Monthly Archives: July 2015

8 of the World’s Weirdest Pools

By Kristine Hansen

Forget about swim-up bars and elegant infinity pools. Today’s coolest hotel pools flaunt jaw-dropping, quirky amenities like sharks on the other side of a glass wall or the image of Andy Warhol’s face on the floor below. Forget about those old kidney shapes, too. These days a pool may be saucer-shaped, or a glass cube.

Tired of the same-old aquamarine water? Imagine swimming in water that’s blood-red, or gold. From Las Vegas to Austria, from Manhattan’s bustling Lower East Side to tranquil Tibet, here are some of the world’s weirdest hotel pools.

The Tank, Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Las Vegas

8 of the World’s Weirdest Pools

(Photo: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino)

Where else but Sin City would a hotel devise such an adrenaline-seeking theme to its poolside atmosphere? Tucked into the Golden Nugget property is The Tank, where sharks swim in a glass-enclosed structure and humans coast down a 30-foot waterslide that’s – thankfully – separated from the fish.

Infinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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(Photo: Marina Bay Sands)

Perched on the 57th floor of one of its three towers, the SkyPark hosts a 150-meter infinity-edge pool that creates the appearance of floating off into the clouds while swimming. Rimming the other side of the pool are palm trees and chaise lounges. Bonus: Singapore’s skyline never looked so stunning.

Related: 8 Cruise-Ship Pools that Make You Say Wow

The Red Pool, The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand

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(Photo: The Library)

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#Daydream: The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

We know how it is. You’re stuck at your desk and the day seems to be going on forever. Your mind starts to wander — at first to “anywhere but here,” but then to exotic, faraway lands where your everyday problems and stress melt in the presence of true paradise. You want to go to there, and we want to go with you. Every day at 3 p.m. Eastern, we’ll send you a picture of the place we at Yahoo Travel are daydreaming about so we can all take that mental vacation together. Let’s go to…

#Daydream: The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

Photo: Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

…The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument! This monument protects the Missouri Breaks of Central Montana. The land is unspoiled, stunning and spans 149 miles of the Upper Missouri River. This unique area provides a great Artist-in-Residence Program that allows artistic opportunities with the terrain serving as your muse.  Sunsets, sunrises, full moons and star gazing allow for the most dramatic settings. This dream is perfect for someone seeking solitude, but is also wonderful to enjoy with loved ones. Suggested activities include floating the river, hiking, exploring or simply just enjoying the view.

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Cop accused of killing driver out of jail, free on bond

Ray Tensing, dismissed from his job as a University of Cincinnati police officer, enters the Hamilton County courthouse July 30, 2015, before his arraignment on charges of murdering a motorist.

CINCINNATI — A former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a man he pulled over for a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty in court Thursday and was out of jail on bond less than eight hours later.

Ray Tensing, 25, killed Samuel DuBose, 43, on July 19 as the unarmed black man delayed producing his driver’s license during the traffic stop near the university’s campus. Judge Megan Shanahan of Hamilton County Common Pleas Court set Tensing’s bond at $1 million during the arraignment as Tensing bowed his head, closed his eyes and never looked at anyone.

Applause broke out in the courtroom when Shanahan set the high bond, but the judge immediately put a stop to it, admonishing spectators.

“This is a courtroom,” she said.

Afterward, Tensing’s lawyer, Stewart Mathews, said he would do his best to raise the money to get his client out of jail Thursday, and Tensing left the Hamilton County jail hours later after spending the night behind bars. Anyone can post 10% of a $1 million bond, an amount that can be raised through a lien on a house.

Earlier in the day after the arraignment, DuBose’s family and friends demanded a conviction. They hugged; they shed tears.

Samuel DuBose, 43, of Cincinnati died July 19 during a University of Cincinnati police traffic stop. (Photo: Hamilton County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office)”

“If this man doesn’t get convicted, they can shoot me in the head, too,” said Kimberly Thomas, DuBose’s friend.

For a few seconds, they broke into chant of “no justice, no peace.” Courthouse security ordered them to be quiet.

Tensing’s father, Paul Tensing, and other family members were in the courtroom during the arraignment, but none would comment after the hearing. Paul Tensing is a retired Springfield Township, Ohio, firefighter. Continue reading

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Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris: Bad Blood singer ready to say ‘yes’ to Rita Ora’s ex-boyfriend’s proposal

Taylor Swift is ready to walk down the aisle with Calvin Harris

American singer/songwriter Taylor Swift and Scottish singer/DJ Calvin Harris are ready to take their relationship to the next level.

According to a report in Hollywood Life, the Red singer is ready to walk down the aisle with the 31-year-old DJ.

“Even though they haven’t been together that long if he did ask her tomorrow she’d say yes, she’s just so happy with him. Taylor doesn’t think it’s a sure thing, she’s not that cocky, but she has a really good feeling that they will end up together.”

Reports that Harris and Swift are dating started in March, and the two were pictured shopping in Nashville, dressed similarly.

Later, the two were spotted at a Kenny Chesney concert, getting cosy in the audience.

The couple made their relationship public when Swift kissed Harris during the Billboard Music Awards 2015, held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on 17 May. Continue reading

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5 Ways You’re Hydrating Wrong

Taking in enough fluids seems simple, right? Just drink more water. That will help, sure, but there are probably a few hydration mistakes you’re making—without even realizing it. Fix these 5 missteps to make sure you’re getting the H2O you need:

Mistake #1: Drinking water during your workout, but not before
Even if you sip on something regularly while you’re at the gym, you may be prone to headaches if you haven’t hydrated ahead of time, too. You should aim to drink at least 8 ounces of water about half an hour before you exercise, says New York City-based trainer Larysa DiDio, founder of PFX Fitness.

Mistake #2: Insisting on eight glasses a day
It’s time to kick this adage to the curb: The Institute of Medicine actually recommends 11.4 cups per day, although hydration needs vary from person to person. The exact amount of H2O you need is dependent on your size and weight. And since you can also get water from foods like fruits and veggies (an apple, for instance, can provide an entire cup of water), you may not need to guzzle as much if you’re eating water-rich meals and snacks. In general, though, if you take your weight and divide it by two, that should give you roughly the number of ounces of water you need in a day, says Keri Gans, RD, author of The Small Change Diet.

Mistake #3: Avoiding drinks like coffee and tea

hydration from tea and coffee

It’s a commonly held belief that coffee and tea are dehydrating because of their caffeine content—but that’s a myth, says New York City-based nutritionist Lisa Cashman, RD. “While the caffeine in coffee and tea can be a diuretic—which causes fluid loss—the fluid in them typically makes up for it.” So your daily Starbucks habit is still better than sipping on nothing.

Mistake #4: Hydrating too infrequently
If you feel thirsty, then yes, you should probably drink water. Same goes for when you’re exercising or it’s hot outside. But—contrary to common belief—these aren’t the only times when you need to rehydrate, says Gans. “You also need to hydrate while you’re sitting at your desk at work, not just at the gym,” she says. “I even have a sticky note on my computer that says, ‘Drink water.’ ” Gans suggests sipping consistently throughout the day. If you don’t, you could set yourself up for conditions like kidney stones and UTIs.

Mistake #5: Confusing the need for water with the need for food
Drink before you eat to make sure your hunger pangs are actually, well, hunger pangs. Many people confuse the need for H20 with the need for food, says Gans. She recommends eating meals and snacks as you normally would—but also getting into the habit of drinking plenty of water with them. She also suggests setting a bottle of water on your nightstand. “First thing in the morning, drink it,” says Gans. “If it’s the first thing you see, you can set yourself up with hydration for the rest of the day.”

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8 Foods You Never Knew You Could Pickle

Pickles just might be the new kale, not necessarily because they’re super healthy—although probiotic-filled versions definitely can be—but because every hip restaurant and self-proclaimed foodie is adding them to their menu.

Yet the pickles you see popping up at farmers’ markets and fancy grocery stores aren’t the boring cucumber kind that accompanies a soggy deli sandwich. We’re talking about unexpected, sophisticated fruits and veggies—think broccoli, grapes, pears, and peaches—that you’d never expected to see in a pickle jar. Unfortunately, these gourmet pickles are also quite pricey.

Lucky for pickle-lovers, though, making your own pickles is way easier than you think. With a simple mix of water, vinegar, salt, and spices, you can pickle just about any food at home. Better still, DIY pickles let you control how much salt and sugar you add, allowing you to make a healthy, low-calorie treat.

Here, 8 unexpected pickle recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers so you can enjoy summer’s ripe bounty all year long.

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How to Find a Sport That You Love

How to Find a Sport That You Love

Even if running isn’t your jam (like it is for champion runner Nick Symmonds), there’s a way to find the right sport for you. (Photo: Flickr/Björn Láczay)

No secret: I freaking love the Olympics.

They are what inspired me to get off my sister’s couch and find a new sport to conquer after my football career ended. And they are what have kept me going through years of crazy training in handball while running my business. They are what I dream about.

So any chance I get to interview an Olympian on The School of Greatness, I take.

Nick Symmonds is not just any Olympian either. The national championship-winner runs faster than 99.9 percent of people on the planet, and he’s been to two Olympic games so far (and is gunning for a slot in 2016).

But Nick isn’t just a runner — he’s also an entrepreneur (and is self-described first and foremost as a businessman.) What I learned from Nick was how powerful a positive mindset is, how to bounce back from a loss, and why it’s so important to him to fight for the rights of athletes to earn higher pay.

As we talked about his path to becoming an Olympian, I found out that Nick had actually tried many different sports all through school. He would play several sports a year and loved many of them. But it wasn’t until he joined his middle school cross country team (for a girl, he admits) that he started to realize how much he loved running in particular.

In fact, he hated running at first. But with time, dedication, supportive teammates and coaches, and the improvements he saw in himself, he started to see that his body was built to run the half-mile — amazingly well.

Nick’s advice to anyone who is trying to find a niche sport that they love is try everything. You don’t know what you haven’t tried.

If you haven’t found a sport yet that you love, set a goal to try something new every month. And have fun with it!

Who says exercise has to be a chore?

As Nick says, “Everyone is an athlete at something.”

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Hundreds protest Cecil the lion killing at dentist’s office

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – A group of protesters outside the office of a suburban Minneapolis dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe has grown to a couple of hundred people.

Demonstrators carried signs Wednesday and chanted outside the Bloomington office of Walter Palmer.

Palmer has said he believed the hunt was legal and didn’t know about the lion’s status. Some of Palmer’s patients are among the protesters.

Signs read “Killer” and “I am Cecil” – the name of the slain lion. Members of the crowd chanted, “Justice for Cecil.”

Signs also were taped on Palmer’s office door, including “ROT IN HELL” and “PALMER There’s a deep cavity waiting for you!”

Police are on the scene but are allowing the peaceful protest to continue.

Palmer, who lives in Eden Prairie, sent a letter to his patients on Wednesday, apologizing for the disruption.

Here’s the full letter:

To my valued patients:

As you may have already heard, I have been in the news over the last few days for reasons that have nothing to do with my profession or the care I provide for you. I want you to know of this situation and my involvement

In addition to spending time with my family, one of my passions outside dentistry is hunting. I’ve been a life-long hunter since I was a child growing up in North Dakota. I don’t often talk about hunting with my patients because it can be a divisive and emotionally charged topic. I understand and respect that not everyone shares the same views on hunting. Continue reading

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My private life is very exciting: Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan might not speak about it, but those in the know, swear that he has a girlfriend called Natasha Dalal. They have been together for years. She comes from a non-film family, and their relationship has survived despite linkups with Alia Bhattand Nargis Fakhri. Ask Varun if he chooses not to talk about her because he’s afraid of losing his female fans and he shrugs, “No, that is not so. I think that time has gone when actors did that.”

It has never been proved if actors’ relationship status affects their careers, but Aamir Khan and Govinda hid the fact that they were married. In the 90s, actors believed that the ladies would warm to actors only if they were single. He agrees, “There was a time when actors believed that it would harm their careers if they came out in the open about their private life.”

So why isn’t he coming out in the open about his girlfriend. He smiles, “Why am I not speaking out about my private life? Because there is too much to speak about.  It will overtake my professional life.  I am telling you, my private life is very exciting. I know if I reveal something about my private life, then people will be not be interested in my work. I am not a boring person. You know how some people say ‘Oh, I am very boring, there is nothing to talk about my life, It is an open book and all that stuff?’ I am not like that.” Continue reading

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Avril Lavigne – When You’re Gone

Do you remember this song?

Do you know I miss you ?

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