Professional surfer Mick Fanning fought off a giant shark during the final heat of J-Bay Open in South Africa on Sunday, and the entire ordeal was captured on video.“I was just sitting there,” Fanning told a reporter shortly after he boarded a rescue boat. “I was just about to start moving when I felt something grab and get stuck in my leg rope. I instantly jumped away but it just kept coming at my board and began kicking and screaming. I just saw fins. I never saw teeth then I punched him in the back.”The competition was called off shortly after the attack. Miraculously, Fanning walked with walked away without injury.
Many smartphone apps, including budgeting and price comparison tools, can help you save money. But data plans exact a steeper monthly cost than most simple cellphone plans, and in-app purchases lead to overspending. Here are eight hidden costs associated with smartphones and tips on how to reduce them:1. The data plan. The monthly fee you pay for access to the Internet and streaming capabilities costs anywhere from $15 a month to as high as $80 or more, depending on your usage needs. If you use more data than your plan allows, you’ll be charged “overage” fees on top of that monthly fee. To keep costs down, assess what you need from your data plan during a month of typical use, and choose the cheaper plan that will still keep you from going over the data limit – and racking up those extra fees.2. Apps. Apps are what make smartphones so invaluable to busy people: You can shop, check your bank account, play games, track what friends are up to and follow social media accounts through apps. They can also come with a price, though: Many apps cost money to download, and others allow for in-app purchases. You could end up spending more money through apps just because it’s so easy. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial ‘outside agitator’ idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.You deplore the demonstrations taking place… But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.These words from Dr. King are as relevant today as they were on April 16, 1963, when he wrote his very necessary letter from a Birmingham jail after he was incarcerated for peacefully protesting injustice. In solidarity, he protested, understanding that the injustice experienced by one should be shared by all. It’s this spirit of Dr. King that was evident in a few Niskayuna High School football players and a cheerleader who courageously kneeled in solidarity against injustice.In solidarity, we wish to applaud these young leaders. It’s their courage that lets us know that there’s hope for our world. Niskayuna High School may have had a lower score on the scoreboard that night, but Niskayuna High School won. To cultivate minds that unite in solidarity against injustice is to win.Stay encouraged, beautiful spirited young people. We, too, hope that one day, liberty and justice really will be “for all.” Let us all continue to move forward to make this dream a reality for all.Deb PrivottJay PrivottNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Posts This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 admin Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Bio ELLSWORTH — An organizational meeting of the Ellsworth Football League will be held Tuesday, April 7, at 6 p.m. in the Ellsworth Public Library meeting room.Anyone interested in volunteering, coaching or serving on a board of directors for the league or who is interested in supporting a youth football league for the greater Ellsworth area is invited to attend. For those who may have questions about the league and would like them addressed before (or can’t attend) the meeting, contact Duane Crawford at 266-5592.
Kampala, Uganda | PREMIER LEAGUE | The battle for safety will be decided on the final day as Aston Villa, Watford and AFC Bournemouth fight for one place in the Premier League and it could all come down to goal difference, or even goals scored.Villa are outside the relegation zone for the first time since February and are the team in form, having taken seven points from a possible nine, most recently beating Arsenal on Tuesday.They travel to West Ham United knowing a draw would put them out of reach of AFC Bournemouth. Through goal difference, they can also stay above Watford by matching the Hornets’ result at Arsenal.Villa can take heart from their goalless draw in September’s reverse fixture against West Ham, while their Egyptian star Trezeguet will aim for more heroics after scoring three goals in his last three matches.For Watford, who have lost their last five away matches, a draw at Emirates Stadium would also keep them above AFC Bournemouth, but must hope it is better than Villa’s result to overtake them.If Villa win, Watford must do the same while also achieving a two-goal swing in goal difference. Both winning with a one-goal swing would mean the two sides finish level on points and goal difference, but Villa would stay up through scoring six more goals this season.Cherries’ great escape?AFC Bournemouth travel to Everton where only a victory, combined with defeats for both Villa and Watford, will keep them up.Although Eddie Howe’s Cherries can draw confidence from their 3-1 win in September’s reverse fixture, Carlo Ancelotti has yet to be beaten in his nine matches at Goodison as Everton manager.*****PLShare on: WhatsApp
Samantha N. Ngcolomba is an attorney who has a deep-seated desire to secure justice for South Africa’s most vulnerable women. (Images: Redbull Amaphiko)Women in rural communities have a new law hero and she goes by the name of Lady Liberty.Lady Liberty, founded by attorney Samantha Ngcolomba, a human rights lawyer based in Johannesburg, travels to poor and remote communities with a mobile office to provide pro bono legal information and services to women.The office focuses on domestic violence, namely getting protection orders; marriage, namely customary vs civil; and divorce, namely process, asset distribution, maintenance and children’s rights. It will add wills, housing and labour law to its services soon.Lady Liberty’s impact so far.“Any law that doesn’t work for the people it’s intended for, is as useless as medicine locked up in a cupboard while people needing it suffer,” Ngcolomba told Redbull Amaphiko, a platform for social change makers.Lady Liberty uses social, print and broadcast media to find women who need its services, and to raise awareness of what it offers. At the identified communities, a half-an-hour presentation of relevant topics is held and the floor is opened for questions.Then, the office takes on new and pending cases for resolution on behalf of women who qualify for pro bono assistance.The programmes vision is to have an app for smartphones that will extend the reach of their legal services and information. Watch Ngcolomba talk about Lady Liberty:You can contact Lady Liberty on 076 520 1377.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? Do you know anybody who is going out of their way to participate in the development of South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
A Passivhaus retrofitTheir approach is a deep energy retrofit under the guidance of Tim Eian, a certified Passive House consultant. In fact, they hope to make the house the first one in the United States to be certified under EnerPHit standards, written specifically for existing homes.Like Passive House standards for new buildings, the EnerPHit rules for retrofits call for extremely low energy consumption and air infiltration.Their blog, The MinnePHit House, is the story of how the house is being transformed.It’s a well-organized site that’s attractive and easy to navigate. That may be because Paul’s day job is in software, giving him better-than-average computer and Web skills.One unusual element of the project is the involvement of corporate sponsors. Paul and Desirée have found a way to get a number of companies to chip in services, products, or both. “The MinnePHit House provides significant marketing opportunities for suppliers of building materials, finishes, mechanical systems, renewable energy systems, and professional design and analysis service providers,” the blog says. The couple has even put together a “sponsorship brochure” with more details.The blog was launched in May, so the project is still relatively young. Some entries are written by Paul, others by Desirée; background information is unsigned.Here are some excerpts: Day 9: Salvage Failure“Today was supposed to be the day we would pull up the hardwood floor in what we call the ‘old addition.’ I’ve read a fair amount about how to go about this process, but everything went off the rails as soon as we applied theory to practice. But first the theory: the plank is held in two ways, as tongue and groove into adjoining wood planks, and via nails that are hammered into the side of the plank. The goal is to lift the individual planks of flooring up so that the nails are lifted out of the floor as they separate from neighboring planks. As usual, the reality was much messier. — Paul” Paul and Desirée have three young daughters, two dogs, a flock of chickens and a 1935 house in Minneapolis that needs a ton of work.Although the house was extensively updated in the 1990s, the 1400-sq.-ft. structure still has a host of problems: an under-insulated attic, single-pane windows, thin exterior walls, an awkward layout, aging interior finishes, and an air handler located in the unconditioned attic.Why not sell the place and start over again somewhere else? Good question, but as they explain in their blog, they liked their neighborhood far too much to leave. Instead, they decided to address the long list of deficiencies in the house at the same time they expanded it. On finding a builder“We were encouraged that while the builders we spoke to had plenty of questions, nothing that was proposed in the plans was difficult to wrap their heads around once it was explained to them. This is good, as there’s really no such thing as a Passivhaus builder in the United States. What we’re doing needs to be easily understood and accessible to the people who do the construction.“At this point we’re seriously considering handling a significant portion of the GC work ourselves. There’s a variety of reasons for that, and not all financial. We have a trusted network of subcontractors that we know personally that we’d use in any case, and we’re very ‘high touch’ on our projects.“Obviously there are things we don’t have much skill with, and in those cases we’ll use consulting from our builders to bridge the gap. Once we get our bids and complete our projected budget we’ll know more. — Paul” The pros and cons of moving“I swore that when we moved into our house and were settled, there would be at least a few decades before our next move. These last few weeks, packing box after box as our house continues to heat up, I think about that statement. My thoughts go one of two ways. At times, I repeat to myself, ‘I swore I would never move again,’ followed by a few curse words as I’m lugging yet another heavy box of books to the garage.“Then there are days like yesterday. I believe the temperature yesterday reached over 90 degrees and our air conditioner struggled all day to keep up. At best, the temperature inside got down to 78 degrees and the AC ran ALL DAY LONG. On these types of days, as I’m still packing boxes, a different mood sets in. When all of the daily mess and current chaos is put aside, I’m really looking forward to living in our new house. It’s not just the added space, which will be a huge improvement! I’m looking forward to living in a comfortable home. — Desirée” What EnerPHit really means“An EnerPHit home will be 4-6 times more energy efficient than a conventionally built new home. Because the standard is for existing housing stock, it’s entirely possible that a remodeled home will perform at 10X its previous efficiency.“Why not just remodel to PassivHaus standards? Part of the problem is that older construction is full of interesting choices that simply cannot be made energy efficient without tremendous cost (we’re facing that right now with our chimney). The other part of the problem is siting. Houses are very rarely built with solar facing in mind, and if you live in the city, your house is often shaded at least part of the year by neighboring buildings and trees. Without that sunshine to act as your primary heating system, the amount of insulation required becomes prohibitive.“But really, the idea is to give an existing structure a new, more efficient life. In our case, it means that despite the fact that we’ll be almost doubling the usable square footage of our home, it will need about 30% of our current energy consumption. Or, put another way, our entire remodeled home will use about the same amount of energy to heat and cool as our living room currently does.” Door — Found!“As I was perusing the copious antiques and whatnot at Hunt and Gather, I came across the perfect door. I realize that in its current state, it leaves a bit to be desired. Yes, it’s coated with old, cracking, peeling lead paint. But the bones of this door are nothing less than romantic. The oval glass, the cute small sill and the tied boughs make my mind wander. How many people have gazed out of this glass? What were they waiting for? How many goodbyes were said in the very door frame where this one hung? So many questions!“I have begun the stripping process — it will be a LONG process. Once done, this will close off the powder room from the front entry, thus being the first thing you’ll see once coming into the house. It will actually be a pocket door. I’m considering having a stained glass oval made for the current glass space. Do you have any other ideas for the glass to allow for privacy?“I’m looking forward to the memories that we will create — the greetings and goodbyes to be said in front of this door. — Desirée”
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Redeemed: Kapil Dev hugged by wife Romi after receiving the awardWhen Kapil Dev stepped up to slap palms with Viv Richards and receive the trophy for the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century, it was both recognition and redemption.It has been less than two years since he resigned as Indian,Redeemed: Kapil Dev hugged by wife Romi after receiving the awardWhen Kapil Dev stepped up to slap palms with Viv Richards and receive the trophy for the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century, it was both recognition and redemption.It has been less than two years since he resigned as Indian coach in the wake of the match-fixing controversy. A teary appearance on television, a very public distancing from all cricket and occasional jibes at the Indian team-all the bitterness looked to have vanished when he stepped up to receive the award.When asked whether the award was a vindication, he lashed out: “If this is vindication, then it is the sweetest thing I have ever known.” The margin between the top three was excruciatingly narrow-Kapil pipping Tendulkar to top place by, it is believed, a single vote with Gavaskar coming in a mere three points behind.Kapil’s career will forever be studied in two halves: first the outstanding allrounder and athlete who played for India from 1978-79 to 1994. Then, the former player-turned-coach trapped in the match-fixing scandal that rocked world cricket. The Wisden award is the endorsement of Kapil Mark I.The best tribute to Kapil came from his English rival Ian Botham: “Kapsy kept me on my toes. I’d look in the papers and see, ‘Oh, Kapil’s taken a five-fer, I’d better get six. Kapil’s got a hundred I’d better get 150.”Richards launched into a passionate defence of the Indian allrounder: “I never believed it of this individual- the way he played his cricket with competitiveness and enthusiasm.”advertisementKapil himself said of his experience: “When some people try to destroy you but the cricket fraternity sees you differently, you get your faith back.”At the exclusive Long Room dinner, Kapil was emotional and expansive, filling guests’ glasses with champagne. He had hugged both his rivals on the podium, singling Gavaskar out for his powers of concentration, confidence and his strong sense of Indianness.Of Tendulkar, he had a story: “Just before he played for India, I bowled to him in the nets and he hit me for two straight sixes … I thought then, ‘Old man … your career is finished’.”Life for Kapil Dev, artist and allrounder extraordinaire, has come full circle.