Patagonia Launches Simple Fly Fishing Campaign with New Book and Fly Fishing Kit

first_imgPatagonia, Inc., the outdoor apparel company, has launched its Simple Fly Fishing campaign – a program designed to demystify fly fishing and make it more accessible by offering simple gear, easy techniques and basic teachings for all ages and skill levels.The centerpiece is Patagonia’s Simple Fly Fishing kit, which contains a tenkara-style fly fishing rod, box of flies, line and leader, quick set up guide and a new book by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews and Mauro Mazzo entitled Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel.The kit is available in Patagonia retail stores across the United States, Canada, Japan and online starting today, and remaining stores on May 1. In addition, anyone visiting Patagonia stores can also get instant advice about the best places to go fishing in their local areas, as well as information about tenkara fly fishing clinics – open to the public – to be held in select retail locations in the coming days. This is the first time the company has sold gear for fly fishing, except for apparel.patagonia simple fly fishing kit“This is for the young person who has wanted to learn, but is intimidated by the complexity, elitism and expense of fly fishing,” said Chouinard, Patagonia’s founder and owner.Behind the campaign is a belief that the way toward mastery of any endeavor is to work toward simplicity — and to replace complex technology with knowledge.The tenkara fly rod contained in the kit – which has no reel – comes from a centuries-old Japanese fly fishing technique, which has been all but lost in modern-day fly fishing. The rod is light, sensitive and elegant.Chouinard has found this incredibly simple technique to be highly effective at catching even the most difficult, highly selective fish. Patagonia developed the kit to promote the simplicity of this technique and bring many new people to the sport of fly fishing.The book aims to teaches readers — from beginner anglers to master fishermen — how to discover where the fish are, at what depth and what they are feeding on. It then describes the techniques needed to present a fly at that depth, make it look lifelike and hook the fish. With chapters on wet flies, nymphs and dry flies, the authors employ both the tenkara rod as well as regular fly fishing gear to cover all the bases.One percent of the sales from the book go to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. In addition, the authors are donating their entire proceeds from the sales of the first edition to the Native Fish Society, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and 1% for The Planet.Finally, Temple Fork Outfitters, which produces the fly fishing rods for Patagonia, is donating $10 for each rod sold to organizations dedicated to river and creek restoration.Kit Details:·       Tenkara fly rod, available in 8’6″, 10’6″ or 11’6″ lengths·       Simple Fly Fishing (book) by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews & Mauro Mazzo·       Simple Fly Fishing quick set up guide·       Box of Yvon-recommended flies (12 count)·       Line & leaderRetail price for the entire kit is $255-$280, depending on rod choice. Kit components are also for sale individually.Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company based in Ventura, California. A certified B-Corporation, Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.patagonia fishing lifestyle old guyslast_img read more

Coast Guard Officers from the Americas Train in Cartagena

first_imgBy Dialogo April 19, 2011 The Fifth International Maritime Interdiction Course, offered by the Caribbean Coast Guard Command with the objective of implementing joint strategies and tools for combatting drug trafficking at sea, has opened in Cartagena with the participation of twenty naval officers from thirteen countries. On this occasion, students from the navies of the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia are participating. This fifth edition of the course offers another opportunity to share Colombia’s experience in the fight against drug trafficking and strengthen international cooperation. The modules to be covered include human rights, coast guard operational doctrine, security at sea, and legislation applicable to maritime interdiction operations. The National Navy will continue to hold training courses of this kind, which strengthen international cooperation and make it possible to improve the techniques used in operations against illicit activities at sea.last_img read more

High-tech Detectors Aimed at Stopping Big Rigs from Hitting Parkway Bridges

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Infrared detectors are being installed at three entrances to the Northern State Parkway as a part of a $5-million pilot program aimed at preventing tractor-trailers from hitting low parkway bridges, officials said.The devices use infrared beams to identify over-height commercial vehicles illegally entering the parkway, triggering electronic signs warning drivers to pull over and alerting authorities so New York State Troopers can try to stop the trucks before they hit a bridge.“We are committed to using innovative techniques, enforcement and public outreach to eliminate bridge hits on our parkways,” Joan McDonald, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, said in a statement.One hundred and 50 bridges were struck by trucks on parkways on Long Island, in New York City and in the Hudson Valley last year, a 29-percent drop from the year prior, officials said.Parkway bridges on LI built in the 1930s and ‘40s were designed for cars, not big rigs, which often have their trailers’ roofs ripped off when trying to pass under clearances as low as seven feet.The LI-leg of the high-tech system, which includes closed-circuit cameras, is nearly completed at the Route 106/107 north ramp to Northern State Parkway westbound in Hicksville, Route 135 north ramp to the Northern State Parkway west in Plainview and the Long Island Expressway east Exit 38 ramp to Northern State Parkway east in Roslyn Heights.More detection systems are slated for the Northern State and Southern State parkways, as well as parkways in the city and upstate. The first one was installed along the Onondaga Lake Parkway near Syracuse three years ago.The state has also been beefing up signage to better alert truckers of height restrictions, updating maps available to truckers through GPS services and coordinating a multi-state bridge hit task force to help combat the problem, which adds to LI traffic delays.last_img read more

4 tips to keep moving costs low

first_imgMoving can be stressful and expensive.According to HomeAdvisor.com, interstate moving costs average anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 per move. Local/intrastate moves, under 100 miles on average, range from $80 to $100 per hour.Here are four ways the experts at Moving.com say you can settle into your new home with more money in your pocket.Timing is everything: Moving is seasonal: 80% of people move between April and September. June, July and August are the busiest months. If you can, move in fall or winter instead. You may also want to consider a mid-week move rather than the more popular weekends. Extra discounts can be negotiated if you let the movers decide when is the best pick up or delivery time based on their schedule.Keep it light: The heavier the load, the more you will pay. Use the move as an opportunity to declutter. Toss any unopened boxes from your last move years ago. You might even score some extra cash by selling your stuff.Get creative: You don’t need to spend a fortune buying boxes or packing materials. A little effort could yield some free options. Local grocery stores, large retail stores like Best Buy, Walmart or Target, and warehouse outlets like Sam’s Club or Costco often have boxes to spare. Don’t forget friends and family. U-Haul even has a community (U-Haul Customer Connect) where users can search locally for free boxes and other moving supplies by location. Also forget the fancy wrapping supplies. Repurpose your towels, blankets, T-shirts and newspapers to protect your fragile items.Don’t forget taxes: Check IRS.gov and find out if any of your move-related items are tax-deductible. If you’re moving to take a new job, you could deduct thousands from your tax return. 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more

Keep credit unions out of the CRA: Trade groups

first_img continue reading » Credit unions do not belong in the Community Investment Act, credit union trade groups said in letters to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the House Financial Services Committee.“While not subject to (the reinvestment act) credit unions do have a specified mission of meeting the credit and savings needs of consumers, especially persons of modest means,” Mitria Wilson, CUNA’s senior director of advocacy and counsel, wrote in a letter to the OCC.The OCC is soliciting comments on how to best update the reinvestment act. The regulator cannot add credit unions to the law; Congress would have to do that.“As you are aware, the CRA was adopted as a punitive measure to punish bad actors – namely banks – for engaging in discriminatory and abhorrent practices such as redlining and disinvestment,” NAFCU President/CEO B. Dan Berger wrote in a letter to the leaders of the House Committee. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Polish president signs controversial pensions reform bill

first_imgPolish president Bronisław Komorowski has signed off the controversial pensions reform bill, but, in an unexpected move, also referred the law to the Constitutional Tribunal.Presidential minister Krzysztof Łaszkiewicz explained at a press conference that the key reason for signing the law was the need to preserve fiscal stability.The removal of state bonds from the pension funds’ (OFEs) portfolios, which kicks in on 3 February, would, according to Finance Ministry projections, reduce the public debt share of GDP to 47%, from an estimated 58% in 2013.Critics note that this gives the government spending leeway ahead of the 2015 general elections. On the other hand, there were constitutional doubts – and conflicting expert opinion – on some key aspects of the law, including banning OFEs from investing in sovereign bonds while forcing them initially to invest heavily in equities (75% in 2014).These articles changed the OFEs from balanced funds to high-risk plans, which could ultimately erode the trust of fund members in the state and the law.Komorowski also wanted to settle once and for the all the question of whether the funds were public entities, as the Polish Supreme Court ruled earlier, or private ones – in which case the removal of state bonds from OFE portfolios would be unconstitutional.Komorowski has long had misgivings about the reforms, which he described as a “backward step” for Poland’s pensions system, but his decision to sign the law and refer it to the tribunal has astonished the law’s many critics.The opposition has accused him of acting in the interests of Civic Platform, the senior ruling coalition party, whose membership Komorowski had to resign when he became president.Stanisław Gomułka, chief economist at the Business Centre Club and former Finance Ministry adviser, told the Polish Press Agency that, had the president delayed the signing until the tribunal’s verdict, the government would have lost only some six months in implementing the law if it proved constitutional.The risk now is that, if the tribunal rules against the government, it would have to prepare a corrected bill – a process that could take up to two years – with the second pillar operating unconstitutionally in the meantime.Gomułka questioned how Polish workers, who will have between April and July to choose whether to have their future contributions in OFEs or the Polish Social Insurance Institution (ZUS), can make a rational decision in these circumstances.Jerzy Stępień, former president of the Constitutional Tribunal, echoed these sentiments on Polish Radio.Stępień has long maintained that the law is unconstitutional.As a former senator, he was also appalled at the speed with which the bill rushed through the legislature – the lower house completed its three readings and final vote over three days, while the upper house spent barely a day reviewing the law.The government has no such doubts and consequently no ‘Plan B’.The law comes into effect at the end of January.For more on pensions in Central and Eastern Europe, see the current issue of IPE magazine.last_img read more

‘National Public Lands Day’ brings free park admission

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — In observance of National Public Lands Day admission to Indiana state parks will be waived Saturday, September 30. National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort on public lands.The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has volunteer projects available at Brookville Lake, Turkey Run State Park, Raccoon State Recreation Area, Brown County State Park, Spring Mill, Quabache State Park, O’Bannon Woods and Tippecanoe River State Park.Hiking, pioneer activities, crafts and live bird shows will also be available.last_img read more

ATP, WTA cancel all tennis tournaments in China

first_imgNEW YORK: All tennis tournaments slated to be held in China this year, including the Shanghai Masters and the WTA Finals, have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ATP and WTA announced on Friday.This comes after the directive, issued earlier this month by the General Administration of Sport in China, which mandates that no international sporting events will proceed in China for the remainder of the year. Apart from the Shanghai Masters, the China Open in Beijing as well as the Chengdu Open and Zhuhai Championships will not take place in 2020, said ATP. Among the seven WTA events cancelled is the China Open, Wuhan Open, Jiangxi Open, Zhengzhou Open, Elite Trophy and Guangzhou Open. “We are extremely disappointed that our world-class events in China will not take place this year,” stated Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO in an official statement. “Unfortunately, this decision also includes the cancellation of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen and as result, the corresponding Porsche Race to Shenzhen. We do however respect the decision that has been made and are eager to return to China as soon as possible next season.” Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman, said: “Our approach throughout this pandemic has been to always follow local guidance when staging events. We respect the Chinese government’s decision to do what’s best for the country in response to the unprecedented global situation.” “It’s with a heavy heart that we announce ATP tournaments will not be played in China this year,” he added. The tennis season has been at a standstill since mid-March following the outbreak of novel coronavirus. The Palermo Ladies Open in Italy beginning August 3 is slated to mark the resumption of the WTA’s revamped calendar for 2020. IANS Also watch: Minister Reviews Flood Readiness for Guwahatilast_img read more

Jaguars enter Xmas break with thumping 118 points

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Guyana Jaguars enter the Christmas break of the Regional Four-Day Championship with a near 43-point lead while Barbados Pride have stormed into second place, after both sides pulled off convincing wins in the seventh round of matches last weekend.The three-time reigning champions Jaguars crushed Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 10 wickets in Georgetown, to move to 118 points and stretch their lead at the top.Jaguars remain the only unbeaten side in the championship, having won five of their seven outings. They drew with Hurricanes in the third round fixture in St Kitts and played to a dramatic tie against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the sixth round at the Guyana National Stadium.Pride, meanwhile, began the last round fifth, but leapfrogged several teams following their impressive 207-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Brian Lara Stadium.Runners-up for the last three seasons, Pride are now in a familiar spot in the standings on 75.2 but just narrowly ahead of Red Force on 71.6.Jamaica Scorpions, who lost to Volcanoes at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in the last round, are virtually tied with Red Force on 71.4 points.Hurricanes, who started the season strongly but have now lost three matches, lie fifth on 61 points while Volcanoes, who secured their maiden win last weekend, are bottom on 52.2 points.The season resumes with the eighth round on January 4.last_img read more