Mother of murdered First Nation woman skeptical of roundtable

October 14, 2019

first_imgAPTN National NewsSome families of missing and murdered Indigenous women are making their way to Ottawa this week.They’ll be participating in a one-day family gathering to discuss solutions and supports needed to end violence.The gathering is happening a day before a national roundtable.APTN’s Annette Francis spoke to one mother about her thoughts and hopes for the events.last_img

Air Canada reaches new deal with pilots to expand fleet for discount

October 13, 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – Air Canada (TSX:AC) says it has reached an agreement to expand the number of aircraft in its discount brand Rouge.The deal was made in co-operation with its 3,500 pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association.Air Canada said the new arrangements amend the 10-year agreement it reached with its pilots in October 2014.The airline expects the amendments will allow it to expand its presence in certain regional markets.It said the new deal will also enable it to compete effectively with emerging North American ultra low cost carriers.Also provided in the amendments are improvements for Air Canada pilots’ defined-contribution plans and sick leave, and greater transferability between Air Canada and Rouge.last_img read more

Gender gap in STEM fields proving difficult to close say experts census

October 13, 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – In the basement of McGill University’s engineering building, Elizabeth O’Meara punches the word “engineer” into a Google Image search and watches the screen fill with pictures of men in construction helmets.“It’s kind of disgraceful,” O’Meara tells her audience, a group of Grade 11 students she’s hoping to encourage to pursue her own field of study. “Not everyone wears hard hats in engineering.“And also, they’re all dudes. They’re also all white.”O’Meara, a 19-year old first-year bioengineering student, is well aware she doesn’t represent the face of most engineering hopefuls.Her presentation is part of a wider effort to change the fact that women remain vastly under-represented in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, despite sustained efforts to close the gap.More than four in 10 Canadian women aged 25 to 34 had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2016, compared with less than 33 per cent in 2006, according to the latest batch of census numbers released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.However, of those women with an earned doctorate, only about one-quarter opted for architecture, engineering and related technologies, the numbers show. And among those younger Canadians with bachelor’s degrees, men who studied engineering or computer and information science outnumbered their female counterparts by a ratio of more than five to one.Considering the fact that overall, fewer than 20 per cent of working-age Canadians with post-secondary degrees, men and women alike, chose the STEM path, the female ranks are small indeedAs demand for STEM-related jobs increases, the lack of women in such high-paying fields could have serious economic consequences, a report released earlier this year by TD Economics suggests.“It will be difficult to close, or possibly even further narrow, the overall gender wage gap if women fail to make stronger inroads,” it read.The gender divide persists, despite years of efforts by advocacy groups, universities and individuals to tackle systemic gender bias and promote the importance of STEM.These efforts range from pink-coloured building blocks for toddlers and science camps geared towards girls to a governmental threat to strip funding from research universities that fail to address diversity issues.“It’s really upsetting, and it’s something we’re thinking about a lot,” said Ketra Schmitt, a professor at Concordia University’s Centre for Engineering in Society.Experts struggle to explain why women continue to flock to fields such as education and health sciences — women accounted for 92.7 per cent of young nursing graduates with bachelor’s degrees in 2016 — while more men choose engineering.Studies suggest the reasons are multiple and complex, including systemic gender bias, a tendency for girls to underestimate their own math abilities and a lack of role models at the top levels.The TD Economics report found that even after graduation, women disproportionately end up in lower-paying technical roles than higher paid professional ones.Schmitt said researchers often sum up the problem using the metaphor of a “leaky pipeline” that sees girls and women drop out at every step, beginning in elementary school and continuing into their professional lives.The student group O’Meara represents, called Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE), is trying to create a supportive community for female students that also offers mentorship and networking opportunities to help them break into the field.They also do outreach work with local elementary schools, high schools and junior colleges, including O’Meara’s recent presentation and workshop.Part of the group’s mission is to look at the lack of female role models found at every level of the profession.“When you don’t have role models, that affects everybody further down on the chain,” said Taylor Lynn Curtis, a second-year software engineering student who co-presented with O’Meara.They’re hoping to make a difference to girls like 16-year-old Maya Esar, who attended the presentation with the rest of her class.Esar hopes to go on to study computer science, eventually translating her interest in programming and art into a successful career designing websites or video games.Despite being the only girl in her school’s coding club, the teen says it’s never occurred to her to think of programming as just a “guy thing.”“Nobody ever told me it was.”last_img read more

Top Notch Oilfield Contracting Presents George Canyon in Fort St John

October 13, 2019

first_imgTORONTO, ON – Canadian country legend and multiple JUNO Award winner George Canyon announced today he will be embarking on a national Canadian tour with hit-makers Doc Walker and Charlie Major. The ‘Hit After Hit’ tour will begin April 18th in Camrose, AB, and wrap in Barrie, ON on May 25th, making stops in more than 30 towns and cities along the way.Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. MST. Tickets are priced at $55.00, and $60.00 plus applicable fees.  There will be a special listener pre-sale on Thursday, March 7.  Sign up for the newsletter at www.energetictickets.ca to receive the pre-sale access code. Tickets may be purchased online at www.energetictickets.ca, by phoning the Lido at (250) 785-3011, and in person at Systems Sound Source Ticket Outlet on 100 ST.Hot off the heels of his 2018 release ‘Southside of Heaven’, George’s new single ‘Out Of This Town’ from his forthcoming EP produced by Scott Cooke, was released to all digital platforms on February 22nd and hits radio airwaves March 8th. Canyon rose to become one of Canada’s hottest Country Music stars in the early 2000’s and has won countless accolades and awards, including Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few. He has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, and was recently presented a certified Platinum Award for his debut album ‘One Good Friend’. With country hits like Just Like You, I Believe in Angels, Drinkin’ Thinkin’, Daughters of the Sun, I Got This, I Want You To Live, Slow Dance and many more, he is also a highly regarded humanitarian, strong supporter of the military, and, most important, a proud father and devoted husband.With over 20 Top 10 singles, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.Charlie Major is a true Canadian legend. He has sold nearly half a million records in Canada alone and has been the recipient of 3 Juno Awards and 7 CCMA Awards. Rising to the forefront of the Canadian Music scene in the early to mid-nineties, Major holds the distinction of having six consecutive #1 hits (every single released) off his debut album prior to the inception of BDS.Canada’s Manny Blu made his debut with the release of his first single “X on my Heart” earlier this year. Currently preparing to release his premiere EP Leave It Like It Is in summer 2019, Manny is eagerly awaiting the chance to share his new music with the world.last_img read more

Wolves shock Man Utd to reach FA Cup semifinals

October 12, 2019

first_imgWolverhampton: Wolves inflicted a second straight defeat on Manchester United on Saturday, outplaying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to secure a 2-1 win and reach the FA Cup semi-finals. United lacked spark throughout and were overcome by an eager Wolves side with two goals in the space of six minutes in the second half from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota. Marcus Rashford’s injury-time effort was a mere consolation. Solskjaer had presided over a run of just two defeats in 18 games since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the last eight of the FA Cup. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenBut now they have suffered two losses in a row after their Champions League exertions at Paris Saint-Germain. United were favourites but the Midlanders’ form against the top six that has carried them to seventh position in the Premier League gave home fans hope. The early signs were that United, not Wolves, were going to live up to the hype of the warm-up, dominating early possession. The visitors created the first opening when Paul Pogba gained a yard of space in the box and curled wide. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryGoalkeeper John Ruddy was happy to let the ball drift away but was forced to make a falling save to his left soon afterwards when Rashford let fly from 30 yards. Wolves’ first threat came in the 28th minute when Ruben Neves’s low drive was well held by the United goalkeeper Sergio Romero and it was swiftly followed by a better one, Jota failing to connect properly with a volley from Matt Doherty’s centre. United players surrounded referee Martin Atkinson screaming for a penalty in the 37th minute after Diogo Dalot’s hooked shot hit the elbow of Jonny as he turned his back on the ball. But Atkinson was unmoved. The best chance of the half fell to Wolves, two minutes before the break. Neves sent Jota galloping clear for a one-on-one with Romero, but the United goalkeeper beat his curling shot away. United had the first opening of the second half when Rashford got away from Conor Coady on the right side of the box but could only whistle a fierce angled drive a few feet wide. Wolves replied with a rising, diagonal effort from Jimenez that looped comfortably over the bar. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were gaining in confidence however and created two chances that required some superb goalkeeping from Romero. First he reacted sharply to tip over a bullet header from Jimenez from Joao Moutinho’s corner. The Argentine keeper then palmed over a rising chip from Moutinho from 25 yards as Wolves got on top. Wolves scored the goal they had been threatening in the 70th minute. The chance seemed to be lost when Jimenez was forced backwards with his back to goal after being crowded out following a superb run by Moutinho, who breezed through three challenges cutting in from the left. But the Mexican swivelled 180 degrees, after getting a lucky bounce off Pogba and drilled a low shot past Romero. Six minutes later Wolves doubled their lead. Neves sent Jota racing clear on the counter as Wolves broke and the Portuguese left Luke Shaw in a heap before firing an unstoppable left-foot drive inside Romero’s near post. High drama followed when Atkinson showed Victor Lindelof a red card for lunging in on Jota in front of the Wolves dugout. VAR was called and deemed it a booking, allowing the Swedish defender a reprieve. Rashford pulled one back with a shot on the turn in the fifth minute of the five added on, but it was too little, too late. agencieslast_img read more

September 18, 2019

Sporting boss praises Oblak

first_imgSporting Lisbon manager Jorge Jesus has hailed Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world, ahead of their second leg in the Europa LeagueThe Slovenia international arrived at Portuguese side Benfica in the summer of 2010 at the tender age of 17 years old and, after four loan spells away from the club, Oblak became the first choice goalkeeper under Jesus himself after displacing regular number one Artur in the 2013/14 season.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…After keeping several clean sheets in his opening matches, Oblak was later named the Primeira Liga’s goalkeeper of the year and later sealed a €16m transfer to Atletico and has established himself at La Liga as one of the very best.“Oblak arrived at Portuguese football very young. He was 17 years old. He was at two clubs before he had the opportunity at Benfica. He worked [hard] during that time, I have no doubt that alongside Rui Patricio and some others he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The Atletico supporters should be delighted to have him and his work.” said Jesus, according to Mundo Deportivo.last_img read more

September 18, 2019

Villas next seasons kit includes a darker shade of claret

first_imgVilla’s iconic colours have often caused confusion amongst manufacturers and senior Villa Park officials have moved to ensure next season’s kit includes a ‘darker shade of claret’ according to Birmingham Mail.It will also feature a ‘visible nod to William McGregor’. A statue of McGregor – the man who played a leading role in founding the Football League in 1888 – stands proudly outside the main reception at Villa Park.Neil Banbury, General Manager UK at the Kindred Group, said:Tottenham make offer to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish Henry Ikenna Ugwu – June 13, 2018 In a bullish manner Tottenham makes offer to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish £15m as Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester are also keen on securing the…“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Aston Villa. 32Red has a successful history in football sponsorship and will look to build on the fantastic work done by the Unibet brand last season.“The 32Red logo won’t look out of place adorning the famous claret and blue with both brands priding themselves on excitement and entertainment. The likes of which has made 32Red an industry-leader in online casinos.““Unibet will continue to reward the legions of loyal Villans with “better” experiences as Official Betting & Gaming Partner and we look forward to seeing the logo on the club’s official training wear.”last_img read more

September 18, 2019

Jamie Carraghers Premier League season predictions

first_imgSky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has given his predictions for the Premier League season.After two matches played in the 2018/19 Premier League season, Jamie Carragher has made his season predictions. Sky Sports reports.Champions – Man City‘People say how impressive Liverpool have been at the start of the season, but how impressive have City been? They’ve gone to Arsenal, a top-six rival, and then the manner of the win over Huddersfield. It could have been 2-0 or 3-0 after five minutes, that’s how good they are. It’s difficult to look past City and if they do what I expect them to do, I expect them to have a period of domination. At the end of Pep’s time, we could be talking about one of the great teams seen in this country.’Top Four – Liverpool, Man Utd, Tottenham‘It’s hard to leave Chelsea out, but you think of them playing Thursday-Sunday and the goalkeeper is still young He may go on to be one of the world’s best, but it’s not Courtois. They have lost one of the world’s best. I think the other sides have just got the edge on them but we are talking fine margins.’English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…Top six challengers – Everton‘I like the manager and have always liked him since he was at Hull. They went down and he started well at Watford until Everton came in and it fell apart. There’s something I like about that manager when I see their teams play. Without the transfer business on the last day, I thought he hadn’t brought enough in, but that has given everyone a lift and of course the two performances and results they have had were very good. Richarlison has come in and done well.’Top goalscorer – Kane‘If you ask me the same question for the next seven years, I’ll always say Harry Kane. He will take the penalties, he will never be left out and he has the mentality every season to be the top scorer and as I’ve said before, I think he’s going to break all kinds of records. I think it’s telling he has signed a six-year contract and wasn’t looking to Real Madrid. I think he wants to be the greatest scorer in Tottenham’s history and he wants the Premier League record also.’last_img read more

September 18, 2019

Dzeko refuses to rule out a Premier League return

first_imgAS Roma forward Edin Dzeko refuses to rule out anything in regards to a Premier League comebackDzeko last featured in the English top-flight for Manchester City between 2011 to 2016, where he scored 50 goals in 130 league appearances.After a move to Chelsea fell through in January though, Dzeko admits that time is running out for him at the age of 32.But the Bosnia-Herzegovina international also insists that he’s happy at Rome.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Regarding the Premier League, maybe it’s too late,” Dzeko told Sky Sports “You never know.“I had four and a half great years there, and had fun every minute of every game. I love the Premier League and England, so we’ll see. At the moment I’m happy in Rome.”Since joining Roma in 2015 from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, Dzeko has managed 78 goals and 30 assists in 148 games.Juventus midfielder and Bosnia teammate Miralem Pjanic even declared that Dzeko has a better goals-to-games ratio than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at international level.last_img read more

September 14, 2019

ENSTAR Damage On The Kenai Peninsula Was Minimal After Quake

first_imgLindsay Hobson a spokesperson for ENSTAR says the damage on the Kenai Peninsula was minimal, and that’s good news: “We put that message out, and we had about 20-30 calls from the Kenai Peninsula with customers concerned about possible gas leaks.”  ENSTAR brought in help from their affiliate in Michigan to send additional gas utility employees to assist with the orders and help survey our 3,488 miles of pipeline to detect natural gas leaks. Between the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley the company has taken in over 1,400 leak orders since Friday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ENSTAR put the call out for customers to report signs of gas leaks following the 7.0 earthquake that struck South Central Alaska on November 30.center_img According to Hobson the company called in additional assistance to assist with inspecting homes: “We brought some gas utility workers up from the lower 48 to help us with some major response efforts in the Anchorage area, as well as employees from the Kenai Peninsula. We are very grateful to those Kenai Peninsula ENSTAR employees who traveled up to Anchorage.”  The company is encouraging customers to inspect gas lines in their homes. Enstar is also reminding homeowners to call the Alaska Digline at 811 before starting any repair projects requiring digging.last_img read more

September 11, 2019

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between June 17, 2018 to June 24, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierWilmington gears up for new school leadership by Lizzie McDermottKane resigns from School Committee by Lizzie McDermottO’Connell has years of public service experience by Cassia BurnsL’Italien endorses Kratman by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocatePHOTOS: Wilmington Relay For LifePHOTOS: Flags Retired In WilmingtonWilmington PatchLunch Like A Local: Lucci’s In WilmingtonLowell SunWilmington woman’s tinkering turns into soap business by Kori TuittWilmington study to offer look into future on Main St. by Kori TuittAG OKs bylaw limiting medical facilities to industrial zones by Kori TuittLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Puffco and Pax brought weed to CES 2019

September 10, 2019

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Enlarge ImagePuffco’s Peak base has created a standardized hardware platform for glass artists. Justin Jaffe/CNET After making a splash at its inaugural appearance in 2018, Puffco is back at CES this year, promoting the burgeoning community of glass artists and bong makers that’s sprung up around its elegant “smart rig” for consuming cannabis concentrate. The company says that there are now more than 1,000 different compatible glass accessories available from third-party sellers. The company’s Peak base, which starts at $380 (roughly converting to £300, AU$530), offers a handful of features that you won’t find in your standard glass-blown apparatus. Anxious that the temperature won’t be hot enough when it’s your turn to take a hit? Puffco says the Peak’s intelligent temperature calibration ensures that everyone will get baked equitably.  Read: The highs and lows of weed vaporizersCEO Roger Volodarsky told me that the company does not make any revenue from sales of the third-party attachments. He has plans to open up a glass studio and bring artists in house, however, in an effort to develop “a middle of the road solution between them and us, something more artistic than what we do and more scalable than what they do.” img-2779Enlarge ImagePax’s growing portfolio of vaping tech. Justin Jaffe/CNET Perhaps the most well-known vaporizer company, Pax, was also at CES, showing off its lineup of hardware and its mobile app. The app, which works on both iOS and Android devices, lets you set the temperature for every puff — which can impact dosage, an important consideration for people using the device medicinally. In addition to giving you control over vapor and flavor output, the app can also digitally lock the device to prevent it from being used by unauthorized parties.Though he wouldn’t provide specifics about new products planned for later this year, Pax CEO Bharat Vasan affirmed that the company’s forthcoming hardware and software will support its mission to bring quality, transparency and predictability to every vaping session. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 0 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 4:46center_img 85 Photos Post a comment Gadgets Mobile CES 2019 The Impossible Burger gets a beefy upgrade at CES 2019 Weed techlast_img read more

Twitter bans hateful language targeting religious groups

September 10, 2019

first_img Rylo $210 at Best Buy 5 $999 See it Amazon Twitter,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. 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. 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). Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy Read the Rylo camera preview 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. $155 at Google Express $6 at Tidal Apple iPhone XS DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. 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. See It Read Google Home Hub review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Share your voice Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $299 at Amazon Tags Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. The Cheapskate $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See at Turo 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.center_img $60 at Best Buy 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. 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 It $999 See It $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags See at Amazon Share your voice 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 $520 at HP $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Angela Lang/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET 7 $59 at eBay Mobile Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Twitter has updated its hateful conduct rules. SOPA Images / Getty Images Twitter on Tuesday said it’s updated its rules against hateful conduct to ban language that “dehumanizes” people because of their religion. Tweets that go against the new policy will be taken down, the company said.Tweets posted before the new rule will have to be deleted if reported, Twitter said, but the account won’t be suspended because they were sent before the policy was in place. Twitter asked for user feedback about its hateful-conduct policy last year and received more than 8,000 responses from people in over 30 countries. Many people asked the company to use clearer language when defining policy violations and to be more consistent in its enforcement of the rules. There are still areas Twitter is working to better understand before it expands its rules to protect other groups. That includes how to “protect conversations people have within marginalized groups, including those using reclaimed terminology,” and ensuring enforcement actions take context into account and are proportionate. Last month, Twitter simplified its rules to emphasize safety, privacy and authenticity. The updated rules include examples and detailed instructions on how to report a tweet. The company also said earlier this year that it’s now using technology to identify abusive tweets before users report them. Twitter, along with other social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, has grappled with hate speech and misinformation on its platform. Last year it banned Tommy Robinson, founder of the far-right English Defence League, and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Comments Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. Comments Read the AirPods reviewlast_img read more

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to urge states to reduce VAT on petrol

September 5, 2019

first_imgA sharp cut in petrol price can provide a booster dose to India’s slowing economy.ReutersWith the petrol price making headlines for the past one week, in a latest development, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will soon urge chief ministers of all states to cut sales tax or value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel.”We have proactively cut excise duty. Now it is the turn of states to reduce VAT,” Pradhan said.Currently, states impose VAT ranging from 26-28 percent on petrol and diesel. The minister said that he urged states to reduce VAT by at least 5 percent on fuel to provide one more slab of relief to consumers, IANS reported.Under all round attack on rising fuel prices, the government on Tuesday decided to slash the excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre, effective from Wednesday, to cushion the impact of rise in international crude prices, in a decision that will cost the exchequer Rs 13,000 crore during the remaining part of the fiscal.The government said, with the reduction in excise duty on petrol and diesel Centre has sacrificed Rs 26,000 crore in revenue from its exchequer.”States are the biggest beneficiaries. They get all of the VAT collection plus they also get 42 percent of the central excise collections,” the Union petroleum minister said.Despite demands from various stakeholders, petroleum products do not come under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime and are continued to be taxed as per the old VAT regime.Petrol prices in India are on the rise. The prices have risen by almost Rs 6-7 per litre since June 16. The Modi government introduced dynamic fuel pricing on June 16 for revising retail fuel prices daily across the nation in conjunction with the change in the crude oil prices.Prices of crude oil have fallen by as much as two-thirds in the last nine years, but in a strange way, during the same period, retail petrol prices in the four metro cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai increased by approximately Rs 22 per litre for petrol i.e 43 percent increase. Price chartRaghavendra N IBTlast_img read more

Nirav Modi scam PNB staff bought assets overseas stashed funds

September 5, 2019

first_img(L-R) Naomi Watts, Nirav Modi and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the Nirav Modi U.S. Boutique grand opening at Nirav Modi Boutique on September 8, 2015 in New York City.Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesPunjab National Bank (PNB) employees linked to the Rs 13,800 crore loan fraud have bought assets abroad and maintained overseas bank accounts, investigators have said. Details unearthed by investigating agencies CBI and the Enforcement Directorate reveal that the employees may have used funds from the Nirav Modi scam to create overseas assets, the Economic Times reported on Wednesday.The unnamed sources told the business daily that the bank has started proceedings to recoup the funds from the rogue employees. The bank has sought legal opinion in the matter, the report said.”While only a few employees have been named till now, more employees could be involved in the fraud. The bank has been intimated about the development,” the report quoted an undisclosed source as saying. “Investigating agencies like CBI and ED do not have jurisdiction outside India and may not be able to recover the money. A legal strategy is being put in place as to how to deal with the employee situation,” one of the sources added.In a revelation that rattled Indian banking sector and plunged the markets into chaos, PNB revealed in February that diamond merchant Nirav Modi had defrauded the bank of Rs 13,800 crore by manipulating the Letter of Undertaking (LoU) in connivance with bank staff.Dozens of LoUs issued by the senior staff at one of the Mumbai branches of the bank enabled Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi avail millions of dollars from overseas branches of other Indian banks.LoUs are used to provide credit guarantee of up to $20 million for exporters at a time. Public sector Category-I banks had the permission to offer these guarantees. In the PNB scam, multiple fraudulent letters were issued by the bank staff, allowing jewelers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi defraud banks. Overseas branches of many leading banks advanced funds to Modi on the PNB guarantees, resulting in massive loses to India’s No. 2 lender.Investigators have found that the jewelers, instead of using funds for the stated purpose round-tripped the cash through the hawala route. In most cases, Modi and associates brought the money raised overseas through LoUs back to India the same day through fake transactions to Indian shell companies they owned.Not an easy process”In Nirav Modi’s companies, money was diverted after a few days through bogus transactions, but in Choksi’s companies, including Gitanjali Gems, there were many instances when the money returned to India within 24 hours,” an officer involved in the probe said.Investigators believe that more PNB staff may have been part of the Nirav Modi scam and stashed funds away overseas. CBI has booked seven PNB employees in connection with the massive fraud. While the bank has started processes to recover the money, legal experts have said it may not be an easy process. “It would be tough to recover these assets as in most instances people don’t create assets in their own name outside India. PNB will have to eventually prove in the court of law that a conspiracy was hatched by their employees against the bank and that the bank is a victim,” Zulfiquar Memon, Managing Partner of law firm MZM Legal, told ET.last_img read more

Sensex falls as Karnataka election outcome disappoints

September 5, 2019

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014. Representational image.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndian shares fell on Wednesday (16 May) as doubts over the composition of the next government in the southern state of Karnataka dampened investor risk appetite.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 104 seats, falling marginally short of the 113 seats needed to form a government, while the opposition Congress clinched 78.The Congress said it was ready to let regional party Janata Dal (Secular), which stood third with 37 seats, to form a government to stop the Hindu nationalist BJP from taking power.However, analysts say the outcome of Karnataka’s election results only strengthens the BJP’s re-election prospects in 2019, something the markets will be optimistic about.”Markets are at very high levels and hence very volatile, so every event will be met with overreaction,” said Sudhakar Pattabiraman, head of research operations at William O’Neil’s MarketSmith.”Because of a few state elections coming up this year, expect markets to remain volatile but in the long term, things look extremely positive. There are strong indications that BJP will win the 2019 general elections.”India also announced its trade deficit data on Tuesday, which slightly widened to $13.72 billion in April from $13.25 billion a year ago.The broader NSE Nifty was down 0.46 percent at 10,751.8 as of 0611 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex was 0.38 percent lower at 35,408.98.Asian shares were down as well after North Korea called off talks with South Korea, throwing a U.S.-North Korean summit into doubt.The index of state-run banks fell 3.3 percent, dragged down by Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Syndicate Bank Ltd, which fell 13.7 percent and 10.7 percent respectively, after the duo posted a March-quarter loss on Tuesday.PNB reported a record quarterly loss of 134.17 billion rupees ($1.98 billion) with analysts worried about the bank’s growth prospects, while Syndicate Bank posted a loss of 21.95 billion rupees compared with a profit of 1.04 billion rupees last year.Reliance Communications Ltd dropped to its lowest in six months after India’s bankruptcy court allowed a insolvency plea filed by Sweden’s Ericsson.last_img read more

September 2, 2019

Party Politics National Edition Ep 20 Charlottesville

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X center_img 00:00 /17:18 Fibonacci BlueAround 1000 people gathered in Minneapolis, MN to stand in solidarity with the city of Charlottesville, VA and to speak out against white nationalists who held a rally there. Similar vigils took place across the US this week.On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus talk about these tumultuous topics in the week’s political news:Is there no choice for Trump with regard to Obamacare? The Congressional Budget Office estimates premiums will sour if the president ends insurance subsidiesNAFTA gets a renegotiation—not a repealExecutive order regarding Chinese trade practicesInternational Roundup: North Korea deescalates, while Venezuela is still in crisisThen the profs talk about what happened this week in Charlottesville, Virginia at the rally held by white nationalists, the aftermath of violent clashes there, and what this means politically and socially for the country. By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

August 31, 2019

New slowly evolving Type Ibn supernova discovered

first_imgLeft: OGLE-2014-SN-131 (blue circle) in a VLT acquisition image taken with an R−special filter on November 29.1, 2014 (JD 2456990.08). Right: NTT image from August 1.2, 2016 (JD 2457601.74), showing no visible host at the SN location. Credit: Karamehmetoglu et al., 2017. (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers has detected a new slowly evolving Type Ibn supernova as part of the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE). The new event, designated OGLE-2014-SN-131, has the longest rise time ever observed in Type Ibn supernovae. The discovery is described in a paper published Mar. 23 on the arXiv pre-print server. Type Ibn supernovae are explosions whose spectra are characterized by low-velocity helium emission lines. They are thought to be the core-collapse explosions of massive stars whose ejecta interact with helium-rich circumstellar material. They have also relatively high peak luminosities and are blue at peak.Type Ibn supernovae are usually fast evolving with a short rise to peak brightness (less than two weeks) and a subsequent fast decline. However, a group of researchers led by Emir Karamehmetoglu of the Stockholm University in Sweden has found a new Type Ibn supernova that exhibits an unprecedentedly long rise time and a much broader light curve compared to other supernovae in this class.Karamehmetoglu’s team discovered OGLE-2014-SN-131 on November 11, 2014 using the OGLE-IV Transient Detection System. Afterward, the researchers conducted follow-up photometric observations of this supernova with the OGLE telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile and with the Gamma-Ray Burst Optical/Near-Infrared Detector (GROND) mounted on the 2.2m MPG/ESO telescope at La Silla, also in Chile. Moreover, they performed spectroscopic observations of OGLE-2014-SN-131 with the ESO New Technology Telescope (NTT) at La Silla and with the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Cerro Paranal in Chile.These observations show that OGLE-2014-SN-131 spectroscopically resembles other Type Ibn supernovae such as SN 2010al and showcases also peak luminosity and post-peak colors similar to other events in this class. Notably, however, the light curve of OGLE-2014-SN-131 is broader and longer-rising than any other Type Ibn supernova.”Spectroscopy and multi-band photometry of OGLE14-131 have been presented. Identification of prominent He I emission lines classifies this SN as a Type Ibn. While, spectroscopically, OGLE14-131 is identified as a normal SN Ibn, when compared to other Type Ibn SNe, its broad light curve shows the longest rise time ever observed for this SN class,” the authors write.The researchers try to explain this record-long rise time, noting that it requires higher ejecta and circumstellar material masses for the progenitor when compared to typical supernova Ibn progenitors. Therefore, they concluded that the most likely progenitor scenario for OGLE-2014-SN-131 is a massive Wolf–Rayet star.”To explain the unusually long rise time, the broad light curve, the light curve decline, and the spectra characterized by narrow emission lines, we favor a powering mechanism where the SN ejecta are interacting with a dense curcumstellar material. The progenitor of OGLE-2014-SN-131 was likely a Wolf-Rayet star with a mass greater than that of a typical SN Ibn progenitor, which expelled the circumstellar material that the SN is interacting with,” the team wrote in the paper.The astronomers added that given the fact that OGLE-2014-SN-131 has an unusually massive progenitor for a Type Ibn supernova, we should expect a low number of similar slowly evolving events as such massive stars should be relatively rare. Astronomers discover new gas giant exoplanet More information: OGLE-2014-SN-131: A long-rising Type Ibn supernova from a massive progenitor, arXiv:1703.08222 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1703.08222AbstractType Ibn supernovae (SNe Ibn) are thought to be the core-collapse explosions of massive stars whose ejecta interact with He-rich circumstellar material (CSM). We report the discovery of a SN Ibn, with the longest rise-time ever observed, OGLE-2014-SN-131. We discuss the potential powering mechanisms and the progenitor nature of this peculiar stripped-envelope (SE), circumstellar-interacting SN. Optical photometry and spectroscopy were obtained with multiple telescopes including VLT, NTT, and GROND. We compare light curves and spectra with those of other known SNe Ibn and Ibc. CSM velocities are derived from the spectral analysis. The SN light curve is modeled under different assumptions about its powering mechanism (56Ni decay, CSM-interaction, magnetar) in order to estimate the SN progenitor parameters. OGLE-2014-SN-131 spectroscopically resembles SNe Ibn such as SN 2010al. Its peak luminosity and post-peak colors are also similar to those of other SNe Ibn. However, it shows an unprecedentedly long rise-time and a much broader light curve compared to other SNe Ibn. Its bolometric light curve can be reproduced by magnetar and CSM-interaction models, but not by a 56Ni-decay powering model. To explain the unusually long rise-time, the broad light curve, the light curve decline, and the spectra characterized by narrow emission lines, we favor a powering mechanism where the SN ejecta are interacting with a dense CSM. The progenitor of OGLE-2014-SN-131 was likely a Wolf-Rayet star with a mass greater than that of a typical SN Ibn progenitor, which expelled the CSM that the SN is interacting with. Citation: New slowly evolving Type Ibn supernova discovered (2017, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-slowly-evolving-ibn-supernova.html © 2017 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

August 31, 2019

Displaying the aura of colours

first_imgLife is a vast array of colours that present an aura of emotions expressed in various artistic forms, but it is only imagination and innovation that drives artists to present this in ways that often perplex the common viewer.And when artists with different ways of looking at their environs come together, the result will be something that will be pleasing to the eye and satisfying to the soul.The exhibition which will continue till 9 March is a group show of established and upcoming artists, exhibiting a harmonious blend of contemporary and modern styles of paintings. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The foray has canvases with an array of colours and an aura of various artworks combined with emotions expressing each artist’s mindset and a certain theme that he or she wants to share with the discerning viewer.The curator of the exhibition, Savita Agarwal says that the artist’s vision, perception, imagination and depiction of his thought process is depicted with such clarity that life is infused in the art and it speaks for itself and takes the viewer into the soul of the painting.The moods and moments of the work depend on the artists’ state of mind at the particular point of time he is depicting with his brush and colours.This one’s for the art lovers so head over and make sure you get a look into the magic the 13 have created.WHEN: On till 9 MarchWHERE: Epicentre, Sector 44 Gurgaonlast_img read more

August 31, 2019

Bengal has largest sick critical care newborn beds Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal has the largest number of sick critical care newborn beds and units in the country, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said. Banerjee made the statement at the start of the Newborn Care week. “Newborn Care Week begins today. In the last 7 years, we have set up 307 Sick Newborn Stabilisation Units (SNSU) in #Bangla. Number of Sick Neonatal Care Units (SNCU) have gone up from 6 to 68. Our state has the largest number of Sick Critical Care Newborn Beds & units in India,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. Newborn Care Week is celebrated annually in the country from November 15 to 21 to raise awareness about the importance of the newborn care for child survival.last_img read more