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Summer Essentials: Adventure Travel Gear

first_imgWhether you’re heading to another side of the Blue Ridge or beyond the border, this adventure travel gear will come in handy on your next trip.1. Smith LowdownYes, the Risky Business shades are back in style. Smith’s new take is the Lowdown, sunglasses that let you look cool, like a pre-Scientology Tom Cruise, and also offer stalwart performance features including high-quality polarized lenses that are designed to filter glare that persists during coastal hikes or on the water during off-shore paddling trips. Plus the frames are made from a lightweight renewable castor plant that will keep you feeling free when you’re jet-setting between mountain towns.$119; smithoptics.com2. Patagonia Island Hopper ShirtThis shirt was made for destinations unbound. Built with a blend of recycled poly and organic cotton, it offers relieving ventilation when you find yourself trapped under a blanket of humidity. Patagonia’s fabric also features UPF 15 sun protection and intentional light colors to repel rays. Also, since it dries within minutes you can give it a sink wash when you need to freshen up.$85; patagonia.com 3. Freewaters ScampPerfect for expediting airport security and giving feet post-adventure relief, the Freewaters Scamp looks like a standard flop, but you’ll feel the difference of the Therm-a-Rest cushion footbeds. The softness delivers instant comfort, and the ridge design that’s been pleasing campers for years provides air circulation during long sightseeing sessions.$36; freewaters.com 4. Osprey Sojourn 25Adventure luggage is a real thing. The Osprey Sojourn will roll through the airport like a standard travel piece, but when you suddenly find yourself hitchhiking along a dirt road, unzip the suspension system and throw it on your back. The wheeled pack features nearly 3,600 cubic inches of space, so you’ll have plenty of room to organize essentials, especially in the open main compartment. You can also attach an Osprey Daylite when you need additional space or a convenient daypack for side trips.$289; ospreypacks.com5. Eagle Creek All Terrain Money BeltNow an old standby when it comes to stashing some emergency bills, the All Terrain has an incognito zipper pocket sewn into an unsuspecting utility belt.$20; eaglecreek.com6. Icebreaker Escape ShortEscape Shorts are all about versatility, equipped for both wandering city streets or impromptu trail jaunts in faraway places. The shorts are made from a blend of cotton and mostly merino wool, which breathes easy and resists odor so slipping them on for a second day in a row won’t cause offense. Plus, the clean cut means you can shroud your inner dirt bag when asking strangers for directions. Women should check out the similar Icebreaker Via.$119; icebreaker.comlast_img read more

Hitler’s birthplace shows that confronting dark past can take decades

first_imgAs anti-racism protesters topple statues of slave traders and colonizers worldwide, some nations are pondering how to mark their dark past. In Austria, debate over confronting one link to Adolf Hitler has taken decades, and it’s not over yet.Austria recently unveiled plans to convert the house where the Nazi leader was born, in the town of Braunau am Inn on the German border, into a police station.It also suggested moving a rock that stands on the sidewalk outside, which is inscribed with an anti-fascist message, to a Vienna museum. ‘Never again’The rock, which carries the inscriptions “fascism never again” and “millions of dead” but does not mention Hitler, was installed by the town in 1989.At that point, Austria was moving away from its position of denying responsibility for the Holocaust, a post-war stance during which it described itself as the first victim of the Nazis.Partly because of that, some say that Austria has done less to confront its Nazi past than neighboring Germany.”Sometimes it feels like something that is done as a chore rather than a commitment made out of deep conviction,” said Gerhard Baumgartner, a historian and scientific director at the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance.While progress has been made in terms of education on the Holocaust and erecting memorials since the 1980s, Jewish and survivors’ groups say more remains to be done, especially in explaining how widespread and systemic the Nazis’ crimes were.”That is very important – that people really know there was something everywhere,” said Charlotte Herman, head of the group officially representing the Jewish community in the province of Upper Austria, which includes Braunau.She and Mernyi mentioned the “Stolpersteine”, or “stumbling blocks”, project as one way to raise awareness.Originally a German initiative, it involves laying small brass plaques to Holocaust victims in the pavement at relevant places, like where they lived.Those plaques cover a fraction of Holocaust victims, but are a relatively common sight in Vienna, where a notoriously repressive and anti-Semitic system was put in place with local support after Hitler’s Germany annexed Austria in 1938.”In all of Austria, in every corner, in front of almost everyone’s door, something happened, whether it’s death marches, people walking past and dying in the street,” said Herman.Hitler’s role in history is well known, so there is no need to spell it out in great detail at the house, she added. But attention should be called to the building.”Because this is where evil was in fact born.”  While many agree that the house should not be allowed to become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis, the idea of removing the rock has upset some Jewish and survivors’ groups who have said that Austria must confront its role in the Holocaust.More consultations on the rock will now be held.”Clearly [the government] wants to let the world forget that the worst mass murderer in history was born in Braunau,” said Willi Mernyi, head of the Mauthausen Committee, Austria’s main Holocaust survivors’ group.”This approach is wrong … One must recognize what happened.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Lakers’ Kaman adds different dimension than Howard

first_img“He just talks,” Kaman said of Cuban. “He treated me really well. He’s a really good guy. I just don’t think he looked at the numbers.”Kaman also disagreed with how Dallas used him.“I skipped my exit meeting. I knew I wasn’t going to go back,” said Kaman, who averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds last season. “I just didn’t feel like they liked what I brought to the table or they would’ve given me more opportunities.”Kaman vowed to accept his role with the Lakers. “When you’re in a business, you’re meant to do a job,” Kaman said. “I’m going to do the best I can.”Shooter’s mentalityHill’s job description will go beyond providing energy. D’Antoni and Kobe Bryant convinced him to spend his offseason taking 600-700 jumpers per day.“With this offense, I can spread the floor a little bit and expand my game,” said Hill, who worked out at his Atlanta residence.How does Hill do that without compromising his strengths on defense and rebounding?“One doesn’t mean he can’t do the other,” D’Antoni said. “It’ll just make him a better player.”Making progressAfter rehabbing all offseason on respective knee and hamstring injuries, Gasol and Steve Nash gradually progressed their activity level by participating in most of Monday’s practice. Gasol completed the entire practice, while Nash sat out toward the end.“Keep your fingers crossed but hopefully he has his best year ever,” D’Antoni said of the 33-year old Gasol, whose $19.3 million contract expires after this season. “I think he has at least five more good years, real good years, in him.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers’ newly acquired big man remains a familiar name in Los Angeles.For those who missed out on Chris Kaman’s times with the Clippers, his qualities differ from what Dwight Howard showed last season with the Lakers before jetting to the Houston Rockets.Kaman hardly matches Howard’s defense, which earned him the NBA’s Defensive player of the year award in three seasons. “He’s an above the rim player,” Kaman said. “I can’t play above the rim.”center_img Kaman’s career averages of 11.8 points and eight rebounds falls short of Howard’s career numbers (18.29 points, 12.96 rebounds). But Kaman remains superior in his post moves and mid-range jumper. Not surprisingly, Kaman’s career 74.4 percent mark from the free throw line also trumps Howard’s 57.7 percent clip. “I’m a similar player as Pau (Gasol). I think I’m inside and outside like he is,” Kaman said. “I complement his game well.”Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni remains undecided whether he will start Kaman or Jordan Hill at power forward along with Gasol at center. But a discussion with D’Antoni convinced Kaman to join the Lakers on a one-year deal at the mini mid-level exception worth $3.2 million after making $8 million last season with the Dallas Mavericks.“He was a straight shooter,” Kaman said of D’Antoni. “I respect that more than anything.” Despite saying he respects Mark Cuban, Kaman disagreed with the Mavericks owner for arguing he played off the dribble too much. Synergy Sports Technology shows Kaman took 159 catch-and-shoot jumpers compared to 29 shots off the dribble.last_img read more