Gear: Mizuno Wave Rider 15

first_imgThe Mizuno Wave Rider 15 is loaded with tech.I’m a casual runner in every sense of the phrase. I’ll log a few miles a few times a week, anything more than that and I’m running the risk of extreme tiredness. Being a casual runner, I don’t know that much about running gear, which consists mainly of shoes since that appears to be the only piece of gear that matters – for example I witnessed a man coming in from what appeared to be a significantly taxing jog while wearing tight black hipster jean cutoffs. I knew it was a jog and not an emergency because he was wearing running shoes and not jellies. He also checked his mailbox before heading for the door, which had a sign on it that said, “Poverty Barn.”You can draw your own conclusions from that previous paragraph, but that guy is my neighbor.Aaaaanyway. I got a sweet new pair of kicks to review, specifically the Mizuno Wave Rider 15 running shoe, and I’m all about new kicks because I have this weird shoe/sock OCD. I had never worn a Mizuno shoe, much less run in one, up to this point – and too be honest with you, I thought they only made baseball and golf equipment. Surprise! I had on my feet the Mizuno running flagship; and on top of that, this was the 15th anniversary of the series, so they have been in the game for a while to say the least.Industry, Science, and TechnologyMizuno set out to make the perfect running shoe and they think they have with the Mizuno Wave Rider 15. The Wave in Wave Rider refers to Mizuno’s Wave Technology, which uses the natural waves (sound, tidal, stadium) of nature to produce a more perfect midsole.  That is about all I can gather from their description; I assume its actual functionality is borderline magic, if not heresy.Wave Technology is supposed to provide a more gentle ride while reducing weight and keeping you balanced over the shoe – which it does. Not sure what waves have to do with it because as anyone who has been blindsided by a double overhead at the beach or an air-horn at any moment in time, those waves are not gentle. Lucky for us, the ones in the bottom of the shoe are more like the stadium variety, good wholesome fun for the whole family.The Wave Rider 15 also utilize Mizuno innovations called SmoothRide Engineering™ (“Minimizes the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transition, creating the smoothest ride possible”) and Dynamotion Fit™ (“Relives the stress the foot naturally places on footwear, eliminating distortion for the perfect fit”). So you’ve got that going for you when you lace them up.HumanityIt’s still a shoe, right?Yup, so the only way to know if the technology lives up to the lofty standards is to get some miles in.Essentially, all this moody technology thrown into one shoe makes the Wave Rider 15 a running quiver of one. Long distance, intervals, races, looking fly while walking the dog, this shoe covers it all due to its light weight (10.6 oz) and lock down fit. My foot runs very narrow and for this reason I’ve mainly chosen Nike because it usually runs narrower than the rest and I get a better fit without having to cinch up like a corset. The Wave Rider 15’s heel and mid foot wrap my foot up nice and snug, which is the main thing I care about. The heel cup performs especially well on my slippery heels.Apparently the magic of Wave Technology works like a charm because my feet could not be happier with the cushioning. Heel to toe is fluid and gentle, even on cement. I also like the stiffness of the shoe, although this has been a source of contention on the internets for diehard Wave Rider fans. A stiffer shoe appeals to more people than a floppy racing flat-esque runner so Mizuno gave the people what they wanted.The Wave Rider 15 also runs true to size so go with what you know for the best fit.All in all, the Wave Rider 15 is a great running shoe that blends cushioning, lightness and support exceptionally well. Throw in the durability factor and this could be the last shoe you’ll ever need.last_img read more

Telkomsel says Sumatra network restored ‘100%’ after Tuesday’s fire

first_imgMobile network operator Telkomsel announced on Wednesday that its island-wide network on Sumatra was restored after a fire erupted on Tuesday afternoon at its offices in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province.“[The network] has been restored 100 percent,” Telkomsel vice president of corporate communications Denny Abidin said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com, and that customers could access all services as usual.”We apologize to customers for this inconvenience. We appreciate our loyal customers for continuing to use our services,” he added. A fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon at the Telkom building on Jl Jenderal Sudirman in Pekanbaru, damaging the automated telephone center (STO) and disrupting the services of both Telkom and parent company Telkom in certain areas of the province.The outage affected Telkomsel customers in Sumatra who reported that the company’s telephone, SMS and internet services, including Telkom’s IndiHome wireless service, became unavailable as a result of the fire.Rozi Syahputera, a customer in Medan, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday evening that he had no mobile signal since the afternoon, disgruntled that it was taking Telkomsel so long to restore the connection.”I am disappointed. No phone calls or the internet since this afternoon. We do not know how long it will take [to restore access],” Rozi said. He added that he had been forced to switch temporarily to another provider to regain access to the internet.Iyan, an ojol (ride-hailing motorcycle taxi driver), said he was severely affected by the network outage that had disrupted his ability to deliver food.“A customer ordered [food] when the network was still fine, but I couldn’t contact the person [later] when the network was [down]. I couldn’t deliver the order,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

DPS suspects loud noise to be vandalism

first_imgA possible shooting occurred Sunday at 1155 W. 24th St., though the incident appears to be an act of vandalism with a bb gun or a rock, said Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle.The report of the shooting occurred at 7 p.m. by a USC graduate student who lived in the house. The graduate student, who was unidentified, was the only person to report the incident, which led DPS to believe that a large shooting did not occur.“The person reporting the shooting said they heard a large crack,” Carlisle said. “They said that something pierced their window and thought it was a gunshot. No one else around the area heard it though.”Though the Los Angeles Police Department monitors incidents that are reported to DPS, because the incident was contained, only DPS officers, along with the DPS watch commander, went to the scene, according to Carlisle.Though the incident was minor, DPS issued a Trojans Alert to the University Park Campus student body at approximately 7:27 p.m. that urged students to remain away from the area. DPS officials sent an incident resolution email was sent out at 7:39 p.m. to students.“We wanted to send out the [Trojans] Alert just in case it caused danger to any students,” Carlisle said. “But, luckily, the incident was quickly resolved and no one was injured.”DPS will handle the investigation.last_img read more

Pellegrini blames congested Christmas fixture list for deepening injury crisis

first_imgManchester City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini has blamed the congested Christmas fixture list for deepening injury crisis. The Chilean expressed his disgust over ‘too many’ matches played in during the Christmas period and believes that it could take a toll on Manchester City, given the amount of injury the Citizens have suffered, in recent weeks.Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic are already facing lengthy lay-offs due to injury. Skipper Vincent Kompany and Edin Dzeko have also joined the injury list, in recent times. Dzeko, was injured in a pre-match training session, minutes before Manchester City’s clash against Leicester City. Pellegrini, pointed fingers at the club’s congested fixture list, as a reason for enduring so many injuries.“I think the players play too many games during the year, especially the players of big teams because when they have an international break they must continue for their national squad,” he said. “Last year I remember playing nine games in December and nine games in January, it is difficult for the players to keep the high pace because in the Premier League the intensity of every game is very high.“I understand Boxing Day is important for English football, but Boxing Day is on December 26, I don’t know why we have to play the 28th and 1st January. Maybe we could play Boxing Day and one game more on the 30th before the end of the year. So one of the reasons may be that they play too many games, especially at the end of the year. Maybe it can also be the pitches are too hard, and a bit of bad luck. It is difficult to know exactly.”With Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic out with injuries and teenage Pozo, not the answer to Manchester City’s goal scoring worries,as showcased against Leicester City, Pellegrini could turn to midfielder James Milner, for providing a makeshift Center Forward. ”Milner can be an option and I have always said he is a very useful player for the squad. Maybe at some moments he wants to play more but whenever he plays in different positions, Milner is important. “That is why we keep him here and it is important he renews his contract with our team. Because inside and outside the pitch he is important to us.”Meanwhile, Manchester City concluded business as usual against Leicester City, as they defeated the foxes 1-0. A customary Frank Lampard goal in the 40th minute swayed all three points to Manchester City’s kitty. Manchester City meanwhile maintained their gap of three points with league leaders Chelsea FC, who sit comfortably with 39 points.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Marta breaks record to guarantee Brazil’s spot in next round

first_imgHaving replaced the suspended Formiga, Andressinha went close to marking her first appearance of the tournament with a stunning goal seven minutes after the restart, but her exquisite free-kick clipped off the crossbar.But Brazil went up a gear, and after Kathellen and substitute Beatriz had both gone close, they were gifted the chance to make a breakthrough when Linari clumsily brought down Debinha.Marta made no mistake, calmly sending Laura Giuliani the wrong way to claim victory, though Australia’s 4-1 win over Jamaica meant Brazil progressed as one of the best third-placed sides, while Italy qualified as group winners. https://t.co/ZoHQo5GKTA— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 18, 2019Italy looked to have gone ahead when Girelli brilliantly took in a cross before dispatching a composed finish into the top-left corner, only for the offside flag to cut her celebrations short.Barbara came to Brazil’s rescue six minutes before halftime, reacting sharply to keep out Barbara Bonansea’s close-range volley. And it was Marta who took the glory on Tuesday, scoring from the spot in the 74th minute for her 17th World Cup goal and overtaking Miroslav Klose’s previous record, which she had matched with a spot-kick in the defeat to Australia on matchday two.Cristiana Girelli had a goal ruled out for Italy in the first half, but Brazil’s improved performance in the second half was rewarded when Marta converted from 12 yards after Elena Linari had barged into Debinha. Related News Marta made history as Brazil beat Italy 1-0 to guarantee their place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.Brazil knew that a point in Valenciennes would be enough to confirm its progression from Group C regardless of Australia’s result with Jamaica. Women’s World Cup 2019: Sam Kerr scores four to book Australia’s last-16 placelast_img read more

No special committee on medical marijuana, governor says it’s not needed

first_imgDES MOINES — Top Republican lawmakers at the statehouse have denied a request from Democrats to start a special committee to study the state’s medical marijuana program. Republican Governor Kim Reynolds vetoed a bipartisan bill passed this year that would’ve allowed for more potent medical marijuana products.Representative John Forbes, a Democrat from Urbandale, says it would help with crafting a proposal to expand the program.   “The thought was if we could have this interim committee meeting, bring public members in and voice their opinion and concerns, I think that strengthens our bill and allows other legislators the opportunity to be able to hear what their constituents are saying too,” Forbes says.Governor Reynolds says she isn’t interested in an interim legislative committee. Reynolds says there already is a process for reviewing the rules that was included in the initial law.  “They put in place as part of that an advisory board…. and they were very prescriptive about who served on that advisory board so we have the expertise to make decisions going forward,” Reynolds says.Reynolds says she vetoed the bill over the provision that would have let more potent cannabis pills, oils and creams be produced and sold in Iowa. Something that was not approved by the advisory board. “So out of the eight or so policy pieces that were included in that bill — seven of them, my numbers may be off — but every one but one was a recommendation of the policy board. So that’s an indication to me that it’s working,” Reynolds says.Reynolds says she wants to see what the advisory board thinks before signing off on expanding the potency of the medical marijuana. “There is a great big range between where we are at right now and what was proposed last year. And I would be interest again in hearing what the advisory board that the legislature put together and passed and was signed into law, I would be interested in their input as well,” she says.Reynolds says lawmakers should work through the policy board to make changes instead of another committee.  “They created it, it’s already there, so work with them,” Reynolds says. “This is legislation that passed both chambers that was sent to the governor an signed into law. So, it seems to me that that’s the role of this policy board that they put into place.”Reynolds made her comments Wednesday following an event. Lawmakers failed in an attempt to get enough votes to call a special session to override the veto.last_img read more

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith arrested at airport

first_imgIn this 2013 photo, San Francisco 49ers’ Aldon Smith poses for a photo, location not known. (AP Photo)LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.The 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 and became uncooperative with the process, airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said. She said he told a TSA agent that he had a bomb before walking to the gate. When airport police officers caught up with him, Ortiz said Smith became uncooperative and was taken into custody.A witness video posted on TMZ.com shows Smith exchanging words with an officer as he was being handcuffed and escorted out of the gate area.Smith was booked for investigation of making a false bomb threat. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said anyone who makes a bomb threat at an airport is potentially subject to federal charges, although no such charges have been filed against Smith.A message seeking comment from Smith’s agent wasn’t immediately returned.With the arrest, Smith is involved in three pending criminal cases.“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”A fearsome pass-rushing specialist, Smith took a five-game leave of absence from the 49ers last season to undergo treatment for substance abuse. He rejoined the team Nov. 5.Smith played in a 27-7 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 22, two days after he was arrested and jailed on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. After the game, he publicly apologized for his behavior and later announced he would leave for treatment.Leading up to the playoffs in early January, Smith said during an interview with The Associated Press he was encouraged by the strides he had made to better himself off the football field that put life — and his work — in perspective.  He said at the time he hadn’t had any alcohol since before his Sept. 20 DUI arrest, and that he wasn’t craving it. When he rejoined the team Nov. 5, he insisted he was on the path to lifelong sobriety stuck by that statement.His teammates rallied around him in support of his rehab and, later, his return to the team.Smith emerged as one of the NFL’s most-feared pass rushers in 2012. He had a franchise-record 19.5 sacks that year, but failed to record a sack in his final six games including the team’s postseason Super Bowl run.Smith finished with 8½ sacks and 34 tackles in 11 games last season, making eight starts.In November, Smith pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a June 2012 party at his home. Investigators say several shots were fired, two partygoers were injured and Smith was stabbed. In the subsequent investigation, prosecutors say detectives found five unregistered weapons in Smith’s house, including two Bushmaster rifles and an Armalite AR-10T. They say those are assault weapons illegal to possess under California law.Smith and former teammate Delanie Walker were named in a lawsuit last September filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court by a Northern California man who said he was shot at a party at Smith’s house on June 29, 2012.  The players charged a $10 admission and $5 per drink, the lawsuit said. Smith and now-Tennessee Titans tight end Walker were allegedly intoxicated on Smith’s balcony when they fired gunshots in the air while trying to end the party, the lawsuit said.Smith, selected seventh overall in the 2011 draft out of Missouri, had previously been arrested on suspicion of DUI in January 2012 in Miami shortly after the 49ers lost in the NFC championship game.This is the latest in a long list of legal issues for 49ers players the past two years — and recently, too. The Niners, who lost to the rival and eventual champion Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game, have made nearly as much news away from the field as they have in free agency this offseason.On Thursday, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was one of three NFL players named in a Miami police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there, though no one has been charged with a crime. Kaepernick, 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette — a former 49er — were with the woman at a Miami hotel where Lockette lives, according to the Miami Police Department report. The police say it’s too early to determine whether a crime was committed.Late last month in San Jose, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run and reckless driving after he drove a car into a bicyclist and fled. He is the player who underwent sensitivity training after his anti-gay remarks leading up to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season. He has done outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Last summer, another starting linebacker, Ahmad Brooks, was investigated by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office on allegations that Brooks repeatedly hit a teammate on the head with a beer bottle. No assault charges were filed because of insufficient evidence.According to police, Brooks hit then-teammate Lamar Divens with the bottle three times and then punched him in the face during an early morning argument June 8. Divens sustained a 3-inch cut on his forehead.Another member of the defense, Demarcus Dobbs, was suspended for Week 1 last season for his own arrest on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession in 2012.___AP Sports Writers Janie McCauley and Josh Dubow in San Francisco contributed to this report.last_img read more

McCutchen, Pirates beat Rockies 5-3 for 3-game sweep

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen, left, celebrates with teammate Gaby Sanchez (17) as they run off the field after a 5-3 won over the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game in Pittsburgh Sunday, July 20, 2014.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pittsbugh Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep.With the score 3-all, Matt Belisle (2-6) relieved and Josh Harrison worked out a seven-pitch walk leading off the seventh. Harrison stole second and scored on a single by McCutchen, who then was caught stealing second. Walker followed with his 14th homer.Jeanmar Gomez (2-2) pitched a one-hit seventh, All-Star Tony Watson struck out two in a perfect eighth and Mark Melancon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances.Pittsburgh Pirates fans wave brooms after the Pirates completed a 3-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game in Pittsburgh Sunday, July 20, 2014. The Pirates won 5-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)last_img read more

Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar to Replace Tipping with New Service…

first_imgFacebook275Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Iron RabbitBeginning November 28, Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar will begin applying an 18-percent service charge on all in-restaurant checks, instead of a gratuity. All proceeds will be redistributed to staff in the form of wages, commissions, and benefits.“We are proud to be among the first restaurants in Olympia to take this step. We believe it invests in our employees while helping us modernize and improve our guests’ experience,” said Christian Skillings, Iron Rabbit owner.Several factors prompted the switch:Rich, creamy Artichoke Heart Alfredo with Proscuitto is featured on Iron Rabbit’s dinner menu.More equitable pay: Federal and state labor laws now prohibit restaurant operators from requiring servers and bartenders to share tips with kitchen staff, which has led to a growing inequity in how employees are paid.Higher minimum wage: With the passage of Initiative 1433, the state’s minimum wage will rise to $11 in 2017.  Iron Rabbit is raising its wages right away on November 28. The service charge will help fund the increase.Expanded employee benefits: Beginning in January 2017, the restaurant will also expand benefits for employees with new, paid sick leave, a 401K program, and opportunities to earn extra pay based on performance.“By treating all team members fairly, we create better experiences for our guests by attracting and keeping the best people, committed to service and quality,” said Skillings.Service charges have become more common in restaurants, from Seattle and Tacoma to cities nationwide.“The restaurant has a unique opportunity to change for the better, and this is our latest step to keep improving. We are also very proud of Iron Rabbit’s commitment to sourcing local foods and to operating sustainably by reducing waste through composting,” said Skillings.last_img read more

Ambrose bounced as WI bowling coach

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose says he is shocked by his sacking as West Indies bowling consultant and also claimed he was blindsighted by the decision.The 52-year-old, who has served in the role for the past three years, said he had only been informed of the decision by head coach Phil Simmons less than a week ago and also pointed out that he had already planned his schedule around next month’s Tri-Nations Series and the four-Test India series starting in July.”I only learnt about it from head coach Phil Simmons on Wednesday (last week), and when he told me, I said to him that I am very disappointed because I never expected it and I never saw it coming because he never gave me any indication he was going to let me go,” Sir Curtly told the Observer newspaper here.”So it came as a bit of a shock, basically, but I haven’t decided which direction I am going to take just yet. I’ll just pause and give it a little time to think about it and decide where I want to go after.”Last Friday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that the Antiguan would be replaced by former Barbados and West Indies A fast bowler, Roddy Estwick, who was recently bowling coach for Barbados Pride in the Regional four-day championship.MORE TECHNICALThe move came just three weeks prior to the start of the June 3-26 Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa and just over a month after Sir Curtly helped guide West Indies to their second capture of the Twenty20 World Cup in India.Sir Curtly said he had been told by Simmons that he required a bowling consultant who was “more technical”, hence the decision to go with Barbadian Estwick.”I spoke to head coach Phil Simmons and he told me that he wanted someone who is more technical to work with the fast bowlers,” Sir Curtly explained.”So, I said to him ‘Well, ‘if you knew I was doing a poor job then you should have told me’, He said no, I did a fantastic job because I brought a high level of discipline to the team and I have motivated the guys quite a bit.”He added: “I did wish him all the best and asked him to continue with the team and that we can get some positive results because I am not going to hold him in malice or hold it against him. It’s just disappointing.”last_img read more