Womans chopped up body found inside bags at Bally

first_imgKolkata: Tension was triggered at Bally area after a woman’s body parts and head was found inside two travel bags. Till Thursday night, the identity of the deceased could not be established. Five knives were also found inside the bags.According to sources, local residents saw two bags filled with something at the Jetia Ghat under the Bally bridge on Thursday morning. A few of them subsequently went close and dragged the bags out of the water. As soon as they opened the bags, they saw the horrifying sight of the decapitated head and some body parts of a woman. Immediately, the Bally police station was informed. Police soon went to the spot and sent the head and body parts for autopsy examination. After preliminary investigation, it is suspected that the woman might have been aged between 25-30 years. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersShe was likely killed very recently as the body parts and the head was found in only partially decomposed condition. It is almost clear that the miscreant or miscreants involved in the crime had tried to hide her identity and thus had chopped up the body parts. However, it is not clear that whether the bags were thrown into river Ganges from somewhere or if they had been dumped at the Jetai Ghat during the dark hours. Police took a picture of the head and circulated it in all police stations of Howrah, Barrackpore and Kolkata Police. As there are no CCTV cameras installed in and around the Jetia Ghat, police are facing trouble cracking the case. It is suspected that the woman might have been killed over some old rivalry and the motive behind the murder might be revenge. Though it is almost confirmed that the body parts found inside the second bag are of the woman, police may go for a DNA test to establish it officially.last_img read more

INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO KICKS OFF WITH NEW MOON

first_img Login/Register With: Sage Paul is a fashion designer and co-founder of Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator. (Westend Studios) Paul, who identifies as an Urban Dene woman, is the artistic director and founder of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. Advertisement The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto kicked off Thursday evening, showcasing new and upcoming designers.The entire event will take place over four days, each day culminating with a runway showcase inspired by the traditional phases of the moon. Thursday was dubbed New Moon.“This is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was in college,” said Sage Paul. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Lesley Hampton is a First Nations fashion designer based in Toronto who is showing her Fall/Winter 18 collection, ‘Lithium,’ at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. (Rhiannon Johnson/CBC)last_img read more

Wikileaks Duncan diary hoax nearly goes Netnuclear

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsIt started with a Tweet here, a blog posting there.Then, on Wednesday, a blogger for a Saskatchewan newspaper reposted the Wikileaks hoax about Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan’s imagined diary and things went a little crazy.The original posting was made by The First Perspective, a First Nations news website, on Friday. It was titled “What the Wikileaks says about the Minister and Indians” and written by “Obidiah, Investigative Reporter.”The posting claimed that Wikileaks, the whistle-blower website, had uncovered Duncan’s diary and proceeded to list the entries in an obvious tongue-in-cheek tone, but without any indication it was a joke.“Aug. 9, 2010: It was bad enough being secretary under (former Indian Affairs minister Chuck) Strahl, now I gotta suck up to all those chiefs…Some of whom make a hell of a lot more than I’m gonna make on this job,” the posting said. “The annual pow wow at Black Sun Dog is coming up. I really don’t look forward to sitting cross-legged for an hour….”A search on The First Perspective website showed that Obidiah is classified under “humour, satire,” but it seems the joke was lost as it started to spread.On Monday, a user named Nanauq Tweeted, “anyone else read this about INAC Minister John Duncan?”At least one blogger, Little Miss Kwe, wrote a point by point analysis of the faux-Wikileaks story.“I think the writer deserves a big credit for sharing the ‘leak,’” wrote Miss Kwe. “Thank you First Perspective.”It may have faded into background cyber noise if not for Chris Tyrone Ross, blogger for the Regina Leader-Post blog RezXtra, which republished the original item Wednesday morning as a straight news story.Suddenly, mass emails began flying, some forwarded to reporters, and Facebook users began sharing it on their pages. Outrage spewed from comment strings.While the buzz began to grow, The First Perspective pulled its original posting. Shortly after 9 a.m. local time Wednesday, the website said it had removed the item “at the request of the Minister of Indian Affairs.”One Facebook user, Cal Amyotte, claimed it was a censorship.“Canada is a fascist police state. Ordering an article removed that reveals the truth,” wrote Amyotte.The story was then a click away from going nuclear.Kevin Blevins, deputy editor of the Leader-Post, said the Duncan diary story was in line to get cycled to the front of the newspaper’s website when he received a call from an APTN National News reporter.“It was on a list to be put on our homepage this afternoon, and then I got another call from a person at APTN,” he said.The story remained online, but was amended with a large editor’s note indicating the piece was meant to be humorous.Ross blamed The First Perspective for not being clearer about its intent. He also issued an apology to Duncan.“I ran it on-line only because I believed The First Perspective was a legitimate newspaper and in that original article it didn’t mention anywhere it was a satirical article,” wrote Ross, in an email to APTN National News. “My apologies to Mr. Duncan.”Despite numerous attempts, The First Perspective publisher James Wastasecoot did not return phone calls.Prominent alternative media website Censored News also posted the item briefly before pulling it, according to its publisher Brenda Norrell.“I got it sent to me through a contact who saw it from an email list they are on,” wrote Norrell, in a Facebook message. “So this is all over the place now… Many times, with the Internet, people never read the rest of the story. Some people will go on thinking forever that he said these things.”Duncan’s office issued a statement Wednesday saying the “article in no way reflects the thoughts or feelings of Minister Duncan.”Spokeswoman Michelle Yao said “the article is completely incorrect and not true…I have written the site administrator to clarify to its readership that the article is pure fiction.”Duncan underwent heart surgery in December and was briefly replaced by Heritage Minister James Moore.Duncan is recovering well and has assumed his responsibilities, said Yao.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Sumanthiran goes to court against 65000 housing project

The TNA has strongly opposed the housing project in the North and East saying it does not meet the needs of the people.Sumanthiran says the project has also violated the tender procedure and has been given for a higher cost. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran has filed a case against the 65000 housing project of the Government.Sumanthiran has sought a stay order on the project to be carried out by Metal constriction France.

Growing wealth disparities in China attracting government attention – UN report

China succeeded in lifting 250 million people out of poverty over the past 25 years, but during the same period income inequality has doubled, according to China’s Human Development Report 2005. While the average city resident in China city earns $1,000 a year, that figure drops to just $300 in the countryside, UNDP said. An urban citizen can also expect to live over 5 years longer than a farmer. In Tibet, only half of the population can read and write compared to near-total literacy among Chinese living in Beijing, Shanghai or Tianjin. Nationally, women are twice as likely as men to be illiterate. Khalid Malik, UNDP’s Resident Representative, said the Chinese Government has started to tackle these problems. “This report is particularly timely as the Government is shaping its new economic blueprint to ease the strains of inequality,” he said, warning that when economic growth leaves the poor behind, social unrest usually follows. UNDP cited a number of steps being taken by the Government to address the problem, including the abolition of agriculture taxes and compulsory education for the rural poor. The report contains a number of recommendations for further tackling the problem, including the creation of an inclusive social security and pension insurance system, further financial reforms to encourage more people to set up their own businesses, greater investments in basic health services, and priority attention to primary education. In another development, the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today announced that it will provide a loan of nearly $30 million to help finance an $81 million initiative benefiting 300,000 poor rural households in China’s South Gansu Province. The Chinese Government is picking up most of the bill, while the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is providing an additional $4.7 million grant. The programme will promote irrigation, terracing and tree planting to arrest soil degradation and increase agricultural yields. It will also ensure better access to clean drinking water, health services, education and financial services. read more

Sandvik developing AutoMine® Access API for interoperability

first_imgSandvik Mining and Rock Technology has announced it will develop an interoperable platform for its world-leading automation system for underground loaders and trucks – AutoMine® at #DisruptMining, an event focused on fostering new technology in the mining industry.“As a world leader in underground automation, we have a responsibility to make this game-changing technology easier to implement for the mining industry,” said Patrick Murphy, President Rock Drills & Technologies, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “While we feel that customers will achieve the highest level of performance when purchasing Sandvik equipment, we recognize the need to unlock automation’s full potential for all equipment regardless of manufacturer. Customers with mixed fleets will have the full power of AutoMine® behind them as well.”To enable interoperability, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will introduce the AutoMine® Access API which will provide standard, pre-defined interfaces for connecting third party loaders and trucks for control by Sandvik’s AutoMine® system. An API (Application Programming Interface) is a set of functions and procedures that allows the creation of applications that access the features or data of an operating system, application, or other service.In addition to APIs, to be compatible with AutoMine®, third party equipment designs must conform to the functional safety requirements specified for AutoMine®. “This API is another step in Sandvik’s journey to drive a digital ecosystem that makes mining smarter, safer and more efficient.”Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology released its Interoperability Policy in April 2018, outlining the principles by which Sandvik systems can communicate within a digital ecosystem including data accessibility, fleet data compatibility, data rights and control, and data privacy. “The addition of AutoMine® for underground loaders and trucks to this policy is the next step in Sandvik’s continued journey to set the industry standard for mine automation and digitalisation.”“Sandvik has been leading the market in automation for decades, with more than 400 pieces of equipment using AutoMine® around the world without an injury,” said Murphy. “As more customers embark on their digital journeys, interoperability will be a requirement. We are proud to leverage our experience to drive digitalisation further in the mining industry.”last_img read more

Keith Wood impressed with interviewees for Ireland job

first_imgKEITH WOOD HAS said he was “impressed” with the interviewees for the position of Ireland coach, explaining last night that “there were very good guys sitting in front of us”.It was previously confirmed by TheScore.ie that Wood was part of the panel to select the Ireland boss, and the former Munster star admitted, in an interview with Newstalk’s Off the Ball, that he was surprised at the IRFU’s request, calling it “out of the blue”.“I’ve been pretty critical of the IRFU over the last number of years,” he said. “I haven’t had a whole lot of conversations with them. I think I’ve spoken to them once in 10 years.”He continued: “I got a call 10 days ago or so to see if I’d be interested in sitting on the panel, because I have been critical of some of the selection issues with it.“I don’t think you can continually criticise it and then if you’re offered the chance to be involved in the process, say ‘no’.”Wood also spoke of his pride at helping to choose the next Ireland coach.“I thought it was an honour. It was a simple enough thing for me – I love rugby,” he said, though added: “It’s daunting, and it’s a big responsibility.”Wood also described how he was determined the decision would be a unanimous one: “Whatever happened in the interview process, there had to be consensus in the end.”He was unsurprisingly guarded while responding to the queries put to him, given that the process is ongoing, and explained how “it’s quite frustrating sitting here not being able to answer questions”.Joe Schmidt ticks every box for the Ireland job… bar 1>Leinster confirm Springbok Zane Kirchner will join them next season>last_img read more

The cost of buying a car has gone down but fewer new

first_imgThe cost of buying a car has gone down, but fewer new ones were sold last month The cost of fuel and insurance have increased, however. Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 2:59 PM However, the impact of Brexit and the increased volume in imported used cars are other issues that may impact on new car sales this year. Overall, though, numbers should be fairly close to last year with perhaps a slight decline of around 3% in new car sales in 2017, which would imply new car sales of around 142,000.SIMI President Alan Greene noted that the motor industry employees 40,800 people throughout Ireland.“2017 was always going to be a more cautious year for businesses, right across the economy, but we have seen a steady start in January and hopefully we are on track for another good year and continuation of a stable market during the rest of the year,” Greene added.Exclusive: RTÉ will continue making children’s TV programmes in 2017Read: Noonan: Chance of Nama recovering €74bn from bad loans ‘was lost in the crisis’ Short URL 18,545 Views Share Tweet Email 56 Comments By Órla Ryancenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3217011 Feb 1st 2017, 2:59 PM Image: Shutterstock/welcomia Image: Shutterstock/welcomia FEWER NEW CARS were sold in Ireland in January, compared to the same month in 2016.Some 39,019 new cars were sold last month, while 39,722 were sold in January 2016 – marking a drop of 1.7% or 703 cars. The figures were released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) and Done Deal today.In terms of annual sales, 146,603 cars were sold last year, a 17.5% increase on 2015. Car sales contributed €1.5 billion to the exchequer in 2016.Looking at the cost of motoring, the average price of a new car dropped by 5.5% from December 2015 to December 2016.However, petrol prices rose by 1.9 % during the same 12-month period, and diesel prices jumped by 3.2%. Motor insurance costs have increased by 61.5% since 2013, while average C02 emissions have declined by 30.5% since 2008.Brexit SIMI has predicted 142,000 new cars will be sold overall in 2017.Jim Power, economist and author of SIMI’s review, said: “Looking ahead to 2017, while the outlook for car sales is a bit more difficult to predict than last year, the projected growth in personal disposable incomes and the availability of credit provide solid support for car sales. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Amazone le fleuve souterrain découvert serait plutôt un écoulement deau

first_imgAmazone : le fleuve souterrain découvert serait plutôt un “écoulement d’eau”Un fleuve peut en cacher un autre, faisait penser la récente découverte du fleuve Hamza. Pourtant SciencesetAvenir.fr a fourni lundi de nouveaux éléments qui remettraient en question la trouvaille d’un jumeau souterrain de l’Amazone et suggèreraient qu’il s’agit plutôt d’un “écoulement d’eau”.Les flots découverts récemment sous l’Amazone ne seraient pas une rivière ou un fleuve à proprement parler, malgré le terme de “fleuve souterrain” employé par les chercheurs eux-mêmes pour présenter leurs travaux. Selon SciencesetAvenir, le “Rio Hamza”, baptisé en hommage à l’un des chercheurs, serait plutôt un écoulement d’eau à travers un milieu poreux.Présentée lors d’un Congrès de la Société brésilienne de géophysique, la méthode utilisée partait du constat que le système de drainage souterrain du bassin amazonien n’avait été étudié que de façon limitée et très localisée. Ainsi, les chercheurs Elizabeth Pimentel et Valiya Mannathal Hamza ont décidé de le considérer à une échelle régionale. Pour ce faire, ils ont utilisé des données de températures réalisées lors de 241 forages profonds par le groupe pétrolier brésilien Petrobras dans tout le bassin amazonien, de la frontière avec le Pérou jusqu’au delta de l’Amazone, au nord de Belém sur la côte Atlantique, explique SciencesetAvenir. Des données insuffisantes Par la suite, les chercheurs brésiliens ont pu modéliser le débit et la direction des écoulements souterrains en utilisant une équation mathématique mise au point par de précédents travaux et reliant température de la croute terrestre et mouvements d’eau souterrains. Les calculs ont alors montré que le flux s’écoule d’ouest en est et pourrait déboucher dans le delta de l’Amazone. Mais à un débit moyen bien inférieur à celui du fleuve brésilien qui s’élève à 133.000 mètres cubes par seconde contre seulement 3.090 mètres cubes par seconde pour le “Rio Hamza”.  À lire aussiUn lion retrouve la liberté après avoir vécu en cage pendant 13 ans (Vidéo)En outre, dans sa partie supérieure, ce flot souterrain s’écoulerait verticalement et dans sa partie profonde il coulerait à la fois horizontalement (vers l’est) et vers le bas. Situé à plus de 4.000 mètres de profondeur, il s’agirait donc plutôt d’un système hydrologique souterrain important que d’une réplique du géant en surface, conclut SciencesetAvenir.Enfin, Hamza et Pimentel ont précisé que leurs résultats étaient en attente de confirmation, alors qu’un autre géologue brésilien Jorge Figueiredo, qui travaille chez Petrobas, a fait part de son scepticisme sur le site de la BBC. En effet, il a émis des doutes sur deux points importants : d’une part sur le fait que l’eau qui s’écoule dans les bassins sédimentaires où la roche est poreuse, puisse atteindre l’océan malgré les roches plus anciennes qui font barrage. D’autre part, J. Figueiredo remet en cause la nature même de l’eau qui selon lui ne serait pas douce mais salée.Le 30 août 2011 à 18:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Regent Palms marks 10 Years in Turks and Caicos with staff tributes

first_img In the Pink raises $40,000 for Breast Cancer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hartling Group announces Job Fair Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Feb 2015 – It has been a decade for the Regent Palms Resort in the Turks and Caicos – the property opened on February 19 in 2005. CEO of the Hartling Group, developer of the property, Stan Hartling was on hand yesterday to present long serving staff with rewards for their longevity; that happened at a luncheon. As many as 71 staffers were honored last night in a tribute dinner in the ballroom of the resort; all 71 have been with the Regent Palms since day one. Stan, as he is affectionately called on island, said the milestone is tremendous for the company: “Over the past ten years, we’ve always looked for better ways to do things, whether it’s by implementing a new way to look at our guest needs and expectations or through our unique training program for new hires. We’ve pioneered a true partnership with our staff and we set the bar only by what we believe defines greatness. I am immensely proud to be leading a team of people who strive for perfection every day and relentlessly work to build the best brand in the Caribbean, and deliver incredible service to our owners and guests.” Among the accolades for the Regent Palms are World’s Best Spa Resort, Caribbean’s Leading Resort, top General Manager of the Year Worldwide in Karen Whitt, who is also the 3rd Vice President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. Congratulations on 10 Years for the Regent Palms. Related Items:hartling group, regent palms, stan hartling Salvation Army does exceedingly abundantly more in Red Kettle Drive Recommended for youlast_img read more

Poll 76 believe there has been an increase in demand for wellbeing

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: More than three-quarters (76%) of respondents believe there has been an increase in employee demand for wellbeing benefits at their organisation.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 49 responses, also found that 12% of respondents do not think employee appetites for wellbeing benefits have increased, while a further 12% are unsure.A survey of 2,000 UK employees, published by Gympass in July 2018, suggests that wellbeing benefits are more in demand.For example, 57% of employees surveyed want to receive free fruit as an employee benefit, 54% want access to health checks and 42% want to be able to take up a gym membership within their benefits package. This compares to 37% who would like a company car and 40% who value a good pension plan.Around half (52%) of Gympass’ respondents are not satisfied with their current benefits package, and 89% feel that good workplace perks would make them more likely to accept an organisation’s job offer. Also, approximately two-thirds (64%) of respondents think they would be more effective at work if they had better access to fitness schemes or physical activities.What do you think drives employees at your organisation the most? Have your say in our latest poll…last_img read more

Miami Police searching for missing woman with dwarfism

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing woman.According to officials, 39-year-old Heldy Hernandez Balaguer has dwarfism and the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. We need assistance locating Endangered Adult Heldy Hernandez Balaguer who suffers from Dwarfism & has a 7 yr-old mental capacity. She been reported missing today, from the Coral Way area. @MDCrimeStoppers pic.twitter.com/Qe8CZWtaua— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) January 23, 2018She stands between 3 feet and 3 feet 5 inches tall, weighs between 90 and 100 pounds, and has blond hair and blue eyes.Hernandez Balaguer was last seen along the 2700 block of 19th Terrace in Miami, wearing a long red dress with black stripes.If you have any information on her whereabouts, contact Miami Police at (305) 603-6300. last_img read more

GoFundMe launches its own campaign for government shutdown relief

first_imgA campaign GoFundMe set up to help those affected by the government shutdown will fund celebrity chef José Andrés’ efforts to feed federal workers in Washington, DC.Washington Post/Screenshot by CNETUS government employees and their supporters have been setting up GoFundMe campaigns to get help with expenses amid the partial government shutdown. But now the popular crowdfunding site has launched its own campaign to assist federal workers.GoFundMe on Saturday launched the Government Shutdown Direct Relief Fund to help employees affected by the shutdown, now in its 30th day at time of writing. The site partnered on the campaign with author and speaker Deepak Chopra. As of Sunday afternoon, the campaign had raised $50,956 of its $75,000 goal. That was 469 individual donations. GoFundMe and Chopra both donated $10,000.”Government workers, through no fault of their own, can’t afford to put diapers on their newborns,” GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon said in a press release. “Employees of the most powerful nation in the world are being forced to work without pay and line up at diaper or food banks. It makes no sense.”Donations to the campaign will go to several nonprofits that offer direct assistance to government workers, including the National Diaper Bank Network and #ChefsForFeds, a team led by celebrity chef José Andrés that’s been serving meals to federal employees in Washington DC.Chopra said this is a time for creative solutions, rather than ideological debates. “This is the least we can do,” he said. “If we have empathy rather than outrage, compassion love and healing have a chance in this time of conflict and divisiveness.”First published Jan. 20, 2:46 p.m. PT.Update, 3:07 p.m.: Adds comment from Chopra. Share your voice See It Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay Read the Rylo camera preview Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See at Turo 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comment $60 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See at Amazon Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Comments 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. Best Buy $299 at Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. 7 The Cheapskate Sprint 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). Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 1 Angela Lang/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Crowdfunding,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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET 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. See it Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. 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 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.center_img Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Politics HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Chris Monroe/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. Read Google Home Hub review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $6 at Tidal $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It Apple iPhone XS Tags Turo $520 at HP Boost Mobile $999 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. Read the AirPods review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice $155 at Google Express See It 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. $999 Rylo Amazonlast_img read more

Man Dies In Fall From Pickup Truck Bed At Rural Lodge

first_imgA 56-year-old man died Saturday after falling from the back of a pickup and striking his head.The man’s name has not been released.Alaska State Troopers took a 911 call just after 4 p.m. from Meier’s Lake Lodge at Mile 170 Richardson Highway that a man had fallen while his truck was parked at the lodge’s gas pumps.The caller said the man was unconscious.Emergency medical technicians arrived to give the man aid. They began transporting him but called trooper to request assistance for a medical evacuation by helicopter.A LifeMed helicopter landed at Mile 149 but the man was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m., about two and a half hours after the 911 call.An autopsy by the state medical examiner is planned.last_img

Saudi Arabia raises Indias Haj quota by 30000

first_imgOSAKA: In a significant step, Saudi Arabia has increased India’s Haj quota from 170,000 to 200,000, paving the way for 30,000 more Indians to go for the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in the kingdom. The issue of India’s Haj quota was discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bilateral talks with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman here. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Modi, who is in Japan for the G20 Summit, discussed the deepening cooperation in trade and investment, energy security and counter-terrorism with the “invaluable strategic partner”.Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that the Crown Prince had promised Prime Minister Modi that India’s Haj quota would be raised from 170,000 to 200,000 annually. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “This is important and this has been done,” he said. Two lakh Indians will have the opportunity to go for Haj which will begin very shortly, Gokhale said. The two leaders also spoke about the need for greater tourism, more flights and agreed to meet again, he said. The Saudi Crown Prince has also invited the Prime Minister to be one of the main guests at an international conference later this year and he has accepted the invitation with pleasure, the Foreign Secretary said. Advertise With Us The government last year allowed women to go on Haj without ‘Mehram’ or male companion, which saw about 1,300 women going without any male companion. They had been exempted from the lottery system. Last year, Saudi Arabia increased India’s Haj quota by 5,000, while in 2017 it was increased by about 35,000. The Haj subsidy provided by the government was removed last year in the light of a Supreme Court order of 2012.last_img read more

Expedite toilet works Collector Ayesha Masrat Khanam to

first_imgVikarabad: District Collector Ayesha Masrat Khanam reviewed the status of SBM-IHHL toilets, which are under construction, at the collectorate here on Wednesday. She discussed the progress with mandal-level officers and enquired with the panchayat nodal officers about toilets in each village. Speaking on the occasion, the Collector said the IHHL construction should be competed as early as possible. She directed the officials to visit villages and hold review on the situation. She ordered them to visit the houses which do not have toilets and start construction without any delay. She assured to resolve any issue regarding the construction of toilets. She told the officials to complete the task by the end of this month. Acton would be taken if negligence is found, she warned. DRO Mothilal, ZP CEO Srikanth Reddy, DRDO Johnson, DFO Venumadav, ASP Bhasker were also present.last_img read more

Case filed against 3 cops among 11 for gangraping woman

first_imgA case was filed with a tribunal in Dhaka on Thursday against 11 people, including the officer-in-charge and two sub-inspectors of Jatrabari police station, over the reported gang-rape of a woman on 12 March.Judge of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Joyshree Somaddar ordered judicial inquiry into the allegation.OC Wazed Ali Mia, and SIs ASM Mahmudul Hasan and Laizu were accused of abetting the crime as they refused to record a case over the ‘gang-rape’.The other accused are Md Shafiqul Islam Roni, Md Sagar, Md Shamim, Md Alauddin Delwar Hossain, Md Hanif, Md Swapon, Bilkis Akhter and Farzana Akhter.According to the case statement, Farzana and Bilkis took the victim, a mother of two who had desperately been looking for a job, to a flat at Karachitala on 12 March last in the name of giving her job.However, Swapon, son of the house owner, allegedly raped her and recoded the incident on his mobile phone.Later, 10-12 more people raped her in turns, said victim’s lawyer Md Jakir Hossain Hawladar.The victim went to Jatrabari police station to file a case in this regard.However, police demanded Tk 100,000 for recording the case and threatened to file a ‘false’ case against her if otherwise.On 18 March, police produced the victim before a court levelling her as a sex worker as she failed to pay the bribe, the lawyer said, adding that they did it to hush up the gang-rape incident.last_img read more

Ted Sarandos on How Netflix Predicted the Future of TV

first_img“House of Cards” debuted in 2013, starting Netflix’s foray into original programming.Courtesy of Netflix ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “We never spent one minute trying to save the DVD business,” Sarandos says. And yet even as it scales unprecedented heights, the company does still send DVDs via its trademark red envelopes to about 3 million subscribers.The strategy for expansion came down to a question of timing for the streaming launch. Broadband speeds and streaming technology built into consumer devices had to hit a critical mass before Netflix would strike. The company was mindful of the bad reception consumers gave to earlier online movie-distribution ventures that could take hours to download a two-hour film. Apple’s iTunes service offered a better system, but it still wasn’t instant for users.“Back then, [Hastings] said that postage rates were going to keep going up and the internet was going to get twice as fast at half the price every 18 months,” Sarandos recalls. “At some point those lines would cross, and it would become more cost-efficient to stream a movie rather than to mail a video. And that’s when we get in.”The lines crossed in early 2007. Netflix began offering subscribers the option of streaming licensed movies and a few TV series. As streaming took off, Sarandos and his team began to gain insights into how the company’s subscribers watched TV. They began to recognize the demand for viewers to binge-watch one series at a time and the potential for algorithm-driven recommendations to keep customers engaged with Netflix’s service for hours on end. The Netflix team couldn’t help but see signs that many users opted to watch back-to-back episodes of a series in bursts, and that many would stick to episodes of one or two shows at a time. They had also recognized, even from the DVD days, the potential value of being able to make taste-based recommendations to subscribers. Popular on Variety Since then, Netflix has slowly been shedding DVD subscribers every quarter while adding new streaming subs by the millions. The company ended its last quarter with nearly 3 million DVD subscribers, all of whom are in the United States, and 130 million streaming subscribers from all around the world.So why doesn’t Netflix close down its DVD business to fully focus on streaming? Because the profit margins for each DVD subscriber are still very good. Those 3 million subscribers contributed close to $53 million to the company’s profits during its most recent quarter.And while Netflix has been increasingly profitable, the company has had plenty of quarters in the past where the DVD service made all the difference. In fact, it built its entire streaming business with profits derived from the DVD side. And the company hasn’t completely given up on investing in its DVD.com unit.In early 2017, DVD.com even launched a mobile app to help its members organize their rentals from their phones. Some of these optimizations are starting to pay off, with relative profit margins increasing over time. In the second quarter of 2016, DVD.com subscribers contributed an average of $15.65 to Netflix’s profits. Two years later, that number has climbed to $17.66 per member per quarter.However, those DVD profits won’t last forever. Netflix has lost approximately 190,000 DVD subscribers every quarter for the past two years. At this rate, the company will say good-bye to its last DVD members by 2022. The flip side is that the costs for operating DVD.com are also declining. Netflix spent $77 million on buying DVDs in 2016; last year that expense fell to less than $54 million.“Pay television didn’t have a distribution problem — it had a packaging problem and a content problem.”Ted SarandosNetflix’s original-content push took off in earnest on Feb. 1, 2013, with the debut of “House of Cards.” Five years later, the streaming service has grown to the point where it is projected this year to deliver more than 80 new feature films (original and acquired) and an astounding 700 new TV series.In essence, Netflix has reinvented the cable bundle for the on-demand era. Rather than focusing on a collection of channels that inevitably carry a lot of chaff between the wheat, Netflix opted to put the emphasis on distinctive programs spanning all manner of genres. It studied what did and didn’t work about the cable business and set about improving it from the company’s Silicon Valley confines in Los Gatos, Calif.center_img Today, Sarandos sees more competitors, including Disney, entering Netflix’s arena, but says he views that as a positive for the overall industry. Netflix is spending an astounding amount on content — an estimated $13 billion this year — and is still a young enough business to be focused on market share rather than profits. Those are advantages its older rivals don’t have. But Hastings, in Sarandos’ view, came into the marketplace with the coveted asset that money can’t buy: vision.“Pay television didn’t have a distribution problem — it had a packaging problem and a content problem,” says Sarandos. “We saw that a lot of [cable customers] were paying for sports they didn’t want and channels they didn’t watch. There’s got to be much more equilibrium between consumer demand and pricing. Through the growth of all these direct-to-consumer services, television will become better and better.” The company stirred the ire of subscribers when it officially split its DVD and streaming subscriptions into two plans in 2011, at which point it was still sending out discs to 14 million customers. When Ted Sarandos first met with Netflix founder Reed Hastings about working for his start-up online video-rental service in 1999, Hastings laid out his vision for the new recruit.Hastings saw his company’s future as providing streaming video delivered to subscribers via the internet, even though Netflix at the time made its money by mailing DVDs to subscribers across the country.Sarandos, who has been Netflix’s head of content since early 2000, was impressed by the clarity of Hastings’ plans. This was right around the time that music file-sharing service Napster was starting to make headlines and provoke copyright infringement lawsuits. Sarandos took the job with the understanding that Netflix wasn’t going to be strictly a mail-order DVD service for long. But what he couldn’t have known was how profoundly the company’s pioneering efforts would upend the traditional entertainment industry.last_img read more

AI in Action E31 Kevin McLaughlin VP Operations at Kitman Labs

first_imgWelcome to episode 31 of AI in Action, the podcast that breaks down the hype and explores the impact that Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are making on our everyday lives.Powered by Alldus International, our goal is to share with you the insights of technologists and data science enthusiasts to showcase the excellent work that is being done within AI across the world.Today’s guest is Kevin McLaughlin. Kevin is an ex-Leinster rugby player who is the now the VP of Operations at Kitman Labs. Kitman Labs are the industry-leading sports analytics company who use Artificial Intelligence to increase athlete performance and health through the world’s first Athlete Optimization System.No other athlete optimization system has empowered teams to better results with 41% of fewer days lost to injury, 31% fewer server injuries and 65% fewer season-ending injuries. Over 20 elite sports teams across 35 leagues on five continents rely on Kitman Labs’ powerful insights to put their best team on the field and outperform the competition.In the episode, Kevin will tell you about:Making the transition from playing pro rugby into a career in Data ScienceWhat Kitman Labs is all aboutTheir role with the Irish Rugby TeamThe importance of personalised treatmentsCreating success stories for their clientsExpanding into US Sports, such as Baseball and American FootballHow they help players and coaches manage their dataWhat’s in store for the future at Kitman LabsWhat did you make of Kevin’s podcast? Where do you see the future of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science heading in the next few years? We would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.If you would like to hear more from AI in Action then please subscribe and don’t forget to like and share with your friends on social media.Subscribe to the AI in Action PodcastiTunes: https://apple.co/2THqlDTSpotify: https://spoti.fi/2Bow9uGSoundcloud: https://bit.ly/2SdF2wAlast_img read more