Fridays on the Fly: 5 Must-Have Pieces of Gear for Fall Fly Fishing

first_imgAhhhh, welcome to Fall. The time of year that separates the occasional fishermen from the daily. Tourists, and fair weather residents pack up and head for warmer weather, leaving the seasons most promising, and sizable trout for the taking to those dedicated to the craft. It’s the same in most mountain towns around the country, so I am here to let those willing to bear the elements in the hopes of a “wall-hanger” in on five essential pieces of gear you will need when heading out to slay monster browns this fall, whether you’re in Appalachia or Alaska.1) Simms Half Finger GloveScreen-shot-2015-10-30-at-1.14.10-PMHalf finger wool gloves. Now, there’s plenty of overpriced fishing gloves on the market, but really any pair will do. As long as you have the warmth of wool, and the freedom of your fingertips, for obvious reasons, you will be set. Go with a type of wool that will dry easily if wet—the aforementioned Simms model is made from 100% Merino. There has been more than one occasion where I’ve seen guys call it a day early because their hands were frozen. Even in questionable conditions, it’s always smart to have them with you, unless you want to sit in the truck and drink beer until everyone gets back to show you all their big trout pictures on their iphones.2) Rio Trout VersileaderRio_VersiLeader_1.5ips_1024x1024I don’t know about you, but I only carry one rod when I hit the river. So for me, a versaleader is a must when it comes to fall fishing. This sinking section of leader is awesome for a quick change out between dries, nymphs, and streamers. I usually attach about a foot or two of 0x tippet to the end and keep it in my box in case of changing conditions. The loop to loop connection makes for a super convenient, ultra-quick connection to your floating line, and its reusable… if you want to switch up your approach, just undo your loop and put it back in your box. I use RIO’s, but Orvis, and other companies out there also make the same, or something similar.3) Simms Hyalite Rain Shellhyalite-rain-shell-olive_s15-(1) This should be a given in fall—especially early fall—in any part of the country. However, there have been countless times when I’ve seen guys go out on a sunny morning with a cotton shirt on under their waders, then when the rain breaks they are freezing cold and soaking wet. The way to go is to find something extremely light that packs down to a small size without forgoing the rain protection and dexterity you need in a jacket that you will be walking through the woods in. I wear the SimmsHyalite Jacket. It’s ideal for a packable rain shell, but there are dozens of brands and styles to choose from.4) Orange FliesDSCN9013It seems that big brown trout are aggressive towards almost anything with orange colors in it. In fall, the majority of my pocket box consists of streamers and nymphs with some shade of orange in them. Usually I find them to be the most successful when targeting larger browns in colder weather. If everything from the report fails, just start throwing orange at ’em.5) Libationsbeer (1) beer (2)A few solid dark beers, or whiskey as a valid substitute. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel that nothing warms me up faster than a sip of a nice porter, or stout when I’m rigging up on a chilly day. Not to mention when it comes to fall fishing it tends to take a bit more determination and patience to achieve success. Typically you are targeting big fish… and in the fall its not uncommon to go hours between fish, or even endure the dreaded skunk. At least this way, if you strike out…you still caught something (a buzz.)[divider]About the Author[/divider]Josh Roberson is an avid fly fisherman and snowboarder currently living in Bozeman, Montana. A self proclaimed and unapologetic trout/ski bum, he spends much of his time combing the rivers of Southwest Montana for burly browns, rainbows and native cutthroat trout.  Follow Josh on Instagram at @montanatlanta!last_img read more

SOUTHCOM Mobilizes To Support International Disaster Relief Efforts In Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo January 14, 2010 U.S. military forces have mobilized to support international disaster relief efforts underway in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake that ravaged the Caribbean nation. Current U.S. military efforts will focus on working with MUNUSTAH to provide search and rescue, disaster relief and security, if necessary. The SOUTHCOM assessment and command and control team arrived in Haiti and are currently working with U.S. embassy personnel as well as Haitian, United Nations and international officials to assess the situation and facilitate U.S. military support. USS Higgins is also now in Haiti and will support relief operations. Enroute to Haiti is the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson, and is expected to arrive off the coast of Haiti Thursday. The ship has 19 helicopters aboard. The USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is set to deploy to Haiti. This group includes USS Bataan, USS Fort McHenry, USS Carter Hall and the 2,200-person 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. Two additional ships, the USS Underwood and USS Normandy are also headed to help. The hospital ship USNS Comfort is also preparing to deploy. SOUTHCOM is closely monitoring the situation and is working with the U.S. State Department, United States Agency for International Development and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and other national and international agencies to determine how to best respond to this crisis. Meantime, the Pentagon appointed U.S. Southern Command Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Ken Keen to head the rapidly expanding U.S. military relief effort in Haiti, which is shaping up to be one of the biggest U.S. humanitarian missions in decades. Lt. Gen Keen, who is already in the Caribbean country, has been tapped to lead a new joint task force devoted to Haiti and will be charged with managing the half-dozen large ships and roughly 8,000 military personnel who will soon be in or near Haiti.last_img read more

IAAFA’s Enlisted PME Program Delivers Again!

first_imgBy Dialogo January 07, 2010 For the fifth time in two years the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) delivers its full International Noncommissioned Officer Academy (INCOA) Course in a mobile capacity. Deployed for 46 days to Bogota, Colombia, Master Sergeant Samuel Nuñez and Technical Sergeant Juan Marquez offered 220 hours of United States Air Force Enlisted Professional Military Education to 15 Colombian Senior Noncommissioned Officers. Among the participants was the first CMSgt of the Air Force equivalent, Tecnico Jefe de Comando Gonzalo Cuervo. In addition, the group of students included the first three females to ever participate in an enlisted leadership development program in the Colombian Air Force’s 90-year history. IAAFA’s Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) Program managers responded to the call during 2008. Since then, the team has taken the U.S. National Defense’s Building Partnership Capacity Strategy to the field. This initiative continues setting the foundation for the future of Latin American (LATAM) Air Forces and strengthening regional cooperation with LATAM Air Forces and USSOUTHCOM. This is accomplished by providing a common EPME framework focused in areas like Unit Management, Combat Leadership, the Military Professional and Managerial Communications. Since the 2008 initiative, IAAFA’s EPME program has solidified one of the Air Force’s top priorities: Building Partnership Capacity. It has enabled enlisted personnel from over 21 countries in the USSOUTHCOM area to more adequately support US-LATAM engagements at all levels, as economic, political and social instability continues to reverberate throughout the region and the US. The initiative’s objective was reaffirmed as Major General Julio Gonzalez, Colombian Air Force vice Chief of Staff, stated “we now have a common framework of education. NCOs graduating from this course will develop structured leadership skills and a better understanding of how the enlisted force contributes to the overall Air Force mission.” In addition to the four main areas of the INCOA curriculum delivered during the mobile training mission, the deployed team exposed students, for the first time in the program’s history, to the “Fit-To-Fight” concept. Students participated in physical training three times a week and for the first time ever were tested using USAF fitness standards. Results in this area were astonishing to the students as they acquired a better understanding of the importance of being fit for combat and experienced improvement in their physical and mental condition. Among other unique accomplishments of this mission was the Community Event. In the Military Professional area of the curriculum students were exposed to the concept of the Noncommissioned Officer as a professional. Subjects like culture, identification and specialized skills and training were discussed, but the main concept delivered in this area was service centered in the community. In this area students were challenged to organize a community event, and the students answered the call! The students organized an event were over 50 orphans and low income family children were serviced. The event included medical and dental care, barber service, entertainment, and security and over $1,000 dollars in donations, which were used for gifts and meals for the children and their care takers. The event established a new relationship between the Colombian Air Force and their community and provided a new blueprint for future community events. The Colombian Mobile INCOA course culminated with a memorable graduation on 10 December 2009. Over 60 people witnessed the event, and several distinguished visitors from the Colombian and United Stated Military Forces addressed the graduates. As this mission ended, four other LATAM Countries expressed their interest in hosting IAAFA’s mobile INCOA course and the three in-residence classes’ requests reached the highest levels in the program’s 13 year history.last_img read more

Long Island Chick-fil-A to Open This Fall

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chick-fil-A, the controversial Atlanta-based chain of fast food chicken restaurants, plans to open this fall its first location on Long Island, in Port Jefferson Station, the company said in a statement Friday.Brookhaven town officials previously approved the location on Route 347 on the site of a former auto dealership. Local gay rights activists have protested the move on the grounds that Chick-fil-A founder Dan Cathy has publicly opposed marriage equality. Company officials have said it’s expected to be the first of many local Chick-fil-As.“We…look forward to serving our customers fresh, hand-crafted food with genuine hospitality,” the company said in a statement, adding that it will be locally owned and operated. A representative declined further comment.The restaurant will be one of more than 1,700 in 38 states, with the closest current location at New York University in Manhattan. Three years ago, Cathy said in an interview that he opposes gay marriage—a statement that sparked protests nationwide and highlighted his donations to groups sympathetic to that position.“Chick-fil-A has a long history of being taken to task for its donations,” David Kilmnick, CEO of the Long Island GLBT Services Network, had told Brookhaven officials during a 2013 public hearing on the planned LI location, which Kilmnick opposes.Cathy, who has made no secret of incorporating Christian values into his eatery—it’s closed on Sunday, so workers can attend church, for example—later expressed regret that his sandwiches became a symbol of the gay marriage debate.At the public hearing for the LI location, a company representative tried to appease the critics who spoke out against Chick-fil-A, known for their cow mascots urging patrons to “Eat Mor Chikn”“We’re not anti-anyone,” Scott Thigpen, Chick-fil-A’s director of restaurant development, said at the hearing. “We’re literally here to serve everyone with honor, dignity and respect. It doesn’t matter about their race, creed, sexual orientation.”KOR, the developer behind the restaurant, plans to build a 4,600-square-foot eatery with seating for up to 120 customers and 20 more outside. The plan also includes a drive thru, indoor playground for children, a 186-space parking lot and another restaurant not affiliated with Chick-fil-A.—With Rashed Mianlast_img read more

SUNY Broome drafts COVID-19 plan for fall semester

first_img“As soon as we hear from Albany that our plan is a go, we will immediatelynotify everyone via mass media and on our website,” he said. “We understand that the uncertainty of fall plans for public colleges, and many privates as well, is stressful on our SUNY Broome community so we want people to know what our plans are in the hopes of relieving some of that stress,” SUNY Broome President Kevin Drumm told 12 News in a press release. The following changes are planned: The school says it will follow a “traditional semester schedule” but it is prepared to revert to a distance-learning model if necessary. All classrooms, labs, and lecture halls have been assessed to determine the maximum capacity while adhering to social distancing guidelinesLabs that require face-to-face, hands-on learning could be separated into multiple sections allowing for personalized instruction while reducing classroom densityDepending on the course, some classes will be conducted in a hybrid environment with a combination of in-person and onlineSome courses will be delivered entirely remotely, either through Blackboard or other distance learning formatsAll residence hall bedrooms will be converted to singles, one student per room. All of SUNY Broome’s student living arrangements are “suite style”, so students will share common spaces within those suites (bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms)Move-in day for the residence halls will be conducted in a staggered, 4-day period starting in mid-August. Each student will be screened upon arrivalCurrently, all college staff wear face coverings on campus when they cannot socially distance, except when they are at their desks. Voluntary self screening of each employee is conducted daily, contracted employees are screened by their employers before coming to campus, and campus visitors are asked to wear masks and keep social distanceAll classrooms, labs, campus common areas, and the residence hall will be cleaned and disinfected daily. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — SUNY Broome is preparing for on-campus and online classes for the Fall 2020 Semester. The 2020 Fall Semester begins Aug. 31.last_img read more

Amy Klobuchar exits White House race, will back Biden

first_imgAmy Klobuchar, a Midwestern moderate, will end her underdog presidential campaign and endorse Joe Biden, her team said Monday, on the eve of the biggest voting day in the Democratic nomination race.”The senator is flying to Dallas to join vice president Biden at his rally tonight where she will suspend her campaign and endorse the vice president,” a Klobuchar campaign spokesperson told AFP.The move is a major boost for former vice president Biden, following the withdrawal of another moderate, Pete Buttigieg, on Sunday. Topics : After a blowout victory in the last primary, Saturday in South Carolina, Biden heads into “Super Tuesday” with a head of steam as he challenges leftist firebrand Bernie Sanders to see who faces Donald Trump in November’s election.Klobuchar, a US senator from the state of Minnesota, had positioned herself as a centrist and pragmatist who has worked across the aisle in Washington and could bring that spirit of unity and cooperation into the Oval Office.Despite a few compelling debate performances, the 59-year-old never registered above single digits in national polling averages and was not expected to deliver a strong showing on Tuesday, when 14 states go to the polls.Her exit leaves two women in the Democratic nomination hunt: Senator Elizabeth Warren, a progressive from Massachusetts, and the anti-war congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.center_img Warren thanked her friend Klobuchar in a tweet. “You’ve been a champion for working families and women in politics, and I look forward to keeping up that fight by your side,” she wrote.last_img read more

COVID-19 leaves lab workers grappling with unprecedented testing scale

first_imgLaboratory workers are on edge as the government looks into easing the already loose social restrictions despite new cases continuing to soar. They fear that future samples pouring in would be more than they can handle.Freelancer laboratorian Muhammad Mijar Al Faridzy in Surabaya, East Java’s capital and Indonesia’s second-largest city, which is now the COVID-19 epicenter, said his lab had recently been receiving almost twice the number of samples it did when he started the job in April.The private lab was looking to recruit more people as piling samples began to overwhelm him and his colleagues, who had to work longer hours lately, Mijar said.”There are many laboratorians, but not all are trained to run the PCR machines, and that is the problem,” Mijar, who is also a veterinary intern, told The Jakarta Post. “Some of my fellow university friends only learned a bit about [PCR] in college, so they do not automatically understand how it works [upon graduating].” Read also: 50 days of Indonesia’s partial lockdown. Is it enough for the ‘new normal’?Mijar, who is tasked with the laborious process of manually extracting the virus’ RNA from the samples, also shared his worry of contracting the virus even with his personal protective equipment (PPE) on, especially since he still lives with his parents in a densely populated part of Surabaya.His concerns are justified, as at least three workers at the biosafety level (BSL) 3 laboratory of Airlangga University’s Institute of Tropical Diseases (ITD-Unair) in Surabaya have contracted the virus. The incident adds to the long list of frontliners comprising doctors and nurses who have been infected with the virus in Indonesia.Unair spokesperson Suko Widodo told the Post that it remained unclear how they contracted the virus but admitted that the lab had indeed been overwhelmed with the flood of samples. The lab has decided last week to stop accepting samples from hospitals other than the university’s hospital, citing short-staffing as the reason as it tried to avoid a further backlog of tests.Earlier in May, COVID-19 task-force head Doni Monardo said the limited number of laboratory personnel hampered efforts to meet President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s target of 10,000 tests per day. As a result, labs expected to run for 24 hours could only run for 8 hours, he said.He highlighted the need to train lab workers and said the government had sought assistance from the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) as well as from an association of midwives and from community health centers to provide human resources for the labs, while also mulling to give lab workers extra incentives.Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Biotechnology Research Center head Puspita Lisdiyanti criticized the Health Ministry’s tardy decision in allowing more laboratories to process the tests in April, saying that labs needed much more time to prepare.The decision allowing various laboratories to conduct the tests as long as they meet certain criteria was issued a month after Indonesia confirmed its first COVID-19 cases in March and long after scientists called for the decentralization of testing.Testing on a scale never before seen in Indonesia required a large number of trained staffers familiar with molecular biology working in shifts to ensure they remain focused at work, hence minimizing accidents that could lead to them being infected, she said.”Manual extraction is a tiresome process; with PPE and N96 masks, workers might have difficulties breathing after just two hours,” she said.“The solution is to add more human resources, more shifts and also automatic extraction machines […] Otherwise they might grow tired and forget to follow protocol. Even just fixing their glasses due to sweating could expose them to the virus.”Read also: Indonesia targets local COVID-19 strain in Eijkman-led 2022 vaccine initiativeLIPI has, since March, virtually trained 600 lab workers across the country and trained 10 non-LIPI staffers to be sent to other labs, and it is looking to train more this month. However, mobility restrictions and physical distancing made it difficult to train workers from other regions amid growing demand due to the uneven distribution of lab workers across Indonesia, Puspita said.A volunteer at a lab in Jakarta, Roswitha Muntiyarso, said the number of samples her lab received had declined, though not significantly, but she feared a new wave of infections would emerge once the so-called government’s new normal scheme was put in place.”Especially when people’s level of understanding of the virus is not the same […] and their awareness of physical distancing might subside once the restrictions are loosened,” said Roswitha, who has been staying at a hotel and avoiding meeting her parents often.Fauqa Arinil Aulia, an intern at a COVID-19 referral hospital’s lab who had to join as a frontliner right after finishing her residency in clinical pathology in March, said the work had taken a toll on her physically and mentally, especially as she had to take extra caution while living with her parents and children.”I am exhausted, that is for sure, but how can I stop; who else will do it?” she said.Topics : Hardly ever mentioned alongside other front-line health workers like doctors and nurses, laboratory workers in Indonesia are grappling with an unprecedented scale of testing for the highly contagious coronavirus, as piling samples overwhelm short-handed labs.In a country where the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), the golden standard testing method to detect the new virus, is deemed exclusive mainly for research rather than diagnostic purposes, a shortage of lab workers capable of running the tests has hindered mass testing efforts.last_img read more

Jakarta has greatest number of potential wage subsidy beneficiaries

first_imgTopics : Jakarta has the greatest number of potential wage subsidy program beneficiaries of any province, recent data from the Manpower Ministry has shown.Some 1,071,414 workers in the capital city are eligible for the subsidy, 19.48 percent of the 15.7 million targeted beneficiaries nationwide.  West Java came second with 1,029,830 workers, or 18.72 percent of the program’s total recipients, followed by Central Java with 702,531 workers (12.77 percent), East Java with 560,670 recipients (10.19 percent) and Banten with 455.193 people (8.28 percent).North Sumatera (242,363 eligible workers), East Kalimantan (166,026 workers), Riau (152,850 workers), Bali (133,197 workers) and the Riau Islands (116,790 workers) were in sixth to tenth place respectively.The government has allocated Rp 37.7 trillion (US$2.5 billion) from the state budget for the wage subsidy program, which is to be distributed to millions of workers earning less than Rp 5 million who are registered with the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan).They will receive Rp 600,000 in monthly assistance for four months.As of Friday, the government had transferred the aid to some 2.3 million beneficiaries throughout the country.Read also: Wage subsidy may continue into next year, minister saysManpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said the government sought to spur household consumption and accelerate the country’s economic growth.”This wage subsidy is expected to increase workers’ purchasing power and consumption, which in turn will have a multiplier effect on economic growth and people’s welfare,” Ida said in a statement on Monday.She added that the government wished to protect workers’ welfare, which had been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ida advised recipients to use the aid to purchase products from Small and Medium Enterprises [SMEs].”The aid can be used for primary or secondary needs. However, it’s better to use the funds to purchase SME products, so they can boost local industry,” she said.Ida said the ministry would monitor the disbursement of the aid closely and evaluate the process to ensure better distribution in the future.last_img read more

Australian newswire gets government bailout

first_imgTopics : Australia’s struggling national newswire was promised a Aus$5 million (US$3.7 million) government bailout on Friday, just days after launching a crowdfunding campaign in an attempt to guarantee its survival.The Australian Associated Press had been facing an uncertain future since being abandoned by major shareholders — Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and broadcasting and newspaper group Nine Entertainment — in March.The government’s decision to step in to save the 85-year-old newswire was made because “public interest journalism is important now, more than ever”, communications minister Paul Fletcher said. He cited the outlet’s critical role in safeguarding media diversity — in a country where most media is owned by a handful of companies — and its importance in covering regional news.AAP relaunched earlier this year as a nonprofit with roughly half the staff, but had struggled as challenges in the media sector were compounded by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.The COVID crisis had “triggered unprecedented challenges” for Australia’s media, Fletcher said, “with severe declines in advertising revenue threatening the sustainability of many news outlets”.last_img read more

Great weather brings bigger bids at auction events

first_imgWant an auction price boost? This simple strategy could see you gain big dollars. Photo: Sarah MatrayIF grey skies make your bidders blue, then best reschedule your auction to catch some rays and get a solar price boost from the buyers.According to research led by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), sunny days see higher prices achieved at auctions, while rainy days and long weekends keep prices down.UTS Business School senior lecturer, Dr Adrian Lee, said the study revealed a link between mood and asset prices.“Weather is known to affect mood, and some studies have shown a link between the weather and stock prices, so we decided to look at weather and house prices,” Fr Lee said.The combined study by Dr Lee and Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) associate professor Maggie Hu, compared Sydney property sales data against meteorological information between 2000 and 2014.They found for auctions, a sunny day increased the price by 0.974 per cent — or nearly $11,500, based on the current median Sydney house price of $1,178,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoAs days heated up, so did the prices with a 10 degree higher maximum temperature resulting in a 0.635 per cent increase — or around $7,400 extra.Rain saw prices dampen by 0.174 per cent at auction while a long weekend saw a drop of 1.3 per cent.“Houses are not priced rationally,” Dr Lee said.“The price is partly driven by people’s feelings, particularly at auctions. So if you are buying or selling a house, it is good to be aware of these influences,” he said.“Our analysis was rigorous as we adjusted our estimates for the type of home — apartment, house, townhouse — as well as number of bedrooms, bathrooms and whether there was parking among other housing characteristics.“We also looked at the suburb, year of sale and quarter of sale — which controlled for seasonal weather patterns,” Dr Lee said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more