An idea whose time hasn’t come: Nitish

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said “one nation, one election is a good idea but not implementable now.” Earlier too, Mr. Kumar had expressed similar view on the issue.“Holding simultaneous elections to all State Assemblies and the Lok Sabha would not be possible with the coming general elections … it is is a good idea but now it is not implementable,” Mr. Kumar told presspersons.In the past, he had advocated for the simultaneous elections claiming that it would reduce the “expenditure and machinery” involved in conducting separate polls. “But, if you ask me it should be implemented from the next Lok Sabha election, I think, it is not possible,” he had said. Mr. Kumar’s party Janata Dal(U) is a ruling ally of the BJP in Bihar. Earlier, while speaking at a function for giving monetary benefits to SC/ST and EBC students preparing for competitive examinations, Mr. Kumar said, “money will be transferred directly into accounts of the eligible candidates and the entire amount will be paid in a single instalment.” Under the scheme, those who qualify in the Bihar Public Services Commission (Preliminary) exam would be given ₹50,000, while for clearing the preliminary test of the Union Public Service Commission ₹1 lakh would be given, he said. This facility to the students would be granted under the Mukhyamantri Anusuchit Jati Evam Janjati Chhatravas Yojana Scheme, which was approved by the State Cabinet few months ago.last_img read more

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first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said “one nation, one election is a good idea but not implementable now.” Earlier too, Mr. Kumar had expressed similar view on the issue.“Holding simultaneous elections to all State Assemblies and the Lok Sabha would not be possible with the coming general elections … it is is a good idea but now it is not implementable,” Mr. Kumar told presspersons.In the past, he had advocated for the simultaneous elections claiming that it would reduce the “expenditure and machinery” involved in conducting separate polls. “But, if you ask me it should be implemented from the next Lok Sabha election, I think, it is not possible,” he had said. Mr. Kumar’s party Janata Dal(U) is a ruling ally of the BJP in Bihar. Earlier, while speaking at a function for giving monetary benefits to SC/ST and EBC students preparing for competitive examinations, Mr. Kumar said, “money will be transferred directly into accounts of the eligible candidates and the entire amount will be paid in a single instalment.” Under the scheme, those who qualify in the Bihar Public Services Commission (Preliminary) exam would be given ₹50,000, while for clearing the preliminary test of the Union Public Service Commission ₹1 lakh would be given, he said. This facility to the students would be granted under the Mukhyamantri Anusuchit Jati Evam Janjati Chhatravas Yojana Scheme, which was approved by the State Cabinet few months ago.last_img read more

Sena drops MP Gaikwad who slapped Air India staffer

first_imgThere are not too many surprises in the Shiv Sena’s first list of 21 candidates announced on Friday for the Lok Sabha elections. The Sena dropped controversial member of Parliament (MP) from Osmanabad, Ravindra Gaikwad, who had hit an Air India staffer at New Delhi airport in 2017. Besides, it has made a change in the Hingoli constituency by nominating its member of the Legislative Assembly from the area.Mr. Gaikwad has been replaced by Om Raje Nimbalkar, the political opponent of the Nationalist Congress Party strongman Padma Sinh Patil, whose son Rana Jagjit Sinh will be contesting.Nanded MLA Hemant Patil has been nominated in Hingoli against sitting MP Rajeev Satav from Congress, whose name has not been officially announced by the Congress yet. Mr. Patil was nominated after dropping Ashok Wankhede who lost to Mr. Satav in 2014.As part of their alliance for the Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting from 25 seats and the Sena 23, among Maharashtra’s 48 seats. The BJP on Thursday announced its first list of candidates, including 16 from Maharashtra. Of the 16, it re-nominated 14 sitting MPs. The other alliance partner also announced its list of 21 candidates from Maharashtra on Friday in a press conference at the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s residence Matoshree.The Sena has not yet announced its candidates for the Palghar and Satara constituencies. It is likely to field Shrinivas Wanaga from Palghar, while Navi Mumbai MLC Narendra Patil is likely to secure the Satara seat. However, this is bound to upset sitting BJP MP Rajendra Gavit who had defected from Congress before the recent by-election.The Sena usually announces its election candidates through its mouthpiece Saamna, but broke from tradition this time to unveil the list before the media. The party retained most of its MPs, re-nominating all three sitting MPs from Mumbai for the same constituencies: Arvind Sawant (Mumbai South), Rahul Shewale (Mumbai South Central) and Gajanan Kirtikar (Mumbai North West). Senior Sena leader Subhash Desai said the remaining two names will be announced soon.The party nominated Rajan Vichare (Thane), Shrikant Shinde (Kalyan), Sanjay Mandlik (Kolhapur), Dhairyasheel Mane (Hatkanangale), Hemant Godse (Nashik), and Sadashiv Lokhande (Shirdi), Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil (Shirur), Chandrakant Khaire (Aurangabad), Prataprao Jadhav (Buldhana). , Krupal Tumane (Ramtek), Anandrao Adsul (Amravati), Sanjay Jadhav (Parbhani), Shrirang Barne (Maval), Omraje Nimbalkar (Osmanabad), Hemant Patil (Hingoli), Bhavna Gawli (Yavatmal), Anant Geete (Raigad) and Vinayak Raut (Sindhudurg-Ratnagiri). Thane’s Mr. Vichare was accused of force-feeding a fasting employee during Ramzan in New Delhi.last_img read more

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first_imgThere are not too many surprises in the Shiv Sena’s first list of 21 candidates announced on Friday for the Lok Sabha elections. The Sena dropped controversial member of Parliament (MP) from Osmanabad, Ravindra Gaikwad, who had hit an Air India staffer at New Delhi airport in 2017. Besides, it has made a change in the Hingoli constituency by nominating its member of the Legislative Assembly from the area.Mr. Gaikwad has been replaced by Om Raje Nimbalkar, the political opponent of the Nationalist Congress Party strongman Padma Sinh Patil, whose son Rana Jagjit Sinh will be contesting.Nanded MLA Hemant Patil has been nominated in Hingoli against sitting MP Rajeev Satav from Congress, whose name has not been officially announced by the Congress yet. Mr. Patil was nominated after dropping Ashok Wankhede who lost to Mr. Satav in 2014.As part of their alliance for the Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting from 25 seats and the Sena 23, among Maharashtra’s 48 seats. The BJP on Thursday announced its first list of candidates, including 16 from Maharashtra. Of the 16, it re-nominated 14 sitting MPs. The other alliance partner also announced its list of 21 candidates from Maharashtra on Friday in a press conference at the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s residence Matoshree.The Sena has not yet announced its candidates for the Palghar and Satara constituencies. It is likely to field Shrinivas Wanaga from Palghar, while Navi Mumbai MLC Narendra Patil is likely to secure the Satara seat. However, this is bound to upset sitting BJP MP Rajendra Gavit who had defected from Congress before the recent by-election.The Sena usually announces its election candidates through its mouthpiece Saamna, but broke from tradition this time to unveil the list before the media. The party retained most of its MPs, re-nominating all three sitting MPs from Mumbai for the same constituencies: Arvind Sawant (Mumbai South), Rahul Shewale (Mumbai South Central) and Gajanan Kirtikar (Mumbai North West). Senior Sena leader Subhash Desai said the remaining two names will be announced soon.The party nominated Rajan Vichare (Thane), Shrikant Shinde (Kalyan), Sanjay Mandlik (Kolhapur), Dhairyasheel Mane (Hatkanangale), Hemant Godse (Nashik), and Sadashiv Lokhande (Shirdi), Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil (Shirur), Chandrakant Khaire (Aurangabad), Prataprao Jadhav (Buldhana). , Krupal Tumane (Ramtek), Anandrao Adsul (Amravati), Sanjay Jadhav (Parbhani), Shrirang Barne (Maval), Omraje Nimbalkar (Osmanabad), Hemant Patil (Hingoli), Bhavna Gawli (Yavatmal), Anant Geete (Raigad) and Vinayak Raut (Sindhudurg-Ratnagiri). Thane’s Mr. Vichare was accused of force-feeding a fasting employee during Ramzan in New Delhi.last_img read more

ROHM: highly integrated PMIC optimized for NXP i.MX 8M applications processor

first_imgROHM announced the availability of a programmable system power management IC (PMIC) optimized for NXP’s i.MX 8M family of applications processors that excels in processing audio, video, and graphics in a wide range of applications, from home audio/video to industrial automation and mobile computing. BD71837MWV integrates all power rails required by i.MX 8M processors and system peripherals. In addition to a high-efficiency buck converter that provides a maximum conversion efficiency of 95%, most protection functions required by the system are included, making it possible to significantly reduce the development time, decrease size, and simplify system design.In recent years the emergence of IoT has allowed electronic devices such as smart speakers to interact with users through voice commands for streaming audio/video. NXP’s i.MX 8M family integrates up to 4 ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-4 cores and offers flexible memory options along with a high-speed connectable user interface. Additional features include full 4K Ultra HD and HDR video functionality, high-fidelity audio playback, up to 20 audio channels, and support for DSD512 audio. This highly integrated design combines audio, video, and machine learning in a single platform to provide seamless connectivity and an intuitive experience.The BD71837MWV leverages ROHM’s analog power technology to achieve the ideal power supply system for driving i.MX 8M processors. Convenience, ease of use, and a rich user experience continue to drive the demand for more powerful SoC solutions. However, high-performance applications processing graphics, video and audio often place conflicting demands on power supply and thermal design, calling for higher power in a smaller footprint along with high peak efficiency yet low standby power consumption (the latter driven by regulations as well as use cases such as always-on devices with voice interface).The BD71837MWV was designed to address these demands while also achieving the lowest system bill of materials for power management. In addition, the compact form factor reduces the number of external components, decreasing PCB area by 45% (in the case of adopting a Type-3 one-sided PCB). Thanks to software programmability and one-time programmability, ROHM’s PMIC can be easily adapted for a wide variety of system designs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous AAEON: edge platform working across Intel CPU, GPU, VPU and FPGANext Maxim: fault protection solution for high-apeed USB ports and industrial voltage applicationslast_img read more

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first_imgROHM announced the availability of a programmable system power management IC (PMIC) optimized for NXP’s i.MX 8M family of applications processors that excels in processing audio, video, and graphics in a wide range of applications, from home audio/video to industrial automation and mobile computing. BD71837MWV integrates all power rails required by i.MX 8M processors and system peripherals. In addition to a high-efficiency buck converter that provides a maximum conversion efficiency of 95%, most protection functions required by the system are included, making it possible to significantly reduce the development time, decrease size, and simplify system design.In recent years the emergence of IoT has allowed electronic devices such as smart speakers to interact with users through voice commands for streaming audio/video. NXP’s i.MX 8M family integrates up to 4 ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-4 cores and offers flexible memory options along with a high-speed connectable user interface. Additional features include full 4K Ultra HD and HDR video functionality, high-fidelity audio playback, up to 20 audio channels, and support for DSD512 audio. This highly integrated design combines audio, video, and machine learning in a single platform to provide seamless connectivity and an intuitive experience.The BD71837MWV leverages ROHM’s analog power technology to achieve the ideal power supply system for driving i.MX 8M processors. Convenience, ease of use, and a rich user experience continue to drive the demand for more powerful SoC solutions. However, high-performance applications processing graphics, video and audio often place conflicting demands on power supply and thermal design, calling for higher power in a smaller footprint along with high peak efficiency yet low standby power consumption (the latter driven by regulations as well as use cases such as always-on devices with voice interface).The BD71837MWV was designed to address these demands while also achieving the lowest system bill of materials for power management. In addition, the compact form factor reduces the number of external components, decreasing PCB area by 45% (in the case of adopting a Type-3 one-sided PCB). Thanks to software programmability and one-time programmability, ROHM’s PMIC can be easily adapted for a wide variety of system designs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous AAEON: edge platform working across Intel CPU, GPU, VPU and FPGANext Maxim: fault protection solution for high-apeed USB ports and industrial voltage applicationslast_img read more

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Indian Food Episode

first_img Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany Learning All About Aquavit with Christian Krogstad What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.  Editors’ Recommendations Further ReadingWhy You Should Plan a Trip to Santa Barbara, California Right NowWhat the Hell is Chutney?World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle Discovered on a Remote Australian Beach A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table (slightly reduced by circumstance) of host Greg Nibler and Food and Drink Editor Sam Slaughter speak with chef Jessi Singh of Bibi Ji in Santa Barbara, California, about all things Indian food.Not only does the team get the skinny on how Singh came to be the proprietor of restaurants in Australia, New York City, and Santa Barbara (which includes, but is not limited to, milking buffalo), but they also delve into the differences between authentic and inauthentic Indian cuisine, how to tell if your local Indian restaurant is legit, and why wine goes great with Indian cuisine.By the end, we guarantee you’ll be looking for the nearest place to get an order of chaat and a Kingfisher Beer. Talking Food Trucks and Fusion Cuisine with The Peached Tortilla’s Eric Silverstein The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux last_img read more

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first_img Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany Learning All About Aquavit with Christian Krogstad What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.  Editors’ Recommendations Further ReadingWhy You Should Plan a Trip to Santa Barbara, California Right NowWhat the Hell is Chutney?World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle Discovered on a Remote Australian Beach A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table (slightly reduced by circumstance) of host Greg Nibler and Food and Drink Editor Sam Slaughter speak with chef Jessi Singh of Bibi Ji in Santa Barbara, California, about all things Indian food.Not only does the team get the skinny on how Singh came to be the proprietor of restaurants in Australia, New York City, and Santa Barbara (which includes, but is not limited to, milking buffalo), but they also delve into the differences between authentic and inauthentic Indian cuisine, how to tell if your local Indian restaurant is legit, and why wine goes great with Indian cuisine.By the end, we guarantee you’ll be looking for the nearest place to get an order of chaat and a Kingfisher Beer. Talking Food Trucks and Fusion Cuisine with The Peached Tortilla’s Eric Silverstein The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux last_img read more

ClassNK and Kyushu Seek New Energy Sources

first_imgzoom Kyushu University has established a new Department of Ocean Energy Resources with support from leading classification society ClassNK.This new department will join the Graduate Faculty of Engineering at Kyushu University and will be supported by ClassNK for two years from 1 April 2014 until 31 March 2016.The Department of Ocean Energy Resources is the result of comprehensive collaboration between ClassNK and Kyushu University to create an education hub to promote research into new technologies to develop ocean energy sources.As part of this collaboration, ClassNK will share the knowledge and experience it has gained over its some 110 years in the maritime industry as well as its expertise in offshore technology with Kyushu University over the 2 year research period.Research will cover new ocean energy sources such as the exploitation of methane-hydrates including the design, installation and operation of production platforms, as well as research into technologies renewable energy sources such as floating offshore wind power generation.In addition to its Natural Resources & Energy Department, which ClassNK established in 2011 in order to better support offshore energy resource development and transportation, ClassNK established its Wind Turbine Division in the same year to provide the offshore community with certification services for wind power generation facilities and related support structures.The Wind Turbine Division will provide the program with much needed insight into technical issues surrounding wind energy technology. , April 3, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Kyushu University has established a new Department of Ocean Energy Resources with support from leading classification society ClassNK.This new department will join the Graduate Faculty of Engineering at Kyushu University and will be supported by ClassNK for two years from 1 April 2014 until 31 March 2016.The Department of Ocean Energy Resources is the result of comprehensive collaboration between ClassNK and Kyushu University to create an education hub to promote research into new technologies to develop ocean energy sources.As part of this collaboration, ClassNK will share the knowledge and experience it has gained over its some 110 years in the maritime industry as well as its expertise in offshore technology with Kyushu University over the 2 year research period.Research will cover new ocean energy sources such as the exploitation of methane-hydrates including the design, installation and operation of production platforms, as well as research into technologies renewable energy sources such as floating offshore wind power generation.In addition to its Natural Resources & Energy Department, which ClassNK established in 2011 in order to better support offshore energy resource development and transportation, ClassNK established its Wind Turbine Division in the same year to provide the offshore community with certification services for wind power generation facilities and related support structures.The Wind Turbine Division will provide the program with much needed insight into technical issues surrounding wind energy technology. , April 3, 2014last_img read more

Nun expelled from congregation for her lifestyle

first_imgKochi: A Kerala nun who took part in a protest against former bishop of Jalandhar diocese in connection with a rape case has been expelled by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation for ‘failing to give a satisfactory explanation’ for her lifestyle “in violation of the proper law of the FCC.” Sister Lucy Kalappura had also published poems, purchased a car and taken part in a protest against a rape accused former bishop of Jalandhar dioecese. The congregation, under the Roman Catholic Church, said the nun was issued “proper canonical warnings”, but did not show the needed remorse. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In its August 5 letter to her, head of the Aluva based congregation, Ann Joseph said “you are hereby dismissed from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation as you failed to give a satisfactory explanation for your lifestyle in violation of the proper law of the FCC”. The “unanimous decision” to dismiss the nun was taken at the congregation’s General Council on May 11 this year. This was sent to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Vatican through the Nuntiature in New Delhi. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday On August 5 the congregation received the communication from the “Apostolic See” that the dismissal decree had got the needed confirmation. The letter by the Vatican said the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, by virtue of the faculty given to it by Pope Francis, had considered everything seriously. The Congregation, however, said she was entitled to make “recourse against the decree” within 10 days from the day on which she receives the communication, in which case the decree of dismissal would have suspensive effect. Sister Lucy Kalappura termed as “100 per cent wrong” the decision taken by the congregation. Talking to reporters at Mananthavady in Wayanad district, she sought help from all who love her to come together and think of the steps to be taken. Indicating that she would fight the issue legally, she hoped legal experts would help her overcome the situation. In its notice to the nun early in January,the congregation had termed as “grave violations”, Sister Lucy having a driving licence, buying a car, taking a loan for it and publishing a book and spending money without the permission and knowledge of her superiors. The provincial superior had denied permission to Sister Lucy to publish her collection of poems. She was issued a second notice later to give an explanation in writing for allegedly violating its discipline. The second notice was issued by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation as she did not turn up before her congregation head after being summoned to give the explanation. Sister Lucy Kalappura had dismissed some 14 charges levelled against her by the congregation, saying many of them were a “deliberate attempt” to paint her in “bad light”. “I am deeply hurt by such baseless allegations against me. It is a kind of a threat, aiming to put me under mental stress,” sister Lucy Kalapura, belonging to FCC’s St Mary’s province at Mananthavady, had said. “I feel alienated,” she had said when asked about her thoughts after receiving such notices, In its notices, the congregation had alleged that the nun violated FCC’s dress code in public without any permission” and “caused grave external scandal and harm to the Church” by participating in the protest by ‘Save Our Sisters Action Council’ on September 20 2018 at Kochi, seeking the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun in Kerala. It had described her actions as “improper behaviour in religious life and violations of religious discipline.” She had also allegedly published her book ‘Snehamazhayil’ without seeking permission from her superiors. The congregation had also termed as a “grave scandal”, the nun’s participation in discussions on TV news channels and writing articles for non-Christian newspapers, “making false charges against the Catholic leadership and belittling it.” The sister had invited the wrath of the Church by participating in a street protest in Kochi by five nuns of the Catholic religious order Missionaries of Jesus, who were demanding the arrest of Bishop Mulakkal.last_img read more

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first_imgKochi: A Kerala nun who took part in a protest against former bishop of Jalandhar diocese in connection with a rape case has been expelled by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation for ‘failing to give a satisfactory explanation’ for her lifestyle “in violation of the proper law of the FCC.” Sister Lucy Kalappura had also published poems, purchased a car and taken part in a protest against a rape accused former bishop of Jalandhar dioecese. The congregation, under the Roman Catholic Church, said the nun was issued “proper canonical warnings”, but did not show the needed remorse. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In its August 5 letter to her, head of the Aluva based congregation, Ann Joseph said “you are hereby dismissed from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation as you failed to give a satisfactory explanation for your lifestyle in violation of the proper law of the FCC”. The “unanimous decision” to dismiss the nun was taken at the congregation’s General Council on May 11 this year. This was sent to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Vatican through the Nuntiature in New Delhi. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday On August 5 the congregation received the communication from the “Apostolic See” that the dismissal decree had got the needed confirmation. The letter by the Vatican said the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, by virtue of the faculty given to it by Pope Francis, had considered everything seriously. The Congregation, however, said she was entitled to make “recourse against the decree” within 10 days from the day on which she receives the communication, in which case the decree of dismissal would have suspensive effect. Sister Lucy Kalappura termed as “100 per cent wrong” the decision taken by the congregation. Talking to reporters at Mananthavady in Wayanad district, she sought help from all who love her to come together and think of the steps to be taken. Indicating that she would fight the issue legally, she hoped legal experts would help her overcome the situation. In its notice to the nun early in January,the congregation had termed as “grave violations”, Sister Lucy having a driving licence, buying a car, taking a loan for it and publishing a book and spending money without the permission and knowledge of her superiors. The provincial superior had denied permission to Sister Lucy to publish her collection of poems. She was issued a second notice later to give an explanation in writing for allegedly violating its discipline. The second notice was issued by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation as she did not turn up before her congregation head after being summoned to give the explanation. Sister Lucy Kalappura had dismissed some 14 charges levelled against her by the congregation, saying many of them were a “deliberate attempt” to paint her in “bad light”. “I am deeply hurt by such baseless allegations against me. It is a kind of a threat, aiming to put me under mental stress,” sister Lucy Kalapura, belonging to FCC’s St Mary’s province at Mananthavady, had said. “I feel alienated,” she had said when asked about her thoughts after receiving such notices, In its notices, the congregation had alleged that the nun violated FCC’s dress code in public without any permission” and “caused grave external scandal and harm to the Church” by participating in the protest by ‘Save Our Sisters Action Council’ on September 20 2018 at Kochi, seeking the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun in Kerala. It had described her actions as “improper behaviour in religious life and violations of religious discipline.” She had also allegedly published her book ‘Snehamazhayil’ without seeking permission from her superiors. The congregation had also termed as a “grave scandal”, the nun’s participation in discussions on TV news channels and writing articles for non-Christian newspapers, “making false charges against the Catholic leadership and belittling it.” The sister had invited the wrath of the Church by participating in a street protest in Kochi by five nuns of the Catholic religious order Missionaries of Jesus, who were demanding the arrest of Bishop Mulakkal.last_img read more

BCs 2017 home sales below 2016 record but far above average says

first_imgVANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association says fewer homes were sold across the province in 2017 compared with the year earlier, but it says prices were up and sales remained above 100,000 for the third straight year.The association’s snapshot of 2017 residential sales shows 103,763 properties changed hands, down 7.5 per cent from the 2016 record of 112,211.The total dollar value of all sales also slipped 5.1 per cent to $73.63 billion but the association says the average price of a home nudged up 2.7 per cent to $709,579.December was also a strong month for sales, as seasonally adjusted purchases jumped four per cent from November, although the association says year-end results may reflect buyers hurrying to avoid tougher mortgage qualification rules in January.A total of 5,738 sales were recorded across B.C. in December, an increase of 21.5 per cent over the same period last year, with the average residential price province-wide set at $734,108, a leap of 12.1 per cent from December 2016.Association chief economist Cameron Muir says B.C.’s strong economy, employment growth and rising wages supported the healthy demand for housing in 2017.“Above trend migration, both international and interprovincial, also bolstered housing demand,” he says.Condominium sales in urban centres and sales of all types of properties in retirement-oriented communities were also fuelled by B.C.’s changing and aging population, the association says.last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association says fewer homes were sold across the province in 2017 compared with the year earlier, but it says prices were up and sales remained above 100,000 for the third straight year.The association’s snapshot of 2017 residential sales shows 103,763 properties changed hands, down 7.5 per cent from the 2016 record of 112,211.The total dollar value of all sales also slipped 5.1 per cent to $73.63 billion but the association says the average price of a home nudged up 2.7 per cent to $709,579.December was also a strong month for sales, as seasonally adjusted purchases jumped four per cent from November, although the association says year-end results may reflect buyers hurrying to avoid tougher mortgage qualification rules in January.A total of 5,738 sales were recorded across B.C. in December, an increase of 21.5 per cent over the same period last year, with the average residential price province-wide set at $734,108, a leap of 12.1 per cent from December 2016.Association chief economist Cameron Muir says B.C.’s strong economy, employment growth and rising wages supported the healthy demand for housing in 2017.“Above trend migration, both international and interprovincial, also bolstered housing demand,” he says.Condominium sales in urban centres and sales of all types of properties in retirement-oriented communities were also fuelled by B.C.’s changing and aging population, the association says.last_img read more

North Dakota police in standoff with demonstrators at private ranch near DAPL

first_img(A line of North Dakota police are trying to stop anti-pipeline demonstrators from gaining access to a nearby construction site. Photo: Tamara Pimentel/APTN)APTN National NewsDemonstrators in North Dakota are in a stand-off with local police at a private ranch near where a section of the Dakota Access LLC pipeline is being built. APTN reporter Tamara Pimentel says medics are on hand and police are threatening to use tear gas.According to a statement from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, the stand-off is taking place on the banks of the Cantapeta Creek. Police say demonstrators are trying to gain access to the Cannon Ball Ranch. The ranch was sold to Dakota Access Pipeline LLC (DAPL) in September.Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe say the ranch contains hundreds of burials and artifacts.“Early this morning, law enforcement witnessed a group of protesters building a hand-made, wooden pedestrian bridge across the Cantapeta Creek,” said the Sheriff’s Department statement. “Officers responded and ordered protesters to remove themselves from the bridge and notified them that if they cross the bridge they would be arrested.”The statement goes on to say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) gave the Sherriff’s department orders to have the bridge removed and arrest anyone who enters federal land in the area near the ranch. The USACE is currently studying the possibility of rerouting the controversial pipeline.Police say demonstrators continue to gain access by swimming and using other boats to get across the river after authorities destroyed the bridge.More to come.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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first_img(A line of North Dakota police are trying to stop anti-pipeline demonstrators from gaining access to a nearby construction site. Photo: Tamara Pimentel/APTN)APTN National NewsDemonstrators in North Dakota are in a stand-off with local police at a private ranch near where a section of the Dakota Access LLC pipeline is being built. APTN reporter Tamara Pimentel says medics are on hand and police are threatening to use tear gas.According to a statement from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, the stand-off is taking place on the banks of the Cantapeta Creek. Police say demonstrators are trying to gain access to the Cannon Ball Ranch. The ranch was sold to Dakota Access Pipeline LLC (DAPL) in September.Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe say the ranch contains hundreds of burials and artifacts.“Early this morning, law enforcement witnessed a group of protesters building a hand-made, wooden pedestrian bridge across the Cantapeta Creek,” said the Sheriff’s Department statement. “Officers responded and ordered protesters to remove themselves from the bridge and notified them that if they cross the bridge they would be arrested.”The statement goes on to say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) gave the Sherriff’s department orders to have the bridge removed and arrest anyone who enters federal land in the area near the ranch. The USACE is currently studying the possibility of rerouting the controversial pipeline.Police say demonstrators continue to gain access by swimming and using other boats to get across the river after authorities destroyed the bridge.More to come.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Nova Scotia judge briefly extends creditor protection for Quadriga exchange

HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia judge has temporarily extended QuadrigaCX’s reprieve from its creditors, as the cryptocurrency exchange continues its transition into bankruptcy.The Vancouver-based exchange officially entered bankruptcy proceedings this month, after a restructuring bid failed.Quadriga Fintech Solutions Corp. and its related companies had been granted protection from their creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) on Feb. 5, but it quickly became clear the company had no real assets – and that the process of recovering the missing funds would be difficult.In the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Thursday, Justice Michael Wood extended an existing stay of proceedings until June 28, unless the CCAA proceedings are terminated before then.Once one of Canada’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, QuadrigaCX shut down in January amid of swirl of controversy after its lone director — 30-year-old Gerald Cotten of Fall River, N.S. — died suddenly while travelling in Jaipur, India. Soon after his death was announced, court documents revealed he was the only QuadrigaCX employee who knew the encrypted pass codes needed to get at $190 million in cryptocurrency locked in offline digital wallets.Few of those digital assets have been recovered.About 115,000 users are owed more than $260 million in cash and cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.If there is a need for future hearings in the provincial Supreme Court, it will have to be in front of a different judge. Wood was named on Wednesday as chief judge of the Appeal Court of Nova Scotia.The Canadian Press read more

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HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia judge has temporarily extended QuadrigaCX’s reprieve from its creditors, as the cryptocurrency exchange continues its transition into bankruptcy.The Vancouver-based exchange officially entered bankruptcy proceedings this month, after a restructuring bid failed.Quadriga Fintech Solutions Corp. and its related companies had been granted protection from their creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) on Feb. 5, but it quickly became clear the company had no real assets – and that the process of recovering the missing funds would be difficult.In the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Thursday, Justice Michael Wood extended an existing stay of proceedings until June 28, unless the CCAA proceedings are terminated before then.Once one of Canada’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, QuadrigaCX shut down in January amid of swirl of controversy after its lone director — 30-year-old Gerald Cotten of Fall River, N.S. — died suddenly while travelling in Jaipur, India. Soon after his death was announced, court documents revealed he was the only QuadrigaCX employee who knew the encrypted pass codes needed to get at $190 million in cryptocurrency locked in offline digital wallets.Few of those digital assets have been recovered.About 115,000 users are owed more than $260 million in cash and cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.If there is a need for future hearings in the provincial Supreme Court, it will have to be in front of a different judge. Wood was named on Wednesday as chief judge of the Appeal Court of Nova Scotia.The Canadian Press read more

Ban Kimoon calls for scaling up resources for mental health services

10 October 2007More than 60 per cent of people globally who suffer from mental disorders are not receiving treatment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging an increase in resources devoted to mental health care. “We have a pressing obligation to scale up care and services for mental disorders, especially among the disadvantaged, while stepping up efforts to protect the human rights of those affected,” Mr. Ban said in his message for World Mental Health Day, observed each year on 10 October. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most middle and low-income countries devote less than 1 per cent of their health expenditure to mental health. The agency defines mental health as a state of well-being in which individuals can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and is able to contribute to the community. Mental disorders comprise a wide range of problems with different symptoms but are generally characterized by some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others, says WHO. Touching on this year’s theme for the Day which focuses on the impact of culture and diversity on mental health, Mr. Ban noted that in today’s culturally interconnected world, people are competing for the same resources as they struggle to maintain their own cultures or fit into new ones. “Dislocation from native communities, rejection by the host community and difficulties in adapting to the cultural norms of the host society are intensely stressful, and can contribute to mental illness in those who are vulnerable,” he stated. This makes it all the more important to develop “culturally competent mental health care services.” The challenges in this regard include the fact that resources for mental health are “scarce,” Mr. Ban said, adding that the treatment gap – the proportion of those who need but do not receive care – is more than 60 per cent. In addition, the rate of mental disorders and the need for care is highest among disadvantaged people, who are also the groups with the lowest access to appropriate services. The fear of stigma leads many to avoid seeking care, he added. As to how culture and diversity influence many aspects of mental health, he observed that culture not only determines what is seen as “normal” and “abnormal” within a given society, but it also affects how individuals manifest and communicate symptoms, styles of coping, family and community support and willingness to seek treatment. To overcome these barriers, he advocated approaches that incorporate cultural backgrounds and beliefs, address language barriers and create culturally sensitive forms of dialogue, as well as incorporating cultural sensitivity in training, social policy and service provision. read more

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10 October 2007More than 60 per cent of people globally who suffer from mental disorders are not receiving treatment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging an increase in resources devoted to mental health care. “We have a pressing obligation to scale up care and services for mental disorders, especially among the disadvantaged, while stepping up efforts to protect the human rights of those affected,” Mr. Ban said in his message for World Mental Health Day, observed each year on 10 October. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most middle and low-income countries devote less than 1 per cent of their health expenditure to mental health. The agency defines mental health as a state of well-being in which individuals can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and is able to contribute to the community. Mental disorders comprise a wide range of problems with different symptoms but are generally characterized by some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others, says WHO. Touching on this year’s theme for the Day which focuses on the impact of culture and diversity on mental health, Mr. Ban noted that in today’s culturally interconnected world, people are competing for the same resources as they struggle to maintain their own cultures or fit into new ones. “Dislocation from native communities, rejection by the host community and difficulties in adapting to the cultural norms of the host society are intensely stressful, and can contribute to mental illness in those who are vulnerable,” he stated. This makes it all the more important to develop “culturally competent mental health care services.” The challenges in this regard include the fact that resources for mental health are “scarce,” Mr. Ban said, adding that the treatment gap – the proportion of those who need but do not receive care – is more than 60 per cent. In addition, the rate of mental disorders and the need for care is highest among disadvantaged people, who are also the groups with the lowest access to appropriate services. The fear of stigma leads many to avoid seeking care, he added. As to how culture and diversity influence many aspects of mental health, he observed that culture not only determines what is seen as “normal” and “abnormal” within a given society, but it also affects how individuals manifest and communicate symptoms, styles of coping, family and community support and willingness to seek treatment. To overcome these barriers, he advocated approaches that incorporate cultural backgrounds and beliefs, address language barriers and create culturally sensitive forms of dialogue, as well as incorporating cultural sensitivity in training, social policy and service provision. read more

Ban arrives in Geneva ahead of talks on Georgia

14 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Geneva today for talks on the role of the United Nations mission in Georgia after the August conflict with Russia in the Caucasus country. Mr. Ban was attending a working dinner on the issue, a day in advance of technical level meetings with representatives of the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at which he will be represented by his Special Representative for Georgia, Johan Verbeke.Earlier today he met with EU Special Representative for Georgia Pierre Morel and OSCE Secretary-General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut. Mr. Ban reported to the Security Council earlier this month that dramatic changes due to the Russian-Georgian conflict in South Ossetia had cast a veil of uncertainty over the future function of the 14-year-old UN mission entrusted with overseeing the ceasefire accord between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in north-western Georgia.The UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) has no jurisdiction in the nearby South Ossetia region.But Mr. Ban noted in the report that in view of official statements and decisions by Georgia and Russia it seemed unlikely that the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) peacekeeping force in the Abkhazia region would have any role in the separation of forces between the two sides. It was still unclear what arrangement, if any, would fulfil that function, he said. Also today, Mr. Ban had a working lunch with the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Supachai Panitchpakdi, and visited the headquarters of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), where he underlined the “critical importance to the UN as a whole” of UNHCR leadership in hot-spots worldwide.The Secretary-General underscored priority commitments for the UN and UNHCR, including the impact of climate change, the food crisis and the financial crisis on refugees and displaced persons. He also met with Djibril Bassolé, the joint African Union-UN Chief Mediator for Darfur.Later today, he was to meet with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and with Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. read more

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14 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Geneva today for talks on the role of the United Nations mission in Georgia after the August conflict with Russia in the Caucasus country. Mr. Ban was attending a working dinner on the issue, a day in advance of technical level meetings with representatives of the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at which he will be represented by his Special Representative for Georgia, Johan Verbeke.Earlier today he met with EU Special Representative for Georgia Pierre Morel and OSCE Secretary-General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut. Mr. Ban reported to the Security Council earlier this month that dramatic changes due to the Russian-Georgian conflict in South Ossetia had cast a veil of uncertainty over the future function of the 14-year-old UN mission entrusted with overseeing the ceasefire accord between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in north-western Georgia.The UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) has no jurisdiction in the nearby South Ossetia region.But Mr. Ban noted in the report that in view of official statements and decisions by Georgia and Russia it seemed unlikely that the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) peacekeeping force in the Abkhazia region would have any role in the separation of forces between the two sides. It was still unclear what arrangement, if any, would fulfil that function, he said. Also today, Mr. Ban had a working lunch with the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Supachai Panitchpakdi, and visited the headquarters of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), where he underlined the “critical importance to the UN as a whole” of UNHCR leadership in hot-spots worldwide.The Secretary-General underscored priority commitments for the UN and UNHCR, including the impact of climate change, the food crisis and the financial crisis on refugees and displaced persons. He also met with Djibril Bassolé, the joint African Union-UN Chief Mediator for Darfur.Later today, he was to meet with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and with Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. read more

Woman remanded for keeping dad in cage

The man was admitted to hospital while his 42 year old daughter was produced before the Kandy Magistrate and remanded. (Colombo Gazette) A woman from Balangoda has been remanded over allegations she kept her 73 year old father in a cage.The police said that the woman was arrested today after her father was found caged near her house.

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The man was admitted to hospital while his 42 year old daughter was produced before the Kandy Magistrate and remanded. (Colombo Gazette) A woman from Balangoda has been remanded over allegations she kept her 73 year old father in a cage.The police said that the woman was arrested today after her father was found caged near her house.

Senior UN official urges attention to least developed landlocked and small island

The Programme of Action for the LDCs adopted at a conference in Brussels in May 2001 “provides a real opportunity” for promoting economic growth and sustainable development, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, UN Under-Secretary General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, told the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Board in Geneva on Friday. “It is time now for the LDCs and [their] development partners, including UN system organizations,” to gear up for full and effective implementation, he said.Pointing to the urgent need for action, Mr. Chowdhury cited an UNCTAD report warning that the number of people living on less than $1 a day in the least developed countries will reach 420 million by 2015 if the current trends continue. “These figures show the enormous challenge ahead,” he said. The High Representative pledged to respond in a number of key areas, including focusing on country-level implementation, working with all the relevant entities of the UN family and multilateral organizations, and collaborating with civil society and the private sector “so that they contribute as full development partners.” Pointing out that LDCs have restricted access to trade, he called for helping those countries “with capacity building and technical cooperation in order for them to succeed in regional and global integration.” He also noted the special concerns of landlocked developing countries and urged support for measures to alleviate their plight, including efforts to promote effective inter-State transportation systems and expand transport infrastructure.Small island developing States, he noted, are increasingly constrained by such factors as sea level rise caused by global warming. “It is important to build genuine partnership among small island developing States and their development partners at global and regional levels” to implement international commitments aimed at helping “these particularly disadvantaged countries,” he said. read more

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The Programme of Action for the LDCs adopted at a conference in Brussels in May 2001 “provides a real opportunity” for promoting economic growth and sustainable development, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, UN Under-Secretary General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, told the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Board in Geneva on Friday. “It is time now for the LDCs and [their] development partners, including UN system organizations,” to gear up for full and effective implementation, he said.Pointing to the urgent need for action, Mr. Chowdhury cited an UNCTAD report warning that the number of people living on less than $1 a day in the least developed countries will reach 420 million by 2015 if the current trends continue. “These figures show the enormous challenge ahead,” he said. The High Representative pledged to respond in a number of key areas, including focusing on country-level implementation, working with all the relevant entities of the UN family and multilateral organizations, and collaborating with civil society and the private sector “so that they contribute as full development partners.” Pointing out that LDCs have restricted access to trade, he called for helping those countries “with capacity building and technical cooperation in order for them to succeed in regional and global integration.” He also noted the special concerns of landlocked developing countries and urged support for measures to alleviate their plight, including efforts to promote effective inter-State transportation systems and expand transport infrastructure.Small island developing States, he noted, are increasingly constrained by such factors as sea level rise caused by global warming. “It is important to build genuine partnership among small island developing States and their development partners at global and regional levels” to implement international commitments aimed at helping “these particularly disadvantaged countries,” he said. read more

Stock markets sell off amid further dose of glum German economic data

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2014 6:35 am MDT TORONTO – Concerns that stock markets are getting too far ahead of themselves dragged both New York and Toronto markets lower on Thursday, motivated further by disappointing German economic data.The S&P/TSX composite index plunged 205.87 points to 14,460.60, pressured by oil prices that fell to the lowest level since December 2012. The Canadian dollar dropped 0.56 of a cent lower to 89.50 cents US.The Dow Jones industrials tumbled 334.97 points to 16,659.25, erasing gains made Wednesday from indications the Federal Reserve is in no hurry to hike interest rates.The Nasdaq dropped 90.25 points to 4,378.34 and the S&P 500 index gave back 40.68 points to 1,928.21 after the latest data showed German exports in August dropped 5.8 per cent over July as increasing uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine helped to produce the largest drop in five years.The data prompted ING economist Carsten Brzeski to say that “the economy seems to need a small miracle in September to avoid a recession.”The figures came out a day after minutes from the latest U.S. Federal Reserve meeting showed that Fed officials are becoming increasingly concerned about weak overseas growth.A faltering global economy is one reason that Fed officials have moved away from linking any increase in interest rates to any specific period, meaning rates will rise only when measures of the economy’s health and inflation signalled the time was right.The TSX has had a tough time since hitting 2014 highs in late August, having fallen more than 1,100 points from a year-to-date gain of over 14 per cent on economic concerns and a surging U.S. dollar.New York markets are also off the best levels of the year and some analysts think seasonality is also a culprit.“People come back from vacation, see (the market) at all-time highs and say, they’re due for a pullback, let’s pull some money off the table,” said Allan Small, a senior adviser at HollisWealth.Small doesn’t think investors are in for a major correction in the 15 per cent range, but thinks markets will stay choppy until after late in October.At that point, “you will see strong fundamentals out of the companies that are reporting earnings over the next few weeks and I am hoping that will be enough to calm the markets, regardless of what economic data is coming out of Europe,” he said.Activist investor Carl Icahn is more alarmed at the market shifts, and told CNBC in an interview that he believes a market correction is “definitely coming.”The latest batch of negative data pushed oil prices lower after falling $3 over the last two sessions on signs of lower demand and a sharp rise in U.S. inventories last week. The November contract in New York settled down $1.54, near a 22-month low at US$85.77 a barrel with the energy sector losing 2.8 per cent.The base metals component lost 3.4 per cent even as December copper gained three cents to US$3.03 a pound.The gold sector declined as December gold jumped $19.30 to US$1,225.30 an ounce.On the corporate front, Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC.A) plans to invest an average of $575 million annually over the next three years on business improvements while buying back an additional $400 million of its class A non-voting shares by the end of 2015. Its shares rose $3.42 to $120.50 after hitting a 52-week high of C$120.53 earlier in the session. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock markets sell off amid further dose of glum German economic data read more

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by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2014 6:35 am MDT TORONTO – Concerns that stock markets are getting too far ahead of themselves dragged both New York and Toronto markets lower on Thursday, motivated further by disappointing German economic data.The S&P/TSX composite index plunged 205.87 points to 14,460.60, pressured by oil prices that fell to the lowest level since December 2012. The Canadian dollar dropped 0.56 of a cent lower to 89.50 cents US.The Dow Jones industrials tumbled 334.97 points to 16,659.25, erasing gains made Wednesday from indications the Federal Reserve is in no hurry to hike interest rates.The Nasdaq dropped 90.25 points to 4,378.34 and the S&P 500 index gave back 40.68 points to 1,928.21 after the latest data showed German exports in August dropped 5.8 per cent over July as increasing uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine helped to produce the largest drop in five years.The data prompted ING economist Carsten Brzeski to say that “the economy seems to need a small miracle in September to avoid a recession.”The figures came out a day after minutes from the latest U.S. Federal Reserve meeting showed that Fed officials are becoming increasingly concerned about weak overseas growth.A faltering global economy is one reason that Fed officials have moved away from linking any increase in interest rates to any specific period, meaning rates will rise only when measures of the economy’s health and inflation signalled the time was right.The TSX has had a tough time since hitting 2014 highs in late August, having fallen more than 1,100 points from a year-to-date gain of over 14 per cent on economic concerns and a surging U.S. dollar.New York markets are also off the best levels of the year and some analysts think seasonality is also a culprit.“People come back from vacation, see (the market) at all-time highs and say, they’re due for a pullback, let’s pull some money off the table,” said Allan Small, a senior adviser at HollisWealth.Small doesn’t think investors are in for a major correction in the 15 per cent range, but thinks markets will stay choppy until after late in October.At that point, “you will see strong fundamentals out of the companies that are reporting earnings over the next few weeks and I am hoping that will be enough to calm the markets, regardless of what economic data is coming out of Europe,” he said.Activist investor Carl Icahn is more alarmed at the market shifts, and told CNBC in an interview that he believes a market correction is “definitely coming.”The latest batch of negative data pushed oil prices lower after falling $3 over the last two sessions on signs of lower demand and a sharp rise in U.S. inventories last week. The November contract in New York settled down $1.54, near a 22-month low at US$85.77 a barrel with the energy sector losing 2.8 per cent.The base metals component lost 3.4 per cent even as December copper gained three cents to US$3.03 a pound.The gold sector declined as December gold jumped $19.30 to US$1,225.30 an ounce.On the corporate front, Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC.A) plans to invest an average of $575 million annually over the next three years on business improvements while buying back an additional $400 million of its class A non-voting shares by the end of 2015. Its shares rose $3.42 to $120.50 after hitting a 52-week high of C$120.53 earlier in the session. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock markets sell off amid further dose of glum German economic data read more

Formula One teams race to help beat Alzheimers

Formula One teams will mentor new research fellowsCredit: Charles Coates/ Getty Images Europe Scientists researching ways to beat dementia are to receive help from Formula One racing teams in an attempt to accelerate the number of breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of the disease.Sir Jackie Stewart, the three times F1 world champion, has launched a £2 million project to see how the high-tech motor racing industry can help academics process data, promote rapid innovation and use artificial intelligence to boost research.The scheme, which sees Sir Jackie’s Race Against Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research UK join forces, will create a series of academic fellowships to promote the work of young scientist eager to help the 850,000 people in the UK living with the condition.Formula One teams from McLaren and Red Bull Racing will act as mentors to the scientists and show how their research techniques can be applied to the laboratory. It is hoped the teams behind a racing driver’s success will be able to also promote a collaborative and dynamic culture to speed up the pace of discoveries.The move follows Sir Jackie and his family’s experiences of seeing his wife, Lady Helen Stewart, suffer from the condition.She was diagnosed with the condition four years ago which resulted in Sir Jacke’s family’s world being “turned upside down”.He said: “The Race Against Dementia is the greatest challenge of my life, but with the right people and the right approach we can encourage and accelerate a new way of thinking and cross the finish line with success.“With these new research fellowships, we want to attract the best new talent from every corner of the world and not only catalyse their research with funding, but to throw open the door to a whole range of opportunities that will support a can-do mindset and accelerate a new generation of scientists to beat this horrendous illness.”Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity said: “These new fellowships are targeted at up-and-coming scientific global talent and will stimulate the careers of researchers with the drive and ambition to make breakthroughs possible that will transform lives.”Three years ago, McLaren Applied Technologies teamed up with the University of Oxford to try to use pitstop technology and their efficient trackside teamwork to improve treatment in emergency departments.The latest research investment comes on top of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s support for research projects worth more than £27 million in leading British universities.In a moving account, Sir Jackie Stewart explains the impact Alzheimer’s has had on his wifeIt’s been a little over four years since my wife Helen was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. It’s been heart breaking for the family to witness her decline. When people think of dementia, they most commonly think of memory decline, of losing moments and faces and the confusion and upset that ensues. Helen does have severe problems with her short term memory, which makes everyday life difficult, but the condition has also taken a profound physical toll on her. She has become frail to the point that she cannot now walk unaided. It hurts us both when she falls.Helen was uniquely talented as a timekeeper; she had razor-sharp abilities and was revered in F1 circles. Today she has no recall of even the simplest things, like where she is. It is a deeply cruel illness, not just for the person affected, but for the whole family.We are fortunate that we can provide Helen home care, but I know this is not an option for many, and there are millions of families around the world who struggle to cope when dementia arrives in their lives. My heart goes out to them and the situations they find themselves in.Over the past two years I’ve met specialists and scientists around the world who worked to diagnose Helen and help us make sense of what’s happening in her brain. We learned, with dismay, that there is no cure for dementia. The horrendous reality is that it’s been 16 years since the last dementia drug, and while that treatment can help some with their symptoms for a time, it can’t stop the destruction of the disease in their brain. It will slowly take its ultimate toll.In 2002, when Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer, we were able to access the best medical help, and through treatment she was completely cured.  It was astonishing to us to find that progress in relation to dementia has not kept pace. Of course, the brain is an incredibly complex organ, but dementia has also sadly received a small fraction of the attention, and funding, compared with diseases like cancer and heart disease, where progress has transformed lives.In my career on the track, I saw staggering technological progress. Innovation was implemented at phenomenal pace. And while lap times were shaved, we also drove dramatic advancements in safety that saved lives. At times, the resistance to change was incredible, but we simply had to rise to the challenge of halting the record of deaths.  When problems arose, we didn’t accept defeat, and answers were found. This gave me a trust in determination, and a belief now that it can, and will, be brought to bear in dementia research. I’m committed to making this possible.I established Race Against Dementia, a charity dedicated to the relentless pursuit of a dementia cure, imbued with the spirit of F1 pace and innovation. Today we are launching a £2m search for a new ambitious generation of brilliant scientists, supported by world-leading institutions, that we’ll commit to a new way of working. As well as giving these men and women the resources they need to bring their goals to reality, we’ll also inspire them with Formula 1 acumen, which will see them mentored by leading teams from F1. I believe the sparks these collaborations create will drive faster progress and even bigger thinking to create life-changing breakthroughs.Our Race Against Dementia Fellowships will get underway in earnest next year, with the support of Alzheimer’s Research UK, our partner. I eagerly anticipate their progress in identifying new ways to prevent or treat the diseases behind dementia before it becomes a devastating and overwhelming crisis for families and societies around the world. Our goal is to inject new pace into research and unlock a breakthrough to help Helen and the millions like her.We are striving to find answers that will avoid the heartache that we are experiencing, for millions in the future. In my career in motorsports, the innovations that I made possible, drove a safety revolution where many thought nothing could be done. I didn’t accept the barriers to change then, and I don’t accept them now. There are no problems, there are only solutions. The diseases behind dementia are complex and the challenge is high, but our ambition and ingenuity are higher, and the race against dementia is one we intend to win. Formula One teams will mentor new research fellows Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Formula One teams will mentor new research fellowsCredit: Charles Coates/ Getty Images Europe Scientists researching ways to beat dementia are to receive help from Formula One racing teams in an attempt to accelerate the number of breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of the disease.Sir Jackie Stewart, the three times F1 world champion, has launched a £2 million project to see how the high-tech motor racing industry can help academics process data, promote rapid innovation and use artificial intelligence to boost research.The scheme, which sees Sir Jackie’s Race Against Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research UK join forces, will create a series of academic fellowships to promote the work of young scientist eager to help the 850,000 people in the UK living with the condition.Formula One teams from McLaren and Red Bull Racing will act as mentors to the scientists and show how their research techniques can be applied to the laboratory. It is hoped the teams behind a racing driver’s success will be able to also promote a collaborative and dynamic culture to speed up the pace of discoveries.The move follows Sir Jackie and his family’s experiences of seeing his wife, Lady Helen Stewart, suffer from the condition.She was diagnosed with the condition four years ago which resulted in Sir Jacke’s family’s world being “turned upside down”.He said: “The Race Against Dementia is the greatest challenge of my life, but with the right people and the right approach we can encourage and accelerate a new way of thinking and cross the finish line with success.“With these new research fellowships, we want to attract the best new talent from every corner of the world and not only catalyse their research with funding, but to throw open the door to a whole range of opportunities that will support a can-do mindset and accelerate a new generation of scientists to beat this horrendous illness.”Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity said: “These new fellowships are targeted at up-and-coming scientific global talent and will stimulate the careers of researchers with the drive and ambition to make breakthroughs possible that will transform lives.”Three years ago, McLaren Applied Technologies teamed up with the University of Oxford to try to use pitstop technology and their efficient trackside teamwork to improve treatment in emergency departments.The latest research investment comes on top of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s support for research projects worth more than £27 million in leading British universities.In a moving account, Sir Jackie Stewart explains the impact Alzheimer’s has had on his wifeIt’s been a little over four years since my wife Helen was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. It’s been heart breaking for the family to witness her decline. When people think of dementia, they most commonly think of memory decline, of losing moments and faces and the confusion and upset that ensues. Helen does have severe problems with her short term memory, which makes everyday life difficult, but the condition has also taken a profound physical toll on her. She has become frail to the point that she cannot now walk unaided. It hurts us both when she falls.Helen was uniquely talented as a timekeeper; she had razor-sharp abilities and was revered in F1 circles. Today she has no recall of even the simplest things, like where she is. It is a deeply cruel illness, not just for the person affected, but for the whole family.We are fortunate that we can provide Helen home care, but I know this is not an option for many, and there are millions of families around the world who struggle to cope when dementia arrives in their lives. My heart goes out to them and the situations they find themselves in.Over the past two years I’ve met specialists and scientists around the world who worked to diagnose Helen and help us make sense of what’s happening in her brain. We learned, with dismay, that there is no cure for dementia. The horrendous reality is that it’s been 16 years since the last dementia drug, and while that treatment can help some with their symptoms for a time, it can’t stop the destruction of the disease in their brain. It will slowly take its ultimate toll.In 2002, when Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer, we were able to access the best medical help, and through treatment she was completely cured.  It was astonishing to us to find that progress in relation to dementia has not kept pace. Of course, the brain is an incredibly complex organ, but dementia has also sadly received a small fraction of the attention, and funding, compared with diseases like cancer and heart disease, where progress has transformed lives.In my career on the track, I saw staggering technological progress. Innovation was implemented at phenomenal pace. And while lap times were shaved, we also drove dramatic advancements in safety that saved lives. At times, the resistance to change was incredible, but we simply had to rise to the challenge of halting the record of deaths.  When problems arose, we didn’t accept defeat, and answers were found. This gave me a trust in determination, and a belief now that it can, and will, be brought to bear in dementia research. I’m committed to making this possible.I established Race Against Dementia, a charity dedicated to the relentless pursuit of a dementia cure, imbued with the spirit of F1 pace and innovation. Today we are launching a £2m search for a new ambitious generation of brilliant scientists, supported by world-leading institutions, that we’ll commit to a new way of working. As well as giving these men and women the resources they need to bring their goals to reality, we’ll also inspire them with Formula 1 acumen, which will see them mentored by leading teams from F1. I believe the sparks these collaborations create will drive faster progress and even bigger thinking to create life-changing breakthroughs.Our Race Against Dementia Fellowships will get underway in earnest next year, with the support of Alzheimer’s Research UK, our partner. I eagerly anticipate their progress in identifying new ways to prevent or treat the diseases behind dementia before it becomes a devastating and overwhelming crisis for families and societies around the world. Our goal is to inject new pace into research and unlock a breakthrough to help Helen and the millions like her.We are striving to find answers that will avoid the heartache that we are experiencing, for millions in the future. In my career in motorsports, the innovations that I made possible, drove a safety revolution where many thought nothing could be done. I didn’t accept the barriers to change then, and I don’t accept them now. There are no problems, there are only solutions. The diseases behind dementia are complex and the challenge is high, but our ambition and ingenuity are higher, and the race against dementia is one we intend to win. Formula One teams will mentor new research fellows Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

PIC Is this the worst newspaper headline ever

first_imgCan’t see the photo? Try reloading this post (Imgur/Reddit)THIS IS WHY using a grapefruit segment instead of a letter isn’t always a good idea.The headline appeared in Tuesday’s Mankato Free Press, a newspaper in south-central Minnesota, over an article about grapefruit recipes.The paper has since issued an embarrassed admission, noting: “The headline was intended to read “Grapefruit” […] Instead, many readers interpreted the headline as “Rapefruit.”Free Press publisher Jim Santori said: “Obviously, in hindsight, we would have done this differently.”VIDEO: WHAT did this newsreader just mime on air?>VIDEO: Is this the worst New Year’s Eve live broadcast of all time?>last_img read more

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first_imgCan’t see the photo? Try reloading this post (Imgur/Reddit)THIS IS WHY using a grapefruit segment instead of a letter isn’t always a good idea.The headline appeared in Tuesday’s Mankato Free Press, a newspaper in south-central Minnesota, over an article about grapefruit recipes.The paper has since issued an embarrassed admission, noting: “The headline was intended to read “Grapefruit” […] Instead, many readers interpreted the headline as “Rapefruit.”Free Press publisher Jim Santori said: “Obviously, in hindsight, we would have done this differently.”VIDEO: WHAT did this newsreader just mime on air?>VIDEO: Is this the worst New Year’s Eve live broadcast of all time?>last_img read more

Récifs coralliens en danger une nouvelle étude au secours des littoraux

first_imgRécifs coralliens en danger : une nouvelle étude au secours des littorauxUne récente étude parue dans la revue Current Biology met en relief le lent déclin des récifs de coraux qui, s’il est déjà entamé, n’est pas pour autant inévitable. Des solutions sont possibles à condition de s’y mettre rapidement et avec le plus grand sérieux, selon les experts. Le récif corallien est une des merveilles de la nature. Coloré, divers et riche, il présente une biodiversité incomparable. Structure naturelle bioconstruite par un minéral durable (carbonate de calcium), il est aujourd’hui un écosystème qu’il convient de préserver. De nombreux scientifiques se sont ainsi donnés la mission de mener à bien cette préservation, mais également de sensibiliser les populations. Bien qu’en danger, le récif n’est pas une victime, mieux encore, il peut continuer à se développer à condition que tout le monde se mobilise. C’est ce que propose l’analyse parue le 9 mai dans la revue Current Biology qui met en avant les dispositifs à mettre en place pour sauver les barrières de coraux.Pour ces travaux, chercheurs et climatologues en tout genre ont mis au point un modèle informatique qui simule l’activité du récif et montre de ce fait comment celui-ci fonctionne. Le projet a vu le jour après 2 ans de recherches et se base sur une centaine d’études collectées sur 40 ans. Combinant modèles de récifs ainsi que modèles climatiques, le programme est désormais capable de faire des prédictions sur l’équilibre des forces qui permettront au récif de continuer à se développer mais également celles qui pourraient le réduire comme les ouragans, l’érosion, l’acidification de l’eau de mer, les engrais chimiques ou encore la pression démographique.Une préservation localeD’après cette recherche, ces résultats sont sans appel. Si nous désirons préserver les récifs coralliens, une prise en charge locale est nécessaire. Peter Mumby des Universités de Queensland et Exeter explique qu’il faudrait un budget en carbonate et une protection locale, utile et active ainsi qu’une limitation accrue des gaz à effet de serre. L’analyse met également l’accent sur les diverses fonctions des récifs. Celles-ci incluent un apport non négligeable à l’économie ou encore l’activité de brise-lame qu’il réalise, empêchant les tsunamis ou encore les grosses vagues de s’échouer sur le rivage. Il est également un fantastique habitat pour toutes les espèces marines qui dépendent de lui en tant que refuge et abris. “La bonne nouvelle est qu’il semble possible de préserver le récif, nous avons juste à être sérieux sur les actions à mener. Cela veut également dire que la gestion local du récif – comme le contrôle de la pollution et de la pêche intensive- se légitime” rapporte Mumby. “De nombreuses personnes ont dit que les changements climatiques étaient trop importants pour que la gestion locale soit utile, nous montrons justement qu’il n’en est rien”. De plus, des centaines de millions de personnes dépendraient directement du récif pour se nourrir, gagner leur vie ou dans la construction des littoraux. “S’il devient difficile pour les gens des tropiques de vivre près des récifs de coraux, cela pourrait augmenter la pauvreté” détaille Emma Kennedy, auteur de l’étude.Un constat alarmantIl est ainsi dans l’intérêt de tous de conserver et protéger les récifs. Un des plus connus, la Grande Barrière de Corail long de plus de 2.000 kilomètres compterait environ 1.500 espèces de poissons, une trentaine de baleines, dauphins ou marsouins. Les récifs coralliens sont de vrais niches écologiques et l’on enregistre 600.000 kilomètres de récifs dans plus de 100 pays partout dans le monde. Seulement, beaucoup sont en passe de disparaître. En 2008, 19% des récifs coralliens ont disparu et 54% demeurent menacés.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Aujourd’hui, les spécialistes estiment qu’une action globale sur le climat ainsi qu’une préservation locale permettraient de ralentir le déclin de cette merveille écologique. Mais ceci peine à être mis en place. 1997 fut l’année internationale des récifs coralliens et plusieurs initiatives sont nées entre 1999 et 2000. Les récifs de Nouvelle Calédonie ont ainsi été classé dans le Patrimoine Mondial de l’Humanité et des aires protégées ont été mises en place. Reste que les constats inquiétants demeurent. Désormais, les experts suggèrent donc de mettre un coup d’accélérateur dans les actions entreprises afin d’inverser la tendance. Le 11 mai 2013 à 16:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgRécifs coralliens en danger : une nouvelle étude au secours des littorauxUne récente étude parue dans la revue Current Biology met en relief le lent déclin des récifs de coraux qui, s’il est déjà entamé, n’est pas pour autant inévitable. Des solutions sont possibles à condition de s’y mettre rapidement et avec le plus grand sérieux, selon les experts. Le récif corallien est une des merveilles de la nature. Coloré, divers et riche, il présente une biodiversité incomparable. Structure naturelle bioconstruite par un minéral durable (carbonate de calcium), il est aujourd’hui un écosystème qu’il convient de préserver. De nombreux scientifiques se sont ainsi donnés la mission de mener à bien cette préservation, mais également de sensibiliser les populations. Bien qu’en danger, le récif n’est pas une victime, mieux encore, il peut continuer à se développer à condition que tout le monde se mobilise. C’est ce que propose l’analyse parue le 9 mai dans la revue Current Biology qui met en avant les dispositifs à mettre en place pour sauver les barrières de coraux.Pour ces travaux, chercheurs et climatologues en tout genre ont mis au point un modèle informatique qui simule l’activité du récif et montre de ce fait comment celui-ci fonctionne. Le projet a vu le jour après 2 ans de recherches et se base sur une centaine d’études collectées sur 40 ans. Combinant modèles de récifs ainsi que modèles climatiques, le programme est désormais capable de faire des prédictions sur l’équilibre des forces qui permettront au récif de continuer à se développer mais également celles qui pourraient le réduire comme les ouragans, l’érosion, l’acidification de l’eau de mer, les engrais chimiques ou encore la pression démographique.Une préservation localeD’après cette recherche, ces résultats sont sans appel. Si nous désirons préserver les récifs coralliens, une prise en charge locale est nécessaire. Peter Mumby des Universités de Queensland et Exeter explique qu’il faudrait un budget en carbonate et une protection locale, utile et active ainsi qu’une limitation accrue des gaz à effet de serre. L’analyse met également l’accent sur les diverses fonctions des récifs. Celles-ci incluent un apport non négligeable à l’économie ou encore l’activité de brise-lame qu’il réalise, empêchant les tsunamis ou encore les grosses vagues de s’échouer sur le rivage. Il est également un fantastique habitat pour toutes les espèces marines qui dépendent de lui en tant que refuge et abris. “La bonne nouvelle est qu’il semble possible de préserver le récif, nous avons juste à être sérieux sur les actions à mener. Cela veut également dire que la gestion local du récif – comme le contrôle de la pollution et de la pêche intensive- se légitime” rapporte Mumby. “De nombreuses personnes ont dit que les changements climatiques étaient trop importants pour que la gestion locale soit utile, nous montrons justement qu’il n’en est rien”. De plus, des centaines de millions de personnes dépendraient directement du récif pour se nourrir, gagner leur vie ou dans la construction des littoraux. “S’il devient difficile pour les gens des tropiques de vivre près des récifs de coraux, cela pourrait augmenter la pauvreté” détaille Emma Kennedy, auteur de l’étude.Un constat alarmantIl est ainsi dans l’intérêt de tous de conserver et protéger les récifs. Un des plus connus, la Grande Barrière de Corail long de plus de 2.000 kilomètres compterait environ 1.500 espèces de poissons, une trentaine de baleines, dauphins ou marsouins. Les récifs coralliens sont de vrais niches écologiques et l’on enregistre 600.000 kilomètres de récifs dans plus de 100 pays partout dans le monde. Seulement, beaucoup sont en passe de disparaître. En 2008, 19% des récifs coralliens ont disparu et 54% demeurent menacés.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Aujourd’hui, les spécialistes estiment qu’une action globale sur le climat ainsi qu’une préservation locale permettraient de ralentir le déclin de cette merveille écologique. Mais ceci peine à être mis en place. 1997 fut l’année internationale des récifs coralliens et plusieurs initiatives sont nées entre 1999 et 2000. Les récifs de Nouvelle Calédonie ont ainsi été classé dans le Patrimoine Mondial de l’Humanité et des aires protégées ont été mises en place. Reste que les constats inquiétants demeurent. Désormais, les experts suggèrent donc de mettre un coup d’accélérateur dans les actions entreprises afin d’inverser la tendance. Le 11 mai 2013 à 16:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

CBS strikes deal with Altice as DirecTV ATT blackout continues

first_imgCBS logo at the CBS Television City Studio in Los Angeles. Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images CBS and cable provider Altice USA have reached a multi-year carriage deal, the two companies said Monday. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but the renewed deal covers retransmission of CBS-owned stations and allows for the offering of Showtime, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV and Smithsonian Channel on Altice’s Optimum and Suddenlink cable systems. (Editors’ note: CNET is owned by CBS.)Altice, which has nearly 5 million customers across 21 states, said it’s pleased to extend its “longstanding partnership with CBS.” The agreement also lets Altice continue to offer the Showtime digital streaming service to its broadband customers. The agreement comes during a blackout of CBS television stations for customers of DirecTV, DirecTV Now and AT&T U-Verse in 17 cities, as well as more than 100 CBS stations and affiliates on DirecTV Now. The blackout stems from the expiration earlier this month of a CBS-DirecTV deal signed in 2012, after the broadcaster and DirecTV owner AT&T failed to come to terms on a new carriage contract. 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice 7 Read DJI Osmo Action preview $59 at eBay TV and Movies 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. The Cheapskate TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Now playing: Watch this: 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. Sprint DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) CBS,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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock 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. Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy See at Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. 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. 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. See It $6 at Tidal Read Google Home Hub review $999 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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $299 at Amazon 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. Rylo Angela Lang/CNET $155 at Google Express 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). 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. 2:38 See It Boost Mobile $999 Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 10 best free movie and TV streaming services Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo 16 Tags 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. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP See It Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview 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. Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments See at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20)last_img read more

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first_imgCBS logo at the CBS Television City Studio in Los Angeles. Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images CBS and cable provider Altice USA have reached a multi-year carriage deal, the two companies said Monday. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but the renewed deal covers retransmission of CBS-owned stations and allows for the offering of Showtime, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV and Smithsonian Channel on Altice’s Optimum and Suddenlink cable systems. (Editors’ note: CNET is owned by CBS.)Altice, which has nearly 5 million customers across 21 states, said it’s pleased to extend its “longstanding partnership with CBS.” The agreement also lets Altice continue to offer the Showtime digital streaming service to its broadband customers. The agreement comes during a blackout of CBS television stations for customers of DirecTV, DirecTV Now and AT&T U-Verse in 17 cities, as well as more than 100 CBS stations and affiliates on DirecTV Now. The blackout stems from the expiration earlier this month of a CBS-DirecTV deal signed in 2012, after the broadcaster and DirecTV owner AT&T failed to come to terms on a new carriage contract. 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice 7 Read DJI Osmo Action preview $59 at eBay TV and Movies 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. The Cheapskate TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Now playing: Watch this: 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. Sprint DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) CBS,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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock 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. Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy See at Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. 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. 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. See It $6 at Tidal Read Google Home Hub review $999 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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $299 at Amazon 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. Rylo Angela Lang/CNET $155 at Google Express 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). 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. 2:38 See It Boost Mobile $999 Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 10 best free movie and TV streaming services Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo 16 Tags 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. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP See It Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview 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. Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments See at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20)last_img read more

Washington man pleads not guilty to murder theft in Ketchikan doctors death

first_imgJordan Joplin leaves the courtroom in the Ketchikan State Building after he pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree murder. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)A 32-year-old Washington state man pleaded not guilty Monday to first- and second-degree murder charges related to the March 16 death of Ketchikan surgeon Dr. Eric Garcia.Listen nowJordan Joplin arrived at the Ketchikan courthouse in handcuffs, ankle chains and a yellow jumpsuit, accompanied by an Alaska State Trooper.Friends of Garcia along with local police and media observed the short hearing, which Juneau Superior Court Judge Phillip Pallenberg conducted by phone.The case has been assigned to Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens, but Stephens is out of town.Joplin was indicted on Friday on the murder charges. He already had been indicted on related charges of first-degree theft, and has been in custody since late March on those earlier charges.A trial already has been scheduled in the case, starting Aug. 14, but as Pallenberg noted Monday afternoon, the new charges likely will delay that trial.“It’s not my case, but it certainly does not appear likely that a case of this magnitude could be prepared for trial in the weeks that remain before that August trial date on the new charges,” Pallenburg said. “I would tend to view that as essentially a placeholder trial date and I wouldn’t think that counsel should be anticipating that it is at all likely that the case will proceed to trial in August. But, that’s a matter I think you’ll have to discuss with Judge Stephens.”A scheduling hearing with Stephens has been set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2.Joplin remains in custody on $200,000 bail.Prosecutors have so far not revealed the cause of Garcia’s death.Police said in March that there were no obvious causes after a routine autopsy, so a toxicology screening was ordered.The results of that screening have not been announced.last_img read more

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first_imgJordan Joplin leaves the courtroom in the Ketchikan State Building after he pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree murder. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)A 32-year-old Washington state man pleaded not guilty Monday to first- and second-degree murder charges related to the March 16 death of Ketchikan surgeon Dr. Eric Garcia.Listen nowJordan Joplin arrived at the Ketchikan courthouse in handcuffs, ankle chains and a yellow jumpsuit, accompanied by an Alaska State Trooper.Friends of Garcia along with local police and media observed the short hearing, which Juneau Superior Court Judge Phillip Pallenberg conducted by phone.The case has been assigned to Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens, but Stephens is out of town.Joplin was indicted on Friday on the murder charges. He already had been indicted on related charges of first-degree theft, and has been in custody since late March on those earlier charges.A trial already has been scheduled in the case, starting Aug. 14, but as Pallenberg noted Monday afternoon, the new charges likely will delay that trial.“It’s not my case, but it certainly does not appear likely that a case of this magnitude could be prepared for trial in the weeks that remain before that August trial date on the new charges,” Pallenburg said. “I would tend to view that as essentially a placeholder trial date and I wouldn’t think that counsel should be anticipating that it is at all likely that the case will proceed to trial in August. But, that’s a matter I think you’ll have to discuss with Judge Stephens.”A scheduling hearing with Stephens has been set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2.Joplin remains in custody on $200,000 bail.Prosecutors have so far not revealed the cause of Garcia’s death.Police said in March that there were no obvious causes after a routine autopsy, so a toxicology screening was ordered.The results of that screening have not been announced.last_img read more