Safeguard Your Valuables With These Anti-Theft Travel Accessories

first_img How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling Editors’ Recommendations Ridge Wallet/InstagramUnless you’re planning to vacation in a war zone, chances are you won’t be the victim of violent crime while traveling. What savvy adventurers need to be on the lookout for, however, is thieves and pickpockets. Petty theft is, by far, the biggest concern for tourists. Given that hotel safes are no longer the bastions of personal security we once thought, here are our favorite anti-theft travel essentials to keep your valuables safe on the go.Pickpocket-Proof PantsWould-be thieves know many travelers feel safer keeping their cash and credit cards on their person. This, of course, makes tourists an easy mark. Clothing Arts’ Pick-Pocket Proof Adventure Travel Pants thwart thieves by making it virtually impossible to slip a hand in your pocket without you knowing. The simple, streamlined look of the pants belies the 11 secure pockets underneath. Every pocket boasts multiple security features, including some combination of Velcro, slash-resistance, and snap closure. The pants are also lightweight, quick-drying, and made from a soft, extra comfortable fabric that provides the feel of cotton with all the advantages of nylon.Portable Travel SafeOf course, there’s a degree of freedom and safety that comes with not carrying all your most prized possessions in your pockets while traveling. But, for that type of security, you’ll need a portable travel safe. SAFEGO’s Portable Indoor/Outdoor Lockbox is constructed from high-impact ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic, ensuring an almost indestructible design. The size is compact and lightweight enough to toss in your luggage without taking up too much space, but large enough for a few cell phones, a point-and-shoot camera, passports, and a couple of wallets — and it weighs less than a pound. Additionally, Pacsafe’s Travelsafe series offers the same protection, but in a clever, soft-sided format that folds nearly flat when not in use. Both products secure via a steel cable to any sturdy structure in your hotel room (a solid headboard, bathroom plumbing, etc.).Money BeltOld-school money belts —small, inconspicuous pouches designed to be worn under clothing — have been an essential accessory for decades. Unfortunately, pickpockets are hip to this concept. While even the best thieves would have a difficult time stealing yours without your knowledge, it’s easy pickings for an armed mugger. Enter the hidden travel security belt. We like Eagle Creek’s All Terrain Money Belt — it’s simple, comfortable, and it just works. Worn around the waist like a standard belt, it’s designed to be a bailout plan in the unlikely event that all your other gear has been stolen. In that case, at least you’ll have a stash of cash to help get you safely out of dodge.RFID-Blocking WalletImage courtesy of Ridge Wallet/Instagram. Ridge Wallet/InstagramThanks to the ubiquitous chips in so many modern devices, even pickpocketing has gone high tech. The same credit card chips that provide “tap to pay” convenience at Starbucks make them vulnerable to thieves who use RFID (radio frequency identification) to snatch the card’s details without ever touching the card itself. Ridge Wallet’s Carbon Fiber Wallet features built-in RFID-blocking technology to safeguard your card. The lightweight design holds up to 12 cards, can be disassembled for easy cleaning, and is backed by a lifetime warranty. It also looks very, very cool.Image courtesy of Ridge Wallet/Instagram. Protect Your Pup Against 4th of July Fireworks with Ford’s Prototype Noise-Canceling Kennel From Under the Cork Tree: Understanding the Cork Harvest The Best Minimalist Wallets for Men Prove that Less Truly is More last_img read more

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Province Invests in Social Housing

first_img The federal-provincial social housing agreement, which began in 1997, allows provincial governments to re-invest accumulated funds into existing social housing. In November, Ms. Bernard announced Housing Nova Scotia would invest its $61.8-million carry-over on renovations and upgrades. This is phase 1 of the investment Housing Nova Scotia and the province’s five regional housing authorities identified the phase 1 projects based on need. To see a breakdown of spending by region go to http://novascotia.ca/coms/investment-in-social-housing . “We are committed to improving the quality of life of our residents and this is an important step towards our goal,” said Kevin Malloy, CEO of Housing Nova Scotia. “These funds will not only ensure that our tenants live in a healthy and safe environment, but that our existing properties receive the proper upgrades so they can last for years to come.” Housing Nova Scotia helps Nova Scotians secure affordable housing that meets their needs. For more information, visit www.housingns.ca . The government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), invests about $2 billion in housing annually. Included in this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of close to 600,000 households living in existing social housing on and off reserve. In Nova Scotia, this is about 19,850 households. Other funding supports housing-related activities and affordable housing programs, including the Investment in Affordable Housing. To find out more call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca . Nova Scotians living in social housing will get repairs and upgrades to their homes though a $4-million investment by the provincial and federal governments. Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard and MP Scott Armstrong, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development, on behalf of Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), made the announcement today, March 24, at Cornwallis Morreau Lodge, a 41-unit seniors’ residence in Halifax, which will get new siding though the plan. “Housing is not just an investment in the bricks and mortar of a building, first and foremost, it is an investment in our people,” said Ms. Bernard. “Government is committed to improving life for Nova Scotia’s most vulnerable citizens. This specific initiative will help us ensure that residents of social housing continue to have safe, affordable and comfortable homes — something every Nova Scotian deserves.” Funding is through the Canada-Nova Scotia Social Housing Agreement and work will begin soon across the province. “Our government remains committed to smart investments in housing to create better economic outcomes for the Canadian families who benefit from these programs,” said Mr. Armstrong. “These renovations are a positive example of how savings from the Canada-Nova Scotia Social Housing Agreement can be reinvested to ensure that housing developments continue to be viable and affordable for years to come.” The three categories of repairs and upgrades are: Building upgrades: about $2.5 million will be used to repair and replace deteriorated roofs, windows, doors, siding upgrade older heating systems, and improve public-area flooring seniors’ buildings. Health and safety: about $1 million will be spend on improvements such as replacing sprinklers, ensure buildings continue to meet fire regulations and upgrade fire alarms designed to warn seniors about fires. Accessibility: about $500,000 will be used to upgrade public corridors, exterior walkways and parking areas.last_img read more

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Luke Marshall If we play like that again theres no point going

first_imgI was looking back on it on the big screen and he probably was my man. It was a lapse in concentration and playing new combinations. Not the defence I’m used to but, no, I put my hand up; my mistake, and it was a pretty costly error, early on in the second-half.”It was suggested to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, who did not argue the point, that a similar display against the world champion All Blacks next Sunday could mean they put 50+ points on the scoreboard. The Irish 12 agreed.They may do, but I don’t think we plan to play like that next week. If we plan to play like that, there’s no point in going out on the pitch next week. We’ll go out and aim to win. If you ever go out not expecting to win, you shouldn’t be going out; you shouldn’t be playing for your country.”While Marshall contested that the scoreline may have flattered Australia, he felt the visitors fully deserved their win. New Zealand arrive in Ireland this evening and will be eyeing a win at Lansdowne Road that will see them finish 2013 unbeaten.Marshall will do well to hold onto his spot and Gordon D’Arcy’s stronger defensive game may see him partner Brian O’Driscoll in the Irish midfield. “This week, when I got the nod,” Marshall commented, “Gordon was still giving me all the advice, helping me improve and obviously for me as a young player that is key. He has so much experience and advice to give and I’m just trying to learn as much as I can. If he gets the nod next week, that is just the way it goes.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >SNAPSHOT: O’Neill and Keane are at Ireland v AustraliaJoe Schmidt’s Ireland well beaten by the Wallabies LUKE MARSHALL HAS not had an easy ride since making his Ireland debut against Scotland earlier this year.The Ulster centre was an attacking dynamo against the Scots but was guilty of a knock-on in an agonising away defeat. He shipped a concussive blow in his next game out — a 13-13 draw with France — and was thoroughly concussed, and led off the field, the following week as Italy consigned Ireland’s Six Nations to the scrapheap.Logic prevailed over the summer and Marshall missed the tour wins over Canada and the USA. He was omitted from the squad that dismissed Samoa but started against Australia last night and was part of an error-strewn, defensively porous backline.The 22-year-old’s major contribution to affairs in Ireland’s 32-15 defeat was let to Quade Cooper in for the Wallaby’s third try. Marshall showed a lot of character post-match as he admitted he was at fault for the score.He told TheScore.ie: “At half-time I thought we could definitely win the game. I thought there was a swing in momentum at the end of the first half, so we were pretty confident going into the second half. But we gave a try away early on and that killed us a bit.  A lapse in concentration in defence let him free. It’s as easy a score he will get for himself.” Marshall added:last_img read more

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