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This Jacket is My Marriage Counselor

This Jacket is My Marriage Counselor

first_imgI have a lot of winter jackets. Jackets for powder days, light jackets for warmer spring skiing, puffy jackets for bitter cold night skiing, waterproof shells for those days when it’s 36 and raining but I still want to ski anyway. The closets in my house overflow with waterproof/breathable/soft shell/hard shell/Gore-Tex/PrimaLoft…it’s become a point of contention for my wife, who’s concerned that I’m using more than my share of closet space. This is how you know you’re living a privileged, first world life: you argue over the sheer amount of expensive jackets you own and have to build a new closet in the basement specifically for ski gear. I’m not proud of it. But in my defense, the Southern Appalachians has some pretty schizophrenic weather in the winter. Look at the weekly forecast and you’re likely to see conditions ranging from 22 degrees and snowing to 33 and freezing rain to 55 and a light drizzle. You could head out in the morning and the conditions could vary so widely, that during  a single adventure you could need a puffy, a breathable shell and a waterproof shell. That’s three jackets for one day in the mountains. A man about the woods needs a lot of jackets to handle that sort of range in conditions. Marital fights over closet space are inevitable. Columbia has stepped in as a sort of marriage counselor with their new OutDry Hooded Jacket, a hybrid insulated/waterproof jacket that has successfully eliminated the need for any other jacket this winter. The Hooded is stuffed with warm 650-fill down and wrapped in Columbia’s OutDry tech, which is a two-layer waterproof system that has proven to be more breathable than its competition over the last few years I’ve been able to use it. It also has more stretch than its counterparts. So, put all that together in this jacket and you’ve got a legitimately waterproof puffy. I’ve worn this thing in a downpour, I’ve worn it on light powder days, I’ve even worn it in the worst imaginable conditions: during a night ski session when it was 24 degrees and Breckenwolf had every single snowgun blasting. That’s like skiing through a hurricane of snow, over and over. The end result was the same no matter what conditions mother nature and man threw at the Hooded: I stayed dry and toasty warm. Do you get what I’m saying here? I no longer need that waterproof hardshell. Or that mid-layer puffy on cold days. Or the soft shell, for that matter, because this thing breaths like a champ too. With the OutDry Hooded, I have a jacket that works all winter, regardless of the conditions. It’s become the jacket I reach for day in, day out, whether I’m walking the kids to school or looking to earn some turns by skiing up and down Breckenwolf. In a single season, the OutDry Hooded has rendered my other jackets obsolete. Not that I’m going to get rid of all those other jackets in my house. We just did that closet addition. Plus, I don’t want my wife to think she won the War of the Winter Jackets. I can’t give her the upper hand. My only complaint? I could’ve used an internal zipper pocket for my phone, but I feel like an entitled asshole just bringing that up. Forget I said anything.last_img read more

Pompeo Says Venezuelans, Not US, Will Restore Peace in Venezuela

Pompeo Says Venezuelans, Not US, Will Restore Peace in Venezuela

first_imgBy Agence France-Presse (AFP) August 10, 2020 The United States seeks to restore democracy in Venezuela, but it will be the Venezuelan people who will “ultimately” do it, top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said on July 9.During a press conference with international media, Pompeo said that the Donald Trump administration will continue to do “all we can do” to bring about Nicolás Maduro’s exit from power, as Washington considers his 2018 reelection to be illegal.Pompeo added that this includes economic pressure on Caracas and its partner, Cuba, by imposing a series of sanctions, “but we have also, importantly, built out a global coalition to try and help the Venezuelan people achieve their objectives.”“In the end, what the United States is trying to achieve is restoring democracy, and the Venezuelan people will be the ones who will ultimately restore that democracy,” Pompeo said.“It is indeed the Venezuelan people who choose to serve in the Venezuelan military,” he added, in reference to the role that the Venezuelan Armed Forces might play to generate a change of regime in Venezuela.The military leadership is seen as one of the main pillars of support for Maduro, who clings to power with the help of Russia and China, despite the offensive of parliamentary speaker Juan Guaidó.Pompeo said that, in addition to the Lima Group, which gathers over a dozen Latin American nations and Canada to facilitate a democratic and peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela, some 60 countries have recognized Guaidó as the country’s duly elected national leader.“This is the process that we intend to continue to support what the Venezuelan people want,” the secretary of State for the Trump administration said.“We’ve watched Maduro’s corrupt court system. We’ve watched him now try and take over political parties. And we remain convinced that the Venezuelan people see this for what it is, and that they will respond in a way that reflects their deep desire to restore order and democracy to their own nation,” Pompeo concluded.Venezuela’s highest court, aligned with the current government, removed the leader of Guaidó’s political party and gave its control to an adversary on July 7. In mid-June, the high court had already taken similar measures against two other important opposition parties.Electoral authorities have called the next legislative elections in Venezuela for December 6, but the main opposition political parties will boycott the ballot.last_img read more

Man Sentenced for Killing North Bay Shore Woman, Tot

Man Sentenced for Killing North Bay Shore Woman, Tot

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jerry A. LewisA 25-year-old Jamaican immigrant was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years to life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend and her 2-year old son in the North Bay Shore apartment they shared.Jerry A. Lewis had pleaded guilty at Suffolk County court in February to one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.Prosecutors said Lewis stabbed 21-year-old Shakeela Planter to death and then fatally beat her two year old son, Jaiden, on Dec. 18, 2011 because he suspected Planter of dating other men.Lewis wrapped the tot’s body in plastic and placed his dead body in the freezer in Planter’s basement apartment on South Cardinal Court.Lewis was arrested in Laurel, Maryland on Christmas Eve in 2011 when he turned himself in to police. He was later extradited back to Long Island.last_img read more

Alure Home Improvements Will Deliver a Truly Alluring Kitchen for Your Home

Alure Home Improvements Will Deliver a Truly Alluring Kitchen for Your Home

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Watching all those home improvement shows on television may tempt you to take out the sledgehammer and start ripping down walls and cabinets in your own kitchen.No need to act on impulse. Leave it to the pros. Alure Home Improvements, a design/build firm that has been an industry leader since 1946, in kitchens, baths, and other types of home improvement projects, does all the work for you. The company, which has been the recipients of numerous awards over the years, provides lots of  personal service to ensure clients have a stress-free and pleasant experience and, in the end, a gorgeous kitchen they love.“We are a one-stop shop,” says Certified Kitchen Designer Patricia Nicolini, who has been with Alure for the past 19 years. “Alure takes full control of the project, so people don’t have to worry about hiring different trades and coordinating the project. This takes away a lot of the fear and puts the clients at ease.”To get started, the homeowners answer a series of questions that identify their style, taste, and budget. Some of the questions include: How do they entertain? Who does most of the cooking? Are they right-handed or left-handed? Are they attracted to warmer tones or cooler tones? Do they like ornate decor or more streamlined accents?Based on the responses, Alure comes up with a plan of action.“All the information we find out allows us to design a kitchen that is specific to their clients’ needs. It won’t be a cookie-cutter kitchen,” says Nicolini, who explains that each client has a designer they work with and a project manager to oversee everything. “For example, if we have a client who always does the holidays in their home, we may recommend a redesign that includes a double oven and an extended island that features more counter and pantry space.”With new developments taking place in kitchen design daily, Alure stays on top of what’s on-trend and has its team of professionals continually taking courses, so they can continue to deliver outstanding results.To book your next kitchen consultation contact Alure Home Improvements at 516-296-7777 or visit alure.com.last_img read more

Facility Solutions: No more shrinking violets

Facility Solutions: No more shrinking violets

first_imgThe best branch staff are people who engage people, boosted by effective training.by: Paul Seibert, CMCNo matter how attractive, technologically advanced, functional or promising a new branch concept appears, staff is what drives success. Today’s branches must focus on engagement, relationship-building and providing the right products at the right time. This requires the right kinds of people—those who are outgoing and love to engage, with the right motivation in terms of brand passion and personal rewards. They can only be the best they can be with the right training.As an example of needing to have the right people, consider $3.8 billion BlueShore Financial, N. Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2005. Its new branch prototype wasn’t performing after two months. Everything about the new branch prototype was on target—except that the branch manager wasn’t on board. And his lack of enthusiasm was transferred to the staff.A few months after bringing in a manager who championed the new brand experience and investing in brand training (the CU even sent its concierges to the Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center, the branch started to grow at $1 million a month after just a few months. Today, the branch holds $385 million in deposits, growing 400 percent since 2005, with the same number of clients as it continues to grow relationships and share-of-wallet among BlueShore’s target market of mass affluent and emerging wealthy. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

June jury trial set for accused credit union CEO embezzler

June jury trial set for accused credit union CEO embezzler

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » A June jury trial is set for Nita Rae Nirschl a former president/CEO who was charged with embezzling more than $5 million from $13.3 million Parsons Pittsburg Credit Union that led to its insolvency.During an April 12 hearing in U.S. District Court in Wichita, Kan., the 64-year-old former executive was arraigned on an 81-count indictment including 22 counts of embezzlement, 37 counts of money laundering, 18 counts of interstate transportation of stolen property and four counts of attempting to evade taxes.Nirschl did not enter a plea, according to court documents. Her trial is scheduled for June 20.Federal prosecutors charged that she embezzled more than $5 million from the credit union over four years.The indictment alleged Nirschl deposited stolen funds into her personal accounts. She also allegedly withdrew the funds from ATMs at casinos at Missouri, Oklahoma, New Orleans and Lake Tahoe.last_img read more

Live like life’s a holiday

Live like life’s a holiday

first_imgA render showing the Ella and Chester apartments.Virgin Australia pilot Gary Moverley spends half his life living out of a suitcase.But when he came across the plans for Chester by Kokoda Property, he knew he had found a place to call home. A render showing the rooftop terrace at the Ella and Chester apartments.“I am moving from Auckland to Brisbane and wanted something that was high-end,” he said from New Zealand.“The time I have off, I want it to be as easy as possible. And I wanted something resort-like that I could just lock and leave when I went to work.” A render showing the living space inside a penthouse at the Ella and Chester apartments.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoMr Moverley has spent most of his working life living in hotels. Before that, he was in the Australian Army.He said he was drawn to Chester due to the quality finishes and amenities on offer, buying a two-bedroom apartment off-the-plan.“The location was a big factor,” he said. “You have The Emporium, James St, The Gasworks, just there.”Kokoda Property is based in Melbourne but has opened an office in Newstead. The company has completed over 30 residential developments in Victoria, and Chester and Ella mark their first foray into the Brisbane market.They also have Obsidian at Milton, and land at St Lucia to develop.Kokoda Property director of sales and marketing Sam Tucker said 85 per cent of the apartments across both Chester and Ella had sold, with “about 50” still on the market.When complete the development will see 320 luxury apartments across two 18-storey buildings with hotel-style shared amenities including around-the-clock concierge, a rooftop terrace, health and wellness centre, private dining room, cinema, pool and shared outdoor kitchen areas.Just 18 apartments are still available in Chester, starting from $485,000. Thirty-six apartments remain at Ella, from $555,000.Mr Tucker said both towers shared a common podium, and would likely rise out of the ground in May.last_img read more

Romanian regulator to expand pension fund corporate investment

Romanian regulator to expand pension fund corporate investment

first_imgBobocea told IPE the association had been discussing potential changes with the AFS for some months.These include reviewing the risk coefficients of the asset classes pension funds can currently invest in.“This would ultimately lead to more direct investment in stock,” he said.For example, while the limits state that funds can invest between 0% and 70% in government bonds, in practice, the numerous valuations force medium-risk funds into investing 60-65% into state securities.The APAPR has also proposed the possibility of buying and trading corporate bonds, currently restricted to “regulated stock markets”, on the OTC market, and allowing interest rate risk hedging and other uses of derivatives.“The current legislation is restrictive and only allows for some forex hedges,” said Bobocea.The AFS’s announcement follows on from prime minister Victor Ponta’s statements to the Romanian press in July that appeared to rule out either a Hungarian-style nationalisation of the second-pillar funds or a Polish-style expropriation of their government bond assets.These spectres were raised last year following rumours the government intended to review the second pillar’s performance with the IMF.Ponta has since stated that he wanted to find, along with the European Commission and IMF, a solution enabling the funds to expand their investments beyond government bonds in ways that would benefit the real economy.He told the Romanian financial weekly Capital that while the Hungarian solution produced good results in the short term, in the medium term, it would prove a mistake. Romania’s financial supervisory authority (AFS) has announced it intends to review the regulations for private pension funds to increase their direct investment in the real economy, primarily via listed equities and corporate bonds.According to the authority, the second and third-pillar fund investments in Bucharest Stock Exchange (BSE) listed companies totalled RON2.73bn (€617m).The funds are large shareholders in the recent major state-owned company IPOs on the BSE, with 20.6% in nuclear power plant Nuclearelectrica, 22.8% in natural gas producer Romgaz and 18.6% in electricity distributor Electrica, as well as holding significant stakes in other strategically important companies.Mihai Bobocea, adviser to the board of the Romanian Pension Funds’ Association (APAPR), added that, according to the association’s estimates, pension funds now account for 10% of the BSE’s trading volume.last_img read more

Rising interest for book – oh wait, maybe not.

Rising interest for book – oh wait, maybe not.

first_imgRising interest for controversial book in librariesNZ Herald 30 October 2015Controversy around youth novel Into the River has stirred rising interest in the book at some libraries.In September, the president of the Film and Literature Board of Review issued an interim restriction order banning sale or distribution of Ted Dawe’s book pending completion of a review, following a Family First application.This month, the book — which contains scenes of sex, crime and violence — was classified as unrestricted.Rotorua District Library director Jane Gilbert said the library’s copy of the book was purchased in March 2013 and was issued 13 times before the interim ban — at a rate of less than once every two months.Children’s and teens librarian Kylie Foster said Into the River had been out once since the ban was lifted and three people had reserved the book.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11537607last_img read more

Myrna Jean Kohlman

Myrna Jean Kohlman

first_imgThe community of Napoleon lost a very familiar face, Myrna Jean Kohlman, age 81 passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the Columbus Regional Hospital. She was born August 2, 1935 in Miltonville, Ohio to the parents of George Earl & Mary A. Shafer Wells. She married Aloysius Meinard Kohlman on June 23, 1954 and spent nearly, the next 50 years together before his passing on May 12, 2003.To this marriage they were blessed with 7 children. Along with raising her children, she began working for Dunbar & Bultman Dairy in Osgood. Myrna then joined BCA of Greensburg, where she worked for 35 years semi- retiring in 2000. From there, she worked for the Napoleon Locker Plant for the next 10 years.Myrna was a long time member of St. Maurice Catholic Church of Napoleon. Her greatest enjoyment was playing BINGO……. She was known as “the Bingo Queen”, playing four nights a week somewhere in Ripley or Decatur County. On the night Myrna entered heaven, she was headed to play bingo when she had difficulty breathing. Her family insisted they go to the hospital but Myrna wanted to play bingo first, and then go to the hospital! When she wasn’t out playing she enjoyed listening and watching the Cincinnati Reds. Ona Peetz of Napoleon was her very special friend along with her precious dog Zoe!Survivors:Son: Stephen Mark (Mary) Kohlman of NapoleonDaughters:Paula Jo (Tim) Tunny of NapoleonMary Louise (Rick) Schuler of NapoleonJanice Elaine (Donald) McCrary of Greensburg, INLois Gail Meyers of NapoleonConnie Sue Kohlman of NapoleonLisa Jean (Lowell) Sloan Jr. of NapoleonShe was preceded in death by one grandson, Aaron McCrary.Services:Visitation: Friday, December 30, 2016/ Neal’s funeral Home/4:00pm – 7:00Funeral: Saturday. December 31, 2016/ St. Maurice Catholic Church, Napoleon, IN/10:00 amBurial: Church CemeteryMemorials: Napoleon Fire Departmentwww.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more