caption Swimmer Ben Lecomte before his journey began, age 51. source Seeker/The Swim More than 1,200 miles from the coast of Japan, a 51-year-old Frenchman is swimming in the Pacific Ocean right now. Or he’s eating. Those are pretty much the only two activities Benoît Lecomte does these days, as he attempts to become the first person to successfully swim across the Pacific Ocean. “I wake up throughout the night because I’m hungry,” Lecomte told Business Insider by phone from the 20-meter sailboat, called Seeker, that’s traveling with him. Lecomte set out from Japan in June, and is making his way toward California. An eight-person crew is sailing along with him, collecting data about the health of both the ocean and Lecomte along the way. Their mission is far less concerned about crushing records than it is with breaking bad habits. “We’re addicted to plastic,” Lecomte said. “That’s something … [Read more...] about A French swimmer is racing to become the first person to swim across the Pacific. Here’s what his days in the water are like.
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By Alex Newman Special to the Star Fri., July 6, 2018 Family life for the Marshalls is pretty typical: parents Lisa and Rick stagger work schedules around their son’s school pick-ups, Saturday is for cleaning, grocery shopping, and Hockey Night in Canada during the winter. Their 15-year-old cat Dodger sometimes wanders. What’s unique, though, is that the Marshall’s home is a sailboat: a 38-foot, C & C with about 350 square feet of living space, not counting outdoor decks and cockpit. Or as Lisa says, “about the size of a New York City apartment.” The boat that next-door neighbour Blake Lloyd lives on at the Port Credit Yacht Club is palatial by comparison: a 50-foot Bayliner powerboat with 750 sq. ft. below deck and another 250 sq. ft. above. Or as Lloyd says, like a two bedroom + den condo, with a terrace. Lloyd and the Marshalls live aboard all year and are part of a growing community of people who do so, from Bluffers … [Read more...] about Home life for the Marshalls is on the water in a 38-foot sailboat
Starting from 8pm, this year’s pyrotechnics come courtesy of teams from China, the Philippines and Japan. Visitors can climb to the picturesque vantage point on Pratumnak Hill for the show, which will be followed by a live concert or simply while away the hours munching on snacks from the food market, which opens at 5. Find out more by calling Thailand Tourism Pattaya Office (038) 427 667 or browsing www.TatNews.org. And Fido came too Vacationers travelling with a dog can save up to 10-per-cent when booking a luxury villa or a suite at Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas Trat. Valid through June 30, room rates start at Bt1,620 and guests get to enjoy complimentary wireless Internet access, fruit plate upon arrival and one Doggie Dinner Set when spending a minimum of Bt500 at the restaurant. Your canine companion meanwhile will be delighted by the complimentary welcome packages from Pedigree, Cesar, and Greenies. Make a reservation at (02) 101 1234 or email … [Read more...] about Smoke on the water
207 village officials on PDEA ‘narco-list’ amid fears of becoming death squad targets Gaea Katreena Cabico (philstar.com) - April 30, 2018 - 11:12am MANILA, Philippines — Amid criticisms from rights advocates and groups, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency announced that there are 207 village officials on the government list of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade Monday. Of the 207 village officials included on the so-called “narco-list,” 90 are barangay captains, while 117 are barangay councilors. Bicol has the most number of officials on the list with 70, followed by CARAGA with 34 and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao with 13. The agency maintained that the list was validated by PDEA, Philippine National Police, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency and Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino noted that … [Read more...] about 207 village officials on PDEA ‘narco-list’ amid fears of becoming death squad targets
What’s better than eating a donut? Riding around a lake in one. Now you can do just that at Laguna with the Floating Donut. It’s the brainchild of Miriam Becker who hails from Singapore but has beenspending time in Phuket to establish her new business. Her hard work means that up to eight people, ten if you’re close friends, can merrily mooch around Laguna’s coastal old tin mine lakes partaking in gourmet food and a few chilled refreshments. It’s a really innovative idea promising a relaxed fun time floating around and going nowhere in particular. The Singapore Tourism Board also thought it was a great idea awarding them the winner of their Kickstarter Fund in 2016. The donuts are deceptively simple but actually include some very clever German engineering. They’re impossible to capsize and have a small electric outboard on the back to manoeuvre around as you saunter from lake to lake and wave at the locals as you float by. They’re robust, seat … [Read more...] about Your table is waiting – on the water