Smartwool Long Run Short

first_imgSmartwool is jumping into the running short game in the Spring of 2013. They will be offering a run short which has a 5” inseam as well as a long run short that have a 7” inseam. Smartwool sent me a pair of their Long Run Shorts to test, and over the course of this fall and winter I put them through their paces.Let’s start with the positives about these shorts. First they are incredibly comfortable.  The internal brief is made of merino wool and not only provides excellent support; it is also comfortable and does not chafe or rub in any areas. You runners out there know that there is nothing worse than an uncomfortable pair of shorts. I was sent the Graphite colored shorts and they are quite attractive with a lime colored brief, which provides a great contrast to the gray.For Smartwool’s first offering they did a great job with a few of the more technical aspects of the shorts. First they managed to put a pocket on the shorts. A zippered back pocket that is just big enough for a set of keys or a gel. For a race day short sure you don’t need a pocket, but for all the runs out your door or those longer runs a little pocket is quite nice. I do most of my weekday runs in the evening. This is when my running partner is available, so I try to take precautions to be safe. Reflectors, lights, etc are a must and the Smartwool shorts have full 360-degree reflectivity plus a reflective logo on the right hem. I think this is great because even if you forget a blinkie you at least have a bit of flash to help make you visible.Now to move onto a few things that I think could be improved. First up is the drawstring. To get the short sufficiently snug I felt like I really had to crank down on the drawstring, which stretches a lot. I ended up with a lot of excess drawstring and think having a thicker less stretchy drawstring material could help. My next complaint, my last, is more of a preference than a complaint really. I ran cross-country and track in high school and am used to a shorter short. I had a tough time enjoying the length of the long run short. With a 7” inseam they came to my knees, and while I never had an issue with the material grabbing at my thigh, it just wasn’t what I am used to. I suggest going with the regular run short (5” inseam) and not the long version if you are used to shorter shorts. On the flip side of this I am sure there are an equal amount of people who are excited for the long option so they aren’t flashing their thighs to the general public.Overall I think these shorts are a great addition to Smartwool’s running gear quiver. A merino brief is amazing, and I think with a better drawstring and the regular model these would be a perfect pair of shorts. Get prepared for the Spring Running season and get yourself a pair.You can find these shorts here and they run $80.last_img read more

Still waiting: Cash-strapped PLN yet to receive $3b from government

first_img“They said it would be paid out this year,” the former banker told lawmakers during a House of Representatives (DPR) hearing in Jakarta on Wednesday.The government owes Indonesia’s sole electricity distribution company for electricity subsidies incurred over the past two years. PLN is due to receive Rp 23 trillion for subsidies in 2018 and Rp 15 trillion for 2019.Disbursing the compensation funds is particularly urgent for cash-strapped PLN as the company faces cash flow risks in the second quarter, due to a bill payment relaxation scheme introduced following a recent fiasco.Around 4.6 million residential customers of PLN reported a spike in their power bills in June amid the implementation of the government’s working-from-home policy introduced to contain the coronavirus spread. State-owned electricity company PLN says it has yet to receive compensation worth billions of dollars from the government for offering power to customers below market prices.PLN president director Zulkifli Zaini said on Wednesday that the utility company was still waiting for the government to disburse the funds, which amounted to Rp 45 trillion (US$3.17 billion).Read also: PLN books $2.8b loss in Q1 amid weakening rupiah PLN also faces cash flow problems due to low electricity price ceilings and high power plant investment. Furthermore, the company is giving discounts to 31 million of Indonesia’s poorest homes as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts.Read also: Consumers lament PLN electricity bill spikeThe State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry previously announced billions of dollars in compensation for big SOEs, including Rp 48.46 trillion for PLN. Other state companies, such as national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and steelmaker Krakatau Steel, will receive working capital guarantees.“The government has liabilities to SOEs that amount to Rp 108.48 trillion,” said ministry spokesman Arya Sinulingga on June 5.PLN booked a net loss Rp 38.9 trillion in this year’s first quarter, down from a net profit of Rp 4.12 trillion in the same period last year, after the rupiah exchange rate fell to a record low against the greenback in March.Topics :last_img read more

DPS suspects loud noise to be vandalism

first_imgA possible shooting occurred Sunday at 1155 W. 24th St., though the incident appears to be an act of vandalism with a bb gun or a rock, said Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle.The report of the shooting occurred at 7 p.m. by a USC graduate student who lived in the house. The graduate student, who was unidentified, was the only person to report the incident, which led DPS to believe that a large shooting did not occur.“The person reporting the shooting said they heard a large crack,” Carlisle said. “They said that something pierced their window and thought it was a gunshot. No one else around the area heard it though.”Though the Los Angeles Police Department monitors incidents that are reported to DPS, because the incident was contained, only DPS officers, along with the DPS watch commander, went to the scene, according to Carlisle.Though the incident was minor, DPS issued a Trojans Alert to the University Park Campus student body at approximately 7:27 p.m. that urged students to remain away from the area. DPS officials sent an incident resolution email was sent out at 7:39 p.m. to students.“We wanted to send out the [Trojans] Alert just in case it caused danger to any students,” Carlisle said. “But, luckily, the incident was quickly resolved and no one was injured.”DPS will handle the investigation.last_img read more