Best babysitter: Tim Paine’s wife shares photo of Rishabh Pant with her kids

first_imgThere is a popular saying in sport: “What’s said on the field, stays on the field.” However, this doesn’t seem to be the case with Tim Paine and Rishabh Pant who were constantly involved in sledging banters during the ongoing four-Test series between India and Australia.Keeping up with the Aussie tradition, Tim Paine proved he is the king of banter when he tried to rile up India’s wicketkeeper-batsman, Pant during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. Among all other things that Paine had told Pant, the Australia wicketkeeper also offered his Indian counterpart a babysitting role at his place.As it turns out, staying true to their banter, Pant was spotted with Paine’s kids on the New Year’s Day in Sydney.Tim Paine’s wife, Bonnie Paine took to Instagram to share a photo Pant with her kids and captioned it: “Best babysitter”. Notably, members of the India and Australia cricket teams were hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at his official residence in Sydney on Tuesday. India had a commanding lead of 292 runs in the first innings but lost wickets in a hurry when they chose not to enforce the follow-on and bat again on the third day of the MCG Test. India were reeling at 47 for 5 and captain Paine saw an opportunity to needle Pant when the latter was the crease.This is what Paine had told Pant last week”Tell you what big MS is back in the one-day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes… They need a batter.advertisement”Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a waterfront apartment.”Have him over for dinner.”Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”Pant and Paine have been constantly chirping at opposition batsmen during the hard-fought series, thereby becoming the broadcasters’ favourites. Whenever they keep wickets to a spinner, the feed from the stump mic is used by the broadcasters instead of the expert commentary.Although the banters hasn’t boiled over into something nasty, Pant and Paine, at times, have gotten a bit personal.While Paine tried to needle Murali Vijay in the second Test, asking the India opener if he was able to like “captain Virat Kohli as a bloke”, Pant mocked Paine by calling him a “temporary captain”.Earlier in the MCG Test, Paine even sledged Rohit Sharma and tried to distract him by having IPL conversations with Aaron Finch, who was fielding at short leg.This is what Paine said from behind the stumps to Rohit Sharma”It’s a bit of a toss up between Royals and Indians for me. But if Rohit hits a six now, I’m changing to Mumbai.””You’ve nearly played for every team now,” Paine said. “Except Bangalore,” replied Finch.”Except Bangalore?” Paine questioned.Rohit hit back when Paine was batting, saying he would buy the Australia skipper for his Indian Premier League franchsie Mumbai Indians if the latter scored a century in the MCG Test.Mumbai Indians joined the banter war by trolling Paine after the Aussie wicketkeeper-batsman failed to get to the three-figure mark.Meanwhile, extensive use of the stump mics has now come under the scanner with the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) even expressing its concern in this matter.Also Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Rishabh Pant sledges Tim Paine: Temporary captain, all he can do is talkAlso Read | The Pant and Paine show at MCG: When light-hearted banter turned offensiveAlso Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”last_img read more

IPL 2019: Virat Kohli now all-time leading Indian scorer in T20 cricket

first_imgVirat Kohli surpassed Suresh Raina to become the leading Indian run-scorer in T20 cricket. Suresh Raina has 8145 runs in T20 cricket in 309 matches and 293 innings. Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina are the only two players with over 5000 runs in the Indian Premier League.Virat Kohli has played T20 cricket for Delhi, India, Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore while Suresh Raina has played the shortest format for Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Lions, India, Indians, Uttar Pradesh.Virat Kohli overtook Suresh Raina during his innings of 67 in RCB’s run chase against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Saturday.In the IPL, Virat Kohli has scored 5218 runs from 170 matches including 4 hundreds and 35 fifties. Suresh Raina has 5121 runs from 183 matches including 1 hundred and 35 fifties. Kohli was in sensational form in the 2016 Indian Premier League when he scored 973 runs from 16 matches to fire Royal Challengers Bangalore to the final.Virat Kohli had a poor season in 2017 with 308 runs from 10 matches. In 2018, he scored 530 runs in 14 matches but RCB still did not qualify for the playoffs.For India, Virat Kohli has scored 2263 runs in 67 T20 Internationals. He has hit 20 fifties without scoring a hundred.Virat Kohli took 48 innings fewer than Suresh Raina to get past him in the run-scoring charts in T20 cricket. Only 5 players – Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik and David Warner- have scored more runs than Virat Kohli in all T20s.Virat Kohli is the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs and has 41 ODI hundreds. He is widely expected to break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records in the years to come. In Tests. Kohli has scored 6613 runs including 25 hundreds from 77 matches.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over-rate during KXIP vs RCBAlso Read | We let ourselves down in the field, says R Ashwin after KXIP’s 8-wicket loss vs RCBAlso See:last_img read more

Heynckes texted Bayern from sickbed

first_imgBayern München Heynckes texted Bayern Munich congratulations from sickbed Jamie Smith 17:03 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) juppheynckes - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Bayern München v Schalke 04 Schalke 04 Robert Lewandowski Flu kept the veteran coach away from Saturday’s Bundesliga game with Schalke but he made sure to send his congratulations after the victory Jupp Heynckes texted his congratulations to Bayern Munich after missing his side’s Bundesliga win over Schalke with the flu, assistant coach Peter Hermann said.Heynckes was unable to take his place in the dugout to see Robert Lewandowski equal his longstanding record  of scoring in each of Bayern’s first 11 home league games in a season.The 72-year-old’s illness did not stop him watching a 2-1 victory that leaves Bayern 18 points clear at the top of the table, however, according to Hermann. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think Jupp Heynckes was most engrossed in front of the TV,” Hermann said.”He texted me, I’ll have to call him. Congratulations on the victory, he said.”It was a very tough match for us. Schalke pressed very well, they were always alert.”Congratulations to the team, what they’ve done over the last few months is very good.”Thomas Muller caught out Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann from a tight angle to secure the Bayern victory after Domenico Tedesco’s side hit back through Franco Di Santo.But the modest Germany international claimed he was trying to pass the ball to a colleague.200 #Bundesliga wins in 275 games.Respect, @esmuellert_ #Müllered #FCBS04 pic.twitter.com/e2VGK1xSHM — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 10, 2018 “Our coach will say I cheekily put it in,” Muller said. “I tried to square it.”My hip was in a rather unhealthy position – and it just went into the corner.”A keeper often guesses in situations like this, but I didn’t have the time to see it and then score.”I was a bit lucky indeed.”last_img read more

Two Contracts Worth 77 Million Awarded

first_imgContracts valued at $7.7 million were awarded to two Cape Breton companies as the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup heads into its peak construction season. McNally Construction Inc., Port Hawkesbury, was awarded a $3.8-million contract to remove contaminated material from the lower reaches of Coke Ovens Brook from the Victoria Road overpass to Inglis Street, and to build a protective liner along the bottom of the brook. It will join the Coke Ovens Groundwater Collection Treatment System, now being built, to an engineered channel. Work is expected to run from April to October. ALL-TECH Environmental Services of Cape Breton, Sydney, was awarded a two-year, $3.9-million contract to continue monitoring and evaluating air quality for the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. The consulting firm provides real-time data upwind and downwind of the site. It also reports on data collected on a six-day cycle. “The awarding of these contracts illustrates the continued progress being made on this important cleanup as well as the government of Canada’s commitment to a safe environment and a strong economy for the people of Sydney,” said Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada. “This remediation project continues to build a lasting legacy that will have a positive impact on the Cape Breton economy and its residents for years to come,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “As these contaminated properties are safely transformed into useable land, local contractors and tradespeople continue to gain valuable skills and experiences they can market to the world.” In January 2007, the government of Canada and the province of Nova Scotia committed $400 million to ensure the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup is completed by 2014.last_img read more

Grew an early distaste for fame glamour Abhay Deol

first_imgMumbai: Actor Abhay Deol says he never felt the urge to chase roles that would put him in the league of quintessential Bollywood heroes because he grew a distaste for fame and glamour very early on in life. Abhay made a name in Bollywood with alternative cinema such as “Dev.D”, “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!”, “Manorama Six Feet Under” and “Road, Movie”. Why did he not play the classic hero in Bollywood? “I grew a very early distaste for fame and glamour because I saw what the spotlight and attention can do to you as a family, so to speak. When there is stuff being written about your family and people ask you questions which are very personal in nature, it makes you defensive and almost makes you angry. And maybe because I was exposed to that, I did not see the positive (side). I only saw the negative,” Abhay told IANS. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The 43-year-old, nephew of veteran actor Dharmendra, says it is only now that he sees the “positive aspect”. “I was inherently slightly more bitter or cynical and that kept me from going to the commercial formulaic crowd. Also, I went to an art college and I did my foundation in art. I remember they said and that stayed with me — ‘If we even see a line plagiarised by you in one of our exams, you’re kicked out of school, no questions asked’. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “So, I think that set the mind inspired by the journey of ‘Oh wow, that means it is totally left up to me to discover myself’. That is what is going to make you an artist, not trying to improve upon what has come, but trying to add something that you can. So, that led me away from those (typical) roles.” He currently awaits the release of “Jungle Cry”, a sports biopic based on life of rugby coach Rudraksh Jena and is inspired by the true story of the rugby team of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).last_img read more

Swimmer makes a global splash to support Millennium Development Goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated a swimmer from the Dominican Republic who has swum between the Earth’s continents in a marathon endeavour to raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and inspire efforts to achieve them by their 2015 deadline.Marcos Díaz, 35, presented the Secretary-General with a petition signed by 200,000 people from across the world urging leaders and the international community to support the MDGs, which represent the human needs and basic rights that every individual should be able to enjoy.The MDGs include freedom from extreme poverty and hunger, quality education, decent employment, good health and shelter, the right of women to give birth without risking their lives, environmental sustainability and gender equality.After swimming between the continents since May, Mr. Díaz today swam from the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour to Gantry Plaza State Park across from United Nations Headquarters for the meeting with the Secretary-General.“It’s a great pleasure for me to congratulate Marcos Díaz, the ‘Dominican Dolphin,’ on his amazing feat,” Mr. Ban said. “What an achievement. It is a testimony to Marcos’s remarkable bravery, strength and commitment. It is a wonderful symbol of global solidarity.”Mr. Díaz said he was struck by the common yearning for better living standards among the people in met in various regions of the world.“In all my travels, one of the things I experienced was the common hope of all poor people that action will be taken to help them,” Mr. Díaz told the UN News Centre.“We have to make the change happen soon. This can only happen if the MDGs are known to everyone, not only the leaders. It is a matter for everybody,” he said.He met the Secretary-General five days before world leaders gather at the UN on Monday to review progress towards the achievement of the MDGs.Mr. Díaz’s efforts involved swimming from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia; from Jordan to Egypt; from Morocco across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain; and from Russia to Alaska in the United States. 15 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated a swimmer from the Dominican Republic who has swum between the Earth’s continents in a marathon endeavour to raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and inspire efforts to achieve them by their 2015 deadline. read more

Morneau warns government wont accept Senate changes to budget bill

by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2017 3:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Morneau warns government won’t accept Senate changes to budget bill OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau issued a veiled warning Thursday that the Trudeau government won’t accept Senate changes to his budget bill — especially not carving out provisions dealing with creation of the new infrastructure bank.Morneau issued the warning after fielding questions for two hours from senators on the Senate finance committee about the budget.“We’ve been really clear that we put the infrastructure bank in our budget because we believe it is an important budgetary measure, because there’s significant financial implications from that measure,” he said outside the committee room.“We think it’s going to have a big impact on our economy in the short, medium and long-term and that’s why we expect that to be in our budget that we pass this spring prior to leaving for summer recess.”Morneau said he expects the budget to be passed “intact” and appeared to suggest that the unelected Senate has no business rewriting the economic plan passed by the elected House of Commons.“We believe the House of Commons has the authority to pass the budget bill and we view this (infrastructure bank) as central to our budget,” he said.Morneau’s appearance at committee came just a couple of hours before the Speaker of the Senate, George Furey, disallowed a motion from independent Sen. Andre Pratte to carve out the $35-billion infrastructure bank portion of the budget bill into a separate bill that senators can study at greater length.Furey agreed with the government’s representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, that the motion was out of order.However, his ruling was challenged by independent Sen. Diane Griffin and senators eventually voted 38-33 to overrule Furey.Bizarrely, Griffin tried to withdraw her challenge but too late to avoid the vote. She nevertheless ultimately joined Conservative senators and a handful of independent and Liberal senators in voting to overrule Furey.Even more bizarrely, Pratte voted to uphold Furey’s ruling to disallow his own motion, as did most independent senators. Whether Pratte will continue to push his motion is uncertain.The infrastructure bank is to be launched with $15 billion in direct federal investments and another $20 billion in repayable contributions, loans and loan guarantees. The government hopes to leverage up to $5 in private investment for every $1 in government funding to finance what Morneau called “transformational” infrastructure projects.During the committee hearing, Pratte and other senators grilled Morneau about the “governance structure” of the bank, over which the federal government will have final say on the projects. Several expressed concern about possible political interference in the choice of projects that are funded.But Morneau maintained that projects will have to be approved by provincial and municipal governments and will have to attract investment from pension fund managers or other institutional investors — none of which would happen if the projects were chosen strictly for political purposes.Morneau said the governance structure is similar to that in place for other Crown corporations and has proven to work well.Pratte also raised concerns that taxpayers could wind up on the hook if projects financed by the bank go over-budget or flop. But Morneau contended that taxpayers are at risk for, at most, the $15 billion in direct federal investment; for the other $20 billion in repayable contributions, he said private sector partners would bear all of the risk.The bank is not the only objection some senators have to the budget bill. Several complained about a provision that would see the federal excise tax on beer, wine and spirits increase by the rate of inflation every year.Morneau argued that the so-called “escalator” provision means the tax on booze will remain constant “in real terms,” after inflation is taken into account. read more

World Immunization Week Power of vaccines still not fully utilized says UN

Vaccine-preventable infectious agents or diseases. Source: WHO Vaccines are one of modern medicine’s major success stories – tackling infectious diseases by making people immune or resistant, stimulating the body’s own immune system – having prevented at least 10 million deaths between 2010 and 2015, stresses Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), in a press release. At the same time, the full potential of vaccines is still not fully utilized, underlines the UN health agency, reiterating that when immunization rates are high, the wider community is protected, including infants who are too young to receive their vaccines, older adults at risk of serious diseases and people who take medication that lowers their immune systems. WHO warns that the target of all 194 countries that signed the agency’s global action plan to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases by 2020 is behind schedule. The list with preventable diseases includes measles, rubella, and maternal and neonatal tetanus. In a statement, the agency stresses that “in order for everyone, everywhere to survive and thrive, countries must make more concerted efforts to reach Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) goals by 2020.” WHO reports that by increasing immunization globally, the lives of an additional 1.5 million people could be saved every year. The ‘Decade of Vaccines’This year, Immunization Week falls at the halfway point of completing the target set by the Global Vaccine Action Plan to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases. The goal of the plan is to improve the health of all people by extending the benefits of immunization through more equitable access to vaccines. According to the WHO latest numbers, an estimated 19.4 million infants worldwide were not reached with routine immunization services such as Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) immunization coverage. In one of the Immunizations Week messages, Dr. Chan speaks on behalf of the world’s children, who should be a prime concern of all societies, saying that “no child should be denied the right to immunization for unfair reasons, including economic or social causes.” The WHO director adds that “all barriers must be overcome.” Of the 19.4 million children without lifesaving DTP3 immunization about 11.5 million of them live in 10 countries, namely Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Ukraine. The goal of all 194 GVAP signatories is to achieve vaccination coverage of at least 90% nationally and at least 80 per cent in every district by 2020. read more

Vandals turn giant Tour of Britain bicycle in Devon into a penis

 The original artwork appeared during the second stage of the cycling race, which ran from Cranbrook to Barnstaple on Monday.Drawing thousands of spectators, Cameron Meyer claimed victory of the stage.It was reported by locals that hours after the rude shape appeared, the components were again rearranged – this time to display a smiley face.The Tour of Britain finishes in central London on Sunday. 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. A giant bicycle created to celebrate the Tour of Britain has been vandalised overnight to create the outline of a giant penis on a hillside in Devon.  Locals in Ilfracombe woke up to the naughty alteration on Tuesday morning. Made out of cardboard and reclaimed plastic, the original bike was commissioned by a local environment initiative.Designed to draw attention to plastic pollution, luckily the organisers saw the positives to the prank. Seth Conway, Project co-ordinator wrote on Twitter: “We build a cardboard bike on the hillside to promote #plasticfreenorthdevon and it gets a bit of attention. Someone turns it into a cock and it goes viral #worldgonemad but hey the vandal has sort of done us a favour!” We build a cardboard bike on the hillside to promote #plasticfreenorthdevon and it gets a bit of attention. Someone turns it into a cock and it goes viral #worldgonemad but hey the vandal has sort of done us a favour! pic.twitter.com/hvglg5Rr21— Seth Conway (@sethconwaytv) September 4, 2018 read more

Sihanoukville casino ordered closed for multiple development environmental violations

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Cambodian officials have ordered the closure of a casino resort in Sihanoukville following complaints from locals that raw sewage was being flushed straight into the sea.The Jin Ding Hotel and Casino, which recently opened on Koh Rong Samloem Island, will be forced to shut down operations from 22 March after failing to follow a range of official guidelines. It is also said to have ignored development restrictions and promoted illegal online betting games, according to local media reports. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August The property is owned by Chinese national Zhou Jianhua via his company 168 Jinding International Entertainment Co Ltd.“The casino’s owner had the building constructed on the beach too close to the sea and violated some terms and conditions,” a local government spokesman said.“We ordered [the owner] to completely close it on 22 March in order for his staff to find other jobs. We are not closing it immediately – we have instructed him on many occasions but he failed to comply with our directives.”The closure comes after 77 families filed complaints, which led to a working group inspecting the property. The group found that the property was illegally built directly on the sandy beach and did not incorporate a proper sewage filtration system. RelatedPostslast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE John Lewis Davison to discuss building a wellbeing culture at Employee

EXCLUSIVE John Lewis Davison to discuss building a wellbeing culture at Employee

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Nick Davison, partner and head of health, leisure and hotels for John Lewis Partnership, will discuss the benefits of putting health and wellbeing at the core of an organisation’s strategy at Employee Benefits Live 2018.The session, titled ‘Building a health and wellbeing culture for competitive advantage’, will form part of the ‘benefits on a budget’ conference stream on Wednesday 3 October.The session will be chaired by Neil Goodwin, reward director in human resources at Countrywide Group, and Davison will discuss what sets John Lewis Partnership apart from the competition in terms of its employee offering. He will explain how his organisation sees its people as its competitive advantage.“Our health and wellbeing culture goes back to 1929,” Davison explained. “We’re an employee-owned organisation, and a democracy. The happiness and wellbeing of our partners is actually written into the first principle of our constitution. We have 83,000 co-owners and it’s important we look after the body, mind and soul of those people.“It’s about creating a sense of belonging and caring for our prized assets, which are our people. We also need to make sure they understand and recognise that, and believe it to be true.”To make this happen, Davison believes the approach needs to be both proactive and reactive.He explained: “Our benefits are designed to build relationships, community and engagement, but also to allow people to enjoy a wider aspect of their personal wellbeing rather than just work. Then there is the reactive wellbeing focus around the support we provide.“Despite all the talk of technology, people are still core to business. Without people there wouldn’t be any business.“To deliver the level of service we provide to customers, we need our people to be fit, healthy, engaged and motivated. So their health and wellbeing is right at the core of what sets us apart from our competitors.”Employee Benefits Live 2018 will take place on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 October 2018 at ExCeL London.For more information or to register for the show…last_img read more

New AirPods and my face nearly three years later

first_imgWireless earbuds have been revolutionized since 2016, and AirPods have become iconic. New York City, and my daily commute, are perfect examples. For months, I had commuted as the Lone AirPod Guy back in late 2016. Now, who isn’t wearing them? I remember putting AirPods on for the first time, and not knowing what to think. Photo taken, meme generated. Message sent: No one wanted to be seen wearing them.Now, they’re everywhere. In New York, they’re as common as hats.So, when the latest version of AirPods arrived for me to try out, as I unwrapped them, they didn’t immediately seem any different than Version One… and the experience felt utterly normal. The case opens the same, with those perfect little magnets releasing and letting the lid pop up. The long white buds slide out from the charger just like before. If you put a new and old AirPod side by side, you wouldn’t see any difference.In three years, my face has changed more than these AirPods. I’ve gained weight since 2016 (or I lost weight, then gained weight). I have new glasses, subtly different. If you saw my face now and my face back then, you’d see some similarities. I think my hair’s the same, albeit grayer.What I looked like in fall of 2016. James Martin/CNET The differences with the AirPods are all under the hood, and in subtle ways. But since they’re the same price as the old ones, unless you pay up for the wirelessly charging case, it’s really just a value-add to the same proposition. But maybe the proposition now is this: I don’t know, necessarily, what device I’m using. But my body, and what it wears, is a constant. And AirPods generally stay in.There are some key new differences that begin to reveal themselves when I actually start using them, though.Read this for a review of the new AirPods. These are my impressions on the new AirPods and my life now, versus when I first started trying them nearly three years ago. See It $144 Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) Now playing: Watch this: Comments Best Buy $144 17 Photos Apple CNET may get a commission from retail offers. • Superconnected, and totally normalThe me of 2019 is usually trying to avoid being too immersed in connected tech, and failing miserably. That’s because my job is to look at connected tech. I’m still a person who prefers doing things on a phone versus speaking commands or launching a watch app. I’ve fallen into familiar habits.What strikes me most of all is how normal AirPods are now. They seemed truly unusual in late 2016. But then again, the world was pretty different way back in those days. Now, AirPods seem like the most normal, reliable thing in a very odd and continually mutating universe. It takes more than AirPods to stand out in a crowd now. Maybe wearing a sharp pair of smartglasses, or testing a new VR headset, would make people look. AirPods are now standard-issue human tech.As I get older, I appreciate them more. I still would like some more controls, and ways these could even more effortlessly swap between iPads, Macs and iPhones. I still need to enter Bluetooth settings to connect to my iPad or MacBook — it doesn’t magically switch unless I’m moving between watch and phone. But the way they’re designed, and stick around, feels like one of the most successful design moves Apple has pulled off.Except… come on. Maybe those cigarette butts can be just a bit shorter. See It 3:55 AirPods (second generation) from all angles 13 Apple See It Tags $144 See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See it reading • New AirPods and my face, nearly three years later Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Amazon $159 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Wearable Tech Headphones Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements Share your voice A smoother connected universeThe AirPods sound the same, but they connect faster — just a bit, but that little connecting chime is snappier and feels more effortless. “Hey, Siri” works, but I feel silly saying it while walking through Penn Station (or anywhere). I wait for people to stare at me as I talk to my headphones.The AirPods still have a double-tap that can be customized for track-skipping (or Siri, or pausing), but volume control can’t be done with a gesture, which is really the thing I want the most. Saying “Hey, Siri, lower volume” isn’t convenient. But having automatic “Hey, Siri” feels more like a perpetual voice assistant at the ready, in a good, or sometimes weird, way. Usually I just end up checking the weather.The audio hiccups are gone now, when I walk crosstown in New York. The older AirPods used to briefly dissolve into stutter when I crossed intersections, and so far the newer ones are handling better, blanketing me in continuous sound. Does this mean I’ll keep AirPods in more often? Possibly. It also means I’m increasingly living in my own pod-in world.Of course, this makes me think of what will come next. Will AR audio like Bose’s audio sunglasses, which are ready to serve up hints of the connected world, act as a guide through life? Maybe. A step toward always-on AR in a pair of Apple AR-equipped smartglasses someday? Possibly. At the moment, AirPods and Apple Watch with cellular are already a self-contained wearable network. They feel like a seamless little package deal.03-airpods-2nd-generation Sarah Tew/CNET Wireless charging, longer battery: Small stepsWireless charging with the new AirPods charge case works with any Qi charger (or the back of a nearby Samsung Galaxy S10), but now that Apple’s AirPower charge mat is dead, it kills some of the reason to pay $40 more for the wireless charge feature. Maybe it’s nice to have if you have wireless Qi chargers around your desk or home, but AirPods last for a good several days in my everyday use, and charge fast with Lightning. I still use Lightning over wireless.I haven’t experienced the extra battery life during phone calls, because I don’t make a lot of phone calls anymore. But I listen to tons of music, on Apple Watch and on iPhone. AirPods are as good as ever for that. AirPods 2nd-generation: Not really 2.0, but definitely… Apple AirPods 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Applelast_img read more

49 Voices Maurice Nanalook of Bethel

first_imgMost of the stomachs that I get are from the coast here, when they catch walrus or beluga whales. Brings me back to the tradition of how they used to make them back then. You never ever really see stomach drums around here ever. This week we’re hearing from Maurice Nanalook of Bethel. Nanalook was one of several drummers at this year’s Cama-i Dance Festival. NANALOOK: My grandpa taught me before I was able to walk. Actually most of the drums that are here were made by me. I use, how many different types of wood?Hickory, oak, ash and maple every now and then. Actually it’s a long process. I usually cut ’em into strips first to the thickness that I like, depending on whether I’m using them for fabric skins or stomachs. There’s quite a bit of favorites that I have from each different group, but one of my favorites would have to be the song that I composed for my brother. center_img Maurice Nanalook of Bethel. (Photo by Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel) I have three sons. My oldest two are drumming right now. My youngest one is a little too young for that, but once he does get older, he already loves beating on the drum.last_img read more

This Awesome Lamp Is Powered With Gravity – Requires No Batteries

This Awesome Lamp Is Powered With Gravity – Requires No Batteries

first_imgElectricity is a provision that is so readily available to us that we tend to forget that there is a vast majority in this world that has no access to it. This deprivation of electricity leaves billions of people to rely on such things as kerosene lamps for the provision of light in order for them to cook, work and study. Engineers based in the UK have revealed a device named GravityLight that is powered by force of gravity and requires no batteries, electricity or sunlight.It is very easy to set up since the entire setup resembles a pulley. The user simply needs to add 12 kilograms of weight to each end and lift up the weight as they pull down on a lamp attached on the other end. With the help of gravity, the weight gradually falls to the floor and changes potential energy into kinetic energy during the fall. This transformed energy is used to power polymer gear train and drive sprocket which in turn lights up the LED. As soon as the weight hits the floor, the light goes out which prompts the user to repeat the entire process.Each time the weight is pulled, users are able to enjoy up to 30 minutes of light which directly depends on how high they lift the weight. The team of engineers behind this project is crowd funding another variant of GravityLight on Indiegogo. It hopes to raise $199,000 with the aim of making the light brighter and longer lasting. Reports suggest that the light will set users back by merely $10.  As one would imagine, this is significantly cheaper compared to kerosene lamps and do not present any fire hazards.All in all, GravityLight is aimed at families based in developing countries. Its main focus is on countries like Kenya where the team hopes to create jobs by selling these lights. The most significant part of gravity is the fact that it costs absolutely nothing. That means that once you invest in GravityLight, there are no further costs to run. Don’t we just love solving problems with science?last_img read more

Prime Day 2019 Deal Razer Phone 2 50 Off Priced at Just

Prime Day 2019 Deal Razer Phone 2 50 Off Priced at Just

first_imgThere’s no catch in this. The Razer Phone 2 is 50% off today, bringing the price down to just $399.99 for Amazon Prime users.Prime Day 2019 is packed with a ton of surprises and this deal on the Razer Phone 2 is one of them. For just a limited period of time, you can get the world’s best (perhaps) gaming phone for a price of just $399.99 and it packs a lot of great technologies that will surely entice a lot of users, starting with that 120Hz display.LIMITED TIME OFFER: Promotional discount available for a limited time.120Hz ULTRAMOTION QHD 5. 72-INCH DISPLAY: the fastest mobile gaming display, now brighterQUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON 845: With a custom vapor chamber cooling systemDUAL FRONT-FACING STEREO SPEAKERS: Featuring Dolby Atomos and a THX Certified DACWIRELESS FAST CHARGING: With large internal 4, 000 mAh batteryNETFLIX READY: View content in HDR and Dolby Digital Plus 5. 1STORAGE: 8GB RAM / 64GB storage + micro SD Slot (up to 2TB)If you’re asking us, this deal just can’t get any better at all. And since it has a microSD card slot too, therefore you might wanna head over to deals from SanDisk and Samsung here if you want to expand on the storage of the Razer Phone 2 as soon as the order comes in.Since this phone is completely unlocked therefore you can use it on any carrier you like without having to worry about any sort of restrictions. In other words, your LTE needs will be fulfilled no matter where you go.Buy Razer Phone 2 (New): Unlocked Gaming Smartphone – Was $800, now just $399.99 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Huge disconnect with typical FAMS spurs G Adventures to create Change Makers

Huge disconnect with typical FAMS spurs G Adventures to create Change Makers

first_img PERU — G Adventures’ first-ever Change Makers Summit, held earlier this month in Peru, was no ordinary FAM.Agents had to earn a spot on the trip based on their sales, as well as ‘social good’ entry submissions. They knew the week-long summit would take place in June, but they didn’t know where. Nor did they have advance details about the itinerary, except that they’d see first-hand the impact of responsible travel on local communities.Ultimately more than 100 travel agents from around the world took part in the Change Makers Summit. Travelweek attended the FAM as well.Bruce Poon Tip speaks to travel agents at the first-ever Change Makers Summit (all photos courtesy Vawn Himmelsbach)G Adventures’ novel approach is meant to inspire change in the way FAMs are run. “I’ve been extremely angry for years about the traditional FAM policy of this industry,” Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, told Travelweek during the summit.“I know it’s super controversial when I talk about these FAMs,” he says. “Travel agents don’t get paid a lot so they’re in the travel industry to travel, and the head offices are taking advantage of that by not paying them more and offering these FAMs as their incentives to retain employees.”As a result, many agents pick FAMs based on the date or destination, but “there’s no connection to the operator or why they’re choosing it,” he says. “They’re the face of our company when they’re delivering our brand promise to their customers, and there’s a huge disconnect with this traditional FAM and a lack of innovation in this accepted behaviour of FAMs.”That was the inspiration behind the brand-new Change Makers Summit, which involved 147 attendees from 17 countries, including 15 Canadian travel agents. The FAM included stays in Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, as well as a day trip to Machu Picchu and a ‘Big Night Out’ bash on the last night of the summit.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Poon Tip says previously G wasn’t always getting the right type of agent on its FAMs. But with Change Makers, agents had to earn a coveted spot on the FAM.“The travel agent becomes an instrumental part of delivering our really aggressive brand promise,” says Poon Tip. “Our product is just not commoditized like it is when you’re selling capacity on ships or in resorts.” People don’t know what to expect when they book a trek in Nepal, a bike trip across Vietnam or a river boat cruise up the Amazon. “They have tons of questions, and that’s the role of the agent.”While the summit was a chance to connect with agents, it was also a chance to showcase G’s social enterprise projects. Rather than offering volunteer experiences for travellers (a concept Poon Tip feels can’t be done in a meaningful way on organized group trips), G created the Planeterra Foundation in 2003. This non-profit organization supports social enterprise projects connected to G’s tours.“Planeterra was created because we believe that travel is the biggest form of wealth distribution the world has ever seen and we want to make sure the communities and local people that we visit benefit from travel,” says Victoria Houle, Planeterra’ director of development.Locals can earn income from tourism by providing accommodations, meals, transportation and cultural experiences. So far, Planeterra’s projects around the world have received more than 500,000 travellers.Travel agents visit the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Cooperative in PeruPlaneterra lives under the ‘G For Good’ umbrella, which also encompasses the Ripple Score (the percentage of money G spends locally on trip services), Responsible Travel Policies and G Values Fund. “We do this because it’s estimated that out of every $100 that somebody spends in a country on a trip, only about $10 of that actually stays in that community,” says Houle.During the summit, Planeterra announced the next phase in its evolution. The foundation started out with 25 projects, and in 2015 launched ‘50 in 5,’ with 50 additional projects to be completed within five years.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“We’re so happy to say that we just met our goal of 75 projects in total around the world,” says Houle. “We decided we wanted to up the game, so now we’re going to launch ‘Project 100.’ We are going to be adding 25 more projects by the end of 2020.”Travel agents visit the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving CooperativeWhile in Peru, agents visited the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Co-op in the Sacred Valley. The Planeterra-supported co-op provides an economic alternative for women who previously didn’t benefit from the tourism industry. Today, 60 women are directly employed by the co-op — which uses traditional weaving methods to produce textiles from llama and alpaca wool — but the impact extends to 440 community members, with 10,000 travellers visiting each year.Agents also visited Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, also in the Sacred Valley. All income earned by the restaurant is used for investment in social projects for the community. The project directly impacts 65 people, but also benefits 1,000 community members (the ingredients used in the restaurant, for example, are purchased from local farmers).“My a-ha moment [on this trip] was when we visited Parwa Restaurant,” says Vicky Young, an international travel consultant with Flight Centre in Calgary, one of the Canadian agents who earned a spot on the FAM. “I’ve talked about this project for a very long time with clients.” So seeing it for the first time is something she won’t soon forget.“Seeing how Planeterra has changed that community is incredible — it’s given new life to them and they continue to pay it forward,” says Young. “I feel blessed to be a change maker and come here this week. I know we love changing lives, but I truly feel that all of our lives have been changed by being here as well.” Share Friday, June 28, 2019 Tags: FAMs, G Adventures, Peru “Huge disconnect” with typical FAMS spurs G Adventures to create Change Makers Summit By: Vawn Himmelsbach << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Turkmenistan considers extending presidential rule

Turkmenistan considers extending presidential rule

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Legislators in the authoritarian Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan are considering scrapping a rule that prevents people older than 70 from being elected president, a change that would allow the incumbent to serve for life.State media on Friday cited parliament speaker Akdzha Nurberdyeva as saying a constitutional commission may also extend the presidential terms by two years, to seven years. Comments   Share   Both provisions will boost the already-substantial grip over power wielded by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, 57.Berdymukhamedov, a dentist by training, came to power after the sudden death in 2006 of his eccentric predecessor, Saparmurat Niyazov.Niyazov was freed of term limit constraints in December 1999, when parliament voted to appoint him president for life.Although initially seen as a possible reformer, Berdymukhamedov has paid little heed to calls for his energy-rich country to boost democratic freedoms. Instead, he is now presiding over an increasingly extravagant cult of personality aimed at legitimizing his rule.___This story has been corrected to show that the 70-year age limit refers to the age at which a person can no longer be elected, not the age at which he or she must stop serving.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Sponsored Stories People gather for the monument unveiling ceremony in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Monday, May 25, 2015. The isolated energy-rich Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has unveiled a gold-leafed statue of the president in a gesture intended to burnish the leader’s burgeoning cult of personality. The 21-meter monument presented to the public Monday consists of a statue of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov atop a horse mounted on a towering pile of marble. (AP Photo/Alexander Vershinin) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Quick workouts for men Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Update Search for missing child called off

Update Search for missing child called off

first_imgThe search for a five-year-old child who is believed to have drowned in the Ekuvukeni area was called off yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.The child went missing on Thursday, October 16, while on her way home after school. It is alleged that the girl was crossing a stream when she was tragically swept away in a flash flood. Police officers, together with search and rescue dogs from the Ladysmith Dog (K9) Unit, began searching for the little girl the following day. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The search continued on Monday, October 20, and the local officers were joined by the Empangeni K9 Unit, Port Shepstone K9 Unit and Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit on Wednesday, October 22. The search was called off on Thursday afternoon, October 23; still no sign of the child’s body. With the additional manpower, local K9 officers and dogs combed an area consisting of mountainous terrain.An appeal is now made to the community to please contact the SAPS on 034-261-3200 if anybody has any more information.last_img read more

2 dead in horror crash on N3

2 dead in horror crash on N3

first_imgTwo people died in an accident this evening (Sunday) on the N3 near Montrose.A truck and a light motor vehicle were involved in the crash. The southbound lanes are closed (traffic using north contraflow).Emergency personnel, including RTI officers, are still at the scene.We will update this story once we have more information. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

The Great Escape with Fiji Airways and Blue Lagoon Cruises

The Great Escape with Fiji Airways and Blue Lagoon Cruises

first_imgCalling all Fiji lovers! The greatest sales are upon us. Book our 7-night ‘Escape to Paradise’ cruise and only pay our 4-night ‘Wanderer’ Cruise fare OR experience our 4-night ‘Wanderer’ Cruise and only pay the 3-night ‘Explorer’ Cruise fare.Fiji Airways is here to help get you on board your Blue Lagoon Cruise. Travel this January through to March 2019, with Fiji Airways companion fares. The choice is easy – join us in Fiji!These fantastic deals won’t last forever. Our Blue Lagoon Cruises special is only available for a limited time and valid for travel between 04 January to 30 August 2019 (close outs may apply). *For full terms and conditions on Fiji Airways promotion, please visit the Fiji Airways website.To learn more about this great Blue Lagoon Cruises special, click here or see the path you will travel with our cruise itineraries, or book your getaway now (use promo code BLC744-Nov18 to apply discount).Our offer is only on sale until 31 January 2019, with select travel dates and is subject to availability. For more information, visit www.bluelagooncruises.com, call us in Fiji on +679 675 0500 or visit your preferred travel agent.We look forward to welcoming you on board soon.Vinaka from the team at Blue Lagoon CruisesThe post The Great Escape with Fiji Airways and Blue Lagoon Cruises appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more