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Different Strokes: Bellyak founder Adam Masters picks his go-to gear

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first_imgAstral Layla | $135This is a women’s jacket, but it’s perfect for Bellyaking because it has a nice flat front, which is key for paddling prone. You don’t want a PFD with a lot of bulk up front.Allbirds Wool Runners | $95Most outdoor shoes are made with unsustainable, often toxic materials. Allbirds does things differently: they make simple, comfortable shoes with a durable, water-resistant merino wool upper, recycled laces, and castor-bean-oil cushioning in their insoles. Your feet and your conscience will feel good in these shoes.Tigerlight D.A.D. (Defense Alert Device) | $130DAD is always looking out for you: in this case, DAD is a handheld multi-use protection tool that has the ability to spray a unique chemical deterrent that had a documented 96% stop rate and sends Bluetooth danger alerts with your exact location. The alerts can be lifesaving in the event of an attack or if you hurt yourself and are stuck somewhere. The lightweight device also has a multi-mode flashlight and convenient hand strap that allows the device to always be in hand and ready to use.Lorpen T3 Trail Running Ultra Light Socks | $15With separate layers of fibers that work together for comfort, support, and moisture management. The T3 sock is perfect for running in any season, keeping feet dry, comfortable, and blister-free. Adam Masters was born into kayaking. His father, Bill Masters, founded Perception Kayaks in the ‘70s and had a large hand in taking the sport mainstream thanks to Perception’s affordable plastic boats. Adam has been kayaking all his life, but in the last several years, he’s made his own contribution to the world of paddlesports by developing the Bellyak, a kayak you paddle while lying down.“I got into hand paddling in 2004 and loved the connection with the river,” Adam says. “I wondered what it would be like to lay on top of my kayak and paddle like I was swimming through the river.”Masters took an old Perception, cut it up and filled it with spray foam and duct tape to make his first prototype. It was 85 pounds and tough to handle, but he was hooked. “All of the rivers I’d been on forever became a completely new experience. It was super fun.”Fast forward 14 years and that original prototype has evolved into Bellyak, a niche sport that’s introducing thousands of people to whitewater. “A lot of people come to me who always wanted to kayak but never learned because they were scared of the roll,” Adam says. “With the Bellyak, you can run class II or III whitewater and you’re never stuck inside a boat under water. It increases the reward without increasing the risk.”Astral HiyakAstral Hiyak | $115Astrals are great and I really love this high top river shoe. We’re actually in the water, standing in eddies and moving around in the current, so good foot protection is crucial.Sweet Protection The Rocker | $250This helmet fits really well, offers bombproof protection and doesn’t impede my visibility. You take face hits a lot when you’re in a Bellyak. You don’t want your helmet to push back on your head.Bellyak Play 35 | $729My favorite is the Play 35. I love them all. But it’s the most high performance. Really light, super responsive. I can throw it around. It performs well on a wave, great for river running. If you want something more stable, but still good for river running, size up to the Play 45.NRS Radiant 3/2 Wetsuit | $230This might be my favorite piece of gear. I’m in the water constantly, and we’re wet the whole time, so depending on the air/water temp combo, a wetsuit might be necessary.last_img read more

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How today’s mobile device helps fight fraud at your credit union

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first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One of our favorite fraudster fighters returns to CUbroadcast for another report on how credit unions can keep the bad guys at bay. Aite Group‘s Research Director Julie Conroy joins us this time around to divulge her latest report, “Digital-Channel Fraud Mitigation: The Mobile Force Awakens.”Cybercrime remains a big business with few consequences, but Julie reports that the mobile device is not only ideal for managing one’s financials it’s also taking on a bigger role in fraud prevention. In our discussion, she shows us just how your mobile can help fight fraud — along with what banks and credit unions are doing today, even though losses are surprisingly down.Could it be prime time to gear for the next round of fraud attacks? Julie lets us know about the possible “calm before the storm” and why now is a perfect time to invest in new fraud fighting technology to quell future attacks — and your mobile is on the front lines. continue reading »last_img read more

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Gabriel Paulista takes subtle dig at Arsene Wenger ahead of Arsenal return in Europa League

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first_imgArsenal bought Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia, the club they sold Gabriel Paulista to (Picture: Getty)‘Playing for Arsenal was an incredible experience that I will never forget,’ he said.‘I want to make history with Valencia. It’s the Centenary year & in 100 years’ time I want people to remember that Gabriel Paulista won the Europa League with Valencia.‘I like these types of games & the type of pressure that comes with playing against sides like Arsenal. I’m ready to do a good job & help the club go as far as possible in the competition.‘With all respect to Arsenal, I have nothing to prove to them anymore. I tried to prove my worth but I didn’t get the chances.‘I deserved more opportunities. I was sad because I knew I had the ability to play… But other people didn’t think so.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Gabriel Paulista takes subtle dig at Arsene Wenger ahead of Arsenal return in Europa League Advertisement Gabriel Paulista missed Arsenal’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea in 2017 through injury (Picture: Getty)Gabriel Paulista remains adamant he deserved more opportunities to cement a place as a first regular first team starter at Arsenal.The 28-year-old joined the north London club in January 2015 from Villarreal in a £13.5million deal after the club’s US-based data analysis company, StatDNA, highlighted the Brazilian as a player of huge potential.Gabriel struggled to oust the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, however, and moved to Valencia in the summer of 2017 after a serious knee injury cost him a chance of appearing in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea.Arsenal used the money generated from his sale to purchase Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel believes he was unfairly treated during his time in north London ahead of his return with Valencia in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 May 2019 11:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link378Shareslast_img read more

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Investors who ignore ESG at risk of breaching fiduciary duty – Al Gore

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first_imgInvestors should consider the impact of a “meaningful” carbon price on investments to better identify risks and opportunities, a paper by Al Gore’s Generation Foundation has urged.The white paper praised companies assessing investments using a shadow carbon price, as there is currently no single framework for the cost of carbon – despite recent moves by China and the US that will see around half of emissions priced by the end of 2016.“The reality, however, is that carbon largely remains an un-priced externality in financial markets today,” the report says.“Although it is impossible to know the exact timing of the prospective tipping point when financial markets will fully internalise carbon risk, it is critical for investors to prepare for its inevitable impact over the next five years.” In ‘Allocating capital for long-term returns’, the foundation, funded by Generation Investment Management, also warns that investors risk breaching their fiduciary duties if they fail to consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters during the investment process.The view will be one shared by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project, which recently launched an initiative that could see members sue pension funds where they perceive them to be ignoring environmental risks. Gore, who co-founded Generation IM three years after his unsuccessful US presidential campaign, was adamant sustainability should be taken into account.“The importance of sustainability to business and investing has intensified as financial markets are forced to address challenges posed by the realities of natural resource scarcity, the effects of unabated carbon emissions, rapid urbanisation and widening wealth inequality, to name just a few,” he said. The paper further pointed to the importance of considering sustainability factors, such as human capital management, supply chain concerns and resource management, when assessing the value and success of a company.“Analysing a company’s attitude to these factors can often provide insights into a company’s long-term vision, its strategy for implementing that vision and the probability of its success,” it says.Carbon prices, or a greater number of emissions trading schemes, have long been a demand of various investor groups calling for regulation to mitigate climate change, including the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change.last_img read more

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Pension fund for Danish teachers returns 2.1% after turbulent year

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first_imgIt said this was particularly the case for foreign shares, including emerging markets equities, high-yield bonds and timber land.The investment portfolio’s rate of return amounted to 1.2%, compared with an expected long-term rate of 5.2%, according to the investment strategy, the pension fund said.Total group assets grew to DKK88.1bn at the end of December 2015 from DKK82.0bn 12 months before, and solvency coverage rose to 316% from 311%.Contributions rose to DKK4.8bn in 2015 from DKK4.5bn the year before.The interest rate paid on pension savings (depotrente) after pensions tax rose to 5.5% from 3.75%.Lærernes said its supervisory board had approved its investment strategy for 2016 to 2020 in December.The new strategic investment portfolio had an expected return of 5.2% before tax and a risk level of around 23%, measured against a confidence level of 99.5%.It explained this meant that, statistically, there was only a 0.5% probability the investment portfolio would suffer an unexpected loss of more than 23% in the course of a year.Lærernes said the new investment strategy meant the pension fund would increase the proportion of its investments in alternative asset classes over the next few years, including property, private equities, forestry and infrastructure.To ensure costs are kept low, it outsourced a large part of its portfolio management to external managers. Lærernes Pension, the Danish pension fund for teachers, reported a 2.1% return on investments last year, down from the 12.6% produced in 2014, with most asset classes performing more weakly than expected, according to the fund’s annual report.In absolute terms, the investment return fell to DKK1.4bn (€188m) in 2015 from DKK7.2bn in 2014.The pension fund said 2015 had been marked by big swings on the financial markets.In the report, the labour-market scheme said: “Lærernes Pension achieved a very high return on its holdings of Danish equities and on its real estate investments. But returns on the majority of other asset classes were more modest and lower than expected.”last_img read more

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Update: Troubled Russian Ship Reaches Southampton

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first_imgMekhanik Yartsev, a Russian cargo ship which developed a  significant list off Portsmouth, arrived at a Southampton dock in the afternoon hours of December 28.HM Coastguard said that the 1990-built vessel, which had its own power, was assisted on the journey to the King George V Graving Dock by a pilot vessel, two tugs and escorted by an RNLI All Weather Lifeboat as a precautionary measure.Mekhanik Yartsev started listing outside Portsmouth Harbour on December 26. Due to adverse weather conditions at the site on December 27, the plans to move the vessel were put on hold, forcing Mekhanik Yartsev to remain at anchor overnight.The cargo removal operation was scheduled to be undertaken once the ship was safely alongside the dock.HM Coastguard earlier informed that the ship lost 30 pieces of cargo during bad weather conditions some 20 miles south of the Worthing area on the south coast. The cargo packages, which were 3-4 cubic metres each, containing timber, were reported to have broken up resulting in individual planks floating on the surface.Mekhanik Yartsev was en route from Riga, Latvia, to Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland, when it developed the list.Image Courtesy: HM Coastguardlast_img read more

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Zimbabwe to seek extradition of Palmer

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first_imgZIMBABWE POWER TRANSITION Related Nigerian farmers seek more incentives TALK AFRICA: Zimbabwe Looks East South Africa has been struggling to contain a record surge in rhino poaching, and poachers have slaughtered tens of thousands of elephants annually for their ivory around Africa in recent years. Fears are now emerging that the United States department of justice may decline Zimbabwe’s request for the extradition of the American man behind the killing of Cecil the lion.Legal experts have cautioned that legal technicalities and international perceptions on the record of Zimbabwe’s justice system, may just help Walter Palmer get away with what some have termed an open and shut poaching case.last_img

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Tornado tips issued after twister strikes Bahamas

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first_img Share 86 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Widespread damage but no fatalities caused by severe weather system. (Photo: YouTube video).NASSAU, Bahamas– An assessment team led by Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has concluded an inspection of damage wrought by the tornado which struck the area last Thursday. An official statement said that the team discovered that four properties were “clearly impacted” by the severe weather system, which passed through the islands of Bimini, Grand Bahama, Abaco and adjacent waters.The Meteorological Department had issued advanced warning of a thunderstorm, which could cause strong gusty winds, lightning, heavy downpours and possible tornadic activity. Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes are virtually impossible to predict with any degree of accuracy.The statement indicated that 12 people had to be temporarily relocated after their triplex sustained structural damage. Several other commercial and residential properties were impacted and a downed utility pole resulted in a temporary power outage.Production at the Abaco Block and Concrete Company was compromised due to damage to its building, equipment and vehicles. The manager said that it could take at least three weeks to be back in operation.The assessment team also noted a jeep tangled in heavy duty power lines and a 4 000-gallon fuel tank that had been tossed about 500 feet away from its original location.“We are thankful to God that there were no fatalities or injuries during the passage of that severe weather system,” Captain Russell said.The NEMA director went on to issue the following tornado safety tips:• Look and listen for large hailstones, heavy rain, strong winds, frequent intense lightning bolts with rotary motion at the base of a thunderstorm cloud with loud roaring sounds like jet or train.• Seek safe shelter:  A basement is best, otherwise choose ground floor centre rooms surrounded by other rooms. Never choose upstairs because tornadic winds and speeds increase with height above the ground.• Choose rooms on the north and east sides of your shelter if no interior rooms are available. Stay near the innermost walls. Avoid rooms on the south and west because tornadoes usually travel from southwest to northeast.• Choose a small closet or bathroom because small rooms are less susceptible to collapse. Take shelter within the bathtub if there are no glass tub enclosures or large mirrors nearby.Other recommended precautions included:Protect yourself and families by staying calm, seek shelter immediately, keep a portable TV/radio and flashlight in your shelter, wear shoes to protect your feet from broken glass and other debris left in the wake of the storm, protect head and chest by crouching face to floor with hands behind your head, cover yourself with blankets, pillows or coats, hide under sturdy furniture and avoid candles, gas lanterns and oil lamps.At school or in an office, seek designated shelter in the interior rooms or hallways on the ground floor or lowest floor possible. Avoid auditoriums and gymnasiums.In shopping malls, seek smaller interior shops on the ground floor and avoid large open rooms as well as the south and west walls.Evacuate mobile vehicles and seek shelter in a substantial structure, ditch or culvert.Caribbean 360 News Tweetcenter_img Share NewsRegional Tornado tips issued after twister strikes Bahamas by: – June 2, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

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Batesville Youth Football Registration

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first_imgBatesville Youth Football Online Registration is now open.Go to http://www.batesvilleyouthfootball.com for details or contact Chris Weiler chweile@gmail.com.Batesville Youth Football Registration Flyerlast_img

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David Lee Hall

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first_imgDavid Lee Hall, 62 of Ghent, Ky formally of Bennington, IN passed away Wednesday October 18, 2017 at his home. David was born Thursday July 5, 1956 in Cincinnati, OH the son of Daniel Boone and Betty (Zornes) Hall. He had been a diesel mechanic in FL, David enjoyed mechanical work, playing cards, watching TV, playing Santa Claus for family and friends, and spending time with his family.David is survived by sons: David Hall of Sparta, Ky; Joey Hall of FL; daughters: Mistey Davis of Ghent, Ky, Norma (Ben) Dubose of Sparta, Ky; brothers: Donnie, Johnny, Kevin, Ricky, Paul, Ronnie, Danny Hall; Sisters: Sharon Renier, Else Hall Fran Cash.  6 Grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Grace Hall, and daughter: Mandy Hall, one brother Cecil Hall.Funeral services will be at 1 PM on Tuesday October 24, 2017 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home.   Visitation will be October 24, 2017 Tuesday 11AM-1PM also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Family.   Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home, Dillsboro, entrusted with the arrangements.  P.O. Box 146 Dillsboro, IN 47018, 812-432-5480.last_img read more

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