Winter Gear Guide 2009: Skiing and Snowboarding

first_imgRome Machine A board designed for one thing and one thing only: the terrain park. Rome loaded the Machine with a suite of impact technology (thicker edges, anti-compression plates, durable compounds) creating a workhorse for park rats. This board is designed to withstand season upon season of jib, rail, and pipe abuse. $400. Romesnowboards.com.Rossignol Works One Mag A lightweight, all mountain board with patented Magne-Traction technology that puts more control between the snowboarder’s feet. Instead of relying solely on standard edge grip, this Rossi board features “Mag bumps” that grip better on icy conditions while allowing you to maneuver more effectively in all kinds of snow. $499. Rossignol.com.rossignolworksonemag_clip_FIXBolle Scream The streamlined look keeps you from looking like a dork and the Air Booster system keeps air moving over the lenses for maximum anti-fog performance. $109.99. bolle.combollescream_FIXPatagonia Powder Bowl A classic hard shell with 21st century characteristics. The Powder Bowl has a 100% recycled polyester shell that’s completely waterproof, as well as a recycled mesh liner. Our wear-tester liked the padded iPod pocket, but fell in love with the exaggerated collar, which eliminates the need for a cumbersome gator on the coldest days on the slopes. $350. Patagonia.com.Pat_30090_684_clip_FIXK2 Hawk Solid construction is paired with a user-friendly binding to create a ski package that is forgiving and easy to maneuver. The Hawk builds confidence in beginners just starting to explore the greens and blues. And the price is right too. $500 (with bindings). K2skis.com.K2Hawk_clip_FIXNordica Speedmachine Mach 3 Power A high performance ski built for expert skiers who like to suck the most life out of steep, groomed runs. The exaggerated sidecut grips well on firm conditions (East Coast ice and packed powder) and the faster you go, the more stable the skis become (think Porsche on the Audubon). The performance-oriented package allows you to carve aggressively down the fall line. $1435 (with bindings). Nordica.com. 1 2 3last_img read more

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Brazil Close to Inaugurating New Antarctic Station

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo February 06, 2019 The Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) confirmed the March 2019 completion of the new Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station (EACF, in Portuguese). MB estimates that EACF will be in full operation by March 2020. Currently, 263 workers from the construction company are on King George Island, in the Keller Peninsula, fine-tuning the structure. Workers are finalizing the assembly of three blocks that make up the main building (eastern, western, and technical). In addition to researchers, the building will host 16 MB service members who will be part of the core group stationed on the continent. The eastern block has 14 laboratories, cafeterias, kitchens, a health department, drying room, and shops. The upper level of the western block will have 32 cabins, a library, gymnasium, and video/auditorium room, and the lower level will have a warehouse for supplies, and water and firefighting tanks. The garage and the engine room are in the station’s technical block. The generators, electric boards, heaters, water and sewage treatment station, and incinerator, among others, will also share that space. The isolated telecommunications, weather/ozone, ultra-low frequency, sediment cleanup, diving, and hazardous materials units are in the final stage of completion. According to retired MB Captain Geraldo Gondim Juaçaba Filho, a special advisor on EACF reconstruction, six inspectors supervise the work, four being MB naval engineers and the other two from the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources. The new EACF will offer comfort and safety during the arctic summer and winter, Capt. Geraldo said. “This is the beginning of a new era for research in Antarctica, with equipped laboratories and high-quality telecommunications, which will enable researchers to send data and communicate with their laboratories in Brazil,” he said. The reactivation of the new EACF has geopolitical relevance for Brazil and MB. The country has been a signatory member of the Antarctic Treaty since 1975, securing participation in discussions about the future of the continent, which has the largest freshwater reserve on the planet. The treaty states that countries may only conduct scientific explorations in Antarctica under an international cooperation system. A fire completely destroyed the Brazilian station in Antarctica in 2012. The reconstruction work only started in early 2016. The distance, logistics, and climate challenges affected the duration of the project. “The adverse climate and the fact that work can only be done during the Antarctic summer—between November and March—the distance that separates the worksite from the Antarctic, and an approximate 45-day voyage were challenges that had to be overcome,” Capt. Geraldo said. “In addition to the complexity of the project, the crews that worked on the reconstruction speak different languages, and have different cultures and customs.” Despite the challenges, the officer highlighted lessons learned during construction. “We developed construction techniques, from building foundations in rocky and icy soil, to assembling the structure, containers, and overlay. Electric, hydraulic, automation, and other systems were developed specifically for this project,” Capt. Geraldo added. Logistics support The oceanographic support vessel Ary Rongel, responsible for replenishing EACF, and the patrol vessel Almirante Maximiano, which contributes to research in various locations in the Antarctic—including during the voyage from Brazil to the icy continent—provided the logistics support to the Brazilian station. During winter, when the ship must return to Brazil due to the ocean becoming frozen, replenishment responsibility falls to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese). The First Transportation Group’s First Squadron (1º/1º GT, in Portuguese) has provided logistics support to EACF for 35 years. “Aerial resupply missions require a very skilled crew, due to weather restrictions in the Antarctic winter, such as strong winds in the area and the dimensions available in the launching zone,” said FAB Lieutenant Colonel Claudio Rogerio Garcia, commander of 1º/1º GT. In addition to aerial resupply, the squadron also conducts logistics support missions during the summer, and transports personnel and material from the Brazilian Antarctic Program throughout the year. MB schedules an average of 10 missions during the Antarctic year, between November and October of the following year. “After the fire, we intensified the trips. At first, the purpose was to demobilize service members and researchers from the station and, subsequently, to provide logistics support to rebuild the structure,” said Lt. Col. Cláudio Garcia. The officer pointed to the challenging flight over Antarctica for the squadron crew. Experienced instructors, with aviation knowledge in the region always conduct the missions. “The weather pattern, with strong winds and extremely low temperatures, changes operation parameters of the airplane and requires that all performance charts in the C-130 [airplane] manual be carefully observed to maintain flight safety,” he said. The gravel runway used in Antarctica—very narrow and worsened by strong cross-winds and the icy weather—is yet another landing challenge. “There is a specific point for aircraft touchdown, which requires a high level of precision, caution, and training from the crew,” Lt. Col. Cláudio Garcia said. The 1º/1º GT, also known as Gordo Squadron, is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro and has been in operation for 54 years. The aerial unit that conducts support missions for the Antarctic program, logistics air transportation, in-flight refueling, as well as search-and-rescue missions, troop transportation, and in-flight firefighting will receive a new freighter from FAB, the KC-390. “The squadron is very optimistic with the arrival of the new airplane,” said Lt. Col. Cláudio Garcia. “The new freighter will carry out the unit’s missions, especially in Antarctica, just as the C-130 did for the last 35 years.”last_img read more

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Ankle blow for Hughes

first_img Hughes, 34, injured his ankle in Brighton’s 3-2 defeat at Bournemouth at the weekend and is unlikely to feature in Bucharest on November 14. The centre-half has been ever present in his country’s best ever start to a major qualifying campaign – playing 90 minutes in successive wins over Hungary, the Faroe Islands and Greece. Fears of a broken ankle have been allayed and though he may yet appear in manager Michael O’Neill’s squad on Tuesday, it seems unlikely he will be fit to feature. Seagulls boss Sami Hyypia told the Argus: “There is nothing on the bone, so that’s a good thing. “If the bone was broken or something happened to the bone it would be a long process. “Now we are waiting for the swelling to go down. Then we will be able to assess it a little bit better. “If it’s ligament damage we are talking about weeks more than months I think. I’m not a doctor so I can’t really say how long and every individual heals in a different time frame.” The former Northern Ireland captain is currently on 93 caps, on track to become his country’s first ever outfield centurion. Press Associationcenter_img Defender Aaron Hughes is set to miss Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania.last_img read more

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Build a Bear at sea with Carnival Cruise Line

first_imgBuild A Bear Build a Bear at sea with Carnival Cruise LineBuild a Bear at sea with Carnival Cruise LineCarnival Cruise Line, the world’s most popular cruise line, and Build-A-Bear Workshop have entered into an exclusive partnership that will bring the unique  retail-entertainment experience to the line’s fleet.The first Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea is being rolled out aboard Carnival Dream and is expected to be fleetwide aboard all 25 Carnival ships by summer 2017.Building upon Carnival’s position as the family cruise leader hosting 700,000 kids a year, Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea provides children of all ages an opportunity to make their own cuddly bear that can be customized with a variety of outfits and accessories, from tutus and high-top sneakers to, appropriately enough, vacation wear like bathing suits and sunglasses.Each bear comes complete with its own “birth certificate” with the bear’s name and date he or she was created, as well as a logoed drawstring bag.  Additionally, the bears have their own “voice” via a recordable sound chip with kids recording their own special message.And the fun doesn’t stop at just making bears — kids can create monkeys, leopards, turtles and other furry friends, as well as a St. Jude Bear with proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of Carnival’s primary charitable partners.“Build-A-Bear Workshop is a popular part of American culture and we’re delighted to provide our guests with an opportunity to make their own custom-designed bear and create a lifetime of memories,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We are equally grateful to partner with Build-A-Bear Workshop to help raise money for the special kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” she added.“Build-A-Bear Workshop stores have always been a destination for families, and our partnership with Carnival Cruise Line will offer passengers the chance to take part in the fun of making new furry friends while onboard,” said Sharon John, president and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop. “The arrival of the new Build-A-Bear Workshop experience on Carnival Cruise Line ships is an exciting example of how we’re bringing our nearly 20-year-old brand into more places than ever before.”Participants can make their custom-designed bears at pop-up Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea workstations located within the Camp Ocean facilities or join the ships’ cruise directors with festive Build-A-Bear At Sea parties held each cruise and featuring music, bear-themed snacks and photo opportunities.  The pop-up workstations are set up at designated times throughout the cruise and include everything to make a cute, huggable bear with racks filled with various outfits and accessories as well as an iconic stuffer that allows participants to add soft stuffing to make their bear as plush and cuddly as they want.Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea complements the wide variety of family-friendly activities available aboard Carnival Cruise Line ships which also include complimentary children’s programs for kids 2-17, spectacular water parks with corkscrew water slides and splash zones, miniature golf courses, video arcades, poolside DiveIn Movies on giant LED screens, outdoor play spaces, volleyball and basketball courts and more.About Carnival Cruise LineCarnival, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®” with 25 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.  The company currently has an as-yet-unnamed 133,500-ton ship currently under construction and set to debut in 2018.About Build-A-Bear WorkshopFounded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland,Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the eighth year in a row in 2016. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $377.7 million in fiscal 2015.Source = Carnival Cruise Line – Build A Bearlast_img read more

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