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Essential Paddling Gear for On and Off the Water1. Adventure Technology Oracle Carbon PaddleThe Oracle is both a touring and downriver paddle featuring lightweight carbon construction and a high angle blade that improves boat control and maximizes stroke efficiency, especially when bracing or rolling in choppy conditions.$300. atpaddle.com2. Bomber Gear Bomb Dry Top The Bomb Dry Top includes several upgrades and a little extra armor for those who consistently push limits. Highlights include the double-stitched, taped and patched seams, four-way stretch neoprene, and cone-shaped cuffs with fused (not glued) gaskets. Looking for bells and whistles? How about a hidden emergency whistle stitched into the top? Bomber Gear has also beefed up the design by adding abrasion-resistant nylon to the elbows and polyurethane reinforcement to the shoulder panels for additional durability in the areas where you need it most.$299. bombergear.com3. Chaco Mighty SandalChaco’s lightest sandal is also its most comfortable and durable. The strapping system allows custom adjustment to keep your feet secure and to personalize your fit. The super-grippy outsole keeps you grounded on wet or dry terrain. Our tester wore them on downriver paddling expeditions, swimming hole cliff jumps, and fords across waist-deep water. They dried quickly and provided excellent traction and performance. They were equally impressive at the pub afterward.$90. chacos.com4. Sazzi Digit SandalThe name and design are derived from the woven sandals worn by the Anasazi tribes who used their footwear to navigate the rugged terrain of the American Southwest. Today, the Sazzi translates into a strong, agile and light five-toed sandal. The Digit has a single independent toe, four toe posts, a lateral stability system, and a heel strap to accommodate rugged trail and water environments. It’s made from 100 percent recyclable PLUSfoam, a material that also boasts anti-microbial properties and impressive traction in wet and dry conditions.$100. sazzi.com5. Wave Sport ReconWave Sport’s all-new Recon is one of the most versatile high-performance boats on the market, ideal for creeking, river trekking, and class IV-V+ boating. The continuous rocker profile makes the Recon very fast and easy to boof, and its upswept shape allows the Recon to resurface and unload water quickly when blasting through holes. The domed stern deck minimizes back-ending in holes and drops, and the location of the full stern chine combined with the generous side wall flare provides superb stability and control when carving, moving across a current, or tracking.$1099. wavesport.com
North Korea closed its borders in January when coronavirus cases in neighboring China began to skyrocket. Kim’s regime has said it has no confirmed infections from the virus but the US is “fairly certain” it has cases because of a noticeable lack of military activity, General Robert Abrams, commander of US Forces Korea, told reporters in a teleconference briefing in March.Food shortages are common in North Korea, which is one of the world’s poorest states. In the 1990s, a famine killed as much as 10 percent of the population, according to some estimates.The virus could make things worse. The United Nations’ World Food Program warned this week that economic hardship caused by the pandemic may lead to starvation in the developing world. The WFP, which has operations in North Korea, has said about 40% of the population is undernourished, adding “food insecurity and malnutrition are widespread.”Kim was conspicuously absent from birthday celebrations on April 15 of his grandfather and state founder Kim Il Sung. He has not been seen since a politburo meeting on April 11, raising speculation about his condition.The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim on Wednesday sent a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Letters of this sort are reported frequently.US officials said Monday they were told Kim was in critical condition after undergoing cardiovascular surgery last week and they were unsure of his current health. Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office said that Kim was conducting “normal activities” in a rural part of the country assisted by close aides and no special movements were detected.The health of North Korea’s leader is one of the most closely guarded secrets in the isolated state, known only to a few people in its inner circle. US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he doesn’t know about Kim’s health, adding that he might reach out to check on him.Topics : Consumers in North Korea’s capital this week have been “panic buying” food staples, causing some store shelves to empty, according to a news service that specializes in the country.The purchases may be due to stricter coronavirus measures on the way for Pyongyang and don’t appear related to reports this week that leader Kim Jong Un may be seriously ill, NK News reported, citing people who live in Pyongyang and were able to communicate outside the country. Shortages were initially limited to imported fruit and vegetables and then moved on to other goods, it said.Radio Free Asia also reported last week that the prices of food staples in North Korea were rising sharply because of panic buying.
SEC-Bacolodpeople “acted strictly as observers of the proceedings,” it added, and thatthey did not participate in any manner whatsoever, and did not give any opinionor legal advice. BACOLOD City –The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – Bacolod Extension Office deniedit is taking sides in the ongoing management dispute among two factions of theYanson family that owns and operates Vallacar Transit, Inc. (VTI), thecountry’s biggest bus company. That same day,the other faction also held a stockholders’ meeting — at the Ceres bus compoundin Barangay Mansilingan. This faction was composed of VTI founder Olivia Yansonand her two other children Leo Rey Yanson and Ginnette Yanson-Dumancas. On Dec. 7 SECrepresentatives were seen at the stockholders’ meeting of a faction of theYansons, the so-called Yanson 4 or Y4 composed of siblings Roy, Ricardo Jr.,Emily, and Ma. Lourdes Celina Yanson-Lopez, at Seda Hotel. The attendanceof SEC-Bacolod representatives in the meeting “was neither a confirmation ofthe validity of the meeting, nor of the claimed shareholdings of the Y4, northe affirmation of a quorum during the meeting,” the document stressed. The VTImanagement dispute as to who should be leading the company has been draggingfor several months now./PN A documentobtained by this paper and signed by Atty. Annabelle Corral-Respall, theofficer-in-charge of SEC-Bacolod, stressed that SEC-Bacolod was merely invitedto observe the Y4 meeting.