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Top 40: Running

first_img1. La Sportiva Vertical KLa Sportiva is billing the Vertical K as a “mountain runner,” a lightweight trail racer that is far more flexible than anything the company has produced in the past. The shoe has La Sportiva’s Morphodynamic technology, a combination of super absorbant midsole and super sticky outsole that’s very light, yet somehow, surprisingly plush. Also noteworthy is the one piece upper with no tongue. All in, the shoe weighs 6.5 ounces, which would probably make it the lightest shoe in your closet. Look for it next spring.$115; sportiva.com2. Scarpa Blitz BoaMinimalists need not read any further. This is the most cushioned trail runner Scarpa makes with a tri-density EVA midsole for plenty of shock absorption. It has a host of green features too (the shoe uses a lot of recycled materials) but the real story is the Blitz Boa System, the anti-lace lacing system. Crank the dial and the wires tighten uniformly across the top of the foot. If you’re not particular about your lacing pattern, you’ll love the simple efficiency of the Boa. If you like to micro-tune your laces, as many hard-core runners do, you may not dig the tension system. The shoes are plenty snug and our tester liked not having to stop mid-run to retie his shoes.$115; scarpa.com 3. Brooks PureGritBrooks worked with Scott Jurek to develop this minimalist trail runner that has a one piece outsole with a concave shape, which “splays out to provide a more balanced lay-down,” according to Brooks. There’s a decent amount of cushioning in the midsole and a 4mm heel to forefoot drop, so these aren’t ultra-minimalist runners, more of a compromise for runners looking for minimalist mobility but traditional comfort.  The shoe is topped off with a mesh and foam upper that hugs the foot. 8.9 ounces.$100; brooksrunning.com 17. Luna Original Running SandalInspired by the huarache sandals worn by the long-distance running Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Luna brings runners as close to barefoot as possible without simply going shoeless. The Luna Original features a lightweight neoprene Vibram sole for ground grip and an optional leather footbed that’s recommended to absorb moisture. You can also choose between leather and elastic laces; the latter has a more secure fit.$60; lunasandals.com16. Stem Survival OriginsDoes the world need another minimalist shoe? That remains to be seen. But our anti-minimalist tester fell in love with these kicks immediately, testing them out in increasingly demanding situations, from a day in the gym, to a road run, to an ultra-technical run in the Smokies. Stem uses an air-injected rubber for their super-grippy six-millimeter-thick sole that handled the rockiest terrain our tester could throw at them. The shoes weigh in at just over 6 ounces, and are as flexible as a contortionist.$89.99; stemfootwear.com15. Inov-8 Road X 233You want to dip your toes into the minimalist world, but you still want something that looks like a shoe. Then you want the Inov-8 Road X 233, the perfect transition shoe for runners seeking minimalist efficiency on the road. Weighing in at a scant 8 ounces, the Road X floats on your feet, enabling a quick turnover and smooth stride. Yet it can handle pavement pounding better than other minimalist offerings.$105; inov-8.comlast_img read more

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​Danish pensions lobby bags top networker to spearhead push

first_imgDanish pensions lobby Insurance & Pension Denmark (IPD) has just revealed the identity of its new leader as the association tries to take a more active role, hiring the Confederation of Danish Industry’s (DI) political director to replace its long-time chief executive officer.Kent Damsgaard, the DI director heading up political and related areas, has been appointed as the new CEO of IPD from 1 September, replacing Per Bremer Rasmussen, who is leaving the top job at the association on 1 August after 15 years in the role.Laila Mortensen, chair of IPD’s supervisory board, said: “We want Insurance & Pension Denmark to continue at its high level of professionalism and at the same time play an even more active role in ensuring the industry has a good framework for providing the best solutions to the individual Dane.”The board believed Damsgaard was the right person to be at the forefront of this work, said Mortensen, who is CEO of the labour-market pension fund Industriens Pension. When Bremer Rasmussen’s resignation was announced in February, he said a new CEO should be the one to roll out the association’s new action plan “Strategy 2025”, which had been adopted by the supervisory board at the end of 2019.That plan stated that the insurance and pensions industry wanted to be known for its contribution to solving some of the biggest challenges facing Danish and international society, and emphasised the welfare and security of individuals, alongside sustainability and the green transition in Denmark and abroad.“Kent Damsgaard is used to leading professional environments, he is a skilled networker and has long experience safeguarding interests at the highest level,” Mortensen said.“At the same time, he is a recognised leader who can prioritise and motivate, and he can also communicate clearly,” she said.Before working at DI, Damsgaard has been a deputy director of Denmark’s largest pension fund ATP, a head of department at the Danish Ministry of Taxation and chief economist at the Liberal Party of former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.Incoming CEO Damsgaard said the insurance and pensions sector was a key player in ensuring the welfare and security of the individual Dane, as well as in the green transition of Danish society.“At the same time, the industry is facing major changes and opportunities as a result of digital development. So there are many important community agendas that we need to be driven by,” he said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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Gold Coast vendors cashing in when selling at auction

first_imgRay White Broadbeach principal Mitch Palmer said auctions were the best way to get higher offers out of buyers.“You’re never going to get as many people in the same place at the same time as you are on auction day,” he said.“That competition that’s created between buyers is a much stronger motivator.”While Mr Palmer and Mr Henderson were strong advocates for auctions, both agreed it wasn’t a sales method that suited all properties and vendors. When selling your home a big question is, do you take the property to auction or put a price tag on it? This latest data might help you decide. Picture: Jerad WilliamsGOLD Coasters who sell their houses under the hammer tend to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars more than those who have attached a price tag.Latest realestate.com.au data showed there was a difference of almost $340,000 between selling at auction and through a private treaty sale.Auctioned properties sold for an average of $878,295 while private treaty sales fetched an average of $539,503.The margin has increased in the past four years; the difference in 2015 was about $94,000. MORE NEWS: Home of House Rules Winners hits the marketMORE NEWS: Spring has sprung early for property market Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said auctions create competition.Chief realestate.com.au economist Nerida Conisbee said there was no better time to sell at auction as listings were low.“Buyers are back in a big way creating increased competition and we know that properties that go to auction return better results for sellers, and on average are sold in half the time of those listed for private sale,” she said.“In softer markets, we tend to see an increase in private sales but realestate.com.au data shows that sellers who go to auction consistently do better than those who list by private sale.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“We know … the market is changing rapidly so sellers should get in now to name their price while stock levels remain low.”center_img While auctions can pay off, they aren’t for everyone according to local experts.Real Estate Institute of Queensland Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said strong migration from interstate where auctions were more prevalent and the increasing popularity of TV property shows, including The Block, made people feel more comfortable with auctions.“It gives people more confidence in auctions,” he said.“It’s a lot more popular now and it seems to increase in popularity every year.”He said auctions also offered a level playing field for buyers because they were all bidding under the same conditions.“Auctions are the best way to really show what a market value is for a property (because) it’s what someone is willing to pay for it under market conditions.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat does property demand mean?01:38last_img read more

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Mike Singletary steps down as high school football coach after compiling 1-21 record

first_imgMORE: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin favors incentivizing minority hires to fix ‘broken’ systemSingletary went on to work as an assistant with the Vikings and Rams before more recently moving on to the AAF and high school football.Between his time at the NFL, AAF and high school levels, Singletary has compiled a head coaching record of 21-49 (.300). Going 1-21 at a high school program is a far cry from coaching in the NFL, which Singletary did for 12 seasons. He started out as a linebackers coach for the Ravens in 2003. Two seasons later, he joined Baltimore defensive coordinator Mike Nolan in heading to the 49ers.When Nolan was fired as head coach midway through the 2008, San Francisco named Singletary interim head coach. He remained at the helm for two more seasons, amassing an 18-22 record in two and a half before being dismissed heading into the final week of the 2010 season. Mike Singletary has accomplished a lot of great things in his football career. He was a Hall of Fame linebacker with the Bears, most notably playing on the vaunted 1985 defense that led Chicago to a Super Bowl championship. But his coaching career hasn’t quite panned out the way he hoped.The Dallas Morning News reported last week that Singletary resigned from his head coaching duties at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas. In two seasons at TCA, Singletary compiled a 1-21 record, including a winless 0-11 season in 2019. The school’s athletic director, Donald English, told the Morning News that Singletary has been focused on motivational speaking and consulting since his resignation.last_img read more

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first_imgTHE Darkness Into Light events today in Co Donegal have been hugely successful.The event in Letterkenny even had its own warm-up man – Donegal Daily columnist and Rushe Fitness boss Emmet Rushe was up before dawn (well before dawn) to get everyone warmed up.The event was held this year again to raise awareness and funds for Pieta House. Thousands of people across Donegal took part – they were among an estimated 150,000 people who took part across Ireland this morning.The Darkness Into Light 5k run/walk, which raises funds for suicide and self-harm charity Pieta House, got under way at 4.15am.“To feel the energy and the support of 120,000 people at our back is overwhelming. This is the Irish at their very best and it gives us the courage and confidence to continue doing the work of Pieta House,” said founder Joan Freeman.This year’s event was supported by Electric Ireland, with Donegal athlete Mark English promoting it nationwide. Suicide helplines:Samaritans 116 123 or email [email protected] 1800 247 247 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement)Aware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email [email protected] – (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)In Rathmullan (below) hundreds of people took part.DARKNESS INTO LIGHT EVENTS HUGELY SUCCESSFUL was last modified: May 7th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Darkness into Lightdonegallast_img read more