Get and share ideas for making your own minimalist running shoes at homemadeshoes.wikispaces.com.Not too many years ago, I sat down in front of a sewing machine for the very first time. Sweat streamed from my furrowed brow as I tried to sew the shoulder straps to a homemade backpack. I’ll admit that I mumbled more than a few curse words as I painstakingly undid some misdirected seams. But by the end of the day, I had my very first project completed and was eager to test it out in the field.That very same pack went on to serve me well on thru-hikes of the Colorado and John Muir Trails. I later redesigned and reused the same materials to build a framed pack for a 2007 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. As confidence in my skills grew, I added articles of clothing, tarps, tents, bicycle panniers, sleeping bags, and even running shoes to my do-it-yourself resume.Most everyone is familiar with the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. Although the latter of the three, recycling, seems to get most of our attention, reducing could have an even greater positive impact. How do environmentally conscious outdoor fanatics balance a love of gear with a desire to reduce their ecological footprint?Mainstream outdoor manufacturers may be shipping in “greener” products from faraway lands to sell to you, but perhaps the better answer resides in three other R’s: raise, repair, and regionalize. So what do these mean? Just as it is desirable to have a garden to raise your own food, it’s good to have a sewing machine to make your own gear. It need not be that expensive an investment: over a decade ago, my mom bought me a sewing machine (the same one that I still use to this day) at a local yard sale for five dollars.Now that you have a sewing machine, stores like Foam and Fabrics Outlet provide DIYers with an assortment of materials to build all sorts of gear and clothing. Patterns and construction tips are readily available on the internet. There is a burgeoning online community of DIYers out there and MYOG (make your own gear) forums abound.Some people I’ve talked to about making gear often say things like, “Well, I’d love to try this, but I’d rather spend my free time doing something outside!” This is a valid point, but I rarely regret my time in the shop building and creating. It’s a perfect therapy for dreary days. Maybe it all traces back to playing with Lego bricks growing up, but I hardly ever follow a pattern.Building gear from scratch can be tedious and frustrating, but the sense of empowerment that comes from using a finished product is priceless. DIYers can also get more from their gear through repair. Once you learn how to put something together, you will know how to keep it together. All too often, people get rid of damaged articles of clothing and gear that are perfectly fixable. Outdoor enthusiasts would be less inclined to dispose of these items had they a better sense of the time and energy invested in each product.The last of the three other R’s, regionalize, is all about keeping it local. Perhaps you don’t have the time or tenacity to make your own gear. I can assure you that there are local seamstresses, even local outdoor gear manufacturers, who would be eager to help you reduce your carbon footprint. It’s great to bolster the local economy, but I’d still encourage as many people as possible to learn a little more about making gear and clothing. Even if most projects don’t pan out, you’ll come away better prepared to fix the gear you buy.Even after a decade using handmade gear, I still catch myself thinking that somehow the equipment I make isn’t as good as what I could buy. Is it because my seams aren’t as straight or there are extraneous strands of thread left untrimmed? Surely the mesh fabric I bought from the local fabric store on sale isn’t as fancy as the cutting-edge stuff that the top gear manufacturers are using. So is it really worth all the time and energy to embrace such a hobby? I’ve alluded to a few snags for beginning gear makers, but consider this tale of triumph:For me, the efficacy of homemade equipment became clear in the summer of 2009 when I completed a fast pack of the 288-mile Benton MacKaye Trail in less than six days. Most of the gear I carried was homemade. Because I custom fit it to my body, the mesh pack that I used on this ambitious journey—yes, made from fabric on sale for a buck per yard—carried my water and other supplies far better than any I could’ve bought from a store. In fact, this very same pack is still going strong after another trip this summer along the 930-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail.We’ve been programmed in this country to be consumers, but not irreversibly so. Hopefully outdoor fanatics can break free of such a mindset. After all, there is indeed another way to get outfitted for the outdoors.Watch Matt Kirk run in handmade running shoes wearing a hand-sewn backpack on record-setting runs across the Southern Appalachians.Get Started on Your GearRead all about it. Research patterns and ideas for gear/clothing projects from websites like http://thru-hiker.comAsk all about it. Consult veteran seamstresses (e.g. moms) for tricks of the trade. If you don’t know anybody personally, consult help forums online.Ease into it. Start with simple sewing projects like stuff sacks to avoid feeling overwhelmed.Hold onto it. Save buckles, straps and scrap fabrics from old gear for future projects. You never know when you could use a ladder lock again.
The craic was ’90’ as Ireland’s oldest working lady celebrated nine decades with family and friends.Mary Lafferty is a familiar face at Killybegs Community Hospital.But far from being a client of the hospital, Mary works at the centre where she walks to and from her house nearby each day. Not only does Mary help to teach computers at the hospital but she even helps give other clients a keep fit regime on a daily basis!Last year, Mary was entered into TV3’s Oldest Working Person in Ireland, where she picked up the Oldest Working Woman in Ireland title and appeared on Ireland AM to receive her prize.Mary had managed to keep her age a ‘national secret’ up until last year, when she had to disclose it for the competition!!Hospital staff and clients celebrated with Mary in the day hospital in Killybegs on Friday where staff even had a picture of Mary put on a cake. Mary is planning to celebrate in style today with all her family including all her great grandchildren, the actual day of her birthday. IT’S 90 NOT OUT FOR IRELAND’S OLDEST WORKER! was last modified: October 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ireland’s oldest workerKillybegs Community HospitalMary Lafferty
Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.WATCH: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on their loss to the Rams.OAKLAND — No, it wasn’t a true West Coast offense. It wasn’t a modern spread scheme either. What Jon Gruden debuted Monday night was something a bit different — a wonderful marriage between the two systems, created over the last nine years in a Tampa strip mall.Let’s call it the Spread Coast offense.And after nine months — or nine years, …
Tags:#mobile#Trends Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology U.S. operator Sprint is planning to launch its own NFC-enabled mobile payments service ahead of Isis, the joint venture from the three other major U.S. operators, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. While Isis plans to launch commercial services in 2012, in conjunction with Discover and Baclays U.S., part of U.K. bank Barclays PLC, Sprint says it will launch this year.The operator is also touting its more open business model as a key differentiator between the two carrier-led mobile wallet solutions. “We intend to make this an open solution where consumers can use their phone in a variety of physical locations,” Kevin McGinnis, VP of Product Platforms at Sprint told Bloomberg this week. “Because we’re allowing other brands and other institutions to participate, they can also tell their consumers that this is available on Sprint.”This post is part of an ongoing series on NFC here on ReadWriteMobile which will serve to get you up to speed on what NFC is, what notable developments are underway and what commercial programs using NFC will arrive this year. You can follow this series by clicking the tag (or bookmarking the tag) “NFC 2011.”This post assumes you are familiar with the term NFC as well as the technology’s use in mobile payments. If you’re just starting to learn about NFC, you should begin here with the first post in the series to get caught up.Sprint Beats Isis to NFC-Enabled Mobile Payments LaunchIn addition, Sprint plans to generate revenue in a different manner than Isis, which intends on taking a percentage of each transaction. Instead, Sprint says it could share in the revenue from sales off coupons sent to its customers’ handset or targeted advertising, Bloomberg reported.Transactions made using Sprint’s mobile wallet solution would still be billed on customers’ regular credit card statements.Isis Launches First Pilot Program As Sprint’s news makes headlines, Isis, too is moving forward with its plans. The operator coalition announced the launch of its first pilot program this week. The new mobile commerce program will debut in Salt Lake City, Utah in “early-to-mid-2012.” The group has entered an agreement with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) to make the entire transit system Isis-enabled – that is, NFC-enabled, so passengers can pay for their tickets by tapping their phones to electronic fare readers on bus and train platforms.Salt Lake City may seem an odd choice for a cutting edge emerging technology like this, but in reality, the city has been very forward-thinking in this area. In early 2009, UTA implemented a contactless payments system which works with credit and debit cards. That existing system will be modified to allow Isis customers to use their phones instead.Isis says it’s also still working on investing in the necessary infrastructure to enable mobile commerce nationwide by working with merchants, banks, payment networks and mobile carriers.Transit System + Operator Support = NFC Adoption?Elsewhere in the world where NFC has been successful, it often begins through a partnership between a mobile carrier and transit system. By incorporating NFC into a task people perform daily as a part of a routine – paying for their transportation fares – NFC is able to cross the adoption hurdle that faces all new technology-related behaviors.In fact, in a recent research paper by SJB Research analyst Sarah Clark, she reported that a partnership with a single transit merchant can have the same mpact on adoption as bringing hundreds of merchants on board.While it’s critical that initiatives like these push the NFC movement forward in the U.S., once people are comfortable using NFC, they may then choose to change their default mobile wallet program from one provided by their mobile carrier to one provided by their handset manufacturer, like Apple or RIM, or by their mobile operating system’s maker, as with Google Android.Not surprisingly then, these operator-led moves come on the heels of reports regarding both Google and Amazon’s plans to integrate NFC into mobile payment systems of their own.
OTTAWA – One of Canada’s newest cabinet ministers is tasked with making progress on a long-running challenge: encouraging more businesses to chase opportunities beyond the comforts of North America.Adding to the pressure, Mary Ng, named to the Trudeau cabinet in July, is taking on the role as minister of small business and export promotion at a deeply uncertain time for the critical Canada-U.S. trading relationship.Industry leaders say there is a growing urgency to help Canadian businesses find overseas markets, pointing to the unknown future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a cross-border tariff dispute and threats by U.S. President Donald Trump of more American duties on the important automotive sector.“The U.S. is an important trading partner — they will always and continue to be an important trading partner — but looking beyond to other markets for Canadian businesses is the right thing to do and it’s an opportunity,” Ng, a Toronto-area MP who worked in the public sector for 20 years, said in an interview.“I always think it’s good to diversify.”Ng’s small business portfolio comes with an additional responsibility and title compared to her predecessor — export promotion.She is one of three federal ministers focused on trade. International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is leading NAFTA negotiations, round out the trade trio.Ng’s focus will be spreading the word to companies about overseas markets and directing businesses to government services designed to help them take advantage of numerous trade deals Canada has struck in recent years.“(Carr)’s the one who’s going to open the door and I’m here to help our companies, our SMEs, walk through that door,” she said.The treaties include recent agreements with the Pacific Rim — known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership or CPTPP — and Canada’s free-trade deal with the European Union, also known as CETA.The Asia-Pacific and EU deals will open up access to a billion potential customers, but getting small businesses to explore those markets won’t be easy. Only about 11 or 12 per cent of smaller Canadian firms are currently exporting their goods or services abroad, she said.“We have a low number of SMEs that are exporting right now,” said Ng, who worked in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office before winning a 2017 byelection.“We need to do better.”She said she knows from her own experience that small business owners are often too busy running their day-to-day operations to figure out how to get access to a new, faraway market. Ng grew up in a small, family business and, later on in her career, said she worked with startups and small companies.Liberal and Conservative governments have made considerable efforts in recent years to get more of Canada’s small- and medium-sized companies to pursue new opportunities outside North America.For most business owners, however, the massive American market — with its proximity, familiar regulatory environment and common language — has been more than enough.Dennis Darby, president and CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, said uncertainty related to the country’s largest trading partnership has “magnified the need for us to look beyond the U.S.”The new trade agreements are helpful, but he recommends the government streamline access for SMEs to its current services. Even with that, patience will be needed, he said.“This is going to take a significant amount of effort, I’d say, over the next decade to really take advantage of these two big trade agreements,” Darby said, referring to the CPTPP and CETA.Dan Kelly, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said after the 2007-08 financial crisis there was a “noticeable uptick” in the number of smaller firms that pursued trade beyond the then-struggling U.S. market. The U.S. rebound, however, has led more businesses to revert back to what’s easiest — the giant market right next door.He suggests Ottawa focus on a facilitating role by helping provide fresh ideas and building up capability for firms to take advantage of trade deals like the CPTPP and CETA.But a government can only do so much, Kelly said.“There is a natural limit to export promotion and we need to be conscious of that,” he said.“Nobody starts exporting to Japan or to Lithuania because the government tells them it’s a good thing.”Kelly and Darby say they’re encouraged by the government’s decision to expand Ng’s portfolio to emphasize export promotion.Conservative MP Blake Richards, the parliamentary critic for small business, export promotion and tourism, said it’s “laudable” the government’s made export promotion clear cabinet responsibility.But he argued the federal Liberals have, at the same time, made it more difficult for small businesses to explore foreign markets because of competitiveness challenges at home — from regulations to the tax burden. Richards pointed to the federal carbon tax as an example.“It’s great to say we want to help give this opportunity to promote ourselves, but the other actions you’re seeing don’t match up with that,” Richards said.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
“This project has the potential to bring investment in light oil development to northeastern BC,” said project lead Brad Hayes. “This has significantly lower environmental impact than the heavier oils associated with Alberta’s oil sands, and could also help to diversify British Columbia’s economy.”Of the 27 locations, eight were rejected as unsuitable and 19 were deemed suitable for analysis. Those 19 suitable locations were then graded from A to C: – 2 – the Halfway and Chinkeh Formations – were graded ‘A’ – 1 was graded ‘A/B’; – 6 were graded ‘B’; and – 10 were graded ‘C’.“Light oil is significantly more valuable than the heavier oils. Making this new data publicly available helps the energy sector to focus exploration activity and responsible development,” said Geoscience BC Executive Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer Carlos Salas. “It also makes independent data about the potential for unconventional oil development in the region available to communities, First Nations and government.”Geoscience BC said the identification of new oil plays in Northeast B.C.’s portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin falls under its energy focus area and contributes to the organization’s objective to identify new natural resource opportunities.The full report can be read here: http://cdn.geosciencebc.com/project_data/GBCReport2018-20/GBCR2018-20_Resource_Oil_Report.pdf FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A new report published by Geoscience BC today has graded the potential for high-value light and medium oil at 27 locations in northeastern B.C.Geoscience BC said that while the area is well-known for its natural gas reserves, little research has been done to identify the potential for accessing lighter oil in the region since the widespread adoption of horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing.Titled ‘Identification of New Resource Oil Plays in Northeast British Columbia’s Portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin,’ Geoscience BC said the project seeks to address that knowledge gap.
Kabul: At least 13 civilians were killed, mostly children, in an air strike by “international forces” in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz late last week, the United Nations said Monday. The strike happened between late Friday and early Saturday in support of ground operations conducted by pro-government forces fighting against Taliban militants in the area. “Initial fact-finding indicates that 10 of those killed were children, part of the same extended family whom were displaced by fighting elsewhere in the country,” the UN mission in Afghanistan said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe US is the only member of the international coalition in Afghanistan that provides air support in the conflict. A NATO spokesperson told AFP the coalition was investigating the claims. The deaths come as ordinary Afghans continues to bear the brunt of the war in Afghanistan, with more civilians killed in the Afghan war in 2018 than during any other year on record, according to a UN report. The uptick in violence in 2018 coincides with a significant increase in the number of deaths caused by the “deliberate targeting of civilians”, according to the report, mostly stemming from suicide attacks by insurgents allied with the Taliban or Islamic State (IS). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAn increase in air strikes by US and Afghan forces also led to more civilian deaths in 2018, with more than 500 civilians killed by “aerial operations for the first time on record”. Fighting continues to flare across Afghanistan even as the US and Taliban press forward in peace talks aimed at ending nearly 18 years of fighting. The ongoing peace talks with the Taliban follow years of escalating violence in Afghanistan.
Which team had the most impressive run to the Final Four?The question might seem like the sports equivalent of “Which of your children do you love the most?” Any team that wins four straight games in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has a lot to be proud of. Papa Brackets thinks all the Final Four teams — Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky and Wisconsin — are very special.But conventional wisdom appears to hold Kentucky’s path in ever-so-slightly higher regard than the other schools’. The Wildcats defeated an unbeaten No. 1 seed (Wichita State) and both of last year’s finalists (Michigan and Louisville) en route to Arlington.Kentucky has been great. Despite entering the tournament as a No. 8 seed, it has a 19 percent chance of winning the NCAA championship, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast model. That’s up from only a 2 percent chance before the tournament began.Still, Connecticut’s run has been slightly more special than Kentucky’s so far. And Wisconsin’s, even more so.The FiveThirtyEight model has a particular way of answering our question. It evaluates teams not in any absolute sense, but relative to its expectations. And it accounts not only for wins and losses (by definition, any team that makes to the Final Four has won at least four straight games), but also for margin of victory.To be more specific, the model calculates not only the win probability for each game, but also an implicit point spread. For example, it gives Florida a 69.9 percent chance of beating Connecticut on Saturday. That translates into Florida being 5.5 point favorites. The model has Wisconsin with a 58.2 percent chance of beating Kentucky, which would equate to the Badgers being favored by two points.How a team fares relative to this point spread affects how the model evaluates it going forward. Why? Tournament results are quite predictive of future tournament results: A team that is terrific in the early rounds often does well in later ones.Occasionally, a team can end up in worse shape despite winning its game. This happens when the model expects a blowout and the team wins by a smaller margin.A case in point is Florida in its opening-round game against Albany. The model had the Gators as 24-point favorites, but Florida won by 12 points (in fact, the game was a little closer than the scoreline implies).What about Florida’s three other wins? It was clear that the Gators were the favorite in each game, but they performed about in line with the model’s expectations — beating its point spread by six points against Pittsburgh and four points against UCLA, and underperforming it by two points in their win Saturday against Dayton. To be clear, the Gators have been great — and the model has them as the plurality favorite to win the tournament. But Florida was a great team going in. It has performed roughly as expected against a relatively easy draw.How about Kentucky? If viewed as a No. 8 seed, the Wildcats have been extremely impressive — not least on account of the quality of competition they’ve faced. But Kentucky was no typical No. 8. The Wildcats ranked first in the country in the preseason AP and USA Today Coaches polls, a factor for which the FiveThirtyEight model accounts. They took 10 losses in the regular season, but they faced a tough schedule; all but two of the losses, both to Florida, came by single digits.Kentucky was badly underseeded to begin with, in other words. The FiveThirtyEight model actually had Kentucky as slight favorites against Michigan, despite the Wildcats’ inferior seed. The Wildcats were underdogs against Louisville and Wichita State, but only modest ones, and both games were close. Kentucky outperformed the FiveThirtyEight point spread by two points against Michigan, four points against Wichita State and 10 points against Louisville.By this standard, both Connecticut and Wisconsin have done more to exceed expectations. The Huskies were the narrowest of favorites against Iowa State on Friday, in part because Madison Square Garden is a de facto home court for them. (Geographic distance from a team’s home campus is another factor that the FiveThirtyEight model accounts for; the author of this article went to the games at MSG for “research purposes” and can confirm that there was a lot of Huskies love there.) But Connecticut also won as underdogs against Michigan State and Villanova. The Villanova win, which came by 12 points, was relatively emphatic.The improvement in the model’s esteem for Wisconsin is partially the result of the Badgers’ upset of No. 1 seed Arizona on Saturday. But it has more to do with the their performance in earlier rounds. Wisconsin thrashed Baylor by 17 points Thursday, and the Badgers beat American University by 40 points in their opening game. On average, Wisconsin has outperformed the FiveThirtyEight point spread by 12 points, as compared with nine points for Connecticut and four for Kentucky.Evaluating teams by their margins of victory is unpopular; it may seem as heartless as rating your kids by their SAT scores. We’re fans of systems such as the Basketball Power Index (BPI) that account for the scoring margins throughout games and not just at the final buzzer. But margin of victory predicts future performance reasonably well — better than ratings based on wins and losses alone do. By that measure, Wisconsin heads to Texas with the most momentum.(Nerd alert: The point spread can be derived through the formula NORMSINV(WINPROB)*10.36 in Microsoft Excel, where WINPROB is a team’s probability of winning.)
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed he saw Pele in Kylian Mbappe from the very moment he first set eyes on him.The 20-year-old forward has already achieved things in his short career that most footballers can only dream about and appears destined for a long and glorious future.Mbappe first rose to prominence at AS Monaco during the 2016/17 campaign, where he became a regular scorer to help the club win the Ligue 1 title over the heavily-fancied Paris Saint-Germain.The Parisians then secured a €180m transfer for Mbappe’s services the following season to make him the world’s second most expensive player of all-time behind team-mate Neymar, who arrived from Barcelona for €222m.Mbappe later helped PSG claim a domestic treble in his debut campaign and then went on to win the World Cup with France last summer at Russia, which saw him even score their last goal in the 4-2 win over Croatia in the final at Moscow.It meant that Mbappe, who was 19 at the time, became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pele, who managed a brace in Brazil’s 5-2 victory over Sweden in the 1958 final.Since then, The French youngster has been regularly compared to the legendary Pele.And this season has seen Mbappe reach even greater heights with 25 goals and 14 assists in 30 appearances for PSG.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…Lyon defender Marcelo claimed this week that stopping Mbappe has proven to be an even more daunting task than five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.Now Wenger has given his verdict on Mbappe and recalled the moment he first saw him in action.“When I saw him the first time in the first period, I said: ‘It’s Pele,’” Wenger told CNN.“He has a combination of pace, intelligence, relaxed attitude to deal with stress. You cannot give that to people.“It looks like all the ingredients are there. Now for him, it’s how much does he continue to improve and how much can he keep a rigorous attitude to think: ‘Okay, where do I go from there.’“When a guy is a world champion at 20 years of age, has won championships — two or three already — what can you say? And the numbers don’t lie. He’s an exceptional football player and France is gifted to have him.”Mbappe will likely feature for PSG today in their Ligue 1 match against Nimes at home with kick-off set for 5:00 PM (CET).MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 15: Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with the World Cup trophy following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)