I talk sense so Steven Smith and Co listen to me: Sridharan Sriram

first_imgAustralia’s spin consultant Sridharan Sriram, who has been credited for Steeve O’Keefe’s sensational performance in the first Test against India, feels it’s not the name of a coach but his inputs that earn him respect from players.Sriram, who played 8 ODIs for India during early part of the last decade, is considered the guiding force behind left-arm spinner O’Keefe’s match-winning figures of 12 for 70 in Australia’s 333-run win in the first Test against India.”I don’t think the name really matters, does it? How does a name matter? I mean, I come in and if I talk sense they listen to me, if I talk bull**** they don’t. It’s as simple as that,” Sriram said on Monday when asked if he has faced problems of acceptability considering he is not a big name. (Steve O’Keefe akin to reliable Korean car: Monty Panesar)”I think it’s taken time… They have really been open. That’s the best thing about this Australian team. They have been open to listening first. And then obviously I made sense a little bit and they started listening and they started trying out things in the nets and saw that it worked for them and I think that’s how it’s gone,” said Sriram.”I have a chat with everyone, it is not just the spinners, that is the freedom I get from my head coach which is amazing so I can chat to anyone if I feel there is something they should do, I go up to them and suggest and it is up to them if they implement it or not, some say no some say yes, I am willing to try and prolong the conversation,”advertisementSriram sounded practical in his approach. (India frugal with praise for Pune tormentor Steve O’Keefe)Sriram said O’Keefe’s success should be attributed to his “preparedness” and “willingness to experiment”.Asked what exactly did O’Keefe change, Sriram said: “Not necessarily change, more I would use the word adapt. Because India is such a big country, there’s no one-stop solution. If you say ‘this will work’, it is not going to work. So you have just got to adapt on the go. You have got to see what works for you on that day.”And so I think that’s where O’Keefe really scored, because he was well-prepared. He was prepared to experiment, he was prepared to sort of try different things in the nets. Which goes back to our time in Chennai in 2015. So, I think he knew that he had to come with an open mind for every day of a Test Match. What works on day one may not work on day three. He knows that. I think that’s his biggest strength,” said Sriram.last_img read more

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Wetzel: This Year Makes Notre Dame’s Independence Look Very Smart

first_imgNotre Dame runs onto the field ahead of a game vs. Wake Forest.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame football’s arrangement as an independent program has long been the focus of debate, both within the Fighting Irish fan base, and more fervently outside of it.Independence is a proud Notre Dame tradition, for everything that comes with it, specifically a school-specific television deal with NBC, and extreme scheduling flexibility.This season may go a long way towards solidifying Notre Dame’s independence for the long term.The Fighting Irish are currently No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, thanks in large part to a Week 1 win over No. 4 Michigan. If Notre Dame beats No. 12 Syracuse on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, and rival USC on the road in Week 13, it will almost definitely be in the field of four.Since the beginning of the College Football Playoff back in 2014, there has been plenty of speculation whether the lack of a conference championship would ultimately doom the Fighting Irish, should they be in Playoff contention. It may require winning out, but this year it looks like the answer is no. Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel writes that this season is proving that Notre Dame’s continued independence is a stroke of brilliance.His main focus is what it allows the Fighting Irish to do with the schedule on a yearly basis. Notre Dame has used its ACC scheduling agreement to bolster its brand in Florida and the rest of the Southeast, while continued Navy, Stanford, and USC rivalries give them chances to hit other valuable recruiting areas.The trip to New York comes between trips to Chicago (a victory over Northwestern two weeks ago in the near north suburb of Evanston) and Los Angeles (season-ending rivalry game at USC on Thanksgiving weekend).New York, L.A., Chicago … 1-2-3 of the biggest cities in America for a program running at full throttle. In between the Irish’s tour of major market, recruit-rich America was last week’s throttling of Florida State at home under their golden dome. It was preceded by beating Navy in San Diego.No one else in college football can duplicate such a stretch.It’s a reminder that the conventional wisdom on the Irish was always short-sighted. And Notre Dame’s administration wasn’t just stubborn or snobby in rejecting a spot in the Big Ten, it was visionary.That is all well-and-good, and valuable because of Notre Dame’s status as a selective, private school in Indiana. Still, if an undefeated Notre Dame looked like it might be left outside of the top four, the ACC and Big Ten would be blowing up phones in South Bend.Instead, it looks like the Fighting Irish will be able to have their cake and eat it to, if they take care of business against the Orange and Trojans. For the program, that is a massive win.[Yahoo! Sports]last_img read more

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Teething Problems Push ONE to Red

first_imgzoomImage courtesy: ONE The newly launched container shipping joint venture Ocean Network Express (ONE) posted its first quarterly results for the 2018 fiscal year.The company delivered a net loss of USD 120 million, which ONE ascribed to lower lifting caused by operational teething problems that affected service quality during the operation start-up period, and higher bunker price than originally forecast.The Japanese JV further lowered its forecast for the business performance for the first half of the fiscal year by USD 40 million.“Considering that service quality has already stabilized, overall business is expected to be back to normal situation from the 2Q onwards,” ONE said.For the full fiscal year the company’s net profit forecast remains unchanged at USD 110 million. According to the company this is underpinned by “steady realization of integration synergy ahead of schedule as well as the change in accounting for lease contracts while higher bunker price will have a negative impact.”Commenting on the progress of integration synergies, the container shipping company said the planned synergies worth USD 1.05 billion are emerging steadily with 80 pct of the planned total expected to be achieved in 2018 fiscal year, up from initially set target of 60 pct.The profit from overseas terminal business will be included from the 4th quarter of the fiscal year due to delay in business transfer.last_img read more

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Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

first_imgVANCOUVER — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the economy has become such a mess under the Liberals that it would take a Conservative government five years to clean it up.He accused the Liberal government of embarking on a “deficit spree” and spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds since 2017, adding balancing the budget in the short-term is “impossible.”Scheer says even the most optimistic projections don’t have the Liberals doing so for 20 more years — but the Conservatives would do so in a quarter of that time.He made the remarks in a speech to members of the Canadian Club at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where he also said he was pleased with a court ruling today that blocked British Columbia from restricting oil shipments into the province.The B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that the province doesn’t have the authority to create a permitting regime for companies that wish to increase their flow of diluted bitumen, in a ruling widely considered a win for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Alberta’s efforts to get its resources to overseas markets.But while he called it a “helpful” ruling, Scheer added that a climate of uncertainty remains for investors in the resource sector and called on the Liberal government to put the brakes on a bill to enact new environmental assessment legislation and fast-track any judicial reviews to the Supreme Court of Canada.“Obviously the Conservative party is pleased with this decision. However there still is a great deal of uncertainty as it relates to future court processes,” he said.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation accused Scheer of breaking his word on his previous budget promise, saying in a statement that he signed a pledge in April 2017 with the federation’s youth organization promising to balance the budget within two years if he were elected.“Canadians are already suffering the consequences of breaking a balanced budget promise: Justin Trudeau’s fiscal recklessness will mean at least $100 billion in additional debt piled on the backs of our children and grandchildren,” the statement says.  “The longer a return to balance is delayed, the more debt will accumulate and the longer Canadians will see billions wasted on interest payments.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Manto Sipi faces desperate school need

first_imgAPTN National NewsManto Sipi Cree Nation is just one of many First Nations communities struggling to educate its youth.The community has few resources for its students and now they’re calling for help.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler went to the community to hear first-hand about their situation.last_img

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Indigenous people need to rock the vote again in 2019

first_imgInFocusIndigenous voters showed up in record numbers in 2015, with several First Nations communities even running out of ballots temporarily.The result — a record 10 Indigenous MPs elected to the House of Commons –or three per cent of the 338 seats, which is proportional to the number of Indigenous adults who live in Canada.Most importantly, Canada had a new government that promised for the first time ever, a nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations.“In the end it didn’t change a lot and in the end I’d say there’s no indigenous democracy in Canada,” said Sheila North, former grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakamak and a one-time contender for the national chief’s job a the Assembly of First Nations.“I think increasingly we’re hearing more from grassroots that they don’t feel like they have any power in the end. Politicians and political parties pay attention during election time but when you look at the constitutions of each of the political parties, they don’t make room for Indigenous rights in any of them.”The Manitoba Metis Federation’s Will Goodon points out Indigenous MPs represent far more than just Indigenous interests or issues.“They represent their constituencies whether it be St. Boniface or Vancouver Centre,” Goodon said.“Those people may be Indigenous they will probably push forward the issues they see fit, but they were not elected by us to represent us.”That’s not the case everywhere.New Zealand’s Parliament has Maori representation baked-in with seven Maori seats, elected by Maori people.But, Maori people occupy general seats too – currently 25 per cent of the members of Parliament there are Maori.“The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples said we need a First Peoples House, “ said Brock Pitawanakwat of the Yellowhead Institute.“You would have what’s called a consociation, essentially like we have a Senate and a House of Commons, there would also be an Indigenous Parliament and any legislation that would affect Indigenous people would go through there,” he said.“I think there is a long standing recognition that the current political system does not adequately represent Indigenous peoples and there has been some ideas on how that might change.”While some of this week’s InFocus panel agreed Justin Trudeau’s promise of a nation-to-nation relationship remains unfulfilled and the honeymoon with this government was short-lived, all feel the momentum from 2015 needs to propel Indigenous engagement in the upcoming Fall election.“We know  how important indigenous voters are across the country and this election I think every vote will matter,” said Madeleine Redfern, a long time political activist who is currently mayor of Iqaluit.“There’s an opportunity for us as Indigenous people to educate every party on our issues and make sure every candidate to run is aware of our issues and working with Indigenous people, whoever wins.”infocus@aptn.calast_img read more

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Aussie government slammed over Lankan boat

Abbott, who in the past said Australia was at risk of a “peaceful invasion” from people seeking asylum, told Gold FM in Melbourne the government was increasingly losing control of Australia’s borders. “It just gets worse and worse all the time and I think, effectively, the government has kind of surrendered,” Abbott said. The Customs probe will determine whether sea patrols need to be widened. Clare said the Geraldton incident was “very unusual”.“I was briefed by Customs and Border Protection last night and again this morning. Their preliminary advice to me is they think the vessel travelled directly from Sri Lanka to Geraldton,” he said.“So they travelled much further south than vessels normally travel when they’re travelling a shorter distance to Cocos Island or to Christmas Island. All of our patrol boats and our surveillance aircraft are targeted at the northwest, where 99% of vessels arrive and are intercepted.” The latest arrival, which will be the subject of a Customs and Border Protection investigation, was the first asylum-seeker boat to reach the Australian mainland in five years. “It’s indicative of the bigger problem with this debate. The political parties have been fighting about this now for more than a decade and it’s politics that have poisoned this debate,” Clare told ABC radio.Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor went a step further, saying Abbott’s comments were proof he was “not fit for prime ministership”.He also made the point 19 boats reached the Australian mainland under John Howard’s leadership. Clare said a sign on the boat indicated it was attempting to get to New Zealand, which could explain why it was so far south. More would be known once the asylum seekers were interviewed, he said.The 66 asylum seekers, comprising men, women and children, will be taken to Christmas Island for screening.“If at that point it’s identified that they don’t meet the requirements of the Refugee Convention then they’ll be flown back to Sri Lanka,” Clare said.More than 900 Sri Lankan asylum seekers have been sent home since August 13 last year. “And the problem with surrendering on boat people is that, in the end, it discredits the whole of our immigration program.”Clare said the language used by Mr Abbott and opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison was “not helpful”. Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott has accused the Australian government of “surrendering” on border protection after a boat carrying 66 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers reached the Australian mainland yesterday, the Northern Star reported today.His comments came as Australian Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare ordered a review of how the boat was able to enter the Geraldton harbour, 400km north of Perth, without being detected. read more

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Mens Soccer Ohio State hosts Cleveland State in 17th annual Connor Senn

Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-7-2, 0-3-1 Big Ten) returns to the pitch Friday night as it takes on Cleveland State in the 17th annual Connor Senn Memorial Match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The match will feature a tribute to the legacy of former Ohio State men’s soccer player Connor Senn, who collapsed during a match at the University of Akron in 2001, and died later that evening. Cleveland State (2-5-1, 1-2-1 Horizon) comes to Columbus fresh off a victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago, powered by a hat trick by junior midfielder/defender Vlad Jandric.Between the pipes, Cleveland State has trotted out a pair of freshmen this season, alternating between Nicklas Rulle and Alex Gyerman. Gyerman has played almost twice as much as Rulle and has compiled a 1.32 goals against average and a .759 save percentage. Meanwhile, Rulle comes into Friday’s match with a 2.40 goals against average and a .417 save percentage.On the other end of the field, one of the strengths of Ohio State has been the play of redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. Siegfried has a 1.44 goals against average and a .681 save percentage.He said has continued belief and confidence in the 10 teammates in front of him. “It’s about getting our confidence back. I don’t think there’s a game this year that if we didn’t play it over we have a good chance of winning,” Siegfried said. “I think that everyone feels that, coaching staff feels that, players feel it and so just getting that confidence when we roll the ball up Friday night, just having that for 90 minutes is going to do it.”Offensively, the Viking attack is spearheaded by two players, Jandric and junior forward Gabriel Pewu, both of whom have three goals on the season.Ohio State head coach Brian Maisonneuve talked about the offensive skill that Cleveland State possesses.“Cleveland State’s a good team, I mean they’re very good going forward. Similar to Rutgers is they can hurt you going forward, they have some really good pieces, some good athletes and good soccer players and they’re dangerous on the offensive side,” Maisonneuve said.Maisonneuve also said the team hopes for an improvement after an exhibition match that occured between Ohio State and the Vikings this past spring.“They like to possess the ball but yet they’re athletic enough to go direct, so they’re going to cause some challenges,” Maisonneuve said. “I know we played them in the spring, and the result didn’t go our way, so the guys know what they’re all about, and I think they scored 5 on us in the spring, so they’re a dangerous attacking team for sure.”The Buckeyes and Vikings are scheduled to start at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday. read more

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Le ciel étoilé des Mayas immortalisé

first_imgLe ciel étoilé des Mayas immortaliséStéphane Guisard, ingénieur à l’ESO (European Southern Observatory) est, pendant son temps libre, astrophotographe. Il a réalisé des photos grandioses de l’ancienne cité maya de Tikal sous le ciel étoilé du Guatemala.Ingénieur à l’ESO et chargé de la maintenance du VLT, le fameux télescope européen basé au Chili, Stéphane Guisard (lien non disponible) est également astrophotographe. Ayant déjà réalisé de magnifiques clichés tels que la Voie Lactée au dessus du volcan Chimborazo ou l’éclipse solaire du 11 juillet 2010 au-dessus des statues de l’île de Pâques, ce passionné maîtrise parfaitement les time laps.À lire aussiDes Australiens immortalisent un spectaculaire orage en time-lapseCette technique permet de réaliser une vidéo en mettant bout à bout des milliers d’images réalisées à partir d’un point fixe. Passées en accéléré, elle permettent d’observer le déplacement de la voûte céleste, comme le rappelle Futura-Sciences.Cette fois, la vidéo qu’il propose est celle du ciel étoilé au-dessus de la cité maya de Tikal. Cette cité maya a été récemment redécouverte. Comptant plus de 3.000 temples et palais, elle est encore en grande partie ensevelie sous la végétation. C’est dans ce paysage grandiose que Stéphane Guisard s’est adonné à sa passion en réalisant ce film extraordinaire.Découvrez la vidéo de l’astrophotographe sur Maxisciences. Le 2 février 2011 à 13:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Hyundai A7 la tablette Android 15 GHz à moins de 80 dollars

first_imgHyundai A7 : la tablette Android 1,5 GHz à moins de 80 dollars !Hyundai a conçu une tablette tactile 7 pouces (17,8 cm) à 79 dollars (60 euros) qui possède pourtant de sérieux atouts sur le papier. Hyundai a dévoilé une tablette tactile low cost à un tarif défiant toute concurrence ! L’A7, munie du système d’exploitation Android coûtera seulement 79 dollars (soit environ 60 euros) mais elle ne sera, en revanche, vendue que sur le marché asiatique. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les caractéristiques techniques de cette tablette semblent pourtant honorables. Qui plus est pour ce tarif ! L’A7 sera dotée d’un écran 7 pouces (17,7 cm) affichant en 800×480. Elle disposera également d’un processeur Allwinner A10 cadencé à 1.5GHz, de 512Mo de RAM, et enfin de 8Go pour le stockage interne de données. Elle supporte par ailleurs la lecture en Full HD, et possède une sortie HDMI, des cartes SD et TF, mais pas de Bluetooth ou de GPS. À ce tarif, ne rêvons pas trop !La tablette n’en sera pas moins équipée d’Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. En Chine, cette tablette tactile sera vendue au tarif de 499 Yuans. Sera-t-elle ensuite proposée en Europe ? C’est une autre affaire…Le 28 janvier 2012 à 15:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Sarri Racism is a fight against stupid people

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri feels eradicating racism is ‘a fight against stupid people’ after recent allegations against his club and Kalidou Koulibaly’s ordeal.Chelsea fans were heard chanting discriminatory remarks during Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford on Boxing Day, just weeks after they came under fire for similar behaviour in matches against Manchester City and Vidi.The incident was then followed by racist taunts to Koulibaly at the San Siro, where Sarri’s former club Napoli lost 1-0 to Inter..@ChelseaFC boss Maurizio Sarri believes his club’s battle to curb racist incidents among their fanbase is a “fight against stupid people” following further allegations of racist chanting by fans during the 2-1 win at Watford on Boxing Day.#PLhttps://t.co/DkWlXmdPxe— Firstpost Sports (@FirstpostSports) December 27, 2018Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“First of all I want to speak with my club, second I don’t want to generalise because 99 percent [of] our fans are really wonderful,” Sarri disclosed in a quote cited by Football Italia“In every community, I think there are some stupids. And so altogether we have to fight against the stupid people but not against the Chelsea fans.”Inter Milan have been officially given a two-game ban for their monkey chants towards the Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly.last_img read more

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May Day March at Chicano Park

first_img May 1, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNationwide, immigration was a hot topic during May Day Marches.At Chicano Park, a few dozen people showed up to advocate for immigration as well as worker rights.Those who were there listened to speakers and watched cultural dance performances.The march was peaceful and there was no report of arrests. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom May Day March at Chicano Park Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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The smart diaper has entered the building at CES 2019

first_img Share your voice Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See it The Cheapskate See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review $520 at HP Read DJI Osmo Action preview CES 2019 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 1:44 Sprint Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Google Home Hub review CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.  CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect.  Read the Rylo camera preview Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $60 at Best Buy $999 $210 at Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. 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. See It Wearable Tech Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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). Angela Lang/CNET 3 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. 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Comments HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Boost Mobile 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. 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. $299 at Amazon $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple iPhone XS 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. 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. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 $59 at eBay $999 85 Photos Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. Sarah Tew/CNET See It 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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET 7 The Monit smart diaper sensor attaches to the outside of a baby’s diaper. Monit Nobody likes a dirty diaper, even if it’s one of the realities parents have to cope with. So South Korean company Monit has set out to make the experience a bit more bearable. At CES, Monit shared what might be the ultimate wearable: a smart diaper. Monit created a cookie-sized sensor with Bluetooth that attaches to the outside of a baby’s diaper. The sensor can detect whether there’s pee or poo in the diaper and alert parents and caregivers. No more need for a diaper sniff test. Using a smart diaper sensor can reduce instances of diaper rash and urinary tract infections. Also data from the sensor can be used to track diaper consumption, pee and poo patterns and sleeping patterns. The Monit smart diaper monitor launched in Korea and Japan at the end of 2018. The company is partnering with Kimberly Clark to bring Monit’s tech to Huggies this April. Monit also plans to transition from selling the smart diaper sensor to a subscription service that provides unlimited diapers and personalized care service for the baby. Pricing has not been announced at this time. See at Turo $6 at Tidal Turo CES 2019: What tech to expect 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. Rylo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Now playing: Watch this: Tags 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. Tags CES Products,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. 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Former Google engineer charged with theft of trade secrets

first_imgAnthony Levandowski was at the center of the clash between Waymo and Uber. Getty Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski was charged Tuesday with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets from the search giant, federal prosecutors said. The activities allegedly took place as he prepared to leave Google to build out Uber’s self-driving car operation.The alleged theft spurred a high-profile and bitter lawsuit two years ago between Google’s self-driving car arm, which was renamed Waymo, and Uber. The charges are focused on Levandowski’s work with Otto, a self-driving trucking company that the engineer founded and that Uber acquired in 2016. Google alleged that Levandowski downloaded 14,000 “highly confidential” files describing self-driving technology research and brought them to Otto.Levandowski was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Jose, California. If convicted, he could face a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 per charge, the Department of Justice said. Levandowski, wearing a suit and not handcuffed, appeared before US Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins in San Jose later Tuesday, according to NBC News. Through lawyers, he pleaded not guilty to all charges.  The announcement is the latest bombshell in the long-running legal drama between Waymo and Uber. The case, which went to trial in San Francisco last year, provided a rare glimpse into the high-stakes environment of big tech companies, which typically try to shield their inner workings from public view. But only days into the trial, which was expected to last at least three weeks, the two companies abruptly settled, giving Waymo 0.34 percent of Uber’s equity. Tech Industry Tags Waymo v. Uber ends in a huge settlement 1:47 Jaguar’s I-Pace gets the Waymo treatment 38 Photos Share your voice “We have always believed competition should be fueled by innovation, and we appreciate the work of the US Attorney’s Office and the FBI on this case,” a Waymo spokeswoman said in a statement. An Uber spokesman didn’t specifically address the charges, but said in a statement, “We’ve cooperated with the government throughout their investigation and will continue to do so.”A star at GoogleLevandowski is considered a pioneer of autonomous driving technology. In 2004, as a graduate student at UC Berkeley, he competed in the DARPA Grand Challenge for self-driving vehicles. He entered a driverless motorcycle named Ghostrider, which caught the attention of Google. In 2007, he was recruited by Google to become a key part of the search giant’s self-driving car initiative, originally codenamed Project Chauffeur. Levandowski left Google in 2016 to start Otto, which Uber quickly bought for $680 million. The Justice Department’s indictment alleges that Levandowski stole secrets related to lidar (for “light detection and ranging”) technology. The tech allows self-driving cars to “see” their surroundings and detect traffic, pedestrians, bicyclists and other obstacles. The files downloaded by Levandowski allegedly included circuit board schematics, instructions for installing and testing lidar and an internal tracking document, the Justice Department said.”All of us have the right to change jobs,” US Attorney David L. Anderson said in a statement. “None of us has the right to fill our pockets on the way out the door. Theft is not innovation.” Miles Erlich and Ismail Ramsey, Levandowski’s lawyers, disputed the claim that their client stole any secrets. “The downloads at issue occurred while Anthony was still working at Google — when he and his team were authorized to use the information,” they said in a statement. “None of the supposedly secret files ever went to Uber or to any other company.”Even after the settlement between Waymo and Uber last year, Levandowski continued to develop self-driving technology with a new startup called Pronto.ai. After the indictment on Tuesday, Pronto said Levandowski would no longer serve as CEO of the startup. “The criminal charges filed against Anthony relate exclusively to Lidar and do not in any way involve Pronto’s ground-breaking technology. Of course, we are fully supportive of Anthony and his family during this period,” the company said. Originally published Aug. 27 at 10:44 a.m. PT.Update, 3:08 p.m. PT: Adds more background and details from Levandowski’s arraignment.  3 Comments Now playing: Watch this: Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

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Sitka sewer emergency required all hands on deck

first_imgThe sewer crisis Friday (02-02-18) happened below ground, when Thomsen Harbor Lift Station flooded and the city lost the ability to send wastewater to the treatment plant on Japonski Island. Instead, the water flooded the dry well, below this manhole cover. The city’s water, wastewater, and public works crews responded, along with Sitka Electric and Juneau-based Boreal Controls. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The City of Sitka dealt with a messy situation Friday when a vital part of the sewer system failed. The Thomsen Harbor Lift Station was down for 36 hours, meaning all raw sewage on Baranof Island had to be diverted into the harbor so it wouldn’t back up into homes and businesses. Quick thinking crew members and local businesses were able to cobble together a solution.Listen nowIf all roads lead to Rome, all sewer pipes — at least on the Baranof Island side of Sitka — lead to the Thomsen Harbor Lift Station. The facility is underground. Environmental Superintendent Shilo Williams peers over the edge of a hole in the ground, lined with pipe painted light blue and a ladder.“Underneath this can is a whole room that houses three very large pumps,” Williams said.That room, known as the dry well, also houses the electric equipment necessary to power the pumps that move Sitka’s sewage off Baranof Island to a treatment plant on Japonski Island.Around 4:45 a.m. Friday morning, one of those three pumps broke apart.“This dry well, which is never supposed to be wet, started filling with sewage. And it knocked out of all the equipment. The lift station was completely dead,” Williams said.The water was rising fast. Williams says it was several feet high by the time a flood light went off and facilities operator Bob Reid arrived.“This was a catastrophic failure. We’ve never had anything like this happen before,” Williams said. “I will say that the crews handled it impeccably. The repair couldn’t have gone any smoother, any faster, any better than it did.Williams is unmistakably proud of her crew, who worked around the clock to get the situation under control. That included salvaging equipment submerged in sewage and giving the dry well a thorough cleaning. It was messy, back-breaking work. When asked how her crews managed to deal with the smell, Williams chuckled.“You know,” Williams laughed. “They always say it takes a different breed to be a wastewater operator and to be honest, it’s hardly anything we even think about.”The dry well at the Thomsen Harbor Lift Station flooding with sewage early Friday morning. City crews spent all day emptying and cleaning the dry well. (Photo courtesy of Shilo Williams)To prevent that river of sewage from backing up into homes and businesses, crews temporarily redirected the wastewater towards a storm drain and into the harbor. The pollution posed an environmental concern and City and Borough of Sitka issued a PSA calling for Sitkans to limit their toilet flushes and shower times until further notice.Williams said that conservation effort made a difference throughout the 36 hours the lift station was ultimately down. She estimates 800,000 gallons of raw sewage entered Thomsen and Eliason harbor in that time.“I know 800,000 gallons sounds like a lot, but in the scheme of things, into the water it’s discharging into…it could have been a lot worse,” Williams said.The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and other environmental agencies were alerted to the situation.Come Saturday morning, the city had some lucky breaks. It didn’t rain, so sewer flow was low. The two remaining pumps dried out. Crews were able to restore the sewer connection by 5 p.m. that evening. That’s in large part due to the work of Sitka Electric and Boreal Controls of Juneau, installing new electrical equipment above ground.Parts aren’t easy to come by on an island of 9,000 people, so equipment had to be expedited through Alaska Airline’s GoldStreak program or plucked from surrounding facilities.“We were able to rob some components from some of our infrastructure that we had,” Williams said. “Silver Bay Seafoods was able to get us the big conduit that we needed. It was really a kind of community effort.”With the nightmare over, Williams has begun to investigate what went wrong. She suspects that gravel is the culprit, which naturally accumulates over time and may have slowly chewed away at the pump.Built in 1982, the lift station (like many pieces of Sitka infrastructure) is prone to failure. “It’s all of our wastewater that’s collected right here and then sent over,” Community Affairs Director Maegan Bosak said. “So the fact that it’s aging infrastructure really is a cost for concern. If these fails continue to happen, it’s really a cost for taxpayers.”Despite its age and importance, the Thomsen Harbor Lift Station is not high on the city’s punch list for public works projects. The 2012 Municipal Sewer Master Plan suggests upgrades in 10 to 20 years. The recent failure has kickstarted a conversation about what can be done sooner and the city has ordered a new pump. Now that electrical equipment has been installed above ground, away from potential flooding, Williams said she’d like to see it stay there.last_img read more

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Give Doom Patrol and DC Universe Streaming A Chance

first_img ‘Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans’ Trailer Doesn’t Anger MeFinally, Batman Gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Doom Patrol wraps up its first season today, and we’re glad to report that the show delivers on the potential we saw here in its pilot. So there’s no better time to start watching these misfit superheroes and consider giving the DC Universe streaming service a shot.The current war between the seemingly endless number of new streaming TV services actually reminds me a lot of classic video game console wars. Your service/console can have all sorts of cool features and cutting-edge technology. But at the end of the day it needs at least one killer app to get folks to care. Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are all out here winning awards with their original content. You wants viewers to actively feel like they are missing out if they aren’t subscribed.DC Universe, the streaming service from the comic book company behind Wonder Woman and some men, has been around for a few months now. But even as a huge DC stan, that lack of a killer app has kept me from even signing up for a free trial. Fortunately, that just changed with the premiere of Doom Patrol, a wonderfully weird live-action superhero show and the reason to give DC Universe a chance. Stay on targetcenter_img The original Doom Patrol is a classic Silver Age DC team. Niles “The Chief” Caulder has been leading this group of outcast freak misfits in his wheelchair literally months before the X-Men were a thing. And without the burden of Justice League or even Suicide Squad levels of recognition and popularity, the comic has been allowed to go in more psychedelic directions under the guidance of writers like Grant Morrison and most recently Gerard Way.The Doom Patrol pilot stays pleasantly faithful to that peculiar tone, mostly focusing on the characters’ funny yet mopey self-absorption hanging out in this huge halfway house horror mansion. But given the production value you’d think this might be the next sprawling mainline entry in whatever DC’s cinematic universe is turning into. It presents the team as almost a group of Universal Monsters brought together by Caulder (Timothy Dalton) the mad scientist. And the way they’re depicted recalls the gothic terror romance of that genre. It’s an impressive alternative vibe for a mature live-action superhero show, something we have plenty of on streaming services already.Brendan Fraser’s Robotman combines his early boyish blockbuster persona with his current old dad melancholy as he goes from Ricky Bobby-esque frat bro racecar driver to a striking Frankenstein of a practical robot prop with a sick jacket.Matt Bomer’s bandaged Negative Man gets called a mummy but he’s more of a vulnerable queer Invisible Man. April Bowlby’s Rita Farr is literally a 1950s actress who gets turned into a blob monster out of a 1950s movie, a great gross interpretation on the “Elasti-Girl” concept. Diane Guerrero gets to channel Split energy as Crazy Jane, one Dr. Jekyll with 63 superpowered Mr. Hydes.The first episode only gives us a little bit of Alan Tudyk’s villainous Mr. Nobody but his segmented body certainly looks frightening. And the only traditional superhero is Joivan Wade’s Cyborg, teasing an interesting contrast with the character’s more traditional teams the Justice League and Teen Titans. Here’s hoping they eventually fight an evil French ape.Reviewing a TV show based on just the pilot seems premature since the plot is literally just getting started. We spend an hour learning about the team through stylish vignettes and watch them build up the courage to go outside, to disastrous donkey-filled results. New episodes of Doom Patrol premiere weekly so it’ll be some time before we see how it stacks up against, say, The Umbrella Academy on Netflix. But by getting me to want to stick with it at all the show has done its job of tempting me to stick with DC Universe. I couldn’t say that about Young Justice, the DC cartoon with the least style and most self-importance, or Titans, the show Doom Patrol spun off where Robin says “Fuck Batman.”Once you’re in the DC Universe ecosystem though there are reasons to stick around. The back catalog of movies and TV shows, while not complete, gets pretty close since everything is under Warner Bros. You can watch 1970s Superman films, 1990s Batman and 2000s Teen Titans cartoons, and the most recent horny DC animated movies. There are no CW shows like The Flash or Black Lightning, but there is Justice League Unlimited so which is really better?The service also does an admirable job of getting you to care about the comic book roots these characters sprang from in the first place. After watching Doom Patrol the show I could read some Doom Patrol comics. Even without buying the somewhat pricey subscription ($8 per month, $75 per year) I could read through encyclopedia entries of characters like Icon and Black Manta highlighted for Black History Month. The active community powers the message boards and news blogs. And there’s a shop for buying physical merch.But again, none of this is worth that much without something to hook you in the first place. For me, that was Doom Patrol. For you, that might be another upcoming DC Universe show like Swamp Thing, Stargirl, or that Harley Quinn cartoon. It’s okay, great even, to be discerning. Don’t subscribe to Disney+ until it has something you actually want to watch. When streaming services work to make content you want, it works out better for everyone. For more on DC check out our review of Lego DC Super-Villains and watch our review of Aquaman.View as: One Page Slides1/201. So many streaming TV services to choose from. Where do you start?2. Netflix is still arguably the biggest name in streaming TV.3. Although it no longer has a free option, Hulu is a great streaming TV service that is worth paying for.4. From buying to renting to subscribing to individual channels, Amazon offers a bevy of streaming TV options.5. YouTube Red subscribers can watch original shows from streaming stars, but YouTube TV lets you watch actual live TV.6. Hook up a Slingbox and watch the cable and live TV you’re already paying for anywhere.7. You have to buy channels in bulk and still deal with commercials, but with DirecTV Now you get the real live TV experience delivered through streaming.8. Crunchyroll is the best anime streaming service if you’re all about subtitles.9. If dubs are more your thing, Funimation Now is the anime streaming service for you.10. If you want to stream shows and documentaries that actually teach you something, go with CuriosityStream.11. AMC Premiere just focuses on current AMC shows, but for Walking Dead super fans that might be enough.12. With Boomerang, tons of retro cartoons, from Looney Tunes to Scooby-Doo, can all come back to you13. FuboTV may be the escape from cable that sports fans are looking for. It’s pricey, but being able to easily stream live sports and more from dozens of channels with only one subscription might very well be worth it.14. Brown Sugar has all of the classic Blaxploitation movies you could want and then some. It’s niche, but it’s one of the most impressive niche libraries we’ve seen. 15. For the true cinephile, FilmStruck has a large collection of classic films from all eras and countries, including movies from the Criterion Collection.16. CollegeHumor’s Dropout provides premium streaming online laughs.17. DC Universe offers live-action adaptations of less familiar superheroes, like Doom Patrol.18. Along with presenting streaming services like Netflix and Sling through one box, Dish AirTV also lets you watch local over-the-air channels with an additional installation.19. Get a streaming media device to enjoy these services on your TV. Our favorite is the Amazon Fire Stick.20.last_img read more

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Order Dominos Directly From Your Cars Touchscreen

first_imgStay on target Las Vegas Pizzeria Offers ‘Grasshopper Pie’ Amid Insect Inva…Domino’s Brings Autonomous Pizza Delivery to Houston It’s been a long day. You’re stuck in traffic. A bubbling pizza pie would really hit the spot right now…Thanks to a new partnership between Domino’s and in-vehicle commerce company Xevo, you’ll soon be able to order dinner from your car’s touchscreen.Starting this year, the restaurant’s AnyWare pizza ordering platform will come pre-loaded in “millions” of vehicles fitted with Xevo (though a list of compatible cars has not been revealed).Gluttons for punishment can already use Ford Sync Applink to “place my easy order” without leaving ’10 and 2′ on the steering wheel.“At Domino’s, we want pizza ordering to be simple and always within reach, no matter where a customer happens to be,” Chris Roeser, director of digital experience at Domino’s, said in a statement.“This new AnyWare platform will make ordering pizza easy,” he continued, “whether you’re in the car waiting for the kids to finish soccer practice or you’re on your way home from work.”Once logged in, customers can choose a saved Easy Order or most recent order, then using Domino’s Tracker to follow their pizza’s progress. Xevo’s in-car interface also makes it easy to local your local store or call in an order.“We’re excited to work with Domino’s,” Xevo Chief Marketing Officer Brian Woods said, calling the pizza chain “technological innovators.”“Xevo Market makes it possible for Domino’s to reach people directly in cars, streamlining mobile ordering to help busy consumers save time,” he added.Domino’s AnyWare software already exists in a number of forms; folks can place orders using voice assistants Google Home and Alexa; social media services Slack, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter; or apps for mobile phones (Zero Click), smart watches, and Samsung Smart TV.More on Geek.com:Watch: This Maggot ‘Fountain’ Can Consume a Pizza in 2 HoursThis High-Tech Pizza ATM Is #CollegeDietGoalsThis Slice of Pizza Will Outlive YouMuseum of Pizza is Cheesiest Art Exhibit Everlast_img read more

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Weve been left in the lurch Driver Dave left out of pocket

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists have been left out of pocket and having to find somewhere else to park – after the shock closure of a popular discount store. They have paid for weekly or monthly permits to park at the car park below Go Outdoors, in Old Hall Street, Hanley. But the car park and store has been closed since Saturday – and it is not set to reopen for weeks. The sudden closure comes as Hanley’s parking situation is already at breaking point with car parks at Hinde Street and John Street always full and part of Clementsons Mill car park has shut to make way for the building of a hotel. Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive   or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive. The car park entrance at Go Outdoors, in Hanley Driver Dave Wilson works in Hanley and has parked at Go Outdoors for the past two years. He pays £10-a-week for a permit. But he was late for work this week when he discovered the car park was closed and says he will have to spend at least £30 on alternative parking. The 36-year-old, from Chell, said: “I pay weekly to park on there for £10. I have been told I will be able to carry this over when the car park reopens but it’s costing me so much for alternative parking. Read More’We’ve had eggs thrown, wing-mirrors smashed and our tyres burst…’ – Speed camera operators issued with CCTV body-cams after angry motorists target their vans on Stoke-on-Trent’s roads   “The closest car park to Go Outdoors is the NCP car park on Sampson Street. But I’m a well-built man and even I don’t feel safe enough to park on there. I’ve had to park on the intu Potteries multi-storey car park instead which costs me £8.50-a-day and that works out at around £30-a-week.” The dad-of-one added: “I got to the car park on Tuesday morning and there was a sign saying it was closed for essential maintenance. I then had to drive all around the one-way system, re-join traffic and try to find a space on the multi-storey car park. It was really inconvenient. “I can’t afford to spend nearly a tenner everyday on parking. I might have to end up getting the bus to work next week and it’s years since I’ve used a bus. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.   “Go Outdoors may not have been able to give us prior warning if it was an unexpected closure but it would have been nice to give us some more information. “Hundreds of parking spaces have been taken away and it was already a struggle to find parking in Hanley. Go Outdoors was a really affordable option. They should make arrangements for permit holders to park elsewhere. We’ve been left in the lurch.” A message on the company’s Facebook page reveals the store is closed for ‘essential maintenance work’. A spokesman added: “The store is simply closed for maintenance and we hope to reopen it in the next few weeks.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

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Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Australia hold world first meditation f

first_imgSir Richard Branson and Virgin Australia hold world first meditation flightVirgin Australia today hosted the world’s first dedicated meditation flight with Sir Richard Branson, in partnership with Australian wellbeing and mindfulness meditation leader Smiling Mind.VA9900 departed Sydney at 9am this morning with 65 special guests on board including Sir Richard Branson, media, VIPs and team members from Virgin Australia and Smiling Mind. All guests were treated to a hot towel service and hand massages from the smoothfm angels, before Smiling Mind led a guided meditation at 30,000 feet.Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson said: “Integrating mindfulness into our everyday lives is just as important as eating well and exercising regularly, and I am so excited to see Virgin Australia deeply embedding mindfulness into the workplace and onboard flights.“Virgin Australia is very focussed on supporting the mental health of its passengers and team members, and there are very few of us who haven’t been directly or indirectly impacted by anxiety.“We want to encourage more passengers to use their time flying with Virgin Australia to exercise their mind through meditations in the Inflight Entertainment System, and what better way to make this known than by holding the world’s first dedicated meditation flight,” Sir Richard said.Virgin Australia today also announced a new way for anxious travellers to self-identify with the airline prior to travelling. From early next year, passengers will be able to identify as having feelings of travel-related anxiety before they fly, leading to personalised communications in the lead up to their journey, and face-to-face interactions while onboard the aircraft. Virgin Australia will release more information on this in the coming months.Today’s charter flight marks a new partnership between Virgin Australia and Smiling Mind, and will give all Virgin Australia guests access to Smiling Mind guided meditations via the Inflight Entertainment System, enabling the reduction of stress and anxiety during air travel.Smiling Mind CEO, Dr Addie Wootten said: “Mindfulness is a fantastic tool to combat travel-related stress, so Smiling Mind is delighted to be able to provide travellers with access to our guided meditations while in-flight.“As little as a couple of minutes of meditation can improve our overall sense of calm and wellbeing during a flight. And what better time than in air to meditate; we would love to see every passenger use air travel to give their mind time to thrive,” Dr Wootten said.Virgin Australia is also supporting the wellbeing and mental health of its staff by making the Smiling Mind workplace program available via its internal health and wellbeing platform, Better Me. Developed by organisational psychologists and mindfulness experts, the Smiling Mind program provides dedicated content to address today’s workplace needs.Source = Virgin Australialast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   “Missed opportunities once again, is an area that is what’s so disappointing,” Whisenhunt told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf on Monday.“We had a chance again with the ball in our hands at the end of the game to tie it up or win it and we didn’t get it done,” Whisenhunt said. The Cardinals were marching down the field into Seahawks territory before quarterback Kevin Kolb was sacked and followed that with an incomplete pass. If the Cardinals are going to challenge for the division, they cannot afford to lose the close games. “We’re striving to become a good team so you’ve got to be able to win some of those battles,” Whisenhunt said. “We’re close, we’re just not there and we just have to keep pushing through.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Another week, another close loss for the Arizona Cardinals. In a game many thought would right the ship, the Cardinals came up short for the second week in a row losing to the Seattle Seahawks 13-10. The most disappointing part of the second consecutive loss for the Cardinals wasn’t due to lack of preparation or a bad call that turned the game. For coach Ken Whisenhunt the most disappointing part was the missed opportunities. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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