South Africa’s best ever cricket team?

first_imgThey didn’t. Lawry and company were bowled out for 246 as Mike Procter proved the destroyer-in-chief, knocking over 6 for 73. The South African cricket team has been receiving praise for its performances Down Under after winning the first two tests against Australia in style to ensure the Australians suffer their first series loss on home soil since the West Indies beat them in 1992/93. Despite their undoubted pedigree, the Australians were outplayed, taken apart and beaten increasingly heavily as the four-test series progressed. Denis Lindsay was an excellent wicketkeeper/batsman who, in a five-test series against Australia in 1966/67 topped the batting averages, scoring 606 runs at 86.57. Thanks to his crucial contributions, South Africa beat Australia in a series for the first time ever. Rated best by BradmanTo put the talent and performances of some of the individuals in the South African team in context, Sir Donald Bradman, regarded by most as the greatest cricket player of all time, rated Graeme Pollock alongside Sir Garry Sobers as the best left-handed batsman he had ever seen. Bradman also chose Barry Richards to open the innings when he selected an all-time team. Third testThe series moved on to Johannesburg, where South Africa crushed the tourists by 307 runs in the third test. Graeme Smith and company went on to record a nine-wicket victory, leading some people, caught up in the euphoria of South Africa winning a series in Australia for the first time, to suggest that Smith’s team is the best South African team of all time. Second testIn Durban, in the second test, Ali Bacher’s team destroyed the Australians by an innings and 129 runs. Batting after winning the toss, South Africa posted an imposing 622 for 9 declared. Graeme Pollock, with an SA test record of 274, and Barry Richards, with 140, were the mainstays of the home team’s innings. SA led by 77 runs on the first innings after making 279 and then dismissing the Aussies for 202. Peter Pollock excelled with 5 for 39 in 23.2 overs. Australia replied with 212 all out as the opening bowlers, Pollock and Procter, took three wickets each. Dominance on the fieldSouth Africa’s team of 1970 was filled with talent, some of it very special talent, among the best of all time, and the players transferred it to dominance on the field. Australia were skittled for just 157 in their first innings reply, as only four batsmen reached double figures. Eddie Barlow claimed 3 for 24 with the ball, while Pollock, Procter and Trevor Goddard all picked up two cheap wickets. They arrived in South Africa as a highly regarded outfit. Ian Chappell was championed as the best batsman in the world; Johnny Gleeson, a finger spinner, was highly regarded, and Graham McKenzie was an experienced pace spearhead, having become the youngest bowler in test history to take 200 wickets. In their second innings, South Africa tallied 408, with Eddie Barlow making 110, Graeme Pollock 87 and Lee Irvine 73. Australia weren’t up to the challenge, and fell for 178 in their second innings as Mike Procter picked up 3 for 24 and Trevor Goddard 3 for 27. First testIn the first test in Cape Town, Eddie Barlow made 127 to help the Springboks to 382 all out in their first innings. Australia, in reply, managed only 164 as opening bowler Peter Pollock, the father of Shaun, knocked over 4 for 20. It was a series of complete dominance by South Africa. They had four batsmen score more than Australia’s highest run scorer, and those four also recorded higher averages. They also showed a sharper edge in the bowling department, with Procter capturing 26 wickets at a miserly 13.57 and Pollock picking up 15 at 17.20. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material While the side touring Down Under deserves praise, it is far too early to suggest it is South Africa’s best ever. The Proteas’ two victories speak volumes about the mental strength and talent of the team, as they had to come from behind to secure both wins, but that is also the argument against the side at this time; come-from-behind wins are not dominant victories, even if parts of SA’s wins were. Their batting when at the crease together was brilliant and brutal; “Never have I seen the ball hit with such power by two players at the same time,” Australia’s captain Bill Lawry admitted. Peter Pollock captured 116 wickets in 28 tests at an average of 24.18 as a very effective opening bowler. Most memorably, he and brother Graeme guided South Africa to a win over England in the second test at Nottingham in 1965, playing the dominant roles with ball and bat. Peter took 10 wickets in the match – 5 for 53 in the first innings and 5 for 34 in the second – while Graeme contributed 125 and 59 as most batsmen struggled in difficult conditions. SA won the series one-nil thanks to that win. The third day resulted in one of the most incredible turnarounds in test history as the Proteas took a first innings lead of 65 runs after JP Duminy’s memorable 166, and his ninth-wicket partnership of 180 with Dale Steyn, who contributed a career-best 76. Their last series, however, against Australia in 1970, produced ample evidence that South Africa was at that time far and away the best side in the world. First though, they will need to become as dominant as Ali Bacher’s great team. Trevor Goddard, too, was another all-rounder who performed well. Like Barlow, he made 2 516 test runs, with his average being 34.06. He also claimed 123 wickets at 26.22. A first innings opening partnership of 157 between Richards (81) and Barlow (73) helped South Africa to 311. Alan Connolly stood out for the Australians again, returning his best test figures of 6 for 47. While the Australians managed 280 in their second innings, they were well beaten by 170 runs. Bill Lawry made a fighting 83, but Mike Procter picked up 4 for 47 to undermine Australia’s efforts. Tied for wins recordMake no mistake, Graeme Smith’s team is an outstanding outfit. Their 11 wins in 2008, tied for the most ever in a calendar year, is evidence of this. They have not yet been completely dominant throughout a series against a top team, however. Incredible turnaroundThen, in the second test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it looked as if Australia had South Africa on the ropes after two days of play, with the Proteas on 198 for 7, replying to the hosts’ 394 all out. 5 January 2009 South Africa then scored 470 for 7 declared in their second innings, with Richards making 126, Lee Irvine 102 and Ali Bacher 73. Based on the Australians’ previous batting performances in the series, they wouldn’t be able to meet the Springboks’ challenge. South Africa made just 232 in their second innings, with Graeme Pollock, who made 49 in the first innings, top scoring with 50. Alan Connolly led the Aussie bowling attack, capturing 5 for 47. Mike ProcterA case for Mike Procter could be made for inclusion in the Hall. His test career was limited to seven matches because of South Africa’s banishment from the game, but his performances during his first-class career speak volumes of his ability as an all-rounder. The current side is clearly very good and, once their careers are over and can be examined completely, I might come to regard them as highly as the 1970 side. Victory in the first test was achieved when the Proteas put together the second highest successful fourth innings run chase in test history. They made 414 for 6 and it looked as if 500 would not have been too difficult. Eddie BarlowEddie Barlow was a tough-minded all-rounder, maybe not a great test player, but a very good one, no doubt. He played 30 tests, averaged 45.74 with the bat, and took 40 wickets at 34.05. Fourth testThe series ended in Port Elizabeth, where South Africa won by an even bigger margin, of 323 runs. When the International Cricket Council launches its Hall of Fame in 2009, only two South Africans will be among its members: Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards, both among the most dominant batsmen of their generation. SA’s astonishing win and the calm and stylish manner in which it was achieved made the cricketing world sit up and take note of the seriousness of the challenge South Africa was posing to the world’s number one ranked test team. The dominance I speak about was exhibited by the last South African team to face Australia before SA was excluded from international cricket as part of sanctions against the apartheid policies of the country. That team, I would argue, was South Africa’s best Ever, but they were not given a long enough run to confirm their brilliance. He scored 21 936 runs at an average of 36.01, highlighted by a world record-equalling six centuries in succession. He also took 1 417 wickets at an exceptional average of 19.53. In retrospect, given the advantage of being able to examine those players’ complete careers, they were the best team that South Africa has ever produced. Series win in IndiaAustralia arrived in South Africa, fresh off a 3-1 series win over India in India. Given the Aussies’ struggles to win in India, even in recent years with their all-conquering teams, it was an excellent result for Bill Lawry’s men. Forced to follow on, the Australians fared far better second time around as three batsmen – Keith Stackpole, Doug Walters, and Ian Redpath – made scores in the seventies. However, their 336 all out meant South Africa had scored an innings victory. So important was he to his English county Gloucestershire that it was often referred to as “Proctershire” during his time there.last_img read more

Fine Tuning Corn Yields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Alan BruglerDTN Contributing AnalystUSDA rolled out another crop production report Thursday, Sept. 12, with the companion World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). Unlike the two most recent editions, this report was a lot closer to trade expectations, generally going in the same direction. Estimated planted and harvested acres were left unchanged from last month. There are still questions about whether permitting corn to be grown as a cover crop will result in a higher abandonment/silage number, resulting in fewer acres harvested for grain. National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) indicated that it might not resolve that question until after the big post-harvest farmer survey in December. Producers are asked to specify silage acres in that survey, with results released in January on the mega report day.NASS cut projected national average corn and soybean yields, which most producers had argued was necessary. The average soy yield was reduced 0.6 bushels per acre (bpa) to 47.9 bpa. The average yield for corn was trimmed 1.3 bpa from last month to 168.2 bpa. Projected average corn yields were reduced from last month in 19 states, and increased in four. In the garden spot of the U.S. this year, the Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri yields were left unchanged from last month’s estimates. Now the fine-tuning begins. Out of the past 20 years, NASS has been too low on final yield in the September report 11 times and too high nine times. The average miss is 3.1% or 269 million bushels (mb). There are a number of ways to get from September to the final number, however.First, we have to remember the methodology NASS is using. The primary horse the analysts are riding is the farmer survey, with 9,624 completed surveys for this September report. NASS fills in the data holes from the farmer surveys with satellite data and with their own objective yield plots. There were 2,905 objective yield plots visited between Aug. 24 and Sept. 1. The satellites tell you what crop is there, and via Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) can give you some correlation between the image and historical yield. Where the satellite images pair up with ground observations, you can calibrate the satellite data. This is the area where most of the ag and weather industry satellite forecasts fall apart. They don’t have enough ground truth samples because they don’t do as many farmer surveys or objective yield plots. The latter is very important because they give you ear counts, ear girth and length that are nearly impossible to measure from a satellite no matter how good your camera is.Speaking of ear counts, they are down this year. Here are the September ear counts per acre for the 10 states tracked for this purpose. None of them have a record-high ear count, as late planting, poor soil conditions, compaction and other issues took a toll. Final ear counts are usually lower than the September number. Compare the Final 2018 to the Sept. 18 column for a general idea.Corn EarsPer AcreFinalFinalFinalFinalFinalFinalSeptSeptMax20132014201520162017201820182019IL301503010030800304503025031500315503030031550IN298503045029150292502885029750300002890030450IA295503015030850305003060030800311503025031150KS222002400023650224502265021700223502155024000MN308503095030450302503060030800308503005030950MO271002790026850271502785027300274002695027900NE257002620026700254002595026800271002585027100OH283002960029600296002915030300307502985030750SD253002445025750254502585028050281002645028100WI289502860028600287502855030450307002985030700Average2779528240282402792528030287452899528000This is the lowest ear count per acre since the 2012 drought. A quick and dirty, unweighted average for the 10 states puts the ear count at 28,000 in September, down 3.5% from last September. If ear weight was identical, you’d expect yield to be 3.5% smaller, i.e. 170.34 bpa. This is only from 10 states, and USDA is actually using something north of 28,100. National average ear weights can vary from a little over .31 pounds per ear to a bit over .36 pounds. Number of kernel rows, kernel depth and ear length all enter into that part of the equation.With the exception of 2018, final ear weights were higher than the one used in September. Since very few of the objective yield plots have been harvested and sent to the lab yet, the ear weight for 2019 is derived from the farmer survey/published yield and the ear count. Producers are basically saying the grain weight is going to be the lightest since 2014 due to smaller ears.To wrap up our little exercise, that yield number is still a moving target. Just about all the data we have at our disposal suggests a below-trend yield, but how much below is a question mark. The elephant in the room — the delayed maturity of the crop — suggests we still have considerable risk of a freeze hitting before all the crop makes it to black layer (maturity). That would hurt grain weight by stopping starch deposition.If something like that happens (the GFS and European models are in some disagreement right now) we also have to remember that it does not typically hit all states equally. If you get a 10% loss on a state that has 3% of U.S. production, that is only a .3% hit on U.S. production.It is a big deal if it is your corn, but otherwise not so much.Alan Brugler may be reached at alanb@bruglermktg.com(BE/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Gimbal Based Stabilizers Aren’t Always The Best Choice

first_imgWhen Freefly Cinema announced the Movi just a year and a half ago, filmmakers everywhere rejoiced. But now that it’s been out in the field for a while (along with dozens of knock offs), many shooters are finding it to be more of a speciality item.[Above image from Copter99]I have been fortunate to have used the Movi a number of times (as well as several other gimbal based stabilizers), and I’ve been able to achieve fantastic results with it – even with no formal training whatsoever. It’s an incredibly innovative product and one of the most powerful tools that we as filmmakers have access to today, but I am not alone in feeling that Gimbal based stabilizers aren’t always the best stabilization choice.When the first promo videos of the Movi were released last year, it truly seemed that this device could do it all. It could theoretically be used to replace just about any type of stabilization system – from a tripod to a jib and everything in between. In many respects, it can replace a lot of traditional stabilization systems…but that doesn’t mean that it’s always better suited than it’s more traditional counterparts.They Can Only Be Held For So LongBefore I ever actually operated a Movi myself, I had not even considered the fact that since the system isn’t attached to any sort of vest (like a Steadicam) it can become extremely tiresome to hold. This is especially true when you have a heavier camera such as a RED Epic set up on it. For those of you that have never operated a Movi yourself, imagine holding out your arms straight for ten minutes… It would get pretty tiring right? Now imagine adding 10 to 20 lbs of weight to the equation and things get even more difficult.I can tell you from personal experience that on any professional set that I’ve been on (where we’ve had a Movi or Ronin and a substantial camera setup on it), our operator was unable to successfully hold the setup for more than a few minutes at a time. This severely limits the way that the device can be used as it doesn’t allow for long takes and requires more time in between takes for the operator to recover. The solution to this problem is to rig the stabilizer up to an Easy Rig (which takes a lot of the weight off of your arms), but then the movement of the Movi is limited heavily and the purpose of having a gimbal based stabilizer is largely diminished.They Require Multiple OperatorsMany filmmakers were excited that the Movi would free us up creatively. If we wanted to try out a completely new type of shot that was never possible before, now the Movi would allow us to get there. That certainly is still true, and I am by no means opposed to the Movi as there are certain cicrumstances where it works beautifully. However, when considering the notion that it frees you up creatively, you also need to consider that it restricts you in other ways – namely crew requirements.In order to really operate a Movi properly you need at least two specific crew members, and potentially three at times. There is the Movi operator, the focus puller, and potentially a third crew member who is responsible for panning and tilting the device via a remote control (if you don’t choose to use it in single operator mode). This means that even though from a technical level it may be possible to accomplish the shot that you’re after, you may now need to hire a couple more crew members to make that happen. And while the same argument can be made about other stabilization systems that require additional crew members (such as a dolly grip for a traditional dolly), the specific crew members you need for Movi operation is often more specifically skilled.They Can Be Overused EasilyMany productions that make use of a Movi fall into the dangerous trap of overusing it simply because they can. Much like shooting handheld, working with any gimbal based stabilizer doesn’t always challenge you to get the most purposeful shots, as you could theoretically leave the camera on it for your entire shoot and make every last shot a Movi shot – even if that’s not what’s best for the scene or sequence. In some rare cases, shooting an entire project on a Movi actually could be a good thing. For instance, maybe you’re shooting something that calls for a very specific and fluid movement throughout, and the Movi is the best tool for it. I would argue though, that more often than not if it’s used from A to Z on an entire shoot, the unique effect of the camera movement can get lost due to overuse.When you need to spend time setting up a dolly or a steadicam, you have no choice but to be especially careful about the choices that you are making. We all know the effects of camera movement on the viewers interpretation of a film, which is why it is so important for those movements to be purposeful. A great film will often make use of many types of camera movement in order to evoke different emotions, and unfortunately when using the Movi it is fairly common to fall into the trap of shooting everything that way, and losing sight of some of the more traditional methods of making a film. That doesn’t mean it has to happen, but simply that it can.Final ThoughtsAfter reading this article you might think that I’m not a fan of the Movi, but that really couldn’t be farther from the truth. I love what Freefly has done and truly believe that gimbal based stabilizers are the future of stabilization in many respects. With that said, there is still a time and a place for them to be used and they aren’t always the best solution – nor is any stabilization system for that matter. If you are shooting on a larger scale production and can afford a couple of crew members that are dedicated to operating/controlling the Movi, then you are in a good place, especially when you know when and where to use it. Just make sure that whenever you make use of a Movi, it is the right choice for your story.last_img read more

The Path to Mastery

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Work to learn your craft. Take years to learn it. Stay inside and work while other people are out playing and having fun. Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse. Be embarrassingly bad at what you are doing until a small glimmer of something others might call talent appears. Know that you talent is nothing more than the disciplined action taken repeatedly over long periods of time.Go over the same ground until you know it so well that you no longer have to think about what you are doing. Give yourself over and sacrifice that part of yourself that resists. Become what you are doing until there is no longer any separation between who you are and what you do. Until you have become one with what you are doing. Or it has become you.Develop deep mastery in your domain. Know the fundamentals at such a high level that you can break the rules and create something new, something novel, something that is just yours. Build your work on top of the foundation of the fundamentals you have mastered and on the firm ground of the masters who taught you the fundamentals. Add a new level, another dimension, a shift to something new, but something that speaks to the truth that was there when you were first learning.Let your intuition guide you. Work without ever second guessing what you are doing, how you are doing what you do, and who you are doing it for. Forget everything. Be the medium through which your work flows. Create. Produce. Work. Smaller movements, nothing wasted. Bolder strokes, greater refinement.This is the path to mastery, for the few that are willing to step onto that path.last_img read more

Doctor’s suicide: three accused to be in custody till June 24

first_imgThe City Civil and Sessions Court on Monday extended the judicial custody of three senior doctors at BYL Nair Hospital till June 24 in the case for abetting the suicide of 26-year-old, second-year resident doctor Dr. Payal Tadvi. Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal, all third-year resident doctors, were booked on May 23, a day after Tadvi killed herself in her hostel room on the hospital’s premises.The trio were sent to judicial custody on May 31 and they subsequently filed their bail pleas. They are currently lodged at Byculla jail. On Monday they broke down in court and told the judge they cannot stay in jail anymore. The doctors claimed that they were subjected to injustice and requested the judge to hear the arguments pertaining to bail soon. Additional sessions judge R.M. Sadrani adjourned the hearing to June 17 for bail arguments and extended judicial custody till June 24. They have been booked under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections under the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.The Crime Branch was scheduled to file its reply on Monday, however they sought some time and it will be filed on June 17. Advocate Gunratan Sadavarte, appearing for the doctors, told the court that under the SC/ST Act there is a provision to provide video recording of court proceedings. He filed an application before the court which was allowed by the court.last_img read more

Army Completes First Award under Renewable Energy MATOC

first_imgThe Army on Thursday awarded a contract to SunPower Corp. to build a solar plant at Redstone Arsenal outside of Huntsville, Ala., expected to generate 18,000 megawatt hours of energy annually.The project marks the first power purchase agreement solicited through the $7 billion renewable energy multiple award task order contract (MATOC) awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, in 2013. The project includes a 27-year renewable energy services agreement and lease with SunPower.The Army initially selected SunPower for the contract on Dec. 4, 2014. Since then, the two parties have been negotiating the technical and legal requirements of the project, according a news release.The project, which will be built on 66 acres at Redstone, is expected to be operational by December 2016. The Army will purchase power from the solar photovoltaic facility at a cost equal to or less than current electricity costs. Energy generated by the plant will be consumed entirely by Redstone Arsenal and will generate enough power to supply about 1,650 homes.The system will be designed as microgrid-ready so it can be connected to a future microgrid and enhance the overall energy security of the installation.“While the MATOC can be used to award renewable energy projects on DOD installations, it’s fitting that the first project awarded under the MATOC be in our backyard,” said Col. Robert Ruch, commander of the Corps’ Huntsville Center. “Our team will be able to watch the progress of the project from start to finish. … Every renewable energy project we help implement brings our Army closer to its energy goals and further strengthens our energy security,” Ruch said.The Army Corps collaborated with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and Redstone Arsenal on the project. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Uhoh Ja Rule might be planning a Fyre Festival followup

first_img Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. 0 See it 7 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Google Home Hub review $60 at Best Buy TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $59 at eBay DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $6 at Tidal See It Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $299 at Amazon Sprint Angela Lang/CNET Boost Mobile The Cheapskate JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Share your voice Chris Monroe/CNET $155 at Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).center_img See It Sarah Tew/CNET See It See at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Rylo $999 Read the AirPods review Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Music,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best Buy Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $210 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See at Turo HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. The rapper was one of the founders of the 2017 Fyre Festival, which promised attendees gourmet meals, posh accommodations and access to top models and social media influencers. When folks arrived at the Bahamian location, they found disaster relief tents and sad cheese sandwiches. Meanwhile, Twitter had a good laugh about it all. Ja Rule describes it as “the most iconic festival that never was.”Festival organizer Billy McFarland is serving a six-year sentence for wire fraud charges. Ja Rule has denied accountability for the festival, which spawned two competing documentaries, released in January, from Hulu and Netflix. Ja Rule did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He told TMZ, though, that “in the midst of chaos, there’s opportunity.” $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple iPhone XS $520 at HP Comments Tags Ja Rule might not be out of the festival business just yet.  Scott Dudelson/Getty Images Brace yourselves. Rapper Ja Rule could be putting on another music festival.Asked whether he’d be interested in taking another shot at the now infamous Fyre Festival, the rapper told TMZ in a video published Friday, “I have plans to create the iconic festival, but you didn’t hear it from me.” The luxury music festival failed in a spectacularly public way thanks to the internet. Tags Turolast_img read more

In Contentious Supreme Court Case A Cornucopia Of SugarCoated Confections

first_imgBrennan Linsley/APThe Supreme Court will hear the case about whether or not Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips has a constitutional right to refuse to create a cake for a same-sex coupThe cake shop case before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday promises to be more than just a food fight.At issue is whether Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., has a constitutional right to refuse to create a cake for a same-sex couple. Part of Phillips’ argument is that his First Amendment rights, including his artistic expression, would be compromised if he made a cake for a same-sex wedding.Nearly 100 briefs have been filed in the case, two of them from culinary groups, and one sprinkled throughout with colorful pictures of cakes that may be a welcome respite from all that reading.The so-called “cake artists” brief favors neither side. It has just one point: Cake baking is art. And it illustrates that claim with photographs of more than 30 gorgeous cakes. Advice to the reader: Don’t look if you are hungry.– / 4It’s not a piece of cakeLexi Ginsburg Mota, the owner of The Cakerie in Birmingham, Ala., was hesitant at first to be part of the brief because she is pro-gay rights and did “not want to do anything to help [Jack Phillips] win.” However, she says she joined the brief because she wants people to recognize the amount of labor that is involved in creating a custom cake. “People call us all the time shocked by our prices because they don’t know what goes behind it,” she says.Mota makes all her cakes from scratch. “We like the cake on the inside to be just as good as the outside,” she explains. “We want it to taste good, too.” Her wedding cakes can take almost three days to make.Another cake in the brief, Jennifer Jones’ “Repetto,” took two weeks to create. Would those edible ingredients be edible in the end? The decorations on top of the cake might be OK after two weeks, Mota agrees. But the cake itself? “No, that’s gross.”The brief touts a cake Mota created for an event at the Birmingham Museum of Art as evidence that cake-making is artistic. Her museum cake was inspired by Juan Uslé’s painting Zozobras en el Jardin (Rumors in the Garden). But no one ate the cake at the end. “It wasn’t real on the inside,” she explains.Courtesy of Birmingham Museum of ArtIn all, Mota has six cakes pictured in the brief. Among them is a wedding cake inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the bride’s favorite story. Another evokes a Herend China pattern made for a company that provides wedding-related services.The cake artists’ brief says custom cakes “involve artistic talent and communicate emotions and messages at least as clearly as other forms of art.” Even so, there is more than cake at stake in this case.Unlike the cake artists’ brief, one signed by chefs, bakers and restauranteurs takes a side. It supports the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the gay couple, contending that it does not matter whether baking a cake is an art form because even artists who open their doors to the public are required to abide by laws that apply to businesses in general.Courtesy of Nik Layman Photo VideoMota’s art-inspired cake at an event for the Birmingham Museum of Art.Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, a co-founder of Georgetown Cupcake, says she joined that brief because she does not believe that the court should allow businesses to discriminate. “This is about doing the right thing and welcoming all,” she says.Emily Kan is an intern for NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Get mesmerised by Raasrang

first_imgRaasrang Holi Utsav- the festival continues to enchant its eager audience by bringing to Delhi, Holi from different parts of India. This year the Raasrang Holi Utsav will bring together the Govt of Assam, Rajasthan and Bihar and celebrate the spirit of spring also popularly known as Basant and for the first time an international team from Bangladesh is also participating.In the previous six editions the festival was celebrated by prestigious ensembles showcasing Braj Ki Holi, Marwar ki Holi, Uttrakhand Ki Khadhi and Bhaithi Holi, Vrindavan ki Phoolan Ki Holi, Banares Ki Holi, Manipur Ki Yaoshang Holi among others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival is in its seventh year now and will be marked by Rajasthan ki Holi which will celebrate the energy and colour of Braj ki lathmaar, phoolon ki Holi , Mayur dance and Raas-lila with an earthy desert flavor. Next in line is Barpeta ki Holi which features Devotional Holi geets expressing ecstatic devotion and the colourful beauty of nature accompanied by Dhulki (type of Drum) and taal (a cymbal).Bhojpuri Jhoomar combines melodious song and energetic dance to herald the festive season of Spring from Bihar and Basant Songs by Bangladeshi team- Nazrul geet, contemporary music and baul songs will be a part of this year celebrations. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDETAILWhere: Dilli Haat, opposite INA, Sri Aurobindo MargWhen: 22 March – 24 MarchTiming: 5 pm onwardsTUCK IN AND CELEBRATE! Colour on your platter- On offer are some of the platters decked up in colours and named under the spirit of Holi. Food menu ranges for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians with platters like Desi Rangeen and Videshi Rangeen served along with a thandai.DETAILAt: Hinglish: The Colonial Cafe, Ground Floor, Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar When: 22 March – 27 MarchTimings: 12 pm – 12 amPrice: Rs 750 (veg) and Rs 900 (non-veg)Naturally colourful- On offer would be a platter of colourful mini Idlis that are inspired by the colours of Holi such as orange (gunpowder), yellow (turmeric), green (coriander) and red (fiery guntur chilies). The colorful Idlis will be served with sambhar and chutney. All the ingredients add to the extra taste and will fit the wallet well.DETAILAt: All Vaango outletsWhen: 20 March- 27 MarchTimings: 11 am- 11 pmPrice: Rs 99 onwardsPARTY OUT LOUD AT RANG HOLI UTSAVRang 2013- Catch the best of electronic music experience this Holi and groove to both International and national tunes by multiple artists. To further enhance the experience, the festival offers extensive fun activities and attractions such as a rain dance, imaginative drinking games, mind blowing visuals and lots of color.From the International circuit artists like Dub FX, Ace Ventura, Liquid Soul and EMOK will play along with desi names like Reggae Rajahs, Audiogramme, S.O.N.R., Murti, V Society, Bass Pilots, Smash Nasty, Hamza, Arjun Gandhi who will mesmerise all with their music.DETAILWhere: Hotel Lilywhite, Chattapur When: 27 MarchTiming: 12pm -7 pm Price : Rs 2500 (all cover)last_img read more