Winter Gear Guide 2009: Winter Camping

first_imgBula Foot Print Beanie A hat is a hat, until you start looking at the materials that go into that hat. The Foot Print is constructed with a sustainable bamboo and wool blend and a comfy recycled microfleece liner. $25. Bulabula.com.BulaFootPrintBeanie_Marble_clip_FIXBig Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Don’t think of this as a four-season tent. Think of the Flying Diamond as your winter mountain home. It’s completely waterproof and windproof from top to bottom, with enough floor space to sleep eight and the headroom to accommodate Andre the Giant. Add the mesh gear loft to keep your packs and jackets organized and pop open the front vestibule for a shaded front porch. $599.95. bigagnes.com.MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes You only wear snowshoes for one reason: to save energy when hiking in deep snow. The Lightning Ascent maximizes the energy savings by offering an uber-light and stable platform that keeps your ankles out of the snow and your legs fresh for the trail ahead. The shoes are edged in light aluminum with “teeth” that grip the snow, while the rubber center provides the float you expect from a snowshoe. $259.95. msrgear.com.MSRLightingAscentOrange_clip_FIXWestern Mountaineering Antelope A five-degree bag may not keep you warm enough on your thru-hike of Antarctica, but it does the trick below the Mason Dixon most of the time. And the Antelope weighs under 2.5 lbs, making it the perfect partner for winter backpacking trips. With seven inches of natural down loft and a fully insulated collar and hood, this five-degree bag might keep you warmer than some zero-degree bags on the market. $435. Westernmountaineering.com. westernmountaineringAntelopeSMF_clip_FIXMountain Hardwear Dragon A lightweight, wind and water-resistant soft shell, the Dragon is designed for intensely aerobic winter activities (think cross country skiing or ice climbing), which means it’s highly breathable with a full range of movement. But our wear-tester loved the details built into the Dragon, like the thumb loops, chamois lined collar, and convenient chest pocket perfect for an Ipod or map. $240. Mountainhardwear.com. 1 2 3last_img read more

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Back to School

first_img“Why don’t we all start off with a little introduction,” says Jason, our Wilderness First Aid (WFA) instructor from Landmark Learning.It was 8am on a Saturday morning and for the first time in over a year, I was back in school. Literally.Last weekend, my alma mater, Emory & Henry College, served as host for a WFA course through Landmark Learning’s Wilderness Medicine Institute. I was back in my old stomping grounds, the college’s outdoor program building, the very place where I first tied a figure eight knot and learned about Leave No Trace.There was the same whiteboard in front of me, the same canoes cinched in the rafters above, the same wall stacked with boats and backpacks and climbing gear. I remember spending long nights at that building. It was our home away from home, the place we went to when we needed a quiet place to study but, more often than not, found ourselves distracted by the bouldering cave and the Sublime tunes we blasted over the speaker system. Ah, those were the days.The last time I took a WFA course, I was deep in the jungles of the Amazon on my NOLS semester abroad. At the time, it didn’t just seem appropriate that I was learning about wilderness first aid – it was downright necessary. That was back in 2011 though, and I’d since let my two-year certification expire, thinking, “I’m not going to be a guide or an instructor. I don’t need it.”But when my mentor and former outdoor program director Jim told me the college was hosting the course, I decided it would be worth my while to get a refresher. After all, I certainly hadn’t stopped recreating in the outdoors. In fact, my job required it. While I hadn’t needed to use any of my first aid skills in the past couple of years, it was only a matter of time. IMG_9112Ironically, that time came just two days prior to my WFA course. A few friends of mine in Asheville decided to show me around the singletrack at Bent Creek so I could christen my Violet on the local N.C. trails. As we were charging through one of the last downhill sections of our ride, one of my friends hit the front brake just a little too hard and sent herself OTB x 2.She landed, shoulder first, on a raised root system, shielding her face as the bike came crashing after her. It happened so fast, and her wipeout was so graceful, that at first I wasn’t sure if she would bounce right back up laughing or if she would continue to lay there in the fetal position, crumpled in a ball of hurt.Of course, it was the latter that ensued. My friends and I immediately sprung into action, asking about her head, her back, what hurt most, could she move at all, did anything feel broken? We kept her on her side while the initial shock of the wipeout wore off. We exposed her shoulder, assessing the already red and swollen lump and concluding that it likely wasn’t broken, but that she definitely was not riding out.Surprisingly, we all kicked into gear like a well-oiled machine. One of the guys hopped on his bike and rode the remaining few miles out to grab a truck while the rest of us split up other duties like carrying her pack, walking her bike, and helping her get comfortable enough to hike out. I fashioned a sling for her out of my Deuter day pack and we proceeded to walk in the fading daylight toward the gravel road. Fortunately, a kind couple picked her up shortly afterward and she’s on the mend as we speak.IMG_9101“My name’s Manda, and I’ve never done anything like this before, but I figure it’s a good thing to know,” says a woman off to my right.We’d finally made it through all of the introductions. From zoologists to Boy Scout troop leaders, swimming coaches, and search and rescue volunteers, it was amazing how different the 14 people in the room were. Educators, students, working professionals from every background, some who were seasoned outdoorsmen and others who openly admitted to being “lab rats.”“Now, imagine you are mountain biking in DuPont State Forest and your buddy has a really bad wreck,” Jason says, setting the stage for our first scenario post-introductions. “What do you do?”For the next two days, Jason answered that question. What do you do when you’re in the wilderness and you or someone else gets injured? He talked us through the basics of backcountry medicine, how to size up the scene of an accident, perform a comprehensive patient assessment, formulate a treatment and, if needed, an evacuation plan. We even learned how to execute basic short-term treatments for everything from hypothermia to dislocated shoulders and full thickness burns.Sure, there’s a pretty low likelihood of any of us on the East encountering someone suffering from altitude sickness or a life-threatening amputation, but knowing even the basics could be the difference between life and death. Sometimes I catch myself getting sucked into invincibility mode, that dangerous point where your skills and your adventures start to plateau and, after so many incident-free outings, you begin to get complacent. That’s never a good place to be and I’m always quick to be humbled, but especially after the Bent Creek incident and the WFA wake-up call, I realized just how quickly things can turn bad when you’re a few hours from hospitals and reliable cell reception.IMG_9120“The number one thing you can do to help yourself is prevention,” Jason says on our final day of training. “If you can prevent an accident from happening, you’ll never have to deal with the repercussions.”I couldn’t agree more, and I encourage everyone to get a little basic first aid training regardless of their level of outdoor activity. I’d say if it doesn’t personally make you feel better about going out in the woods alone, it’ll surely make your climbing partners and paddling buddies feel a little safer knowing someone in the group can lend a hand in a time of need.Have you had any close calls in the woods? Ever needed to call upon your first aid skills in the wilderness? Let’s hear some stories!last_img read more

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Mountain Mama Paddles the North Fork (Finally)

first_img“Oh you wouldn’t like it – there are some steep drops and it’s manky in places,” Seven years ago my then-boyfriend off-handedly said as he left to paddle the North Fork of the French Broad.His words tangled in my head until a story about that run took root that I couldn’t paddle that stretch. Over the years whenever a friend told me about someone who got stuck in the eddy of doom or busted a boat paddling the North Fork, I took it as proof that I didn’t belong paddling there. Then I moved to Brevard and the North Fork became my home river. I resisted paddling it even as part of me longed to see it for myself. Until Saturday when one of my favorite people to paddle with, someone who gives simple directions and has a knack of staying calm, asked me if I wanted to paddle it. The level was perfect for my first run, the water green and clear. The day otherwise unaccounted for – childfree and my usually unruly to-do list tamed. I said yes even as my stomach roiled into pretzel-shaped knots. My mind returned to what could go wrong, but then I thought about how much I’d regret this opportunity to finally paddle this stretch of water. If not now, when, I reminded myself. We all grapple with two kinds of fear says author Ben Arment – the fear of failure and the fear of insignificance. When we focus on our fear of failure, we become shrunken versions of ourselves, living in the shadow of who we could have been. I walked slowly to the put-in, even my quads resisting my decision to paddle. Sure, I scouted some rapids and decided not to run them. My paddle shaft bumped into my lip, leaving it fat and bruised. Something else happened on that run, I fell in love with kayaking again. Looking up from the deep gorge at yesterday’s rain tricking down the steep canyon walls, the mossy green covering grey rocks and the ferns carpeting the forest, stirred the need to spend time in wild places, to push through the edge of my own comfort.I paddled out with an ear-to-ear smile. Grateful I had decided to paddle. Every time we prioritize our fear of insignificance over our fear of failure, we are creating bold, interesting lives, the existence our twelve-year-old selves would be proud of. Our everyday acts add up to create the lives only we could have lived, full of misadventures and glimpses of the divine places.last_img read more

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Britney Spears ‘Will Not Perform’ With Dad Jamie in Charge: Lawyer

first_imgIn response, one of Jamie’s lawyers, Vivian Lee Thoreen, brushed off Ingham’s comments as hearsay and claimed that he has prevented Britney, 38, from speaking to Jamie, 68.The hearing was held to determine whether Jamie will remain the co-conservator of Britney’s estate. However, Judge Brenda Penny ultimately decided not to suspend Jamie on Tuesday, saying the matter can be further discussed “down the road.”Britney Spears Dad Jamie Is Out Remains Co-Conservator Her Estate Amid Court BattleBritney Spears and Jamie Spears. Jim Smeal/Shutterstock; ShutterstockJamie was appointed Britney’s conservator in February 2008 after her public breakdown, putting him in charge of her medical and financial decisions, among other powers. He stepped down as conservator of her person in September 2019, citing “personal health reasons,” but remained conservator of her estate.- Advertisement – Britney Spears’ attorney blamed the pop star’s hiatus from the music industry on her father, Jamie Spears, during a court hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 10.“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father. She also stated that she will not perform as long as her father is in charge of her career,” Samuel D. Ingham III claimed. “We are really at a crossroads.”- Advertisement – The Crossroads star, who has not released an album in more than four years, announced in January 2019 that she was going on an indefinite work hiatus. She subsequently spent one month in a mental health facility. A source exclusively told Us in August that “there has been significant improvement in Britney’s overall medical treatment plan” since Jamie stepped down as the conservator of her person.Fans have called for the conservatorship to end using the hashtag #FreeBritney on social media. Britney acknowledged the movement for the first time in September, saying in court documents obtained by Us that she “welcomes and appreciates the informed support of her many fans.” In a November 2 Instagram video, she assured her followers that she is “the happiest [she’s] ever been” in her life.The entertainer shares sons Preston, 15, and Jayden, 14, with ex-husband Kevin Federline.With reporting by Marjorie HernandezListen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The Grammy winner requested to have Jamie removed from the case entirely in August, stating in court documents obtained by Us Weekly that she was “strongly opposed” to his return. In his place, she asked that Jodi Montgomery, the care manager who temporarily took over as conservator of her person, “continue in that role” and that Bessemer Trust Company, a private wealth management firm, oversee her estate.Britney’s attorney Ingham was granted permission in October to hire a law firm to assist in their legal battle against Jamie. In response, the former building contractor argued that bringing additional lawyers onto the case would take away more money from Britney’s multimillion-dollar fortune.Jamie made a case for why he should have remained co-conservator of the estate in court documents filed earlier this month, noting that he managed Britney’s business affairs and assets for years and once saved her from potential financial ruin.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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The WTTC has released protocols for the adventure tourism industry

first_imgRead more in the attachment. By the way, the WTTC has published various protocols for the tourism industry, which you can view HERE The WTTC protocols for the adventure tourism industry have been compiled based on insights and frameworks developed by the Adventure Travel Association (ATTA). The ATTA guidelines were created using the international industry standards and public resources of the CDC, WHO, and governments. Also, one of the consultants in compiling security protocols was the Cleveland Clinic. – As tourism professionals, our priority now is to make adventure travel come back strong and sustainable. WTTC and ATTA, working together on global adventure travel guidelines, have made significant efforts to support companies around the world in reopening tourism as quickly and safely as possible, said Shannon Stowell, CEO of ATTA. / / / CROATIA GOT WTTC SEAL FOR SAFE TRAVEL Within these protocols, the adventure tourism industry refers to a wide range of adventure tourism experiences, including cycling, rafting, trekking, skiing, snowboarding, safaris and culinary tours, etc.… Not only are these activities mostly outdoors, thus limiting time spent indoors, rather, group sizes can be managed to allow for physical distancing. Adventure tourism is expected to grow in the post-COVID period. Reduce participant capacity limits for activities as needed to allow for physical distancingEnsure special focus on the level of difficulty of the activity so that it does not exceed the abilities and skills of guests, which reduces the need for possible rescueEnable clear, consistent and up-to-date communication on new health and hygiene protocols through the organization’s channels, both digitally and physically through clear labelsPromote covid contact search applications if required by local lawNotify guests of available support if questions or concerns ariseShare guidelines for guests before travel or activities digitally and in person upon arrival based on health authority advice, which may include wearing face masks or blankets, guidelines on hand hygiene, and avoiding physical contact. Encourage guests to buy tickets online if possibleKeeping family or group members together for all activities to help organizers reduce the risk of exposure to those outside the “community” wherever possibleEnsure, where possible, that each guest can handle their own equipment and facilities during the trip. Where possible, guests should be encouraged to bring their own equipment or gear, such as bicycles, skis and helmets.Limited physical contact and queuing where possible The latest protocols for the global travel and tourism sector focus on measures to ensure the reopening of adventure tourism, which should record an increase in popularity as travelers seek more unique experiences after COVID-19. WTTC protocol for the adventure tourism industry / / / ATTA: ADVENTURE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT INDEX 2020 ANNOUNCED. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) presented the latest set of measures aimed at rebuilding consumer confidence in the world, reducing risk and encouraging the return of safe travel. – We know that travelers will want to explore the world around them once again, as long as they are confident in their safety. The return of travel and tourism will help a strong global economic recovery, which is why these protocols are so important, Guevera concluded.center_img Related news: Supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the WTTC protocols also take into account the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the WTTC Safe Travel brand recognizes safe destinations. It was just recently and Croatia receives WTTC seal for safe travel / /./ ATTA: THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE STATE OF THE ADVENTURE TRAVEL MARKET The WTTC, which represents the global private travel and tourism sector, held in-depth discussions with key stakeholders and organizations to ensure maximum coordination and practical implementation on the ground. – Adventure tourism is becoming increasingly popular among travelers and will be a key component of travel in the new normal situation. According to our recently launched dashboard to recover the demand for travel COVID-19, it is also one of the fastest growing segments, which is why it is crucial to establish measures that allow safe travel for adventure travelers, said Gloria Guevara, president and CEO of WTTC, adding that consumer confidence is crucial for continued travel and tourism. The WTTC divided the new guidelines into four pillars, including operational and staff preparedness; providing a safe experience; restoration of trust and self-confidence; and implementing policies that make it possible. Although the announced measures are not something new that we do not already know about the new discovery, they include: Attachment: Global_Protocols_for_the_New_Normal___Adventure_Tourism .last_img read more

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Babson Capital to combine subsidiaries under Barings name

first_imgBabson Capital Management is to combine its business with that of its subsidiaries Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, Wood Creek Capital Management and Baring Asset Management into one firm under the Barings brand.The amalgamation of the businesses, which are all affiliates of the MassMutual Financial Group (a marketing name for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company), will create an international, multi-asset investment manager with more than $260bn (€183bn) in assets under management, the companies announced jointly.Tom Finke, chairman and chief executive at Babson, said: “As a unified firm, we will be better able to deliver our diverse and global investment offerings to clients.”Finke will head up the new company whose headquarters will be in Charlotte, North Carolina in the US. David Brennan, meanwhile, chairman and chief executive of Barings for the last 14 years, will retire as planned this summer.The companies said they did not expect investment leadership to be changed at the combined firm because the the investment areas involved were complementary.But distribution and marketing capabilities will be combined to support the new company, they said.They expect the first phase of integration to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2016, subject to regulatory approval.The decision to use the Barings brand and logo for the combined company reinforces the “global aspect of the new firm, the diversified nature of its client base and the Barings heritage that dates back to 1762”, the companies said.Both brand and logo will be “refreshed to reflect the global nature of the new Barings and signify the unified platform of the affiliates,” according to the announcement.The Barings name stems from its origins within Barings Bank, a longstanding English merchant bank that collapsed in 1995. It had suffered huge losses from speculative investments in a high-profile scandal involving Singapore-based employee Nick Leeson.The bank was then sold to Dutch bank ING, which in 2005 sold the investment management activities of Baring Asset Management and the rights to use the Baring Asset Management name to MassMutual. Babson Capital Management, which focuses on corporate debt, has €82.8bn in assets managed on behalf of external institutional clients, according to end-2015 data collected by IPE, with €20.7bn of this for European clients.London-based Barings has total assets under management of €32.4bn, of which €23.1bn is for external institutional clients, according to IPE data.Of this, €6bn is managed on behalf of European institutional clients.Casey Quirk advised on the corporate restructuring.last_img read more

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Belgium down on FTT, forging ahead on IORP II, cross-border bid

first_imgCome to Belgium! That was one of the main messages emerging from an industry event held by the Belgian occupational pension fund association in Brussels last week.The PensioPlus-organised seminar was dedicated to the opportunities for cross-border pension activity under revised EU pension fund legislation – the new directive on Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORP II).Boosting cross-border activity is a key objective of the directive.Attendees at the event were given a European Commission run-through of the genesis and meaning of the IORP II provisions on cross-border pension activity and transfers, and also heard a member state view courtesy of Luk Behets, legal adviser at the Belgian supervisor, the Financial Services and Market Authority (FSMA). The following two presentations, about ExxonMobil OFP and Resaver, showcased the establishment of cross-border pension funds in Belgium – the drivers behind these projects, the benefits and what is involved.Belgium has been keen to position itself as a, if not the, prime location for cross-border pension funds – or pan-European pension funds, as they are frequently also referred to.There are currently around 80 cross-border IORPs.That the Belgian regulator is a soft touch – the argument often heard from the Dutch – is “a total misconception”, said Ton van der Linden, business services manager and treasurer at ExxonMobil for the Benelux and chair of the ExxonMobil OFP, the cross-border IORP in Belgium.Asked to comment on the charge that Belgium’s bid to host cross-border pension funds rests on regulatory “arbitrage”, van der Linden said “it is a common misunderstanding in the Netherlands that the Belgian regulator is easy-going”.“I can assure you this is not the case,” he said.He said the two regulators had a different “attitude”, with the Dutch regulator – DNB – taking a more rules-based approach and offering “no flexibility at all”, and the Belgian regulator – FSMA – taking a more principles-based approach.ExxonMobil has cited financial-buffer requirements in the Netherlands as one of the reasons for wanting to relocate its Dutch pension scheme to Belgium.Van der Linden also said the Belgian regulator was “cheaper” than the Dutch one.He said ExxonMobil had also considered the UK and Luxembourg as potential sites for a cross-border pension fund but that the existence of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) in the UK was a deterrent.As a strong company, ExxonMobil did not see much point in paying a premium to insure its fund against default, he said. The ExxonMobil cross-border fund is close to going live in early 2017 subject to “a few wrinkles being ironed out”.It obtained approval from the Dutch regulator, De Nederlandsche Bank, this month. IORP II leaderTom Feys, senior adviser on the financial sector in the Ministry of Finance, told delegates the Belgian government was aiming to be at the vanguard of EU member states implementing the new IORP Directive, just as it was among the “first movers” to transpose the previous directive back in 2006. It has established a task force to do this.Feys also reiterated the government’s commitment to promoting cross-border pension funds in Belgium, highlighting FSMA’s “open-minded, solutions-orientated” approach and a favourable tax regime as some of the attractive aspects.He said the finance minister, Johan Van Overtveldt [corrected], aimed to take advantage of every trip abroad to promote cross-border pension funds to multinationals.The Belgian government is going cold on the financial transaction tax (FTT) it has been negotiating with nine other EU member states, according to comments from Feys.He said the latest text from the European Commission failed to take into account the conditions of the Belgian government, such as pension funds and insurance companies being excluded from its scope, and that “there is also a growing concern, since Brexit” that going ahead with a tax that would only apply to 10 countries – not including neighbouring Luxembourg and the Netherlands – would “divert financial activity”.The Belgian government is of the view that this is contrary to the Capital Markets Union (CMU) project, and it is going to take this up with the Commission, according to Feys.“We are more and more convinced this should be done at the right level, meaning at least at the level of EU 28 – 27 – countries, or even at the OECD level, because it would distort competition in an incredible way,” said Feys.PensioPlus has argued strongly against the FTT, saying it would have a “devastating” impact on Belgian pension funds.The financial transactions tax was on the agenda of a meeting of member state finance and economy ministers in early December; a new proposal is awaited from the Commission but has yet to be released, IPE understands.last_img read more

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NDE Offshore Scoops Bard Offshore 1 Gig

first_imgNDE Offshore, a Sweden-based provider of offshore services, has been recently awarded a two-year inspection, repair and maintenance contract with Ocean Breeze Energy. The service contract includes inspections, maintenance and installation activities as well as ICCP works at the Bard Offshore 1 wind farm in Germany. The project started in mid May this year.NDE Offshore will continue the combined topside and subsea operation using the vessel Ocean Zephyr, equipped with a Walk-to-Work system and ROV. The campaign will comprise of topside inspection, service and installation as well as underwater inspections of the transition pieces. The installation scope, is carried out from a second vessel, Glomar Wave.David Malmberg, sales and marketing manager at NDE Offshore, says: “This contract demonstrates the strong partnership we have developed with Ocean Breeze over the past years. We are very much looking forward to the continued cooperation.”Bard Offshore 1 is located 100 kilometers northwest of Borkum and comprises 80 wind turbines with a total capacity of 400MW.last_img read more

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Samaras set for Hawthorns exit

first_img Striker Samaras is the latest player to be trimmed from the Baggies’ squad during Pulis’ January overhaul. Fellow summer signing Silvestre Varela, who was on loan from Porto, has joined Parma and Sebastian Blanco is on the verge of moving to San Lorenzo in Argentina. The futures of £10million record signing Brown Ideye and defender Jason Davidson and are also in doubt. Head coach Pulis, who replaced Alan Irvine last month, continues to chase Wigan’s Callum McManaman and has a serious interest in Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher. The Greece international is expected to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal on a six-month deal with a view to a permanent move, Press Association Sport understands. He signed a two-year deal in the summer after joining on a free from Celtic but has made just eight substitute appearances, all without scoring. Press Associationcenter_img Georgios Samaras is set to leave West Brom on loan as Tony Pulis’ clearout continues.last_img read more

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AOC: Happy Trump’s Tulsa Turnout was Sabotaged by ‘Teens on TikTok’

first_imgIn a Twitter post, Ocasio-Cortez claimed the Trump campaign had been scammed by teenage anti-Trump activists who allegedly reserved scores of tickets for the Tulsa event online – then failed to show up, thus preventing others from being able to attend.Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVIDShout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud. https://t.co/jGrp5bSZ9T— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 21, 2020 “Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok,” the New York Democrat wrote in response to a Twitter message by Trump 2020 Campaign chief Brad Parscale, who argued that “Radical protestors” in Tulsa had prevented some of the president’s supporters from entering the BOK Center, where the rally was held.Tim Murtaugh, a Trump 2020 Campaign spokesman, reiterated the Parscale claim of protester interference, The New York Times reported.TV images showed much of the upper tier of Tulsa’s BOK Center remained empty during the rally, with other space visible in the lower seating areas as well — a different result than the big turnout the Trump campaign had predicted during the week.Ocasio-Cortez claimed that teens “flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID.FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2019, photo, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens to questioning of Michael Cohen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. Rand Paul is drawing on the star power of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a new ally backing President Donald Trump’s efforts to withdraw U.S. troops from the war in Syria. The new Democratic congresswoman is among a dozen lawmakers signing on to a bipartisan letter to Trump in support of his “deliberate withdrawal” from the country’s war. Paul told reporters Wednesday it’s a continuation of “the bipartisan movement in Congress to snatch back power” from the executive branch when it comes to war authority. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)In a separate message, Ocasio-Cortez thanked “KPop allies,” a term referring to fans of Korean pop music.“KPop allies, we see and appreciate your contributions in the fight for justice too,” the congresswoman wrote.Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVIDBrad ParscaleRadical protestors, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage, interfered with @realDonaldTrump supporters at the rally.They even blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering.Thanks to the 1,000s who made it anyway!https://t.co/eM2nohMEy6— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 20, 2020 @parscaleRadical protestors, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage, interfered with @realDonaldTrump supporters at the rally.They even blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering.Thanks to the 1,000s who made it anyway!https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jun/20/anti-trump-protesters-interfere-presidents-rally-f/ …An Iowa woman posted a video on TikTok last week, encouraging people to participate in the alleged scam, CNN reported.“All of those of us that want to see this 19,000 seat auditorium barely filled or completely empty go reserve tickets now and leave him standing alone there on the stage,” the woman, identified as Mary Jo Laupp, told her TikTok follwers.Thousands of other TikTok users posted similar messages as the plan spread online, The New York Times reported.“It spread mostly through Alt TikTok — we kept it on the quiet side where people do pranks and a lot of activism,” YouTuber Elijah Daniel, 26, told the Times. “K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly. They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want.”Many of those participating in the alleged scam deleted their posts after 24 to 48 hours in a bid to limit word of the plan from spreading on mainstream social media, the Times report said.“These kids are smart and they thought of everything,” Daniel told the paper.KPop activists were previously linked to campaigns to raise money for Black Lives Matter, fight racist hashtags on Twitter and disrupt the eyewitness app of the Dallas Police Department, Vulture.com reported.last_img read more

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