Walk this way Wimbledon path is tournaments lifeblood

first_imgLondon: Running straight through the Wimbledon championships, St. Mary’s Walk is the artery along which nearly 40,000 tennis-goers flow each day; the pulse of the world-famous tournament. Roughly 500 metres long, the main thoroughfare takes visitors from the heights of Henman Hill, past Centre Court and through the middle of the grounds to the posh hospitality suites at the southern apex. The axis route starts in the circular orchard right atop the hill, where picnickers escape the hubbub and enjoy the panoramic views over London. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together The orchard is ringed by an ornamental pond. Beyond is the Aorangi picnic terrace, dubbed Henman Hill or Murray Mount, depending on individual taste, where people with the cheaper grounds passes sit and watch the Centre Court action on a giant screen. The pop of champagne corks blends in with the thud of tennis shots as people tuck into strawberries, sandwiches and crisps. “Let’s go! I’m stepping in!” said one man picking his way through the maze of picnic blankets. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open – ‘Be patient and prepared’ – ============================= On the west side is the charity resale ticket booth, where regular ticket-holders wait to snap up the Centre Court seats of early leavers. Charlotte, 30, from the northwest outskirts of London, was first in the resale queue, having already queued outside from 4:30am. “I’ve been doing this every year for 15 years. I just love queueing!” she told AFP. “I’ve never not got Centre Court tickets. You have to be patient and prepared: sunscreen, water …and prosecco. “People think we’re crazy queueing 11 hours but we love it!” Down the slope at Court 18, some peer through the slats to glimpse the action. The plaque on Court 18 commemorates the longest-ever tennis match, where John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set after 11 hours and five minutes in 2010. “It was absolutely foolish. 70-68!” exclaimed one picture-snapping passer-by. Next along is Court 14 where people waiting for a seat crane five-deep for a view of the action — unaware that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was sat just metres away. Opposite, beneath the broadcasters’ studio windows, sits a grass roller from 1899 that was originally pulled by a horse and remained in use until 1986. – Teacups and laundry – ======================= Next down is the media centre terrace. Tennis fans gawp up to see if they can spot players being interviewed on camera, but the back of Dan Evans’ head garners no recognition. Opposite, in the northwest corner of Centre Court, is the ball distribution hatch. Ball girls rush off after exchanging old balls for new. More than 50,000 balls come and go during the tournament. Beneath the bridge between Centre Court and the players’ enclosure atop the main press room, fans wait, hoping to spot Roger Federer. The path then drops and opens out between the umpires’ restaurant and the southwest corner of Centre Court, from whence the smell of fresh laundry mysteriously emanates after dark. The overhang of Court Three provides the route’s only shade. In quieter moments, the competitors can hear the teacups clinking in the players’ restaurant opposite. Resplendent in their blazers, a fresh set of eight line judges shelter waiting to start an hour-long shift on Court 4. – Luxury and prestige – ======================= The route kinks round the steep Court 12 temporary stand before opening onto a new section of pine decking and picnic tables. It features a future sustainability zone, answering the big questions like “how will we make plastic circular?” and showing off the electric cars used to transport the players. In a new fan experience zone, tennis-goers can don virtual reality headsets and have a go at playing on Centre Court. Saving the best till last, the route ends at the new Rosewater Pavilion — the poshest seats in the house. Entry costs ?5,982 ( 7,550, 6,675 euros) per person on men’s final Sunday, but a mere ?1,644 on the second Tuesday. Guests have a four-course a la carte menu overseen by Albert and Michel Roux, Centre Court seats, a free bar and the promise of star visitors. The luxury is lavish — but way up at the other end of the grounds on the hill, punters seemed to be having just as much fun.last_img read more

Munshi Premchands legacy Untraceable in Varanasi

first_imgHe is an immortal writer whose writings live on in millions of hearts across the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his radio broadcast ‘Mann Ki Baat’, even mentioned that Munshi Premchand’s stories have touched him deeply. Referring to “Nasha”, Modi said, “On reading it, I recalled my youth when poverty was widespread. It tells us that we should beware of bad company. ‘Eidgah’ also touched me deeply.” The bond between the writer and the Prime Minister, ironically, reaches Varanasi as well. Premchand was born in Lamhi, a village in the Prime Minister’s parliamentary constituency here. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHowever, for one who is known as among the most celebrated writers of the country, Munshi Premchand’s legacy is almost untraceable. In July, the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation disconnected the power supply at Premchand’s ancestral home during his 139th birth anniversary over alleged non-payment of dues. Durga Prasad Srivastava, a Lamhi resident and an active organiser of the Lamhi Mahotsav since 2011, said that the power supply to the house was disconnected for almost a week. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We made preparations for the celebration of the late master story teller’s 139th birthday on July 31 amid the candle light and lanterns. It was only when the media raised the issue that the power supply resumed,” he said. Varanasi District Magistrate Surendra Singh, however, denied that the power supply to the legendry writer’s ancestral home was ever disconnected. “The power line was snapped due to ‘carelessness’ of some labourers engaged in the painting of the two-room house of the late writer,” he said. There are two houses in the village linked to Munshi Premchand – one is his ancestral house and another is a museum named after him. “The museum is managed by the state’s Culture Department, the house is a private property, which has not been visited by even the distant kin of the legendary writer,” said Singh. The Varanasi administration, after seeing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interest in Munshi Premchand, has been trying to locate his family. “There are no papers to ascertain the ownership of the house and no one has ever visited the place. The local people also have no clue about the whereabouts of his family,” said an official of the Varanasi administration. Premchand had two sons, Amrit Rai and Sripat Rai, who lived in Allahabad and a daughter Kamla. The sons, according to sources, never returned to Lamhi. “Munshi Premchand’s life has been full of irony. His original name was Dhanpat Rai Srivastava but he was always bereft of money. People here say that his family life was also disturbed and that could be one reason why no one has claimed his legacy till now,” said Srivastava. The Varanasi Development Authority, however, has undertaken the repairing and painting of the building. The renovation of the writer’s ancestral house began in 2015 when a Hindi teacher from Bengaluru, Vinay Kumar Yadav, met the then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and asked him to preserve the memory of Premchand. Writers and literateurs now want that the government should create a befitting memorial for Munshi Premchand in Lamhi. “Munshi Premchand’s house should be converted into a museum. There should be a library of his works and a research centre for Hindi scholars. Munshi Premchand’s works are as relevant today as they were in the early 1990s when he lived,” said noted Hindi writer Vandana Misra. She said that the memorial should be such that it becomes a tourist attraction for literature lovers.last_img read more

Feds launch review of officiallanguages law 50 years after its introduction

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is launching a review of the Official Languages Act, saying it is time to modernize the decades-old law.The 1969 law enshrined Canadians’ right to receive federal services in English or French.The last major reform of the law was in 1988 and there have been recent calls to update it again, including from a Senate committee that late last month said the act needs to be applied more effectively and consistently.Oversight mechanisms need to be beefed up to ensure rights aren’t trampled on, the report said, adding a veiled reference to a furor in Ontario that forced the government to backtrack on plans to abolish the independent office of its French-language services commissioner and shrink a francophone-affairs cabinet post.The Liberals plan a series of meetings, the first taking place Tuesday in Moncton, N.B., and an online consultation that’s to result in a final report in June.Official Languages Minister Melanie Joly said in a statement that the government wants a modernized act to help minority-language communities “meet the new challenges they face” and ensure the law “can continue to meet the needs of Canadians.”The latest census figures from Statistics Canada show that in 2016, the country’s bilingualism rate stood 17.9 per cent — an all-time high — mainly due to an increase in the number of people who can speak French.Statistics Canada had to revise the bilingualism rate down by one-10th of a percentage point after it found a computer error in about 61,000 online census responses: French-speakers were recorded as having English as their mother tongue, leading the agency to report an increase in anglophones in Quebec.The erroneously reported jump in English-language speakers caused emotional ripples in Quebec, with provincial politicians talking about legislative means to ensure the survival of the French language in the province.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

France Germany sign European jet fighter deal

LE BOURGET, France — France, Germany and Spain agreed Monday to develop a European fighter jet and air combat system, as they bolster efforts to reduce their dependency on the United States.Defence ministers from the three countries signed an agreement at the Paris Air Show that lays out how the countries will co-operate on the project, which would include a new-generation combat aircraft.French President Emmanuel Macron presided over the signing. The project fits in with his ambition to increase European co-operation at a time when the United States under President Donald Trump is showing an increasing reluctance to support the continent militarily.It’s going to take time though. The Future Combat Air System (FCAS) is not expected to be operational until 2040. Requirements for the air combat system that will also include drones will be decided by 2027 and the development phase should start by 2030.French Defence minister Florence Parly said the deal is “concrete proof that Europe is capable of anticipating tomorrow’s great strategic challenges.”“The FCAS is a major asset to tackle the power struggles of the second half of the 21st century. What is happening today is historic,” she said.Dassault Aviation and Airbus are set to build the jets which will eventually replace Rafale and Eurofighters.The program was launched by Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2017. Airbus says it will be connected and operable with a wide variety of aircraft, satellites, NATO systems as well as land and naval combat systems.Authorities have not said how much it would cost but the dpa news agency estimates it could be 100 billion euros ($112 billion).The Associated Press read more

Ford invests in UK plc

Ford has announced the expansion of their Bridgend engine plant with an investment of £100 million. The financial boost will see the creation of 250 new jobs to produce the new 3.2 litre short in-line six cylinder engine (SI6). It marks the completion of a £245 million two-year investment programme at the plant to produce the new engines for Ford Motor Company’s Premier Automotive Group brands. The £145 million 4.4 and 4.2-litre V8 programme, which launched in May 2004, is used in for Range Rover, Land Rover Discovery and Jaguar models. The SI6, representing the balance of the investment, is for Volvo and other vehicle applications to be announced later. Annual volumes at full capacity for the new SI6 will be 209,000, adding to Bridgend’s 78,100 annual V8 production on the same line. By 2009, Bridgend expects to be producing a million engines a year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Alabamas Offense Is Now As Terrifying As Its Defense

Alabamas Offense Is Now As Terrifying As Its Defense

RKSeasonPlayerTeamTotal QBR For years, Alabama’s offensive blueprint seemed like a relic from the 1980s: Run the ball on the first few downs, attempt a short- to moderate-length pass, and move the chains or punt to play the field-position game. It was a Ritz Cracker offense that, at times, appeared premeditated to suck the entertainment out of the sport entirely. It worked: Alabama has had 11 running backs/fullbacks and 13 offensive linemen drafted over the past 12 years. Tua is on historic paceSingle-season leaders in Total Quarterback Rating, 2004-18 2012Johnny ManzielTexas A&M91.3 The engine powering college football’s pre-eminent outfit over the past decade has typically been a blue chip-laden, pressure-oriented, versatile defense. In Tuscaloosa, where Nick Saban has helmed the Alabama Crimson Tide since 2007, that engine has only gained steam in recent years. The winner of 87.2 percent of its games and five national titles since the diminutive kingpin’s arrival, Alabama is the only program to qualify for the College Football Playoff in each of the first four years.Much of that sovereignty is attributable to the historically great fortresses that Alabama closes off its end zone with. There have been six instances since 2007 of a team holding opponents to five or fewer rushing touchdowns over an entire season. Alabama accounts for four. Some have even claimed the team’s stockpile of 18- to 22-year-olds could be competitive on Sundays. Baseless claims notwithstanding, the Tide have sent more talent to the NFL than any other team over the past decade. Since Saban’s arrival, 41 members of the Crimson Tide have been selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft. More than 60 percent of that pool came from the defensive side of the ball. All 11 defensive starters in Alabama’s 2016 season opener were selected in the past two drafts.However, four games into the 2018 season, all anyone can talk about is the Crimson Tide offense — and for good reason. Saban, it would appear, finally has an offense as ostentatious and dynamic as his defense, a horrifying development for the rest of the country.Spearheaded by starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and under the direction of first-year offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, the Tide offense is crashing down on its competition like a tsunami. Alabama has outscored its four opponents by an average margin of 41 points. The Tide have played 16 quarters of football and failed in just two to put more points on the scoreboard than their opponent, and in both cases it was the fourth quarter of a blowout.1A 7-7 fourth-quarter tie against Louisville when Alabama led 44-7 entering the fourth, and the final frame of its blowout win over Texas A&M, when it ceded a touchdown while leading 45-16.Locksley’s offense has been so devastatingly effective that Saban, a well-established curmudgeon who cares not for style points, beseeched the press to “look at some of the things we didn’t do so well” following Saturday’s 22-point win over then-No. 22 Texas A&M. One can only be so sated by a unit averaging 53.8 points and 539.5 yards, after all.Alabama’s offensive efficiency — a metric graded 0 to 100 that controls for quality of opponent and “garbage time” — scores a 98.02. That’s the top mark of any team measured by ESPN Stats & Information since Saban’s arrival. Its defensive efficiency of 94.24 ranks a lusterless fourth since 2007, behind the current Georgia team and two other versions of Bama. According to College Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, Alabama is 49.71 points better than the average Football Bowl Subdivision team this season. However, in Saban parlance, “our team needs to do a lot of things to improve.” Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 42010Andrew LuckStanford93.8 32011Russell WilsonWisconsin94.1 52018Dwayne HaskinsOhio State93.7 82008Sam BradfordOklahoma91.9 22018Kyler MurrayOklahoma95.6 Tagovailoa vaulted into Alabama lore last season when, as a freshman, he was inserted into the national championship game after halftime and led the Tide to a come-from-behind win over Georgia in overtime. Now the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, Tagovailoa has performed like a video game character in his sophomore campaign, accounting for 1,033 passing yards, 14 total touchdowns and zero interceptions. He can feather a ball onto the chest of a full-sprint receiver 40 yards downfield and Houdini his way around would-be tacklers bearing down on him in the pocket — execute and improvise. ESPN has been calculating Total Quarterback Rating, which seeks to value quarterback play on a 0-to-100 scale while adjusting for the strength of opposing defenses faced, since 2004. The left-handed Hawaiian is in line to produce the top single-season figure ever — by nearly four points. 12018Tua TagovailoaAlabama97.8 92016Baker MayfieldOklahoma91.8 102014Marcus MariotaOregon91.3 72017Khalil TateArizona92.0 62017Baker MayfieldOklahoma92.3 However, that bland cadence hasn’t manifested under Locksley. Considering the second half of Alabama games have largely been a formality — the Tide have outscored opponents 148-20 in the opening 30 minutes — let’s assess first-half play calling. Alabama is taking to the air on 53.9 percent of plays, which ranks 38th nationally. That mark is 13.9 percentage points higher than last season’s average, which ranked 110th nationally. On first and second downs, Alabama’s pass percentage is 40.5 percent, up from 34.5 percent a season ago. Compared with previous seasons under Saban, this year is a clear aberration, like the Indiana Pacers suddenly learning the value of the three-point shot.“(Locksley) really is doing a good job of mixing up the run, the pass, the play-action screens,” tight end Hale Hentges said. “And he’s making a very natural flow to all of our plays and that’s what has made us have success. … He’s an offensive genius.”What once were almost always Mark Ingram carries on second down have been replaced by deranged sequences of Tagovailoa evading a pass rush to heave a cross-body rocket to the back of the end zone for a touchdown.Alabama has already attempted 17 passes that traveled at least 20 yards downfield, in line to finish the regular season with 51, according to data provided by TruMedia. Last season, the team accounted for 50 in 14 games. Only Hawaii (with 27) has accounted for more passing plays of 20-plus yards this season than Alabama’s 25. In turn, the Tide rank third in expected points added on passes (79.34) and second in adjusted offensive expected points added (98.2), according to data provided by TruMedia.“We feel like as a group, collectively, when we go out, we’re unstoppable,” wide receiver Henry Ruggs III said.Unstoppable isn’t far off. Alabama has scored a touchdown on 48.1 percent of its drives, the top mark of any SEC team. Locksley’s unit has only gone three-and-out eight times, in line to produce the lowest three-and-out percentage (15.4 percent) by an Alabama offense since Saban’s arrival by nearly three percentage points, according to data provided by ESPN Stats & Information.The onslaught of points hasn’t gone unnoticed by pundits like Kirk Herbstreit and Tim Tebow, who knows a thing or three about leading an explosive offense in the SEC. Both have posited that this year’s Alabama offense has the makings of the best in program history. Alabama no longer just suffocates its opponent with defense; in 2018, its offense brings the reckoning. read more

Un hameçon vieux de plus de 16000 ans découvert au Timor Oriental

first_imgUn hameçon vieux de plus de 16.000 ans découvert au Timor OrientalUne équipe d’archéologues australiens a retrouvé au Timor Oriental le plus vieil hameçon jamais découvert à ce jour, ainsi que des fossiles prouvant que les hommes préhistoriques maîtrisaient la pêche en eau profonde.C’est une découverte record qu’ont faite des chercheurs de l’Australian National University. Une trouvaille qui permet également d’en apprendre un peu plus sur nos ancêtres. En effet, dans la grotte de Jerimalai au Timor Oriental, les archéologues ont mis au jour le plus vieil hameçon connu à ce jour. Taillé dans un coquillage, celui-ci daterait selon les estimations, d’entre 16.000 et 23.000 ans. Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque que ce précieux objet était aussi accompagné de  plus de 38.000 arêtes appartenant à 2.843 poissons issus de la pêche, et vieux de 42.000 ans.  À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitCette découverte de taille suggère ainsi que les hommes préhistoriques maîtrisaient tout à fait la pêche en eau profonde, plusieurs des espèces de poissons identifiées vivant précisément en eau profonde. L’hameçon “atteste que nos ancêtres étaient de bons artisans et de bons pêcheurs”, a commenté le professeur Sue O’Connor qui a participé aux recherches. Cependant, l’outil ne semble pas conçu pour la pêche pélagique et aucun élément n’a permis de deviner les méthodes employées au paléolithique pour capturer des poissons en eau profonde. Outre le recours au filet, “il est possible que des hameçons d’un autre type aient été fabriqués à la même époque”, a ainsi ajouté Sue O’Connor.Pour cette archéologue, “le site nous enseigne que les premiers hommes modernes sur cette île d’Asie du Sud-Est avaient des compétences maritimes très avancées. Ils étaient passés maîtres dans l’art de capturer des proies qui sont difficiles, même de nos jours, comme le thon”, rapporte l’AFP. La grotte de Jerimalai est la preuve de présence humaine la plus ancienne dans les îles de cette région, situées sur les “routes” de migration nord-sud empruntées par les premiers hommes ayant peuplé l’Australie.Le 25 novembre 2011 à 18:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fall Tours 2017 TPain Will Play US Shows Without Using AutoTune

Fall Tours 2017 TPain Will Play US Shows Without Using AutoTune

first_img Twitter The two-time GRAMMY winner will embark on a 6-city fall tour to perform all his biggest hits without the use of his signature studio toolBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 22, 2017 – 4:24 pm Two-time GRAMMY winner T-Pain has built an intriguing career path for himself since rocketing onto the scene in late 2005 with his debut LP, Rappa Ternt Sanga, which featured the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit singles “I’m Sprung” and “I’m N Luv (Wit A Stripper).”The singer/songwriter, rapper, and producer built his signature sound around the ability to conjure memorable melodies and a heavy use of Auto-Tune, which gave him his trademark synthetic vocal tones. This combination turned out to be a perfect match for the type of Southern rap club anthems that were a mainstay of the artist’s early outputs.However, a viral performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert podcast series back in 2014 seems like it may have opened new doors for the singer, broadening the scope of his audiences, and paving the way for him to transition into a new sonic direction.T-Pain’s episode of the Tiny Desk series was particularly notable, as it showcased the strength of the singer’s voice without the aid of Auto-Tune, and many fans new and old were shocked to discover the breadth of tonality and expression that he was capable of. Case in point, since the video’s initial broadcast in 2014, it has garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube, and even spurred on a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration opportunity when T-Pain saw a young producer and synth player’s from Portland, Ore., post a tribute performance to Reddit..Thanks to the huge audience response that T-Pain has enjoyed in the years following his NPR performance, the singer has decided to move forward with booking a new 6-city “acoustic” tour, in which he will play rearranged versions of his biggest hits, all without the aid of Auto-Tune.Speaking candidly about the upcoming tour, T-Pain has said, “The love and respect I’ve received from my NPR performance has not only shown a different side of me to fans, but it also has introduced me to a whole different set of fans. All I see on social media is how all my fans want to see this in person, live, with their own eyes.”Aminé On Beyoncé, Prince & All Things ‘Good For You’Read more T-Pain To Tour With No Auto-Tune fall-tours-2017-t-pain-will-play-us-shows-without-using-auto-tune News Facebook Email Fall Tours 2017: T-Pain Will Play U.S. Shows Without Using Auto-Tune last_img read more

Everything TCL just announced at CES 2019

first_img Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $210 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Rylo Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 13 Photos Angela Lang/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Amazon Post a comment HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $59 at eBay $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tags Chris Monroe/CNET $299 at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It Sarah Tew/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $999 Tags Share your voice See It Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Best Buy Read Google Home Hub review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Angela Lang/CNET TCL might not have the household cachet of a Samsung or Sony, but the No. 1 TV maker in domestic China is aiming to change that by continuing its strong push into the US market. Its sales of TVs in North America have grown a very healthy 60 percent each of the last two years, and in 2018 it moved into the No. 3 position in units sold, passing LG and trailing only Samsung and Vizio.At CES 2019, the increasingly popular China-based TV maker said its 6-series Roku TVs would be coming in 65- and 75-inch models and are available today. For those who want 8K, you’ll have to wait a little longer; TCL said it would be coming to market with 8K Roku TVs by the end of 2019.The company also announced it is launching two new soundbars, the smaller Alto 5 for TVs 43-inches and larger, and the Alto 7 for TVs 55 inches and above.  See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Share your voicecenter_img Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) TVs Audio,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 7 Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Boost Mobile Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019: Complete coverageCES 2019: The schedule so far14 questions CES 2019 needs to answerCES 2019 TVs preview: Get ready for 8K AI rollable OLED with AlexaCES 2019 preview: Laptops, tablets and PC gamingGoogle is primed to go big at CES again Turo See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) The Cheapskate What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 1:48 $155 at Google Express Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See it The big booths of CES 2018 $999 CES 2019 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sprint Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 0 Apple iPhone XS Comments The TCL 6 series has an insanely good picture for the… Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $6 at Tidal CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $60 at Best Buy See at Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89)last_img read more

4 lakh fish seedlings released into LMD in Karimnagar

4 lakh fish seedlings released into LMD in Karimnagar

first_imgKarimnagar: The fishermen present across the State must develop financially without falling victims to the middlemen and brokers, stated Health Minister Eatala Rajendar.He released about four lakh fish seedlings into Lower Manair Dam reservoir, which are supplied to fishermen societies on 100 per cent subsidy by the government, at Thimmapur in Karimnagar on Friday. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Minister Rajendar said that the State government is introducing various innovative schemes for the economic development of weaker sections of the people present across the State. Under Mission Kakatiya, various tanks and lakes present across the State are restored along with introducing Fish Rearing Scheme for the betterment of fishermen community. Under which, the government is sanctioning fish seedlings on 100 per cent subsidy along with nets, mopeds, autos and DCM vans to the fishermen. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us Stating that it is the responsibility of the fish cooperative societies to protect the fish seedlings that were released in Lower Manair Dam, he urged the fishermen to utilise the opportunity provided by the government. Zilla Parishad Chairperson Kanumalla Vijaya and local MLA Gangula Kamalakar said the government is determined for the development of the fishermen community. The government will sanction fish seedlings in about 10 phases in the coming days along with releasing them in the lakes and tanks present across the district, which the fishermen must utilise it, they added. Thimmapur ZPTC Shailaja, MPP Vanitha, Sarpanch Srivani, Deputy Director of Fisheries department Khadir Ahmed, District Fisheries Cooperative Society former president Laxman, Revenue Divisional Officer Anand Kumar, LMD Marketing Chief Promoter Swamy and Mallesham were present along with others.last_img read more

Chris Evans and Michael B Jordan fighting to date Brie Larson

first_imgLarson began dating Alex in 2013, who is the lead singer of the band Phantom Plant. The couple got engaged in 2016, while on a vacation in Tokyo, Japan.In 2013, Brie had acknowledged her former boyfriend when she won an award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. She said: “I’d like to thank my boyfriend, Alex Greenwald, for making me pasta and taking care of our puppy while I made this movie.”Their last photo on her Instagram is from November 2018. She captioned the post: “Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.” #CharlotteBrontë.” Brie Larson is at the peak of her career right nowReutersChris Evans and Michael B. Jordan are reportedly trying to impress Brie Larson. The two actors are apparently keen on starting a relationship with the American actress.According to a report in NW, many actors are eyeing for Brie, who is single, after splitting from Alex Greenwald. An alleged source said: “Everything that Brie touches is turning to gold right now, and she is being offered some amazing roles.””She’s focused on her work, but ever since her engagement ended, a lot of guys in the industry have been paying Brie close attention,” the insider added.”Michael B. Jordan and Chris Evans are both single and would jump at the chance to take Brie on a date. It could easily turn into a fight between Captain America and Erik Killmonger!” the source shared. “She’s seriously in demand at the moment – on screen and off!”  The couple called off their engagement and split up in early 2019.last_img read more

RBI to remain watchful on growth financial stability Shaktikanta Das

first_imgRBI governor Shaktikanta Das.Photo: ReutersThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will remain vigilant and strive to revive growth in Asia’s third-largest economy, as well as pushing to maintain macroeconomic, financial and price stability, its governor said in a speech on Friday.India lost momentum in the final quarter of 2018, reducing its annual rate of economic growth to 6.6 per cent, the slowest pace in five quarters and much less than expected.But RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said the country’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth was expected to reach 7.2 per cent in the fiscal year to March 2020, which he described as the strongest among the world’s large economies.India’s annual retail inflation rate rose in March to 2.86 per cent, from 2.57 per cent in the previous month, but remained below the central bank’s target for an eighth straight month, increasing the chances for a key interest rate cut in June.”Inflation has remained below target, averaging 3.6 per cent for the period under the inflation targeting framework so far,” Das said in the speech, uploaded on the RBI website early on Saturday. He said he was referring to the period from October 2016 to February 2019.The RBI has lowered its retail inflation forecast to 3.8 per cent by January-March 2020 but warned it could be higher if food and fuel prices climb abruptly, or if fiscal deficits overshot targets.India’s current account deficit is expected to be around 2.5 per cent of GDP in 2018-19 and the gross fiscal deficit has kept to budgetary targets, he added.Das underscored the risks facing emerging market economies such as a India as global growth and trade weaken.”There is considerable uncertainty as to whether this weakness is temporary or the beginning of a recession in advanced economies,” Das said, adding that central banks around the world were not tightening monetary policy, with some even promoting easier lending conditions.The RBI cut its policy interest rate by 25 basis points earlier this month, in a widely expected move to boost the economy at a time Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a second term in a national election.Emerging market economies also remain exposed to financial market volatility, Das said, and financial conditions could heighten existing stress on the balance sheets of lending institutions in some countries.last_img read more

Air pollution decline in Middle East attributed to turmoil and unrest

Air pollution decline in Middle East attributed to turmoil and unrest

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from institutions in Germany and Saudi Arabia has found that pollution levels over several major cities in the Middle East are dropping and have concluded that it is due to economic and political unrest and war. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they compared satellite data with historical records to show that harsh conditions in some parts of the Middle East have led to less pollution being emitted into the air. Explore further Under normal circumstances, as countries advance, the amount of pollution they emit increases—this was seen in the Middle East, the authors note, in the years after satellite monitoring began in the mid 1990’s. Levels of nitrogen dioxide rose as the number of cars on the road increased, and as more electricity was produced by coal fired power plants. But, they note, things changed, starting around 2010—the period during what came to be known as the Arab Spring. Governments were overthrown and in some cases, chaos ensued. That chaos led to a lowering of economic standards in many Middle Eastern cities, which meant less fuel was being burned by cars or used in electricity production. Some cities have seen declines of 20 to 50 percent, though the researchers note that in some cases, the declines are due to legislation put in place to reduce pollution.Cities seeing the most change tended to be in areas of severe upheaval, the team notes, such as those in Iraq and Syria, where civil war and insurgencies have driven down economic output, and lessened the amount of driving in cars and use of electricity. Notably, the team saw that over the same period, pollution levels in Lebanon actually rose 20 to 30 percent, due they believe, to refugees pouring into the country from nearby Syria. Another example of migration impacting pollution levels, the team notes, is over parts of Bagdad, where the Islamic State has been active—pollution levels have been falling, but rising in nearby safer places. More stable but still experiencing problems was Tehran, suffering under the impact of economic sanctions meant to stop its nuclear ambitions—that city has also been seeing pollution levels falls. Drops in levels in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, were attributed to controls put in place to specifically reduce pollution. Journal information: Science Advances More information: “Abrupt recent trend changes in atmospheric nitrogen dioxide over the Middle East.” Science Advances  21 Aug 2015: DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500498AbstractNitrogen oxides, released from fossil fuel use and other combustion processes, affect air quality and climate. From the mid-1990s onward, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) has been monitored from space, and since 2004 with relatively high spatial resolution by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument. Strong upward NO2 trends have been observed over South and East Asia and the Middle East, in particular over major cities. We show, however, that a combination of air quality control and political factors, including economical crisis and armed conflict, has drastically altered the emission landscape of nitrogen oxides in the Middle East. Large changes, including trend reversals, have occurred since about 2010 that could not have been predicted and therefore are at odds with emission scenarios used in projections of air pollution and climate change in the early 21st century.Press release China air pollution levels fall: Greenpeacecenter_img © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Air pollution decline in Middle East attributed to turmoil and unrest (2015, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-air-pollution-decline-middle-east.html While nitrogen oxide emissions increased in the Middle East from 2005 to 2010 (top map), they dropped in many regions from 2010 to 2015 (bottom map). The colors represent changes in the tropospheric concentration of nitrogen dioxide in 1015 molecules per square centimeter during the period observed. Credit: Science Advances 2015/MPI for Chemistrylast_img read more

The legend of Krishna

The legend of Krishna

first_imgNo other epic in the Hindu mythology continues to capture public imagination as much as the Mahabharata, and especially the role of Lord Krishna, as both the creator and the destroyer of the universe. Focusing on some of the lesser known aspects of Krishna’s life, both as a child and during the great war of Mahabharata, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK) is presenting its annual dance-drama ‘Krishna’ on the occasion of Janmashtami at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi from August 11 till 15 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are priced between Rs 300 to Rs 2500 and are available at the SBKK. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShobha Deepak Singh, Director of the ballet and Vice Chairperson, SBKK, said, “The first Krishna ballet was presented in 1977 to a full house and we have seen the same interest in Krishna’s life year after year. This is the 41st edition of the ballet and the passionate zeal to present Krishna every year arises out of the paradox of his dual personality. His leela consisting of his dallying with the gopis, butter stealing his romance with Radha – all have risen from the Bhakti movement. In today’s times, where wars are still fought over land, property and materialism all the time, it is Krishna’s message that continues to evoke righteousness in all of us.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFour decades ago, the ballet commenced mainly with Raasleela, devoting much time to Krishna’s childhood and youth. Since then, the ballet has travelled to a thoroughly researched and artistically gratifying experience for the viewer. Each year, with a view to broaden the spectrum of the production, larger time is devoted to the lesser known aspects of Krishna’s life. For instance, in this production, a new dimension has been added to the status of women.last_img read more

VIDEO Students pranked Texas AMs bullpen and convinced them to warm up

VIDEO Students pranked Texas AMs bullpen and convinced them to warm up

first_imgSome Eastern Oklahoma State students managed to get the number to the Texas A&M bullpen and pulled a prank for the ages.One of the bros called up the Aggie pen during the game to see if they could get them to warm up a relief pitcher. Sure enough, the bullpen got the reliever up, and the pranksters lost it when they spot the pitcher on TV heading down to get loose.When you have Texas A&M’s bullpen number and get a guy hot. ⚠️Legendary Content⚠️ pic.twitter.com/ww6aJj4apE— Zach Torres (@Zach_Torres13) April 1, 2017 Advertisement I played there a few summers ago and there were phones. https://t.co/zrfsPKWvJ6— Zach Torres (@Zach_Torres13) April 1, 2017center_img The video may be legit, but it definitely didn’t happen last night. It briefly shows the box score with the Aggies leading Stephen F. Austin, 2-0. A&M lost to LSU last night, 7-4.Also, the pitcher that gets warmed up, A.J. Minter, hasn’t played for the Aggies since being drafted by the Braves in 2015. There are no Minters on the current roster.It’s still an awesome prank if it’s real, but something doesn’t seem right. Why hold on to the video for 2 years if you had it? Any idiot would know this is gold. I have questions.The poster confirms it’s old in his Twitter timeline here:Eastern Oklahoma State Students. This happened in 2015. https://t.co/TG96u8FXzR— Zach Torres (@Zach_Torres13) April 1, 2017last_img read more

Air Transats latest Chefs Menu by Daniel Vézina Transat AT named on

Air Transats latest Chefs Menu by Daniel Vézina Transat AT named on

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Air Transat, Culinary Tourism Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Air Transat’s latest Chef’s Menu by Daniel Vézina; Transat A.T. named on Forbes’ Best Employers list Thursday, February 8, 2018 MONTREAL — Air Transat has unveiled its summer 2018 edition of the Chef’s Menu by Daniel Vézina, which first made its debut on aircraft last December.Two new meals are sure to make taste buds sing: pork filet mignon with Quebec blueberries, and chicken cordon bleu garnished with smoked meat. The meals, in addition to other summer 2018 menu choices, can be pre-ordered as of today and will be served starting May 1 to all Club Class passengers, free of chard. Daniel Vézina meals are also available for purchase in Economy Class ($25 for lunch/dinner; $15 for breakfast).“The addition of Chef’s Menu by Daniel Vézina on Air Transat flights has had quite a positive influence on our clientele’s satisfaction and on the quality of their onboard experience, particularly for our Club Class passengers,” said Jean-François Lemay, President-General Manager of Air Transat. “Air Transat is the leading holiday travel airline in Canada, and we are conscious that for an increasing number of travellers, the possibility of savouring such a high-quality meal is clearly a distinct advantage.”More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe menu also includes two vegetarian choices. The full menu is as follows:Pork filet mignon with Quebec blueberries (NEW)Chicken cordon bleu garnished with smoked meat (NEW)Salmon fillet with Asian noodlesPulled beef shepherd’s pieVegetable risottoWhite bean and quinoa casseroleSpinach and basil omelette (breakfast)Crepes with goat cheese and smoked salmon (breakfast)Each lunch/dinner meal is served with a cheese plate, dessert and glass of wine, while breakfast meals come with a plain croissant, yogurt, orange juice and coffee.The new meals by Daniel Vézina can be pre-ordered by calling the Booking Centre at 1-877-TRANSAT or by visiting the Air Transat website.In other company news, Transat A.T. Inc. has been ranked among the best employers in Canada and second among airlines on Forbes magazine’s annual list. The company climbed 51 positions in the overall ranking, from 120th in 2017 to 68th in 2018.“We are very pleased to be one of the 70 best employers in Canada and to place among the top 20 in Quebec,” said Christophe Hennebelle, Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs. “We put a lot of emphasis on staff recognition, training and development, as well as on teamwork.” He continued: “Our employer brand is strong and appealing, which enables us to attract and retain talented employees. In particular, our commendable sustainability efforts come to mind. In keeping with our mission, we try to ensure that the joy of vacations brightens not only our customers’ everyday but also that of our employees.”More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backForbes establishes its ranking of the country’s top employers based on a survey of 8,000 Canadians who work for some 1,500 private and public companies with more than 500 employees. Answers are given anonymously and without the involvement of employers.last_img read more

Loadshedding is on for today

Loadshedding is on for today

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Load-shedding has started for the various groups. Group 3 was cut from 8am to 9am.Group 1 is being cut from 9am to 12pm, followed by Group 2 from 12pm to 3pm. We will keep you updated.GROUP 1Substation CONVENT SWITCH HOUSE.  S1 – Murchison, Residency, Read, Wright, Diamana.  S3 – Murchison, Newcastle, Alfred , Illing  Willis . S9 – Egerton , Albert , Keate Street, Murchison. S11 – Aloe Gardens, Lancashire, Diamana.  S13 – Willis, Illing Road, Newcastle , CementryCOM 2 LYELL STREET. S1 – Rigas, Plaza, Forbes, King . S6 – Queen LyellCOM 6 NAMBITHI SWITCH HOUSE. S2 – Leonardsvile. S3 – Nambithi Industrial, Main , Willis , Burma . S4 – Nambithi, Industrial, CircleS8 – Leanardvile/ Nambithi, IndustrialCOM 5 JANTHA. S8 – Nambithi, Industrial, Burger , Progress, Agra,   Rose Park  . S11 – AloePark, Hilllview, Rose Park.GROUP 2 Substation LIBRARY.S10 – Oval Complex . S11 – Oval Complex . S1 – Murchison, Alexandra . S2 – FNB, OK, NBS, Absa. S9 – Legal and General, Murchison , Standard Bank, Crawshaw. Substation KEATE STREET. S2 – Kleinman, Motels, RTI, Pillay/Watson/Mimosa Farms. S3– Settlers Drive, Princess Street, Buckingham Street . S9 84 Arcade, Game, Princess Street, Lyell Street. S1 Cannon Road, Carbineer Road, Hospital Park.Substation ET SWITCH HOUSE O2. S1 Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya, Umbulwane. S3 Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya, S5 Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya, S7 Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya, Umbulwane.GROUP 3Substation FAIRCLOUGH SWITCH HOUSE. S1 Hillview Street, Phillip Frame, Observation Hill. S2 Hyde Park, Loius Botha, Caldene,Willemse. S10 Hyde Park, Jan Smuts, Shepstone, Mkhamba Gardens. S11 Observation Hill, Willemse Substation PORT NATAL SWITCH HOUSE. S3 Modelkloof. S9 Limit Hill. Substation JANTHA. S1 Acaciavale- Nemesia to Rose Terrace. S7 Acaciavale – Calendula to Rose Terrace, Ntombi’s Camp. S9 Marula. S10 Kandahar Avenue, Aloe Park, Microwave Tower, Rose Park. Chisty Area.  S12 Marula.Substation CONVENT. S2 Hospital Park, Van Riebeeck Park, Farquhar Road, Pick ‘n Pay. S4 Convent, Farquhar, Francis, Harrismith, Old Golf Course. S10 Egerton, Cochrane, Shearer, Reservoir, Cove Cres. S2 Hospital Park, Van Riebeeck Park, Farquhar Road, Pick ‘n Pay.last_img read more

Morning shopping at fête

Morning shopping at fête

first_imgThe Koekie Jacobsz Senior Centre held a fête and car boot sale yesterday morning (Saturday).The  fête was held at the centre in Francis Road and the grounds were abuzz with busy shoppers. Young and old turned up to show their support and do some bargain hunting at the same time. All kinds of things were available to buy, from furniture to books and delicious pancakes. There was also jewellery, clothing, candles, plants and fresh veggies.The weather was warm and sunny, which made for a lovely outing as people ambled from stall to stall. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more