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Google Doodle honors legendary surfer Eddie Aikau savior of hundreds of lives

first_img Share your voice Online Sports Tags Google honors legendary big-wave surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau. Google Eddie Aikau was an iconic Hawaiian surfer as famous for his prowess on big waves as he was as a lifeguard who saved hundreds of lives from the dangerous surf of Oahu’s north shore.But it’s for his final rescue attempt that he’s beloved in the Hawaiian community. To honor the legendary surfer and lifeguard, Google dedicated an animated Doodle to Aikau on what would have been his 73rd birthday. For almost as long as Google has been around, it’s livened up its barebones search page with artwork that draws attention to notable people, events, holidays and anniversaries. Google Doodles have celebrated, among many other things, Pac-Man’s anniversary, Copernicus’ birthday, Mother’s Day and the World Cup, as well as reminding us of lesser-known real-world heroes. Aikau was one of those real-world heroes.Born in Maui on May 4, 1946, Aikau was a descendant of the high priest to King Kamehameha I. After his family moved to Oahu, he dropped out of school at the age of 16 to take a job at the Dole pineapple cannery; his paycheck allowed him to buy his first surfboard.In 1967, Aikau was hired as the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on Oahu’s north shore, where waves frequently reach 30 feet or higher. He’s credited with saving more than 500 people during his brief career, never losing a soul on his watch.Aikau also made his mark as a big-wave surfer, riding every major swell to hit the north shore between 1967 and 1978. “Eddie was a pretty quiet guy, but when there was a challenge, or some risk to be taken, or a game to be played that everybody wanted to win, Eddie seemed to rise to the top,” his younger brother Clyde said in a profile published by surfboard maker Quiksilver. “He was high risk at an early age.” In pro surfing, Aikau reached a rank of 12th best in the world and won several surfing awards, including the 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship.In 1978, he was chosen to join the crew of a cultural expedition between Hawaii and Tahiti on the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea. During the 30-day, 2,500-mile voyage, the double-hulled canoe developed a leak and capsized about 12 miles south of the island of Molokai.In an effort to get help for the crew, Aikua paddled off on his surfboard toward the island of Lanai. The crew was eventually rescued by the US Coast Guard, but Aikau was never seen again.In 1985, a big-wave surfing tournament called Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau, aka The Eddie, was established at Waimea Bay to honor Aikau’s legacy. Before the competition can be held, the tournament’s rules require open-ocean swells must be at least 20 feet high, which generally generates wave faces in the bay of about 30 feet. As a result, the tournament has been held only nine times, most recently in 2016. Comments 2 Google Doodlelast_img read more

81 more arrested in antidrug drive

first_imgLogo of arrestAt least 81 alleged drug peddlers and addicts were arrested with contraband phensidyl, yaba pills from Sherpur, Cumilla, Faridpur and Chandpur districts, reports UNB.In Sherpur, police arrested a total of 53 drug peddlers and addicts from different upazilas of the district from Sunday night to Monday morning.A total of 13 cases were filed in different police stations over those incidents, said Md Aminul Islam, additional superintendent of police.In Cumilla, police arrested at least 19 drug peddlers with 210 bottles of contraband phensidyl and 490 pieces of yaba pills from different upazilas of the district in the last 24 hours. As many as 14 cases were filed with different police stations in those connections, said Md Morshed Mahabub, additional superintendent of police.In Faridpur, police in separate drives arrested three drug peddlers with 122 bottles of contraband phensidyl and 200 pieces of yaba pills from different places of the district for last 24 hours, said Md Jakir Hossain Khan, superintendent of police.In Chandpur, Detective Branch (DB) of police in separate anti-drug drives arrested six persons over drug cases from different upazilas of the district for last 24 hours, police said.last_img read more

53 of women in India physically inactive

first_imgWhile men and women in India are largely physically inactive, women were found to burn less calories than their male counterparts, finds a survey of over one million Indians.The survey – “Physical activity levels of Indians” showed that 53 per cent of Indian women are “inactive” and burn less than 50 per cent of calories that a person should burn through physical activity, daily, as against 44 per cent of men. The average calorie burn budget of Indian men is 476 calories per day vs. women’s 374 calories per day, out of which men burn 55 per cent (262) while women burn just 44 per cent (165). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOver 30 per cent men are “active”, burning more than 80 per cent of their calories, and only 24 per cent women are “active” and 22 per cent “mildly active”. “It is a matter of grave concern that almost half of all Indians are inactive and burn less than even 50 per cent of their calorie budget. Inactivity and unhealthy food habits can lead to several lifestyle diseases like obesity, hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol,” says an expert in the field. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”From our experience, we are already witnessing an increase of such cases amongst people as early as in their 30s.” Everyday physical activity and good eating habits can play a crucial role in avoiding and even reversing such diseases. It is time that we start taking ‘working out’ more seriously.Further, the survey found that Tier 1 cities continue to be more active than Tier 2 cities, burning 407 calories in a day versus 371 in Tier 2. Bengaluru, Gurugram and Noida were found as the most fitness conscious, while Kolkata, Jaipur, Lucknow and Ahmedabad were the least active cities.last_img read more

Fathom offers 100 savings on DRCuba cruises ahead of transition

first_img The Canadian Press Share Tags: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Fathom << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — After receiving permission last month to visit Cuba on cruises scheduled to go to the Dominican Republic, Fathom has announced it is offering US$100 savings on six upcoming week-long voyages that will visit the DR and Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in Cuba.The voyages were originally scheduled to sail only to Amber Cove in the DR. Now, Fathom’s Adonia will call at Santiago de Cuba during the second day of each cruise before sailing onward to the Dominican Republic.When booked between Jan. 14 and Jan. 20, travellers may reserve these dual-destination Dominican-Cuban cruises at prices starting at $499. The offer is applicable for all staterooms during cruises departing on Feb. 26, March 12 and 26, April 9 and 23, and May 7.During the voyage’s first stop, travellers can participate in people-to-people programs arranged and sponsored by Fathom, during which they can spend a full day in Santiago de Cuba interacting with locals and discovering the sights. The seven-day voyages allow passengers to deeply immerse themselves in local arts, history and culture and at the same time participate in social impact experiences that make a profound difference.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksImpact activities in the DR include planting trees, helping a women’s cooperative produce artisan chocolates, and building water filters for local homes.Pricing for Fathom’s seven-day ‘Cultures of Caribbean’ itineraries to the Dominican Republic and Santiago de Cuba start at $499, excluding taxes, fees, port expenses and gratuities and Cuban visa, and include all meals on the ship and lunch in Santiago de Cuba, lunch during Dominican Republic impact activities, onboard experiences and select on-the-ground activities. The required Cuban travel visa is $75 per person and gratuities are estimated at $80.50 per person. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $300 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.In November, Carnival Corp. announced that Fathom will be ceasing cruise operations in June. Fathom’s ship, the Adonia, will be returned to the P&O Cruises fleet. It will transition into a shoreside-only experience in mid-year.center_img Fathom offers $100 savings on DR/Cuba cruises ahead of transition Posted by Monday, January 16, 2017 last_img read more