As previously discussed in my Ibex El Fito Bib ¾ review, Virginia is not one of those always 70 and sunny states. We have a thing called winter, that brings snow, cold, and if you have the proper gear, winter riding.The generous individuals at Ibex sent the Indie Chase Long sleeve jersey my way a few weeks ago. Delighted, I quickly set about calling my riding buddies and putting the wheels in motion for some fun rides.Right away the Indie Chase wins you over, and I’m not just saying that because we share the same name. The jersey is beautiful. I was sent the Neptune edition, which is this amazing blue/turquoise/teal type color with gold accents at the shoulders and wrists. It is such a nice departure from so many of the gaudy jerseys on the market now a days. I am not the only one who feels this way as all my riding buddies were jealous and remarked how sharp it looked.Looks aren’t everything though, and when it comes to cycling gear it has to perform and perform it did. The fit is well thought out. While it is not skin tight, there is also no extra fabric billowing about. The fit leaves enough room for a base layer, which is nice for those colder rides. The full zip is great for temperature regulation, and frankly I am not sure why all jerseys are not full zip. The gripper helm keeps the jersey where it should and prevents it from riding up.I wore the Indie Chase on mostly mountain bike rides with one road spin thrown in there as well. On the mountain bike the jersey is comfortable and doesn’t constrict movement when getting rowdy on the trail. On the road bike it was comfortable and worked well with road bike body position. I wore the jersey with and without a base layer. The wool is soft and doesn’t itch or scratch, a critical factor. The jersey keeps you darn warm, and sometimes I had to shuck extra layers on the climbs.The jersey comes with a $135 price tag, which in my opinion is not bad for such a quality garment. Yes for some that price tag can be a little high, but this is the type of garment you buy and have for many seasons to come. The quality is superb, the wool is soft and durable, and the look and fit is quite sharp.Bottom Line: There is a reason wool has been used for thousands of years. Stay warm and look classy this year in the Indie Chase jersey.Watch the Ibex video below about the Indie Chase
BRO: What is the most challenging or trying thing that has happened along the way?Yeager: Two things instantly pop to mind. The truck, and the dog. We never expected to have as many small issues with our truck as we have. We’ve found ourselves low on money repeatedly from having to fix small issue after small issue. Because of this we have had to find work more often than we planned, and that has affected where we travel and when. There are times when we want to visit a remote area (like the upcoming trip to Saline Valley) but in the back of my mind I wonder if Darlene will get us there and back. So far she’s never let us down, but she sure has kept us on our toes.Having the dog is a blessing and a curse – Alfredo is a great watchdog, he keeps us safe in the camper and he’s a constant companion, big lover and cuddler. He should probably be the mascot for us – EVERYBODY wants to pet and love on him and he’s always a conversation starter! But traveling with a dog is incredibly difficult – we can’t always go where we want with him.We can’t hike in any National Parks, we can’t go places where the heat might get to him, and we can’t do independent dog-free activities a lot of times because we don’t like leaving him in the truck and don’t want someone to “liberate” him if they think he’s been left to die in the truck.Even when we are in the woods, he can add a bit of stress – imagine a small child who can run really really fast, usually straight into trouble. He’s been attacked by another dog, skunked, killed several small rodents, and come limping back to the truck covered in mud after a night where he broke his leash and went missing. Even with all the stress and limitations, we couldn’t imagine doing it without him.BRO: What advice would you give other people that want to follow in your footsteps and take up the mobile, travel-based lifestyle?Yeager: Do it! Most people let fear hold them back, saying that maybe someday later they’ll go have fun when they are retired, have money saved, or some other excuse. What’s stopping you now? The longer you wait the more stuff will get in the way – work, health problems, kids, bills, mortgage, family issues. By the time you’re old and retired you won’t be able to hike those trails and you probably won’t want to sleep in a small camper that can go anywhere. Not one person who we’ve met on our travels has thought we should have waited, and every retired couple we’ve met wishes they had done it sooner. You’ll figure out the finer details (like jobs) for yourself once you’re following your heart.BRO: What’s next for you after this journey?Yeager: Who knows, we can barely decide what to eat for dinner! We’ll be on the road for another year, but by this time next year we might be saying the same thing. You’ll just have to follow along with us on Instagram (@traveling.trio) or our website to find out![divider]More from BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider] Welcome to a new online series we call ‘Off the Beaten Path’. This web series showcases the many inspirational folks from across the Blue Ridge who have stepped away from the mainstream path of everyday existence to live a more intentional and adventurous life.From thru-hikers and van-lifers to off-the-grid warriors and tiny house disciples, these are the true stories behind some of the region’s most interesting and inspiring characters.This time around we’re featuring a man, a woman, and their dog who set out from Asheville, NC to travel the Americas while living in a 1997 Dodge Ram with a Four Wheel Camper Grandby. The Traveling Trio is made up of Yeager St. John, Beth Topper, and their dog Alfredo. [divider]meet the trio[/divider]BRO: What inspired you to leave home and take up a life on the road?Yeager: Beth and I had taken separate road trips in our past and upon our return felt like we had missed something, forgotten a part of ourselves out there on the road. This constant draw compounded with our lack of satisfaction in our structured life (wake, work, eat, drink, sleep, repeat) at that time led to us taking the leap.We were working dead-end jobs and never seemed to be able to jump into new fields or explore our talents or the degrees we had worked so hard to earn. We knew we needed something different and we figured that if this crazy plan didn’t work out, worst case we could always settle down somewhere and start working another dead end job to pay rent, so there really wasn’t anywhere to go except up!BRO: Tell us about you travel companions.Yeager: The Traveling Trio is made up of Beth, myself (Yeager) and our dog, Alfredo. We’ve met up with new and old friends along the way, but for the majority of our travels it’s just us in a camper the size of a walk-in closet! BRO: How has the idea for Traveling Trio evolved since you initially conceived it?Yeager: Every day it evolves. We started off thinking we’d only do this for a year and then call it quits – find a spot to settle down. Now we’re 10 months in and thinking of adding another year. We started with a TON of gear. We had a giant toolbox on the front hitch, and a motorcycle on the rear. Now we have none of that. As we travel, we’ve found we need less and less, and that the less we have, the more we can do. This includes money. This is the poorest we’ve been (we grossed a mere $2,000 above the federal poverty line in 2015) yet we feel rich as kings in experience, and we’re still able to take care of ourselves and our bills. We hit the road with no clear intentions, at first this adventure was hedonistic in nature.But now we’ve made it a mission to inspire others to get out there and follow their own dreams, whatever they may be, all while promoting sustainability and leave-no-trace ethics (As a side note – surprisingly few vandwellers and nomads pick up after themselves, and seem to have little respect for the ever-dwindling free campsites across the USA). We’ve learned to go with the flow, roll with the punches and be more like The Dude from The Big Lebowski. BRO: Last time we talked to you were headed into Big Sur. Where are you now?Yeager: Big Sur was incredible, but right now we’re camped out in a driveway, hah! We have had some intermittent issues with our truck and I had put out a plea for help on several online forums to see if anyone would lend us a hand in exchange for odd jobs or housework. A nice guy in San Luis Obispo reached out to us months ago and we finally met up with him. We’ve been working on Darlene for nearly a week in his driveway. I’ve worked out all the kinks in the transmission, replaced our heater core (yay heat again!) and a few other odds and ends. Our list grows shorter every day. Now I’m repaying my side of the bargain by helping out with a couple projects he had, and he’s also offered to employ me temporarily to help us earn a bit more money for the road.Once all my karma is paid back we plan to head Westward towards Pismo to camp on the beach, and then down to Joshua Tree and eventually Saline Valley to see about some hot springs. We’ve learned that our plans often adjust and adapt as we roll, but those are the three top destinations we want to reach next. BRO: Where did your journey begin, and what kind places have you discovered along the way?Yeager: We left Asheville NC on 20 March 2015. We’ve seen some amazing areas both natural and man-made. We’ve driven hours down bumpy desert roads to soak in hidden hot springs, we’ve climbed mountains just to see wildflowers. We gazed in awe at the giant hole that is Meteor Crater, watched the sun set from the Sandias Mountains in New Mexico, and had our breaths taken away watching planets rise through the dancing lights of the aurora borealis in the cold morning of Northwestern Minnesota.We’ve stared in wonder at a billion stars above us in the middle of the desert, watched perfect waves break in Santa Cruz, fog waft through ancient towering redwoods, strolled on a beach made of glass, and watched the ocean swallow the moon. Whether cities or countryside we’ve strived to see the beauty in wherever we are and we’ve discovered an inconceivable amount of kindness from strangers who have helped us on our way.BRO: Where have you been staying while out on the road?Yeager: Anywhere that we can, as long as it’s free. In an ideal world we’d stay on back roads far from civilization with no worries or cares. But until we figure out how to procure sustainable income and sustenance this way, we find ourselves equally between cities and wilderness.We prefer to dry camp on BLM land, National & State Forests, and similar areas when the opportunity presents itself, but it is surprisingly hard to do until you make it far enough West. Sometimes we stealth camp in neighborhoods if we’re trying to stay close to a city or town, and only once have we paid for a single night at a “traditional” campground with amenities – it was a gift to ourselves for our anniversary/Christmas. We didn’t travel across the country to sleep in Walmart parking lots, but on rare occasions they have proved to be valuable resources.BRO: Tell us about your adventure rig.Yeager: We have a 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 4×4 with a Cummins turbo diesel we affectionately call “Darlene”. We bought her because we needed the carrying capacity (GVWR) to safely haul a pop-up camper and all our gear, and having a diesel meant we could run alternative fuels and get decent fuel economy for our size. On top of this, the Cummins engines are known for their incredible durability – everything around the engine however….well by the time we end our trip we’ll have an almost new truck! We’ve kept Darlene mostly stock, but have made a few upgrades here and there to help us on our journey. Our camper is a Four Wheel Pop-up Camper – they’re made in Woodland CA and we had the opportunity to tour their production plant recently. We chose this camper because it is lightweight (only 600lbs before we filled it!) and durable for off-road or back-road applications. Since the top pops up and down we have low center of gravity, low wind resistance and are not worried about low-clearance areas while driving. However, we gain TONS of space when we’re fully set up.We customized an empty Grandby shell model to best suit our needs and keep our costs down. We are fully self contained with food and clothing for three, water storage, solar power, propane, and a toilet. Both the camper and truck hold their resale value and are easy to work on, which has really helped us while on the road when we need to fix or modify something. We love our rig, although to be honest we’ve had van-envy at times. Popping the top can get old after 300+ nights on the road, but the space we gain is incredible and we know we made the right choice. BRO: Of all your extensive traveling, was there one place you’ve enjoyed the most?Yeager: Ya know, we’ve been asked this a lot, and it’s honestly one of the hardest questions. How can you answer when just around the corner lies another adventure?! Would you ask someone in an ice cream parlor what their favorite flavor is when they had only tasted a few? There are specific areas that we’ve enjoyed, but it is incredibly daunting to put a finger on just one place.The Southwest has always been a favorite of ours, but so has Northern California and the West coast in general. The Midwest was surprisingly fun and the warmth of the people made up for the frozen nights and has left us yearning for more. Ya know, if I had to give you one moment off the top of my head, it would be an evening we spent watching a thunderstorm roll towards us during monsoon season, sitting on the edge of the Mogollon Rim in Northern Arizona, sipping cold beers, eating burritos and watching bolts of lightning snap in the distance with no sound. That was pretty magical.
The Peruvian government has accused the leader of the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (Movadef), Alfredo Crespo, of “belonging to the Shining Path guerrilla organization,” Peruvian Minister of Interior Wilfredo Pedraza said on January 2. Movadef is considered to be the legal faction of Shining Path, whose leader and founder Abimael Guzmán, aka “Comrade Gonzalo,” is serving a life sentence. The minister stated that, “the punishment for being a member of Shining Path is a minimum of 20 years in prison.” “We expect the Judiciary System to be able to deal with this, and we have full faith in them,” assured Pedraza. Furthermore, he explained that the government had a solid case to prove the close links between Movadef and Shining Path. The official indicated that the relationship is demonstrated in the document that the “so-called political organization” submitted to the National Electoral Jury as ideological evidence. Alfredo Crespo, who is also Guzmán’s lawyer, is one of Movadef’s founders. Pedraza explained that Movadef, which was founded in November 2009, submitted “a manifesto and statute” to the electoral institution in which they “explicitly adhere to Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, and Gonzalo ideology.” “In Peru, Gonzalo ideology has been translated into a strategic fight designed by Shining Path to manifest itself through political agitation, propaganda, sabotage, terrorist combat and armed struggle as expressions of subversive action,” he added. Movadef is requesting a general amnesty for Shining Path terrorists, as well as justifying the armed actions initiated by the group between 1980 and 2000, which provoked the rejection of all political sectors opposed to the use of weapons. In January 2012, Peru’s National Electoral Jury declined Movadef’s request to register as an official political party for the second time. By Dialogo January 04, 2013
Orlando jury assembly room named for judges December 15, 2005 Regular News Orlando jury assembly room named for judges The Orange County Courthouse’s jury assembly room was recently renamed to honor two longtime judges, Frederick T. Pfeiffer and Rom W. Powell.The room is now called the Honorable Frederick T. Pfeiffer and Honorable Rom W. Powell Jury Assembly Room.Senior Judge Pfeiffer served as the Ninth Circuit’s chief judge from 1991-1993 and was first seated on the bench in 1973.Senior Judge Powell served as a circuit judge in Orange and Osceola counties from 1978 to 1996, and has worked as a senior judge since 1997.
We all want to unleash our untapped potential, and the potential of others. Jim Collins reveals that getting the right people on the bus is key. This creates a fundamental leadership question for each of us. How do we discover whether someone is the right person, possessing the needed potential to grow fully and move the entire team toward the vision or dream? This is the vital question of leadership and influence.Being able to accurately predict potential and to realize that potential ensures right-fit high-potential talent that creates real competitive advantage in employer branding, engagement and retention, and business performance at minimal cost.Roger Edwards Sr. VP of Strategic Consulting at Pilat HR SolutionsBut what allows us to accurately predict this potential? Past performance and intelligence play a role but are they the best indicators? Our research shows they are not the primary indicators. Today we’ll take a look at why these aren’t the best indicators and what are the best indicators. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
CHEMUNG COUNTY (WBNG) — The Chemung County Health Department confirmed their first case of the coronavirus on Sunday. Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss said there will be more information on Monday, March 23. The individual who tested positive recently traveled outside of the country. The Health Department is currently working to find the people who have come into contact with the individual. For more coverage of the coronavirus, click here.
Aug 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US health officials broke new ground last week by approving the use of a mixture of bacteriophages, or bacteria-killing viruses, to control the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes on ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that a mixture of six bacteriophages developed by Intralytix, Inc., Baltimore, is safe to use. The product, called LMP 102, is the first bacteriophage preparation approved for use as a food additive.The product is intended to be sprayed on RTE meats such as sliced ham and turkey. Each of the bacteriophages in it targets various L monocytogenes strains, and the use of six different phages is intended to reduce the risk that Listeria would develop resistance, according to the FDA record of its decision on the product.Phages infect only bacteria and are part of the normal microbial population of the human intestinal tract, according to the FDA. L monocytogenes can grow at refrigerator temperatures and can cause serious illness, particularly in pregnant women, newborns, and people with weak immunity.The phages in LMP 102 are grown in Listeria cultures, the FDA said. In examining the product’s safety, the agency looked at whether it contains any potentially harmful Listeria residues, particularly one called Listeriolysin O (LLO). Investigators did not detect LLO in the product, and mechanisms in the gut would be likely to inactivate any trace amount present.The report also says that some phages can serve to transfer toxin or drug-resistance genes between bacterial cells, but the phages used in LMP 102 are not that kind.The FDA document does not say exactly how effective the product is in reducing Listeria on RTE meats. But John Vazzana, president and CEO of Intralytix, said that in company tests, LMP 102 has reduced Listeria by 99% to 99.9% (2 to 3 logs) on foods with relatively high levels of contamination.”We concluded from those tests that we could basically get rid of 99% of any LM [L monocytogenes] that’s present,” Vazzana told CIDRAP News.He said Intralytix has licensed the product to a multinational company that serves the food processing industry, but declined to name it. “I would think we’re probably 6 months away from the product being used commercially,” he said.The FDA said its action signals only that the product meets the safety standards of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The product must also comply with meat and poultry inspection laws that are administered by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which require that food additives be “suitable” for their intended use, the agency said.Vazzana said the USDA has been “actively involved” in the FDA review of LMP 102 and that USDA approval is not in doubt. “This is not new to them; they’ve reviewed the petition, they’ve approved the product,” he said.The USDA will be developing guidelines for use of the product, “and that’s a process we’ll be going through over the next several weeks,” he added.Vazzana said the product may have to be listed on food labels, depending on what the USDA decides. He said that shouldn’t scare consumers, given that phages are “the most ubiquitious organisms on the planet today.””I think what we have to communicate to the consumer is that this is an all-natural approach” and that it will affect only Listeria, he said. “We believe this is a much better solution to a serious problem than using hordes of chemicals.”Vazzana estimated that using LMP 102 will add less than a penny a pound to the cost of RTE meat and poultry products.Food safety expert Craig Hedberg, PhD, said he agreed with the FDA that LMP 102 is likely to be safe, but he was cautious in assessing its likely contribution to controlling Listeria. Hedberg is an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis.”Theoretically, phages make a nice control measure, but the real-world application of these products almost always falls short of the ideal situation,” he told CIDRAP News by e-mail.”This seems to be another tool in the toolkit to control Listeria,” he added. “As such, it gives producers a greater range of options on control. The key to Listeria control is the successful integration of the various tools and careful monitoring of the systems to make sure everything is working as it should.”See also:FDA decision record on LMP 102http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/cf0559.pdf
Sellers Graham and Glenda Portas felt it was the right time to sell the home. (AAP image, John Gass)Now the street is filled with renovated homes and the median house price in the suburb is getting close to $800,0000 it is far from the working class neighbourhood of her childhood.“It is time to sell,” Mrs Portus said. Inside 26 Merton Road.Agent for the sale Karen Pierce from Ray White Brisbane CBD said it was not surprising that there were 18 registered bidders and dozens of onlookers cramped into the front yard of the home for the auction. “There are very few properties on the market here in the area at the moment, it is very tightly held in this inner city part,” Ms Pierce said. “With over 70 groups of people through the open houses I thought we were in for a good result, but I was not expecting the result we got today.”Despite just spending more than a million on the home, Mr Jou said he had planned to build more on the site. The home is more than 70 years old.Seller Glenda Portus grew up in the home at a time when trams ran down tram Stanley Street, just a few metres down the road. Winning bidder Joseph Jou is congratulated by auctioneer Dean Yesberg. (AAP image, John Gass)The home, which has not been updated in decades, might not look like it is worth the money, but for Mr Jou it was all about getting something that was in a good part of the city.“I grew up in New Zealand and we came over here for a holiday and we loved it,” Mr Jou said.“This is so close to South Bank, it is in (Brisbane) State High catchment and if you want shopping you just walk down the road and there is shopping.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe auction was the first time the home had been on the market for more than 70 years. Joseph Jou with family Marco Jou age 3, Kuo-Lan Chang, Timo Chou and Mark Lin. at their new Aussie home in Woolloongabba. (AAP image, John Gass)A NEW arrival to Australia that paid big money for his dream home will soon have the best of Brisbane just a walk away.Joseph Jou beat out other keen bidders at the auction for a small two-bedroom cottage at 26 Merton Rd in Woolloongabba.After a flurry of bids between a small handful of people keen for the home, Mr Jou was victorious after he raised his big to $1.05 million.
Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), the UK’s largest local authority fund, has appointed three managers to a £750m (€970m) credit framework agreement.The appointments follow a tender last year, which saw the £17.4bn GMPF seek managers for a £650m multi-credit portfolio and a £100m high-quality credit portfolio.The £650m mandate, which will target a LIBOR outperformance of 4-6%, will seek to invest in higher-yielding debt opportunities, including private placements, the fund said.The second, £100m mandate, which would have the potential to grow “significantly” over time, would target higher-rated debt instruments, with an average credit rating of A across the portfolio. As a result, the GMPF said it would target a LIBOR outperformance of 2 percentage points.“The aim of this mandate,” it added, “is to build a portfolio of assets that can generate cash flows to form part of a liability cash-flow matching strategy.“It is anticipated the mandate will invest in a number of shorter-dated, credit-related opportunities, including loans and high-yield debt.”GMPF said a dozen managers had been shortlisted for the framework agreement but that only KKR, Oak Hill Advisors and Stone Harbor Investment Partners had been appointed.None of the three managers was employed by GMPF, according to its most recent annual report, and the fund could not be reached for comment on which, if any, had been seeded.At the end of March 2015, UBS Asset Management was in charge of £6.4bn of GMPF’s £16bn in externally managed assets, while Legal & General Investment Management was responsible for a further £6.1bn.Capital Group was in charge of a £2.2bn securities portfolio, while Investec managed £667m in assets for the fund.The remaining £600m in external assets, invested in real estate, were largely overseen by LaSalle Investment Management, while GVA was in charge of £86m.
Batesville, In. — Flu season is right around the corner and again this year, Margaret Mary Health recommends the flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting yourself. Effective Oct. 1, the flu vaccine is available at Margaret Mary’s Occupational Health and Wellness Center located on State Road 229 in Batesville, behind First Financial Bank.The flu vaccine is covered by most insurance plans but MMH recommends patients call their insurance company in advance to verify coverage. Patients should also bring insurance cards with them to their appointment. For those who do not have insurance coverage, the flu vaccine may be available for free to those who qualify. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 812.932.5105.