Giveaway: Columbia’s ‘Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket

first_img 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Say, do you know the call sign of the pilot who found Han and Luke out in the frigid wastelands of ice planet Hoth? Do you know where Obi-Wan told Luke to find Yoda after the young commander escaped from the wampa? Do you know what Leia called Han after Chewie’s little snickering episode? Then guess what, friend? You’re a genuine Star Wars fan.Now, for the rest of you … do you hate being cold? Okay, that’s good enough.Diehard Star Wars fans and people who hate being cold, unite! Why? Because on December 8, 2017, Columbia Sportswear released a limited edition run of jackets inspired by the clothing worn by Luke, Leia, and Han in  film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The three jackets in the Echo Base Collection — which are the Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket, the Leia Organa Echo Base Jacket, and the Han Solo Echo Base Parka, by the way — are superlative reproductions of the garments worn by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in the classic 1980 movie and will be a prized possession of anyone whose heart beats a bit faster when thinking about the epic battle of Hoth. They’re also going to be a bit hard to come by: true limited edition items, only 1,980 of each jacket were sold. (Get it? 1980? Like …  like the year The Empire Strikes Back was released?)And now they are all gone. The coats sold out in something like ten minutes. No surprise there.Especially since these are genuine, high-performance coats that you could wear while patrolling Hoth via tauntaun or while skiing a mountain here on our planet (and in our time). You could also wear an Echo Base jacket (the Luke and Leia editions are actually jacket and vest combos, by the way) while walking your dog, bar hopping, or any of the other things you do other than skiing and/or battling the Empire and look pretty damn good.They have a style that is both retro, being inspired by the late 1970s and early ’80s, and current thanks to the cuts and fabrics. The exteriors are water-resistant; on the inside, the jackets feature Columbia’s proprietary Omni-Heat lining, which reflects your own heat back to you without compromising the breathability of the garment. This stuff works, people. It has kept me warm on mountains in multiple states, several countries, and two continents so far. (No extra-planetary use yet, because science.) The zippers, snaps, and other hardware are built to last even in harsh conditions.And now, you have your chance to get one of the least remaining unsold Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket’s. Just enter the giveaway below and hope the Force is with you. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List last_img read more

Over 2 million people in Zimbabwe to require food assistance warns UN

“Many districts, particularly in the south, harvested very little and people are already trying to stretch out their dwindling food stocks,” said WFP Country Director Sory Ouane. “WFP is working closely with the Government and partners to respond to the looming food crisis and will start food and cash distributions to the most vulnerable in October.”The predicted levels of hunger, released by the UN-supported Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee, would be the highest since early 2009, when more than half the population required food support.To meet the increasing needs, WFP and its partners will provide cereals harvested in the region, as well as imported vegetable oil and pulses, the agency said in a news release. Cash transfers will also be used in selected areas to give people flexibility and help support local markets. Distributions will be gradually scaled up from October until harvest time in March next year.Some of the factors that have contributed to the high levels of food insecurity include adverse weather conditions, the unavailability and high cost of agricultural supplies such as seeds and fertilizers, and projected high cereal prices due to the poor maize harvest. In rural markets for example, grain prices are 15 per cent higher than during the same period last year.To help people deal with future droughts and other shocks, WFP has been implementing a Cash/Food for Assets programme in rural Zimbabwe since June. Under the programme, vulnerable communities receive food or cash while taking part in projects such as the construction of community irrigation systems and deep wells.The Government is also taking action to address this issue. For the first time, in 2012, it contributed some $10 million worth of grain towards a joint relief operation with WFP and its partners. The programme provided food assistance to some 1.4 million people in 37 rural districts. read more