10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri desperate for Wilson if Higuain move fails

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri desperate for Wilson if Higuain move failsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri would be willing to spend £50m on Callum Wilson – if he isn’t able to sign Gonzalo Higuain.The Italian is keen on a reunion with Higuain, who he managed for one season at Napoli. However, Blues chief-executive Marina Granovskaia is not convinced that the 31-year-old is the answer to their forward conundrum.Any deal for Higuain is also complicated by the fact that he is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus.According to Sky Sports, the signing of Bournemouth forward Wilson would appease Sarri.Blues assistant Gianfranco Zola confirmed the club’s interest in the 26-year-old last month. Wilson has score 10 goals in 23 matches for the Cherries this season. last_img read more

25 days agoAssociation of Journalists rejects Barcelona defender Pique’s accusations

first_imgAssociation of Journalists rejects Barcelona defender Pique’s accusationsby Carlos Volcano25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Association of Journalists has rejected Gerard Pique’s latest accusationsThe defender alleges that the Barcelona board helped facilitate a news story which highlighted the playing staff as the reasons behind the Blaugrana’s poor start to the campaign. It was a piece which highlighted a number of issues, suggesting that the power of the Barcelona dressing room had long been a source of negativity at the Camp Nou. The Association of Journalists doesn’t accept the accusations by Gerard Pique against our fellow journalists, suggesting they were writing on the request of another party,” the group’s statement read.”We will never tire of asking for more respect for the profession and those within it.”Journalists do not accept people telling us how to do our work, and they try to discredit us because they don’t like what we write, freedom of the press is a fundamental right of a democracy and professionals work to avoid any conflict of interest in accordance with the Code of Ethics.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Randy Johnson Sends Heartfelt Message To Ohio State Pitcher Battling Leukemia During HOF Induction Speech

first_imgRandy Johnson at the podium during his HOF speech.Zach Farmer Randy JohnsonRandy Johnson, a five-time Cy Young winner and a 10-time All-Star, was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame today. During his speech, the man known as “The Big Unit” sent a special message to Zach Farmer, an Ohio State pitcher who is currently in his second battle with leukemia. Farmer, a left-hander like Johnson, is tragically not expected to live for much longer. Johnson spoke on the phone with Farmer recently and gave him a heartfelt shout-out during his speech. The best moment from Randy Johnson’s speech was his shout-out to @zfarm34 who’s battling leukemia. #RJ51HOF #12Sports pic.twitter.com/tZk0iEtXt6— Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) July 26, 2015Stay strong, Zach.last_img

Miami Has Fired Al Golden After 58-0 Loss To Clemson

first_imgAl Golden gives game ball to Hunter Knighton.al golden gives game ball to hunter knightonAl Golden has been on the hot seat at Miami for what seems like two seasons now, and Saturday’s 58-0 home loss to ACC favorite Clemson was the final straw. Miami announced that Golden has been “relieved of his duties” in a statement this evening.Golden Relieved of his Duties Effective Immediately – https://t.co/vdB4TtmNt9— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) October 25, 2015University of Miami Director of Athletics Blake James announced today that he has relieved Head Football Coach Al Golden of his duties effective immediately. Assistant coach Larry Scott will serve as the Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the 2015 season. “Coach Golden has led our program through some very difficult times and he has done so with class, integrity and a true desire to see our students succeed on the field, in the classroom and in the community.” James said. “However, we have a proud tradition of excellence at Miami, not just in football but in all sports, and we want to compete for ACC and national championships. I simply believe that now is the time to bring the Hurricane Family together and rally behind our young men.”This is a shift from Saturday, when James stated that Golden would not be let go. Golden finishes with a 32-25 record. Miami has been stocking large recruiting classes in 2017 and 2018, so it will be extremely interesting to see what happens with those young players. [Hurricane Sports]last_img read more

ESPN Names The 5 Biggest College Football Playoff “Sleepers”

first_imgCollege football playoff trophy surrounded by brackets.PlayoffWho are your College Football Playoff “sleepers”?ESPN has named theirs. The World Wide Leader, which also tabbed the five most-overrated College Football Playoff contenders, has released their five-biggest sleepers. By conference, they are:ACC – LouisvilleBig 12 – TCUBig Ten – Michigan StatePac-12 – UtahSEC – Ole MissLeading off a week of roundtable discussions on expectations for 2016, here are your CFB playoff sleepers: https://t.co/akNK5xhXBF— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) May 16, 2016The “sleeper” with the best chance might be Michigan State. The Spartans get both Michigan and Ohio State in East Lansing, Mich. this season. Mark Dantonio’s squad’s toughest non-conference game comes at Notre Dame, but it also presents the team with a great opportunity for a signature win. Ole Miss and Louisville are probably talented enough to make it, but their schedules are more difficult and there are more proven teams in their respective conferences. TCU and Utah seem to have the toughest roads. [ESPN]last_img read more

AP Voter Who Ranked Michigan Ahead Of Ohio State Issues Update

first_imgJ.T. Barrett scores a touchdown against Michigan.ABC.The AP voter who ranked Michigan ahead of Ohio State has written a statement.Tom Murphy, an AP Poll voter who writes for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, ranked Michigan ahead of Ohio State in the latest top 25. He was the only AP voter (there are 61) to do so.The ranking was justified, in Murphy’s mind, because of the perceived poor officiating that occurred in the double-overtime contest in Columbus.“The Wolverines essentially outplayed their arch rival on the road and I don’t think the football reached the necessary 15-yard line on J.T. Barrett’s fourth-down run in double overtime. As that was the game-decided play, I appointed myself as the replay official and deemed Michigan the winner,” he wrote.Murphy has faced some serious criticism for his vote and issued the following statement today, admitting he made a mistake.I have heard from many of you over the last 24 hours. I have looked and listened. As I cast my ballot for this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, I had not seen all the available angles of Ohio State’s fourth-down run in the second overtime. If I had, I would not have been as definitive in my view of the spot on J.T. Barrett’s run.My error was in not having a greater appreciation for the well-trained game officials who spotted the gain and confirmed the call on the field. For that I apologize and confirm that I respect the decision of those officials and the outcome of the game.You can read his full letter here.last_img read more

Henderson: It’s more than just us and Man City

first_imgLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists the Reds will have more competition than just Premier League champions Manchester City this season.The Reds pushed City all the way in the league last term but saw Pep Guardiola’s men defend their title by only one point on the final day.Liverpool bounced back by claiming a sixth European title and the two sides are widely expected to battle for domestic and continental prizes again during the 2019-20 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? That will start with Sunday’s Community Shield between Liverpool and City at Wembley, yet Henderson does not believe the Reds can afford to be complacent about the chasing pack.”Everyone will talk about Liverpool and City because they won the league and were so good and we won the Champions League,” Henderson said. “It is easy to do that.”You have to look at the other teams. They are going to improve. There are more teams than us and City who will be competing.”But you have to respect them so much for winning the Premier League back-to-back. That is so difficult. They keep raising the bar and keep improving with the squad they have.”So, we need to be doing the same and I think we will. The players are hungry. They want more. They want to keep working hard and the manager will make sure of that.”We have great senior players in the team. We have to focus on what is ahead and keep challenging for all the trophies.”While Champions League finalists Tottenham and the rest of the top six will hope to be involved again at the business end of the season, Henderson is confident Liverpool can compete once more.”We showed we were not disheartened after we did not win the league to go and win the Champions League,” he said. “It was a big moment for us.”We can use last season as the fuel to be even better to win it this year and compete again.”We know how good City are and other teams will improve. The Premier League is so difficult. That showed last year, to play as we did and win so many games and not win it.”But we keep going, giving everything and improving, and hopefully we challenge.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ryan Day Reveals How He’ll Approach Michigan Rivalry

first_imgOhio State coach Ryan Day celebrating during a football game.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)In almost all cases, players and coaches pay lip service to the notion that they are only looking ahead to the game in front of them. That isn’t the case for Ohio State and its biggest rival, though.Michigan is always on the Buckeyes’ minds, even when that game is months away. The team even spends time in the spring practicing specifically for that rivalry.There are a number of reasons why Ohio State has dominated that series so much since Jim Tressel took over the program almost 20 years ago. Still, it is hard to argue that the attention paid to the “Team Up North” doesn’t have any impact, given the results.Ryan Day was asked about his approach to the Ohio State-Michigan game, and he says he plans to continue the things that Urban Meyer did to keep the rivalry in focus.He went out of his way to say that he expects a tough game this season, before confirmed that the Michigan game is an every day agenda item for the program, like it had been under Meyer. He spoke about it at the Columbus Morning Sports Report earlier today. Via 247Sports:“First off, a lot of deep breaths when I started thinking about the game. I start to get a little worked up,” Day said. “And the way last year’s game went, we’re going to have our hands full next year because that kind of got one-sided and they didn’t expect that.“But we still have our Team Up North periods, which we do in the spring. This is a period where we’re practicing against them for 10 minutes. We turn on the loudspeaker and play our music and play highlights from the game before. Coach (Mick) Marotti, our strength and conditioning coach, will have those days where, if there’s 225 days until The Game then there are 225 reps that they’re about to do to end the workout. Things like this to make sure everybody understands what that rivalry is. We have a huge ceremony in the spring with the Gold Paints where former players come in and talk to the team about the rivalry. We show a video.“Nobody’s allowed to wear blue in the facility. If they do, they have to do five push-ups right on the floor. It doesn’t matter if they’re 90 years old or in a stroller, we make them do it. We make them do it. If they say the word in the facilities, same thing. So it’s a way of life. In our recruiting room, we have a list of all the people they’ve recruited, and that’s our first thing is to beat them. Then after that, we kind of go from there. So we have to live it every day.”Ohio State has national title aspirations every year, and they want to beat the Michigan States and Penn States and whichever elite programs they have in the non-conference. Even with the recent dominance, though, nothing tops the Michigan game for those in Columbus.[247Sports]last_img read more

Former Michigan Player Posts Lengthy Message About Jim Harbaugh

first_img Glenda Hudson was upset when she heard Jim Harbaugh’s comments on mental health today. Her son, James, left Michigan and claims the NCAA is blocking his immediate eligibility at Cincinnati because he never reported issues at Michigan. For the first time, she’s speaking out: pic.twitter.com/9nTjTbs8wP— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) July 20, 2019Last night, former Wolverine player Jared Wangler took to Twitter to defend Harbaugh and implored people to stop letting “mediocre writers and twitter keyboard warriors create a false narrative.”“As someone who played under Coach Harbaugh for four years I can’t sit back and watch writers misconstrue his comments for click-bait and for the uninformed public to run wild with it,” Wangler wrote.“The Michigan Football program does a phenomenal job taking care of their players. Mental health is not something to take lightly nor is it fair to falsely accuse a man of inadequately providing support for his players.”This was really well said. As someone who played under Coach Harbaugh for four years I can’t sit back and watch writers misconstrue his comments for click-bait and for the uninformed public to run wild with it. https://t.co/pEePeNrqcf— Jared Wangler (@Jwangles2) July 20, 2019Coach Harbaugh, along with the rest of the staff, hold players to high standards in an ethical manner. As for the general public, stop letting mediocre writers and twitter keyboard warriors create a false narrative on something they know nothing about.— Jared Wangler (@Jwangles2) July 20, 2019Wangler played for the Wolverines from 2014-18, finishing out his career as a fifth-year senior last fall.His comments will raise some eyebrows, but it is quite clear he’s a big supporter of his coach. A closeup of Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh voiced a number of opinions on the transfer process in college football during Big Ten Media Days last week.Harbaugh advocated for every student-athlete to have the ability to transfer one time without the penalty of sitting out a year, which drew praise from writers and analysts. However, some of his other remarks drew criticism, including from the mother of a former player.In an interview with ESPNU on Friday, Harbaugh questioned some players who claimed to be transferring because of mental health issues. In response, the mother of Michigan transfer OL James Hudson spoke out, saying she was disappointed by the comments not only as a mother but as a mental health professional.Hudson is claiming the NCAA won’t give him a waiver to play immediately this season at Cincinnati because he did not report any mental health issues while at Michigan.last_img read more

Colorado AD Sends Message To Fans Before Nebraska Game

first_imgAdrian Martinez warms up for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)One of college football’s best rivalries that used to be is set to get back in action this weekend, when Colorado hosts Nebraska in Week 2.The old Big 12 rivals are both coming off Week 1 victories.Colorado and Nebraska met in Lincoln last year, with the Buffaloes squeaking out a close win to spoil Scott Frost’s first game.The Huskers are favored in the rematch, though the Buffaloes could be a popular upset pick. Colorado’s athletic director sent a message to his fan base ahead of Saturday’s game. He’s asking for “civility.”Colorado AD Rick George asks for “civility” this week among CU fans this week as Nebraska fans arrive in Boulder.— Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) September 3, 2019Nebraska fans are known as some of the most-welcoming fans in the country, so it would be nice for Colorado to return the favor this year.It’ll be televised on FOX.last_img read more

ISL 2018-19: 10-man NorthEast United FC hold Kerala Blasters to goalless draw

first_img Next ISL 2018-19: 10-man NorthEast United FC hold Kerala Blasters to goalless drawHaving already secured a spot in the playoff, NorthEast confirmed the fourth place in the standings with 29 points from 18 games and will now face Bengaluru FC in the semi-final.advertisement Press Trust of India KochiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 22:41 IST Kerala Blasters ended their league season in the ninth spot with just two wins and 15 points after 18 matches (ISL Photo)Ten-man NorthEast United FC stood firm to play out a goalless draw and deny Kerala Blasters FC a chance to end their Indian Super League campaign with a win, here Wednesday.Having already secured a spot in the playoff, NorthEast confirmed the fourth place in the standings with 29 points from 18 games and will now face Bengaluru FC in the semi-final.FC Goa will face Mumbai City FC in the other semi-final.Blasters ended their league season in the ninth spot with just two wins and 15 points after 18 matches.After a tentative first few minutes, a powerful shot from Courage Pekuson got Kerala going.Twelve minutes into the game, Matej Poplatnik dribbled forward down the left and chipped the ball to Pekuson at the edge of the box. The Ghanaian midfielder chested it down before hitting a fine volley that flew inches wide.Kerala pushed forward and threatened to take the lead. In the 21st minute, Seiminlen Doungel ran clear down the right and sent a dangerous cross into the box which was almost turned in by Slavisa Stojanovic.NorthEast coach Eelco Schattorie was forced to field a weakened side and his woes were compounded when centre-back Gurwinder Singh was sent off in the 23rd minute.Pekuson dashed forward on a counter-attack and fed Poplatnik through on goal. The Slovenian striker was brought down on the edge of the box by Gurwinder, who happened to be NorthEast’s last man in defence, and promptly received the marching orders.Rowllin Borges slotted in at right-back as the visitors sat back and hoped to catch the hosts on the break. Pekuson went close again before the break as he shimmied away from Borges and cut in from the left flank but his low driven shot ricocheted off the inside of the post.advertisementDoungel was sent clear on goal at the stroke of half-time but an excellent save by Pawan Kumar kept the scoreline unchanged.Despite the numerical disadvantage, NorthEast had the Blasters defence in a spot of bother early on after the break.Panagiotis Triadis crossed from the left and found Lalrempuia Fanai inside the box whose shot was kept out by a diving Dheeraj Singh. The forward latched on to the ball on the rebound but Anas Edathodika got in the way to make the block.Blasters found it easier to counter and used the space in behind the opposition’s defence. Pekuson darted forward and crossed for Seiminlen Doungel who chested it down for Stojanovic to shoot in the 58th minute.The effort was parried away bravely by the NorthEast custodian who kept the visitors in the match.The goalkeeper was called into action again in the 69th minute when a Stojanovic shot took a deflection off Shouvik Ghosh and swerved in towards the goal. A fantastic finger-tip save by Pawan helped the ball onto the crossbar.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow ISL 2018-19Follow Kerala Blasters FC vs NorthEast United FClast_img read more

Realme 3 review: A good all-rounder, but can it take on Redmi Note 7

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 09:40 IST 7.5/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Realme 3 price in India starts at Rs 8,999.The Realme 3 touts a waterdrop display and gradient design.The camera gets new Nightscape and Chroma Boost features.Realme has managed to make a name for itself in India in a very short span of time, and this is because the company launched a series of successful phones in 2018. Phones like the Realme 2, Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1 have impressed us with their design, performance and the fact that you’re getting a value smartphone at an affordable price. Realme aims to maintain its streak in 2019 with the Realme 3, which has been launched in India starting at Rs 8,999. The successor to the Realme 2 touts a new gradient design, waterdrop display, Android Pie and some familiar internals.In 2019, the competition is only getting fiercer as companies like Xiaomi and even Samsung are launching smartphones that offer big features (such as 48MP camera, 5000mAh battery) at really affordable prices. To that end, the Realme 3 does offer a few attractive features, but largely follows a tried and tested formula that may not cut it today. I spent a week with the Realme 3 and here’s what I think about the device.Realme 3 designIn terms of design, the Realme 3 look like it belongs in 2019. It gets a dewdrop display like the Realme 2 Pro, a gradient colour design which is all the trend right now. The rear panel has also been upgraded as one, seamless cover that extends all the way around the frame and meets the glass panel on the front. But Realme isn’t using a glass panel, which might disappoint some considering the Redmi Note 7 now offers a glass back under Rs 10,000. That being said, the rear panel of the Realme 3 still looks attractive thanks to an injection molding technique that gives the panel a reflective and smooth finish.advertisementThe Realme 3 comes in two gradient colours – Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. My review unit was in Radiant Blue, which offers hues of blue on the top that gradually shifts towards hues of green on the bottom. The Dynamic Black colour sees a combination of black and purple as well as some glitter effect on the bottom part of the panel. Both the options look attractive, especially in this segment were gradient phones are still rare to find. There is a silver accent around the fingerprint sensor and the camera module as well as a copper ring around the primary camera sensor, all of which add a touch of premiumness to the device, which is appreciated. The vertical camera module and Realme branding on the left side makes the panel look aesthetically pleasing. But this is a glossy shell that may look a little too loud for some people. It is also a magnet for fingerprint and smudges and you will find yourself cleaning the panel a few times during the day.Thanks to the generous amount of plastic being used, the Realme 3 is a lightweight phone at 175 grams, which is impressive considering it comes with a fairly large battery. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the back, while the volume buttons are placed on the left side of the frame and power button placed on the right. The bottom sees a speaker grille and a 3.5mm headphone jack on either sides of a microUSB port.Realme 3 displayThe Realme 3 sports a 6.2-inch waterdrop display with an HD+ (1520×720) resolution. The droplet notch is an upgrade over the wide, iPhone X-like notch on the Realme 2. It makes it easier and less distracting to view the display. The bezels on the top and side are thin, while the chin is pretty thick. Overall, you get about the same 88 per cent screen real estate as you did on the Realme 2. The 720p display on the Realme 3 does not offer a lot of sharpness or clarity. The pixelation is noticeable on app icons and while watching videos on YouTube or Netflix. The phone also does not support the Widewine L1 standard, so expect less than 720p content on Netflix and other streaming platforms.That being said, the Realme 3’s display does offer good colour reproduction that falls in between natural and vibrant. However, viewing angles are average at best and brightness levels could have been better as it gets difficult to read the screen under the harsh New Delhi sun.Realme 3 performance and softwareRealme’s latest handset gets the same 2.1GHz Helio P70 octa-core chipset as the Realme U1. This is a MediaTek chipset with four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A73 cores along with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. This is paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is the variant I received for review. Out-of-the-box, the phone runs smoothly for the most part. Apps take a moment to open and load, but switching between apps to multitask is quite smooth. Browsing through the UI is smooth as well, but I did encounter some lag while scrolling through heavy apps like Facebook. I also encountered frequent crashes, especially with the camera app.advertisementArguably, the one are where the processor really shines is while playing graphic intensive games. The Realme 3 runs games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 really well, offering a consistently smooth, lag-free experience even with the graphics setting on high. Games work well not only because of the Helio P70 SoC, but also thanks to Game Space, which bumps up the performance of the device while gaming. The Realme 3 is the company’s first phone to ship with Android Pie with the latest ColorOS 6.0 on top. With the latest software, Realme and Oppo phones finally get an App Drawer, which needs to be enabled in Settings. ColorOS 6.0 also brings a borderless design and a simpler user interface along with new gradient colours for the background, and smaller app icons, all of which makes the UI pleasing to look at. It certainly looks less cluttered and more current compared to the previous generation skin.You also get an updated Game Space, which aims to improve gaming performance. There is still a fair deal of bloatware and pre-loaded apps that come with ColorOS, which may annoy you. Apps like DailyHunt, Opera and UC Browser, ShareChat and Webnovel are some extra apps that come with the device, but they can be deleted. One of the more annoying issues about ColorOS 5 was the sheer number of spam notifications, which seems to have been reduced a great deal with ColorOS 6.The fingerprint sensor and face unlock are both really fast and snappy to unlock the device, which comes as no surprise. The bottom-firing speaker is loud enough and delivers a decent amount of clarity while listening to music. There is nothing wrong with the call quality as well, and I did not encounter any call drops during the review period.Realme 3 cameraThe Realme 3 gets a pretty standard 13MP + 2MP dual camera system on the back. It’s similar to the Realme 2, but one new feature that the company is offering with the Realme 3 is a new Nightscape mode. This feature aims to offer improved low-light photos by increasing the exposure. Nightscape doesn’t ship out of the box, but it comes with an update that Realme recently rolled out. There is also a new Chroma Boost mode that uses AI to recognise a scene and offer better dynamic range, contrast and exposure.The primary camera does capture good colours and clarity in outdoor setting with good sunlight, but in every other situation pictures look hazy and washed out. Colours often look muted and I found the autofocus to be extremely moody, which often resulted in blurry shots. You should enable Chroma Boost when you feel colours look too dull as the feature indeed offers better dynamic range and contrast. The inbuilt AI was able to detect some settings and scenes and was able to automatically adjust the settings to offer something better, but the change is barely noticeable.advertisementIMAGE SAMPLESThe Nightscape feature uses multi-frame exposure to deliver brighter and sharper pictures in low-light. The Nightscape mode takes a couple of seconds to capture the image, during which time you need to keep your hands as steady as possible. The few shots I captured with Nightscape did offer a lot more clarity and detail compared to non-Nightscape mode. You’ll still notice a lot of oversharpening when zooming in, but overall Nigtscape does a decent job in low-light. Photo clicked without Nightscape mode. Photo clicked with Nightscape mode.On the front, the Realme 3 gets a single 13MP f/2.0 selfie snapper housed in the waterdrop notch with AI beautification, as expected. When it comes to taking selfies, the camera tends to blow out the background in daylight conditions, while the subject looks sharp enough with natural skin tone and good colour reproduction. Selfies taken indoor under artificial lighting look soft and overprocessed.The beauty effect is set to smoothen on default, but you can turn it off if you’re not a fan. The selfie camera offers portrait mode via software, which does a decent job in outdoor settings with a lot of brightness around. Indoors, the portrait effect tends to soften the edges of the subject, but it still does a good job with background blur.Realme 3 batteryThe Realme 3 gets the same 4,230mAh battery as the Realme 2, which is great to see. This is a substantial battery capacity that can easily manage about a day and a half on a single charge with average to above average usage. The Relame 3’s display and chipset barely drain the battery life, and there are a couple of intensive power saving options to get the most battery life out of the device. Unfortunately, the Realme 3 does not offer fast charging support. You get a 10W charger with the box that takes about two and a half hours to fully charge the device. The phone delivers good battery backup for videos and gaming, and standby battery drain is minimal as well. On an average, I managed at least 6 hours of screen on time with the Realme 3, which is pretty great.Should you buy the Realme 3?Realme is keen to take on the best affordable phones from Xiaomi. The company already has its eyes set on challenging the Redmi Note 7 Pro when it announces the Realme 3 Pro next month. And I’m quite excited to see what the Realme 3 Pro has to offer. The Realme 3, however, doesn’t offer that wow factor that we got from past Realme phones.Don’t get me wrong, the Realme 3 is a fine device and works well where it matters most. The phone comes with an A+ battery life and the Helio P70 chipset offers a smooth performance and user experience, especially while gaming. ColorOS 6.0 is also better than before, and a gradient design is always nice to see in this segment. I just feel the Realme 3 lacks that defining feature that can take can help it go head-to-head against the Redmi Note 7. Xiaomi’s device offers a Snapdragon 660 SoC, Type-C port with fast charge support and a glass back design, all of which are quite impressive to see under Rs 10,000.While the Relame 3 may not be a Redmi Note 7 challenger, the phone does get an edge over the Samsung Galaxy M10 in this segment with better cameras and performance. The base model is worth going for if you’re on a strict budget. But if you’re considering the Rs 10,999, you may as well spend Rs 1,000 more and buy the Realme U1 instead, which offers the same chipset but better cameras and a 1080p display.Realme 3 review7.5/10ProsGood battery lifeSmooth performanceGradient designConsDisplay could have been betterSlow chargingAverage camerasGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RealmeFollow android Realme 3 review: A good all-rounder, but can it take on Redmi Note 7The Realme 3 offers a gradient design, dewdrop display, impressive battery life and smooth performance at an affordable price point.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Using my brain well in IPL this year: Hardik Pandya after MI win

first_img Rohan Sen New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 10:47 IST Hardik Pandya smashed three sixes and two boundaries during his 15-ball 32 at the Kotla (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians (168/5) beat Delhi Capitals (128/9) by 40 runsHardik picked up a wicket and smashed 32 off 15 balls at the KotlaHardik has amassed 218 runs in the season so far in 9 matches and picked up 8 wicketsHardik Pandya once again starred for the Mumbai Indians on Thursday night as they defeated Delhi Capitals by 40 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla to jump to the second spot in the points table.Hardik picked up a wicket and smashed 32 off 15 balls as Mumbai Indians successfully defended 168 to notch up their sixth win of the season against a strong Delhi lineup.This year Hardik has easily been at his best and is making telling contributions for Mumbai Indians. So what has the all-rounder done differently this season? He thinks it’s his brain that he is using more effectively.”Even I was telling myself that I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball better. I have been working hard in the nets and it has been coming off well for me. I like to keep the basics straight, even in the death if you keep your shape and hope for bowlers to miss, you can hit hard.”I am using my brain well, reading the wicket well in this season. I have five more games to go and then the play-offs, and I hope to keep going like this through the season,” Hardik Pandya said after the match against Delhi Capitals.A well deserved Man of the Match award for Hardik Pandya for his overall performance #MumbaiIndians pic.twitter.com/62e8mHj9KrIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 18, 2019Hardik has amassed 218 runs in the season so far in 9 matches at an average of 43.60 and has picked 8 wickets in as many games. He has been one of the key reasons behind Mumbai’s consistency this season.advertisementOn Thursday, Hardik smashed three sixes and two boundaries which helped the visitors post 168 for 5 on the board. Hardik teamed up with his older brother Krunal to provide the much-needed late onslaught by hammering 51 runs off the last 18 balls to put Mumbai in a strong position.Hardik then took the wicket of Kagiso Rabada and gave away 17 runs from his two overs as Mumbai restricted Delhi to 129 for 9 in 20 overs. 19-year-old Rahul Chahar though, was the pick of the bowlers for MI as he finished with 3 for 19 off his four overs.DC suffered its first loss in the last four games and also its third loss at home out of four matches played at the Kotla this season.Mumbai, on the other hand, took another step towards the play-offs with their sixth win in nine games, taking them to 12 points, while Delhi remained on 10 points from nine matches.Also Read | Rahul Chahar joins forces with Pandyas to lift Mumbai Indians to No.2Also Read | Rahul Chahar a smart guy, love his attitude, says Rohit after MI crush DCAlso Read | DC vs MI Highlights, IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Using my brain well in IPL this year: Hardik Pandya after MI winHardik Pandya bagged his second man-of-the-match award in IPL 2019 after helping Mumbai Indians defeat Delhi Capitals on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Fit Kagiso Rabada raring to go for England challenge

first_img Reuters CardiffMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 14:52 IST South Africa hope to buck the trend with a bowling attack led by Kagiso Rabada (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa clashes with England in the World Cup 2019 opener at the OvalRabada returned home from IPL earlier this month to avoid aggravating a back problemRabada managed the figures of 7-0-40-1 in their 87-run victory against Sri LankaSouth Africa speedster Kagiso Rabada conceded feeling rusty in their warm-up match against Sri Lanka but was relieved that he did not feel any pain on his return to action from a back injury.A key cog in South Africa’s bid for a maiden World Cup title, Rabada returned home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this month to avoid aggravating a back problem ahead of the showpiece tournament.The right-arm paceman returned figures of 7-0-40-1 in their 87-run victory against 1996 champions Sri Lanka on Friday and was not unhappy with the outing.”I felt a bit rusty, but it was good to get a run out in the middle and get a feel for things again,” he said.”There’s no pain. I’m feeling all right, just rusty in terms of my bowling smoothness. But it’s all a work in progress.”That’s why we have warm-up games so it’ll be a challenge for me to get ready before the tournament starts.”Skipper Faf du Plessis hoped Rabada would get better as the tournament progressed.”KG has been slowly building up, working on his action and working on his run-up. Today was the first time he was bowling at full intensity,” du Plessis said.Rabada headlines what is one of the best pace attacks in the tournament who will begin their campaign on Thursday against an England side teeming with explosive strokeplayers.”England is going to be a stiff challenge, but an enjoyable one,” said Rabada, who turned 24 on Saturday.advertisement”It’s crunch time – the first game of the World Cup and it’s going to go down in history.”They’re a strong team, with good batsmen and bowlers. Multiple players from our team have played against England, we’re familiar with them and that helps.”On the day, we have to rock up. With the quality they possess, we need to make sure we are on top.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations high for Virat Kohli’s IndiaAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Kagiso RabadaFollow South AfricaFollow England World Cup 2019: Fit Kagiso Rabada raring to go for England challengeRabada has topped the International Cricket Council’s bowler rankings in both Tests and one-day internationals, making the paceman one of South Africa’s key figures at the World Cup 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

Goodbye, Rahul Gandhi?

first_imgGoodbye, Rahul Gandhi? | India Today InsightWill his resignation as party president be the final nail in the Congress coffin? Or a new beginning where the party will learn to exist without a Gandhi at the helm? It will all depend on whether the family can refrain from exerting influence by proxy.advertisement Next Kaushik Deka New DelhiJuly 8, 2019UPDATED: July 8, 2019 12:22 IST Rahul Gandhi’s resignation has flung the already beleaguered Congress into a fresh crisis. (Getty Images) On May 25, two days after the disastrous performance of the Congress in the Lok Sabha election, when Rahul Gandhi offered to resign as party president at a Congress Working Committee (CWC) session, many Congress insiders and almost everyone outside the party saw it as nothing but drama. It was expected to proceed along predictable lines: Rahul will offer to resign but CWC members will persuade him to stay on, he will take back his resignation and the party will continue to conduct its affairs as usual. Though Rahul kept reiterating that his intent was serious, the party veterans were unwilling to accept his decision and kept requesting him to reconsider.Young and mid-level office-bearers offered their resignations; there was even a farcical suicide attempt outside the Congress headquarters. However, nothing could shake Rahul’s determination and, on July 3, the Congress scion posted a letter on Twitter, stating unequivocally that his decision was irreversible. Placing the party in an unprecedented position, this development has precipitated three major challenges before it: find a non-Gandhi leader who can keep the Congress united; urgently rebuild its organisational structure and strengthen its presence across the country and, finally, create an acceptable, alternative narrative to electorally counter the unbeatable duo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his deputy and home minister, Amit Shah.What next?The first challenge before the Congress is to find a president or, at least a provisional president, as a CWC member puts it, till the name is ratified in a Congress plenary. Though the Congress constitution provides for election of a president, it’s unlikely to happen under the current circumstances. There have been only two occasions when the party has elected its president, and though Rahul in 2017 opted for an election, no one stood against him and he was elected unopposed.advertisementThe Congress in its current avatar was formed in 1969 when Rahul’s grandmother Indira Gandhi led a successful coup against the then leadership of the party to form the Congress (R). These leaders had blamed her for the disastrous performance of the Congress in 1967 in the assembly elections to several Hindi heartland states and wanted to dethrone her as the prime minister. The Congress (R) became the Congress (I) in 1978 and, finally, the Indian National Congress, in 1996. The original Congress, meanwhile, died a silent death.Between 1970 and 1977, Indira Gandhi appointed three loyal lieutenants as presidents. Kasu Brahmanand Reddy, another choice of hers, was elected in 1977 but by 1978, Indira Gandhi officially took charge of the party. Since then, it was only between 1992 and 1996 that a Gandhi has not been at the helm of the Congress. This was in the interim between Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991 and Sonia’s reluctance to join politics.In 1991, the CWC had chosen P V Narasimha Rao, a retired politician who had packed his bags to head home to Hyderabad. The idea was that a leader in his fading years would remain submissive to the veterans who would control the party till a member of the Gandhi family was ready to take charge. But Rao turned out to have a mind of his own, taking firm control of the party and government and sidelining several veterans. His tenure saw multiple splits in the party and the departure of several heavyweights, such as Madhavrao Scindia, Arjun Singh and Narayan Dutta Tiwari, who went on to form their own parties. Following the defeat of the Congress in the 1996 general election, the party chose its treasurer Sitaram Kesri, to replace Rao. Kesri, only the second Congress president to have been elected after 1969, was unceremoniously removed from the post once Sonia Gandhi decided to join politics and took charge of the party in 1998.Ever since, the presidency stayed with the Gandhi family, with Rahul taking over as recently as in December 2017. His resignation has flung the already beleaguered party into a fresh crisis. With the FamilySonia, Rahul and Priyankaitself reluctant to get involved in the process of choosing the next president, the CWC will have to accomplish this challenging job. Like in 1991, Gandhi family loyalist and Sonia Gandhi’s political advisor, Ahmed Patel, will have to lead this process of selection of the new president.The CWC members will do well to remember the lessons from the Rao and Kesri stints and be extremely cautious in selecting Rahul’s successor. There is one big difference, though, between 1991 and 2019. In 1991, the Congress had returned to power and Rao wielded the official authority to extend his grip over the party. Whoever is chosen Congress president now will not have that luxury. Rao was also dealing with a BJP that was just beginning to emerge as a force, on the back of the Rath Yatra wave and the Ram temple movement. The new Congress president will have to fight a now firmly entrenched BJP, armed with a formidable electoral machinery and in an India where the Hindu nationalist sentiment is running high. He or she will also have to preside over a party electorally devastated and organisationally hollowed out.advertisementFormula for a new president?On July 6, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh posted a sensational tweet asking for the leadership of the party to be vested with someone young. Many assumed he was indirectly hinting at giving the charge to Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who is close to the Punjab veteran. After all, Pilot spent five years working on the ground and, in December 2018, led the party to a victory in Rajasthan, earning huge political capital in the process. Pilot’s elevation to the top post will also bring an end to his power tussle with Rajasthan chief minister, Ashok Gehlot. However, a senior CWC member, who spoke to Singh after the tweet, claimed that the Punjab chief minister was talking of someone in his 60s. Irrespective of the age bracket that Singh chooses to define as young, his tweet is an explicit reminder to the CWC members that the party must make a statement of intent by choosing a young and energetic president instead of finding a stopgap arrangement in someone who will be a puppet in the hands of the Gandhis. The new India needs a face they can bank on, not a low-profile consensus candidate.Under these circumstances, the party is gradually evolving a formula to retain a balance between the wisdom of the veterans and the energy of the young generation. A veteran will be chosen as the provisional president of the party and several young vice-presidents will be appointed under him. Every vice-president will be given independent charge of a particular region or organisational department and will be held accountable for deliverance. Another alternative is to appoint a provisional president who will remain accountable to a core committee chosen by the CWC. But that will need some tinkering of the party constitution. Whichever formula the party adopts, the big question remainswill this be a workable solution? The party certainly needs more than a workable solution as it’s in a desperate need to jump-start the organisational structure. This delay in filling up the leadership vacuum will certainly have a disastrous effect on the electoral outcome in three states going to polls later this yearMaharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand. Not only is there no clarity on who will lead the party in these states, there’s nothing like a coherent strategy either to fight the electoral battle, right from choosing winnable candidates to finding a narrative that could convince voters.What happens to the Gandhi family?The departures of Rao and Kesri made it evident that were two sets of rules for Congress presidentsone for those from the Gandhi family and another for non-Gandhi presidents. Rao and Kesri were blamed for the party’s poor performance in 1996 and 1998 but Rajiv Gandhi had escaped such allegations even when the party’s tally in the Lok Sabha plummeted from 414 in 1984 to 197 five years later. Under Sonia Gandhi’s leadership, the party won lesser seats in 1999 than it had won under Kesri a year ago, but there was no demand for her resignation. She was the Congress president in 2014, too, when the party touched the historical nadir of 44 seats in the Lok Sabha.advertisementIn this context, Rahul Gandhi’s offer to resign is a first in the history of the party. However, more than that, his departure could lead to the irrelevance of the Gandhi family in Indian politics. One of them has always controlled the central government or the party or, at times, both. Indira Gandhi always had loyalists as presidents of the party when she was prime minister; Sonia Gandhi relinquished the post only to have her son installed on it. Neither does Rahul have a loyalist to succeed him nor is the party in power at the Centre.Even as he is stepping down as party president, Rahul has already stated emphatically that none of his family membersmother Sonia or sister Priyankawill take up the top post. Does that mean that the Gandhi family will fade into oblivion? The answer is a categorical no. As he makes it clear in his letter on Twitter, he will continue to be a member of the party. And if his actions in the past one month and especially in the past week are any indicator, he is certainly going to be more vocal and visible in the future. He delayed his trip abroadto see his brother-in-law Robert Vadra who had a surgeryto appear personally in two defamation cases. Outside the court, he reiterated that he will continue to fight the RSS and BJP idea of Indiaan RSS sympathiser had filed the first case in Maharashtra and Bihar deputy chief minister Sushilkumar Modi had filed the other in Bihar. This was his way of sending out the message that he outlines in his letter as wellhe will continue his battle against the BJP-RSS in a new avatar–as an ordinary Congressman.In doing so, Rahul is hoping to achieve two goalsto nullify the campaign that Prime Minister Modi and the BJP have built around him, and tell his party leaders to focus more on performance than on posts. Unhappy with how top Congress leaders sought tickets for their children, he openly admonished two chief ministersKamal Nath and Ashok Gehlotand former Union finance minister P. Chidambaram. And by giving up his post, he hopes to lead by example in eliminating nepotism in the party. Emphasising twice in his letter that the Congress needs radical changes, he has begun the process right at the top. Much to his dismay, however, the top leaders have not followed suit. He resigned to set an example. And he expected those who were in key positions to do likewise if they had failed to deliver results, and to make way for new leaders, says a CWC member who lost the Lok Sabha election.But the larger goal has been achievedof nullifying the Modi-BJP charge of him enjoying the privilege of being a dynast. From calling him shehzada and naamdaar, Modi has not spared any occasion to highlight that Rahul owes his political ascendancy solely to his lineage. The prime minister will not have this line of attack against the Congress the next time he goes out to campaign. Rahul’s associates see his resignation and the family’s determined decision to stay away from the top post as a throwback to the sacrifice his mother made in 2004 when she declined the prime minister’s job. His decision to step down is possibly also influenced by the realisation that in the changing shape of the Indian democracy, which seems to be listing toward a presidential style of election, Rahul will need to reinvent himself to counter the personality cult of Modi. And the first step towards doing that is to present himself as a commonerfrom appearing in a lower court to watching films like an ordinary man.Whether Rahul manages to achieve this or not, the Gandhis will never be commoners within the party. Their influence cannot be wished away in the top organisational structure and political narrative of the party. As a CWC member puts it, their approval will most likely be sought while finalising the name of the new president. While Rahul will now just a member of the party, Priyanka has not quit as general secretary. In fact, in the past one month, not only has she held a review meeting in Uttar Pradesh, admonishing workers for not working hard enough, but also been very active on Twitter, responding to developments in different fieldsfrom politics to sports. The unusual influence that a Gandhi family member wields in the party has resulted in multiple power centres in the past and it could well happen again. When Sonia had not even joined politics, several veterans had woven their political web around her to counter the authority of Rao and Kesri, reiterating the sloganSonia lao, Congress bachao. Between 2014 and 2017, there was a cold war between the old guard, who expressed loyalty to Sonia, and the young turks, who preferred Rahul. If the new president is not given enough space and the Gandhi family continues to indirectly call the shots, there will soon be a clamour to bring back a Gandhi to the top post.The challenge for the Congress and the Gandhis, therefore, is not just to find a new president but also create a healthy working environment where roles and domains are clearly demarcated. Rahul has till now walked an unconventional path. For the party to have a smooth journey ahead, he will have to chart out a safe path for his successor too.READ | Small is beautifulWATCH | Will fight 10 times harder than I did in past 5 years, says Rahul GandhiGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda last_img read more

Feeling depressed? Playing this popular Chinese game may boost your mental health

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 17:26 IST Chinese game Mahjong may boost mental health.Regularly playing the popular Chinese strategy game ‘Mahjong’ may be associated with a reduced risk of depression among urban adults, according to a study conducted in China.Mahjong is a tile-based game that was developed in China during the Qing dynasty and has spread throughout the world since the early 20th century. It is commonly played by four players.”Global economic and epidemiologic trends have led to significant increases in the burden of mental health among older adults, especially in the low and middle-income countries,” said Adam Chen, associate professor at the University of Georgia, US.Mental health a major issue in ChinaPoor mental health is a major issue in China, which accounts for 17 percent of the global disease burden of mental disorders, according to the study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine.Mental health issues related to social isolation and loneliness are on the rise as China’s number of older adults — as in other countries — continues to increase, the researchers said.The benefits of participating in social activities to mental health have been widely acknowledged, and some work has been done in developed nations, including US and Japan, to better understand this relationship.Link between social participation and mental healthHowever, little is known about the role of social interaction and mental health outside of these settings.”Social participation manifests itself in different formats within different cultural contexts,” said Chen.”Our paper provides evidence on the association between social participation and mental health in the context of a developing country. We also examined the rural-urban difference, which has not been examined extensively in this line of literature,” he said.advertisementResearch methodologyChen and collaborators from China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology analysed survey data from nearly 11,000 residents aged 45 years and older from the nationally representative China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study.They looked at symptoms of depression and compared it to the type and frequency of social participation, including visiting with friends, playing Mahjong game, participating in a sport or social club, and volunteering in the community.Findings of the studyThey found that, on the whole, participating in a wide variety of activities more frequently was associated with better mental health. Specifically, urban residents who played Mahjong, a popular strategy game, were less likely to feel depressed.The finding was in line with other studies, but Chen was surprised to find that rural Chinese overall tended to report poor mental health compared to their urban counterparts.”Traditionally, rural China featured tight-knit communities of close kinship, often with a limited number of extended large families in a village,” he said.”We were expecting strong ties and communal bonds in rural China, but it appears that we were wrong,” said Chen.He suspects that the social structures in rural China were disrupted as many able-bodied adults moved into cities to find work. While family ties remained strong, community ties weakened in rural areas.”What is more surprising is that mahjong playing does not associate with better mental health among rural elderly respondents,” added Chen.”One hypothesis is that mahjong playing tends to be more competitive and at times become a means of gambling in rural China,” he said.Read | Students can now take ‘mental health days’ thanks to this new law in OregonRead | Less sleep can create mental health problems in college students: StudyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Mental healthFollow DepressionFollow Chinese gameFollow ChinaFollow Mental disorders Next Feeling depressed? Playing this popular Chinese game may boost your mental healthPlaying the popular Chinese strategy game ‘Mahjong’ may boost mental health among urban adults, according to a study.advertisementlast_img read more

Tourbar: Connecting With the Perfect Traveling Partner

first_img The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Just when you thought online dating was getting a bit boring, there’s a new twist to spice things up a bit.Enter Tourbar—a new way to connect with the perfect person to explore the globe, whether you’re planning an excursion close to home or planning on jetting to a foreign locale.It’s a unique way to hang out with someone who is local to the area where you are traveling. What better way to see the “real” cities and exotic destinations instead of getting stuck on the traditional tourist trap path.Here’s the game plan: Sign up for a membership plan at the Tourbar site and begin making plans for your next trip. As you search for a traveling companion, you can set a purpose for the trip, set financial intentions (such as each person paying their own way), shared interests and hobbies, and details of what you’re looking for.The TourBar folks have made the process pretty simple and say their system for verifying users gives you some security that you’ll meet trustworthy people.If you’ve ever said to yourself that you’d love to travel if only you had someone to join you, now is your chance. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

This Courtyard House is Designed to Connect with Nature While Keeping Elk Out

first_img How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Sleep With the Wolves in Canada’s Parc Omega Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations Previous For many, a small cabin in the woods makes for the ideal retreat. Quiet, surrounded by nature, and hopefully near the water for some fishing or boating — a simple space to unwind on the weekends is the dream. Courtyard House on a River delivers all of that, but there’s nothing simple about this small home.Designed by Robert Hutchison Architecture, this home on the White River, a short drive from Mt. Rainier, Washington, provides everything a place in the forest should: plenty of outdoor space to enjoy nice weather, a wide open family room with a fireplace for gathering in the evenings, and a strong connection to nature.Of course, you can’t create too strong of a connection to nature, especially when your home is smack in the middle of elk country. For Hutchison, this meant designing an entry courtyard that allowed the family to be outside while keeping the elk herd at bay. The wall of the courtyard is enough of a visual barrier to let the animals know they can’t walk through there. This allowed Hutchison to put in a full wall of windows on either side of the family room. Had he not included this barrier wall of the courtyard, the elk may have mistook the glass for a pathway and barreled straight into it. A clever solution to a very unique problem. 1 of 12 Next Stepping inside the home, Hutchison did a masterful job making a small space feel roomy. Double-height ceilings with exposed beams, light wood finishes, white walls, and plenty of windows to let in natural light all make the home appear larger than it is. The family room is outfitted with simple furnishings, allowing the black stone clad fireplace to become a focal point of the space. The office was designed with a wall mounted desk and storage shelves allowing enough room for two people to work in the tight space. The master suite features a spa-like bathroom with frosted glass partitions that keep the space feeling open yet private.But the star of the home is the outdoor living room, complete with fireplace. This space created that deep connection to nature the owners were seeking. Another double-height ceiling and cutouts in the walls keep the room open, while the warmth of the fireplace adds a cozy touch. The concrete floor extends out to an open air patio providing more space for relaxing and taking in the sounds of the forest.By today’s bloated “McMansion” standards, a 1,900 square-foot floor plan seems tiny. However, Courtyard House on a River proves you can pack maximum usability, and style, into such a “small” space.We’re no strangers to Robert Hutchison’s work. We went nuts over his Copper Guest House on Lake Washington. The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Nowlast_img read more

Lems Trailhead Hiking Shoe Is Just as at Home on the Trail as It Is at the Taproom

first_imgThe trailhead comes in three colorways: Sequoia, a combination of navy and orange; Sage, a mixture of varying greens and yellow; and Redwood, a burgundy, red, and blue combination.Shop NowIf you’re looking for something a little more heavy-duty when it comes to hiking footwear, check out the best hiking boots, from the super lightweight to the ultra-plush. Previous What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul 1 of 3 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Next Lems Shoes is perhaps best known for their instantly identifiable Boulder Boot, the ultra-minimalist, super-light (under 10 ounces), packable hiking boot that made saving space and weight the foremost feature of these hiking boots.Now, Lems Shoes has gone one further by introducing the outdoor world to the brand’s latest ultra-minimalist hiking shoe: The Lems Trailhead Shoe. Good for wearing anywhere from the forest to the farmer’s market, these easy-wearing hiking shoes straddle the line between outdoor functionality and urban style. Inspired by ’90s sneaker designs (that definitely have a hint of old Saucony in it), the Trailhead shoe is versatile fall footwear that doesn’t say no to double-duty.The Trailhead shoe features a mountain to town outsole with a low-profile rubber tread that has no problem maintaining traction on the trail, while also remaining durable enough when pounding the pavement city-side. Another great feature of the Trailhead is the extra-wide toe-box, which is actually shaped like a human foot (who’da’thunk’it?), allowing for all five toes to flatten and splay out when walking, which provides more stability when walking and reduces foot soreness after extra-long hikes.The shoe’s upper is made from a combination of extremely light microfiber and air mesh (with moisture-wicking properties, meaning no sweaty feet!) placed over a footbed of 2mm EVA, which lies atop the EVA midsole that runs between 21 mm and 17 mm in thickness. The thicker portion of the midsole is near the heel, providing a lower heel drop, which Lem’s states “naturally decreases heel-striking for a more natural gait and healthier posture.”The midsole is also very firm, making the first few trips out in these kicks feel a bit like walking on boards. But that’s okay! The firm footbed actually holds your feet in place better than a softer one, with the end result being less aches and pains in your feet after a 12-miler out and back.And for all those guys out there who care about what animal products are found in their footwear, you can be happy to know that Lems’ Trailhead shoe does not contain any leather, so it’s completely vegan-friendly. How’s that for being one with nature?Lems Trailhead – $130 The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordablelast_img read more

Gov’t Looking at Regulating Electronic Billboards

first_imgRegulation of electronic billboards is among proposals being considered by Government as it looks to make changes to the Broadcasting Radio Re-diffusion Act.The Government wants to amend the existing legislation and eventually repeal and replace it.Speaking to students of the St. Andrew Technical High School on Friday (February 3), Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ), Cordel Green, said electronic billboards have come up for examination because they are seen as large programmable television sets.He said if these billboards were put to their optimal use, persons would be able to see and hear what is being announced by tuning their car radio dials. Therefore, he argued, if an advertisement is not suitable for television or radio because it breaches the Children’s Code for Programming, then it should not be allowed on billboards.“Imagine somebody going to one of the television stations and saying we would want to put this ad on the TV and the station says no, because it breaches the Children’s Code for Programming, or we can only show it after nine o’clock because it’s not suitable for children, but you go into Half-Way-Tree or any town centre and the very same content is there, it doesn’t make sense,” he argued.Mr. Green, in the meantime, expressed optimism that the changes will be brought to the Broadcasting Act in the new legislative year, which begins in April.He said the changes will include a re-definition of broadcasting along with other sanctions. He said the definition of electronic media is changing and embracing new technologies and forms of communication that were not contemplated at the time the law was being drafted.“When they were putting together the Broadcasting and Radio Re-diffusion Act, people were not even thinking about cable. At the time, we had one television station. There was nobody receiving television on their mobile phones. There was no concept called mobile TV and IPTV (Internet Protocol Television),” he pointed out.Mr. Green said different approaches will be used in regulation of the electronic media.“Some of them will not be regulated because it is not practicable to regulate them. Cable is regulated differently than we regulate free-to-air television. Problematic content is found on the Internet. Problematic content is found in newspapers, found in books, found in magazines; but different approaches are used for different spaces and places,” he noted.The session at St. Andrew Technical was the first in a series by the BCJ under its media literacy project.last_img read more