Winter Is Coming. It’s Time to Embrace the Cold.

first_imgIt’s amazing what my kids can suffer through if there’s a mug of hot chocolate in their immediate future. I’m going to use this massive carafe, which keeps 32 ounces of bevy hot for hours, as a metaphorical carrot to keep my kids motivated on winter hikes, bike rides, and campouts.  Even when it’s snowing. Indigenous people living in arctic climates have survived for centuries without central heating. The Yakut have lived in Siberia, where temps drop to -90 degrees Fahrenheit since the 13th century. Is it so crazy to ask my daughter to put on some faux fur and spend a 20-degree night in a tent?  Hell, especially as the temperature drops. Layer the global pandemic and economic downturn over the typical seasonal affective disorder that winter brings and we could be headed for a disaster. Basically, what I’m saying is if I can’t get my family outside often, we’re going to kill each other.  Purist Founder ($56)  Stanley Master Unbreakable Hip Flask ($40) and Nesting Shot Glasses ($25)   But that was when the temperatures barely dipped below 65 degrees. Winter is upon us and I’m worried my family won’t be able to keep that stoke alive. We’re still stuck at home hiding from germs, but it’s not warm and sunny outside anymore. It’s not as easy to rally for a lunch-time bike ride when it’s 32 and sleeting. I’ve been on plenty of winter adventures in my day and I can attest to the fact that freezing in the dark kind of sucks. I have no stoke for that.  The fire is everything during winter, and I’m not just talking about camping. The backyard bonfire has become a staple in our family. It gives us a chance to avoid the Boob Tube cycle on choice evenings and invite neighbors over for a socially distant beer. The Solo Stove makes that tradition safer (the fire is contained inside the stainless steel can) and easier (holes in the top and bottom of the can circulate air through the fire).  Rab Hut Boots ($70) The good news is, if I can drag my family out into the woods this winter, we’ll probably have the entire forest to ourselves. We sat in traffic jams coming out of our favorite campsite in Pisgah National Forest during the summer because everyone was hiding out in the woods. We worked hard to avoid the crowds, eschewing the more popular trails for more obscure options, hitting lesser-visited districts and going deeper and deeper into the backcountry. But come winter, we should have the classic trails and crags to ourselves. And maybe we’ll be healthier and happier for braving the cold? There’s some science to suggest exposure to cold boosts metabolism, helps fight anxiety, and improves your immune response. I think we could all use an immune system boost.  Science says whiskey doesn’t warm you up in the winter and that, if anything, it can desensitize you to the dangers of over exposure. This is the rare situation where I give scientists the finger. If it’s cold, I need my whiskey. This flask keeps it safe in my pocket and the tiny shot glasses allow me to share some hooch without sharing germs. Safety first. Solo Stove Bonfire ($250) center_img But damn it, our lives kind of depend on it. The mental health benefits of getting outside on the reg are well documented. An hour of being outside is basically like taking an anti-depressant. Then you have the long-term benefits of exercise, the health benefits of gathering with friends (which we can only safely do outside right now), and it’s basically a public health imperative that we have to keep the outdoor stoke alive, even as the temperature drops. Here are a few key pieces of gear to help stave off the cold for the whole family this winter.  My neighbor is perpetually stoked. He’s a professional kayaker and has the zest for life that typically comes standard with that profession, so he’s excited for rain, drought, a cooler full of beer, a comfortable lawn chair, fresh cut grass, a freshly groomed pump track…there is nothing in the world that can get this guy down. And this summer, my family and I had a taste for what that kind of lifestyle entails. The stoke was high. The global pandemic was, and continues to be, a colossal bummer, but if there was a silver lining to the doom and gloom, it’s that my family suddenly had a lot of time on our hands thanks to the widespread cancellation of “life as we know it.” And we made the most of it. We rode bikes constantly and camped most weekends. I built a climbing wall in our backyard and added a jump line to our pump track. We explored random trails, rivers, and peaks close to home. We caught fish. In a lot of ways, our new lifestyle was cathartic; riding bikes through the neighborhood and orchestrating backyard campouts felt like a wholesome diversion while the world crumbled around us. Unfortunately, my wife and kids hate the cold. I’m not in love with it myself. I’ll risk losing toes to frostbite if there’s powder to ski, but if there’s no snow? Pour me a whiskey and plant me next to the fire. I have soft southern blood that’s evolved to tolerate mild winters. The whole world saw what my people do when that ice storm hit Atlanta a few years ago. We’re not suited for true winter conditions. Chances are, if you’re sitting in the south and reading this, you’re also from a long line of people who panic and buy all of the milk and bread when snow is in the forecast. But we’re just going to have to toughen the hell up. There are kids in Germany that go to school outside all year long. Winter Gear Here Ponchos aren’t just for surf bros spending the winter in Baja. The Honcho adds a layer of synthetic insulation wrapped in a water resistant ripstop nylon with a hood. Sure, you’re wearing a coat and standing next to the fire, but one more layer isn’t going to hurt. My wife and daughter live in the Honcho.  And listen, maybe there will be snow. Maybe we’ll have one of those “good” winters when the resorts can open all their runs and we can cross-country ski at the higher elevations every weekend. 2020 has given us little reason to be hopeful, but let’s nurture the last ember of optimism that remains and wish for a killer, snowy winter. Either way, I’m determined to embrace the cold. To ski when we can ski and bike when we can’t. To continue the backyard bonfires and weekend campouts. We’ll layer up. We’ll bring cocoa and those handwarmer packets that cause second degree burns. We’ll toughen up and keep the stoke alive!  These camp shoes have helped me fight off cold toes on many frosty nights in a tent and by the fire. They’re stuffed with synthetic insulation in a ripstop outer with a grippy sole that’s tough enough to let you wander around camp.  Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho ($115) last_img read more

Hakim Ziyech’s masterclass for Chelsea against Sheffield United analysed | Football News

first_imgHakim Ziyech's passing for Chelsea against Sheffield UnitedImage:Ziyech’s passing for Chelsea in their 4-1 win against Sheffield United 2:09 Frank Lampard reflects on Chelsea’s come-from-behind victory “I told you so,” says Hans de Jong, Hakim Ziyech’s former youth-team coach at Heerenveen.He has just witnessed Ziyech’s stunning performance in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United, a victory orchestrated by the club’s new signing from Ajax. One wonderful left boot delivering two assists to help Frank Lampard’s side secure another three important points.- Advertisement – preview image 2:44 Ziyech’s move to Chelsea was confirmed long before the rest of the summer arrivals but he was the last of them to start a game for the club, following an injury in pre-season. Greater focus was on the vast potential of the younger German duo of Werner and Kai Havertz.But after having to wait until the last day of October to make his first Premier League line-up, Ziyech has made a big impact. Chelsea have scored at least three in all four of his starts. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United At 27, Ziyech is late in his career to be making the step from the Eredivisie to the Premier League. That can sometimes bring with it difficulties. But the positive is that he is mentally prepared for this challenge. He is used to being a big player and ready for the responsibility.“He is a top-class player, a very complete player,” said Lampard. “To hit the ground running the way he has is a huge plus for us. There are some great left foots in the Premier League, but he gives so much more than just that. I have been really impressed with his attitude.“He wants to know about plans for the next opposition.” Frank Lampard can feel it all coming together.“People expected our attacking players to click on day one of the season, but of course that doesn’t happen,” he told Sky Sports after the game. “It is a work in progress, and the movement and the relationships on the pitch is something you have to work on.“There are great signs, but we need to keep going.” In total, he created six chances. Not only the most of any player on the pitch and more than the entire Sheffield United team put together, but equalling the record set so far this season by Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester City’s opening game of the campaign. center_img “He seems very comfortable and relaxed,” De Jong tells Sky Sports.“The other players recognise his qualities and that is important.”How could they not recognise it? Ziyech was at the heart of Chelsea’s best work even apart from the expert crossing that delivered goals for Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva.- Advertisement – Hakim Ziyech's performance for Chelsea against Sheffield UnitedImage:Ziyech’s performance for Chelsea against Sheffield United Ziyech discusses his man of the match performance against Sheffield United Cole’s view on Ziyech“He has gone under the radar a bit due to the injury but I think when he has come back now he looks fit and he looks like he is enjoying the way that Frank plays and playing with his team-mates,” Ashley Cole told Sky Sports. “He is using that wand of a left foot to perfection. He is the one pulling the strings so I think he is a big player for Chelsea.” It is the sort of attitude that could help Ziyech have a big season. The sort of attitude that could help Chelsea have a big season. He already seems at home in the Premier League.“I feel comfortable,” he confirmed afterwards.“He has always had this calmness,” adds De Jong. “You could not get him crazy. He thought about things and what he wanted.“That is pretty good if you can do it.”It is already apparent to everyone that Ziyech can. It was Ziyech’s pass down the line that penetrated the Sheffield United defence and allowed Mateo Kovacic to find Tammy Abraham in the centre for Chelsea’s equalising goal too.Timo Werner had the chance to make it a hat-trick of assists for the Dutchman, hitting the post when put through in the second half. He later made amends with the fourth goal.- Advertisement – 4:04 “He has been a long time out of football with an injury, so to hit the ground running like he has, it is a great signing,” Lampard added. “He is a huge plus for us and will continue to be so.“We played against him in the Champions League last year and I knew the player the year before and he is a top-class player. You could see that from afar, but when you work with him, he impresses you even more as you see his personality.”That personality was evident in his interview after the game. When it was put to Ziyech that he might have just been looking for an area when delivering his crosses, he disagreed.“No, I just always look at them before I take the ball,” he told Sky Sports. “I think only eye contact is enough for us. I am not afraid to give a pass or whatever.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

European investor tenders €100m long-term equity mandate

first_imgAn undisclosed European institutional investor has tendered a €100m long-term global equity mandate using IPE Quest.The client is seeking a fundamental long-term investment style, stressing that the approach should be “truly” long term, whereby the asset manager has a “deep knowledge of the companies invested in and has a long-term view, low turnover and active engagement with the management of the companies invested in”.The mandate is for €100m.According to search QN-2149, applicants should have at least €500m in total assets under management and €500m in long-term equities. Performance is to be measured against the MSCI World, although the client does not have maximum or minimum tracking-error expectations.Applicants should state performance to 31 December, gross of fees.Interested parties should have at least a three-year track record, although five years is preferred.The deadline for applications is 5 February.IPE Quest’s latest mandate takes to nearly €1bn the total tendered through the service since the beginning of the new year, split across five mandates. Two recent searches were for US-dollar bond mandates – global emerging markets and government bonds, separately – while another two were for Asian small-cap equities. The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Gasum to Use Swedegas’ Gothenburg Facility for Bunkering of LNG Ships

first_imgFinnish gas company Gasum has reached an agreement with Swedish gas grid owner Swedegas to use the latter’s facility for liquefied gas in the Port of Gothenburg for bunkering of LNG fueled vessels.On October 24, the first bunkering operation involving the oil and chemical tanker Tern Ocean was carried out. Tern Ocean is chartered by Preem and the ship loaded its cargo simultaneously from Preem’s refinery in Gothenburg.“For years we have bunkered LNG at the quayside from diversified delivery points in the Nordics,” Jacob Granqvist, sales director in Gasum, said. “The benefit of the Swedegas set-up is that our customers can solve two issues at the same time, both getting fuel and handle cargo. Increased operational efficiency is important in the maritime sector and we are happy to make it possible,” he added.As explained, Swedegas’ gas infrastructure at the jetty of the Energy Port in Gothenburg enables Gasum to broaden its services to meet the increasing LNG demand in the maritime sector. This demand comes from stricter climate and environmental goals in the sector.The LNG facility can be used for the storage and transport of biogas. This means that vessels can bunker not only LNG but also liquefied biogas (LBG). LBG is renewable and can as well be used as vessel fuel.LNG consumption within the global maritime sector is rising. Consumption is expected to accelerate even more rapidly, as compliance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 sulphur regulation, which requires over 85% reduction in sulphur emissions, comes into effect next year. IMO has also set a target to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050.Related:Gas Supplier Selected for New LNG Facility at Gothenburg PortLBG Supplier Selected for Port of Gothenburg’s Gas Bunkering Hublast_img read more

Bulldogs Swimmers Victorious Over Rebels

first_imgBatesville Swim results at SW Hanover.Girls:  BHS 119,  SW 47.Girls are 18-3 on the season (14-2 non-conference, 4-1 EIAC).Boys;  BHS 94,  SW 56.Boys are 6-10-1 on the season (4-8-1 non-conference, 2-2-EIAC).Individual Event Winners:  Girls-Audrey Hall 50 free; Taylor Villani 200 IM, 100 back; and Mary Poltrack 200 free, 500 free.   Boys-Nathan Hall 100 fly, 100 back; Damien Pelo 200 IM, 100 breast; Elliot Main 100 free; and Harsh Patel 50 free.JV event winners Hannah Simpson 50 free, Jenna Ertel 100 free.Improvements: Girls: Daulton 500 free (12 seconds), Kate Poltrack 200 free,Boys: Hall 50 back, Johnson 50 free, Keeton 100 free, Drake Main 100 back (4 seconds)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach T. J. Greene.last_img

Indias Delta Corp books 187 income rise in 1Q19

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Net revenue grew 19.1% to 204.29 crore, pushing profit for the period up from 45.25 crore in 1Q18 to 56.72 crore.Delta Corp operates three offshore casinos and a hotel-casino in Goa, Casino Deltin Denzong in Sikkim and The Delton integrated resort in Daman.Union Gaming’s Grant Govertsen noted that Delta Corp continues to present a strong growth story, buoyed by the launch of a traditional cruise line and the impending move of its casino ships in Goa to land.“Beyond strong tourism growth to Goa (management noted footfalls up 40% year-on-year in March), the gaming operations segment will see incremental revenue commencing later this month with the launch of a traditional cruise line (Delta is a 25% shareholder) on which Delta will manage the casino and capture virtually all of the economics,” he said. “This is likely to grow to management of up to four cruise ships over the next two years.” Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Indian gaming operator Delta Corp saw its income grow 18.7% year-on-year to 213.53 crore (US$32.4 million) in the three months to 31 March 2019, led by a 21.1% increase in casino income to 198.13 crore.The results represented a slight sequential decline on 4Q18 results but were up across the board when compared with the same period last year, including an 11.0% rise in income from online operations to 37.22 crore (US$5.6 million) and a 7.9% increase from hospitality and other operations to 23.61 crore (US$3.5 million). Load Morelast_img read more