The Story of a Smokejumper with Airborne Firefighter Jason Ramos

center_img 1 of 2 Previous Next These three products are my picks for best new gear: The DMOS Collective Stealth Shovel — for almost three decades, I’ve been searching for a shovel that can handle rescue, snow, and loose debris. The DMOS Stealth and Alpha offer a U.S.-made, professional, lightweight, collapsible, incredibly strong shovel  that can be deployed for various types of missions.Portable solar just keeps getting better with companies that have a real passion for what they do — like Texenergy, who offers a portable wind turbine to power banks designed by professionals.My most important gear, however, is my personal protective equipment (PPE). If it fails, I’m not able to provide the best service I can. All gear does have a breaking point, but I pride myself in researching and purchasing the best. I use all natural fibers — merino wool and hopefully Qiviut someday — due to the huge benefits in contrast to synthetic fibers, which can be a magnet for bacteria. Good boots, merino wool socks, top-tier sunglasses, specific cold and hot weather gear … and of course good lip balm. If you take the time and resources to locate the best gear, you will be able to perform at a much higher level to get the project or mission complete.And for those who are interested, my favorite meal after a long shift is Spam with rice and black beans with a melted Snickers bar for dessert. Image courtesy of Jason Ramos On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beardlast_img read more

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Saudi Arabia agrees to MOU with Lanka on maids

Days after the execution, Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia was recalled by the Sri Lankan government and in a tit for tat action Saudi Arabia too recalled its envoy from the island nation.Hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankan women seek employment in the Middle East, some of them come back home abused and tortured, according to international human rights groups. “For the first time ever the Saudi Arabian government has agreed to sign a MoU with Sri Lanka regarding migrant workers after it had repeatedly rejected such requests in the past. The MoU will include the welfare measures necessary to protect Sri Lankan migrant workers,” Perera said. The MoU between the two countries comes just months after Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek was executed by Saudi Arabia for being convicted of killing an infant in her care in 2005 while she was 17 years of age.The execution took place despite repeated appeals by the Sri Lankan government including President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a pardon for Nafeek from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. Saudi Arabia has agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Lankan to protect Sri Lankan migrant workers.Sri Lanka’s Foreign Employment and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera said the MoU will be signed soon with the Saudi Arabian government, adding that similar MoU had already been signed with the Oman and Kuwaiti governments, the Xinhua news agency reported. He said that discussions were also being held to introduce a quota system on the recruitment of Sri Lankan housemaids to the Middle East per year. read more

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