A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Kansas City-based Baldwin breaks away from their staple denim with a rain jacket that’s all its own. We know the temps have plummeted, but this is a perfect fit for wet winter days. The Baldwin Seattle Rain Jacket sets itself apart from your average raincoat because of its sporty look and slim construction. It’s made of lightweight nylon and lined with fine jersey with a double zip front and hood. Overall it’s a versatile jacket that is a staple for the guy that is more weekend sporty than stuck on the couch.Founder and designer Matt Baldwin said it’s geared for a generation of guys who grew up in active sports.“We love technical performance pieces that transition from the mountain to the street…that is the Seattle,” Baldwin said. “A great shell jacket for the mountain or a rainy day in the city.”Baldwin was founded in 2009 with as an American-made denim brand with a modern design aesthetic. Typically they use ultra- premium Japanese and American selvage denim. Basically you don’t wash these babies and they mold to your leg after time. They are a bit pricey falling above $200, but if cared for properly they will last. Since 2009, the brand has expanded from their staple denim to a full gamut of menswear and even a more recently launched women’s line.The Baldwin Seattle raincoat will run you $395. Pick one up here and peruse their online shop here. If you pick one up don’t for get to tag both Baldwin and The Manual on instagram at @baldwin and @themanualstyle. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey
22 January 2007Responding to a rise in pneumonia, bronchitis and other acute respiratory infections in Afghanistan following a wave of record cold temperatures there, the United Nations health agency is sending antibiotics for thousands of people and putting in place a system to protect many more from catching the illnesses. “Early recognition and prompt treatment are essential if we are to save lives,” UN spokesman Adrian Edwards told a press briefing in Kabul, the capital. He noted that acute respiratory infections account for 20 per cent of all deaths among children under five.Portions of the country are experiencing their coldest winter in more than 70 years, mirroring other South Asian States, such as Bangladesh, India and Nepal, which are also facing dipping temperatures. In Afghanistan, eight major provinces – Kabul, Nangahar, Paktia, Kandahar, Herat, Balkh, Badakshan and Bamiyan – have been hit particularly hard, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The agency is creating a Disease Early Warning System by sending surveillance teams to the affected areas and distributing medical kits with 120,000 doses of antibiotics for the most vulnerable. It has also issued simple hygiene measures to prevent the spread of respiratory infections during the winter.Also today, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced a $50 million project to bolster health care and education for children in conjunction with the Government.The health portion will target child survival, maternal health, nutrition and HIV/AIDS by training provincial health caregivers on treating malnourished children. It will also fund programmes to increase polio immunizations and vaccines against measles and tetanus.The UNICEF project also aims to build 246 new schools, develop textbooks for students in grades 7 to 9, train 11,500 newly-recruited female teachers, start literacy courses for 215,000 men and women, and de-worm almost 6 million children.Meanwhile, in the southern province of Helmand where there is heavy fighting, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing over 233 tons of emergency food supplies, including wheat, lentils and cooking oil, to 2,700 displaced families.
The London Fire Brigade has been criticised for accepting a donation from the Freemasons with the condition that new trucks purchased with the money carry their symbol.The society gave £2.5 million to the fire service to purchase two vehicles with high aerial ladders, which would be capable of reaching the top of a building as high as Grenfell Tower.But the new vehicles will be emblazoned with the symbol of Freemasonry, the square and compass.Paul Embery, of the Fire Brigades Union, told Channel 4 News that there were concerns over donations from “secret societies”.”We don’t want to sound uncharitable but our concern is that this is really a slippery slope,” he said.“The idea of private companies or secret societies effectively purchasing front line emergency service vehicles and having their insignia – free advertising effectively – we are really concerned that could lead to a greater inflow of private money into what really is a private service.” The Freemasons’ symbol already appears on some other emergency service vehicles, including air ambulance helicopters and lifeboats.Dr David Staples, CEO of United Grand Lodge of England, the society’s governing body, said the Freemasons were not secretive. He said: “Freemasonry has a long and proud 300 year history of charitable giving and this £2.5 million appeal to purchase two vehicles for the London Fire Brigade is the latest step in London Masons’ objective to support the local community and help make London a safer place.”London Masons recently made a £2million donation to help fund its much needed second London Air Ambulance and a further 22 Air Ambulance and rescue services across England and Wales have also recently received grants.”Our universally recognised Square and Compasses can be seen on many of these emergency vehicles, all funded by the generosity of our members up and down the country. These include everything from the ambulances, first responder vehicles, helicopters and lifeboats to smaller buggies which carry patients with mobility difficulties around local hospitals.“United Grand Lodge of England and its members have nothing to be ashamed of, and are disappointed that, in some peoples’ minds, out of date and inaccurate perceptions about Freemasonry continue to drive anti-masonic and discriminatory agendas. Service to the community has always been one of our key tenets.”A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said it was not unusual for emergency services to accept charitable donations and it would be “irresponsible” not to consider any donation that could save lives. The fire brigade is buying new vehicles with high laddersCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “The donation we have received from the London Freemasons follows similar support offered by the organisation to other emergency services including the London Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service,” the spokesman said. “The expectation for branding also follows similar support offered by the London Freemasons to other emergency services in the capital.“The safety of Londoners is our priority and if we are offered any significant donation we can use towards equipment which could help us further protects Londoners and save lives, it would be irresponsible of us not to consider it.”