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The hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos

first_imgAs television sets get ‘smart’, phones double up as personal organisers and music systems turn living rooms into acoustic ensembles, there’s ample variety for the gadgetloving guy today. Be it convertible sports cars that satisfy your need for speed or a designer phone, choose your indulgence from our top picks.,As television sets get ‘smart’, phones double up as personal organisers and music systems turn living rooms into acoustic ensembles, there’s ample variety for the gadgetloving guy today. Be it convertible sports cars that satisfy your need for speed or a designer phone, choose your indulgence from our top picks.Adrenaline rushThe Jaguar XKR-S Special Edition redefines the sports car driving experience. This special edition vehicle pushes Jaguar into the 300 km/h club. The 5.0 Litre V8 supercharged engine of the XK range has been extensively recalibrated for the XKR-S to offer a power output of 550 PS with the maximum torque reaching 680 Nm giving it the top speed of 300 km/h. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 sec. The sporty theme is carried into the interiors with frame-hugging seats that are well padded and lined with imitation carbon-fibre and offer 16-way power adjustment. There is a two-zone automatic climate control, a 525W Bowers and Wilkins audio system and a reverse camera as well. The new ‘Artisan’ interiors boast of luxurious scraffito grain leather on the seats, instrument binnacle, door and rear quarter casings and Poltrona Frau leather head linings. The 20-inch wheels are lighter as compared to the earlier XKR and wrapped with stickier rubber for better road grip. It’s also the only car in its class to emit less than 300g/km of CO2.Where: Odyssey Mall, Road No 36, Jubilee Hills.Cost: Rs 1.3 crores.Tel: 23606148.Smart talkThis one is undoubtedly for those who crave style and exclusivity. Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry have joined hands with Porsche Design to make this new Blackberry Porsche Design P’9981 handset. The phone is as power packed as a Porsche 911 with the Qualcomm’s MSM8655 SoC, 1.2GHz processor, 768 MB of RAM and 8GB of storage space that can be expanded to 32GB using a microSD card, to only name a few high end features. It scores in the looks section with a 2.8-inch touchscreen that has a resolution of 640×360 with a pixel pitch of 298PPI. Shoot great videos with the 5 megapixel camera that supports 720p video recording.Where: Technovision, Hi-Line Complex, Road No 12, Banjara Hills.Cost: Rs 1,35,000.Tel: 23396489.advertisementClass apartLaunched in June this year, the C Class AMG Performance Edition with added AMG Sports Package is the latest trendsetter in the luxury entry level sedan segment by Mercedes-Benz. Among its one-of-a-kind features are the 17-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, perforated front brake discs and sports suspension. The additional renderings of the AMG Sports Package include the tailpipe trim which now comes in polished stainless steel. The distinct exterior complements an enriched interior set up that is equipped with a 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel with 12 function keys in Nappa leather. Gear shift paddles on the steering wheel also ensure greater ease of driving. Adding a whole new dimension to the luxury quotient is the high-resolution 11.4 cm (4.5-inch) TFT colour display. This one’s a great performer with oodles of oomph.Where: Adishwar Auto Diagnostics Private Limited-Mahavir Motors, Kavuri Hills.Cost: Rs 35, 90,516.Tel: 43403004.Speed thrillsDriving Porsche is like taking an intravenous shot of adrenaline. A roadster with enhanced power and efficiency, the brand new engine of Boxster S is equipped with direct fuel injection for increased torque and power with a simultaneous reduction in fuel consumption. The power machine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in a mere 5.3 seconds with a maximum speed of 274 km/h. A precision six speed manual gearbox makes good use of the power and torque. Adding to the driving experience is the memory function that supports the exterior mirrors and all seat positions on the driver’s side. The exterior-which has been designed to perform-is done up with enlarged air intakes on the front. The centrally located stainless steel twin tailpipes and the rear diffusers in black complement the powerful look.Where: Porsche, Road No 36, Jubilee Hills.Cost: Rs 70 lakhs onwards.Tel: 23550911.Hot wheelsWhy waste your time on any other bike when you can own a Harley Sportster? Making the ultimate riding experience better for Indian consumers this year is the launch of the XL 1200X Forty-Eight variant of the Sportster model, which was released by the American bike company in India earlier this year. A 1202 cc bike, with an overall height of 1,065 mm and a flat torque curve, it’s a slick bike that’s great for congested cities such as Hyderabad. It’s got a 5 speed transmission with a engine torque of 95 Nm at 3500 rpm and and weighs 260 kgs. Going from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 sec, this bike is certainly not meant for the faint-hearted. The lowslung design with a slim front fender makes for pulsating rides across town or out on the highways. The new Forty-Eight is a reliable machine when it comes to performance too since it has the capacity to touch high speeds with minimum effort like its other Sportster predecessors.Where: Road No 2, Banjara Hills.Cost: Rs 8,80,378.Tel: 23548842.advertisementPlay timeLooking for a gift for a die-hard gaming fan? There’s nothing better that the PlayStation Vita, which delivers the best performance and graphics. A revolution in portable entertainment, this next generation device packs in innovative features into a stylish and compact form to bring you games-on-the-go. The 12.7 cm OLED multi touchscreen has optimised the touch menu interface and dual analog sticks to enhance the gaming experience. There are front and rear cameras that allow you to enjoy Augmented Reality. The device even comes with music, photo, video and web browsing applications. The Vita is light and convenient to carry. You can download games on the device, which are stored on a memory stick that comes in various many-Gigabyte sizes. As an added feature, it even comes with 3 G and Wi-fi connectivity.Where: Sony Centre, MLA Colony, Road No 12, Banjara Hills.Cost: Rs 24,990.Tel: 42009296.Fast and furiousAmong the fastest rides in the country, the ‘Big Boy’ Hyosung GT250R superbike by DSK has the looks and cosmetics of its GT650R cousin. Its dual disc brakes are a derivative from the 650 cc predecessor. Touted to be among the most expensive in its category, the GT250R is all about the size and power usually associated with higher end sports bikes. The easily available spare parts makes it an even more worthwhile investment. Among features that keep it standing apart from the crowd are its fine suspension and a 41 degree leaning angle position that offers amazing manoeuvrability. It’s got an overall height of 1130 mm and an overall length of 2090mm. The Big Boy is available in three colours-flaming snow, red raven and silver fox. Able to reach a speed of 0-100 km/h in 8.4 seconds, you can zip across the city in style on this mean machine.Where: Shanti Shikara Commercial Complex, Somajiguda.Cost: Rs 2.8 lakhs.Tel: 23413699.Big pictureThe Lifestyle HD 135 system is an all-in-one hub for your home entertainment needs. You can connect various audio-visual devices to the console. The soundbar system, built on the proprietary Bose technologies, delivers excellent quality home theatre sound from an array of elegant speakers and a wireless Acoustimass Module. In this Lifestyle 135 system, there is a media console for up to six HD sources, an AM/FM tuner and a dock for an iPod or iPhone. The other variant from Bose, the CineMate 1 SR system attaches directly to a TV with just one cable-it’s that easy. A highlight of this is the audio calibration technology that ensures the system will deliver optimal sound in any room. This exclusive Bose advancement first recognizes where the system is located and then compensates for how the acoustics of the space affect its audio quality, customising the sound for the room’s size, shape and even furniture.Where: Shop No. 2 and 3, Upper Ground Floor, VV’s Vintage Boulevard, Somajiguda.Cost: Lifestyle 135 system – Rs 1,79,888; Cinemate 1SR system – Rs 1,12,388.Tel: 66836244.advertisementTop gearPowerful, dynamic and bold-these are the words that come to mind when you glance at the R8 Spyder, the open high-performance sports car by Audi. The rear spoiler is automatically extended at 100 km/h and retracts into the vehicle silhouette at 35 km/h. The hand-made V8 mid-engine generates 316 kW (430 bhp) and accelerates the Audi R8 Spyder from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds going up to a top speed of 300 km/h. The interiors have a classic motor racing feel, plus ergonomically shaped sports seats with highquality seat covers. The rear window can be lowered electrically and also serves as a wind deflector when the hood is open. The designers have paid great attention to the utilities inside the cabin-an illuminated storage compartment in the rear panel offers space for sun glasses, an iPod or the optional CD changer.Where: Audi showroom, Road No 12, Banjara Hills.Cost: 1.73 cr.Tel: 23324545.Heavy dutyAt over 4 kg, the Dell Alienware is not the lightest laptop to carry around but surpasses most in its high-end quality of graphics, making it the first choice for many a gaming enthusiast. The system comes with a brand-new quadcore Intel Ivy Bridge i7 3610QM processor, a top-of-the-range AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics chip and a 17 inch 1920 x 1080 display. The screen is another highlight with vibrant colours and the full HD resolution is ideal for sharp 3D graphics and Blu-ray films. Since the laptop is built mainly for playing or creating games and watching movies, the sound is important. And this laptop scores well on that. It comes with a Sound Blaster Recon3Di sound card, which has a number of effects to enhance the sound. But if you want it really loud, then keep separate speakers or headphones handy, especially while watching a film. In this Alienware system, you can also use the AlienFX utility to change the colour of the LEDs around the base, if you so like.Where: Dell showroom, Road No 1, Banjara Hills.Cost: Rs 1,62,848.Tel: 66562878.last_img read more

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Estoril score four past India U-17

first_imgThe India U-17 football team suffered a 1-4 defeat against Estoril in a practice match at the Jamor Stadium here on Monday.Montero (8th minute), Velez (33rd minute), Bernardo (55th minute) and Andrade (88th minute) scored for the Portuguese club while Rahim Ali got a consolation goal for India in the 78th minute.Estoril took an early lead when Montero sped past the Indian defence and scored.After a spirited fight, the young colts went down to Estoril. #ColtsInEurope #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/1s2MIc3xhu- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 1, 2017The Indian boys, stunned after conceding the early goal, tried to strike back and built up several attacks that threatened the Estoril defence.However, Velez managed to double Estoril’s lead before half-time.Bernardo scored the third goal for Estoril early in the second half before the Indians pulled a goal back through Rahim Ali when he tapped home a cross from Rahul Kannoly.Estoril added more gloss to the scoreline when Andrade’s effort found the back of the net.last_img read more

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2nd Test: Sri Lanka chase history against South Africa in Port Elizabeth

first_imgSri Lanka will be chasing history and a shock series victory when they play hosts South Africa in the second and final Test at St George’s Park on Thursday.The tourists claimed a one-wicket win in the first game in Durban on Saturday thanks to a staggering Test innings from middle-order batsman Kusal Perera, who bludgeoned his way to 153 not out and put on a record 78 runs for the last wicket with Vishwa Fernando.It was a piece of individual brilliance and leaves Sri Lanka with the opportunity to claim a first ever Test series victory in South Africa, something their sub-continent rivals India and Pakistan have yet to achieve.It was Sri Lanka’s first victory in any format since October after tough tours to New Zealand and Australia, and whether they can back it up with a second heroic performance in Port Elizabeth will be the key question.Perera won them the game but was not the only outstanding player, with debutant left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya claiming 5-66 in South Africa’s second innings and seamer Fernando posting match figures of 8-133.Perera played a lone hand with the bat, his match aggregate of 204 runs providing 41 percent of the tourists’ total in both innings, with no other player passing 50.South Africa will be without experienced seamer Vernon Philander and could give a debut to all-rounder Wiaan Mulder, 21, who would strengthen the batting.”We will look at the conditions on the pitch and will make the best decision for the team,” South Africa coach Ottis Gibson said, with the other option to recall batsman Theunis de Bruyn.advertisement”We want to bat better in our first innings, we need to improve on that if we want to win this game.”Gibson says there are no thoughts of revenge for the home side. Rather his team will try to work out a plan for Perera, now the obvious dangerman among the visitors.”There is only focus on playing a bit better. When you look at what happened in Durban you have to give them (Sri Lanka) credit,” Gibson said.”When I left home on the morning of the game I didn’t see that happening. But credit must go to the way they played, especially Perera, who rode his luck a bit in the beginning but then settled down.”We threw everything at him and he withstood all of that. We bowled spin, went round the wicket, over the wicket, bounced him, tried the yorker. But that is the nature of sport.”South Africa’s streak of seven consecutive home Test series wins has been ended, no matter what happens in Port Elizabeth.The only other Test meeting at St George’s Park between the two sides was in 2016 when South Africa won by 206 runs. Perera scored seven and six in his two innings batting at number three.Also Read | Kusal Perera 153 scripts Sri Lanka’s miracle 1-wicket win vs South Africa in Durban Testlast_img read more

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Ranking the best Bedlam teams

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIKyle and Carson had a brief discussion about some of the best bedlam games in recent history on their podcast yesterday. It got me thinking — the games are one thing, but what bedlam TEAMS have been the best in recent history?This is a highly subjective exercise, but this is where F/+ (explanation here) comes in handy — an unbiased system that can quickly give us an idea of who the best teams in recent bedlam history. I love putting current teams and players in historical perspective, so this was a fun exercise. How do the current teams stack up? Let’s take a look.F/+ goes back to 2005, which is handy because it happens to be the first year of the Gundy era. The offensive and defensive F/+ ratings go back to 2007. This list is sorted by overall F/+ ranking among this group of 18 teams.Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 7.46.17 AMIn the “life’s not fair” category, only one of these teams played for a national title – and we all know it wasn’t the one at the top. Still, F/+ tells us that the 2011 OSU team is the best in this group of 18.The 2008 OU team that lost to Tim Tebow in the BCS title game had the best offense in recent bedlam history. They had Bradford (50 TDs), two 1,000-yard rushers (Brown, Murray), and two 900-yard receivers (Iglesias, Gresham). This is the team that put up 61 in Stillwater.How ‘bout the 2013 Cowboys making an appearance at No. 3. Sometimes I forget that we were picked to win the Big 12 — our success still seems like a bit of a surprise given how bad we looked at times early in the season and the mess at QB. F/+ doesn’t love our offense — not terrible, just nothing special (we are currently 29th in the country). But the defense is the second best in this group of 18 teams, trailing only the 2009 OU squad.The 2013 Sooners are in the same boat offensively – above average, but not great. Unlike OSU, however, the Sooners don’t have anything special on defense either – they are currently 29th in the country in F/+ defense.This suggests OSU should win, and so does the Vegas line. But I’m pretty sure if I could run this back to 2001 the numbers would be horrible from OSU’s perspective.It’s Bedlam and it’s going to be freezing cold. This analysis may help you now, but it will provide little comfort when the wind comes sweeping down the plains and into Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday morning.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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PSG steal another star from under Barca’s wing

first_imgTransfers PSG steal another star, Kays Ruiz, from under Barcelona’s nose in wake of Neymar saga Last updated 2 years ago 18:15 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Kays Ruiz PSG Transfers PSG PSG v Olympique Lyonnais Getafe v Barcelona Olympique Lyonnais Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División The 15-year-old has signed a youth contract with the French side two years after he originally agreed to join them from the Catalan side Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of 15-year-old former Barcelona youth player Kays Ruiz.The French attacking midfielder had signed an agreement to join the French giants in 2015, after leaving Barca in the wake of the transfer ban imposed on the club by FIFA.PSG 17/2 to beat Lyon 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Ruiz had been linked to a move to Lyon, his hometown club, but it is the capital club that have snapped him up on a three-year youth contract.”The youth contract marks a new stage in the training and progress of the young player,” PSG said in a statement. Signature d’un contrat aspirant pour le jeune Kays Ruiz (15 ans) https://t.co/U8MVSnmxVL pic.twitter.com/xUEMYN2z95 — PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) September 13, 2017 “This contract also serves to deepen even further the bond of trust between the playmaker and his club of two years – Kays signed a pre-youth academy agreement with Paris Saint-Germain when he returned to France in 2015.”The transfer of the midfielder, who has been involved in the France Under 16 set-up, follows just a few months after a heated summer between Barcelona and PSG.After Barca saw their pursuit of PSG’s star midfielder Marco Verratti at the start of the transfer window end in disappointment, they were enraged by the Ligue 1 giants’ €222 million signing of Neymar.The world-record fee PSG splashed out to lure the Brazil star from Camp Nou has been heavily criticised by La Liga and Barca, who are suing Neymar for breach of contract  and in turn being counter-sued by him .last_img read more

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Top FCS Coach Reportedly Leaving For Major Assistant Job

first_imgA general view of Minnesota's football field.MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 11: A general view of TCF Bank Stadium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats on October 11, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)One of the top college football head coaches at the FCS level is reportedly leaving for a major assistant coaching gig.Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak has landed a Power 5 assistant coaching gig.Minnesota is reportedly hiring the head coach for an on-field assistant role.From the report:A source told Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel that Harasymiak, who has spent the past eight seasons at Maine, including the last three as head coach, is headed to Minnesota as an on-field assistant under P.J. Fleck.After going 10-11 in his first two seasons as head coach, the 32-year-old Harasymiak guided the Black Bears to 10 wins, a Colonial Athletic Association title and to the FCS semifinals, the furthest the program has ever advanced in the FCS playoffs, in 2018. As the No. 7 seed, Maine beat Jacksonville State at home and then upset No. 3 Weber State on the road to advance to the semifinals, where it fell 50-19 on the red turf at No. 4 Eastern Washington.The Black Bears won the CAA championship after being picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll. For his efforts, Harasymiak was named the AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year.Harasymiak became the youngest head coach at the Division 1 level when he got the Maine job in 2015.Maine was paying the head coach $153,000 annually. He’s likely getting a sizable raise to come to Minnesota as an assistant.Stay tuned for an official announcement.last_img read more

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Malaika Arora in simple top and mini shorts aces workout fashion. We are taking notes

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See pics 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Priyanka Chopra in satin red mini wrap-dress enjoys date night with Nick Jonas in NYC 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani in spaghetti strap top and mini shorts shows how to add oomph to casual lookOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Malaika Arora was snapped arriving at her yoga studio today in Mumbai.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: For the occasion, Malaika kept things casual in an all-white ensemble.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: She mixed comfort dressing with sexy athleisure style.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: Keeping things casual, she wore a grey sports bra under a white deep neck top, which she tied in a knot on her waist.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: She paired the top with printed white mini shorts.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: Malaika paired the outfit with white Reebok slip-on sandals.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Caption: She also added a quirky touch with a pair of orange reflectors.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Caption: For her workout routine, Malaika tied her hair in a sleek, middle-parted bun.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 7Image: Caption: For her glam, she went with pink lips and subtle make-up.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 8Image: Caption: Malaika is currently dating Panipat star Arjun Kapoor.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 9Tags: Malaika AroraSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Malaika Arora was snapped arriving at her yoga studio today in Mumbai. She aced workout fashion quite effortlessly in a simple top and mini shorts.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5da96d197cd9f1571384601_1610671_editCommentContent Publish date: Friday, October 18, 2019 – 12:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Malaika Arora in simple top and mini shorts aces workout fashion. We are taking notesApp headline: Malaika Arora in simple top and mini shorts aces workout fashion. We are taking notes1200x675:last_img read more

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Lumina Clothing Won’t Break the Bank

first_img Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men Arc’teryx Wants to Buy Back Your Used Gear for the Good of the Planet Dumbgood Makes ’90s Nostalgia Apparel and We Aren’t Mad About it Editors’ Recommendations How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes The biggest complaint we hear from guys about buying Made in America is the price. It’s hard to spend $200 on a shirt when you can get something at the Gap for $40. Our usual response is buy the $200 shirt, just buy fewer of them. But thanks to North Carolina based Lumina, men across America (and the world) can buy locally made without breaking the bank.Back in college at NC State, Barton Strawn and Paul Connor were in search of quality ties and found the market pretty empty so Barton began whipping some up himself (his mama taught him how to sew!) and word spread quickly. The ties were followed by shirting, trousers and canvas bags including a collab with Parrot Canvas from Greenville, North Carolina. Production varies depending on the item but shirts are made in South Carolina, pants in Illinois, ties in New York and jeans in Tennessee.In 2012 the boys opened their first brick and mortar in Raleigh, NC and sales have been sharp. To cover all man bases, Lumina has started stocking grooming products as well from Imperial, Prospector and Duke Cannon to name a few. As Barton told us, “We stock an assortment of like-minded accessory brands to fill in the gaps and round-out a complete look for those seeking to live a quality-based, American-made lifestyle.”As for fall, they plan on launching cotton sweaters and two denim offerings, raw and selvage. You may wonder how they can keep production local and prices down. We did too. Lumina is able to execute its philosophy of accessible American made in a number of ways, but primarily via a direct-to-consumer online brand. Not a new model, but one they are positioned to do effectively.  Operations in North Carolina keep overhead lower compared to large cities like New York City or San Francisco. A correct balance between quality materials and cost is another. They try to source prime materials at a lower price for a quality garment with savings they can pass along to the end consumer. Apparently they did learn something in college!Be sure to check out their journal to read about the boys new products, and their visits to factories and even air force bases.last_img read more

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An Ode to Outdoorsy Dog Gear

first_img The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts The most entertaining section of any good outdoors store? The pet section.An aisle of nothing but functional, “awwh”-inducing dog gear to make your pup a happier and even more useful partner out in the backcountry? Awwh.Imagine asking your pooch, “who’s a good boy,” as he’s swimming along side your paddle board or canoe. The K-9 Float Coat by Ruffwear is a floaty for water-loving pooches—it lets your guy enjoy a day out on the water, swimming or even canoeing. Your adventure hound might even hear, “you’re a good boy.”Or, how about watching that furball chase snow balls in the snow. Ruffwear also has water resistant dog boots made with Vibram(r) traction for icy terrain. And with all that protection, he can make snow turn yellow where no dog has dared go before (Bark, yeah!)And you can turn fido into Missy Elliot from the ’90s if you’re camping and it starts to rain. There’s some nylon overalls by Hurtta, you can slap on to keep his belly from becoming a muddy, wet mess.Your dog can’t stand the rain either.Or make your dog into a bicycle with a dog pannier. Mountainsmith’s was designed by a service-dog veterinarian. It’s light on the material so good for summer or humid areas. Ruffwear’s Palisades Dog Pack puts a lot more fabric over fur, so think high altitude or winter. Making your hairy, obsessive, four-legged, fecal-sniffing child carry his own stuff the one day he gets to leave the house? That’s a conversation for the two of you.There are dog seat covers that protect your car from post-hike fur messes, collapsable dog bowls for on-the-go drinking and even high visibility LED collars that can turn your dog into a rave.But of course, the GoPro dog mount is the most important piece on this list for reasons no dog parent needs explained. Do it, you know you’re curious. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

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No tsunami or damage expected after small earthquake off BC coast

first_imgHAIDA GWAII, B.C. – A small earthquake has been detected off of British Columbia’s coast.Earthquakes Canada says the 4.2-magnitude quake struck Saturday afternoon, 94 kilometres west of the village of Masset, B.C., in the Haida Gwaii archipelago.The agency says the rumbling was “lightly felt” in Masset and the Village of Queen Charlotte.There were no reports of damage and none were expected.The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center says the earthquake is not expected to create a tsunami.Haida Gwaii has seen a number of historic quakes, including an 8.1-magnitude shake in 1949 that Earthquakes Canada says knocked cows off their feet and bounced cars around on the mainland.last_img read more

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Free Birds And Adopt A Turkey Today

first_img“We want you to join our flock and adopt a turkey today!” say Reggie and Jake, the animated stars of the new movie “Free Birds” in theatres now.Free BirdsCredit/Copyright: Farm SanctuaryThese lovable characters, voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, have teamed up with Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm animal rescue and protection organization in the United States, to serve as “spokesturkeys” for the group’s annual Adopt a Turkey Project.The Adopt a Turkey Project, which gives people the opportunity to sponsor one of the rescued birds who reside at the group’s shelters in New York and California, has provided care for more than 1,000 rescued turkeys over the last 25 years. For a one-time donation of just $30, adopters receive a special adoption certificate complete with color photo and fun details about their new adopted turkey friend.Turkeys are, in fact, intelligent and social animals, who form lifelong bonds and possess unique abilities to communicate with one another. Just as “Free Birds” brings to life the personalities of each of its animal characters, caretakers at Farm Sanctuary know that real-life turkeys possess distinct personalities and exhibit a joy for life. Among the adoptable turkeys are:Tulip, who lives at Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter; she is sensitive and kind to her flockmates and loves grapes and cranberries, Minerva, an attention-loving turkey with a passion for sunflower seeds, who resides at the rescue group’s shelter near Los Angeles, andTibbott, an outgoing guy who resides at Farm Sanctuary’s Northern California Shelter; he loves to meet new people and snack on lettuce and grapes.“After more than 25 years of caring for rescued turkeys through our Adopt a Turkey Project, we’re delighted to team up with Reggie and Jake this Thanksgiving,” says Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur. “We hope their amazing adventure will inspire even more people to adopt a turkey as part of their holiday tradition.”To learn more about the Adopt a Turkey Project, visit adoptaturkey.org or call the Turkey Adoption Hotline at 1-888-SPONSOR.Farm Sanctuary operates three shelters in New York and California that provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals, works to change laws to decrease abuse of farm animals, and promotes compassionate vegan living.last_img read more

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Aurora Cannabis more than ready with pot supply for legalization

first_imgTORONTO – Licensed marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it is “unequivocally” ready for the legalization of recreational pot in Canada next month, with enough supply to meet all its commitments to provinces and territories.Aurora’s chief corporate officer Cam Battley adds that the cannabis firm doesn’t foresee the need for supply agreements with other licensed producers to bridge inventory gaps.“We’ve got all of our product categories ready,” he told analysts on a conference call discussing its latest quarterly earnings on Tuesday.“So, we’re more than ready for consumer legalization. And more than that, our ramp-up in production is happening at exactly the right time. We’re not going to be dumping old, stockpiled, stale product on the market.”Aurora’s comments come as Canada prepares to legalize recreational cannabis for adult use on Oct. 17.Executives of the Edmonton-based cannabis company would not disclose the current size of its inventory in kilograms, but said it has been ramping up its production capacity.Aurora anticipates that by the end of 2018 it will be able to produce 150,000 kilograms per year.The company has eight licensed production facilities, compared with one fully licensed facility and two under construction one year ago, Battley said.Aurora has $88 million in proforma inventory and biological assets, including that of MedReleaf Corp., chief financial officer Glen Ibbott said. Aurora signed a $3.2-billion deal to acquire MedReleaf in May.Aurora’s latest quarterly earnings capped off a busy year with fourth-quarter revenues of $19.1 million, more than triple the $5.9 million in revenues it saw a year ago. For the full year, revenues increased to $55.2 million from $18.1 million in 2017.Net income attributable to shareholders for the quarter was nearly $80 million, up from a $4.82 million loss a year ago.The increase was primarily attributable to the unrealized non-cash gain on derivatives and marketable securities, which was partially offset by increased finance costs, share-based payments, acquisition and project evaluation costs.Analyzing the performance of a marijuana company is tough because of accounting rules used in the agriculture industry that require companies to put a value on their pot plants before they are harvested, and approaches differ between producers on how to apply these guidelines.Meanwhile, the company’s operating expenses soared as the marijuana producer prepared for the impending domestic adult-use market on Oct. 17 and expanded its reach outside of Canada.Aurora’s general and administration costs increased to $22.6 million in the fourth-quarter, compared with $9.8 million in the previous quarter and $2 million in the same period a year ago. Sales and marketing costs also rose to $14.8 million, compared with $3.6 million in the same quarter a year ago.The company said this increase was due to investments in its brand strategy including one-time activities in preparation for legalization, but also stemmed from the integration of Saskatoon-based licensed producer CanniMed, which Aurora acquired earlier this year.Aurora also reiterated its plans to list Aurora on a “senior, U.S. exchange,” subject to the appropriate approvals. This move, which the company had mentioned publicly earlier this year, comes after a wild ride for marijuana stocks in recent weeks.“This listing provides access to a broader investor audience,” Battley said.(Companies in this story: TSX:ACB)last_img read more

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NEAT offices and thrift store will be moving under one roof

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The offices of the Northern Environmental Action Team, as well as its NEAT Finds Thrift Store, will be moving all under on roof at the end of the month.NEAT’s executive director Karen Mason-Bennett explained that the organization has decided to bring all of its operations to a single location since it is both larger than its current spaces and will put the NEAT Finds store in a more central location in the city.Mason-Bennett said that NEAT will be relocating to the former Maximum Fitness building on 95th Avenue, next to the new home of the North Peace Gymnastics Association. The plan is to have the thrift store located on the lower floor where the old weight pit used to be, while NEAT’s office space will be on the floor above.Mason-Bennett said that the organizations will also be building a classroom space inside its new home, which will allow NEAT to host its own programming instead of having to travel around the region.NEAT’s offices will be closed September 24th-28th to get everything packed and moved, while the NEAT Finds store will be closing on September 27th.Mason-Bennett said that the goal is to have everything reopened by the beginning of October.last_img read more

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Top UN envoy in Iraq shocked by killing of scores of pilgrims

1 February 2010The top United Nations official in Iraq today expressed his shock and sadness at the suicide bombing targeting Shi’a pilgrims, reportedly killing over 40 people. Media reports say that more than 100 people were also injured in the attack which occurred as pilgrims travelled from Baghdad to Karbala to take part in the religious rite of Arba’en.Today’s bombing is “a horrific crime committed against defenseless journeying pilgrims practicing their faith,” said Ad Melkert, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative.Dozens of pilgrims travelling to Karbala were killed last February in a series of attacks, which Mr. Ban said “cannot be justified by any political or religious cause and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.”In a statement issued at the time, he said that he joined “with the people of Iraq in rejecting these cruel and reprehensible attempts to reignite sectarian violence in the country.” read more

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UN tourism agency pledges continued support for India after deadly bombing

18 July 2011The head of the United Nations entity that promotes the development of responsible tourism has expressed shock at last week’s terrorist bomb attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai and pledged the agency’s full support to the South Asian country’s Government. The blasts at different parts of the city last Wednesday reportedly killed more than 20 people and injured at least 100 others.Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), said in a statement issued on Friday that the agency was “shocked to learn of the brutal bomb attacks” and sent condolences to the families of the victims and sympathies to those injured in the attack.“The Government and people of India can count on the full support of UNWTO in this difficult moment. India is deservedly one of the world’s leading and fastest growing tourism destinations, accounting for over half of all tourist arrivals to South Asia, and such attacks should not deter those travellers wishing to visit this amazing destination,” Mr. Rifai added. read more

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US relaxes travel advise on Sri Lanka

The US State Department however said that terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, hospitals, and other public areas. The United States has relaxed the travel advise on Sri Lanka issued after the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.The US Embassy in Colombo said that the travel advisory level for has moved from 3 to 2. The US State Department lifted the ordered departure status of family members of U.S. government employees under the age of 18 as well as the authorized departure status of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members. The US Government said it has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Sri Lanka due to the security environment. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Master Drilling takes up majority stake in Bergteamet

first_imgSouth Africa-headquartered Master Drilling, a world leader in specialised drilling solutions, today announced that it will exercise its call option to acquire 60% of the shares in Bergteamet Raiseboring Europe based in Scandinavia.On 17 November 2015 Master Drilling International (MDI), a subsidiary of Master Drilling, entered into an agreement with Bergteamet AB through which MDI acquired 8,000 ordinary shares in the share capital of Bergteamet.A shareholder’s agreement was entered into between MDI, Bergteamet and Bergteamet Raiseboring simultaneously and it is through this agreement that MDI now exercises the call option to acquire 12,000 ordinary shares in the share capital of Bergteamet, resulting in a 60% shareholding in Bergteamet.Danie Pretorius, CEO of Master Drilling, said: “This transaction provides a launchpad for the company to expand our operations in the European markets and further diversify our geographic exposure. There are many synergies between the two companies and this business compliments our focus to provide innovative tailored technology solutions to our clients.”Bergteamet is highly specialised in raiseboring and conducts operations all over the world. The majority of its raiseboring customers are within the mining sector, hydropower projects and other infrastructure project.Both companies have interesting options for hard rock tunnelling. Master Drilling recently launched its Mobile Tunnel Boring (MTB) solution which can bore out an excavation of 4.5 and/or 5.5 m in diameter at a rate that far exceeds conventional tunnel construction methods.Bergteamet last year acquired the Atlas Copco (Epiroc) Mobile Miner 55V originally built for Rio Tinto.last_img read more

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PBS uses Minecraft to illustrate postscarcity economic theories

first_imgIf you hadn’t noticed, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has been making a strong move to modernize its content delivery network by funding several new “channels” that are available exclusively through YouTube. One such offering is the Idea Channel, a web series hosted by Mike Rugnetta and produced by Kornhaber Brown out of New York.The series takes a humorous yet informative look at various Internet memes and technological advancements, seeking to inform viewers of all ages by using popular culture. The latest video in the series is no exception as Rugnetta and his crew decided to raise some questions about post-scarcity economic theory by using the best discussion medium they could find. Namely, the ultra-popular game Minecraft from Mojang. We;ve included the episode above.At first glance using Minecraft to illustrate such a deep topic seems to be a bit simplistic, but after thinking about it for a while it’s actually quite brilliant. Avid Minecraft players know that the popular title has two modes of play: survival and creative. The game’s economy in survival mode is based entirely on the availability of certain items and building compounds to be able to create buildings and weapons. Once a resource is used in this mode, it’s used forever, which mirrors how it works in the real world. This is limiting of course, since the challenge of the game is to make do with what you have.In the creative form of the game, however, players can create items out of thin air at will, allowing them to express themselves in anyway they like. There have been amazing scale recreations of real-world locations inside the game, all created simply because some player out there had the time and desire to make it happen. This contrast between the two forms of gameplay is the core of the illustration that Rugnetta presents in the video.Of course, the question presented of whether or not Minecraft and Makerbot will help to usher in a post-scarcity economy, is one that can’t be answered by watching a short video or reading a brief article. But it certainly does provide excellent conversation fodder and food for thought, which was the goal of PBS in the first place.Right now the Idea Channel has fourteen different episodes, all of which I can recommend since they are highly entertaining and informative.Check out the episodes on the Idea Channel’s YouTube Pagelast_img read more

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Twitch Now Sells PC Games and Streamers Get a Cut

first_imgStay on target Twitch Streams Porn on Ninja’s Old AccountTwitch Celebrates Prime Day With Live Shopping Show ‘Twitch Sells Out’ Update: this feature is now live.Twitch has announced that it will begin selling games and DLC via its website. Viewers will be able to purchase titles directly from under the videos of developers and studios. Games can also be bought from under the videos of partnered Twitch streamers, who will get a cut of the revenue.As you can see from the picture below, there will be a new button under videos where games can be purchased. Publishers and developers will receive 70% of the revenue, streamers will get 5%, and the rest, presumably, goes to Twitch. The revenue could be as high as 75% if a game is sold directly from a developer or publisher.Viewers who purchase games from Twitch will get a free Twitch Crate. These Crates include random items like emotes, chat badges and “Bits for Cheering.” Purchased games can be played through Twitch’s desktop app or from a developer’s own service (like UPlay).According to GamesIndustryBiz, Twitch has signed deals with Ubisoft, Telltale Games, Digital Extremes, Hi-Rez, tinyBuild, Paradox Interactive, Trion Worlds, Vlambeer, and others. Studios like EA, Activision, Blizzard, and Valve have not signed up at the moment. Twitch hopes to eventually get every game publisher that streams via Twitch on board.Two of the most notable studios missing from the list are Valve and Riot Games. Valve’s Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are consistently two of the most popular games on Twitch. Riot Games’ League of Legends is another massively popular title on Twitch. Activision and Blizzard are also big studios that aren’t a part of this deal at the moment.Right now, this service is only for PC games. Amazon — which is one of the biggest sellers of physical console games — purchased Twitch in 2014. Because of that, it is possible that users will one day be able to purchase games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and (maybe) Nintendo Switch.Viewers can buy games from Twitch starting this spring. At that time, we’ll hopefully find out what titles will be sold through the popular streaming site.last_img read more

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Paradise Entertainment moves into profit as 1H18 revenue grows 152

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Macau-based Paradise Entertainment saw its revenue grow 15.2% to HK$563.9 million in the six months to 30 June 2018, pushing the company to a HK$26.3 million profit after suffering a loss of HK$35.3 million in the same period last year.Paradise said the improved results were mainly due to an increase in revenue from the provision of casino management services following an increase in GGR from the casinos under the group’s management as well as an increase in revenue from the sale of electronic gaming equipment and systems.The company manages two Macau casinos – Casino Kam Pek Paradise under license of SJM and Casino Waldo under license of Galaxy – and is also the developer and distributer of Live Multi-Game (LMG) systems Macau-wide.Adjusted EBITDA from the casinos under its management increased 175.4% to HK$78.5 million in 1H18 due to increased GGR, while Adjusted EBITDA from the electronic gaming equipment and systems segment was a loss of HK$4.4 million, representing a decrease of 59.6% from the loss of HK$10.9 million the segment booked in 1H17.The sale of electronic gaming equipment and systems contributed Adjusted EBITDA of HK$22.0 million, up from HK$2.8 million.Paradise increased the number of LMG terminals at Kam Pek Paradise from 946 to 1,000 in the six months to 30 June 2018 and at Casino Waldo from 306 to 416. However, the improvement in casino operations came entirely from Kam Pek Paradise where gross gaming revenue increased 17.0% to HK$687.5 million. Casino Waldo decreased 4.8% to HK$237.0 million.Paradise revealed earlier this year that it had already deployed 364 new LMG terminals in just three months through March, almost five times more than the total deployed in all of 2017. That figure included 217 terminals at MGM Cotai’s X-Stadium in February.In its results announcement released overnight, Paradise said it was confident that it would maintain its recent momentum due to the development of new technologies and the recent introduction by the Macau government of new Technical Standards governing ETGs.“The publication of the Technical Standards has accelerated the upgrading and replacement cycles of all the deployed DETG machines of the group in Macau,” the company said. “Being the inventor, patent-owner and sole-supplier of DETG machines, the group is technically competent and well-positioned to provide ready-made services to offer supports to casinos currently equipped with DETG machines and assist them in meeting the requirements of the Technical Standards.“The group strives to strengthen its leading position through technological innovation. In addition to LMG, the group’s flagship product, the group has also been investing in developing other high-tech electronic gaming products. During the six months ended 30 June 2018, the group has launched some of its newly developed gaming products to the market including X-Stadium Live, Intelligent Card Shoes and Quick Foreign Exchange machines in casinos in Macau and the US.“The group will continue to introduce new gaming products such as slot machines and automatic baccarat to the market in near future. The launch of new products is expected to add long-term sustainable growth impetus to the group.” Load More RelatedPostscenter_img Big trouble in little China Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in Augustlast_img read more

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