World Cup ‘They have the quality’ – Deschamps backing France’s rising stars to shine at World Cup Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 23:23 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup France Kylian Mbappé Ousmane Dembélé France v Australia Australia Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe may have no tournament experience, but Deschamps has faith in his France youngsters. Didier Deschamps is happy to throw France’s rising stars in at the deep end as they prepare to begin their World Cup campaign on Saturday.Having fallen at the final hurdle at Euro 2016 on home soil, losing to a late extra-time goal from Portugal, Les Bleus will hope to go one better in Russia with a squad that includes a number of fresh faces.Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe did not feature two years ago, though the attacking duo’s lack of tournament experience did not stop them from being included in the 23-man party. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Both could feature in the Group C opener against Australia – and Deschamps has no concerns about his younger players coping under pressure.”It’s not a risk because those young players are there in the 23, you know that,” he told the media. “Many haven’t played in a World Cup or European Championships, but if I’ve selected them then I think they’re good for the team.”It’s not taking risks – they are here because they have the quality to be here.”Final tune-ups are underway in Kazan! #FiersdetreBleus #FRAAUS pic.twitter.com/K1kFawqARi — French Team (@FrenchTeam) June 15, 2018 Deschamps was a World Cup winner as a player, lifting the trophy as captain in Paris after a crushing 3-0 final win over Brazil in 1998.France are seen as leading contenders again this year, though their manager has downplayed expectations and is only focused on getting out of a group that also includes Denmark and Peru.”First, we have to win the first group game. We know in recent history we only went twice in to the last 16,” Deschamps said.”We know the difficulty despite what some say. We start with a lot of determination, a lot of enthusiasm, but also the necessary humility.”
JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: A general view of georgia footballs taken before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on October 28, 2006 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)Georgia freshman quarterback D’Wan Mathis got quite a scare earlier this year when he found out he needed to go under the knife to have a brain cyst removed. That surgery certainly appears to have put his football career on hold, which is totally understandable.Speaking to the media during SEC Media Days, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart revealed that the team isn’t ready to put a date on Mathis’ potential return. Smart said that he can’t speculate on when Mathis will be 100-percent but plans to be “very cautious.”Via DawgNation:“As far as putting a date on his exact return where he’s 100 percent,” Smart said. “I don’t know what that’s going to be. I can’t even speculate right now with the surgery he had. We’re certainly going to be very cautious.”Overall though, the outlook for Mathis is very good. He noted that the freshman quarterback is already back in classes and working out. “D’Wan is doing very well. Ron (Courson) and his staff, I think it’s very well-documented how well Ron and his staff managed D’Wan and the things that they’ve done,” Smart said.“D’Wan is back in classes, he’s back in workouts, he’s doing a really good job for us.”Mathis may not be football ready, but he certainly looks to be in solid athletic condition. The Georgia Football Twitter account recently released footage of Mathis practicing his dunking skills.💥💥💥😱 pic.twitter.com/et6vNS9iw3— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) July 25, 2019DawgNation reported from an interview with D’Wan Mathis’ father that he is able to run and lift with the team. But he has not been cleared for full contact.Coming out of high school, Mathis was rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports. He was the No. 311 overall prospect in the nation, the No. 11 quarterback, and the No. 9 prospect from Michigan.
First drive review: Audi e-TronWe head out to Abu Dhabi to experience the all-new Audi e-Tron which promises to be a revolution. But is it as good as a normal Audi SUV? Time to find out.advertisement Rahul Ghosh New DelhiJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 16:51 IST The e-Tron looks much like any other SUV offered by Audi.HIGHLIGHTSUp front, the LED headlamps and the grille keep to the sporty Audi design philosophy.Two electric motors drive the electric SUV with a system output of up to 300kW and 664Nm.From the driver’s perch, the e-Tron once again feels normal.If you look at all the options available involving future mobility in the market, one thing comes up as a glaring reality; they are all very futuristic. This very fact then spooks out people at present as they think that they are way too techie and futuristic. On the other hand, there are options which are super cool but not very practical. This is the very issue underlying the progress and sale of electric vehicles around the world. Audi then has decided to take on the challenge and make things simple and very everyday. Enter the e-Tron. Audi has decided to jump onto the EV bandwagon by offering e-Tron.Audi then has decided to jump onto the EV bandwagon by offering an SUV. The SUV as we all are aware is the most sought after segment worldwide. Hence it is a brilliant decision. Next up things are kept very simple. The e-Tron looks much like any other SUV offered by Audi. Up front, the LED headlamps and the grille keep to the sporty Audi design philosophy. The front bumper also houses a few recesses which help channel air thus aiding aerodynamics. The front grille is not just a design element but sports louvers which open to channel air into the bonnet which helps cool down the electrical gubbins. Adding to the aerodynamics is the flat underbelly of the e-Tron. Even the wheels which are shod on meaty high profile tyres come with aerodynamic benefits. In profile one can see the high ground clearance in the offing in Audi e-Tron.In profile one can see the high ground clearance in the offing and also two pods jutting out where the ORVMs should be. This then is the party piece of the e-Tron which comes in the form of virtual mirrors. The pods house cameras which project a feed into a screen placed on the doors. This screen also comes with warning functions for lane departure and indication. The screen is also very clear to the eye even in harsh sunlight. Quite a radical thing this! The rear section of the e-Tron is rather normal. The tailgate is electrically operable and that comes rather handy.advertisement The layout in e-Tron will be familiar to all those who have been in an Audi before.Step inside and the e-Tron feels er normal! The layout will be familiar to all those who have been in an Audi before. So there is a large steering wheel complete with controls, the instrument panel is an all-digital affair and is from Audi’s Virtual Cockpit lineup. Then on the dash, there is the goodness of two touch screen screens. The top 8.6in unit works as the infotainment system while the 10.1in unit below operates as the climate control system. The screens also feature haptic feedback which helps while driving. Apart from that, there is a flat floor and this also means ample room within the cabin. The boot too is large and can take in 600 litres of cargo which is further expandable. Two electric motors drive the electric SUV with a system output of up to 300kW and 664Nm.While what you can see is simply normal, things which you cannot are rather complex. Two electric motors drive the electric SUV with a system output of up to 300kW and 664Nm. The electric all-wheel drive system also powers all wheels effectively making the e-Tron a Quattro. However, there are no badges on the e-Tron. The e-Tron can store up to 95kWh battery pack is also nothing short of being state of the art. Customers can use fast-charging stations to charge with direct current (DC) at up to 150kW. The electric SUV can also be recharged with alternating current (AC) at up to 11kW; recharging with 22kW is available as an option. The electric SUV can recover energy in two ways: by means of coasting recuperation when the driver releases the accelerator, or by means of braking recuperation when the brake-pedal is depressed. In both cases, the electric motors function as a generator and convert the kinetic energy of the Audi e-Tron into electric energy. From the driver’s perch, the e-Tron once again feels normal.From the driver’s perch, the e-Tron once again feels normal. There’s a gear lever and paddle shifters and even a start-stop button. Start it up and there is literally no noise to associate the fact that the SUV is ready to go. Put the gear lever into drive and step on the accelerator and it starts pulling off. On the move, there is ample power to play around with and in sport, the acceleration is literally blistering thanks to the fact that this Audi is powered by electric motors which deliver power right from the word go. It actually pushes you back into the seat and thus gives the true feel of power.advertisement Even at speeds of 140kmph, the e-Tron feels planted.Even at speeds of 140kmph, the e-Tron feels planted and there is more power left to accelerate even further. The other good thing is that Audi has done a brilliant job in introducing clever regeneration technologies. Pull the paddle shifters and one gets the feeling of engine braking. This happens to also recharge the batteries on the go. Such is the system that at one point of time we reached our destination with a range more than what we started with all thanks to the clever technology. The e-Tron rides very well. We got the SUV onto a rather rough desert trail and all we could feel was a bit of noise. Inside the cabin, it was all too comfortable. This is also partly because the e-Tron features air suspension which modulates according to the drive modes. One can also raise the e-Tron up in case needed. The electric all-wheel drive system also works flawlessly and we are happy to report that the e-Tron is quite capable going off the beaten track. The steering too felt responsive and overall the SUV feels rather complete. The electric all-wheel drive system works flawlessly in Audi e-Tron.VerdictThe speciality of the e-Tron is that it is nothing special. It looks normal, feels normal to drive and yet packs in a plethora of technology. There is little doubt that this new SUV could spark a revolution where people start accepting electric mobility and throw something called range anxiety out of the window. The only drawback then is the fact that in India it will be positioned as the flagship Audi SUV and this means it will be rather expensive. Apart from that, we hear that the incredible virtual mirrors would be left out. Quite a bummer this we would say.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki India sales fall for fifth consecutive month, company registers 14 per cent drop in June 2019ALSO READ | Bajaj Auto reports 4 per cent rise in motorcycle sales in June 2019ALSO READ | Tata Harrier expected to get dual tone colour options soonGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Audi e-Tron featuresFollow Audi e-Tron reviewFollow Audi e-Tron first drive Next
Back in 2015, Boulder Denim was one of the first clothing brands to hit the market with active stretch denim. The original Boulder Denim had a lot of great features, like extreme stretch and water resiliency, but there is always room for improvement when it comes to a product as ubiquitous as the blue jean. Now, Boulder Denim has released their Denim 2.0 in both active and slim fit styles.This second iteration of this denim sports a few additional features that truly make these jeans the stretchiest and most comfortable you can buy this season. Using a 10.5-ounce, four-season denim with 360-degree extreme diagonal stretch (EDS), the denim hugs your bodies contours, leaving no gaps at the waistband and no chafing or rubbing in the legs. The jeans also have what’s called “shape memory,” meaning the jeans hold their shape no matter the activity you do in them. According to the brand, “What started as a stylish climbing pant has quickly evolved into a pant that is perfect for virtually any activity.”From literal bouldering to hiking to commuting around town, Boulder Denim 2.0 provides ease of movement and breathability without running the risk of blowing out a knee or the butt.A few other great features are super deep pockets so nothing falls out during movement, a hidden zipper pocket to store a passport (since these are great travel pants due to the stretch an comfort), reinforced stitching to make them stronger than ever, and weather-proofing. Treated with nanoshere, a proprietary formula often used to waterproof raincoats, the denim is not only water- and stain-resistant, but also resistant to smells since sweat and anything else coming out of your skin won’t ever seep into the fabric, meaning you don’t have to wash them as often — and that’s good not only for the busy man, but also the environment.Boulder Denim 2.0 comes in two styles for men:Athletic Fit: For guys with bigger, muscular legs, that don’t want their pants to be skin tight, but also not so loose they look like their strolling around in JNCOs. Another often unthought advantage of an athletic cut is simply that more muscular men are going to fit into their jeans better. Many men with big legs and butt often have to go up at least one (perhaps more) size in their waist before they find a pair of jeans that actually fit their legs. With the athletic fit denim from Boulder, big-legged men everywhere can finally wear the waist size they were meant, meaning no more tightening belts or falling pants.Slim Fit: Designed for skinnier, less bulky guys, who want to look like their wearing a pair of custom-fitted pants. The slim fit is also a medium, low-rise, offering up a relaxed feel as opposed to the painted-on feeling many skinny- and slim-cut jeans offer.And for those who care, the jeans are also vegan, meaning there are no leather patches attached to the jeans whatsoever. So your crunchy granola, vegan-announcing friend can also wear these without feeling bad about a few dead cows. Their environmental-friendliness doesn’t end there though because these jeans are made in Canada, which has extremely strict environmental and labor laws, resulting in a product that is ethically sourced, built, and sold.If Boulder isn’t doing it for you in the jean department, but you’re still on the lookout for some with stretch and freedom of movement, check out Duer’s latest. Editors’ Recommendations What Is the Best Jean Style for You? How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More
Paris: The stricken seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has undergone cell therapy surgery in Paris’ Georges-Pompidou hospital and is now “conscious”, according to French daily Le Parisien. According to the daily, Schumacher was in the cardiovascular department overseen by surgeon Philippe Menasche, described as a ‘pioneer in cell surgery against heart failure’. The German received stem cells to obtain an anti-inflammatory effect throughout his system, Le Parisien suggested. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWhile there has been no official statement from Schumacher’s entourage, Le Parisien quoted an unnamed nurse at the hospital regarding the Formule One legend’s situation. “Yes he is in my service,” the nurse was quoted as saying. “And I can assure you that he is conscious.” The athlete was struck down by a skiing accident that snapped his helmet in December 2013 and little information on his condition has been made public since then. He was placed in a medically-induced coma for six months after the fall and was moved from Grenoble hospital to Lausanne before being returned home in September 2014 where he receives private treatment. It has been suggested by old friends he is unable to walk or properly communicate. Schumacher won his first world title 25 years ago and had won his first Grand Prix back in 1992. His glory years were spent at Benetton and Ferrari, for whom he won the last of his 91 Grand Prix victories in China in 2006.
A 38-year-old Cirque du Soleil performer died after falling during a Saturday evening performance in Tampa, Fla., the Canadian entertainment company announced Sunday.The Montreal-based entertainment group said that French aerialist Yann Arnaud fell to the stage while performing an aerial straps number during a performance of the company’s VOLTA show.He was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries.The company’s president described Arnaud as an experienced aerialist who was well-loved by his peers.“The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy,” Daniel Lamarre said in a statement.“Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him.”Cirque du Soleil cancelled its two Sunday performances and has said it is working with investigators.Reached by phone, Lamarre said the group was offering support to its employees, many of whom are devastated by Arnaud’s death.“I explained to them that the show wouldn’t restart until the whole team feels able to start back,” he said, adding that psychologists had been sent to the site.“In a case like this, the human element trumps the financial aspect. We have to give priority to employees.”While accidents are rare, it’s not the first time that a Cirque du Soleil artist has died during a show.In 2013, acrobat Sarah Guillot-Guyard died after falling more than 30 metres during a show in Las Vegas.
On Thursday, June 9, 2016, amfAR will hold its seventh annual Inspiration Gala New York at Skylight at Moynihan Station, honoring Naomi Campbell and Louis Vuitton Men’s Artistic Director, Kim Jones, with the Award of Inspiration for their longtime support of the fight against AIDS.Emceed by Whoopi Goldberg, the black-tie gala will also feature an auction of one-of-a-kind luxury items, a menswear runway show, and a performance by Jason Derulo.Actress and iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell has been a devoted amfAR supporter for more than two decades. She has lent her celebrity to amfAR’s galas across the globe, helping to raise much-needed funds for AIDS research. Similarly, Kim Jones is adding to the legacy of support from Louis Vuitton, which has contributed generously to amfAR events for many years, most notably by creating unique pieces and experiences for auction at the galas.amfAR Trustee R. Martin Chavez and Adam Norbury will serve as Event Hosts. Marc Jacobs, Quincy Jones, Michael Kors, Kate Moss, Zac Posen, Rihanna, Mario Testino, Riccardo Tisci, and Dwyane Wade will serve as Honorary Chairs. Event Chairs include Mert Alas, Jim Clerkin, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Fran Cutler, Alan Cumming, John Demsey, Paolo Diacci, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Bethann Hardison, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Nayla Hayek, Cheyenne Jackson, Brian C. Kelly, Shayne Oliver, Marcus Piggott, and Vincent Roberti.Harry Winston, M·A·C Viva Glam, and The Points Guy are the Presenting Sponsors. Microsoft and Moët Hennessy are the event’s Signature Sponsors.Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline Partner. Moët Hennessy is the Official Wine and Spirits Partner.The amfAR Inspiration series, produced by Josh Wood Productions, celebrates all aspects of men’s style and revolves around a new design theme each year. This year, the world’s top menswear designers will offer looks for the travel-inspired runway show.Participating designers in the “Jet Set”-themed fashion show include Acne Studios, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein Collection, Diesel Black Gold, DSQUARED2, Givenchy, Helmut Lang, Kenneth Cole, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo, Thom Browne, Todd Snyder, Valentino, and Versace, among others.The runway looks will be styled by Benjamin Sturgill. Makeup will be provided by M·A·C Cosmetics, and hair styling will be provided by Rodney Cutler for Hairdressers Against AIDS. Runway Production and Casting will be provided by Trew Productions.The Inspiration series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate men’s style and fashion while raising funds for the Foundation’s lifesaving AIDS research programs. Inspiration galas have taken place in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, raising more than $26 million to date for amfAR’s programs.Last year’s event honoring Miley Cyrus and Andy Cohen raised $1.5 million, and previous Inspiration New York honorees and participants include Matt Bomer, Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Heidi Klum, Kenneth Cole, James Franco, Uma Thurman, Alan Cumming, Michael Kors, Ricky Martin, Valentino, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Inspiration New York galas have also featured stunning performances by renowned artists such as New Order, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Liza Minnelli, Courtney Love, Scissor Sisters, and Cyndi Lauper.
APTN National NewsSome families of missing and murdered Indigenous women are making their way to Ottawa this week.They’ll be participating in a one-day family gathering to discuss solutions and supports needed to end violence.The gathering is happening a day before a national roundtable.APTN’s Annette Francis spoke to one mother about her thoughts and hopes for the events.
With almost 100,000 people in impoverished Nepal living with the HIV virus that causes AIDS, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched an awareness and prevention kit aimed at halting the spread of the disease, particularly among the under 40 age group, which are the most at risk.“Prevention is the only way to limit the spread of HIV and education is the foundation for developing the behaviours that can reduce risk and vulnerability: it can promote awareness; empower individuals to make free and informed decisions; and develop attitudes and competencies that reduce risky behaviour,” UNESCO said.The HIV and AIDS situation in Nepal has been categorized as a “concentrated epidemic,” which is spreading rapidly amongst its most-at-risk groups, the agency added. More than 70,250 people in the adult population (15-49 years) are estimated to be living with the HIV virus, while the largest number of HIV positive cases in the last 18 months was reported among 15-24 and 30-39 year olds.To build upon its other efforts towards HIV prevention, the UNESCO office in Kathmandu has adapted an advocacy toolkit that was first developed in 2002 in Thailand, to the Nepali context. The toolkits, which will be supplied to the Ministry of Education, was pre-tested in a two day workshop in November 2006 followed by further training last December.The kit includes comprehensive information on the nature and transmission of HIV and AIDS, HIV prevalence in the world and Asia, the impact of the pandemic on educational systems, the need for preventive and life skills education and ways to facilitate the latter, and information on international treaties and commitments relating to HIV, AIDS and education. Fourteen countries in the Asia-Pacific region have so far adapted and launched the 2002 advocacy toolkit. 5 March 2007With almost 100,000 people in impoverished Nepal living with the HIV virus that causes AIDS, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched an awareness and prevention kit aimed at halting the spread of the disease, particularly among the under 40 age group, which are the most at risk.
Registrations will continue in the southern provinces of Helmand, Kandahar, Nimroz, Uruzgan and Zabul and the southeastern provinces of Ghazni and Paktika, where enrolments opened only recently and have been comparatively low. Registration ended in all other provinces yesterday.UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters on Sunday that more than 9.9 million have received voter cards since registrations began in December last year. Almost 42 per cent of these voters are women – a remarkable figure given the harsh restrictions they suffered under the Taliban.The Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB), which brings together the Afghan authorities and the UN, had estimated there are about 9.8 million eligible voters. The figures are inexact as there has not been an accurate census since the 1970s because of decades of war and Taliban misrule.Mr. de Almeida e Silva said the estimate was also made before the recent large-scale return of refugees to Afghanistan.Asked about the potential for multiple registrations in those enrolled so far, he said JEMB staff have conducted checks to identify the extent of the problem. He added that all voters will have their fingers marked with indelible ink on the day they vote to prevent them voting twice.Presidential elections are scheduled for 9 October, while national and local parliamentary polls have been slated for April next year.Mr. de Almeida e Silva also said it would be difficult to determine whether any of the registered voters are under-age because almost no Afghans have identity cards or birth certificates.In addition to the registered voters inside Afghanistan, refugees still living in neighbouring Iran and Pakistan will be eligible to vote. JEMB estimates about 800,000 people in Iran and between 1.5 million and 2 million people in Pakistan could vote.Mr. de Almeida e Silva said the International Organization of Migration (IOM) will conduct enrolments in Iran and Pakistan on behalf of JEMB.Meanwhile, there have been demonstrations by university students and women in the western city of Herat against the fighting around an airbase in the nearby town of Shindand since Friday night. Mr. de Almeida e Silva said the demonstrators delivered a letter to UNAMA officials in Herat calling for peace.
by Posted Aug 2, 2016 12:23 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email For the 20th consecutive month, home sales in Calgary were down.Chief Economist at the Calgary Real Estate Board, Ann Marie Lurie, says there are a couple of big things impacting house sales in the city.“We’ve had out migration, we’ve had employment losses — just not an environment that has encouraged a lot of demand growth. So, it’s a weaker demand environment right now. Not to say that there isn’t transactions happening, they always do occur, it’s just at a slower pace than we have seen,” said Lurie.Last month the keys to 1,741 homes changed hands, which is a drop of almost 13 per cent from the same period a year ago.Prices for apartments and condos are down just over six per cent year over year, while house prices were off about 3.5 per cent. (Stock photo: Pexels.com) Calgary housing sales continue to slump in July
Review: The iPhone 7 is just fine, even if it doesn’t wow This Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, photo combo shows selfies taken with Apple’s iPhone 6s, top, and iPhone 7, bottom, in New York’s Central Park. The selfie camera got better in the iPhone 7, with resolution increasing to 7 megapixels, from 5 megapixels. (AP Photo/Anick Jesdanun) by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Sep 13, 2016 2:39 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 3:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TIBURON, Calif. – Apple’s new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are clearly improvements on their predecessors — even if the biggest change is actually an omission (of the traditional headphone jack). But are they improved enough to justify an upgrade?If you’re an iPhone user, it may depend on how long you’ve held onto your current iPhone. If you’re a proud owner of the iPhone 6S or its plus-sized cousin, you probably don’t need to rush out for the 7. But the 7 includes enough cumulative iPhone improvements from the past two years to tempt anyone still clinging to an older model.For instance, the iPhone 7 is seriously water resistant; putting it under a faucet for a few minutes merely muffled the speakers and made the touch screen stop working until I dried it off. It’s got louder speakers, a brighter screen and, in the larger 7 Plus, a second camera lens — a low-powered but useful zoom. Add to that a sharper 12 megapixel camera introduced with the 6S.All iPhone 7 models come with twice the storage as the comparable 6S, at mostly the same price. That’s “mostly” because the $769 starting price for the larger iPhone 7 Plus is $20 more than comparable past models. The regular iPhone 7 stays at $649. Both entry-level phones now have 32 gigabytes rather than 16.___LISTENING WIRED …Without the traditional headphone jack, wired headphones plug into the Lightning port normally used for charging. But the jack’s disappearance doesn’t present the problem you might expect, given that iPhone 7 comes with a 3-inch-long adapter for your old headphones. A replacement costs $9 if you lose it (I’ve misplaced one already in less than a week).To charge your phone while listening, you need a $99 battery case or a third-party adapter. Neither is included. Also, your iPhone 7 headphones won’t work with any other device that uses the old-fashioned jack.___… AND UNWIREDOf course, you can just go wireless, as Apple would love you to do. Its upcoming $159 AirPods are two tiny inch-and-a-half Bluetooth earpieces designed to integrate with Apple’s software. Setting them up involves little more than opening the case near your phone and tapping “Connect.”Audio plays automatically when you’re wearing them, and pauses when you pop one out to talk to someone. Double tapping on an earpiece let me ask the Siri voice assistant to change the volume, rewind or check the weather. (They do look a little like dangling earrings when you have them in.)The AirPods picked up my voice pretty well, even when I spoke softly, and calls sounded fine in controlled environments. Siri had some trouble when Shakira blared in the background, but that’s no different from using the phone in a loud bar. And next to a busy highway in New York, the call sounded fine to me, but the person I was speaking with thought it sounded like a speaker phone.The AirPods did stay in my ears through one bike ride, eight runs and some jumps, though one dropped out as I changed my shirt.Apple promises five hours of continuous use; I got well over that, although voice calls will eat up their tiny batteries much faster. You can also double your listening by using one AirPod at a time. The AirPods come in a case that resembles a pack of dental floss; it also recharges the earpieces, extending usage to 24 hours. The Lightning charging cord for your phone can recharge the case, too.But the AirPods still seem remarkably easy to lose. The case helps, but I also lose dental floss regularly (don’t tell my dentist). I also get careless with wired headphones; I’ve even run a pair through the wash, which was no big deal since they cost just $29. Of course, you might be more careful with $160 accessories. Apple does plan to sell single earpieces and the case separately, but hasn’t announced prices.The wired headphones that come with the 7 work just fine — and will still cost $29 to replace. Apple isn’t promising better sound — at least for now — despite the Lightning port’s ability to deliver audio digitally. But third-party headsets might be able to offer advanced features such as noise cancellation without needing a separate battery.AirPods will work with older iPhones once they get the a href=’https://apnews.com/211b2659758546bd90efd689408d63c7/6-key-things-to-know-about-Apple’s-new-iOS-10-software’free iOS 10 software upgrade/a. Connect them once, and they’ll work on iPads and Macs on the same iCloud account, too. Though the iPhone 7 is available this Friday, AirPods won’t come out until late October.___BETTER IMAGESWhile smartphone cameras have long offered zooming, these are typically done with software tricks that degrade image quality. The iPhone 7 Plus has a second lens that offers 2X optical zoom without any image degradation. (Technically, it’s not a true zoom lens, but it uses a separate camera system to achieve a similar effect.)Twice the magnification might not sound like much, but it makes a big difference when you’re zeroing in on one aspect of a scene. If you then need “digital zoom” — as those software tricks are known — you’re at least starting out with a sharper image. For close-ups, the zoom lens lets you step back to keep your shadow out of the shot.It’s a shame the iPhone 7 doesn’t have the second lens as well, but it might take a few years for that to happen. Something similar occurred with anti-shake technology, which took two years to move from the Plus to the regular size starting with the iPhone 7.The selfie camera also got better in the iPhone 7. Resolution increases to 7 megapixels, from 5 megapixels, so the selfie camera no longer feels inferior.___OTHER IMPROVEMENTSThe new iPhones now have stereo speakers and play audio twice as loud as before. I could do the dishes with the faucet running and still hear my music without putting on headphones. The screens are also brighter, which could help in direct sunlight.Apple says battery life improves by an hour or two, thanks to higher capacity and efficiencies. No battery is ever going to be enough, but Apple promises 12 to 15 hours of internet use.If you do upgrade, consider the new jet black model. The back is polished so finely that it looks like glass, yet has the strength of aluminum. It smudges easily — but of course you ought to have a case anyway.___Online:Things to know on iOS 10: http://apne.ws/2c8RWfv
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — This season’s first AFC South rematch looks like a mismatch.The surging Indianapolis Colts have averaged a little more than 33 points over their last eight games while the reeling Jacksonville Jaguars have topped 21 points once in the last two months. The Colts (6-5) have won five straight since a less-than-ideal start. The Jaguars (3-8) have dropped seven in a row since thumping the New York Jets to end the season’s opening quarter.“Definitely dumbfounded,” Jacksonville defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. “If you would have told me in April we’d be 3-8, I’d say you’re lying. I don’t know what’s going on. … I don’t know what to say, what to change. We work hard. Guys have bought into the scheme. The locker room is still together.“Nobody’s waving (goodbye), nobody’s searching for flights to get out of here at the end of the season. Guys are locked in. To go out there and keep losing, it’s unexplainable. I don’t even know what to say to you.”The teams played three weeks ago, with the Colts winning 29-26 thanks partly to Jacksonville receiver Rashad Greene’s fumble in field-goal range with 1:30 remaining.Jacksonville won’t look the same in the second meeting.Coach Doug Marrone fired offensive co-ordinator Nathaniel Hackett and benched quarterback Blake Bortles this week, making two major changes in hopes of jumpstarting one of the league’s worst passing attacks. He promoted quarterbacks coach and former CFL head coach Scott Milanovich to play-caller along with backup quarterback Cody Kessler. Kessler, who went 0-8 with Cleveland in 2016, will make his first start in two years.Those tweaks could provide a spark for Jacksonville and might be a challenge for the Colts.“I have been in the situation before on the other side where we have had a quarterback change, whether it be by injury or you are just changing,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “In my experiences, it’s not quite as big of a deal as everybody thinks.“It’s usually not as big a systematic change as people might think. You nuance a couple things, you shift a couple things, but mostly you are running your system. So he will be ready. He’s been running their system, right? He’s been running their system, been in it, so we will just prepare against what we have been seeing on tape.”Indy won’t have to prepare for Jacksonville’s best offensive player. Running back Leonard Fournette was suspended one game without pay for leaving the sideline, running across the field and instigating a fight at Buffalo last week. The penalty will cost Fournette about $100,000.Former Browns running back Carlos Hyde is expected to start in place of Fournette.Jacksonville also will be without left guard Andrew Norwell (ankle), who became the third O-line starter and fifth lineman to land on injured reserve.“We’ve had some injuries,” centre Tyler Shatley said. “You hate to see that.”The Colts know the feeling, having played all of last season without quarterback Andrew Luck and losing by a combined score of 57-10 in two games against Jacksonville in 2017.Now, Indy is going for its first six-game winning streak since 2009, and Luck has three or more touchdown passes in eight consecutive games.“You work together and you should be getting a little better every day,” Luck said. “It’s great to see it show up on the field, but we know as the season goes on, the challenge gets a little bigger and the climb gets a little tougher.”Here are some other things to know about the Colts and Jaguars:TIGHT SPOTNo team has been more proficient finding tight ends this season than the Colts.Eric Ebron already has 11 touchdown catches, matching his total from the previous four seasons, and he’s tied for the league lead with Antonio Brown and Tyreek Hill. In fact, Andrew Luck has thrown 18 of his 32 TD passes to tight ends — more than twice as many as any other team.PENALTY PROBLEMSThe Jaguars are hoping to play a little cleaner. They lead the NFL with 22 personal fouls, and Marrone has grown tired of all the flags for undisciplined behaviour .“The way the team plays is a reflection on me,” Marrone said. “I understand that. I’ve always taken a lot of pride in having a well-disciplined, smart football team and obviously I’m not getting that done.”HOLDING THE LINEThe biggest turnaround for Indy has come on the offensive line. The Colts have given up just 11 sacks all season, matching New Orleans for the league low and have allowed just one over the last six weeks.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLMark Long, The Associated Press
Vale has obtained the operating license for the S11D mine and plant, which it describes as “the largest iron ore project in the company’s history and the mining industry.” The license, valid for 10 years, was issued by Ibama environmental agency after it verified the compliance of the actions and environmental control measures executed by Vale during the installation license.The S11D mine and plant are located in Canaã dos Carajás, in the southeast state of Pará. The project will start commercial operations in January 2017. Total investments are estimated at $14.3 billion, of which $ 6.4 billion is in the mine and plant and $7.9 billion in building a 101-km railway branch line, double-tracking the Carajás Railway and expanding Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal in São Luís.The rail spur had its start-up in the beginning of October with the tramming of the first empty 330-wagon train. The new berth for the Pier IV, in Ponta da Madeira, began its commissioning, with three VLOCs loaded in November. The commissioning at the mine and plant is also progressing well.The S11D project entails installing an iron ore mine and processing plant, with three production lines – each one able to process 30 Mt/y. The ore will be extracted through open-pit mining and transported from the mine to the plant by a long-distance conveyor belt. The plant, iron ore stockyards and distribution yards, piles of waste rock and overburden (containing iron ore with high phosphorus levels), and train manoeuvre and loading area are all sited in an area of pastureland outside Carajás National Forest.Through this solution, it was possible to reduce the amount of vegetation cleared in the forest by more than 40%, compared with the original master plan, which called for 2,600 ha. Carajás National Forest covers 412,000 ha, and even after S11D has been fully implemented, just 4% of it will have been affected by mining activities since Vale came to the region 30 years ago.Besides reducing its impact on the forest, the company has also acquired various areas around the plant to meet the environmental conditions for the project’s implementation. Part of this area is being rehabilitated and is in a program to join up forest fragments. These are degraded properties, previously used for pasture, which are being restored to reconnect with native forest. In all, more than 5,000 acres of degraded areas, equivalent to 2,200 soccer fields, are being recovered. This work is being carried out in partnership with the Vale Institute of Technology, monitored by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and the Brazilian environmental protection agency, IBAMA.The project is named after its location: block D of ore body S11, which lies in the Southern Hills of Carajás. To the north is Carajás mine, operating since 1985 in the neighbouring municipality of Parauapebas. Geologically speaking, S11D is just one block of an orebody, which has been divided up into four parts: A, B, C and D. The mineral potential of the S11 ore body is 10,000 Mt of iron ore, of which block D alone possesses reserves of 4,240 Mt. The first drilling in the region took place in the 1970s. At the turn of the century, the first technical capacity and financial viability studies were carried out, which led to the project’s present configuration. The project’s preliminary licence was issued in June 2012 and its installation licence was obtained one year later. The mine’s lifespan is currently estimated to be 48 years.The picture shows an aerial view of the S11D mine. Credit: Ricardo Teles/ Vale
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESSTHIS 14-FOOT monstrosity washed up on a California beach over the weekend, prompting (we imagine) terror and fears for the future of humanity.However, it’s actually a rare ‘snakelike oarfish’. The beasts can grow up to 50 – yes, fifty – feet long and are usually found in deep water.It’s thought they are likely to be responsible for ‘sea serpent’ legends throughout history.Police in Oceanside, San Diego contacted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who had to cut the body up into sections for later study.If this leaves you feeling uncomfortable, check out these lion cubs cuddling.Petrol station attendant breaks out his dance skills on the forecourt>Teenager goes viral with selfie taken with his teacher who was in labour>
When Nintendo released the Wii it offered something new in the way of motion gaming. The best compliment Nintendo received was both Sony and Microsoft copying it with their own versions of motion control for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The Wii did have its negatives though, and one of those was the slew of plastic peripherals that appeared on the market. Nintendo’s latest hardware, the 3DS, hasn’t seen that many peripherals released, but it seems more of them are starting to appear. Nintendo is launching an official peripheral to add a new circle pad to the right side of the handheld. It actually seems useful, even if it should have been something included from the start as part of the machine. But what has me scratching my head is news that the game Kid Icarus: Uprising will ship with a stand for the 3DS.This black plastic stand folds out to allow your 3DS to sit at around a 60 degree angle. You can then access the controls without having to hold the 3DS. This suggests that the controls for Kid Icarus: Uprising require constant use of the stylus at the same time as the thumbstick. In other words, you can’t play the game properly while holding the 3DS.Rather than overcoming that problem by changing the control system, it seems the game’s designer Masahiro Sakuri decided to just ship this stand instead. Kind of defeats the whole portable gaming aspect of the 3DS, doesn’t it?It’s unlikely Nintendo would allow a game to ship that can’t be played without a stand, but then why else would they put one in the box?via Kotaku
https://jrnl.ie/4595351 NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Replica signs from street trader protests in the 1980s are used to launch the Loopline film collection. Source: Photocall Ireland Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Dublin, the FAI and London climate change protests made headlines today. 7,282 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Apr 16th 2019, 8:46 PM An Extinction Rebellion protester is removed by police in London Source: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Images#PARIS: Billions of euros have been pledged to help rebuild Notre Dame cathedral in Paris after a fire ripped through the French landmark yesterday.#LONDON: More than 200 people have been arrested by police in London amid climate change protests that brought parts of the city to a standstill. #UNITED STATES: The Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of last year’s mass shooting in its own newsroom.PARTING SHOTFollowing yesterday’s devastating fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Brooke Windsor took to Twitter to try track down this father and daughter whom she snapped one hour before the famous Gothic monument went up in flames. I took this photo as we were leaving #NotreDame about an hour before it caught on fire. I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had. Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/pEu33ubqCK— Brooke Windsor (@brookeawindsor) April 16, 2019 Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 8:46 PM Share3 Tweet Email No Comments Get our daily news round up: By Cónal Thomas Auditors Deloitte reported the Football Association of Ireland for breaking company law to the Companies Registration Offices (CRO) while the board of the FAI told Minister for Sport Shane Ross that all members intend to step down in July.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is visiting Dublin, issued a strong warning to the UK that a US-UK trade deal is not going to happen if the Good Friday Agreement is weakened by the Brexit process. Ten motorists accused of dodging M50 tolls were hit with fines totaling almost €100,000 yesterday.Closing arguments have concluded in the murder trial of farmer Patrick Quirke. Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has said he cannot clarify why he took a PSNI jeep carrying armed officers from the North to Garda HQ due to security concerns.The government will provide a series of measures to support former residents of Mother and Baby Homes.The PSNI is investigating after yet another ATM theft in Northern Ireland took place in the early hours this morning.THE WORLD
Stay on target Cyber Monday 2018: Best Deals for Gaming, Tech, and Smart Home ItemsBest Nerdy Fitness Gear to Rep Your Fandom at the Gym Not to be outdone by Nintendo, Sony is going to release their own collectible toyline. These “Totaku” figures are comprised of characters exclusive to the PlayStation brand. If you’re a hardcore PlayStation gamer (a Sony Pony?) you’re going to want to prove your loyalty to the company by snatching up the whole line.As reported by Polygon, the Totaku figures are from ThinkGeek (which is a GameStop company). I don’t know what a “Totaku” is, but I’m more than familiar with the characters the figures represent. The line includes God of War‘s Kratos, LittleBigPlanet‘s Sackboy, Crashbicoot, Parappa the Rapper, the hunter from Bloodborne, the Feisar FX350 from Wipeout, and Tekken‘s Heihachi. Each figure is four inches tall. That’s a bit on the small side, but for $9.99, you can’t really complain about that, I suppose.I alluded to the figures being like Nintendo’s Amiibo at the top of this post, but that isn’t entirely the case here. The figures have absolutely no near-field communication capability like Nintendo’s product. As Polygon notes, the figures are fixed to their stands and have no articulation. They are purely collectible figures one displays on their shelf or have on their work desk. While it would have been cool if the figures had some sort of compatibility with PlayStation 4 titles, it’s fine that they are merely just cool looking figures.The Totaku figures launch on March 23. Since they’re from ThinkGeek, they are of course a GameStop exclusive. Considering how there is a GameStop on every street corner, it shouldn’t be hard to get your hands on the figures. If you’d rather order online, you can do so on GameStop’s website. All seven figures are currently available to pre-order. If the Totaku figures are successful, perhaps Sony will eventually release more. I know I’d like to own figures of Nathan Drake, Wander from Shadow of the Colossus, or even Cole McGrath from inFAMOUS. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
How To • How to make a Google Duo audio call with your Google Home device Google Stadia is a play-anywhere streaming game platform… Now playing: Watch this: 0 1:56 Review • Updated Google+ for Android is almost perfect Tags Tech Industry News • Google to remove auto-syncing between Google Drive and Google Photos Share your voice Getty Images Google Plus is being torn down, and some of the first pages to go are those of key executives.On Tuesday the profiles of current CEO Sundar Pichai, former CEO Eric Schmidt and Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were all deleted from the platform, reports Business Insider. Some Google Plus posts, including a post by Page explaining Google’s take on the National Security Agency’s controversial 2013 PRISM program, were archived at the time in Google’s blog. But the removal of these executive pages means several other posts significant to the company’s history have been lost to the internet ether. Business Insider notes that such posts include announcements of important new hires as well as more personal stories, like one from Page on his history with vocal chord issues and how this affected his life — and work. Post a comment Larry Page Google It comes just days after several Mark Zuckerberg posts from over a decade ago were discovered, also by Business Insider, to have been deleted from Facebook’s platform. This, a Facebook spokesperson said, was due to “technical errors.”Unlike Zuckerberg’s enigmatic posts, though, the purging of Google+ has been a long time coming. Last year, the search giant said it would shut down Google Plus after it found (and fixed) a security flaw that may have exposed the personal data of 500,000 users. Tuesday was just the beginning of the torn pages to come.People have been mourning the loss of Google Plus all day. Kind of. Google+
Police in Unalaska have arrested and charged two men accused of making counterfeit money. Over the weekend, Henry Zablan and Nicholas Hough were taken into police custody and later charged with fraud.Deputy police chief Jennifer Shockley said in her 16 years with the department this isn’t the first case of counterfeit money found in Unalaska.“Typically nobody has any idea of where it came from,” Shockley said. “You know, somebody paid for something, the counterfeit bill got into circulation, somebody who’s familiar with checking security stuff recognizes it as counterfeit, and then we get told about it.”Shockley said the police normally don’t have more information than that. They’ll send the counterfeit bills to the secret service and that’s it. But this time is different.“Actually finding people, finding equipment being used for counterfeiting money right here in town is unusual for us,” Shockley said.Officers were tipped off about the alleged counterfeiting operation while investigating a burglary and theft.Police found counterfeiting supplies as well as forged US currency at Zablan’s residence. The equipment police found, Shockley said is commonly available to the average citizen.In a statement to police, Zablan said he has been photocopying money for one to two months. He said he’s been “practicing and getting better,” but it’s just for fun. He also stated that Hough has given him tips on making more accurate counterfeits more easily.The investigation is still open – Shockley said there’s at least one more person of interest in the case.If anyone has counterfeit money in their possession, she encourages them to bring it to the police station – especially if they know where it came from.