Perfect Day

first_imgMy idea of what constitutes a “perfect day” is a bit of a moving target that’s shifted over time. When I was younger, an Allman Brothers show was definitely in the mix. Probably a visit to the Waffle House too. When my kids were babies, a very long nap followed by a marathon session of NFL was about as perfect as a day could get. My perfect day now? It would definitely include riding singletrack. Probably some sushi. And are the Allman Brothers still together? Let’s get them back in the picture too. If you ask me that question during winter, substitute fresh powder for singletrack and carry on with the plan. And don’t forget a bunch of these Perfect Day IPAs. They’re in the mix no matter what the season.Asheville Brewing Company has been brewing Perfect Day for at least a year now, but they just recently started canning the beer. You could argue that there are already too many IPAs on the market, and that the last thing a beer-drinker needs is to sort through yet another juicy, hop bomb. It’s a stupid argument, but you could make it. Here’s how that argument goes: “The shelves are packed with so many hoppy IPAs, I can’t make a decision on which beer to get.”I’ve actually made the argument myself on occasion, frustrated with the sheer volume of choices, unable to pick my next sixer because there are just too many beers. It’s enough to make you retreat into a can of something familiar, an old standby beer that’s good, sure, but more importantly, safe. Because not every new beer is great. Some of them actually suck. I had one the other day that tasted like regret with a hint of mint. That’s probably the only real problem with this massive brewing boom—not all of it is good. Every new beer you try is a gamble and nobody wins all the time. So why not just stick with the beer you know? Right?But every once in a while you take that leap of faith on a new beer and taste something like Perfect Day IPA, and you remember why it’s so important to take chances every once in a while. Perfect Day is an incredibly citrusy, balanced beer that eschews the bitter finish of old school IPAs, delivering waves of sweet, fruitiness instead. It has a smooth, almost fluffy mouthfeel that makes it dangerously easy to drink. The best part, it’s now available in cans year round, which means I can throw it into my perfect day scenario, whether I’m shredding singletrack or ripping powder. Now everyone sing Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” with me: “Oh what a perfect day, I’m glad I spent it with you…”last_img read more

Dutch regulator orders 160 schemes to submit recovery plans

first_imgHowever, the regulator also made clear that, as a transitional measure within the nFTK, schemes would initially enjoy a 12-year grace period to raise their coverage ratios to the level of their required assets (VEV).The standard period for recovery plans is 10 years.Under the nFTK, required funding has increased by 5 percentage points to approximately 110%.Meanwhile, the DNB announced that “hardly any” Dutch schemes would need to factor rights discounts into their recovery plans.“The coverage of almost all schemes with a funding shortfall is still above the trigger level for actual cuts, which equates to a funding of between 80% and 90%,” it said.The regulator said pension funds that did not want to postpone the effects of a shortfall for too long would still have the option of earlier rights cuts, but it stressed that this would only be allowed as last resort.It added that the same would hold for pension funds that wished to apply an early discount in order to achieve more balance among the various generations within their participant populations.However, if a scheme’s funding fails to reach the minimum required level of 105% for five consecutive years, it must cut pension rights, the DNB said.It added that this discount may now be spread out over a period of 10 years.Because “positive shocks” must also be evened out over a 10-year period, windfalls would also slow down pensions accrual, according to the regulator.The DNB pointed to the fact the FTK also offered the option of stabilising pension contributions.It also said that next year’s premiums were likely to rise as a consequence of falling interest rates. The Dutch regulator, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), has ordered 160 underfunded pension funds to file recovery plans before 1 July.The DNB also warned that the number of underfunded schemes could rise, due to the fact interest rates dropped over the first part of this year.The latest surge in underfunding has been caused by the combination of falling interest rates and the stricter funding requirements of the new financial assessment framework (nFTK).Pension funds that reported a funding shortfall over the first quarter must now file recovery plans before 1 July, and use their financial position at the start of the year as the basis for those plans, the DNB said.last_img read more

Evra ready for Hammers test

first_imgPatrice Evra expects a physical bombardment even tougher than the one he faced at Stoke on Sunday when Manchester United tackle West Ham at Upton Park. Press Association He added: “That is the Sam Allardyce style. Why would he change it? Not because he is playing against Manchester United. “We have to defend well and be strong in the air. That is what we have done against Stoke, although to be fair, it will maybe be tougher against West Ham.” Evra was certainly delighted with the manner of United’s 2-0 victory at the weekend, claiming it was the reaction they required after that Old Trafford derby defeat. It also presented Robin van Persie with the opportunity to break his 10-game barren streak, which he celebrated by leaping into the arms of his manager. The Dutchman’s reaction has created a great deal of hilarity in the United dressing room too, where it has been one of the chief topics of conversation. Not that Evra dare a repeat. “No chance. Never,” said the France defender. “Maybe I will do it with my team-mates. But not with the gaffer. He is older. “Imagine I go in too strong against him. He could fall, then he might sack me. I will never do that.” Evra could barely keep a straight face as he delivered his assessment of Van Persie’s reaction, adding: “Robin has had a lot of stick from us. It was nice. I could see a lot of love and emotion. It is the first time we saw that. Robin can tell you, for two or three days we have been getting at him. It is good to see love like that on the pitch sometimes.” center_img The Red Devils head south requiring just seven more points to clinch a record 20th championship, but he knows better than to expect an easy time against the Hammers, whose fans take particular pleasure in making the Red Devils squirm. “At West Ham we have to be ready for the battle, like we were ready against Stoke,” he said. “We know the challenge when you play Sam Allardyce’s team. They always knock the ball into the box and put a lot of crosses in.” last_img read more

Wolves reject Norwich bid for Benik Afobe

first_imgWolves have rejected a third bid from Norwich for striker Benik Afobe. A statement read: “Wolves can confirm that a third bid from Norwich City for Benik Afobe has been immediately rejected. “The club’s position, outlined on Wednesday, 19th August 2015, remains unchanged.” Wolves are determined to keep the 22-year-old who scored 32 goals last season after arriving from Arsenal for around £2million in January. He netted 13 times for Wolves following his move from the Gunners after scoring 19 on loan at MK Dons in the first half of last season. Afobe was left out of Tuesday’s 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Barnet and afterwards boss Kenny Jackett insisted the forward was going nowhere before next week’s transfer deadline. He said: “There is an enormous amount of speculation but he won’t be leaving. There are big things at stake and it is not just about one player. “We are looking at the whole picture, the amount of time left in the window, the overall prices. There is so much to consider and everything points towards not letting anyone go.” Press Associationcenter_img The Sky Bet Championship club’s position remains unchanged over Afobe’s future and they have reiterated he is not for sale. Norwich are searching for a new forward and had two previous bids rejected by Wolves but have continued their chase for the England Under-21 international. last_img read more