Half-time: QPR 1 Aston Villa 0

first_imgCharlie Austin’s 17th-minute strike – his third Premier League goal – put QPR ahead at Loftus Road. Austin fired home on the half-volley from near the edge of the box after Bobby Zamora had laid the ball into his path.The opener came after Rangers keeper Rob Green had been called into action twice early on.Green, back in the side because Alex McCarthy was ruled out with a thigh problem, gathered Ashley Westwood’s effort and a thumping long-range volley from Carlos Sanchez.After Austin’s goal, Christian Benteke headed wide from Westwood’s cross from the right.And Green reacted quickly to prevent Benteke connecting with another right-wing cross, this time from Andreas Weimann.QPR: Green; Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Yun; Vargas, Henry; Sandro, Fer; Austin, Zamora.Subs: Murphy, Traore, Ferdinand, Kranjcar, Phillips, Hill, Hoilett.Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Cleverley, Sanchez, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.Subs: Given, Okore, Cole, Bent, Bacuna, Richardson, N’Zogbia.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more



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Junior Boks romp into World Champs semis

first_img10 June 2014 After an impressive victory over New Zealand, the Junior Springboks were expected to dominate Samoa at the ECO Light Stadium in Pukekohe on Tuesday in a Pool C clash at the IRB Junior World Championships. It turned out to be a tough encounter. In the end, South Africa claimed a very difficult 21-8 victory, but it was a below standard showing from Handre Pollard and company.‘It wasn’t a clinical performance’ “It wasn’t a clinical performance from us, there were a lot of errors,” Pollard said in a post-match interview. “ “We have to rectify that in the semi-finals, but we got the win. That’s all we wanted, to get the two points to go to the semi-finals.”‘They had great commitment’ The South African captain also praised Samoa for their performance, saying: “They had great commitment all the way through [the game]. Our guys were a bit flat, but we came out better in the second half and got the win.” Looking ahead to the semi-finals, with South Africa’s opponents not yet determined, Pollard concluded: “We don’t care who we play in the semi-finals. We just want to get there because once you are there anything can happen.”‘Our boys did their best’ Samoan captain Henry Stowers lauded the effort put in by his team: “Our boys did their best and that’s all I could ask for. I’m just proud of them. We took it to South Africa and we will bounce back from this,” he said. Beaten 48-12 by New Zealand, the Samoans, surprisingly, took an 8-7 lead into halftime as a below-standard South African first half and wet conditions aided the islanders. The first 40 minutes were an arm-wrestle and it took a long time for the first points to be scored. When they were at last, they went the way of Samoa in the 32nd minute when Nathaniel Apa dotted down from a charged down clearance off the boot of Jesse Kriel. Junior Springbok try Three minutes from the break, Aidon Davis crashed over the tryline for the Junior Boks from a five-metre scrum, with Handre Pollard adding the conversion to give South Africa the lead. It didn’t last long as William Talaitane Mu knocked over a penalty on the stroke of halftime to edge Samoa in front. Early in the second half, South Africa butchered a gilt-edged try-scoring opportunity after a lovely break by Pollard. He was caught just short of the tryline, but the passing by the backs, once the ball was freed up and moved right, was poor and the opportunity to take the lead was missed.Yellow cards Samoa’s propensity for pushing the limits and for dangerous tackling came back to hurt them, however, as they were forced into playing mostly in their half. They had lost eighthman Richard Mariota to a yellow card for repeated infringements in the loose late in the first half, during which Davis scored for the Junior Springboks. Early in the second half, they lost Apa to another yellow card for a high, swinging arm tackle on Sergeal Petersen. With Apa watching from the sidelines, South Africa messed up another try-scoring chance when they forced the Samoans back onto their tryline from a set scrum, but Davis knocked on in the act of dotting down. Samoa celebrated a small victory, but it didn’t come from their brilliance, rather from another Junior Springboks’ error, and the pressure was mounting on them. Against New Zealand, South Africa had chosen to kick for the corner from penalties on a number of occasions, rather than kick at goal, but when the Samoans gave another one away, Pollard opted for a go at goal. His miss meant the men in green and gold still trailed.South Africa in the lead In the 63rd minute, Dawie Theron’s charges at last regained the lead they had held so briefly late in the first half when centre Andre Esterhuizen broke through two tackles after the Junior Boks had fed a lineout inside the islanders’ 22. He crashed over next to the uprights to make it 12-8 to South Africa. Pollard’s successful conversion attempt extended the advantage to 14-8. Samoa managed to put the Junior Springboks under some pressure in the game’s last five minutes, but the South Africans stood up to the challenge. Then, with time almost up, the Samoans were made to pay for a loose pass as Petersen rushed up onto the ball, kicked it ahead and fell on it over the tryline. Pollard added the conversion to make the final score South Africa 21, Samoa 8. It had been a tough contest, during which the Baby Boks were asked many questions. In the end they won to top their pool and secure a place in the semi- finals, but they will know that more work needs to be done before their next match, with a place in the final on the line.last_img read more



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London Olympics: Flop shows in London add to the woes of Indian weightlifting

first_imgOne of the biggest slumps in Indian sport has been in weightlifting. For two days in a row, it has been a case of Indian weightlifters turning in flop shows, with Katalu Ravi Kumar unable to come near the medal bracket on Tuesday. Even before leaving India, there were doubts over Ravi’s fitness and he came up with the excuse of fever on Tuesday after finishing sixth at the Excel Arena.Competing in the 69-kg category, Ravi totalled 303 kg in snatch, clean and jerk. He had a 136 kg lift in snatch and then 167 in clean and jerk.The Indian had attempted 141 twice in snatch, but could not register a legitimate effort. In snatch and jerk, after a 167, he went for 176 kg and again failed to achieve the target.Gold went to powerful Kim Myok Hong of North Korea. He had a good snatch of 145 and then in clean and jerk, without too much effort, he did 184 kg for an aggregate of 329 kg as the hall thundered with applause.Silver went to Venezuela’s Junior Antonio Sanchez Rivero as he totalled 328 kg (148 kg in snatch and 180 in clean and jerk). Sardar Hasanov of Azerbaijan had to be content with the bronze medal.Coming back to Ravi, who is employed by the Indian Army, he had been unsure of his fitness before coming here. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist was in fact in decent form when he sealed a berth for the Olympics with a good performance at the Asian championships.A day earlier, Soniya Chanu also did not do well in her category.advertisementFor long, Indian weightlifting has been under the scanner for the wrong reasons. Twelve years ago, when Karnam Malleswari surprised the world with a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, talk was if she could inspire a whole generation.What happened instead was disaster as in the Athens Olympics in 2004 as women lifters were found to be on dope and were thrown out of the Athletes Village even before the Games began.Dope offences in Indian weightlifting have been frequent and the federation had to pay a huge fine in 2010 to secure a return to the international fold.However, despite all these lessons, the sport has not improved. If Malleswari had won a medal in 2000, it was due to foreign coach Leonid Taranenko helping her out.But the sad reality now is that after Magad Slamma left India, no international coach wants to come and help our lifters.Unless there is a corrective measure at home, the sport of weightlifting will die an unnatural death in India.last_img read more



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Amazon 10inch Fire tablets 50 off at Best Buy

first_img 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. 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. 7 Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo Rylo Share your voice 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. Post a comment Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal 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. See it Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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. Boost Mobile Now playing: Watch this: Read DJI Osmo Action preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 0 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Comments Apple iPhone XS See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags $59 at eBay CNET Deals Amazon,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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $299 at Amazon Tablets 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. Amazon’s Fire HD 10 lights your tablet fire, for less Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $155 at Google Express 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See at Amazon 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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). 1:44 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $520 at HP Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. $999 See at Turo Best Buy See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sprint 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. Read the AirPods review 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. $210 at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) David Carnoy/CNET Today only, Best Buy is offering $50 off of Amazon’s largest tablet, the Fire HD 10, bringing the price down to $100. That matches the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the 32GB model. (Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the product featured on this page.)See it at Best BuyBest Buy is also offering $50 off the 64GB version of the tablet, which now costs $139. See it at Best BuyThe Fire HD 10 was already a pretty sweet deal starting at $150 (which remains the price for the 32GB model at Amazon, by the way, though we’ll be watching to see if it matches Best Buy’s price). Sure, it lacks the elegance of the 9.7-inch iPad and can’t match the power of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but it’s definitely a better value — especially at $100. You get a 10-inch tablet with a high-res screen and solid performance, 32GB of storage — equal to the base model iPad — and hands-free Alexa capabilities. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Amazonlast_img read more



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Flipkart initiates aggressive tech hiring Is it going Amazon way

first_imgFlipkart initiates aggressive tech hiring: Is it going Amazon way?REUTERS/Abhishek N ChinnappaIndia’s homegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart is increasing its headcount in areas of data science and analytics among other specializations.Flipkart has over 700 open positions in technology and related areas including data scientists, UI & UX designers, product solution engineers, tech program managers, software developers, IT infrastructure & service delivery and IT applications, says an Economic Times report.”Flipkart is aggressively hiring in tech functions. Over 4/5th of all current open positions at Flipkart is for technology functions,” Economic Times quotes a spokesperson for Flipkart as saying.”Aggressive tech hiring is part of the company’s ‘AI for India’ programme, which leverages Flipkart’s strengths in tech and data to build scalable AI-powered solutions for the country” the spokesperson added. Flipkart has kept about 50 data sciences positions open.It seems like Flipkart is following the Amazon suit who are reportedly hiring over 1100 people for its Alexa business unit. The company is looking out for Language Engineer to join their Alexa Machine Learning Team.According to a report by Citi Research, the company is hiring more than Google for its technical and product roles across the entire Alphabet group of companies including YouTube and Waymo.As the talks about hiring by Flipkart intensify, it is interesting to note that Flipkart is planning to invest in setting up a 4.5 million sqft state-of-the-art logistics park in Karnataka state which aims to create 20,000 jobs. The logistics park includes the direct recruitment of 5,000 people while 15,000 jobs would be created indirectly.Also, the US retail giant Walmart is now said to be nearing closure of a deal with Flipkart by which the Walmart will acquire a major share in Flipkart through the secondary purchase of shares from existing shareholders apart from making investments through the primary route.last_img read more



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Harvey Worsens Overcrowding At Harris County Jail

first_img Share KUTOvercrowding at Harris County jail has been exacerbated in part by a loss of beds and a court backlog in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.The Houston Chronicle reports that the jail is over capacity by more than 200 inmates and 280 have already been sent to other counties. Harvey rendered more than 1,000 jail beds and the county’s criminal courthouse unusable, which has led to bloated dockets and disorderly trial schedules.But some say overcrowding was a chronic problem before Harvey, attributed to judges’ reluctance to issue personal release bonds and prosecutor’s charging decisions.The sheriff’s office is preparing a formal request for nearly 200 portable jail beds. But the jail could see more relief soon as more than 140 beds and some courtrooms are reopening in coming weeks.last_img read more



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Voices should tell a story

first_imgSonam Kalra, the gifted musician blends gospel numbers with hints of sufi music . The Sufi Gospel Project that took off last year is one such creation that perfectly presents this concept. She believes that the music they (the six members of the project) create transcends religions and faiths. We got talking to the vocalist and tried to know more about her. Read on…How would you define your musical philosophy?Musically, I think what appeals to me about voices is that they should be big voices and tell a story – that to me is what a voice should do, sing yes, but also speak, tell you a story without necessarily spelling it out.  Shobha Gurtu, Begum Akhtar and Ella Fitzgerald’s voices were like that- filled with stories that made you want to keep listening to them, for that one glimpse into their hearts, Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’their souls. What/Who inspires you?My greatest inspiration has been my parents, Aneeta and Surjit Kalra. I sing for them. I sing for God. It’s that simple.In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think about the main issues are?Honestly, I think it’s a great time in India to be in  the field of music, there are so many live music venues and audiences as well as festivals. And technology and social media have made it so easy to put your music out there so really, I have no complaints. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTell us about your best tracksAsking me to tell you what my best track would be like asking a mother to choose which child she loves more, each one of the songs is something I have created with my musicians so how can I choose? I love each of them.What songs top your playlist right now?What I am listening to right now is Hum Dekhenge a composition sung by Iqbal Bano based on an  Urdu Nazmwritten by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, with a revolutionary theme. I recently composed a song for women’s rights (for One Billion Rising) based on another poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz so I have been researching a lot of Faiz lately. What suggestions/advice would you have for newbies in music?The only advice I can give to anyone in life is that you should be true to yourself and what you believe in. Take risks, don’t imitate. Be the best you that you can be. You have to work hard, whatever you do, not just in the field of music.   How did you guys come together/start off?I first conceived of this project when I was asked to sing gospel music to commemorate the birth centenary of the Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan at the Inayat Khan Dargah in Delhi. I had sung gospel in churches and at other music venues but for the Urz of Inayat Khan, I wanted to create a sound that blended the faiths. I belong to the Sikh religion and am often asked why I sing gospel. My answer is always the same – because God has no religion. It’s not a band but a genre of music that I have created. The Sufi Gospel Project is a genre of music that blends together the many voices of faith, through song and music.last_img read more



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Optical fibre scopes coming to Nabanna to bolster security

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to further strengthen the security arrangement in the state Secretariat Nabanna, a decision has been taken to install optical fibre scopes in the building.With installation of the optical fibre scopes, video of a moment along with sound will get captured and will help security officers get minute details of the place that will get captured in the video.Sources said that video footages that get captured through optical fibre scope will be monitored from the control room in Nabanna itself. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to senior officers in the state secretariat, the step has been taken considering the need to further enhance the security arrangement in Nabanna, where everyday there is constant movement of VVIPs. The 14-storeyed building houses the office of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior officials, including the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of police.The optical fibre scope will be installed at strategic locations and the places have been identified by the expert policemen who look after the security of Nabanna. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that the state secretariat is under the coverage of surveillance cameras. A decision was also taken to set up separate dog squads, especially for security of the state secretariat. With setting up of dog squads, there will be a separate team for the security of Nabanna.Recently, 244 CCTV cameras were installed and it took the total number of CCTV cameras in to around 400.The step to install more CCTV cameras was taken to bring each and every place in and around the state secretariat under the coverage of surveillance cameras. The CCTV cameras were installed both inside and outside the building. Cameras were also installed at parking lots.A survey was conducted to identify the places where the CCTV cameras need to be installed and based on the same, the work of installing the cameras was carried out.last_img read more



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Target Just Opened a Space to Show Customers the Beauty of the

first_img With the Internet of Things poised to define our future, one of the nation’s biggest retailers wants to bring connected home devices squarely into the present.Adjacent to one of its San Francisco stores, Target has unveiled Open House, a 3,500 square-foot venture that the company describes as “part retail space, part lab, part meeting venue for the connected home tech community.”Image Credit: TargetOpen House will vend 35 connected home products in total — including the August smart door lock; Ring, a smart doorbell; Nest and Sonos, a wireless home audio system — only a third of which are currently available in traditional Target stores.Related: This Startup Wants to Make Driving More ‘Social’ With Light-Up Emojis for Your CarIn a shrewd move, the experiential store is designed just like a home — outfitted entirely with see-through acrylic furniture — in order to show consumers how such technology might fit into their everyday lives. For instance, “visitors can see how a baby’s stirring prompts soothing music on the sound system and a pot of joe brewing in the kitchen,” according to Target.Image Credit: TargetImage Credit: TargetRelated: What ‘They’ Are Not Telling You: The Downsides of the ‘Internet of Things’Going forward, the space will also host tech talks, industry meetups and product demos and launches, Target said. Open House could also help Target decide which connected home products to carry in-store, as well as which experiential retail strategies to implement in the future.“We know [the Internet of Things] is going to generate huge value,” said Casey Carl, Target’s chief strategy and innovation officer, in a statement. “We’re using Open House to test the trend, both for us and for guests.”Image Credit: targetopenhouse | InstagramRelated: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday Life How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min readcenter_img July 10, 2015 Listen Nowlast_img read more



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