zoom European shipowners (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) have called for easing the administrative burden that seafarers and ship operators are now facing.“Crews and companies face a worse situation today than before. Rather than having a single European window, diverging national solutions were developed and even at Member States’ level there is very often no single solution in place,” ECSA said during Digital Transport Days in Tallinn.The organization added that this led to an increase of the administrative workload and the risk of seafarer fatigue, to the detriment of job satisfaction and smoothness of operations.The European Commission has now fully grasped the problems around the Reporting Formalities Directive and the urgency to address these. An Impact Assessment on a European Maritime Single Window (EMSW) environment has beeen launched and an ambitious proposal is scheduled to be presented in spring 2018.“We have the unique chance now to not only rectify things but to improve the administrative procedures applied to maritime transport,” Martin Dorsman, ECSA Secretary General, said.“We urge all parties to have an open mind. Surely there are reporting requirements that can be dropped, information that can be re-used better and responsibilities of the various actors that can be clarified better. If this assessment is thoroughly done, this will result in a huge reduction of the administrative burden on crew and companies,” Philippe Alfonso, Political Secretary at ETF, concluded.
Businesses, prospectors and academics now have more support for innovative projects in the mining sector that attract investment, grow Nova Scotia’s economy and creates jobs, especially in rural areas. As part of Budget 2019-20, the province is increasing the Mineral Resources Development Fund by $800,000 to a total of $1.5 million. Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette opened the fund to applications today, April 9. “Mining is a globally competitive sector that creates career opportunities for our young people, while generating revenue for programs and services that benefit all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “These investments make connections and develop new ideas that help our companies stay at the forefront of technology and environmental protection.” Saint Mary’s University professor Jacob Hanley and PhD student Kevin Neyedley received $47,500 from the fund in 2018. They are working on research and gathering geological information about how strategic minerals formed. This will help identify where deposits may be located and then extracted with minimal environmental impact. “It is vitally important for Nova Scotians to have access to the most current scientific knowledge, gathered using cutting edge research tools,” said Mr. Hanley. “Our research can help attract companies by reducing exploration costs for industry and reduce the impact that grass-roots exploration has on the environment through narrowing the size of mineral deposit targets,” said Mr. Neyedley. Last year, the province supported 28 projects including mineral exploration programs, professional development, innovation, university research and training opportunities for young people. “Our investment in Nova Scotia can be directly attributed to efforts made by the province to support prospectors,” said Greg Collins, chief operating officer at Transition Metals, a mineral exploration company based in Sudbury, Ontario. “The fund has helped us generate some very encouraging results that could attract new investment and allow us to consider acquiring additional projects in Nova Scotia.” To apply or find out more about the fund, visit https://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/mrdp.asp .
Police have urged people not to post any photos or information about the whereabouts of officers to social media, and have said so far more than 200 tips have come in.The pair are wanted in connection with the second-degree murder of UBC sessional lecturer Leonard Dyck, as well as the deaths of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese.The bodies of Fowler, 23, and Deese, 24, were found July 15 along the Alaska Highway, about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs. Dyck’s body was found near a burned out camper owned by McLeod and Schmegelsky near Dease Lake. The Port Alberni men were first reported missing, and later deemed suspects in three killings.This is a developing story and will be updated as new information is received.-With files from Taran Parmar, Lisa Steacy, and Lauren Boothby YORK LANDING, Mb. (NEWS 1130) – Despite a credible tip coming in on Sunday, Mounties in Manitoba say they haven’t been able to substantiate reports that two people spotted in York Landing were indeed the Vancouver Island men wanted in B.C.Manitoba RCMP Cst. Julie Courchaine said on Monday that Mounties were alerted to a possible sighting of two men fitting the description of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod at around 5:00 p.m. local time.“Based on the information received, the RCMP immediately deployed multiple resources to the community, including the Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services, Containment Team members, Major Crime Services and Air Services assets,” she said.Kam McLeod, left, and Bryer Schmegelsky are seen here in handout images from the RCMP. (Source: RCMP)Search teams combed the area overnight, and will continue to have a presence in the area.“York Landing is approximately 90 kilometres southwest of Gillam, and is only accessible by air or via a two-hour ferry crossing in the summer,” Courchaine explained. “There is also a rail line that runs approximately 25 kilometres south of the community.”Mounties have not been able to make contact with the two people reportedly spotted in York Landing, and on Monday afternoon said in a tweet that it has not been able to substantiate the tip.After a thorough & exhaustive search, #rcmpmb has not been able to substantiate the tip in York Landing. RCMP resources will continue to be in the York Landing & Gillam areas.We thank the community for their patience & understanding & ask them to continue to be vigilant.— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 29, 2019“We understand that this is a trying time for the community of York Landing and that there’s a lot of uncertainty. We want to remind residents that we have a lot of police resources in the area, and that our priority is their safety.”Locals were asked to remain vigilant, to stay indoors, and ensure their doors are locked. “And to report anything suspicious by calling their local police immediately,” Courchaine added.Community on edgeMounties have been searching parts of northern Manitoba for nearly a week as Schmegelsky and McLeod continue to evade arrest. Their efforts intensified after the possible sighting near a dump in York Landing came in from a community safety group — the Bear Clan Patrol.Chief Leroy Constant with the York Factory First Nations told NEWS 1130 his community is on edge.“There’s a heavy police presence here — there’s approximately 30 plus officers here in our community, and the last, I’m going to say, [24 hours] has been very stressful on everybody, as the news has broke about a possible sighting,” he said. “Everybody is on edge, first off, and still are. The feeling is still the same.”Meantime, Chief Constant said a lockdown was in place, and only designated volunteers were allowed to be “out and about.”Chief Constant believes the fugitives could have used rail lines to travel the rough and marshy terrain.Related video: Bear Clan eases fear in Northern Manitoba
Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsIndian residential school survivors who attended an institution that used an electric chair to torture students are returning to court in another effort to force the federal government to release uncensored documents from the investigations and criminal trials of former school staff.Lawyers with the Ottawa firm Sack Golblatt Mitchell filed a “Return of Request for Directions” in December on behalf of students who attended St. Anne’s Indian Residential School, which was in St. Albany, Ont. A hearing date has been set for June 9 in Toronto.The filing is essentially asking for a clarification of a previous Jan. 14, 2014 ruling when Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ordered Canada to disclose documents it held in its possession from an Ontario Provincial Police investigation into physical and sexual abuse at St. Anne’s Residential School.Ottawa initially denied it had the material, but eventually handed over 12,300 electronic documents related to the OPP probe, criminal court hearings and allegations of sexual and physical abuse at the school.The documents released by Canada, however, have been heavily redacted, according to the court filing.The documents are important for St. Anne’s survivors involved in the Independent Assessment Process (AIP), which was set up to hear claims and give compensation for sexual and serious physical abuse to residential school survivors under the multi-billion dollar Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.St. Anne’s survivors need the documents to prove their claims of abuse to IAP adjudicators. The redactions by Ottawa, however, are making it difficult for survivors to use the documents in their cases. The federal government acts as a party in the IAP hearings.“It has been difficult for claimants and council to try and figure out which documents may or may not be relevant to the case,” said Fiona Campbell, a lawyer with Sack Golblatt Mitchell.The court filing alleges that the federal government is redacting documents that are “in the public domain.” Ottawa is also “failing to provide an adequate school narrative for St. Anne’s or adequate reports for persons named in the applications as having abused the claimant.”Campbell said in some instances there are thousands of documents describing abuse allegations against individual staff members, but the “person of interest reports” on those staff members contain no more than a page or two and sometimes no mention of the allegations.The federal government is also refusing to release unredacted versions of three of five transcripts from open court criminal proceedings against former St. Anne’s staff. Ottawa is claiming that the three transcripts are no longer in the public domain as a result of the “length of time that has elapsed,” according to minutes from a Dec. 9 meeting of the IAP Oversight Committee.“I don’t even know what it means,” said Campbell. “If you can get the documents and it is a transcript of what took place in open court, I would have thought it was something that was available to the public.”The IAP Oversight Committee has basically given up on dealing with the issue of the St. Anne’s transcript and document issues, according to minutes of the December meeting.“The technical subcommittee has reached the end of its discussions on the St. Anne’s IRS issues,” said the minutes.NDP MP Charlie Angus said the IAP committee shares some of the responsibility for the scenario that has residential school survivors marching back to the courts.“The responsibility here [falls on] the Independent Assessment Process, who continue to fail survivors of St. Anne’s,” said Angus. “What kind of legal process says it’s okay for the defendants to suppress evidence and produce false evidence?”Angus said the IAP Secretariat “is making no effort to make sure it’s a fair process.”Justice Canada referred questions on the issue to Aboriginal Affairs which it said was the lead department on the file.Aboriginal Affairs said in a statement that Canada is also seeking clarification through the request for direction filed by the St. Anne’s survivors, but could provide no further comment because the matter is before the courts.Survivors who attended the Bishop Horden Indian Residential School from Moose Factory, Ont., are also seeking to have the results of the request for direction apply to their cases that have not yet been concluded through the IAP process.In addition to physical and sexual abuse, staff at St. Anne’s used an electric chair to shock students as young as six. They also forced sick students to eat their own vomit.A five-year OPP investigation in the 1990s led to the conviction of five former staff members from the email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. is raising its quarterly dividend as a U.S. investment manager seeking to replace its chief executive argued the railway’s improved financial results were not due to improved management.The Calgary-based railway said it now would pay a quarterly dividend of 35 cents to shareholders, up from 30 cents.“Canadian Pacific is committed to enhancing value for shareholders through profitable growth, execution of our operating plan, balanced investment and dividend growth,” CP chief financial officer Kathryn McQuade said.“Our multi-year plan is clearly delivering record operating and service metrics with financial results and operating cash flow to fund our capital investments and increase our dividends 17 per cent.”Last week, the company reported a first-quarter profit of $142 million or 82 cents per share on $1.37 billion in revenue.That compared with a profit of $34 million, or 20 cents per share, on $1.16 billion in the same quarter a year earlier when winter storms bogged down the railway and slowed shipments.However, Bill Ackman, head of Pershing Square Capital Management, the New York hedge fund seeking to oust CEO Fred Green, said the improvement in earnings was not all due to improvements at the railway.In a letter to shareholders issued Monday, Ackman said the railway benefited from a mild winter and an improved economy.“The relief from headwinds and the benefit of a tailwind should not be confounded with ‘successful execution’,” Ackman said.Ackman also said Monday that the company didn’t set aside money for bonuses in its first-quarter results, which made operating ratios appear healthier.“If things have really turned, then why aren’t they paying bonuses to their team? The answer is to make their quarter look better,” he said in an interview with the Business News Network.But CP said late Monday that first-quarter accruals actually increased by $7 million due partly to a higher share price, while executive compensation accruals were $4 million higher compared to the first quarter of 2011.â€œTo put the companyâ€™s performance in a negative light, Mr. Ackman suggested that management deliberately distorted CPâ€™s financial results. He attacks the competence of our audit committee, which approved our first quarter results,â€ said Dick Kelly, chairman of CP’s audit committee.Pershing Square, the railway’s largest shareholder, wants to see former Canadian National Railway Co. chief executive Hunter Harrison replace Green in the top job at the railway.The New York-based firm, which Ackman runs, has put forth seven nominees to sit on CP’s 15-member board, which will be elected at the company’s annual meeting next month in Calgary.“The board and Mr. Green attempt to divert shareholders’ attention from the company’s poor financial performance to ‘improvements’ in non-GAAP, non-financial operating metrics,” Ackman said.“These metrics are distorted by the material benefit of a record mild winter and the outsized capital and operating expenditures of the company’s wasteful 2012 Winter Plan.”CP said Monday it is building on its significant momentum and continuing to improve its operations, which is resulting in improved financial results.“When faced with incontrovertible proof of CP’s strong operating and financial performance, Pershing Square continues to distort the record to distract shareholders from the fact that it has no plan and no ideas,” CP said in response to Ackman’s letter.Ackman has said that CP’s plan isn’t the problem, but rather the management’s inability to deliver on the plans.Pershing Square, which first disclosed its investment in CP last October, has a 14.2 per cent share of the railroad.The investment firm and Harrison have said Canadian Pacific can improve its operating ratio to 65 per cent by 2015 â€” a target that CP says can’t be achieved in that time frame.CP, which reported an operating ratio of 80.1 per cent in its first quarter, has set a target of 70 to 72 per cent operating ratio for 2014 and between 68.5 per cent to 70.5 per cent for 2016.The ratio represents the percentage of revenue required to pay for operations, so investors want railways to push the number lower in order to boost profitability.For the three months ended March 31, CP earned $142 million or 82 cents per share on $1.37 billion in revenue. That compared with a profit of $34 million or 20 cents per share on $1.16 billion in the same quarter a year earlier when winter storms bogged down the railway and slowed shipments.Meanwhile on Monday, rival Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) reported its first-quarter earnings grew 16 per cent to $775 million or $1.75 per share for the period ended March 31, compared to $1.45 per share in the prior year.Operating income increased 23 per cent to $793 million, while the operating ratio was 66.2 per cent, a 2.8-point improvement over the year-earlier quarter.CN shares closed down 74 cents at $79.39 in Monday trading. Shares in CP closed down $2.24 at $74.21 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.CP’s annual meeting will be held on May 17. Canadian Pacific raises quarterly dividend ahead of key shareholder vote by News Staff Posted Apr 23, 2012 7:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Long-dormant concerns over Greece flare up, causing dramatic sell-off in stock, bond markets by Derek Gatopoulos, The Associated Press Posted Oct 15, 2014 7:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATHENS, Greece – After months out of the spotlight, Greece was back at the centre of Europe’s financial troubles on Wednesday, when concerns over the stability of the government and its bailout program triggered a massive sell-off in stocks and bonds.Greece’s main stock index closed 6.3 per cent lower — having traded down as much as 9.8 per cent lower earlier in the day. Following a 5.7 per cent loss on Tuesday, that brings the index to its worst level in 14 months.Yields on Greece’s 10-year bonds also rose sharply, to 7.73 per cent — up 1.10 percentage points on the day, a sign investors are more worried about default.Economist Megan Greene said investors were rattled by a combination of factors, with the sudden rise in Greece’s borrowing rates likely to hurt the country’s hopes of leaving its bailout program.The benchmark 10-year borrowing rate has risen from a low of 5.5 per cent in September, making it harder for the country to hope to finance itself on markets and no longer depend on bailout loans. The government had hoped to emerge from its bailout program earlier than planned.“The rising government borrowing costs should be a wakeup call to the Greek government not to tempt the markets with an early bailout exit,” said Greene, chief economist at Manulife Asset Management.Greece was at the heart of the eurozone debt crisis that started in 2009 and resulted in Athens receiving bailout loans worth 240 euros billion ($304 billion) to avoid bankruptcy. The country has since then stumbled through an economic depression and is this year finally seeing a stabilization in its economy.But its massive national debt is still not considered sustainable. That could mean it may need more rescue loans or seek further improvement to its bailout loan repayment terms.Though Wednesday’s losses come amid a wider drop in global markets, they were exacerbated by a survey on Monday indicating the government may not last through the winter. The poll showed the opposition Syriza party — which wants Greece to renege on part of the bailout loans it owes fellow European countries and the International Monetary Fund — had a widening lead over the governing conservatives.The government will rely on opposition support in February to elect a new president. Without it, the government would collapse.Syriza is arguing Greece’s economy cannot recover unless a substantial portion of money owed to bailout creditors is cancelled. It describes the dramatic increase in poverty and unemployment after years of austerity measures as a “humanitarian crisis.”A default on Greece’s bailout loans could have uncertain financial consequences, however. International investors may shy away for years from lending to the country for fear of not being repaid, for example.Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras chaired a cabinet meeting on the economy after markets closed Wednesday.His Socialist coalition partner, Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos, said doubts over Greece’s political stability posed the biggest threat to the country’s recovery.“We can see just how fragile the situation is … and the danger of turning pretty domestic political squabbles into reasons for the markets to turn against us,” Venizelos said.“What we are seeing today, is scenes from the future that must be avoided.”To make matters worse, Greene, the analyst, said there were concerns that Greece’s banks might get hit by upcoming stress tests by the European Central Bank, due to their rising number of bad loans. The ECB is reviewing eurozone banks to see if they are healthy enough — if not, they will be required to raise money on markets or receive bailouts.—Follow Gatopoulos at http://www.twitter.com/dgatopoulos
“One cannot avoid, even in times of emergency, obligations to protect the right to life, prohibit torture, adhere to fundamental elements of due process and non-discrimination, and protect everyone’s right to belief and opinion,” the experts underscored in a press release.Their call comes as Turkey’s Article 4 – which, within certain narrow conditions, temporarily relaxes some obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – enters into effect, and the Government declared a state of emergency. Turkey signed the ICCPR in 2000 and ratified it in 2003.“The invocation of Article 4 is lawful only if there is a threat to the life of the nation, a condition that arguably is not met in this case,” the experts noted. “Even in situations that meet this high threshold, Article 4 establishes limits to how much a State may deviate from its obligations under the Covenant.”Since the 15 July attempted coup, and particularly from the 20 July declared state of emergency, detentions and purges have spiked in Turkey – most notably in the education, media, military and justice sectors.“The derogation provision under Article 4 does not give a carte blanche to ignore all obligations under the ICCPR,” the experts said. “Even where derogation is permitted, the Government has a legal obligation to limit such measures to those that are strictly required by the needs of the situation,” he added.Additionally, allegations of torture and poor detention conditions have risen following legislative provisions that enable indiscriminate administrative powers to affect core human rights.“While we understand the sense of crisis in Turkey,” the experts said, “we are concerned that the Government’s steps to limit a broad range of human rights guarantees go beyond what can be justified in light of the current situation.”In recent statements, UN human rights experts have urged the Turkish Government to uphold the rule of law in time of crisis, voicing their concern about the use of emergency measures to target dissent and criticism.The experts stressed, “Turkey is going through a critical period. Derogation measures must not be used in a way that will push the country deeper into crisis.”Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo killed in Coverden accident – two others criticalApril 17, 2016In “latest news”Driver of Allion in smash-up on the Kuru-Kururu public road succumbsMay 19, 2018In “Crime”Herstelling fatal accident: Woman identified by daughterJuly 31, 2017In “Crime” A banking apprentice, attached to the Republic Bank’s Diamond operations, died on Monday morning in the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she had been a patient since last Wednesday.Dead: Keisha AnthonyEighteen-year-old Keisha Anthony of Lot 62 North Timehri, East Bank Demerara had reportedly sustained head and body injuries in a motorcycle accident that occurred at Supply, East Bank Demerara last Wednesday as she was returning home.Her boyfriend, Kenroy London, was taking her home on motorcycle CH 9730, and they were proceeding south along the eastern side of the East Bank public road when London, who allegedly was speeding, lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a pedestrian proceeding in the same direction. That collision had flung Anthony onto the roadway, where she had received injuries about her head and body; while the pedestrian, identified as a 13-year-old of Supply, EBD, had received injuries to his left ankle and lacerations about his body.It has been alleged that neither Anthony nor London was wearing a helmet at the time of this accident.Anthony and the teen were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where they received treatment and were transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. Anthony has now succumbed to the injuries she had sustained.Her mother Paulette Anthony said her daughter, the younger of two siblings, had only recently been successful at the CSEC examinations, earning her the attachment at Republic Bank Limited.
West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic insists footballers are under far more pressure than many fans realise.The former Inter Milan striker came under fire from Stoke City fans after moving to West Ham last year.He was then vilified by the Hammers’ fans for a poor first half after the season before coming good to help save them from relegation.The Austria international has maintained that form this season with his five Premier League goals making him joint-third in the scoring charts. But he admitted to the scrutiny taking its toll.He said, according to Mirror:“It’s easy, from the outside to hammer people, hammer the players and say, ‘He didn’t do this well, he didn’t do that well.’”Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“But when you know the life of a footballer, you’ll cry, believe me! We don’t talk about money, you cry.”“Sometimes because there is so much pressure on you, you have to deal with this because a lot of players go, ‘I’m okay, no worries’ – it’s not right, “ but in the game, it’s affecting you.”Meanwhile, Arnautovic has revealed he would have become a businessman instead of a player if his dad had his way.The 29-year-old, who has since confounded his father’s expectations, also admits he can understand when supporters take their frustrations out on the West Ham team.Arnautovic explained: “There were a few occasions when my father told me that I have to go to this company to work, maybe to take a test to see if they’ll take me.“I got to the test and sat there and didn’t write anything, because I didn’t want to work there. I wanted to play football and wanted to make this my job.”
SEATTLE — Most vehicle owners will pay more for their car tabs next year in a bill heading to the governor’s desk that will save the state money on building a new ferry in Washington.The state Department of Licensing and its agents will begin collecting a $5 service fee for vehicle registrations and a $12 fee for title transactions on Jan. 1, under the measure. The Everett Herald reports that the money specifically will pay for a new 144-vehicle Olympic-class vessel.Two similar ferries are currently under construction by Vigor Industrial in Seattle and ferry officials and lawmakers say extending the contract instead of negotiating a new one will save money in labor and materials.Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the legislation.
HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $210 at Best Buy Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 7 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Star Wars,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. 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. Post a comment $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $6 at Tidal Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Chris Monroe/CNET Best Buy Turo $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon 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). The Cheapskate $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. Read the Rylo camera preview $59 at eBay Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. Tags 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. Apple iPhone XS Comments Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. TV and Movies Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read the AirPods review 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. See at Amazon 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sprint See It It’s official: May 4 is Star Wars Day in California. Lucasfilm Ltd. You can now back your use of the phrase “May the 4th be with you” with a state resolution. The California Legislature on Thursday declared May 4 Star Wars Day in celebration of Disneyland’s upcoming attraction, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The theme park is set to open later this month. The saying “May the 4th be with you” is a spin on the popular Star Wars phrase “May the force be with you.”The California resolution was authored by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Daly. It says Anaheim, where Disneyland is located, will benefit from Galaxy’s Edge by getting “at least $14 million more in tax revenues per year.” The expansion will also create 1,400 permanent jobs, according to the resolution. The Legislature says it “commends the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney Company for their decades-long record of enhancing the quality of life for people in California and beyond.” Disneyland, Orange County’s largest employer, generates $5.7 billion for southern California’s economy, according to the resolution. 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Alaska Rep. Don Young. Photo: Liz Ruskin.A deregulation bill aimed at boosting energy production on federal lands cleared a U.S. House committee Wednesday.Listen nowKnown as the SECURE American Energy Act, the bill would remove several limits on Arctic drilling. It would undo former President Obama’s decision to close off most Arctic waters to leasing. And it would allow states to take over management of oil and gas development on federal land.Alaska Congressman Don Young says states would do a better job, because, Young claims, federal employees try to block development.“They don’t want to drill oil,” Young said in the House Natural Resources Committee . “I wish they’d fess up to it. At least we’d know for sure where their loyalty lies. But I really believe if we don’t continue the way they do in Alaska and the Western states, we’ll fall back in that trap of be(ing) dependent on the Middle East countries.”Young says he also likes that the bill would share offshore revenues with coastal states. Alaska would get 37.5 percent of the proceeds from leasing and development in federal Arctic waters.But Katy Siddall, a director of government relations for The Wilderness Society, says the bill is part of a broader “sell-out” campaign.“This is a bill that is par for the course in what we’re seeing out of, not just the House but the Senate and the administration, on trying to drill anywhere these guys can and hand-off our public lands to private interests,” Siddall said.Siddall says if states take over as regulators on federal lands, the public would lose transparency and opportunities to weigh in.One of the bill’s worst provisions, as Siddall sees it, is that it would scrap the 2016 safety rules for offshore Arctic drilling.“It’s already one of the most dangerous place to explore for oil and gas,” Siddall said. “And this just, one, it makes it easier to drill, and two, it makes it even more dangerous.”Young, on the other hand, maintains the Obama administration’s Arctic drilling regs make future exploration nearly impossible.The SECURE bill now moves to the House floor. It is sponsored by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. His leadership position makes it likely the bill will be brought up for a vote.
RapePolice have arrested a young man on charges of repeatedly raping two minor girls in Hathazari upazila of Chittagong.The arrestee is Mohammad Hossain, 36, son of Robi Motaleb. Hailing from Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar, he had been living at Amtola of Hathazari for professional reasons.Officer-in-charge of Hathazari police station Belal Uddin Jahangir said Hossain confessed to his crimes.Hossain had been raping the two girls — one aged 7 and the other 9, he said, adding that the families of the victims came to know about it when he was violating them on 7 March.Police arrested Hossain on Monday night after a local union parishad member informed them about it, the OC said.
Road accident LogoAt least three people including a child were killed in a head-on collision between a truck and a three-wheeler on Kushtia-Jhenaidah highway in Kushtia’s Bottala Wednesday, reports UNB.Two of the deceased were identified as Shahbul, 12, of Daulatpur upazila and Shipon, 28, of Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga district while the identity of the child could not be known immediately.Witnesses said the accident took place as a Kushtia bound truck hit the three-wheeler around 2:00pm, leaving two dead on the spot and injured four others.Later, one of them died at Kushtia General Hospital while undergoing treatment.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to the hospital.
There are roughly 175 miles between Pembrokeshire in Wales and the Salisbury Plain in England. The first represents the location of neolithic quarries from which stone was extracted some 5,000 years ago. The second is the famous Stonehenge ― a prehistoric shrine whose origins remain a subject of heated debate between scholars. The relation between the two places ― besides the distance ― has long been a subject of extensive research. While the ancient world was no stranger to monolithic structures which would be difficult to construct even by today’s standards, the difference between Stonehenge and other structures lies in a choice to neglect local stones and, shall we say, rather “import” them from a great distance.Long shadows from the early morning sun at StonehengeWith a number of questions still open, scientists on the Stonehenge case announced in February 2019, that they just might be one step closer to solving the mystery.A discovery by an archaeology team led by Professor Mike Parker Pearson of University College London’s Institute of Archaeology of massive stone-cutting tools found in Pembrokeshire has shed new light on this complex debate.Archaeologists claim to have found the prehistoric tools used to quarry the original standing stones that date from the earliest phases of Stonehenge, just after the religious site adopted its monumental stone features.View of the western half of the Preseli Hills taken from 1/2 mile north of Crymych on A478. Photo by Tony Holkham CC BY 3.0The tools were found on the northern slopes of the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, southwestern Wales, where two former quarries were located.Experts who had used chemical analysis to track the bluestone from Stonehenge to Pembrokeshire claim that there are at least three more locations that were used to quarry stones for the sacred site in Salisbury Plain.View from Carn Menyn eastwards towards Foel Drygarn (centre-left) and Y Frenni (centre-right) in the distance. Photo by Tony Holkham CC BY SA 3.0The discovery includes several hammerstones used for inserting and forcing in the wedges, which would, in return, cause for the large parts of the stone to detach from the rock. The wedges were made from sandstone, and 15 of them have been discovered during this particular excavation.Related Video: Hunger Stone Warnings – Haunting past messages revealed on stones from droughtApart from the tools, traces of V-shaped slots were also discovered in two columns of what was once the Pembrokeshire quarry. The slots seem to have been fitted, but for some unknown reason, never used. It was as if the ancient stonemasons had left it there as evidence of their methods and work.StonehengeRegarding the discovery, as well as the implications it presents, Pearson gave a statement for the British archaeological journal Antiquity soon after they went public with the excavation results:Every other Neolithic monument in Europe was built of megaliths brought from no more than 10 miles away. We’re now looking to find out just what was so special about the Preseli Hills 5,000 years ago, and whether there were any important stone circles here, built before the bluestones were moved to Stonehenge.A standing stone in the Preseli Hills mountain range, Pembrokeshire, Wales. This stone is one of the bluestones from this area which were used to construct the inner circle of Stonehenge.Theories are currently being spawned on how and why were these prehistoric men so keen on crossing such a distance while transporting stones that weighed up to 4 tons each.As for transport, there are two dominant options. First of them ― and perhaps the most logical ― was that the stones were carried on rafts, or catamaran-like boats along the coast, and then transported via the Avon river to within 20 miles of Stonehenge’s location.The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in England. Focus is on the grass.The second theory is presumed to be dominantly by land. The idea of transporting 79 huge pieces of stone across the country by land must have been a very strong demonstration of might ― one that could have symbolically consolidated a power struggle between rival tribes and clans that inhabited Britain in the third millennium B.C.In such case, they would probably be carried by stretchers, sleds or rollers facing an unforgiving terrain, besides the long distance. The use of rivers would be fairly limited in this case, therefore demanding tons of manpower to be employed constantly.These two options offer a solution on how the bluestones of Stonehenge were transported. However, “why” is an entirely different issue.Rare and beautifully executed Engraved illustration of Druids Worshiping at Stonehenge, England in Ancient Times Engraving from The Popular Pictorial Bible,By analyzing the bones excavated in the vicinity of the site, the scientists have determined that a number of them originated from the very area where the stones can be traced. Therefore, it is possible that the community that built Stonehenge had migrated from southwestern Wales, and possibly even brought the stones that hold such great cultural influence with them.Photography of Stonehenge at the sunsetSome scientists argue that perhaps the first stones that form the foundation of the Salisbury Plain might have served earlier as part of a similar structure, somewhere around Pembrokeshire.Read another story from us: Conservationists Aren’t Happy About New Spielberg Production Near StonehengeThis would mean that there was an original, proto-Stonehenge in Wales, before the one in England. If true, this theory could easily shake many notions regarding the origins, the culture and the ritual role of Stonehenge. However, evidence for such groundbreaking claims is yet to be found.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min read November 11, 2014 Enroll Now for Free AT&T Inc has scrapped its plans to launch high-speed Internet service on commercial flights in order to focus on international expansion and video offerings, the company said in a statement on Monday.On Friday, the carrier announced a $1.7 billion acquisition of Mexican operator Iusacell, AT&T’s second major acquisition this year following a $48.5 billion bid for satellite operator DirecTV.”After a thorough review of our investment portfolio, the company decided to no longer pursue entry into the in-flight connectivity industry. We are focusing our capital on transformative investments, such as international and video,” said Fletcher Cook, a spokesman for AT&T.In April, AT&T and Honeywell International Inc had announced a partnership to launch a high-speed 4G LTE-based in-flight connectivity service for airlines and passengers in commercial, business and general aviation in the U.S.The product would have competed with in-flight internet services provider Gogo Inc., whose shares soared 10 percent on the news. (Reporting by Marina Lopes; Editing by Alan Crosby) This story originally appeared on Reuters
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RelatedNights in flight hackin’Welcome to the Skyscanner Hack Day – when ideas become reality.An interview with Skyscanner’s CEO: Gareth WilliamsSkyscanner CEO, Gareth Williams speaks about pirates, growing pains and being a successful web company, born in EdinburghHow to get over jet lag: 14 tips for beating timezone tirednessWhy do we get jet lag? How can we make adjusting to new time zones simpler and how can we help our bodies cope with the effects of long-haul flights? Whether you’re heading off on a bargain break to Orlando or you’ve found a great deal on a cheap holiday… What happens when some of the top tech talents in the business stay up all night and eat pizza, sorry, get free rein to build some really cool stuff? Welcome to the Skyscanner Hack Day – when ideas become reality. What a difference a day makes! 24 little hours, 35 developers, 10 product and marketing people, 16 ideas, several APIs and all the resource (within reason) to build something. Anything in fact, so long as it can be demonstrated ‘live’ after 24 hours. That’s the premise of Skyscanner’s Hack Day. It’s the one day the developers decide what goes. The ideas get flowing, and the developers get going.Hack Day kicks off with the usual developer fuel: coffee, and lots of it. We’ve had a couple of weeks’ notice about this hack-day, so we’ve had plenty of chance to get the thinking juices flowing and find the right people for the job. Most people have a team and at least one idea to share with the rest of the company. But now it’s for real. The waiting is over. We’re going to make this happen. We get together for a 9.30am stand-up meeting. Right after the talking is done, the clock starts ticking and the coding begins.So what are we doing? We’ve recently built an API which allows access to flight quotes that are stored in the Skyscanner cache, and that is the foundation for a couple of projects. One team are working on a free text-based responsive website for finding journey fares. Another team (made up of people from our mobile development partner Kotikan) are spinning up a new Android widget which will provide price alerts for favourite flight routes. Somebody else is developing our own map-stack from various open source tools, and on the side that same guy is developing a Github clone. Talk about multi-tasking!A huge asset of Skyscanner is the amount of data we collect from our user interactions, but we also have difficulty processing that data in real time to gain useful insights about what our users are doing and how the product is performing. One hack team is taking a closer look at Hadoop, a framework that supports data intensive distributed applications, and implementing an internal analytics application that will extract data directly from our own logging system. This will be a valuable tool in the long term, as although we have a lot of analytics tools in place, most of them aren’t in real-time.On the lighter side, we have a team creating a ‘fly to beer’ application which will help you connect with friends via Facebook and find out the best way to fly to reach our favourite beer. There’ll certainly be a few people here who’ll be having a well-deserved beer later! One seriously big project is that we’ve created the world’s biggest QR code (made from Post-its) that we’re putting up in our office window in Princes Street which faces the main exit from Waverley Station in Edinburgh – look out for it if you’re in the area.We don’t have many barriers between teams at Skyscanner, but on Hack Day there are even less. We even have people in our Singapore office who are taking part (eight hours ahead) and cameras are projecting the live streams of activity onto shared screens in every office. Then there are the marketing folks who sit with developers and work jointly to develop the ideas.At 3am the counter is still ticking and the numbers are beginning to drop. Some hard-core enthusiasts, fuelled only by pizza, more coffee and love of code, are working through the night, while others have opted for a few hours’ kip to recharge the coding batteries. Morning comes around quickly. Each team has to showcase its idea to the whole company with a live demo. Eek! Fingers crossed it works. It’s an impressive result: a total of 13 projects make it to the finish line. This is the time for the inner geek to shine as remote desktops are called, browsers fired up live on camera and fresh cut code is projected proudly around our three offices. There is applause all round as many the ideas are well received. Some are likely to make it through to our production systems, the developers’ dreams become reality.If this is what we can get done in 24 hours, it makes you think we should do it every day… but then again. I need a coffee. Make mine a double.See inside Skyscanner for yourself. Watch our brilliant Hack Day film10ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
TORONTO – The iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards show is moving into the final weeks of summer.Organizers say the annual street party of celebrities and Top 40 music will happen this year on Aug. 26.It marks a leap from the usual date in mid-June.Bell Media, the show’s broadcaster, says it hopes the shift will help establish a new back-to-school event.Each year, thousands of young people gather on Queen Street in Toronto for the MMVAs in hopes of spotting famous faces from TV, film and music.Recent attendees have included Nick Jonas, Alessia Cara, Ed Sheeran and “Criminal Minds” actor Shemar Moore. by The Canadian Press Posted May 4, 2018 9:11 am PDT Last Updated May 4, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Summertime Canadian pop show MMVAs jumps to August airdate
Attorney-general Costas Clerides has just been handed an updated report into a police corruption probe, and will be studying its findings to determine whether any prosecutions are warranted.According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), the report contains additional information and depositions requested by Clerides after an initial report was delivered to him on January 10 of this year.The initial report had consisted of 84 pages, not counting the annexes, and containing 330 depositions.Launched on August 9, 2016, the probe was assigned to three independent criminal investigators – former Supreme Court judge and head of the Independent Authority to Investigate Complaints against the Police Andreas Paschalides, and former police officers Panayiotis Pelagias and Agamemnonas Demetriou.The report focused on the chain of events leading up to the murder of businessman Fanos Kalopsidiotis in Ayia Napa last summer, in which three other individuals – two members of the police force, who had apparently been dining with the victim, and one of the two Albanian shooters – were also killed.A third policeman – a member of riot squad Mmad, also with Kalospidiotis at the time of the incident – was badly injured in the shootout.The presence of police officers in the company of the businessman raised questions, especially as it was suggested that members of the police force had inappropriate ties to members of the underworld.The report suggested that several policemen took up night jobs as Kalopsidiotis’ private security detail.According to media reports, the dossier handed over to the attorney-general back in January recommended the criminal prosecution of seven individuals and disciplinary probes on four others, over issues of corruption.Criminal liability was suspected of policemen and officers involved in the handling of a tip from Interpol Belgrade shortly before the June 24, 2016 Ayia Napa killings hit informing Cyprus police that Serbian hitmen were on their way to the island to take out the businessman.Reportedly, Cyprus police then notified the Serbian underworld ring that were carrying out the contract that investigators were on their heels.The incident was explained as merely an error, but suspicion was rife that there was more to it than that.In parallel to investigating the Ayia Napa hit itself – for which a trial is currently underway – the police force had asked the attorney-general’s office to look into possible graft and corruption in the force.The recommendation for a separate probe came from police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou.The justice ministry in the meantime has prepared and submitted to parliament a batch of bills aimed at combating corruption in law enforcement.Among others, they relate to the protection of corruption whistleblowers and the lifting of the privilege of privacy in phone-tapping. Another bill provides for the establishment of an Internal Affairs unit within the police.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola