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Bernard Tomic does not meet the standards of behaviour: Tennis Australia
Tennis Australia has slammed Bernard Tomic for trying to damage the image of the country’s Davis Cup team. Tomic has time and again lashed out at Lleyton Hewitt, saying Australia’s Davis Cup captain is causing division among the players.Tomic triggered the war of words after being dumped from the Australian Open first round. At his post-match media conference, he called for twice Grand Slam champion Hewitt to be replaced as Davis Cup captain and accused him of favouritism in the awarding of wildcards to the Australian men’s players in the draw.”No one likes him [Lleyton Hewitt] anymore. We have a lot of issues that not a lot of players are happy about… he’s doing the wrong thing and everyone’s leaving,” Tomic had said during the Australian Open last month.Tomic played Davis Cup for 10 years but hasn’t played consistently since Hewitt has been in charge of the team. He was also not part of Australia’s Davis Cup tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina.”Lleyton’s legacy and his tennis speaks for itself. He’s an unbelievable champion,” Tomic said. “But what he’s doing now is wrong.”Last year at the Australian Open, Hewitt countered Tomic’s claim that Australia couldn’t win without him by saying he doubted Tomic would play again under his captaincy.Hewitt has also alleged that he had been blackmailed and physically threatened by Tomic.”Deeply disappointed with the ongoing disrespect from Bernard and his father,” Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley.”Lleyton is right to say Bernard will not be considered for Davis Cup. Bernard does not meet the standards of behaviour and commitment to himself, the team or the sport,” said Tiley.advertisement”Now, he is deliberately trying to damage that culture — and not for the first time.”We have given [Tomic] more than a decade of support. Ultimately, we have to draw a line when the behaviour does not warrant the support.”Bernard’s father, John, has threatened taking legal action against Hewitt for an incident in 2010.He has alleged Hewitt came to his son’s hotel room during Australia’s Davis Cup tie against Taiwan in March 2010 and pressured him to reveal who from Tennis Australia was telling him what to say publicly.”In regards to John Tomic’s recent claim in the media about an alleged incident in 2010, we are not aware of any formal complaint lodged by either John or Bernard,” he said.”Both Bernard and John have enjoyed a lot of support since in many areas of their lives — including a long and sustained period of personal commitment and whole-hearted effort from Lleyton Hewitt as Davis Cup captain.” Tomic.Also Watch:
Malaika Arora nails acro yoga. Arjun Kapoor hearts new pic
Malaika Arora and her love for fitness is very clearly visible from her regular Instagram posts. The diva often shares her progress at the gym by sharing pictures and videos of her working out.The 45-year-old diva, who is known for her love for Pilates, seems to have become a fan of couple’s acro yoga and her new post is a proof of that.Malaika took to Instagram to post a picture of her nailing an acro yoga pose and we can’t take our eyes off the elegant diva. She posted the picture saying, “Yoga helps you become who you want to be. It gives you self-confidence, self-belief and the mental power to go the extra mile! Flying into the week like this! #malaikasmondaymotivation with my partner in crime @sarvesh_shashi @thedivayoga (obsessed with Acro Yoga).”In the images, Malaika can be seen doing variations of the acro yoga pose with her partner Sarvesh Shashi.For her workout session, Malaika can be seen wearing a sports bra and black gym tights. She paired her workout ensemble with a messy bun and no-makeup look.In fact, the post was even liked by Malaika’s boyfriend Arjun Kapoor. Malaika is currently dating Arjun Kapoor. According to grapevine, things are very serious between the two and they are planning to tie the knot soon.ALSO SEE | Malaika Arora turns up the heat in backless gown on Lakme Fashion Week Day 4advertisementALSO WATCH | Malaika-Arjun to make it official soon
I backed Kohli when Dhoni and Kirsten had not heard of him: Vengsarkar
Former chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar Sunday claimed he had fast-tracked Virat Kohli’s entry into the Indian team when captain M S Dhoni and coach Gary Kirsten “had not heard” of him.Vengsarkar was speaking after launching the book ‘Howzzat’ penned by celebrated astrologer Greenstone Lobo in suburban Bandra.”…Then I picked Virat Kohli in the (national) team straight away. To be honest with you, we used to play (the) Emerging Players tournament in Australia, and that time I was in charge of the selection committee.”And I had gone to Australia to see the match and I had picked him (Virat) because they had won the Under 19 World Cup,'” recalled the former India captain.The 116 Test veteran also said that Tamil Nadu batsman S Badrinath had to make way for Virat.”And in the first game itself he (Virat) scored a hundred (in that tournament). And I was impressed (and thought) he is the boy (and has) exceptional talent. I came back and others had not heard of him.”M S Dhoni was the captain, Gary Kirsten was the coach of the India team and they had not heard of him, so they said we should not pick him now at the moment and let him play few games and I was insisting that you must pick this guy, there is no question and they had to drop (S) Badrinath at that time,” said Vengsarkar, who is fondly known as ‘Colonel’.Kohli, who made his India debut against Sri Lanka on August 18, 2008, has scaled heights in his ever rising career and will lead India in the upcoming World Cup, which begins May 30 in England.advertisementIn the same vein, the former captain, who has scored three hundreds at Lords claimed that it was on his insistence that Sachin Tendulkar was picked in the then Bombay side.”Sachin Tendulkar was picked when I was the captain of the Bombay (now Mumbai) team, everybody was against him (saying) he was too small (young) at that time but I insisted that he (Tendulkar) should be picked,” he remembered.Vengsarkar also recalled anecdotes of his playing days, while Lobo predicted that India would beat arch rivals Pakistan in the marqee clash in the World Cup.Also Read | Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Jonny Bairstow creates IPL record in debut seasonAlso Read | No bigger challenge in cricket than the World Cup: Virat Kohli to India Today Also See
20 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde tells players: Let’s go on winning run
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde tells players: Let’s go on winning runby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wants to build on their midweek win over Inter when they return to domestic action against Sevilla on Sunday.Valverde has called on his players to put together a good run of form.”At Barcelona you can be at rock bottom on Monday and in heaven on Friday,” Valverde said of the ups and downs in the mood around the club at his pre-match press conference.”And also the other way round.”We’re fine, we have had a good run and we want to do well against Sevilla.”Focusing on the game at the Camp Nou, Valverde is expecting as difficult a challenge as ever.”It’s always intense against Sevilla,” he explained.”They’ve started well away from home, winning all three of their games.”They look good and convincing and played well in the game they lost against Real Madrid.”
Maersk Line Expects Minimal Impact from Hanjins Move
zoom In the wake of the Hanjin Shipping’s decision to commence rehabilitation procedure in Korea, the Danish shipping company Maersk Line said that the company expects the move to have a minimal impact on customers’ cargo.“We are aware of our customers who have cargo on board two of Hanjin’s operated vessels, Maersk Sebarok and Maersk Senang, sailing on the Chennai Express service between Far East Asia and South East India. While we expect minimal disruption, we are proactively working on reducing impact on cargo delivery,” Maersk Line said.The company said that it will “strive for this development to not have any impact” on its customers, adding that it will continue to monitor the situation closely.Additionally, the company said that, “despite their names,” the two chartered vessels, Hanjin New Jersey and Hanjin Florida, sailing on the Mashariki service between Far East Asia and East Africa, “neither of these vessels is owned nor operated by Hanjin Shipping.”These vessels are fully operated by Maersk Line.On August 30, the company instructed its global operations centers not to load any cargo onto Hanjin-owned vessels.
Canadas bias meant improper consultations First Nations challenging pipeline
VANCOUVER — Six First Nations that have filed another legal challenge against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion say Canada’s ownership of the corporation created a bias that prevented full consultations as ordered by the Federal Court of Appeal.Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation says Canada had an opportunity to “get it right” but failed to take environmental risks into consideration as part of a rushed consultation process.The court shelved the original approval last summer and the federal government approved the pipeline expansion again in June after a second round of consultations with First Nations.George-Wilson says she expects the latest approval will be overturned based on the same mistakes the federal government made the first time around with its failure to conduct meaningful consultations.Lawyer Merle Alexander, who represents the Shxw’owhamel First Nation near Hope, B.C., says the nation that initially supported the pipeline chose to oppose it because an oil spill would destroy its sacred burial and archeological sites as well as the community’s sole source of water.The federal government purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion, saying it was in the national interest to build the country’s energy infrastructure and to preserve jobs. The Canadian Press
Women candidates aim to upset AFN old boys club in race for
APTN National NewsThe candidates list for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations continues to grow.For the first time in the AFN’s history, three Aboriginal women are aiming for the top spot.Leaving many to wonder what kind of challenges would lay ahead for a female national chief.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.
MLA Bernier now officially serving as Oil and Gas Development Critic
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier is now officially the BC Liberal Party’s opposition critic for Oil and Gas Development.Bernier, who previously served as Health Critic under interim party leader Rich Coleman and as Education Minister for two years under former Premier Christy Clark, was named oil and gas development critic by BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson earlier this week. The South Peace MLA says that both he and Skeena MLA Ellis Ross will be questioning Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall in the Legislature.Bernier said that Ross, who served as Natural Gas Development Minister under Clark for less than a month before the BC Liberals lost a confidence vote, will continue to serve as critic of all LNG-specific and downstream natural gas issues. Bernier says that with him serving as critic of the upstream side of things means that the pair will form a quite a powerful combination. “It’s basically a perfect partnership for the North here,” said Bernier. “You have where the gas is being produced and extracted in the Peace Region with myself, and then Ellis on the coast where facilities can be built. My job now will be to challenge the provincial government and look at any regulations or policies they’re putting in place to make sure they’re actually going to work for the region.”Bernier will begin his stint as oil and gas critic in the Legislature when the House resumes the Spring Session in just over a week’s time.
ADP I Luxembourg Sells off 89000 Shares of Moroccos Mining Company
Rabat – ADP I Luxembourg has sold 89,000 shares of the Mining Company of Touissit (CMT) in the Casablanca stock exchange at a per unit price of MAD 1,350, according to an announcement by the Moroccan Capital Market Authority (AMMC) last Friday.“Following this transaction, ADP I Luxembourg owns 891 CMT shares, or 0.05 percent of the capital of the company,” the AMMC statement read. Prior to the transaction, the European firm owned 8.87 percent of the mining company.OSEAD Maroc Mining (39.36 percent) and the Caisse Interprofessionnelle Marocaine de Retraites (CIMR) (12 percent) still own a majority stake of CMT. ADP’s withdrawal caused CMT to lose 0.13 percent of its value on January 16th, after the January 4th announcement of the mass sale caused a 2.03 percent loss.In December, CMT announced 28 million euros worth of projects in the Meknes-Tafilalet region in the Middle Atlas mountains funded through a long-term loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).The funds are slated to be used for the construction of the Tighza mine for improvements in health, safety and environment management initiatives in order to increase the site’s overall productivity.“Despite the overall decline in commodity prices, CMT’s results are extremely encouraging as the 2015 turnover increased by 9.6% to MAD 444.5 million,” Jean-Francois Fourt, the firm’s chairman states on the official company website. “I want to reassure the shareholders: by continuing efforts to control costs while developing the mining infrastructures, the CMT has very beautiful days ahead.”
GOP officials rehash old fight against Volkswagen union vote
NASHVILLE — Top Tennessee Republicans are predicting economic harm if workers at Volkswagen’s car assembly plant in Chattanooga vote to unionize.With 1,700 workers scheduled to vote June 12-14, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Gov. Bill Lee are following their predecessors’ blueprint.In 2014, then-U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and then-Gov. Bill Haslam helped convince Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga to vote 712-626 against unionization with United Auto Workers.Lee argues it’s harder to recruit companies in a state with significant union activity.The union has questioned why Lee headlined a January announcement at the Spring Hill General Motors plant, which has 3,000 UAW-represented workers.A smaller group of Chattanooga workers voted for representation in 2015, but Volkswagen refused to negotiate.Other than that vote, UAW hasn’t fully organized a foreign-owned auto assembly plant in the traditionally anti-union South.Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press
Laos UN expert warns against marginalizing religious minorities
Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, wrapped up a week-long visit to Laos by calling on authorities in the South-East Asian country to sustain and foster respect for religious diversity.“The test of freedom of religion or belief lies with the level of tolerance extended to religious minorities,” she said in a statement issued in Vientiane, the capital.She voiced concern that religious minorities appear to have little or no access to higher education and other opportunities.A “glass ceiling in terms of their promotion in public service and their participation in decision making” exists, Ms. Jahangir added, warning that religious minorities must not be marginalized.The Special Rapporteur met with both Government officials and private citizens during her visit but she said some people told her they engaged in self-censorship and were hesitant about approaching authorities on religious matters.She stated that her office has received serious allegations in the past decade about the treatment of religious followers, including reports of official campaigns aimed at forcing Christians to renounce their faith and arrests made on the basis of religion.Lao authorities acknowledged to Ms. Jahangir that some incidents had occurred, but assured her that they would not be tolerated in the future and that fresh instructions have been passed down to lower-level officials.In her statement the Special Rapporteur welcomed Laos’ recent ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which bans religious discrimination and unreasonable restrictions on the movements of individuals, including in their exercise of religious freedom.Ms. Jahangir serves in an unpaid and independent capacity as a Special Rapporteur and reports to the UN Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva. 30 November 2009Religious minorities in Laos remain isolated with little access to higher education, few opportunities for job promotions in the public sector and effective exclusion from decision-making processes, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today.
Thaipongal will help coexistence says President
Thaipongal is a festive occasion that signifies the everlasting relationship between human beings and nature, states President Maithripala Sirisena in his Thaipongal Message to the Hindus of Sri Lanka.The President urged Hindus in Sri Lanka to let the love of humans towards each other pour out and illuminated lamps lighten up to dispel darkness and lead the way to genuine co-existence. “Since the time of human evolution to date, the agricultural farming community has been celebrating festive occasions such as this in spirit of unity, mutual respect and observing common social values. Celebration of such festivals related to nature made a tremendous contribution to make this world a better place to live in. Our responsibility in the present should be to carry forward the historical heritage that treats the nature sacredly and supports the social cohesion and co-existence as well as social progress,” the President said. He said Thaipongal is a festive occasion that signifies the everlasting relationship between human beings and nature. This festival is celebrated in grandiose manner because it signifies the people’s gratitude to the mother earth that nurture them and also it is an occasion to display devotion to the most powerful element in nature – The sun. He says the national identity and unblemished cultural heritage are very well reflected in festivals such as Thaipongal, adding that the greatness of the festival is that though this is celebrated for thousands of years it has not undergone any distortion or transformation and continues in its pristine form. (Colombo Gazette)
New laws on van hire may be needed to counter terror says
Ms Dick voiced her concerns over the easy availability of vans to be used as potential weapons two days after a hire van was ploughed into a group of men and women leaving the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, leaving one man dead and 11 other people injured. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has suggested that the hire of vans may have to be regulated to prevent them being used in a terrorist attack.Cressida Dick said new laws may be be required to control the ability of people to hire vans at short notice in order to weed out potential attackers, such as the man alleged to have mowed down Muslim worshipers in Finsbury Park and the London Bridge terror gang.She told the London Assembly on Wednesday that the police are currently reliant on information from van hire firms to monitor who is trying get hold of a vehicle for sinister purposes.Ms Dick said: “How can you, it’s very hard, but how can you deal with van hire? We’ve sent a message to the hire community, please be careful, think who it is, if there’s anything suspicious let us know.”She added, however, that more may need to be done to make the job of gathering intelligence on the hire of vehicle easier for the police.“Should that be regulated in any way? There’s a whole big review to be done. It might require some legislation. I don’t know. It might require some tweaking of legislation,” she told the assembly’s Police and Crime Committee. The Commissioner, who was only promoted to the top job in Scotland Yard just over two months ago, said the past few weeks have seen unprecedented pressure placed on her officers, with the Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park attacks following in quick succession – along with the attack on the Manchester Arena and last week’s Grenfell Tower fire which killed at least 79 people.She admitted a number of criminal investigations have had to be paused or put on the back burner in order to free resources to deal with the recent spate of critical situations.The Grenfell Tower disaster alone has seen 260 detectives seconded to the investigation into the cause and culpability for the blaze.Ms Dick said: “The Counter Terrorism network is currently stretched. They’ve had four major incidents to deal with and have disrupted five other plots. Those all take a great deal of backward-looking investigative resource and it takes potentially away from the proactive and forward-looking intelligence work.”She added: “We’ve supplemented the national Counter Terror network from some of our crime resources nationally and in London and we’re shifting resources and people across the Met.“This does have have an impact for example on investigations. We have had to pause some, we have had to slow down some and that’s just a necessity.” Darren Osborne, 47, was dragged from the vehicle by the crowd and is under arrest on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism, including murder and attempted murder.Mr Osborne, from Cardiff, is suspected of hiring the van from the Pontyclun Van Hire firm in south Wales before driving to north London.There have been calls for a time delay to be introduced before individuals can drive off with a hired van or lorry to allow for background checks to be carried out.A hire van was also used by the London Bridge attackers Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba when they mowed down pedestrians on the bridge before attacking people in cafes and bars around Borough Market, killing eight and injuring 48 others.The attacks were indicative of the trend towards low-level terror attacks requiring the use of everyday and commonly available materials, such as vehicles and household kitchen knives – making them harder for counter terrorism forces to detect and disrupt.Ms Dick emphasised the vital role of information from the public in the fight against terror and urged people to continue reporting anything which made them suspicious.She told the committee: “When you’re dealing with lone actors, to know when something has changed in their head – so that they are now prepared not just to express views you and I would say are vile, but actually to do something violent and murderous and they are happy to be killed – is very hard.” But despite the wave of major incidents the force remained “steely in its determination”, Ms Dick added. Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick attends a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque, close to the scene of the van attackCredit:ISABEL INFANTES/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
British engineer was so angry about Manchester terror attack he travelled to
Mrs Lyndon, a nurse, said she had been told he went into a house in Raqqa to check after an elderly man and his daughter had been concerned about booby trap bombs.She added that another volunteer told her “he and Ollie were going through the house, they kept saying to each other ‘Look out, look out’ and two minutes later there was an explosion, he shouted out ‘Oliver, Oliver’ but there was no sound”.Pathologist Brett Lockyer said Mr Hall died of multiple trauma injuries likely to have been caused by two bombs.Coroner David Horsley recorded a narrative verdict saying Mr Hall died “on active service with Kurdish forces. He gave his life to protect the safety of others”.He added: “He was someone who felt deeply about the world and its problems and resolved to do something about it himself to bring an end to terrorism and repression. He also should be an outstanding example of courage and self-sacrifice to whoever hears his storyCoroner David Horsley “He said ‘I love you Mum’ and I said ‘I love you’, and that was the last time I saw him,” she said.Describing him as having a strong personality, she said he was angered by terrorist attacks in the UK and Europe and his belief the Government was not taking action.She said: “I knew he was mad about them but we had no idea he felt so strongly.” Ollie’s mother Jane Lyndon said her son had not told her of his plans until he had arrived in the Middle East.She said that on the day he left, he gave her £20 to pay for a taxi to get home from work. A British engineer was so angry about the Manchester terror attack he travelled to Syria to fight Isil, and inquest has heard. Ollie Hall, 24, who was killed searching for booby trap bombs in Syria, was described as an “outstanding example of courage and self-sacrifice” by the coroner in Portsmouth. The telecoms engineer left for Iraq via Germany on August 18 last year and met up with the Kurdistan People’s Protection Units (YPG), attending its training academy in Rojava, northern Syria, for five weeks before working to clear mines and explosives in Raqqa, where he died on November 25.Friend Jonathon Duncan said Mr Hall had been planning to go to Syria for about six months and had given up smoking and drinking and got fit before leaving.He said recent terrorist attacks in the UK had inspired him to volunteer and added: “The one in Manchester was a bit too close to home. Europe is close but as soon as as the attacks came over here, if anyone isn’t going to do anything we have to do it ourselves.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “So deep was his commitment that he gave up the secure and comfortable life in his family home.”His actions have made him a hero in the Kurdish community. He also should be an outstanding example of courage and self-sacrifice to whoever hears his story.”
Drone specialists Kespry and DJI combine forces to improve stockpile monitoring
Kespry and DJI are pooling resources to offer the DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone as part of the Kespry stockpile measurement solution for mining and aggregates companies.“This solution delivers the unique Kespry autonomous flight and aerial intelligence experience for stockpile measurement using a DJI drone,” according to Kespry.“Adding this affordable, powerful and portable solution will enable large aggregates and mining companies to standardise and capture stockpile data across all their sites in the Kespry platform, while continuing to use the high-accuracy Kespry 2 drones to support mine and site planning operations.”Integration of data captured from a DJI drone is the next innovation in the development of the Kespry industrial sensor platform, according to the company.To date, Kespry has built a customer base of more than 200 mining and aggregates companies by providing drones for more accurate, easier to use, and safer ways to provide inventory management and mine planning data.“As these customers scale their use of drone data, they are looking to standardise on a single platform to organise and analyse that data across sites, geographies, and product divisions – even when those sites are highly distributed,” Kespry says.The addition of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro to the Kespry lineup is designed to enable even more site data to be centralised in the Kespry cloud.George Mathew, CEO and Chairman of Kespry, said: “Drone data is now the standard approach for measuring stockpiles at mine sites, however, millions of dollars are wasted through reconciling inconsistent data from different platforms and the time involved getting that data ready for analysis.”“Our goal with the addition of the Mavic 2 Pro to our solution is to respond to our customers wishing to use the Kespry aerial intelligence platform across all mine sites to standardise how stockpile data is generated – lowering their costs and helping drive the profitability of every site.”Jan Gasparic, Director of Strategic Partnerships at DJI, said: “Pairing the Mavic 2 Pro with Kespry’s industry-leading AI, ML, and analytics capabilities will be of enormous benefit to mining companies that are looking to take advantage of drone technology in a portable and powerful package.”The integration of DJI’s drone and sensors into the Kespry platform is the latest innovation in the delivery of an industrial sensor network, closely following Kespry’s recently-announced high-resolution thermal capabilities for industrial inspection.The Kespry platform is now capable of processing and analysing a wide range of sensor data, enabling the future creation of industry-specific applications, including those under current development with leaders in the energy sector.Kespry is offering the Mavic 2 Pro as part of its fully-managed, end-to-end annual subscription model. Kespry customers that choose the Mavic 2 Pro for stockpile measurement will benefit from the full Kespry experience, including its support, training, customer success team, and drone up-time guarantee.The Kespry stockpile measurement solution with DJI will be available in the first quarter of next year.
Google Pixel phone embraces the headphone jack
Google’s long-rumored Pixel phones have finally been announced alongside a raft of other products including the Google Home smart assistant and a 4K version of the Chromecast. When it announced the new Pixel and Pixel XL, Google alluded to something we all know deep down in our hearts — having a headphone jack is a good thing. So, Google took a subtle shot at Apple for removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. The Pixel phones are Google’s latest attempt at making in-house hardware. Whereas the Nexus phones it offered in previous years were explicitly created with OEM partners, the Pixels are being marketed as a fully Google-run operation. You can get all the gory details from our sister site, ExtremeTech. As it was running down all the new features of the Pixels, Google threw up a graphic that said, “3.5mm headphone jack satisfyingly not new.”Pointing out that your phone has a headphone jack hasn’t been necessary for the better part of a decade when the first few Android phones launched without a standard 3.5mm jack. They had adapters, which is exactly what the iPhone comes with. A lot of people are not pleased about the change. Talking about the headphone jack is Google’s way of burning Apple just a little. Of course, it’s not just Apple that Google is poking fun at. It’s also inadvertently burning Motorola, which it sold to Lenovo a few years back. Moto released its new flagships the Moto Z and Moto Z Force a few months ago, and they both lack headphone jacks. They come with a USB type-C to 3.5mm adapter instead. The day will come when it’s feasible to ditch the analog headphone jack, but Google doesn’t think it’s today.
Slackliners Compete in HighAltitude Contest Dressed as Avatar Characters
China’s First Cloned Kitten Created By Beijing-Based CompanyWatch: Monkey Uses Rock to Shatter Glass Enclosure at China Zoo Stay on target Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the Hunan province of China is home to towering cliffs and mountain formations, famous for being the inspiration for the fictional world ‘Pandora’ in the James Cameron film Avatar. And now slackliners are paying homage to the film by competing in a terrifying, high-altitude competition dressed as Na’vi, the people that inhabit Pandora.Photo Credit: Xiang Tao/VCG via Getty ImagesThe daredevils walked on a slackline an inch wide and 459 feet long, suspended 3,500 feet high above Zhangjiajie’s jagged cliffs on Sunday, December 23 — all in blue face and body makeup and elaborate costumes.A UNESCO-protected park, Zhangjiajie’s quartz and sandstone formations are found nowhere else in the world. Some 243 peaks and more than 3000 karst pinnacles and spires dominate the landscape at this stunning site, making it a surreal, almost alien-like backdrop for this contest.Photo Credit: Xiang Tao/VCG via Getty ImagesThis was not the only time slackliners performed jaw-dropping stunts at Zhangjiajie.In May, three female slackliners competed in a contest also held at the national forest, walking a 230-feet long slackline while wearing stiletto heels. French slackline Mimi Guedson took home the top prize at that contest.Photo Credit: Xiang Tao/VCG via Getty ImagesMore on Geek.com:China Launches Lunar Probe to the Far Side of the MoonWorld’s First Underground Luxury Hotel Opens in China‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Gets Another Live-Action Remake on Netflix
OFFICIAL Islam Slimani joins Fenerbahce on loan
Leicester City striker Islam Slimani has finalised his move to Fenerbahce on a season-long loan deal.Islam Slimani joined Leicester City in 2016 for a fee of £30m. He has struggled for a regular starting spot at Leicester.Last season, he was at Newcastle United on loan where he spent the second half of the season.Leicester are understood to be willing to sell Islam Slimani this summer but wanted a bid of around £18m.The Algeria international has today secured a loan deal to spend the rest of the season at Fenerbahce. Sports Mole reports.Turkish club has via Twitter confirmed that he will be spending ‘at least a year’ with them.?Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.?? https://t.co/PBoXos7BKE pic.twitter.com/ekYSqrz3NI— Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) August 11, 2018Islam Slimani arrived in Istanbul, Turkey last night to complete the loan deal.The Algerian international scored eight goals in 35 matches in all competitions for Leicester City. He made four appearances for Newcastle last season on loan but failed to score a goal.
Get ready for another jolt of rain maybe thunder and hail
A storm system moving through the area today is expected to bring with it thunderstorms and hail. So much for the sun, huh?The National Weather Service predicts a high near 52 degrees and says thunderstorms that may produce small hail are possible after 11 a.m. Blustery winds between 10 and 14 miles per hour are likely, with gusts of up to 22 mph. The chance of rain is 90 percent.Thunderstorms could continue into this evening. The low tonight is 39 degrees.
Luxury yacht destroyed in fire at Fort Lauderdale marina
Officials said one of the injured firefighters will likely be kept at the hospital overnight for observation.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Cellphone video recorded by the witness captured a closer look at the inferno.“Crazy. I don’t even know how they’ll put that out with the fire hose,” said the witness. “The flames are so — I’ve never seen such a massive fire in my entire life. The flames are exploding.”It took firefighters about a half hour to put out the flames. Two of them were sent to the hospital with heat-related injuries.Because the yacht was dry docked, officials said, crews had to cut into the vessel to make sure the water would drain out in order to keep it from losing stability, as well as keep the flames from spreading to other boats.Vessels adjacent to the yacht suffered minor damage.“Everybody thinks it’s luxurious, it’s glamorous, but things can happen in a heartbeat,” said Govan. “Thank God nobody got hurt.”As for the yacht’s owner, it remains unknown whether or not they are aware of the fire and are likely out of the country. “Well, I saw it when I was staying in Fort Lauderdale. I saw the smoke,” said Don Govan with Govan Marine Company.“You could see flames shooting over the interstate, so I guess that’s about 100 feet or so,” said another witness.“The flames are whisking up next to it, so it was impressive, if nothing else,” said Mike Firebaugh.Rescue officials were able to capture a video of the Sunseeker completely engulfed in fire.Firebaugh, a diver working on a nearby seawall at the time of the blaze, said he surfaced to see the yacht consumed by flames.“It was a massive pillar of smoke. I mean, this thing was going well up over the interstate. All the cars were stopping on the interstate,” he said.Florida Highway Patrol troopers had to be called to keep traffic moving along I-95. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews were able to quickly put out a massive fire that destroyed a luxury yacht docked at a Fort Lauderdale marina.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to the Marina Mile Yachting Center, located at 2200 Marina Bay Drive, off State Road 84, at around 11 a.m., Friday.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene where several firefighters could be seen working to put out the flames.Officials said someone at the marina alerted workers aboard the 70-foot Sunseeker Manhattan that caught fire.“They were evacuated by a neighboring boat, a neighboring operator,” said FLFR Battalion Chief Garrett Pingol.The workers were all able to escape without injuries.Witnesses said heavy gray smoke could be seen as far away as Interstate 95.