Smith Optics Launches Limited Edition Olympic Gear

first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Editors’ Recommendations With the official kickoff to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games just a short couple of days away, athletes are descending on Olympic venues and fine tuning their pre-Games rituals. Our friends at Smith Optics have more than a few sponsored athletes heading to the Games this year and because of this, they came up with a unique way to celebrate some of our favorite sports. They’ve teamed up with famed artists from Bicicleta Sem Freio, a street art collective known for their vibrant mural style, to create a very limited collection of sunglasses, apparel, and bicycle helmets.Related: How a Crash Helped Taylor Phinney Get to RioComprised of artists Douglas Castro, Victor Rocha, and Renato Reno, Bicicleta Sem Freio (literally: Bicycle Without Brakes) is known for their street art all over the world, as well as immensely colorful – almost psychedelic – imagery that has been used by brands like Nike, Sony, Levi’s and MTV. Their limited edition artwork will officially be unveiled at the games this weekend, and a limited amount will be available to the public later this month.Overtake HelmetThe Overtake’s sharp angular design lends itself well to Bicicleta’s bright, manic style. Underneath that paint job though, Smith’s AEROCORE design features both Koroyd safety material and a full MIPS liner. It is one of the lightest helmets available for road cyclists and the most ventilated. Expect to see this one on the podium at the cycling road races on August 6th in Rio.Related: Olympic Sailor Luke Ramsey On His Career and StylePivLock Arena MaxSmith’s Arena Max sunglasses were built for speed. The over sized single lens blends protection and comfort. They also have a hydrophobic coating, allowing them to stay sweat and fog free when you’re working hard. If you’re lucky enough to snag a pair of these limited editions sunglasses, you’ll have a functional piece of commemorative art that will help you look and ride faster. 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider A Brief History of Aviator Sunglasses and Our 5 Favorite Pairs Right Now The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurelast_img read more

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Nepals emergency preparedness saved lives in earthquake aftermath – UN health agency

According to WHO, the practice of hospital retrofitting – a process which involves everything from repairing cracks in walls to installing seismic belts and roof bracing – has been a core part of Nepal’s preparedness plans and helped keep the largest hospitals in the capital city of Kathmandu working throughout the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck on 25 April and the 7.3 earthquake which rattled the country on just yesterday. “Retrofitting meant that when the earthquakes struck, hospitals did not collapse,” Dr. Roderico Ofrin, WHO’s Health Response Leader, confirmed in a press release, adding that it was “clear that the investment in time and resources paid off.”“These hospitals that are standing and were retrofitted went through a process of prioritization,” Dr. Ofrin continued. “Emergency rooms, maternity wards, and operating theatres were some of the first areas where retrofitting was applied.”WHO has also been critical in assisting Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population during their implementation of emergency preparedness efforts. In 2009, for instance, it focused global attention on the need for safe facilities in emergencies through its World Health Day campaign which underscored the need for building strong health systems able to provide medical care in times of disaster and emergency. The UN agency has continued to promote this aim with direct technical and material support. However, retrofitting alone is not sufficient for an adequate healthcare response in times of disaster, the WHO has warned. Capacity building and staff training is equally important. Dr. Pradeep Vaidya, coordinator for the WHO-supported Hospital Preparedness for Emergency Programme, has noted that the response to the earthquake by Nepal’s health care providers was resilient because of pre-planning and training initiatives. “The most helpful part during the earthquake response was the hospital emergency preparedness plan,” Dr. Vaidya explained. “People knew what to do, where to meet and how things will flow when the earthquake happened. The roster management system worked well.”In Nepal, the WHO has been placing particular attention on training in triage management, putting into practice its guidelines and strategies in mass casualty systems. Due to the training, the agency said, emergency responders could quickly prioritize the injuries and save lives when large numbers of patients began to arrive in the hospitals following the recent earthquakes. read more

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