minimum weight. LEKI has been in the pole business for a long time, making various types of poles used by countless Olympic athletes. When we speak with our friends at LEKI one thing is clear: they only care about making the absolute best product possible.Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 Original ChairHex marks the spot! The Hex 2.0 is Crazy Creek’s lightest and most packable chair. These chairs are made to go anywhere and be your butt’s best friend. The Hex 2.0 is similar to the Original chair that you know and love but rolls up to about the size of an extra-large burrito. We take ours with us on bike rides, hikes, and pretty much on any adventure when we might not want to sit in the dirt. The Hex 2.0 supports up to 250 pounds and is made from 210D Ripstop nylon that will protect you from wet ground. The 8mm high-density cored EVA closed cell foam provides more insulation without adding bulk. As a result, the Hex can double as an ultra-lightweight sleeping mat for those looking to shed some precious ounces from their pack. When we’re hiking or backpacking we store the rolled up Hex in the mesh water bottle pocket on the outside of our packs. One of our favorite un-intentional features of this chair is that when you’re planted next to the campfire the smoke rolls right over your head. It makes for a comfortable seat, no matter where your adventure takes you.Keep an eye out each month for another installment of Live Outside and Play’s Gear On The Go.There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors like Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to win our Grand Gear Giveaway!last_img read more

NAFCU shares 5-point relief plan with Hill

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler wrote the leaders of the House and Senate Monday to share some of the top issues for credit unions in the association’s new five-point plan for credit union regulatory relief.The new plan, which was unveiled during testimony on regulatory relief before the Senate Banking Committee last month, was sent to all members of Congress. It highlights NAFCU’s call for capital reform, its opposition to NCUA’s new risk-based capital rule and the need for statutory changes.“Credit unions are struggling under an ever increasing regulatory burden – one that is often under-represented due to inaccurate time and cost of compliance estimates made by regulators when new requirements are issued,” Thaler said in the letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “Credit unions are working to provide loans and help their members but are often hampered by this regulatory burden.”Thaler urged lawmakers to address these issues with legislation that would enable credit unions to better serve their members. continue reading »last_img read more

Do your ATMs have what digital consumers demand?

first_imgEven as new forms of electronic payments explode on the scene, we continue to hear it: Cash is king. Consumers rely on it. In fact, a new survey found nine out of 10 consumers used cash in past six months while just over half used digital payments in that timeframe. Experts from across the landscape, domestic to international, agree a cashless society would be rife with problems.For the banked consumer, the ATM is the most popular means of getting to their paper money. ATM Marketplace recently surveyed 1,000 ATM users and found nearly a third of U.S. consumers use an ATM at least once a week.As one of the earliest use cases for digital transformation, the ATM has evolved over its fifty years in existence to offer even more than cash withdrawls. Network innovators, like CO-OP Financial Services, continue to push the boundaries of the now-ubiquitous channel. They view the ATM as a golden opportunity to provide even more seamless, even more secure financial experiences to consumers. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

East Farmingdale Fatal DWI Crash Suspect Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 39-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash with an alleged drunken driver in East Farmingdale over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Tomasz Myszke of Copiague was riding a Suzuki southbound on Wellwood Avenue when he collided with a northbound Ford F-150 pickup truck that was making a left turn onto Conklin Street at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup, 49-year-old Edward Okon of Melville, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He was not injured.Okon is free on $25,000 bail and is due back in court Friday.Major Case Unit detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-852-6555.last_img read more

Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants another centre-back after signing William Saliba

first_imgArsenal will continue to look for another centre-back (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have made one signing so far this summer, 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli.The South American striker is highly rated, as is Saliba in France, but neither player are thought to be ready for the senior team.Arsenal are set to continue talks with Celtic for Tierney and are tipped to reopen discussions with Bournemouth for Ryan Fraser as an alternative to Zaha.MORE: The mistake that cost Liverpool the chance to beat Arsenal to Alexis Sanchez transfer coupMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Coral BarryTuesday 9 Jul 2019 2:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Emery wants another defender (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will continue their hunt to land a new centre-back once they complete the signing of William Saliba, reports say.The Saint-Etienne centre-back is on the verge of a move to Arsenal, after the Gunners agreed a £27million deal for Saliba.But Arsenal fans will have to wait until the 2020/21 season to see Saliba in action for the club, as Saint-Etienne has demanded the player back on loan for the new campaign.BBC Sport confirm Arsenal have agreed to this demand and Saliba will return to Saint-Etienne once he signs his contract with the Gunners in London.ADVERTISEMENT Saliba is highly rated in France (Picture: Getty)With Saliba not available for the coming season, Unai Emery wants to sign another centre-back that can go straight into the first-team.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery is unhappy with his current defensive options and is reportedly considering offloading Shkodran Mustafi as a means to raise further transfer funds.Arsenal has around £45m to spend this summer, which has restricted Emery in landing his top targets.Efforts to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney have been unsuccessful so far.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Advertisement Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants another centre-back after signing William Saliba Advertisementlast_img read more

Leising authors resolution to honor FFA members

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising recently honored members of the Future Farmers of America with Senate Concurrent Resolution 6.During FFA Week, SCR 6 recognizes the organization, which was established in 1928, for its work to advance the quality of agriculture education locally and nationally.The FFA is an important organization for students in Indiana and nationwide. As a farmer, Leising understands the impact this organization has on preparing youth for agriculture-related careers. The group continues to dedicate efforts to tirelessly better communities and the state.FFA Page Day, which is held during FFA Week, gives more than 60 FFA members the chance to tour the Statehouse, learn about state government and meet with legislators.FFA Week gives members, alumni and sponsors a chance to advocate for agricultural education. The organization is made up of 653,359 members, encompassing all 50 states and two U.S. territories. More than 12,500 members reside in Indiana.last_img read more

Morris wins again at I-37 By J.M. Hallas

first_imgMorris went around Bednarz on the high side then ducked under Campbell to snag the top spot on lap four. After a late caution, he pulled away as Rick Green and P.J. Egbert ran side-by-side second. This left Morris uncontested at the checkers while Green edged out Egbert for second.  “I knew it was going to be tough,” said Morris. “There’s quite a few good guys here. I feel like I had to work a little more for that one than the first one. It makes it all that much sweeter.”  Chris Morris motored to another IMCA Modified victory Saturday at I-37 Speedway. (Photo by J.M. Hallas) “Seeing P.J. (Egbert) roll in puts a little pressure on. We ran against him at Heart O’ Texas (in Waco) last night and he beat us,” Morris continued. “He just got in a Lethal car, too, and I know how good these cars are. I knew he’d be good competition and I have fun racing with him.”center_img Morris was able to move up quickly and get early leaders Landon Bednarz and Jamie Campbell then motor away for the win.  PLEASANTON, Texas (May 18) – After earning his first-ever IMCA Modified feature win early last month, Chris Morris returned to the scene and picked up I-37 Speedway win number two, his third of the sea­son, Saturday night. last_img read more

Despite Kobe Bryant’s late-game heroics, Lakers fall to Knicks in 90-87 loss

first_imgThe ingredients seemed in place for the Lakers to experience another game filled with both nostalgia over Kobe Bryant’s past and promise over the franchise’s future.Bryant would square off against his close friend Carmelo Anthony, whom Lakers coach Byron Scott called “the most gifted offensive player I’ve seen in a long time.” Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell and with Knicks rookie center Kristaps Porzingis also would try to top in each other in what Russell called a “statement game.” But for the first 46 minutes, all of those ideas just became nice storylines. The Lakers’ 90-87 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday at Staples Center ended with a frenetic finish. Bryant’s baseline jumper rimmed out with the game tied at 87-87 with 9.3 seconds left, overshadowing the two turnaround jumpers he had made moments earlier. Anthony made two 3-pointers that Scott called “gigantic” and a jumper over Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr despite Bryant giving him several tips on footwork, positioning and angles. “He’s an All-Star for a reason,” Nance said. “I was getting a hand up and he was knocking them down.”But Bryant defended Anthony on the final possession and did not allow him to get the ball. “As soon as they lined up, I said ‘Melo you’re not going to touch the ball,’” Bryant said. “‘I’ve hit like 10 game winners in this particular lineup. I know where you’re going. You don’t have a chance. Somebody else is going to have to make it.’”Too bad someone did. On a broken play, Knicks guard Jose Calderon hit a 26-foot 3-pointer that gave the Knicks a 90-87 lead with .2 seconds left. The Lakers did not have time to respond. “When he was going to the corner, he was probably thinking about how he was going to get that shot off,” joked Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis, who coached Bryant both as an interim coach and in various assistant roles. “He was searching for a way to get it done.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img That exciting ending masked an otherwise ugly affair. Anthony (26 points on 10-of-20 shooting) topped Bryant (14 points on 5-of-15 shooting in 28 minutes). Russell had a quiet night (four points on 1-of-7 shooting and two assists in 22 minutes), while Porzingis missed the game with a stomach bug. Russell also sat out late in the game partly because of the reserve’s resurgence.“I just couldn’t make a shot. I struggled a little bit on the offensive end,” Russell said. “Coach went with who was bringing that energy and making stuff happen.” There still marked some moments. Before tipoff, Bryant hugged Anthony and Knicks guard Sasha Vujacic, who helped the Lakers secure Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals with two key free throws. Bryant immediately drew a foul on Vujacic on the first play.“I said, ‘Sasha you’ve seen me pump fake how many times?’” Bryant said. “We won championships over this. Why would you go for it? We had a good laugh at it. He’s like a little brother to me. I love that guy.”The Staples Center scoreboard then showed Knicks president and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson in between the first and second quarters, providing a visible reminder of happier times when he delivered five NBA championships here. Jackson also won six with the Chicago Bulls. That also prompted Bryant to call Jackson “the greatest coach of any profession ever.” Bryant also added, “people in New York just need to trust the fact that he knows more about the game than anyone put together.”“You don’t win any of those championships without him. I don’t think Chicago wins any of those championships without him,” Bryant said. “The silliest thing I ever heard is ‘Phil won because he had great players.’ No (bleep) Sherlock. What, are you going to win with a bunch of scrubs? That’s the silliest argument in the world to me.”Bryant then explained why with as much force as one of his clutch shots.“It’s Phil’s mentorship and ability to get guys to come to certain conclusions on their own,” Bryant said. “But he sets the table. He’s setting up these situations and relying on us to figure things out for ourselves. That was his true genius.”The Lakers (14-53) hardly looked like geniuses against New York (28-40). They posted 11 points on a 3-of-19 clip (15.8 percent) in the first quarter, matching a season-low in points scored that they also set against Golden State on Nov. 24, 2015. That left Scott to say, “we didn’t come ready to play” though he offered little explanation as to why.“You got to ask them,” Scott said. “Seriously. I have no idea.”But Scott had plenty of ideas on why Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson did not close out the game. Lakers reserve guard Lou Williams scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including two late jumpers, in his return since a week-long absence because of a strained left hamstring. Brandon Bass (11 points) and Marcelo Huertas (nine points, four assists) helped the Lakers reserves trim a 16-point deficit. “They’ve had enough experiences doing that so far. I really truly believe that,” Scott said of his young players. “Sometimes they have to understand when that unit is playing well, sometimes I will go with them. The first thing is you’re trying to win games. The second thing is to continue to develop the young guys. But they can’t expect every single night they’re not playing well, they’re still going to play in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line. When the second unit is playing well like they did tonight, I’m going to roll with them sometimes.”That led Bryant to defend Scott as forcefully as he did with Jackson.“It honestly doesn’t matter,” said Bryant, who touted the benefits from both playing and learning from the bench. “It is harder. But I went through it though. You’re not going to cry on my damn shoulder. You have to man up. You have to man up, learn and figure it out. No excuses.”The Lakers could not figure it out well enough to overcome a poor star. So the Lakers offered a game far less compelling than some of other Bryant’s storied moments against the Knicks. Bryant’s last game against the Knicks (28-40) marked a far cry from when he scored a former MSG-record 61 points in 2009. Or when Bryant entered Sunday’s contest averaging 26.9 points through 33 career games against the Knicks. Or when Bryant enjoyed “talking smack to Spike [Lee] on the sideline.” Or even in the Lakers’ four-point loss in November in what marked Bryant’s last game in the Garden shortly before he made his retirement plans official. “I had some regret I didn’t have a chance to properly say goodbye to them,” Bryant said. “I’m certainly going to miss going to the Garden playing there.”But Bryant certainly won’t miss the current losing. Hence, Bryant eyes lit up when a reporter brought up the pending finality of his career. “One month, 15 games. I’m ready,” said Bryant, who recently talked with Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto about the countdown. “It’s exciting. These next 15 games should be fun. The last one should be the most fun.”last_img read more

Anthony Davis injury update: Pelicans star reportedly suffers bruised shoulder in win over Thunder

first_img NBA All-Star 2019: Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis by the numbers Davis scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists in 16 minutes before exiting the matchup. New Orleans went on to top Oklahoma City, 131-122.It is unclear if the injury will force Davis to miss the All-Star Game on Sunday, the report says. Related News The six-time All-Star also injured his finger in late January and missed eight games.Davis entered play Thursday averaging 28.5 points and 13.1 rebounds this season. Charles Barkley to Anthony Davis: Don’t ruin your reputation as one of the nicest guys in the worldcenter_img After an MRI tonight, Anthony Davis’ left shoulder that forced him to leave the game against OKC has been deemed a muscle contusion, source tells @TheAthleticNBA. Unclear as yet if he’ll miss the All-Star game. Depends on how he feels in the coming days.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 15, 2019Davis asked the Pelicans to move him in late January and the Lakers had been engaged in discussions about acquiring him. But, no deal was reached before the deadline and Davis will remain with New Orleans for at least the rest of the season. Anthony Davis bruised his left shoulder in the Pelicans’ win over the Thunder on Thursday, according to a report from The Athletic.The 25-year-old forward appeared to suffer the injury on the last play of the second quarter. He did not return to the court after halftime and was ruled out for the rest of the game.last_img read more

Ashes 2019: Steve Smith ruled out of third Test following concussion

first_imgSteve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test between Australia and England following his concussion at Lord’s, coach Justin Langer has confirmed.Talismanic batsman Smith was struck on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncher on Day 4 on Saturday and retired hurt before later returning to resume his innings. Coach Langer was due to discuss Smith and the upcoming Test with the media later on Tuesday.Smith is returning to Test cricket in this series after serving a 12-month ban for his role in the team’s ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year, which also saw him lose his role as captain.He has been in sensational form in England, making 144, 142 and 92 from his three Ashes knocks to put Australia ahead in the series prior to his injury. The in-form Smith, who made centuries in each innings of the first Test at Edgbaston, did not play at all on day five, though, after suffering with delayed symptoms.Marnus Labuschagne was called in as a concussion substitute and made a brilliant 59 as the tourists battled to a draw to maintain their 1-0 series lead.286 – @stevesmith49’s 286 runs is the most by a player from either side in an #Ashes match in England since 1964, it’s the 3rd time a player has scored 2 100s in such a match (S Waugh, W Bardsley), he was in full control through both innings but adopted different tempos. Nemesis. pic.twitter.com/rWsWMJBprN— OptaJim (@OptaJim) August 5, 2019Smith said he was “hopeful” he would recover to feature at Headingley, but any chances of participation in Leeds were ended by Langer on Tuesday.The 30-year-old missed training with the rest of his Australia team-mates before the news was confirmed.last_img read more