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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EU leaders predict dire future if EUCanada trade deal fails

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel arrives for the EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. British Prime Minister Theresa May will hold her first talks with European Union leaders and tell them that the U.K.’s decision to leave the bloc is irreversible. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys) by Raf Casert, The Associated Press Posted Oct 20, 2016 10:34 am MDT Last Updated Oct 20, 2016 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRUSSELS – Fearing final rejection by a small Belgian region, leaders of the European Union warned early Friday that if a free trade deal with a close partner like Canada fails it could mean the end of such agreements with any other country.The 28 EU member countries and Canada continued to push hard Friday to persuade Belgium’s francophone Wallonia region to back the so-called CETA deal, which needs unanimity among all EU members. Belgium, in turn, can only back the deal if it has unanimity among all of its regions.Wallonia piled on more pressure late Thursday by dismissing the EU’s latest offer, which included concessions on anything from social security to data protection.“At this stage, the document is still insufficient,” Wallonia President Paul Magnette told reporters in the regional capital Namur.EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he had invited Canada’s International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland to join in the talks with the EU and Belgium to make Magnette change his mind on Friday.“We need this trade arrangement with Canada,” said Juncker. “It is the best one we ever concluded and if we will be unable to conclude a trade arrangement with Canada, I don’t see how it would be possible to have trade agreements with other parts of this world.”On Thursday, EU President Donald Tusk said that barring success “I am afraid, that CETA could be our last free trade agreement.”To have the deal between more than 500 million EU citizens and 35 million Canadians fall apart over the objections of a region of 3.5 million after seven years of talks would undermine the credibility of the EU as a whole, said Tusk.Many others at the meeting joined in the astonishment that Wallonia could sway such clout in the face of nations like Germany and France.“Nobody would understand if it were not possible now, after so many efforts,” an exasperated Martin Schulz, the EU Parliament chief, told the summit leaders.Even Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel would like to do nothing better than sign on instead of dragging the summit of leaders into the byzantine subtleties of Belgium’s constitutional setup between its Dutch, French, and German-speaking language groups.Michel said he needed Wallonia’s backing. “I have a lot of respect for the role of our parliaments and democracy. But democracy means that at one moment you need a decision.”The official signing ceremony of the deal is set for next Thursday when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is supposed to attend an EU-Canada summit. Without the deal ready for signature, it will be cancelled.Wallonia wants more guarantees to protect its farmers and Europe’s high labour, environmental and consumer standards. It also fears the agreement will allow huge multinationals — first from Canada, later from the United States, if a similar deal with Washington follows — that would crush small Walloon enterprises and their way of life.Proponents say the deal would yield billions in added trade through tariff cuts and other measures to lower barriers to commerce. At the same time, the EU says it will keep in place the region’s strong safeguards on social, environmental and labour issues.German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted EU trade policy had not fallen off a cliff yet.“I tell you: You can continue to trust Europe as a trading partner,” she said. EU leaders predict dire future if EU-Canada trade deal fails read more

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