1. Jackson Kayak Carbon Rock StarJackson Kayak gave their uber popular Rock Star playboat the carbon treatment, reinforcing it with Kevlar and dropping the weight to a ridiculous 9.8 kilograms. That’s a bit over 20 pounds for us Americans. It’s super light and built to do one thing: soar on aerials and win freestyle competitions. This ain’t a river-running boat, but if you’re looking for some help to perfect your McNasty, take note.$2,800; jacksonkayak.com40. Dagger Nomad 8.1 KayakSimply put, it’s the ultimate creek boat. Yet it’s perfectly suited to paddlers of all levels, thanks to its predictability, stability, and speed. It turns smoothly and tucks into small eddies when you need them most. The displacement hull helps absorb impact from bigger boofs. And the boat’s impressive speed and quick resurfacing come in handy for plowing through big holes. As a result, it’s an easy boat to paddle, whether novice or gonzo.$979; dagger.com38. Surftech B-1 BomberFinally, a solid paddle board that’s actually built to handle the rigors of river surfing. This SUP is wide, stable, and, best of all, durable. Surftech uses a patent-pending composite polymer with a crazy-good strength-to-weight ratio to create what has to be the most durable SUP on the market. It’s a heavy board (32 pounds) but the B1 is going to handle any rocks in the river, so the trade-off is a no-brainer for paddlers who want a board that can handle Southern Appalachian rivers. $1,395; surftechsup.comWatch a video of Dane Jackson and the B-1 in actionBonus! Puma LairdThis innovative SUP is a 14-foot carbon-fiber board that mimics a boat hull, making it even faster on the water. Surf legend Laird Hamilton teamed up with yacht designer Juan Kouyoumdjian to design this lightweight racing board, which is built for speed. Expected release is spring 2012.puma.com
By Dialogo November 29, 2011 The security ministers of El Salvador, General David Munguía Payés, and Honduras, Pompeyo Bonilla, met on Salvadoran territory on November 27 to discuss measures to confront organized crime, including the region’s feared gangs, official sources announced. The meeting, held at the El Salvador’s international airport, 44 km southeast of the capital, had the objective of “coordinating actions,” especially in the so-called Northern Triangle region (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras), where the homicide rate is the highest in Central America, Bonilla explained. For Bonilla, security conditions are “deteriorating” in the Central American region, for which reason he noted, looking ahead, that “we have to face up to things very decisively, very responsibly” on the level of the Central American Integration System (SICA). One of the measures in which coordination is being sought is the “alignment” of laws that can make it possible to fight crime “more successfully.” “Only peoples that have security, that can live in peace, generate and attract investment, and investment are the only thing that can provide jobs and generate wealth for redistribution among peoples,” Bonilla said. For his part, General Munguía Payés, who was sworn in as the new Salvadoran Security Minister, declared that one of the issues also raised on November 27 was the movement of gang members and drug traffickers from one country to another. “We’ve reached the conclusion that the issue of drug trafficking, and especially the retail drug trade and gangs, is the factor that generates the most violence in the Northern Triangle, and one of the measures that we’ve thought about is that this issue should be addressed (…) with special laws, and we’re thinking about aligning these laws within SICA,” Munguía Payés added.
He could be forgiven for feeling sorry for himself, but the former Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton boss is hoping there are brighter days ahead. Asked how he maintains his own spirits, he replied with a smile: “I try to get some sleep when I can. “But the spirits are always lifted by the fans. To walk out at Morecambe and let’s be honest, half of it was Newcastle United fans coming to watch it, and if that can’t energise you, nothing will.” Pardew hopes to be able to unleash his one summer acquisition to date, Loic Remy, at some point on Saturday with the Frenchman having now trained with his new team-mates after shaking off the calf injury he was suffering with when he arrived from QPR on a season-long loan deal. Fulham were the last side to lose at St James’ Park in April with Papiss Cisse’s last-gasp winner, which prompted Pardew to leap into the embraces of delighted fans in the stands, proving crucial in their ultimately successful fight for survival. The Senegal international has not scored a league goal since and improving the supply lines to him is a priority. Pardew said: “Looking at the team, I am really looking to try to help Papiss a little bit more in terms of his service, and it’s something we will be working on.” The 52-year-old has had to contend with the controversial appointment of director of football Joe Kinnear, continued speculation over the future of French midfielder Yohan Cabaye, a frustrating lack of signings to date and a distinctly ordinary opening to the new campaign on the pitch. That combination of factors would have been difficult enough to deal with had Pardew not ended last season fighting for his job with both owner Mike Ashley and the club’s fans less than impressed with a 16th-placed Barclays Premier League finish. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits another turbulent transfer window and a tough start to the season have taken their toll on him. While he insists the events of the last few weeks have not really come as a surprise to him, he is hoping his fortunes will take a significant turn for the better as he prepares for Fulham’s visit to St James’ Park on Saturday and Monday’s transfer deadline. Pardew said: “If I had been asked during the summer what would pre-season be like, I would have suggested not too dissimilar to how it’s been. “We had a tough start in terms of Manchester City away with a new manager, and also you could almost sense that one or two of our players would be involved in this window, so I kind of sensed it was coming. “But that doesn’t mean to say it hasn’t been difficult, because it has. “It has been a very difficult period and if we can get a win on Saturday and get through to Monday with one or two additions, I will be very, very pleased.” A crushing 4-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium was followed by a dispiriting 0-0 home draw with West Ham, and Wednesday night’s 2-0 Capital One Cup victory at League Two Morecambe came courtesy largely of Pardew’s understudies and was less convincing than the scoreline suggests. But the uncertainty of Cabaye’s future – the France international has been told he is expected to be available for selection against Fulham after sitting out the opening three games – has proved draining with Arsenal’s second bid having been firmly rejected, but the Magpies are awaiting a response with time running down. Pardew could yet lose arguably his most influential performer to the Gunners and face the task of replacing him in what remains of the summer window, while his hopes of landing two more “flair” players lie in Kinnear’s hands. Press Association
Here are some of the Lakers games worth watching this season:1. vs. Clippers, Thursday: Fans get their first look at a revamped lineup and, especially, rookie Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 pick in the draft. In the second year under Coach Luke Walton, the Lakers have installed an offensive system designed to help Ball thrive.2. vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 15: The first matchup between Ball and Markelle Fultz, drafted with the top overall pick in the draft, also presents a look at a Philly team anchored by star-in-the-making Joel Embiid and redshirt rookie Ben Simmons.3. vs. Golden State, Nov. 29: The superstar-laden defending champs make their first of two visits to Staples Center. Luke Walton is trying to replicate the system he learned as an assistant under Steve Kerr. If Ball vs. Steph Curry doesn’t pique your interest, perhaps Nick Young’s improbable quest to become an NBA champion will. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers4. vs. Minnesota, Dec. 25: Red and green might soon be replaced as the official colors of Christmas by purple and gold. The annual tradition of the Lakers playing on the holiday continues with a matchup against another up-and-coming Western Conference team loaded with talent. The Timberwolves are a year ahead of the Lakers schedule after adding Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague last summer.5. at Houston, Dec. 31: The Lakers’ record going into the New Year will say a lot about the direction of the team. December brings a brutal schedule, with all 14 games against likely playoff teams and two in 11 days against Mike D’Antoni’s high-horsepower Rockets.6. at Brooklyn, Feb. 2: Was a change of scenery truly all that D’Angelo Russell needed? Or will he frustrate his new coaches with a questionable motor and apathy toward defense just like he did the Lakers organization? Russell makes his lone trip to Staples Center on Nov. 3.7. vs. Cleveland, March 11: So much has been made of the Lakers’ pursuit of LeBron James next summer, but LeBron isn’t going to consider joining a team that isn’t at least on the rise. The perennial MVP will visit Staples Center in the spring, when he should get a pretty good late-season look at what progress the young Lakers have made.