Best in Backpacking

first_imgBased on its proven durability, compact size,  and overall comfort, the Klymit V Static Sleeping Pad is my favorite. I’ve had lots of different brands and models of sleeping pads and this thing outshines them all. ($40) LifeProof’s insulated Backpack Cooler holds 24 cans and keeps ice up to 48 hours. It also comes with a re-freezable ice pack to lock in the chill, built-in bottle opener and features a forward flip lid for easy access. Patagonia Black Hole 100L Duffel, $179 Corinna Mokotoff, a 21-year-old student at Appalachian State University, knows a thing or two about backpacking. From participating in multiple NOLS courses to guiding trips for the Outdoor Programs Department at ASU to countless overnight hikes with friends on the weekends, Mokotoff has spent her fair share of time backpacking, both locally and internationally. Having the chopsticks, especially the collapsible ones that take up like no space, actually forces you to slow down a little bit and not just scarf down everything as quick as possible. The slower pace makes the meal that much sweeter. ($22) In the summer of 2016, with no prior experience, the then 18-year-old Mokotoff took a giant leap and signed up for a four-week NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) backpacking trip through the backcountry of Wyoming. Weighing in at only 69 grams and offering a runtime of 40 hours, the fully adjustable BioLite 330 is built for trail running and long-distance adventure. The moisture-wicking fabric eliminates chafing, and its slim profile allows it to sit flush against the forehead. Klymit V Static Sleeping Pad  Outdoor guide Corinna Mokotoff picks her go-to gear Salewa Ortles Light 2 Down Jacket  A down jacket can provide warmth and comfort when out in the elements. Like most clothes, a jacket comes down to personal preference. Knowing the materials it is made from and how they fare against the environment can be crucial to having the right piece of gear in the right situation. ($135) This portable, durable Bluetooth speaker provides clear, crisp sound and is built for the backcountry, featuring components for unbeatable durability, providing full protection against rusting, rain, snow, and sun.  Osprey Aura 65 I highly recommend the Osprey Aura 65. Above all else, I use this backpack because of Osprey’s AntiGravity suspension backing. It just makes carrying heavy loads for long periods more comfortable and easy on your body. ($270) Salomon Authentic LTR Hiking Boots Soundcast VG5 Bluetooth Speaker, $499center_img Adidas Terrex Agravic Flow – Designed to Flow from Trail to Pavement, $130 Staying hydrated can be accomplished through water filters (i.e. LifeStraw or Sawyer Squeeze) or water treatment (i.e. Aquamira or Iodine drops). “I’ve always gone with purifying over filtering,” Mokotoff said. “But it’s kind of a personal preference, I just like how well Aquamira works and it doesn’t leave the bad after taste like iodine.” ($15)  BioLite HeadLamp 330, $50 LifeProof Cooler Backpack, $70 “I fell in love with backpacking on that trip,” Mokotoff said. “It was just an awesome learning experience overall, from learning about backpacking to the wilderness around us to learning about myself even.”  I’ve had great success with these boots. They’re durable, reliable, and hold up well to the wet, muddy conditions in Southern Appalachia. ($140) More Gear Montbell Collapsible Chopsticks  Since that trip it’s been game on, Mokotoff explained, noting how a lot of her experience and knowledge in regards to packing has come from working as a leader and supervisor for backpacking trips led by the university. And her packing career hit a new high point just this summer backpacking in the mountains of Switzerland. With all that time on the trails and in the woods, Mokotoff has got her kit dialed…here’s what she says are some must-haves for any backpacking trip. Built for a smooth roll-off on any surface, these shoes offer versatility for running on or off road. A responsive Boost midsole delivers endless energy while the smooth, flexible feel adapts to uneven terrain. Aquamira Water Treatment Proud members of 1% For the Planet and BYOBottle, a music industry effort to turn the tide on plastic, HYDY water bottles are made from BPA-free stainless steel and designed for 12 hours hot thermal insulation and 24 hours cold thermal insulation.  Patagonia’s Black Hole collection is made from 100% recycled materials. The 100-liter Duffel is burly, lightweight, weather-resistant, and built for rugged and gear-intensive adventure travel.  HYDY Water Bottle, $43 last_img read more

Get your game on: Criteria for evaluating analytics tools

first_imgForward-thinking credit unions are tuning their internal data for improved decision making. Previously, data was locked up in multiple, “siloed” transactional systems. Now, innovative credit unions organize their critical information within integrated data warehouses.However, once the data is made available, how does a credit union make best use of it? An apt analogy is the XBOX and other gaming platforms. The game console by itself is a marvelous piece of technology. Yet, without the games, it is not very useful. By the same token, video games without a console are useless. Put the two together and wonderful things happen for video game aficionados.How do wonderful things happen with an integrated data warehouse? What are the “video games” in data warehouse world?There are an abundance of “games” in the form of business intelligence and analytics tools. These are software systems that turn data into information. Choosing a tool from among this abundance of options is a challenging task for most credit unions. Fortunately, there are resources to assist in choosing the best choice for a given organization.A leader in the area of technology evaluation is Gartner ( Among Gartner’s most useful publications in this area is its Critical Capabilities for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms. Released annually, this report evaluates the leading business intelligence and analytics tools currently available.Credit unions can purchase this report from Gartner or obtain an abbreviated free version from some of the vendors that are evaluated in the report However, on Gartner’s website is some free information that credit unions can readily use to evaluate the offerings of business intelligence and analytics tool vendors.Gartner lists in the reports table of contents a list of the “Critical Capabilities” of these tools. While a credit union would get the best possible evaluation of vendor offerings by buying the Gartner report, the list of capabilities by itself can be a great aid in evaluating these tools.Below are the Critical Capabilities Gartner uses to evaluate business intelligence and analytics tools. While the titles of the capabilities are largely self-explanatory, I’ve added some basic interpretations.Admin, Security and Architecture – This is the basic housekeeping for the tool. It involves security, adding users, and usage logging.Data Source Connectivity – Can the tool connect to both structured and unstructured data? What data types are allowed? What is the specific mechanism for connecting?Cloud BI – What are the cloud versus on-premises capabilities of the tool?Self-Contained ETL and Data Storage – What ETL (Extract/Transform/Load) functions are native to the tool? How does it handle data indexing and data load management including flexibility in scheduling?Self-Service Data Preparation – What are the tool’s data cleansing capabilities? Does allow blending of multiple data sources?Metadata Management – How does the tool support metadata creation and retrieval? How does it handle changes in dimensions, hierarchies and measures?Embedded Advanced Analytics– What analytics are built into the tool? Can externally developed models be imported?Smart Data Discovery – Does the tool have the ability to automatically detect correlations, exceptions, clusters, etc.?Interactive Visual Exploration – Does the tool support drill down and drill through? What visualization options are available? Can the visualization objects be directly manipulated?Analytic Dashboards – Can interactive dashboards be created? Is the data connection to dashboards intuitive?Mobile Exploration and Authoring – Can the tool publish and interact via mobile devices?Embed Analytic Content – Can developers easily create and modify analytic content/visualizations and easily embed them into a business process, and/or an application?Publish, Share and Collaborate – Does the tool provide a wide array of ways to publish analytic content to various platforms?Platform and Workflow Integration – Does the tool integrate smoothly with other platforms and tools?Ease of Use and Visual Appeal – Overall, is the tool easy to use and does it have compelling visual appeal?While these descriptions merely scratch the surface, they provide a credit union with a wide breadth of attributes against which to begin comprehensive analytical tool evaluation. 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Pete Keers Pete serves as an Engagement Manager at OnApproach. He has over 20 years of management reporting, information systems, and project management experience. He has held leadership roles in both business … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Police respond to multiple reports of shots fired in Elmira

first_imgThey say officers chased the man and took him into custody. The police department says the man was identified as a 27-year-old Elmira resident. They also say the man was interviewed and released. The police department says they found a mix of live small arms ammunition and shell casings in front of a residence. Police officials say several individuals were interviewed and had no knowledge of the shooting. The police department says that officers responded at around 1:05 a.m. and arrived on the scene of the 600 block of Sullivan St. Police officials say upon arriving at the scene, a man was running from the area towards the river. Additionally, the police department says officers found evidence of a house party. They say it is believed an argument got physical, resulting in shots being fired. (WBNG) — The Elmira Police Department responded to reports of multiple gunshots early Saturday morning.center_img Elmira police officials say the New York State Police and the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit assisted with the investigation. They also say this incident is still under investigation. The Police department says no arrests were made, no weapons were recovered and there were no reported injuries or damage. Anyone who has information regarding the incident should call the Elmira Police Department at (607) 737-5626 or leave a message on the anonymous tip line at (607) 271-HALT.last_img read more

WHO confirms two of Vietnam’s latest H5N1 cases

first_imgJun 29, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed two H5N1 cases from Vietnam dating back to late May and early June.The cases raise Vietnam’s H5N1 count to 95, while the number of fatalities for now remains at 42. Three other cases, which include two fatalities, have been announced by Vietnamese officials over the past few weeks but have not yet been confirmed by the WHO. If the WHO confirms all of the cases, Vietnam’s avian flu case count would rise to 98 cases and 44 deaths.Both cases have been confirmed by Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and the WHO’s reference laboratory at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the WHO said.One patient, a 29-year-old man from Vinh Phuc province, got sick on May 10, some days after slaughtering chickens for a wedding, the WHO report said. He was hospitalized on May 15 and discharged on Jun 11.The second case involves a 19-year-old man from Thai Nguyen province who got sick on May 20 after working in a poultry slaughterhouse, according to the WHO report. He was hospitalized on May 25 where he remains in stable condition.Vietnam has been battling several H5N1 poultry outbreaks since early May. Most have occurred in the northern part of the country.In other avian flu news, the agriculture ministry in Togo yesterday announced that independent tests conducted in Italy have confirmed the H5N1 avian influenza strain in samples from birds that died in a recent outbreak. The H5N1 outbreak, announced to Togo’s health ministry on Jun 22, is the country’s first and brought the number of African countries that have reported H5N1 outbreaks to 10.See also:Jun 29 WHO statement read more

Robinson was right on new head of CIA

first_imgIt’s extremely rare that I can agree with columnist Eugene Robinson, but in the case of his opposition to the nominee for the CIA, I agree that you don’t reward “authors of torture.”Eugene SpicerScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

It’s hard to fault these homes if you are looking for the perfect home for a tennis fanatic

first_img65 Upper Brookfield Rd, Brookfield. Picture: are high ceilings and the kitchen has timber cabinetry. All of the bedrooms have ensuites and the bathrooms are finished in marble.The home has wraparound sandstone bullnose verandas, timber doors and windows throughout.It is on a 2ha parcel of land and is listed through Benjamin Smith and Kel Goesch of Brisbane Real Estate – Indooroopilly. 65 Upper Brookfield Rd, Brookfield. Picture:’S hard not to get caught up in the excitement as the tennis season hits fever pitch.The Hopman Cup and Brisbane International have both just wrapped up and tennis fanatics are getting ready to settle in with the Australian Open.What better time to check out properties with tennis courts for all those with budding tennis superstars in their households.At 96 Haven Rd, Pullenvale, this five-bedroom home comes with a tennis court and a $4 million price tag. 96 Haven Rd, Pullenvale. Picture: from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by It is a two-storey home with formal and informal living areas. There is a wine cellar and a self-contained office which could potentially be used as a guesthouse.It is listed through Reuben Packer-Hill and Jack Goulmy of McGrath Estate Agents – Paddington.At Hendra, a home at 73 Woodville St has a full-sized tennis court. The five-bedroom, two-level Queenslander is on 1222sq m of land.It has multiple living areas while the kitchen connects to the front veranda and rear deck which overlooks the tennis court. 96 Haven Rd, Pullenvale. Picture: property is described as “resort-style’’ acreage in a secluded bushland setting. As well as a tennis court and swimming pool, there are paddocks and a lake. The home is on 6.4 ha of land which is 14km from the Brisbane CBD.Other outbuildings include a cabana and games rooms. 73 Woodville St, Hendra. Picture: is listed through Amanda Butler and James Campbell of Butler+Co Estate Agents – Ascot.A palatial property at 65 Upper Brookfield Rd, Brookfield, has five-bedrooms, a swimming pool and a flood lit tennis court.The single-level sandstone home has views across the valley and has a formal lounge and dining room with a fireplace.last_img read more

Secretary Thibault Tours JAXPORT

first_imgFlorida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault toured the ongoing JAXPORT development projects last week, and also received an update on port growth.The visit, hosted by JAXPORT Chief Executive Officer Eric Green and other port executives, included a look at how the projects – from berth enhancements to Mile Point and harbor deepening – work together to make Jacksonville’s seaport more competitive, bringing jobs and revenue to Northeast Florida.The tour began with a stop at Berths 33 and 34, currently under construction at the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at Blount Island. The berths are undergoing $109 million in upgrades to simultaneously accommodate two post-Panamax vessels and six electric 100-gauge container cranes.The group also visited Mile Point, where larger ships can now travel the Jacksonville shipping channel more efficiently, before seeing the site of the Harbor Deepening project, currently under construction.The project will deepen the federal shipping channel to 47 ft., offering the largest container ships calling the U.S. East Coast unobstructed access to the port’s terminals.Harbor deepening is two years ahead of schedule, due in large part to support from the state, as well as strong partnerships at the federal and local levels.last_img read more

Man Utd ready to splash £70m on Premier League star

first_img The attacking ace has been in superb form for Villa this term after inspiring them to promotion last season. United are now determined to take the star to Old Trafford to join January hit Bruno Fernandes in a big rebuild.Mirror Sport understands United are ready to move fast to snap up Grealish, 24, who is set to make his England debut this month.Unlike his previous contract, Grealish’s current Villa deal, which runs until 2023, doesn’t have a buy-out clause.So United know they will have to dig deep for Grealish, who has seven goals and six Premier League assists this term after also helping Villa to the Carabao Cup final.United are long-term admirers after trying to sign Grealish before he penned his first big professional deal on his 17th birthday.Grealish opted to stay loyal to his boyhood club and committed himself in January to help Villa’s battle against relegation.But Grealish could see his £60,000-a-week Villa terms tripled if he went to United, who are on course to play in Europe again next season.A move to United would also suit Grealish’s international dreams where their stable of England stars includes Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Dean Henderson.Villa boss Dean Smith was very cautious when asked about potentially keeping the star ahead of the League Cup final, which they lost 2-1 to Manchester City . Loading… Read Also: Man United beams search light on £145-a-week Bellingham“Staying in this league is probably one of the biggest things that will help us to keep Jack Grealish,” he said.“He wants to play at the highest level and win trophies.”Uncapped Grealish is tipped to win his first England caps this month in friendlies against Italy and Denmark ahead of Euro 2020.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Manchester United are preparing to pay up to £70million to land Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish this summer.Advertisement Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesThe Top 9 Oddest Underwater Discoveries No One Can ExplainPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

Lady Trojans Win Against Lady Raiders On Senior Night

first_imgEC Volleyball celebrated senior night tonight. Both the JV and Varsity teams swept S. Ripley in straight sets. Varsity won with the scores of 25-17, 25-6, and 25-19.Tonight was about our seniors. We have six very talented seniors, so when I thought about it, it only made sense to let all six of them play the entire first set by themselves. No subbing. There were no “specialty” players in that first set. It was great to watch and see them put everything they’ve learned over the years together and to do it successfully.In the second set, we went back to our normal lineup. We put everything together very well. In the third set, we played our bench players and let the seniors finish out the last ten points.‘I’m lucky to have the group of seniors that we have. They are all talented, dedicated, hard working athletes. It is a special group. I’m very proud of them tonight.’  EC Coach Cassie Laker.Varsity is now 22-6 on the season.Next up: We return to conference play tomorrow traveling to Franklin County.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.last_img read more

Police Blotter 02-24-20

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